SCANDALOUS BOOK BLOG #CausingAScandal: June 2013

Sunday, 30 June 2013

RECONNAISSANCE BLOG TOUR ~Review



Andromeda has spent all seventeen years of her life aboard a deep space transport vessel destined for a paradise planet. Her safe cocoon is about to break open as Paradise 21 looms only one month away, and she must take the aptitude tests to determine her role on the new world and her computer assigned lifemate. As a great-granddaughter of the Commander of the ship, she wants to live up to her family name. But, her forbidden love for her childhood friend, Sirius, distracts her and she fails the tests. The results place her in a menial role in the new colony and pair her with Corvus, “the oaf”.
But when Andromeda steps foot on Paradise 21, her predestined future is the least of her worries. Alien ghosts from a failed colonization warn her of a deadly threat to her colony. And when Sirius’s ship crashes on the far ridge in an attempt to investigate, she journeys to rescue him with Corvus. 
Andromeda now must convince the authorities of the imminent danger to keep her protect her new home. What she didn’t expect was a battle of her own feelings for Sirius and Corvus. 

         Can she save the colony and discover her true love?

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MY REVIEW OF COLONIZATION


Wow just WOW......I think it's time for a little confession I might be a plastic fantastic as I like to call it (well what I have been called since high school) but Science Fiction  is my guilty pleasure, no one apart from my husband knows this.
 it does not really fit with my image I suppose. Beneath my exterior you will find the biggest geek. I have every Science Fiction series and film you could think of....all hidden under my bed of course lol.
 I wanted you all to understand this before I got into my review. I might love Science Fiction but I have NEVER read a Sci Fi  book; why the Fuck not I have no clue....

When the invitation appeared in my inbox to review this book I saw Sci Fi and immediately wanted to delete the message but something in the synopsis caught  my attention.
 I think at first it reminded me Terra Nova my curiosity won out  so I signed up to read and  review.....little did I know that this one book would open a whole new world for me.



The Book

You are  pulled into another galaxy,  time and dimension upon starting this book. Its detailed painting the perfect picture nothing was left out, and well written you  felt as if you are  there along with all the characters.
 I felt each bump on "The New Dawn" each vine clinging to my legs and arms. I went on a journey of discovery and adventure my pulse leaped with each new discovery and problems faced. I was sucked into another world a very believable one. The crystals, greenhouse the giant flowers everything I could practically feel. the  fear of been in the jungle. 
The writer did such a brilliant job capturing me I became each character I felt Annie's (Andromeda) confusion as her emotions were raged turmoil torn between two loves and her disappointment she felt when she believed she has failed. Every word cut me open.

The book was not sad by I felt like crying due to the sheer pleasure I got from reading something I sent hours watching it was such a different experience that it overwhelmed me

The Story

How do you handle the pressure when the fate of an entire generation rest upon your shoulders

Throw in  Your heart being pulled and tugged like a game of tag and war.

Fight like hell to save your people and agonise to find oneself and ones heart. Boy did Annie put up a fight.
Annie (Andromeda) I liked her from the get go she is just a young girl trying to figure life out just like the rest of us.
At first she appears weak and misguided because of her love for Sirius, her childhood friend. she clings to him using him to define who she is....which a lot of people do. for the survival of the colony life mate and jobs are assigned to each individual. she get a job she is k with but not the one thing that mattered to her most the man she loves. 

At first I taught this story was going to be about defying the rules for love I actually wanted it to be that because I really like Sirius perfect good looking charming a little bit mischievous.  they had a genuine connection.
In walks Corvus not so perfect lean, broad  average Jo with a enormous amount of potential. He slowly worms his way your heart  and you start to root for him that Annie hives him a chance. he got more wonderful as the story progresses. We realise he has a lot more in common with Annie than she taught . they could not be more perfect for each other....But will Annie realise this before its too late?
Corvus feel undeserving of Annie so he spends each day ensuring he becomes someone who is deserving of her ....will it be too little too late?
through great challenges Annie slowly becomes the strong, independent, smart young women she was destined to become. I was proud of her when she was finally able to see the bigger picture. and discover the true self and strength
   

Quote "for Corvus I was enough, I was his dream." My favourite quote  realizing you do not pretend to be someone your not in order to get a person to love you but just who you are is perfect for someone else. no pretense just you is enough for that other person. 
My kindle has gotten a makeover I now own many titles of Sci Fi romance books.  



