Friday, December 17, 2010

Jasmine ~ Crystal Brewton

You can find Crystal Brewton here and you can purchase Jasmine here.

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Jasmine Ambrose was a top magazine model - beautiful and seductive - until her jealous husband took his hands to her, carving her into a creature that he swore no one would ever want or love. Just before killing her, Ezra is apprehended by the police and sentenced to a maximum security prison. Yet, there is a copycat on the loose, killing off other models from the magazine firm in the same method that Ezra had used on Jasmine. As fear of the copycat killer keeps the NYC police department on the run, Assistant District Attorney Paul Chevalier must do everything in his power to keep Jasmine safe and alive - all while battling his own inner demons and facing the fact that he is falling in love with the scarred model. "Jasmine" is a riveting romantic mystery that will keep readers on the edge of their seat, biting their nails and begging for more.

Always the Mistress of Tough Topics, Crystal Brewton is again at it in Jasmine, a heart-wrenching story of a woman who has everything stripped from her… by the hands of her abusive husband.  In an amazing show of strength, Jasmine never once gives up.  She even finds a way to trust again and let a man into her life.  Her strength of spirit coupled with the love and support of her friends guides her to seek the closure and security she needs to get on with her life.

Ms. Brewton has a way with difficult subjects, taking them in all their horrible, offensive glory, embracing them and putting them on paper for all to see.  While many authors shy away from subjects such as sexual abuse and domestic violence, she takes them within and makes them into something more.  Something that usually has a happier ending.

If you are looking for a meaty story with a strong, if a bit damaged, heroine, then look no farther.  Any of Ms. Brewton’s many stories will fill this bill, but Jasmine is a special story, a guilty pleasure, if you will.  Not only do you get your admirable heroine, your handsome yet sensitive hero, and a few laughs along the way, you get a bonus with this one: complete satisfaction.

Probably one of the author’s very best works to date, Jasmine is sure to please, outrage, and completely entrance.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Book Woes

Wow, bet you never thought you’d see a post like this from ME of all people, huh?  Well,  have to say this much… lately I’ve run into some less-than-stellar writing and it really annoys me.  Now, I’m not talking about just not enjoying a book because I’d never do that.  Just because I hated it doesn’t mean you might not love it, right?  To each their own and have fun with it.  My opinions are just that – my opinions.

What I’m talking about is just amateurish writing.  And while I will never, ever name names, it bugs me sometimes.  I mean, there are a hoard of really good authors out there that can’t get published and, here I sit, reading a book that sounds like a twelve-year-old wrote it.  And even then, that’s not even fair.  I mean, weren’t Christopher Paolini and Amelia Atwater-Rhodes both teens when they were first published?

I guess what’s irritating me is that this book has a great premise and really interesting characters… it just falls flat in the execution.  Is it wrong of me to feel slighted? 

On a happier note, my other woe at the moment is… what to read next?  I’ve a collection of books at home to delve into as well as more than a few here at work.  Just a peak into a little of what may be coming your way soon…

Lucinda, Darkly ~ Sunny

Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side ~ Beth Fantaskey

An Evil Guest ~ Gene Wolfe

Princess, Princess Volume 2

Pagan’s Crusade ~ Catherine Jinks

Anyone read any of these?  Got any good recs?  Let me know!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Shane ~ Crystal Brewton

As always, you can find Crystal here and purchase Shane here.

Can a ghost be haunted, even beyond death? Just two days shy of his nineteenth birthday, Shane O'Keeffe murdered his older brother Michael, then turned the gun on himself. Why remained a mystery ... until now. A tale told by a ghost, to a ghost, and shared with the rest. Shane opens the door and finally lets some deep, dark family secrets see the light of day.

So, I’ll be honest with you. I’m not sure where to even start with this one.  Shane’s life wasn’t easy.  It wasn’t even happy.  It just was.  He swore he was cursed from the moment of his birth, destined to be forever hated and looked down upon by everyone.  But it makes you wonder if he could have changed his own fate, since he absolutely orchestrated it, with a little help from his friends… 

Passionate, emotionally heart-wrenching, and 110% honest is the only way I can truly describe this horrifying story of an abused boy who never got the chance to make it to manhood.  It is a story that needs to not only be told, but read and shared.  It’s a life lesson in many ways.  You never know why that woman was such a cow at the bank, nor do you know just why that quiet, shy kid really is the way he is.  It reminds us to look deep into ourselves and remember that not one of us is free of flaws and, because of that, we shouldn’t judge others so harshly… without first knowing their story.

