What if you could live your life all over again?
There’s just one catch…
Frannie Turner is a plain, middle-aged housewife married to Stanley, a self-absorbed retired dentist who hasn’t slept in her bed in years. No children to love and be loved by. No exciting career to look back on. Just loneliness and lost dreams. So when the mysterious new hairdresser in town offers her the chance to get everything she’s ever wanted, Frannie figures she has nothing to lose -except her soul. And surely, as a stunning twenty-six-year-old singleton in New York, finding true love within the stipulated year should be a piece of cake, not to mention a hell of a lot of fun!
But New York City is no place for the naïve, and Frannie will soon learn just how dangerous a deal with the devil can be…
I liked the idea of this story, but I didn’t connect with the central character and the story didn’t fulfil it’s potential. I didn’t finish this book, which is rare for me.
This story is too dark, the main character doesn’t seem to have any good memories in her life and came across as someone who lets life pass her by. This passive personality trait makes it unlikely she would ‘make a deal with the devil’, as we are supposed to believe. If she couldn’t break away from a man who clearly thought of her as a possession rather than a person how could she make such a risky, out of character choice? It’s the lack of credibility of the main character that spoils the story.
There are many humorous moments and plenty of passion as she searches for her true love but these don’t compensate for the lack of authenticity for me.
I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.
Dystopian Cinderella tale aimed at the Teen and Young Adult market. Told from America’s point of view, one of the selected, this portrays a young girl’s emotional journey, in rather unusual circumstances.
This is an introductory novel and mainly catalogues the first part of America’s journey as a ‘selected’. She is a likeable character, mindful of others feelings but definitely a free spirit. The other girls in the story have interesting personalities. There is a love triangle of sorts, which I guess will be explored later in the series.
This book has been around for four years and has attracted a phenomenal amount of very mixed reviews. Whilst, I’m not engaged enough to read anymore in the series, if you enjoy a modern day take on fairy tales with a definite dystopian setting, this should appeal.
I received a copy of this book from Harper Collins- Children’s via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
It’s a sign. No one is safe.
At just twenty-two years old, Wilhelmina Daniels inherits a house, a family of eclectic witches, and a death sentence on the same day. As revealed by Reid Thomas, her shy but smoldering neighbor, Wilhelmina is a descendent of the Innocent—a line of gifted women who are to be admired, feared, and above all else, protected.
Death, mayhem, and The Haunted…
The murder of Wilhelmina’s mother—the family matriarch—sends the small town’s rumor-mill into a frenzy. Suspicions fall on The Haunted, a rival force with dual personalities, one of them being Julien Cote.
It’s difficult to believe the charming boy has a sexual deviant with a hankering for violence lurking inside.
Rumor has it Julien can seduce an angel out of her wings. Wilhelmina doesn’t have wings, but if he calls her cheri d’amour one more time, she’s liable to lose something of equal importance—her heart. But with Reid hailing from her clan, will she stay close to her own, or venture into the unknown?
Even a powerful spell can’t seal Julien’s fate…
Julien knows an incantation that just might help Wilhelmina to solve her mother’s death, but when an unidentified stalker is spotted spying in her house, her family is certain it’s Julien’s dangerous alter ego come out to play.
Wilhelmina must decide—is risking her life worth the possible heartbreak of discovering the truth about Julien’s fate and her mother’s death? Or will she cast aside her desire for Julien and vow her love to Reid.
Leaving her past forever buried in the murky depth of…Frog Hollow
Savannah was born in Hyden, Kentucky. She received her M.S in Speech Language Pathology from The University of Mississippi in 2009. She’s been writing since the early age of nine when she begged her parents for a type writer for Christmas.
She now lives in Corbin, Ky with her husband of eight years, John, and their two wonderful daughters, Delilah and Gracie.
When she isn’t working, or running after her kids, she spends her free time traveling the country with her husband. There is nothing better than a day of football in the grove, a late night of basketball at Rupp Arena or slapping the glass to celebrate another Washington Capitals goal.