Title: Reconnaissance
Series: Paradise Reclaimed Book # 2
By: Aubrie Dionne
Expected Publication Date: May 1, 2013
Published By: Inkspell Publishing

Blurb-Nova Williams has lost her one shot at Lieutenant hood and at love. Lieutenant Crophaven has promoted her rival, Andromeda, all because her lifemate, Sirius, sacrificed their mission to win back Andromeda’s love.

While sneaking out to prove Andromeda is a fake, Nova finds an alien ship hovering over their colony. Lieutenant Crophaven assigns her to a reconnaissance mission, giving her a second chance to redeem herself. Sirius must fly her and a research team to the vessel to decide if they are a threat. Thrown together with the lifemate that betrayed her, she battles with her own jealousy while her team battles for their lives.

Can she forgive Sirius in order to save her team and warn her colony?

                                     MY REVIEW OF RECONNAISSANCE 



This is Nova Williams story from book one I did not like her in book one she was a complete bitch to Annie; and you all know I loved Annie. 
we are able to see and understand why Nova is the way she is. she is from a dysfunctional family and she works exceptionally hard for her achievements. This still does not excuse her bitchy nasty behavior. 
 she grew on me the more I read and the bottom line is she is just trying to find love and be loved in equal measures. Really and truly who doesn't?  
The colony is under treat and this is Nova's turn to prove herself. After discovering an alien vessel. She along with her chosen lifemate Sirius who she is in love with but has pushed away and three other embark on a mission to make contact with the ship and find out their purpose for being on their planet. 
their journey is filled with deadly adventure and action.
  Nova love story was on that could be understood by many loving someone that's in love with someone else. 
Nova will discover that love and admiration can be forged in the face of adversity. 
"I'd wanted him to look at me that way  for so long.Too bad it took an alien invasion and us almost getting killed to make it happen" 

Being caught in a life or death situation Nove and Sirius must learn to trust and lean on each other if they are to survive to warn the colony, before its too late.

    
This book was much more action packed than number one every single page if over flowing with action and terrifying new challenges.

Aubrie did a great job once more, the this book is well written  and will hold  attention until the very last word . 

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About the Author-
Aubrie grew up watching the original Star Wars movies over and over again until she could recite and reenact every single scene in her backyard. She also loved The Goonies, Star Trek the Next Generation-favorite character was Data by far-, and Indiana Jones. But, her all time favorite movie was The Last Unicorn. She still wonders why the unicorn decided to change back to a unicorn in the end.

Aubrie wrote in her junior high yearbook that she wanted to be "A concert flutist" when she grew up. When she made that happen, she decided one career was not enough and embarked as a fantasy, sci fi author. Two careers seems to keep her busy. For now.

Now for the professional bio:

Aubrie Dionne is an author and flutist in New England. Her writings have appeared in Mindflights, Niteblade, Silver Blade, Emerald Tales, Hazard Cat, Moon Drenched Fables, A Fly in Amber, and Aurora Wolf. Her books are published by Entangled Publishing, Lyrical Press, and Gypsy Shadow Publishing. She recently signed her YA sci fi novel with Inkspell Publishing titled: Colonization: Paradise Reclaimed, which will release in October 2012. When she's not writing, Aubrie teaches flute and plays in orchestras. She's a big Star Trek TNG fan, as well as Star Wars and Serenity.

