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Jason by Laurell K Hamilton

Short, Sweet, and Snappy Review:


Title: Jason

Author: Laurell K Hamilton

Genre: paranormal

What I liked: almost everything

What I didn’t like: a couple of bits of exasperated description

Recommended Read: yes, if you’re reading the series

Rating: 4




“Enjoying pain with your pleasure is something you either get, or you don’t. If you get it, then you don’t really need it explained, because you know how good it feels, and if you don’t get it then no amount of talking is going to convince you it makes sense.”




But sometimes you have to explain the unexplainable, especially if the love of your life needs to understand, or she’ll leave you. Jason Schuyler is one of Anita Blake’s best friends and favorite werewolves, with benefits. J.J. is his lady love, an old flame from childhood who dances at one of the top ballet companies in New York. She’s accomplished, beautiful, and she’s crazy about him, too. Neither of them wants to be monogamous, so what could go wrong?


Michelle’s Review:


This is advertised as a short story, when really it is a book. It’s about 300 pages long, so it is shorter than most other books in the series, but longer than a regular short story. This one is also all about the smut. However, where some of the earlier books in the series are smut that has little to nothing to do with the plot, this is different. The smut is the plot, and for me it was well done. I enjoyed that it wasn’t constant smut, but also that every piece in there had a point that was relevant to the plot.

So now for the bad parts. These are the usual complaints I have most of the Anita Blake series: three page long descriptions.


Every tiny little detail about what people are wearing, what colour, and every possible observation of every possible piece of clothing a character has on. But this is a problem that affects every book in the series, so I am used to skimming those bits by now.


What I did enjoy most was the sneak peek in the back of the book for the next novel. Seeing as how we appear to be down to a full release every other year, it’s nice to get a glimpse into the world to come.


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Possession by JR Ward

Short, Sweet, and Snappy Review:


Title: Possession

Author: J R Ward

Genre: paranormal

What I liked: Cameos from Xhex and John

What I didn’t like: Jim and Sissy

Recommended Read: Only if you have read the series.

Rating: 2 stars




Jim Heron, disgruntled fallen angel, thinks that he finally has a leg up against Devinia, a devil’s minion, in their fight over seven souls to end the war against good and evil. This is because Jim knows exactly which earthly soul he needs to save: a distant single father of a 13-year-old son. Luckily, Jim thinks that he can leverage the power of love, because this man is in love with a careful woman previously burnt by lust. So instead, Jim focuses his attentions on Sissy, the young soul he saved from Devinia’s clutches, who is now transitioning to her life as an angel.


But things are more complicated than they seem, because someone else is in love with that careful woman – the twin of the man whose soul needs saving. And unfortunately, this twin is the better contender for romance – he’s a good-hearted sensitive musician. Torn between gentle support and steamy passion, will this woman make the choice that brings a brooding, broken soul to redemption? Or will that soul be doomed to endure the most hellish possession?


Michelle’s Review:


Honestly, it took me most of last year to read this book. I don’t know what happened with this series, but it seems to have just flopped. The book did not hold my interest at all through it. And it got to the point where I skimmed a lot of it just to understand what was going on.

So where to start on the problems? My biggest one was Sissy and Jim. Now, I can understand him wanting to help her, but come on! They were one win away from saving her anyway, so I have no idea why he would risk everything to do what he did. The whole thing put me off reading it from the very start. My head would just not wrap around the logic behind his actions.

Then there was the boredom factor to the book. I am pretty sure that for me this began in the last book. The similarities between that book and Wrath and Beth from the BDB books was too much for me. It gave me the feeling that I had read it all before. So when it came to this one, although there was not that similarity issue, there was a loss of love with the series. And to be honest, the storyline just left me feeling empty.


So what did I like about this book? The cameos. They were the best part about the whole thing. When Alex Hess shows up and then John Matthew comes in? That was the best bit of the book. And I don’t think a book should be like that.


In fact, if it wasn’t for the cameos, I wouldn’t have finished it. And I still don’t even really know who won; that’s how uninterested I was in the whole thing.


There is, however, one book left in the series, and I am a glutton for punishment. So I will try and read it just so I can say I finished the series.


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TWCS Publishing House 4th Birthday celebrations!

From their very first book, Blind Faith by Michael Schneider, to their most recent release, Twelve by T.M. Franklin, The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House has been dedicated to giving their readers the best stories they can. Their books have hit The New York Times Best Sellers List, Amazon Best Sellers List, and Amazon Hot 100. After four years of success, The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House wants to celebrate and you all are invited.

