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#Review of Finding Claire Fletcher #book tour

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I reviewed Finding Claire Fletcher as part of a blog tour. The book pulled me in from the very beginning and I found myself eager to get to the next page to find out what happened. The author did a wonderful job of portraying a tortured female, trapped for ten years by a deviant pervert, who’d kidnapped her from her normal life. I felt sympathy for the female character’s plight. I couldn’t imagine spending a decade being beaten, tortured and raped. The story moved at a wonderful pace, and the characters were very believable. It was far too easy to picture the events of this woman’s life. The suspense of watching Connor trying to find and save Claire is one that had me biting my nails as I continued to scroll page to page. On a scale of one to five, I’d give this a four and a half. Wonderful, believable read. I definitely plan to recommend this story to my friends.

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Down on his luck, Detective Connor Parks takes solace in the arms of a woman he meets at a local bar, but in the morning, Claire Fletcher is gone, leaving behind clues to a decade-old mystery—her own abduction. Perplexed and driven by an unsettling need to see Claire again, Connor must solve the mystery of her disappearance and find her once and for all.

BIO:

ImageLisa Regan is a suspense novelist. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter.

ONLINE LINKS:

Website: http://www.lisaregan.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lisa-Regan/189735444395923

Twitter: www.twitter.com/lisalregan @lisalregan

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6443334.Lisa_Regan

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Meet the Sullivans #bookreview #amreading

I’m participating in a HUGE blog tour, hosted by Novel PubliciSullivan Tour Badgety. This tour is major, with a ton of awesome prizes, and the chance to be introduced to some great bloggers. The Sullivan series follows one large family, and each book is about one sibling falling in love. The good thing about this series, besides the great sex scenes, incredible emotions and wonderful characters is that it’s not required to read them in order. I started with Book 3, continued with Book 4 and skipped to Book 1 for my third choice. At my current rate, I’m finishing a book a day. I’m pretty sure I’ll be suffering from withdrawals when I finish the series! Now, before I give my review on Book 3, Can’t Help Falling In Love, I want to let everyone know what’s up for grabs just by participating in this tour.

The Prizes:

* iPad Mini
* Kindle Fire
* Nook Color
* Kobo eReader
* $100 Amazon gift cards (7 prizes)
* $50 Amazon gift cards (2 prizes)
* $25 Amazon gift cards (8 prizes)
* $20 iTunes gift cards (10 prizes)
* Custom prize baskets for EACH of the 7 books–including items such as wine gift set, silver bracelets, romantic photo books and photo frames, eReader and smart phone skins, and MUCH, MUCH more!

If you’re a fellow blogger and want to join in on such a huge tour, check out Novel Publicity. There’s prizes up for grabs for every blogger involved as well. Definitely worth a few minutes of your time, don’t ya think?

My Thoughts:

I started reading this book to ease a case of boredom. By page 20, I was hooked and couldn’t stop. I heard a lot of complaining from my husband and children because I refused to leave my computer until I’d reached THE END. The entire book took me two hours to read and I couldn’t wait to get started with the next book. The author did a wonderful job of creating a believable story, with memorable characters. I’m an avid reader and I rarely find characters with such depth, that I can actually relate to. I enjoyed watching sexy firefighter Gabe fall for conservative Megan and her spunky daughter Summer. As a female who had to go through a brief stint of being a single mom, I really appreciated the way the author showed the struggles of a young mom, who was reluctant to start a relationship, for fear of how it would impact her young daughter.

Gabe is a woman’s dream man. He loves children, and goes out of his way to include little Summer in the outings with him and Megan. I’m a sucker for men who love children, and have a high respect for any man who can take on the responsibility of another person’s child. Gabe was easy to fall in love with. Not only was he a great father figure but an incredible lover. The sex scenes in this story are super hot and erotic, without being trashy or unbelievable. My temperature certainly rose a few degrees after finishing just one of these books. By the time I’m finished with the whole series, it may take more than a cool shower and chilly weather to keep me from getting brain damage.