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BLOG TOUR~A WEDDING IN VALENTINE by Emma Cane



Title: A Wedding in Valentine
Author:  Emma Cane
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Publication Date:  June 11, 2013
Publisher: Avon Impulse an imprint of HarperCollins
ISBN: 0062264656
Event organized by: Literati Author Services

Synopsis
In A Town Called Valentine, Emily Murphy has an unexpected encounter (with the sexy Nate Thalberg) that changes everything. Now, in A WEDDING IN VALENTINE she and Nate are tying the knot, and it’s a celebration Emily’s best friend Heather Armstrong won’t miss—and will never forget!

Heather had never done anything out of the ordinary, but there was just something about that cowboy in the airport seven months ago she couldn’t resist. Cowboy Chris Sweet hasn’t been able to get the beautiful redhead out of his mind since that steamy night. Now to Chris’ surprise, she’s in Valentine—for his sister’s wedding!

Keeping the one night stand a secret the whole weekend will be hard, but denying their attraction for each other—nearly impossible! What’s in store for Heather and Chris? Will the romantic weekend in the charming town of Valentine sway Heather into taking another chance at love?



REVIEW

I have never read any of Emma Crane's work before or the book leading up  to this one but that did not hinder my understanding of the story, the book was written in a way that allows you to learn about the history and back stories of the  characters as you read on.
Heather Armstrong arrives in small town Valentine to aid her Long time friend, Emily Murphy organize her wedding. 
To Emma's shock this small town is also residence to Chris a man she had a fling with but never heard from again. 
Chris is apart of Emily's wedding and is just as surprised and thrown of my Heather's arrival in town.  
At first they pretend that they only just met, but the tension between the two only grows until they discuss the elephant in the room.  
They discover miss-communication lead to either on hearing from each other. 
The chemistry between them is alive and kicking and being in a small town it does not take long for the rumor mill to start spinning. 
|The story line was prefect for a Novella their back story was very  enjoyable and I just love Chris and Heather together.
Great quick, easy, sweet romance summer read.  
Did I mention Chris is a sexy cowboy. 

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About the Author
Emma Cane was born in Erie, a small Pennsylvania town on beautiful Lake Erie, where the sunsets are some of the best in the world. Though Emma enjoyed figure skating and skiing (good sports in the northeast), she brought a book everywhere she went, usually science fiction and fantasy. Yes, Emma was a Trekkie. Early in her teen years, she decided maybe she could be a writer, and wrote passionate stories of teenagers in space, first by hand until her fingers cramped, and then on her dad’s manual typewriter, that she still can’t bear to give away. In high school she discovered historical romances, starting with Kathleen Woodiwiss’s Shanna, and Emma never looked back. The first romance she ever tried to write was a historical Western, but now she’s changed to the 21st century, where cowboys can ride pickup trucks as well as horses. Emma fell in love with small-town, heartwarming stories, and created the fictional town Valentine Valley, a small ranching community in the Colorado Rockies, where she sets her novels. A Town Called Valentine was the first in her new series. True Love at Silver Creek Ranch followed in January 2013. Her first novella, A Wedding in Valentine, came out in June 2013.


Emma always wanted a career. She determined she wouldn’t be good at the family business, funeral directing, mainly because a funeral director is a social creature, out in society, joining lots of committees and being involved in the community. She likes to pick and choose her committees (she's served in almost every capacity in her local writers' group) She especially enjoys being at home in the evenings, her face buried in a book. When she went to college, Emma figured it might be difficult to earn a living writing, so she tried many different jobs. After majoring in aerospace engineering and taking all her electives in English, she realized writing was her future. While she learned her craft and raised her children, she worked several jobs, from fitness training to programming computer-controlled machines. She joined her local chapter of Romance Writers of America, found her best friends, and with their help, sold her manuscript to Avon Books. At last, writing has become her full-time career.


Now that her three children are grown, Emma loves spending time crocheting and singing (although not necessarily at the same time), and hiking and snowshoeing alongside her husband Jim and two rambunctious dogs Uma and Apollo.