She is a strong believer that with enough hard work and determination you can accomplish anything.
Your erotic adventure continues…
Welcome back to the sizzling erotic world of Follow Your Fantasy – a whole new world of fantasies where you, the reader, choose what happens next. And if one adventure isn’t enough, go back and try another.
As the story unfolds, your decision could take you onstage in a very naughty magic show; on a hot, naked photo shoot or to a solo performance for the watchful neighbour across from your apartment. You might be an artist’s sexy muse or the star of a very special home video. Whether you find out more about Giselle, meet the commanding magician Leon, or seduce the policeman following you, whatever choice you make, the power is always yours.
In this brand new collection of short, steamy stories, you’ll delve further into your fantasies than ever before. Once again, the most important character is You – confident, sexy and up for anything You. Where will your fantasies take you this time…?
This story explores the sexual fantasy concept in a deeper, darker way. Using an alter ego the fantasies are more risqué and there is always the ‘get out’ alternative at the end of each chapter. I enjoyed reading this essentially, light hearted series of shorts and the concept remains innovative and original, something that is refreshing in the erotica genre.
There is even a ‘fantasy map’ at the end of the book to ensure you haven’t missed anything.
If you like to explore the adult fantasies of others, this is definitely worth a read.
I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Click on the image to read my review of book 1
Today, I have erotica author Nicola Jane on my blog. I reviewed Nicola’s first book from Harper Impulse ‘Follow your Fantasy’ and now the journey continues with Follow your Fantasy: Deeper.
‘Follow your Fantasy: Deeper picks up a short time after the first book ends. When I got the offer from Harper Impulse, I had actually already written about 9,000 words of a totally different, mythical themed, choose-your-own-adventure format book. But then I decided it was too different from Follow Your Fantasy and that there was more to say about the world of this modern reality-dwelling “You.”
Second book syndrome is very real. It’s much harder to write when there are expectations, from readers, from your publisher, from yourself. When I wrote Follow Your Fantasy, I just did it for fun, for escape, for my own amusement. But Follow Your Fantasy: Deeper, gave me total writer’s block for months and took over three times longer to write. I had to really dig deep mentally to get there, with the occasional flash of blessed inspiration for scenes that I have no idea where they came from. There’s some pretty edgy stuff in this one… Rumpelstiltskin makes an appearance!
Because the books are choose-your-own-adventure, the central character “You” is, in essence, blank so the readers can fill her in in their own image. Yet, she still has some character of her own – risk-taking, daring. I wanted to explore the character of “You”, particularly her relationship with the other female character, Giselle. For me, it’s their relationship that the books are really about. Giselle isn’t just a lookalike, she’s a device “You” uses to give herself (or yourself, the reader) the permission to go to some pretty extreme places. But what makes her tick? Is she just a character of her own invention too? I think we start to find out a bit more about her, but it depends which branches of the story you take as to what you find out. As for “You”, she starts to go off on her own adventures, less reliant on Giselle, but still very linked.
The book takes some paths deeper into the realm of sexual fantasy and I read a book called Garden of Desires by Emily Dubberley which collects women’s fantasies and groups them into categories. Like dominance, masochism, voyeurism etc and I realised I had been writing a lot of scenes that fall under the exhibitionism category. That gave me a lot to think about! But that’s the point of erotica, to explore things from a safe perspective, to go deeper into your own fantasies.
I was also writing through a time in my life where I was having one of the deepest, in the sense of profound, experiences because I was pregnant for the first, and so far only, time. The last third of the book and all edits and rewrites were completed during my middle trimester. It’s not that pregnancy can’t be a sexy time, but it’s a bit odd now, with a ten-month old baby boy, to be remembering things I was writing when he was in utero!’