On a scale of one to five, I’d give this story a straight five, which is rare for me since I’m always finding some fault with every story I read. This is definitely a book I’d recommend buying.

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Gabe Sullivan risks his life every day as a firefighter in San Francisco. But after learning a brutal lesson about professional boundaries, he knows better than to risk his heart to his fire victims ever again. Especially the brave mother and daughter he saved from a deadly apartment fire…and can’t stop thinking about.

Megan Harris knows she owes the heroic firefighter everything for running into a burning building to save her and her seven-year-old daughter. Everything except her heart. Because after losing her navy pilot husband five years ago, she has vowed to never suffer through loving – and losing – a man with a dangerous job again.

Only, when Gabe and Megan meet again and uncontrollable flames of desire ignite between them, how can he possibly ignore her courage, determination, and beauty? And how can she deny not only his strong bond with her daughter…but the way his sweetly sensual kisses are challenging her to risk everything she’s been guarding for so long?

This winter, if one – or both – of them aren’t careful, they just might end up falling in love.

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Review for A Familiar Tangle with Hell

“A Familiar Tangle In Hell” was an interesting read. In the first few pages, I wondered if I would enjoy the story, as it seemed a bit on the religious side. I stuck with it and soon threw my trepidation out the window. The sex scenes were graphic and hot. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the demon Familiar Charun and his witch, Tina getting it on. I loved how the author incorporated Greek mythology, portions of the Bible, erotica and romance to create the perfect combination. The descriptions were vivid and it almost felt like I was watching a movie rather than reading a book. There were a few small areas where the story dragged a little but it would soon pick up and I’d be reading faster than my phone could respond. My favorite part of the whole story is the bunny! Once you read the story, you’ll understand what I mean.

For anyone who enjoys stories of sex, demons, the Devil, the battle between Heaven and Hell, or just magic and sexy men in general, this could be a story you would enjoy devouring.

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Review of “My Life as a Sex-O-Gram”

My Life as a Sex-O-Gram

Thanks to a friend on Facebook, I downloaded this book from Amazon for free. The title caught my eye and I thought it would be a fascinating book to read. This story is told in the first person narrative and it’s a lot of walking through the scenes. The abrupt sexual scenes and behaviors surprised me quite a bit. The scenes were graphic and explicit, which I enjoyed. I did notice a lot of redundancy in the phrases, which meant that the writer repeated the same thoughts multiple times. As a fellow writer, this automatically caught my attention, though a regular reader probably wouldn’t notice.

Despite these few minor technical issues, the story was different from anything I’d ever read and made me think more of a fictional journal or memoir than an actual story. There was no plot line, conflict, climax or resolution. The character didn’t experience any sort of life altering scenario, other than deciding to branch out on her own from a stripper-o-gram to a basic prostitute.

If readers enjoy hot sex, very descriptively written out, anal sex, F/F, multiple partners, masturbation, and/or domination, this may be a book you’d pick up. For readers who are not interested in any of this stuff, you may want to find a different book, as this story contains a scenario of each and more.

I’d rate this book a 3.5.

Free to download: My Life as a Sex-O-Gram

Also available: My life as a Sex-O-Gram Part 2

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Review of “Acquainted with the Night”

A woman’s quest for the truth…A medieval icon that holds the clues…And an ancient book with the power to shake Christianity-and humanity itself.

London tour guide Caroline Clifford has never believe in vampires- until her uncle is brutally murdered at a Bulgarian archaeological site, and a vampire hunter who corresponded with him seeks her out.

Strange anagrams on her uncle’s passport lead them to a cliff-top monastery in Greece, where a shattering revelation connects a relic Caro inherited to an age-old text on immortality-and an enigmatic prophecy that pits the forces of darkness and light in a showdown that could destroy all they know…

 

When I first received Acquainted with the Night, the sheer size of the book intimidated me. It took me over a week to work up my courage enough to attempt to begin reading. It didn’t take me long to get hooked and I finished the thick paperback in just a few days time. I found the entire plot line to be fascinating. I love how the author uses scientific terms to describe the existence of vampires. Her spin on these overdone creatures is refreshing. I especially love how Caro gets up getting hot for sex after being bit.

