If you like 50 Shades, you’ll love The Velvet Chair by CP Mandara

Velvet Chair book coverTitle: The Velvet Chair (Velvet Lies #1) by C.P. Mandara
Publication date: February 6th 2017
Genres: Erotica, Romance

Synopsis

“Oh, darling. You’re going to be so easy to conquer.” His finger reached under my chin and pulled my face back to meet his. “I can’t wait to strip you out of that dress and watch you crawl around my home naked. I’m going to spank that delectable ass with every damn pervertible I can find. Hairbrushes, wooden spoons, spatulas, and I might even try a damn baking sheet. That ass of yours is always going to be prettily pink and perfectly swollen while you’re under my roof.”

My name is Mark Matthews. I own half of London, and the part I don’t own, I’m working on.

Life was all going swimmingly well until Michael Redcliff entered my life, demanding that I marry his daughter. Actually, swap demand for blackmail. He’s got goods on me that I want no one else to see, so for the time being I need to be his little lap dog.

I’ll marry his daughter. I’ll give him all the status, money and power he can handle… for as long as it takes me to get a divorce. You see, I can’t renege on our little arrangement – but she can. I give her a week. One week and she’ll be screaming the place down for her legal counsel.

I am never wrong. Continue reading

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American Demon Hunters: Sacrifice – Book Review

American Demon Hunters coverAmerican Demon Hunters: Sacrifice by Bohannon, Buroker, Penn, Thorn

A relic thief.

An ex-military Mom.

A grief-stricken father willing to do anything to save his son.

An American Demon Hunter.

All aboard the 8.05pm from Chicago to New Orleans for 17 hours that will change their lives.

When the relic of an ancient blood cult is used to summon the dead and open a portal to the beyond, demons escape onto the train. As the body count rises, each must fight to save their own lives and those of the people they love. New friendships are forged in the battles and love blossoms in the carnage.

But who will have to pay the ultimate sacrifice?

A dark fantasy from four bestselling authors who just happened to be on the 8.05pm from Chicago one March evening…

My Review

If Stephen King’s It and Supernatural (the television series) had a love child this would be it.

JF Penn has been known to put the fear of all things unexplained in my heart. So naturally, when she teamed up with three of her peers, well-known authors, Lindsey Buroker, Zach Bohannon, and J. Thorn, I was more than curious. What’s even more fascinating is that they wrote the story on a train ride from Chicago to New Orleans.

The story is a short one but entertaining as hell! I loved the prose and similes used throughout the story. It really made me feel like I was on the train with the characters.

The writing was so crisp and raw that I could smell the stench of blood, hear the honking of the train and other passenger sounds, and vividly see the epic fight scenes.

While reading the book I kept trying to figure out which writer was which character, and who wrote what. The writing was so flawless that you wouldn’t believe that it came from the mastermind of four people from different cultures and backgrounds.

This was storytelling at it’s best because, like most recent stories I’ve read, it was not written in the first person, yet I was able to relate to the characters better than if it was.

I really enjoyed it, and it reminded me of Stephen King’s It which I read when I was about 11-years-old, and re-reading it later in life, still haunts me.

The story pulls you through the pages from one scene to the next, it is fast-paced and packed with action and adventure. Even though it was short, there was enough information about the characters for readers to paint a picture in their minds. I felt that the story was not predictable at all, which was a good thing because it kept me guessing, and when a certain character was killed off my jaw dropped.

Overall, if you like supernatural thrillers you should definitely add this one to your summer reading list.

A copy of American Demon Hunters: Sacrifice was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

More books by JF Penn that I’ve reviewed: Gates of Hell | Crypt of Bone | Pentecost | Delirium | Desecration

To learn more about JF Penn and to get a free copy of one of her books, in addition to even more thrilling novels, visit her website.

My Review of The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau

$100 Startup book coverTitle: The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau.
Genre: Non-fiction

Synopsis

In The $100 Startup, Chris Guillebeau shows you how to lead of life of adventure, meaning and purpose – and earn a good living.

Still in his early thirties, Chris is on the verge of completing a tour of every country on earth – he’s already visited more than 175 nations – and yet he’s never held a “real job” or earned a regular paycheck.  Rather, he has a special genius for turning ideas into income, and he uses what he earns both to support his life of adventure and to give back.