Wanderlust has been my main life force for the last ten years flitting from country to country (7 and counting) but, now I’ve managed to tie myself down in Madrid for a while, I’m operating more on the lust part with writing Erotica and dabbling in multiple dating and open relationships. I’ve never had an English boyfriend so my male romantic protagonists tend to be influenced by the Latin charms. Men I meet keep telling me I should write about them in my books. One or two might have made it already. One or two more are always welcome. – See more at: http://www.harperimpulseromance.com/authors/nicola-jane/
Upon a Ghostly Yule: A Victorian Christmas Short Story by Amanda DeWees, Daphne du Maurier Award–winning author of historical romantic suspense. When the ghost of a willful 18th-century beauty takes possession of spirited young Felicity Reginald at a Victorian Christmas house party, mystery and danger follow… but so does romance.
Saving Laurel by Raine English, USA Today bestselling author and winner of the Daphne du Maurier Award. A ghost from the past helps a tortured actress find love at Christmas.
In the Holiday Spirit by Angeline Fortin, award-winning author of time-swept Highland romance. Fate and a hauntingly helpful hand combine to bring Alice a Christmas gift she never dreamed of, wrapped in a New York Christmas.
Romantic fiction that takes the road less traveled to happily ever after with Kaidan: Snow Bride by Athena Grayson. It’s 1969 and Yukiko wants a modern man, but her nature only grants her one night. Can the snow witch break her curse to find love with an American soldier who has a life of his own?
Sapphire Ridge by Aileen Harkwood, bestselling author of paranormal romance and the Breens Mist witches. What does it take to lay her Christmas ghosts to rest? A sexy Scotsman with a mission.
Mistletoe & Magic: A Hidden Coast Holiday Romance by Lynda Haviland, multi-series author of paranormal romance. A small-town girl, a handsome actor, a romantic old inn–and a ghost trying to destroy the season.
Her Ghost of Christmas Past by debut author Afton Moss. Emma is sure she’ll finally get an engagement ring for Christmas this year. But the handsome ghost of a Civil War captain searching for his lost love has other plans for her and a Savannah bachelor.
Bandits Hollow: A Holiday Romance Novella (Robbin’ Hearts Series) by Diane J. Reed, bestselling author of contemporary romance with a magical touch. What happens when a fortune teller can heal everyone’s heart but her own? Leave it to a spirit who haunts Evangeline Tinker on Christmas Eve to show her how eternal his love really is.
This is an easy to read festive collection of short stories and novellas, with a ghostly or paranormal twist. There is something to appeal to everyone in this book, whether you are fan of the festive season or not. Perfect for the commute to work or a snatched hour by the fire, these stories will let you escape to another era, time zone or even world.
Upon a Ghostly Yule – Amanda De Wees
A Victorian Christmas romance, this story has all the right ingredients for historical romance lovers. A courageous heroine snubbed by society through no fault of her own, a gallant hero, and a jealous so called friend. The paranormal twist is in the form of ghost, whose own unhappiness affects Felicity the heroine, in an alarming way.
Saving Laurel – Raine English
This contemporary Christmas story has Laurel returning to house where she grew up, with the intention of selling the estate and moving on. Already apprehensive about returning to her home she has to face echoes of the past, before she can move on with her life. Enhanced with vivid imagery and tender romance, this story is perfect for all the Christmas romantics like me.
In the Holiday Spirit – Angeline Fortin
This story perfectly captures the hopeful spirit of the Christmas season. Fearful of being hurt again Alice avoids commitment and resists all attempts by her matchmaking Grandma to start living life to the full again. She falls at the feet of a man to die for but is it just her clumsiness, or something more? Great characters and visual imagery make this one of my favourites in this anthology.
Kaiden: Snow Bride – Anthena Grayson
An unusual, romantic fantasy tale for the festive season set in Japan in the 1969- 1970.
Sapphire Ridge – Aileen Harkwood
Laying old ghosts to rest proves far more adventurous than Nikki would have imagined. Vivid disaster scenes and enlightening flashbacks in this fast paced story hold your interest. The paranormal element in this story is subtle and adds an exciting twist to an already emotional story.
Mistletoe and Magic- Lynda Haviland.
Like all ‘Hidden Coast romances’ this story interweaves supernatural elements into a contemporary world setting in a believable way. A surprise guest at Hannah’s empty inn, changes her plans in a charming and unexpected way. Full of romance and ghostly happenings this is a delightful read.