Emma also writes as USA Today Bestselling historical romance author Gayle Callen.

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Saturday, 29 June 2013

BLOG TOUR STOP~ SHATTERED BY C. C BROWN



Book Title: Shattered
Author: CC Brown
Hosted by: The Little Black Book Blog

Blurb:
When it rains it pours….
Hard-nosed and self-reliant Dallis O'Brien has had her fair share of devastation. Her father's tragic accident sparked what seemed like a domino effect of heartbreak and loss. Unable to shake the fear of enduring any more pain, she builds walls around her heart, hoping to heal on her own.
Dallis' road to recovery is disrupted when she meets Grayson Rivera, a tattooed, coffee shop owner who, by appearances alone, isn't her typical match. Stubborn and hesitant to let him in, Dallis finally succumbs to Grayson's persistence, where he challenges her to face her loss while also having the walls of her heart broken down.
With Grayson's assistance, Dallis must decide if she is willing to learn how to be weak in order to be strong





Giveaway:
Grand Prize: Kindle Paperwhite
5 Winners will win: A signed paperback of Shattered and swag
All to be awarded at the end of the tour. 
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MY REVIEW


Shattered is a beautiful heartfelt tale of love, lost, letting go, being vulnerable and learning its OK to be weak sometimes.
Dallis, a young photographer living in Seattle has experienced a number of lost over the past three years leaving here alone in the world; apart from her best friend Miranda.
Upon meet Grayson a cafe/bar owner sparks fly between them; their instant connection scared her so she hid and avoided him for as long as possible but, you can never deny the wants of your heart for too long.

"Every time we touch, we jump back like the feeling we feel is a bad thing"

their chemistry sizzled and electricity literally flowed between them, they had that special magnetic pull. However he represented her biggest fears.

"He sparked something inside of me that i'd been repressing for fear of losing again"

They both suffered tremendous lost that provided common ground and aid in braking the ice Dallis forged around herself.
It was truly touching the journey Dallis has to embark on,  her character is the queen of masking thing and denial. She has created strength from fear and pain, but in order  for her to heal the wounds she covers with a smile she must learn to become weak again, and build the right kind of personal strength.
Grayson has been through what she is going experiencing so he is the right person to push her into accepting reality and moving on with her life. This has a negative impact on the budding relationship at first because Dallis would much rather live the nice cozy reality she has created for herself, instead of facing the pain and allowing it to heal.
Grayson is patient, supportive, compassionate and extremely understanding   but their is only so much he can do.
One thing that never wavered was their   intense connection

"His voice lowered to a husky whisper, sending shock waves through my body, with just his words alone" 

C.C did a very good job at crating the perfect balance sad, happy, serious, and humor. she always bring her own special flair i.e "Jackassery" that made me laugh out loud
I became a fan of C.C Brown after reading her duet Novel "Red Flags" One very special thing about this book is that her writing has matured immensely, I'm not sure  you can describe someone's writing as elegant but that is exactly what C.C has pulled off with an effortless flow.
I gave this book five stars not only because it was wonderful fulfilling story that gives you a beautiful satisfying ending but also because this was so different from her previous books. this shows her versatility and ability to explore a vast variety of emotions and situations.
Its Ok to be Shattered, you can always put yourself back together like the saying "what does not kill you, only makes you stronger"




INTERVIEW 

coming soon

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Just a book reading, writing loving, mommy and USMC wife! :)

I love to write, even if it isn't what is conventional and makes everyone feel giddy inside. I usually pull from dreams, or ideas that just thrust themselves into my head. I have what some would describe as a dry sense of humor, and I think its conveyed in my writing. I like to think I am a kick ass chick, but I can also be sensitive. I'm learning to grow thick skin, and in this field, it is definitely needed!
I won't put anything out that I am not absolutely proud of, but like E.L. James said, "I can't own people's reactions to it." Thanks for reading my work... I do appreciate it!
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BLOG TOUR STOP~SIN AT SEA by Emma Nichols