There are many others like Chris – those who’ve found ways to opt out of traditional employment and create the time and income to pursue what they find meaningful.  Sometimes, achieving that perfect blend of passion and income doesn’t depend on shelving what you currently do.  You can start small with your venture, committing little time or money, and wait to take the real plunge when you’re sure it’s successful.

In preparing to write this book, Chris identified 1,500 individuals who have built businesses earning $50,000 or more from a modest investment (in many cases, $100 or less), and from that group he’s chosen to focus on the 50 most intriguing case studies.  In nearly all cases, people with no special skills discovered aspects of their personal passions that could be monetized, and were able to restructure their lives in ways that gave them greater freedom and fulfillment.

Here, finally, distilled into one easy-to-use guide, are the most valuable lessons from those who’ve learned how to turn what they do into a gateway to self-fulfillment.  It’s all about finding the intersection between your “expertise” – even if you don’t consider it such — and what other people will pay for.  You don’t need an MBA, a business plan or even employees.  All you need is a product or service that springs from what you love to do anyway, people willing to pay, and a way to get paid.

Not content to talk in generalities, Chris tells you exactly how many dollars Chris Guilebeau authorhis group of unexpected entrepreneurs required to get their projects up and running; what these individuals did in the first weeks and months to generate significant cash; some of the key mistakes they made along the way, and the crucial insights that made the business stick.  Among Chris’s key principles: if you’re good at one thing, you’re probably good at something else; never teach a man to fish – sell him the fish instead; and in the battle between planning and action, action wins.

In ancient times, people who were dissatisfied with their lives dreamed of finding magic lamps, buried treasure, or streets paved with gold.  Today, we know that it’s up to us to change our lives.  And the best part is, if we change our own life, we can help others change theirs.  This remarkable book will start you on your way. Continue reading

Trust the Process – Book Review

Stack of booksTitle: Trust the Process by Leanne Jones

Synopsis

Women everywhere struggle with the multiple tasks that come with our everyday lives. We’re told that we can “have it all” but all too often we find ourselves uninspired and unmotivated to keep going.

Trust the Process was written to inspire women to create a better present and future for themselves. Within this book, you will discover the inner strength to grow in ways that will inspire positive changes in every area of your life.

Arranged into 30 daily segments, this daily inspirational tool helps define powerful ways for women to:

Design a high quality life;
Make each day a productive masterpiece;
Get clarity in your life;
Set your priorities; and
Keep the faith while keeping everything else together!

Have you been looking for positive ways to improve your life and permanently keep you on the right path?

Trust the Process is a 30-day motivational guide that will empower you to live a life of purpose and fulfillment through: Continue reading

Book Review – Ex-Billionaire Escort

Ex-billionaire EscortEx-Billionaire Escort by Leigh James
Publication date: October 14th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary,Romance

Synopsis

Rising actress Lowell Barton has problems… Lots of them.
One night, she tries to solve them with margaritas… Lots of them. Unfortunately, she throws them up all over a police officer’s shoes. And then a video of the incident shows up all over the Internet.
Now she needs to do damage control. Fast. What she needs is a story juicy enough to throw the press off. A new boyfriend—a perfect, smoking hot new boyfriend—that’d be just the thing.
Unfortunately, it’s just the thing she doesn’t have.
Deciding to throw caution to the wind and money at her mounting problems, Lowell hires a date. But when sexy escort Kyle Richards steps out of her past and onto her doorstep, she finds herself in a fresh hell she couldn’t have even imagined.

Is he the stepbrother-escort from hell, or just the thing to save her career—and herself?

Lowell’s about to find out. One thing she knows for sure: only desperate times call for measures this desperate.

My Review

As part of the Ex-Billionaire Escort book tour, I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I am very picky when it comes to romance novels because I don’t like how female characters are portrayed. I decided to give this one a try because the story concept sounded great.

Lowell an actress, originally from Texas is on the fast track of making it big in Hollywood. Looming in the background is the stereotypical issues plaguing Hollywood females, and Lo is not immune. After having one too many drinks one night, she gets herself into a pickle when the car she was in gets pulled over by a cop. If course being up and coming in Hollywood means that at anytime someone with a cell phone is waiting to capture your most embarrassing moment, which is exactly what happens to Lo. Continue reading

Scrubs by Brooke Harris – Promo + Review

Scrubs Brooke HarrisTitle: Scrubs by Brooke Harris
Publication date: December 4th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:

I like fast cars, beautiful women and great sex.
I hate drugs. I can’t stand the idiots who take them and I loathe the bastards who supply them. Drugs cost me my whole world.
I wear many faces; right now I’m Doctor Lucas Callaghan and I’ll be him until I get my revenge.
My real name will be the last words to ever pass their lips.