Her Ghost of Christmas Past – Afton Moss
This is a lovely romantic tale of ghosts, lost love and soul mates. Is love eternal, who knows but this story certainly makes you think about the possibility?
Bandits Hollow – Diane J Reed.
A western romantic tale where, the past haunts the present and echoes of magic and the supernatural enliven an everyday setting.
Enrich your festive season with magic and ghosts I recommend reading this anthology in the shadow of the Christmas tree lights.
I received a copy of this book from the authors in return for an honest review.
The Secrets of Yashire: Emerging From the Shadows is a young adult fantasy adventure that occurs within the framework of a young girl’s subconscious mind. The main character, Brianna, finds herself thrown into a world called Yashire where she is forced to deal with circumstances that are threatening Yashire’s existence. Against her will, she is sent on a journey to restore unconditional love back to the land while also contending with the evil force in the land, Zolan. Brianna is sent on her mission by Libban, Keeper of the Land. Along the way, Brianna travels with the mystical tiger, Angelos; a huge, whitish-tan tiger with thick black stripes who sings only the purest songs of love, and the wondrous little one-eyed bird named Abiba. During the journey, Brianna is also preparing to meet her soulmate-the one she longs to be with and the one who will bring complete healing back into her life. Together they travel through fantastic lands filled with magical creatures that could only exist in the wildest of imaginations. Through her treacherous brushes with danger and heartwarming experiences of love and acceptance, Brianna discovers many things. It is here, amidst the powers and phantasms of the mind that Brianna receives life lessons and virtues to help her. Will one of her greatest triumphs be achieved as she learns to believe in herself? For only then can she truly see all of the wondrous things that life has to offer.
The eye catching cover of this story describes its premise perfectly. Recounted through Brianna’s thoughts and feelings; ‘The Secrets of Yashire’ is Brianna’s journey of self discovery.
The imagery is vivid and easy to visualise, as you read. The characters are interesting, a tiger, a quirky bird and a host of other animals all play an important role in Brianna’s journey.
As the first part of a series, it sets the scene well and allows the reader to see, how Brianna changes and develops, through her adventures and experiences.
The story’s pacing is on the slow side and sometimes lacks the momentum the action in the plot demands. The relationships explored and the characters’ behaviour, make this seem more of an older children’s read, rather than young adult.
The ending is suitably gripping and makes you eager to find out what happens next.
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Ezra Ravenhart has lived with the rumors of her family’s witchcraft her whole life. Too bad she doesn’t believe them – she’d conjure up a boyfriend. But the thing called love remains as mysterious as her Grana’s herb shop on their tropical island.
As a struggling journalist, Owen Cooper has to make a name for himself, and a tip that a real-life witch is living on Mango Cove may just lead to the big story he needs. Undercover as a shipwrecked tourist, he worms his way into Ezra’s family – and their secrets.
But how will he handle the fact that Ezra has found the magic answer to his heart when his body belongs in Chicago? And is their love strong enough to survive the evil stalking their every move?
This story is a curious mix of fantasy and small town romance. ‘Naturally Enchanted’ is an interesting and original take on the popular supernatural themes, of soul mates and good versus evil.
Set on a tropical island. The atmospheric and vivid, sunny location contrasts beautifully with the story’s darker supernatural elements. Charming witchy magic is subtly introduced, so the later fantasy revelations are easier to accept and visualise
Ezra has attitude and refuses to believe she possesses supernatural traits. Her relationship with her grandma is pivotal to the story and their strong family bond is realistic and heart-warming. Owen is not what he seems to be. Will the ambitious journalist really do anything for his career story, regardless of the collateral damage?
Something more powerful than mere physical attraction draws Ezra and Owen together. Enchantment and passion is inevitable. The love scenes are sensual but avoid the erotic undertones of many fantasy romance stories.
‘Naturally Enchanted’ is an exciting mix of legend, magic and romance, the perfect escape.
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars