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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Review: Blurred Nights by Kallysten

Book 1, The Blurred Trilogy
Publisher:  CreateSpace (paperback)/Alinar Publishing (e-book)
ISBN:  9781461058250 (paperback)/1461058252 (e-book)
Pages: 178 pages (paperback)/215KB (e-book)
Date:  May 20, 2011 (paperback)/October 05, 2008 (e-book)
Rating:  4 ½ stars

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book for review from the author.  I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255:  "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising".

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Marc and Blake are hunting demons.  Kallysten starts this book with a fight right away - what a great way to grab the reader’s attention.  And it shows Marc and Blake’s alpha side – what a visual.  In their hunt they come upon some human fighters.  And to make this story different from others, our humans have a way of testing the vampires.

Kate meets our fighters in some interesting circumstances and I love how she doesn’t like them right away.  Then we have a scene where Blake and Marc seem to be arguing like two teenage boys with their testosterone raging.  You can just picture them as young boys fighting over the same girl – in this case, Kate.  You won’t think of them as vampires until you read this scene and you can just imagine them having a fang showdown. 

Blake is a character that you have to laugh at.  He’s the little boy who acts out to get attention from the ones he loves.  And he has to learn that there are consequences for your actions.  But our author also shows how serious he can be when someone he cares about gets hurt.

What makes Kallysten’s stories so good is it’s not all about the sex.  She develops the story first and the romance between characters is just icing on the cake.  It’s a story you can finish in just a couple of hours and because it’s so short you will find it difficult to put down.  The action and suspense are what will hold your attention right up until the end where you’ll be left wanting to read more.  And you’ll be happy to note that the second and third books titled Blurred Bloodlines and Blurred Memories are also currently available.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Photo Contest: Cutest Panty Thief Photo Contest

In honor of  The Great Panty CaperColiloquy is holding The Cutest Panty Thief Photo Contest.

How to play
All you have to do is post to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, or Pinterest using the hashtag #pantycaper and a photo of the cutest panty thief in your life. Maybe it's your dog or your toddler, or perhaps it's the pervy neighbor next door. We're not here to judge.

The Coliloquy folks are, though, and they're also here to give away prizes to winners. One lucky participant every single day (September 23 through October 4) will receive a free advance reading copy of The Great Panty Caper. All participants will be entered to win a $50 Victoria's Secret gift card. Winners will be announced October 7, and The Great Panty Caper will be released October 8.

Sounds fun, huh? Totally worth taking a photo of your underwear. For the record, you don't need to show your unmentionables. Only a photo of the thief is required, so get creative with this one.

Questions? Email

Monday, September 23, 2013

Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Great Panty Caper by Tawna Fenske

Coming this October from Tawna Fenske and Coliloquy

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You have a chance to win an e-book bundle and one of two $25 Amazon gift cards.


J Shultz is torn between two hot men. So what’s a girl to do? Prolong the decision and escape to Seattle, of course! Especially when sister Lori invites her to a fashion trade show.

But their plans for a weekend of cocktails and sisterly bonding go south when Lori’s panties disappear from their hotel room. It’s not just any pair of unmentionables - it’s Lori’s only prototype for a new product she’s almost ready to reveal.

Determined to find Lori’s treasured trunks, the sisters set out to track down the thief, with the help of some friends at home, a few quirky new acquaintances, and a cat who can’t stop himself from shedding all over the evidence. 

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In The Great Panty Caper, Lori’s considering a weekend fling and you get to decide just how far she goes with tall, dark, and handsome. Dinner and flirting, or more? It’s up to you! In the meantime, JJ needs a little help figuring out which of her boyfriends to call for some sleuthing tips. Can she resist the urge to phone her hot English man? Or will the all-American hunk fulfill her needs?

Doesn't this sound like a great read?  Just think, October isn't that far away - mark your calendar!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Book Review: Romancing His English Rose by Catherine Hemmerling

Book 2, Lady Lancaster Garden Society
Publisher:  Entangled Publishing, LLC (Scandalous)
ISBN:  9781622662470
Publication Date:  September 09, 2013
Pages:  436 KB/250 pages (e-book)
Rating:  4 stars

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book for review from the publisher and the author.  I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255:  "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising".

Rose Warren and Simon Trumbull may have been betrothed since birth, but that doesn’t mean they have to like each other. Rose is sure the notorious playboy Simon will never willingly settle down, and Simon, well…he agrees. Never one to be forced into anything, he’d rather drink and gamble with his mates than spend time with the bookish, bespectacled Rose.

When the two are thrown together to investigate a potential poisoning mystery, neither expects the sparks that fly. Simon discovers that Rose is, in fact, a brilliant sleuth and—even better—hides a delectable body beneath her flowing skirts. Suddenly, falling into bed may be the best idea either has heard, but can Simon convince Rose his romancing is forever?

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My Thoughts:
Make sure to read the Author’s Note.  Our author gives you some information into the history that surrounds the story.

Simon Trumbull has a marriage contract with Rose Warren that was gone back to when they were children.  It makes me wonder how the kids today would feel if their lives were decided by a contract?  Makes for an interesting way to start our story.

Rose belongs to a group that solves mysteries.  Simon is something of a womanizer but when it comes to Rose he’s a real stuffed shirt.  Catherine creates Rose to be a take-charge kind of woman except when she’s talking to Simon.  But then you turn around and she’s talking back to him.  She’s a woman of the times but at the same time she’s also smarter than some of her peers.  This is what makes for a great read.

If you’re something of an amateur sleuth you may be impressed with Rose’s skills.  You will be surprised at how quickly the pages go by as you read.  You will forget about everything else and then you’ll realize the story is done.  I have to think as I read the interactions between Simon and Rose that he’s finally met his match.  But who will come out on top?

My page-turner is finding out if they ever bring the villain to justice.  The romancing is nice but it’s the mystery that’s doing it for me – the suspense is driving me nuts.  I can’t believe I’m saying this but when Simon finally tutors Rose on everything a couple does behind closed doors, I just wanted to yell at them to hurry it up and start solving things.  Their love for each other is just icing on the cake.

The only disappointment I had is that this is the first book in the series that I’ve read.  I look forward to reading more of Catherine’s work.  It’s a fast read that you can get done in one or two days – depending on how much time you have during your day.  By the end, you will be smiling as you read the HEA ending.  If historical romantic mysteries are your cup of tea then make sure to add this book to your shelf.