I hate my name, Aoife Brennan, as soon as people hear it they treat me differently because of my father.
Medical school isn’t my dream, it’s his. But, it’s the least I owe him after everything I’ve done. I’m trying to be a good girl, but even good girls make mistakes.

He’s lying about who he is, she’s kidding herself about who she can be. They’re polar opposites with one very big secret in common.

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About the Author

Brooke Harris Scrubs

USA Today bestselling author Brooke Harris is a self diagnosed romance addict. Realising at the age of seven that being a real person and not a cartoon character may prove a hindrance when applying for a role as a Disney Princess, she decided to create her own stories. As a grown up Brooke tried swapping the heels and tiaras in her stories for sex and revenge and published her first book, Rules of Harte in 2014. The Harte Series went on to become a #1 international bestseller.

Brooke lives in Kildare, Ireland with her young family. She daydreams about a climate where it doesn’t rain every day, but secretly she loves the green fields and heritage of Ireland.

Brooke also writes Psych-thriller under the pseudonym Janelle Harris.

Connect with the author: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

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My Review

I am so beyond honored that I got to review this book. From the moment I laid eyes on the sexy-ass cover I was curious. I couldn’t wait for the tour to swing round my way so I could sign up to review. I checked my email several times waiting for my copy to arrive and finally it did.

If I could, I would give Scrubs a perfect 10! The writing was fun and gripping, the flawed characters were so well written that I loved them with a passion. I read this book all in one go, and then I had to email the author and let her know I am hanging on the edge of a cliff waiting for Scrubs part 2. I just have to know how this story ends.

The pacing was wonderful, there were no boring unnecessary details, and every scene taught me something about the characters that helped advance the story. I loved the dialogues between all of the characters and man oh man Lucas/Sean had me going from day one; such a complex, smart, well thought out character. Even the females were not the helpless little waifs that you read about in most romance novels. The lead female can certainly hold her own against Dr. Lucas Callaghan.

There were some OMG moments and moments that had me laughing out loud, along with more than a few “did he/she really say that?” I had to go back and read it again. Yep they went there. I even enjoyed the hot intimate scenes; it was not over the top or too much unnecessary descriptions. It had enough for what it was; I loved the build up leading to it.

Hats off Ms. Brooke, I’m hooked on Scrubs.

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Big Girl’s Guide to Buying Lingerie

Big Girl's guide coverTitle: The Big Girl’s Guide to Buying Lingerie by Amie Stuart
Publication date: October 20th 2015
Genres: Erotica, Romance

Synopsis:

My name is JADE BALLARD, and this is the story of how a freak accident with a cookie changed the life of a semi-reformed people-pleaser (that’s me!).

After a disastrous marital near-miss Jade Ballard retreats to San Antonio, cutting herself off from the world in general and more specifically her family’s country club lifestyle, which she no longer wants any part of. She takes comfort in food and the safety of an internet love affair.

Rowdy Yates is a semi-reformed womanizer who’s leery of long-term entanglements. Until Jade, he never seriously considered anything beyond a “Wife-For-A-Night.”

After months of flirting on the internet the couple meets, only to discover they already know one another. Rowdy has always mistaken Jade’s shy reserved nature for snobbishness, and Jade has always viewed the woman-loving Rowdy as a Redneck Casanova. But the seven months they spent getting to know one another formed an attraction neither can fight. Continue reading

Death isn’t always the end

Desecration by JF PennDeath isn’t always the end.

LONDON. When the body of a young heiress is found within the Royal College of Surgeons, Detective Sergeant Jamie Brooke is assigned to the case. An antique ivory figurine found beside the body is the only lead and she enlists Blake Daniel, a reluctant psychic, to help her discover the message it holds.

When personal tragedy strikes, Jamie has nothing left to lose and she must race against time to stop the mysterious Lyceum claiming another victim.

As Jamie and Blake delve into a macabre world of grave robbery, body modification, and the genetic engineering of monsters, they must fight to keep their sanity, and their lives.

A story of vengeance and passion for justice, a dark mystery with an edge of supernatural thriller.