Join TWCS from October 12th to the 17th on their Facebook event page for daily giveaways. Answer the question of the day to enter for a chance to win print books, eBooks, and Amazon gift cards. Join the party on Facebook!


You could win books like

Blind FaithMore (MORE, #1)The Six (The Gateway Chronicles #1)Immortal (Immortal, #1)Redemption (Redemption, #1)Wellesley WivesLegacy of a Dreamer (Dreamer, #1)A Thin, Dark LineSupernova (Supernova Saga, #1)Slave (Finding Anna, #1)Roadkill (Allie Lindell, #1)Old Wounds e-book CompilationCode RedLast Call The Last Keeper (The Keepers' Chronicles #1)Blood Flows Deep in the Empire (The Szolites, #1)Exotic Music of the Belly DancerThe Enemy Inside (The Enemy Inside, #1)Out for BloodFeather LightPearls of Asia: A Love StorySpotlightThe Wrong WomanThe Righteous and the WickedObvious ChildJust Sing (Seven Oaks #1)The Silver CrescentInnocence (A Forbidden Love, Book 1)Synchronized BreathingFire on the Water: A Companion to Mary Shelley's FrankensteinGuilty Pleasures (The Food and Fornication Fables)Ready to Love AgainRuthless People (Ruthless People, #1)ZombifiedGhostwriterRed Zone (Daniels Brothers, #2)Éire's Captive Moon (Éire's Viking, #1)How to Get Ainsley Bishop to Fall in Love with YouBehind the Scandal (Reluctance, #2)Mountain Charm (Appalachian Heart Collection, #2)

And there are many more to come!

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Dancing by Laurell K Hamilton

Short, Sweet, and Snappy Review:


Title: Dancing

Author: Laurell K Hamilton

Genre: Paranormal

What I liked:

What I didn’t like: the lack of action

Recommended Read: Yes

Rating: 4 Stars




For most people, summer barbecues are nothing to be afraid of. But Anita isn’t exactly plain vanilla – and neither is her love life. So it takes a special kind of courage to attend a barbecue thrown by her friend Sergeant Zerbrowski. Walking into a backyard full of cops and their families with wereleopards Micah and Nathaniel both looking gorgeous on her arm won’t be easy, even with almost-four-year-old Matthew Vespucci to break the ice…



Anita is determined to have a good time with her family, just like everyone else. But it doesn’t take long for tensions to rise among the adults and kids. And Anita will learn that gossip and innuendo can be just as dangerous as anything the undead can throw at her…


Michelle’s Review:


Though I enjoyed this short read it felt as though it was lacking something for me. Whether that was the lack of action or the length of the descriptions, I don’t know, but something was off with it. I did, however, enjoy the read, and it was nice to catch up with some of my favourite characters in between books.


Having said that, the length of the descriptions really make the short drag in places, and I felt like we could have done without a page and a half description for each well-established character. But when it came to some of the new characters, there didn’t seem to be enough description.


If you’ve got the rest of the series, however, it’s worth a read.

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The King by JR Ward

Short, Sweet, and Snappy Review:


Title: The King

Author: JR Ward

Genre: Paranormal

What I liked: The ending

What I didn’t like: The excessive chapters not about the main characters

Recommended Read: Yes!

Rating: 5 stars



Long live the King . . .




After turning his back on the throne for centuries, Wrath, son of Wrath, finally assumed his father’s mantle- with the help of his beloved mate. But the crown sets heavily on his head. As the war with the Lessening Society rages on, and the threat from the Band of Bastards truly hits home, he is forced to make choices that put everything – and everyone – at risk.




Beth Randall thought she knew what she was getting into when she mated the last pure blooded vampire on the planet: An easy ride was not it. But when she decides she wants a child, she’s unprepared for Wrath’s response – or the distance it creates between them.




The question is, will true love win out . . . or tortured legacy take over?


Michelle’s Review:


Out of the whole Black Dagger Brotherhood series this is both my favourite and my least favourite. I can’t, however, bring myself to give it anything less than 5 stars, because as much as there were several things that annoyed me, the ending blew me away.


So let’s start with the things I didn’t like, because that’s a shorter list than what I did like. The main issue was the chapters that weren’t about the main characters. Namely those about Sola and Assail. For me they added absolutely nothing to the story. Their tale intersected only briefly with the main storyline, and even that was indirectly. To the point where if that whole storyline was removed from the book, I would not have even noticed.