Despite being a difficult read due to the emotional edge, it is definitely more than worth the time and money spent.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

On the Beat of Passion: Cassandra’s Cops 3 ~ Crystal Brewton

You can find Crystal here and this book here.

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Through their epic adventures together, John and Cassandra O'Keeffe have faced some of the greatest turmoils of their lives, but nothing quite matches what they will encounter in this latest installment of the Cassandra's Cops series. After a deadly terrorist attack, health and financial problems plague them, while the hands of death taunt them. Militant feminism and bigotry haunt them. In their most dangerous adventure yet, will they survive to see their happy ending?

I was so excited to see the return of John and Cass O’Keefe!  There had been entirely too much time between stories… 

On the Beat of Passion is by far the best in the series to date.  Both John and Cassandra face trials that could easily break their marriage – and their spirits – if they allow them to.  Add into that a psychotic bad guy (one of the best to date!), sometimes too much family, a healthy dose of drama, and a whole lotta steaming interaction between John and Cass and you wind up with a story you can’t stop reading. 

Filled with nonstop action, On the Beat of Passion sucks you in from the very first page.  Slowly the story builds, adding detail upon detail, until the shocking resolution at the very end.  The author not only tests the inner strength of each character individually, but she also tests the marriage of John and Cass, pushing it to its very limits.  Will it break?  Will they break?  There’s only one way to find out… go pick it up and see if you can put it down.

~TCBL

Books, Books, Books…

Yesterday seemed to be my day for books.  First, I get an e-mail telling me that yet another book has been mailed from PBS.  This book, Killer Year: Stories to Die For has been on my wish list for quite some time now and I was excited to see it become available. 

The next thing I discovered is that I had won a contest at Bitten by Books!  I was chosen to receive a $50 Amazon.com gift certificate from the Michelle Rowen contest.  I’m eternally grateful to both BBB and Ms. Rowen for that one!  And if you enjoy paranormal books and haven’t stopped by BBB yet, what are you waiting for?  Always a contest of some type going on and they’re so very easy to enter (and win!).

I was feeling pretty good about my good fortune and then I arrived home.  To a stuffed mailbox!

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Yup, your favorite crazy lady had hit the proverbial jackpot. 

First, I got this:

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G. I. Joe Front Line Volume 4: One-Shots.  Yes, my friends, a G. I. Joe graphic novel.  I know, I know, I’m a dork.  But I squee’d in delight just the same.  Come on, you’re talking to a girl who owns the cartoons on DVD! 

Next, was this:

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Holly’s Inbox by Holly Denham, is another I’ve waited a long time for.  The entirety of the novel is told through e-mails sent to Holly via various people in her life.  The idea intrigued me and thus, I had to order it.

Lastly, I got a double-bonus:

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Many Bloody Reutrns and:

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The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance

Both of the above books are collections of short stories by various authors (as is the Killer Year anthology from above) and both center around vampires (although this does not apply to the Killer Year anthology, we won’t hold that against it, right?).  Many Bloody Returns has a cute idea surrounding it – all the stories deal with vampire birthdays.  Hey, sounds like a great idea to me!  The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance is just that – a collection of romance stories containing vampires.  Both books are stuffed full of my favorite authors – Charlaine Harris, Kelley Armstrong, Jim Butcher, P. N. Elrod, Kimberly Raye, Lilith Saintcrow, Karen Chance and more.  Plus, the added benefit of containing stories by authors I’ve always wanted to try like Rachel Vincent, Susan Sizemore, Shiloh Walker, Rachel Caine, and Jeanne C. Stein.  So, I can’t lose with either of these, can I?

Oh!  And I almost forgot – both of these last books were won from The Qwillery, a blog hosted by my friend, Qwill (but of course, what else would you think she called herself?).  If you like books (and hell, you MUST otherwise you wouldn’t be here reading, would you?) then you really need to check her blog out.  And lookie – she even has a shiny new contest going on!

As always, thanks for coming to visit and happy reading!  I have a book review to post (well, actually, I have a LOT, but only one that I’m going to do today LOL), so be sure to come back later!

~The Crazy Book Lady