My Review

This book is not for the squeamish or faint of heart. There is blood gore and some hedonistic rituals. It freaked me out and I loved it! The heroine Jamie Brooks takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions. I began to wonder how much more is J.F going to put this poor woman through before she gives her a break? True to life, bad things happen to break us and either it does or we come out stronger in the end. Continue reading

Bad Uncle Book Reviews

Winner of the most entertaining Bad Uncle book review goes to Janette from Sassy Girls Books

Bad Uncle book coverWelcome back to the Sassygirlbooksmz, last we saw the Banovic’s kids life was starting to take slightly different turns, Zax’s eyes have started to see a little clearer when it came to Leighann, Adriana was and still is madly head over heels in love with Haze and Kevin bulldozed the ever selfish Savi out of his path and managed to find love with L’wren. But who said it was time for rainbows and roses this is LA and the Banovic’s we are talking about.

In this edition of our favorite family the lid has been removed and booms and revelations have been unleashed. Kevin has it all a growing business and the love of a great woman but fear that his truth will be exposed is pushing his inner-self to leave behind his doubled life.

Zax can’t help but start realizing that his chance with LD has slipped or is slipping away from him, and being around her is getting harder and harder to handle.

Wholly Brenda (90210 moment), the truth that Adriana was so desperately holding on too struck her hard as hell the moment Haze found out BOOM WTF MOMENT (so thankful no commercial interruption when this happened). But damn you can feel the pain, betrayal, love being pulled from the revelation but I gotta say I’m hoping and still rooting for #Hazriana..

On the key players sweetie Kristin isn’t so sweet after all she is being naughty and when the sheets cool down what will happen when golden boy Zax finds out, and what would happen to Joel if Zax finds comfort in LD (time is ticking before Zax embraces his Banovic tendency to take what he wants no matter what).

Savi is out of it still but time is only a matter of time since a ghost from the ashes has risen…. I’m guessing this is his wild card to control Kevin….it’s only a matter of time..

And finally the moment we all been waiting for the voice taunting Kevin has been revealed and it’s a whopper but the bigger questions are why? How? What does he really want? And the fact that I (I mean we have to wait for the next book is like waiting for the next DAMN season premiere) this is why I’m anti summer all shows go into hiatus and apparently so do the Banovic’s.

I gotta say Gillian Felix is killing me very softly here because books 1-4 were like this great setup for the book boom that is Bad Uncle and no teaser on book 6 is urgh.. Well played Gillian.

****best line thus far Zax telling Adriana that her life is like a soap opera loved it****. Continue reading

Book Review – How I Sold 80,000 Books

How I Sold 80k books Alinka RutkowskaBook TitleHow I Sold 80,000 Books by Alinka Rutkowska

Genre: Non Fiction

About

If you plan on self-publishing through Amazon (or have already self-published) and you are looking for book marketing tips, “How I Sold 80,000 Books” is for you.

The book will show you all the steps needed to get readers, the type of book marketing for authors that works, kindle publishing guidelines and best practices.

Author marketing is something that can be learnt. In this guide you will find my “4Ps” system, which allowed me to sell 80,000 books.

About the Author

In 2010 I left the corporate world and embarked on a lone journey to the other side of the world. I flew all the way from Europe to Auckland in New Zealand. I was on my own and I quickly realized that my trip was a reflection of my state of mind. If I was feeling and thinking negative, I would find myself in miserable circumstances. When I was consciously choosing my thoughts and always picking a better-feeling one, I quickly made that trip the adventure of a lifetime.

In Maya & Filippo Make Friends in Auckland children can learn just that. I not only managed to make friends in Auckland, I met my husband on a cruise from Auckland to Sydney. Read more here.

Connect with the author: Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | Website

My Review

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This book was very well written and an excellent resource for a newbie author or self-publisher. The author provided several great ideas for promotions, wonderful links and great personal experience. This is not a book for lazy people, the author provided lots of things you can implement to give your book visibility. I would recommend this book to anyone who want to know how to market and sell a book. It is a great launch pad. Book marketing is not for everyone and this book can help you decide if it is for you.

I gave it 4 stars because as an author with several books on the market and who enjoy the marketing aspect nearly as much as writing, a lot of what was mentioned I already knew about, but there was enough new stuff to make me take notes or highlight on my Kindle. I loved that the author didn’t make it seem easy or like she was an overnight success, she came across real and truthful. The fact of the matter is that these steps take a lot of time. She also showed that she didn’t just to one thing to propel her success, she tried many different things and together they got her the success she deserved.

I loved the humor that was put into the writing, I would rank it in my top 5 recommended books for newbie authors.

This book is complimentary on Amazon

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