The sex scenes were pretty arousing and the action was abundant and entertaining. I enjoyed following the relationship of Caro and Jude as they struggled to stay alive and solve the clues Caro’s dead uncle left for her. Piper Maitland did a wonderful job of tying up a lot of the loose ends but I was very disappointed when the story ended. I would have liked to see more about what sort of future Caro and Jude end up having.

 

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Interview/Review with Aubrie Dionne

Aubrie DionneToday, I’m welcoming Aubrie Dionne back to my site for her second visit. Today, I’m hosting a review of her book, Paradise 21 and she’s answered some questions to give readers a chance

to learn more about the person behind the name.

I’m not much of a fantasy person but Paradise 21 helped change my mind. This story is placed in

Paradise 21

Paradise 21 by Aubrie Dionne

the future and follows a woman who’s determined to escape an arranged marriage in the sole purpose of procreation. I won’t give away spoilers but this story is an awesome read. I loved the futuristic nature, the passion of the characters, and the unique creatures. If you enjoy sci-fi romance, this is a book I’d suggest you pick up. I’ll be hosting a larger review of this book when I am not so cramped for time, due to internet malfunctions and a 72 hour virus.

Now, for the interview questions:

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1.) What is the highlight of your career?So far, my book signing at Barnes and Noble was definitely a highlight. All of my family and friends came, and I felt like I was living my dream. Getting my agent was another highlight. Finally, I felt like I wasn’t alone. (Even though I have supportive family members and critique partners.) The third highlight is all the five stars reviews I’ve been getting from readers! I’m so excited (and relieved) that so many people like Paradise 21.

2.) How did you come up with your story?I watched a lot of Star Wars and Star Trek growing up, so that definitely inspired me to write science fiction. I also worry about the end of the world (I’m such a worry wart), and what people will do when our resources run out. Paradise 21 is about a colony ship finding a new home and how that impacts individuality and the freedom of choice.

3.) How did you get into writing?I’ve written my entire life. My first poem was about a unicorn in grade school. I started writing seriously about six years ago when I wanted to read a certain blending of genres that I couldn’t find anywhere in the bookstore.

4.) What’s one thing you can’t live without?The internet! I use it for everything: to do research for my writing, to communicate with my agent, to keep up with my blog and Twitter, and to correspond with my writing partners! Just a few weeks ago we lost the internet during that Nor’easter in New England, and I was without internet for several hours. I felt so lost!

5.) What does it take to get your writing mojo to working?Watching an exciting movie usually sparks my imagination. Also, talking about the possibilities in my book with my agent or my editor.

6.) How long does it take to get a book finished?My first book took me way too long: Two and a half years! Now I can finish a book in six to seven months.

7.) Do you create an outline and write scene to scene or fly by the seat of your pants and write whatever scenes comes to you that day?I write in chapter order, but I don’t always have an outline, just a general idea of where I want to go. That way the story evolves naturally.

8.) What’s one thing about your characters that your readers don’t know?That they are all a part of me! Even the bad ones! At first I found that thought horrifying, but now I’m comes to terms with it. They have to come from somewhere, right? And if I draw on my own inner hopes, dreams, and fears, I think I can make them more real.

9.) What’s up next for you?I’ve currently working on the third book in the series, Haven 6. The second book, Tundra 37 comes out in January (for all of you who liked Paradise 21). Tundra 37 is about a matchmaker on a colony ship. Their pairing system is destroyed right after she finds herself matched to the handsome lieutenant and presses delete. This book has it all: cyber women, alien mammoths, laser battles, tragic love, everything! I think I like it even more than Paradise 21.

10.) What’s your biggest distraction when you write?The internet! I keep checking my email thinking there is someone I need to get back to!

11.) What’s in your TBR pile?The sequel to the Hunger Games: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. I loved the first book and can’t wait to see the movie version.