When Alysin decided to surprise her boyfriend at work with dinner, the surprise was on her. Since he was going at it with his secretary on the conference table, she packed a bag and called her BFF. Jolie and Alysin had been traveling the country, working as digital nomads for ten years ever since graduation. 
Taking this as a sign it was time for a new move, they decided to take a cruise, regroup, and make a plan. 
Then she meets Mr. Bedroom Eyes. Following her lead, they pretend to be married so that she can rid herself of the guy who started hitting on her before the boat left the dock. 
Though it was supposed to be a momentary arrangement, he asks her to take it one step farther. Then another and another. The cruise promises to be memorable in every way that matters. 
Along the way, Alysin learns that she won't have to fake an orgasm if she's with someone who knows what to do, that not all men suck, but the best ones suck really well, and that sometimes what starts out as something pretend, can fast become something completely real. Will the woman who lives life with no regrets, regret that she made that stupid rule about not exchanging names and contact info?


 Excerpt

We walked further without speaking, my anticipation building.  Finally, he broke the silence.  “See, I have given both your dilemma and your offer careful consideration.  It’s clear to me that there is really only one solution.”  He smiled broadly at his proclamation.

“Oh, really?”  I asked with an eyebrow raised.  “And just what is my dilemma?”

“Obviously, you need a great protector to fend off unwanted men on this cruise,” he announced, puffing out his chest for effect, further proof that he was the protector I needed. 

I smiled because he was so damn cute.  “Oh, but I have Jolie,” I remarked. 

“Listen, if this Jolie exists, I have yet to see her.  You keep claiming her, but both times we’ve met, she was nowhere to be found.”  He shrugged and looked about.  “So, I think you should consider my offer.  It’s a pretty great offer.”

“Oh, really.  And just what is that?”  Looking about, I realized that we had stopped in the cruise ship jewelry shop.  Then Mr. Bedroom Eyes dropped to one knee.  I backed up a step.  “What are you doing?”  I asked, confused and concerned.  This could go very badly.  I may have misjudged him completely.

“Relax,” he urged.  “I just have one very important question to ask you.  And these things are better said with jewelry than I ever could with words.”

I started to take a second step back.  I’m a runner.  Only he grabbed my hand and halted my escape.

“Will you be my wife for the week?”  He asked.  Then he batted his eyelashes at me. 

It really took all the pressure off.  Throwing my head back, I let out a huge laugh…a combination of relief and pure joy.  “Are you sure you don’t want to date me?  I hear there’s a lot more sex in dating than there is in marriage?”

He stood slowly, contemplating the idea.  “This is true, but since I’ve had no so sex with you thus far, any would be an improvement.  Plus, since you already announced me as your husband, I thought this would keep the charade going.”




REVIEW 

Let me just say, after reading this book, I need a hot and sexy cruise of my own!!
Sin at Sea is a heartbreaking, soul mending, erotic adventure. Alysin catches her boyfriend having sex with his secretary so she decides to run, or in her words she needs space. When Alysin, also known as Sin, runs she runs with her best friend Jolie. To decide where to run to they embark on a cruise for some relaxation. Little did Alysin know this cruise is going to rock her world. There are rules to Alysin's running lifestyle, but what happens when she starts breaking rules?
Emma Nichols has truely captured me with this book. It was love at first paragraph! Hearing and seeing everything through Alysin has put me right in her shoes. With Alysin's story there is no dull moment. Even the "boring" moments will have you saying aww. I cannot possibly get enough of Alysin's story, I need more!!
5/5 from Alyssa 

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Emma Nichols Author Bio

What made her decide to be an erotica author?
Simple.
How else was she going to parlay her two favorite past times into a career?

Emma is single and loving it. Like her first character, Alysin, Sin for short, she doesn't believe in settling or in settling down. She loves to indulge in her passions whenever the mood strikes and enjoys keeping all of life's cliche moments spicy.