And now onto the things I did like, and fair warning, if you have not read the book, stop reading here, because there are going to be spoilers.


Wrath’s parents. Hands down, out of the whole series, those flashbacks into the past are the best. I adored looking at the similarities between Wrath and his father, the way Wrath senior met his mate, the way he didn’t want to be the King. All of it was such a wonderful look into the family’s past, and I loved every second of it.


Second has to be the last twenty chapters. That’s where the book really turned around and blew me away. From the surprise pregnancy, to Wrath’s absolute joy over it, to the best line of the book: See ya, motherfuckers. It was twist after turn after surprise. And for me, the ending of this book not only saved the whole thing, but had me on the edge of my seat with absolute awe.

Now I want the next instalment!

Click here if you fancy giving it a go.


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Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

Short, Sweet, and Snappy Review:


Title:  Dead Ever After

Author: Charlaine Harris

Genre: Horror/paranormal

What I liked: That the series is over

What I didn’t like: Too much to list

Recommended Read: Only if you’ve read the series.

Rating: 2 stars



There are secrets in the town of Bon Temps, ones that threaten those closest to Sookie—and could destroy her heart…


Sookie Stackhouse finds it easy to turn down the request of former barmaid Arlene when she wants her job back at Merlotte’s. After all, Arlene tried to have Sookie killed. But her relationship with Eric Northman is not so clearcut. He and his vampires are keeping their distance…and a cold silence. And when Sookie learns the reason why, she is devastated.


Then a shocking murder rocks Bon Temps, and Sookie is arrested for the crime.


But the evidence against Sookie is weak, and she makes bail. Investigating the killing, she’ll learn that what passes for truth in Bon Temps is only a convenient lie. What passes for justice is more spilled blood. And what passes for love is never enough…


Michelle’s Review:


Where to start with this mess? Perhaps at the end, for a change, because that’s the biggest thing that made me put the book down and say: what a load of rubbish. For a last book in the series, there seem to be a lot of loose ends. Such as what happened to Sam and Sookie? Did they live happy ever after? Did they break up after a couple of months? Did Bill ever find anyone? Has Sookie’s cousin Hunter grown up all right?


But of course, the biggest what the hell out of that lot has to be Sam and Sookie. Had I not already heard through the grapevine that this was coming, I’m pretty sure I would have laughed my ass off and declared the entire book to be a work of self-gratifying fanfiction for the Sam/Sookie shippers. Not that I don’t mind a good bit of fanfic every now and then, and not that I don’t like Sam, but there doesn’t seem to have been any indication prior to the end of book twelve that Sookie thought of Sam in any other way than a brother. But hey, it’s not my book, and I suppose if the author wants to put them together in an attempt to give the series some closure, then fine.


However, the ludicrous ending wasn’t the only issue I had with this book. The switch in writing really threw me. We’ve gone from twelve books of single first person point of view, to a book that switches between that and third person point of view. And honestly, I don’t think those changes in point of view really added much to the overall novel. To me, they seemed like little more than a good way to pad out the book without tying up the loose ends that could have been tied up.


So for me, I am glad this series is over. I’m glad I borrowed the last book from the library instead of paying for it before the paperback comes out, and I am happy that I don’t have to read any more of the books. In my opinion this whole series has been like the Big One (or whatever it’s called these days) roller coaster in Blackpool. It was all uphill at the very start, but after that first rush of falling from the sky everything else is a bit of a disappointment.

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Affliction, by Laurell K Hamilton

Short, Sweet, and Snappy Review:


Title:  Affliction

Author: Laurell K Hamilton

Genre: horror

What I liked: Everything!

What I didn’t like: Nothing.

Recommended Read: Yes!

Rating: 5 stars



Some zombies are raised. Others must be put down. Just ask Anita Blake.

Before now, she would have considered them merely off-putting, never dangerous. Before now, she had never heard of any of them causing human beings to perish in agony. But that’s all changed.

Micah’s estranged father lies dying, rotting away inside from some strange ailment that has his doctors whispering about “zombie disease.”

Anita makes her living off of zombies—but these aren’t the kind she knows so well. These creatures hunt in daylight, and are as fast and strong as vampires. If they bite you, you become just like them. And round and round it goes…

Where will it stop?
Even Anita Blake doesn’t know.


Michelle’s Review:

This series has been up and down for me. It started great, then digressed into little more than smut with a vague plot. However, the last couple of books have been getting better, and this one has been the best so far. I loved the pacing, the plot, the twists, the fact that it kept me guessing until the end, and I loved the flamethrower. There honestly isn’t anything I can say about this book that is negative.