12.) What made you choose the genre you write for?I’ve always been drawn to science fiction and fantasy my whole life. I grew up watching Star Wars, Star Trek, The Last Unicorn, The Goonies, The Princess Bride, all sci fi fantasy movies. So, of course, that’s what came out when I started to write.

Thank you so much for having me on your blog today!

This book tour is hosted by Coffee Beans and Love Scenes. Coffee Beans and Love Scenes

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My Blog Tour Schedule

Here’s a schedule of my upcoming, and past guest blogging spots, as well as some folks who are visiting me. It’s a busy month with all this and NaNo going on. Sign up for my newsletter to find out all about the happenings in my crazy world.

November 3rd: Thursday Thirteen

November 4th Guest Blogger with Skhye Moncrief

November 6th Six Sentence Sunday

November 7th Seeing Night Reviews

November 10th Thursday Thirteen and Guest Blogger with Dawne Prochilo

November 11th Guest Blogger with Sherry Gloag

November 13th Six Sentence Sunday

November 14th Guest Blogger with Nice and Naughty

November 16th Guest Blogger with Obsession with Books

November 17th Guest Blogger with Long and Short of It

November 18th  Guest Blogger with Book Wenches

November 19th Guest Blogger with Sit Here and Read

November 20th Review and Interview with Aubrie Dionne

November 21st Guest Blogger with Gabrielle Bisset

November 23th Guest Blogger with Jean Joachim

November 25th Guest Visitor with Diana Duncan

November 26th Visitor with Kathleen Ann Gallagher

November 27th Guest Blogger with Jennie Marsland

November 28th Visited by Jean Joachim

November 30th Visited by Tom Mach

December 2nd Visited by Kat Flannery

December 3rd Visited by Kathleen Grieve

December 4th Interview with Books and Kisses

December 5th Guest Blogger with Some Write It Hot

December 7th Guest Blogger with Lindsay Downs

December 9th Visited by Tracy Cramer Kelly

December 16th Visited by Gabrielle Bisset

Blog Tours I’m Participating In:

Save A Turkey, Gobble Up a Book

Black Friday Book Bonanza

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100 Books in a Year Challenge

Since I’ve been reviewing a lot of books for Night Owl Reviews and Fallen Angel Reviews, I figured

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100 Books in a Year hosted by Book Chick City

I could participate in this challenge. After all, it shouldn’t be too hard to get 100 books, right? Hmm…Let’s see how I do. The *** means reading or to-read.