Known for her sense of humor, Emma surrounds herself with friends whose antics often become the source of book fodder. Her ideal situation would be to explore the Caribbean while writing. She pursues that dream daily.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW


What sparked your interest in becoming a romance writer?
I often joke that I became a writer of romance and erotica because it was the best way for me to parlay my passions into a career.
What was the first romance novel you read that made an impression on you?
When I was really young, I read The Thornbirds.  It was the naughtiest book I could imagine.  I remember thinking that I needed to be able to write like that.  So, that’s what I try to do.

Tell us 5 surprising things about yourself.
1.     I have a tattoo.
2.     I want more…small, sexy, meaningful.
3.     My palate has really become more sophisticated…as evidenced by my love of sushi and asparagus…sometimes even together.
4.     I think cruising is the only way to travel.
5.     For someone so intrigued by sex, I didn’t lose my virginity for a really long time.

One of your favorite quotes.
By Mae West: You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.


Which authors have caught your interest lately? Why?
Hmmm.  In the author groups, I’m finding ones that I try to emulate, that I admire for their skill and their abilities.  JB McGee has a new book coming out,,,Skipping Stones.  I’ve been able to beta that a bit.  And Brandy Dorsch is an aspiring writer who has an interesting looking paranormal romance coming out soon.
What type of book have you always wanted to write?
It has taken me forever, but Sin at Sea is the kind of book I always wanted to be brave enough to write.  There is something so liberating about not worrying over pushing the envelope.  At the same time, I think while writing something very erotic, I kept it classy.  That’s important.  Even my smut has a story,
Who are your dream dinner party guests?
If I could have anyone come to my parties…Channing Tatum…oh hell, the entire cast of Magic Mike.  Ummm…I don’t really think I’d need to invite anyone else…at all.  We’ll keep it nice and intimate.

How did you get the idea for this particular novel?
My goal was to write this great beach read.  It kind of forced me to go through with it, get it published for summer.  I took everything that I loved about summer…the water, the beaches, the travel, vacations, hot guys, and sexy times.  There are a lot of my own personal experiences in it.

What is your favorite scene in your new release?
I love where they meet, how they meet, their interaction.  Yes, Alysin and Mr. Bedroom Eyes have chemistry from the start.

If you could be one of your characters - Who would you be? And why?
I would love to be Alysin, so supremely confident, so independent.  She speaks her mind.  She’s very worldly.  She’s tough. 


Flirting Questions
Which actor or book character do you have a crush on?
Whew…I can only pick one?  The Rock, Dwayne Johnson. 

What’s your favorite body part of the opposite sex?
The chest.  I like a nice chest to rest my head on.

When was your last kiss?
I get kissed pretty much daily.  The last one that really affected me that would be harder to pin down.

What’s an absolute no-no in a relationship?
Cheating.  That’s a deal breaker.

What’s your idea of a perfect date?
I love new twists on old cliché moments.  I love candlelight dinners.  I love picnics.  Put the two together…bliss.

If you could take a romantic trip, where would it be?
Someplace warm and sandy.

Do you believe in love at first sight?
Nope.  I believe in lust at first sight.

Flirting Quickies:

Boxers or Briefs?  
 Boxer briefs

Facial hair or clean shaven? 
Goatee
Alpha or Beta? 
 Alpha

White wine or red? 
White

Coffee or tea? 
Tea

Vanilla or chocolate?
Chocolate

Winter or summer?
summer
Twilight or Fifty Shades? 
Fifty Shades
Spotlight or In the Shadows?  
Shadows
City or Country? 
Country
Clubbing or candlelight dinner? 
Candlelight
Backpacking or luxury hotel? 
Luxury hotel
Morning or night person? 
Both, it’s the middle of the day I suck at
Christmas or Halloween?
Christmas
Optimist or pessimist?
optimist