So let’s look a little more in depth at this one and what made it so great. For a start, the zombies were back. Good, old fashioned zombie raising. It’s where the series began, and I was very happy to see a return to that. And given the twists we saw in the book regarding the zombies and Anita’s powers, I am very much looking forward to seeing what comes next.


Secondly, the pacing and action for me was just right. It had me excited and bouncing, but also gave me time in between the big events of the book to sit back and think. It wasn’t all go all the time, and it wasn’t slow and boring.


Of course, I mentioned earlier that some of this series digressed into smut and not much else, but that the last few books have been getting better. That’s not to say there isn’t any sex at all in this book; there is. However, it was well timed, well-paced, didn’t take three chapters to get through, and was actually relevant to the plot for a change.


So overall, before I spend all day going on about this book, I give it a hearty five stars. It’s renewed my faith in the series, and has me excited for the next one.


As always, you can make up your own mind by picking the book up or downloading the ebook from pretty much any book shop.


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The Keepers’ Chronicles

I’ve been working on The Keepers’ Chronicles for over five years now. From conception to publishing, to planning out the rest of the series and the short stories, it has been one hell of a journey. Part of that journey is being laid out in the Blogger Book Fair that kicked off today. As my characters are well travelled, and the theme of the fair is travel and far away places, it all fits in rather well!

And even now, I am still learning. New things every day, or so the saying goes. And to a certain extent that is true. It is nice to learn new things every day even if those new things are a relearning of something you already knew.
Anyway, I am getting off topic. What did I learn today? Well, today was a relearning sort of day. I should always remember that when making announcements I should make them all at once, especially where voting and awards are concerned! Because I went head over heels and shouted from the mountain tops that The Last Keeper is up for a readers choice award during the Blogger Book Fair. And in the midst of it, I forgot to check for my short story, A Glimpse Into Darkness.

And guess what? yep, that’s also up for an award!

So here are the details!

A Glimpse Into Darkness is up for Short Story Horror.

The Last Keeper AND Last Chance are up for Fantasy Mature 1

So if you would, please go vote! And don’t forget, A Glimpse Into Darkness is FREE from Smashwords all month!

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Wild Point Island, Kate Lutter

Hi. My name is Kate Lutter, and I’m super excited to be a part of Blogger Book Fair 2013 and to showcase my debut novel Wild Point Island, and a fabulous Give-away:

Give-Away during Blogger Book Fair on July 22-26, 2013

To be eligible to win a $25.00 Amazon gift card

Go to www.katelutter.com.

Scroll down the right hand column.


I write a blog called Black and White (how the fictional world impacts the real world and your comment will be part of a survey I’m currently conducting.)

I never would have published Wild Point Island if I hadn’t broken a few rules along the way.



I was never one for breaking the rules.  I was the kid in school who always did her homework.  Who always arrived on time for school. Who took notes.  Studied for tests.  I was that kind of person.

When I became a writer, I still followed the rules.  Why wouldn’t I? I believed that rules prevent chaos, make the world a better place.  One of the most important rules was—never pitch a book that you’re writing to an editor until you’re finished writing it.  NEVER.

But after writing four novels and not selling them, I grew suspicious that the ideas I was writing about were not marketable. And then one day . . . last year . . . I did the unthinkable.

I was at a writing conference and I signed up for an appointment with a top New York editor of a publishing house I respected even though I was only 100 pages into writing my current novel.

Now this isn’t a good idea on many levels, but I convinced myself that I needed to know whether the idea of the story was marketable.

I had the title: Wild Point Island.

I had the genre: paranormal romance

And I had the story idea—a love story where two people want to be together but they can’t because it’s physically impossible.

Yes, I’ll admit it—I was addicted to True Blood—HBO’s hot drama and was a Sookie and Bill fan.  I loved the idea of Bill (a vampire) falling for Sookie (a half human, half fairy). It was a relationship doomed from the start.  Bittersweet.  And I’d drafted a romance modeled on a similar concept.

My hero, a revenant, who was once human, was now a different life form.  He’d returned from the dead.  He was 420 years old and was condemned to live his very long life on Wild Point Island.  My heroine was half human/half revenant.  She lived on the mainland, in North Carolina.

They were both descendants of the Lost Colony of Roanoke, an original English colony that was settled in 1592, but then disappeared when the mother ship returned to England for supplies. This was my hook, and I wanted to see if it was hook enough to sell a book.