1.)On the Edge by Ilona Andrews

2.)A Werewolf in Manhattan by Vicki Lewis Thompson

3.)Scared to Death by Wendy Corsi Staub

4.)Halfway Hexed by Kimberly Frost

5.)Claiming Their Mate by Stacey Espino

6.)Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

7.)The Darkest Heart by Thea Devine

8.)Birthday Party Suprise by Cheryl Dragon

9.)Notorious by Nicola Cornick

10.)Camelot’s Enchantment by Cynthia Breeding

11.)Indiscretions by Madelynne Ellis

12.)Alpha Heat by Crystal Kaufmann

13.) I Betcha by Mia James

14.)A Questionable Hero by Kiki Howell

15.)Caress of Fur by Corinne Davies

16.)Deadly Silence by Lindsay McKenna

17.)1105 Yakima Street by Debbie Macomber

18.)A Pirate’s Bounty by Eliza Knight

19.)A Cowboy To Marry by Cathy Gillen Thacker

20.)A Convenient Proposal by Lynnette Kent

21.)Werewolf in the North Woods by Vicki Lewis Thompson

22.)Werewolf in Greenwich Village by Vicki Lewis Thompson

23.)A Pirate’s Possession by Michelle Beatie

24.)Pirate’s Woman by Paige Tyler

25.)Back in the Saddle by Ashlynn Monroe

26.)Night Mission by Desiree Holt

27.)Until the Dawn by Desiree Holt

28.)Lust Undone by Desiree Holt

29.)Something Borrowed by Desiree Holt

30.)Shattered by Jennie Marshland

31.) The Son Between Them by Molly O’Keefe

32.)A Christmas Wren by BA Tortuga ***

33.)A Demon Does It Better By Linda Wisdom ***

34.)A Magical Return by Serena Shay ***

35.)Acquainted With The Night by Piper Maitland ***

36.)A Familiar Tangle with Hell by Sapphire Phelan ***

37.)Bonnie by Iris Johansen

38.)If I Should Die by Allison Brennan ***

39.)Confessions of a Courtesan by Deborah Hale***

40.)A New Dawn by Aubrie Dionne***

41.)Wet Dream by J. M. Madden ***

42.)Amber Moon by Amy Mayburn ***

43.)Tempting A Cowboy by Clarissa Yip ***

44.)One Hot Australian Night by Liia Ann Whiten***

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Review of “Until the Dawn”

Until the Dawn” by Desiree Holt and Cerise DeLand was an excellent read.

"Until the Dawn" by Desiree Holt and Cerise DeLand

"Until the Dawn" by Desiree Holt and Cerise DeLand

I am starting to enjoy other genres than just romance but it is still my passion. This story combined sex, romance, and a plot to overthrow the government in a well written, fast paced story. Madison is an employee for the Speaker of the U. S. House of Representatives . She starts to desire Dan Foreman. In a brief sex act in the stairwell during and important function, Madison realizes she wants more. Back at her place, they have to-die for sex, which is sure to have readers close to fainting at the sheer heat level, then Dan leaves out of the blue.

Madison begins to worry. She knows better than to think it was a one night stand. She begins to make calls, which backfires and raises her suspicions that something just isn’t right. She comes home and finds her place without power. And there’s a surprise visitor there. Dan. He confides in her that he is an operative for the CIA and he’s investigating illegal gun trafficking, which traced back to the very office she works in. Madison tells him about a file she found in his computer, which is encrypted. Dan realizes the person responsible is setting him up as the fall guy.

Madison calls in a friend, who runs a private branch of security. The woman is able to help them hide while they get to the bottom of the case. During this time, the president and vice president take ill, which means that if they die, the Speaker of the House becomes president. This is cause for concern when they realize he is crooked. His plan is to take over the government.

In a race against time, Madison and Dan have to hold on to their budding relationship while running for their lives.

I loved reading this story. It expands the fear that most Americans feel in this difficult economic time. It makes you think, what if this was to happen. Chances are, there won’t be a sexy man to save us.

I give this four flames for intense sexual heat. A cold shower or ice pack may be required with this story.

Read an excerpt here or here. Watch the video trailer here. For 18 and up only. Not for people with medical conditions. This story may cause a rapid increase in blood pressure or intense sexual arousal.

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And check out the other two stories in this series, “Until Midnight” and “Until Twilight“.

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Review of “Werewolf in the North Woods”

I’m a huge fan of Vicki Lewis Thompson

"Werewolf in the North Woods" by Vicki Lewis Thompson
“Werewolf in the North Woods” by Vicki Lewis Thompson

and was thrilled when she informed me I’d be able to receive an ARC of her newest book, “Werewolf in the North Woods“. This story follows Roarke, Adian’s brother, as he tries to defuse a situation where a man says he has spotted two Sasquatch. Roarke knows it’s true but he uses his degree to undermine the man’s claim, thus making the older man more determined than ever not to sale his property.

Roarke takes a camping trip, hoping to find the mated couple and relocate them. He’s forced to take Abby with him when she shows that she has pictures of him…shifting into a wolf. Despite his determination not to follow in his brother’s footsteps to mate with a human, being with Abby proves more difficult than he’d planned. Soon, he reaches the point of no return. When she gets endangered by the local Werewolf clan, Roarke calls in reinforcements and they attempt to save her.

This story is as sexy and sassy as every book I’ve read of Vicki’s. I enjoyed yet another story from the “Wild About You” series. I loved reading Roarke’s story and can’t wait to feast my eyes on more! If you like a fun story with sexy werewolves, and brave females, this is the perfect choice for you. Don’t forget to get the other two books while you’re at it.

Read an excerpt here.

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