If the editor were interested, she would request at most a partial—the first three chapters—if she requested anything at all–and that would give me time to finish the book, and then I would know that I had a marketable idea.

So I marched into my appointment to do a very wrong thing. I pitched the story I hadn’t finished and waited for her reaction.  In a pitch session with an editor at a conference you have ten minutes to sell your story. Some writers crack under the pressure.  They become tongue-tied.  They stare down at their notes, and the words swim before their eyes.

To my shock and amazement, the editor responded immediately.  She knew all about the Lost Colony of Roanoke.  She’d vacationed down in North Carolina as a child.  She loved the idea.  And then she lowered the boom. The good news. What every writer who pitches wants to hear—She requested the entire manuscript.

She referred, of course, to the story I hadn’t yet finished.

I smiled and said, “Of course.  No problem.” I was doomed.

Back home, my husband said, “Just finish it then.”

Two hundred pages in a month?  I would have to write ten pages a day straight for twenty days which would give me roughly two hundred pages and then, I would need ten days to edit. Already I was sweating.

The next day I signed up online for Book In A Month.  I set myself a schedule. I grew determined to finish the book.

It was ugly and beautiful at the same time, and I learned two things from the experience.  One—I could write incredibly fast when I wanted to.  For the first time in my life, I entered into what writers call “the zone.”  When you write intently everyday for long periods of time, you know your story so well, you do enter into the special world of your story, and it does get easier.  Two—I never broke that rule again. I finished. I edited. And I submitted.

And it was rejected.

It wasn’t until months later when I had a chance to rewrite the story that I was able to sell it.

Wild Point Island was published by Crescent Moon Press in 2012. It’s now available from Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com in print and e book formats.






You can find me at www.katelutter.com.



As for Wild Point Island, the back cover blurb reads: 

Banished from Wild Point Island as a child, Ella Pattenson, a half human-half revenant, has managed to hide her true identity as a descendent of the Lost Colony of Roanoke.  Thought to have perished, the settlers survived but were transformed into revenants–immortal beings who live forever as long as they remain on the island.

Now, Ella must return to the place of her birth to rescue her father from imprisonment and a soon to be unspeakable death.  Her only hope is to trust a seductive revenant who seems to have ties to the corrupt High Council.  Simon Viccars is sexy and like no man she’s ever met. But he’s been trapped on the island for 400 years and is willing to do almost anything for his freedom.

With the forces of the island conspiring against her, Ella must risk her father, her heart, and her life on love.

Don’t forget to participate in the survey and become eligible for the Give-Away.


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Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale!

I’m somewhat late to the party again, but only by ten days this time. And the party in question is the Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale!

Basically, for the entire month of July, you can get books from Smashwords for between 25% and 100% off! Including two of mine.

A Glimpse Into Darkness is now FREE! and Last Chance is now HALF PRICE!

A Glimpse INto Darkness

Set in the U.S.S.R in 1964, this short accompaniment to The Keepers’ Chronicles explores the missing years from book one. Lost without her mate, Serenity Cardea is barely clinging to what little sanity she has left. Every day is a struggle, and the only thing keeping her going is the family she surrounds herself with and her duties as protector of the balance between the races.

Deep in the Russian wilderness, the Wolves are in trouble. They’ve gotten on the wrong side of a group of vampires, and now their village has been burned to the ground. With Serenity’s help, they are forced to flee their home and start again.

Last Chance

With her race saved from extinction, Serenity’s life could not be better. Married, finally, to history professor, Ray, and back in London for the first time in a century, retirement isn’t coming easy. Being a housewife was never in her make up.

But when Lizzy calls to say the Keepers’ records have been taken, retirement is preferable over the danger they now face. All their family trees. Historical and current details of every Keeper across the entire globe… gone… stolen.

Targets once more, Serenity’s isn’t inclined to sit back and let her brothers and sisters face the losses she witnessed. The order to move the Keepers’ entire race seems their only option, but it comes at a price. One that all too soon becomes clear.

Whoever is behind the threat, they show no remorse for their actions and no compassion. Entire families are decimated, leaving no one alive. Serenity can only be pushed so far before she breaks, and when the threat starts taking the lives of the race’s children, enough is enough.

No matter who is behind the threat, they will not face the endless mercy the Keepers have always displayed.

No matter who is responsible for the killings, no threats will be issued.

No matter if the killers are human, witches, Weres, vampires or even Keepers… This time, there will be no survivors.

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