Forbidden Review

For all you Elisabeth Naughton fans out there, or anyone that enjoys mystery, suspense, and seriously hot romance Forbidden just released a few days ago. The really great news is that Deceived, the second installment is set to release very shortly after Forbidden. Take a look at my review.

Forbidden Fruit is always so enticing…

Get ready for something entirely new from this author. I have never really been a big fan of a romantic read that features dominance and submission as a featuring role in the bedroom. The whole premise of one partner needing to dominate the other is not my typical read and although I have read several other authors that write in that genre I was totally surprised to find that Ms. Naughton was indeed taking me down that dark and twisted road in Forbidden. Let me tell you, Luciano Salvatici should definitely be on the forbidden list, he absolutely should not be considered boyfriend material, or should he? That being said, as always I’m quick to get caught up in the tale that is being spun by this exceptional author, she has a way of drawing me in even when I’m thinking what the heck is going on here? And, is she really writing what I think she’s writing about?

But I digress, let me give you a quick breakdown, the main character Natalie James is very quickly caught up in this dark and twisted tale when she arrives in New York bound and determined to find the person responsible for the murder of her best friend. Before she knows what is happening she is quickly drawn in by the handsome, yet exceptionally dangerous Italian Luc Salvatici and their affair is nothing short of hot and very naughty as Luc strives to dominate her in every way possible in and out of the bedroom. I found the sex scenes to be incredibly riveting, steamy, and very tastefully written even if I’m not one to get into the whole dominance and submission thing. All I can say is, wow! I don’t think that reading this book in a public place is a good idea, but then again I’ve gotten distracted. Back to Luc, on the surface, Luc is all business as the CEO of Covet in the fashion industry, he is domineering, and at times nothing short of a total dick but all may not be what it seems when family secrets come to light. I will warn the reader here that this series is definitely geared toward adults and ends on what I think of as a huge cliffhanger, but fans of the series shouldn’t have to wait very long to get their hands on Deceived Book 2 of House of Sin. I for one cannot wait to see what happens next in Natalie and Luc’s story.

Last but not least, I received an ARC of Forbidden for an honest review, which in no way influenced my review. Thank you, Elisabeth Naughton, for once again engaging me in a truly amazing tale, and I have no idea as to how this story will play out.

Memoirs Cover Reveal

Memoirs Cover Reveal is here. Pre-order your copy today!

Get ready to unlock the mysteries of the past. Joanna Claire Elan, Ashlinn’s mortal Mom, and Lexie’s Meme knew more than what she ever let on to her family. She was harboring secrets from her past. Joanna’s experiences and the happenings of days gone by had to be carefully concealed until the moment was right for all to be revealed. She made sure to leave her girls everything they would need to understand their origins and why her deception was necessary by recording her histories in her memoirs.

Get to know Joanna and take an incredible journey through her past. Find out how she met her kindred, Colin and what happened that long ago summer of 1980 when she traveled to Ireland on an unforgettable trip of a lifetime.

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Traitor Born Review

Traitor Born (Secondborn Series Book 2)

For all you Amy Bartol Fans out there Traitor Born, the second installment in the Secondborn Series is set to release April 17th, 2018. Here’s what I thought:

Treacherously Terrific…

Amy Bartol presents yet another thrilling tale in the second book of the Secondborn Series. Traitor Born delivers a powerful punch as Roselle’s story picks up where it left off in this Sci-Fi dystopian fantasy. As per usual, Amy has a way of pulling the reader into a strange new world, her imagery through her words delivers a story that runs like a movie reel within your mind. Roselle finds herself caught between extremes, either everyone wants her or rather wants to control her, or her mother and others would like to see her dead. Traitor Born is full of secrets that come to light, conspiracies against the Fates, as well as heartache and heartbreak. All the while Roselle struggles to retain her identity in the face of what she now knows she must do to make changes for all the Fates. Some of her biggest fears are brought to light as she begins to embrace the path that she has chosen. There were sections of the book that was reminiscent of other stories that I have read, and some situations seemed very familiar yet different but overall I thoroughly enjoyed reading Traitor Born, and because of that I was able to overlook some of these sections when they quickly gave way to an action-packed story. In Secondborn, I was sure that I was pulling for Hawthorne and Roselle to pick up the remains of their tattered relationship, but I now find that I’m torn in the face of all that happens in Traitor Born. I’ll leave that for you the reader to figure out where your thoughts are on the two because let’s face it if you have read Secondborn you are definitely looking forward to the second installment of this series. For those of you that don’t care for cliffhangers, beware, this book ends on a serious cliffhanger. I was left feeling somewhat bereft at the turn of events. All I have to say is watch out for the Zeroes!


Last but not least, I received an ARC of Traitor Born via Netgalley which in no way affected my review. Thank you, Amy Bartol and 47 North Publishing for the opportunity to read and review yet another brilliant book in the Secondborn Series. Happy reading everyone!


New Year’s Hopes and Wishes

I for one am ready to put 2017 behind me. This past year has been wrought with difficult changes and trying times. There have been good times and bad, accomplishments and setbacks, and quite a few changes that have been difficult to overcome. So I say, out with the old and in with the new. 2018 is just hours away, and I’m looking forward to opening the cover to a new book in my life, a book that will challenge me to write a better year for myself. This upcoming year I challenge myself to take a risk, to work on breaking bad habits, to travel to somewhere I’ve never been, to try something new, it could be a food I’ve never eaten, or it could be something that takes me outside of my comfort zone, and to also remember to do good deeds for others throughout the year.

With the New Year comes new beginnings, hopes and wishes for a better year, not only for myself but for family and friends. Here’s to writing a new chapter in my life and for you to do the same. Here’s to welcoming a new year and putting 2017 behind us. I’m ready to put that metaphorical book away, that was 2017, and put it on the shelf to be revisited only when I need to remind myself that there are better times ahead. As always, when I pick up a new book I’m excited as to where it will take me. Where will 2018 take you? I wish you all hope, wonder, and new beginnings. Happy New Year everyone.

Keeper Cover Reveal

Today is the day! I hope everyone loves this cover as much as I do. Along with the cover reveal, I have some updates on release date. As always, Keeper will be available exclusively on Amazon. This weekend I will be working on setting up the pre-order for Keeper. The release date will be November 4th, 2017, just five short weeks away. It will be here before you know. Now I’m off to continue my revisions and editing of Keeper. Enjoy your weekend!

Keeper Update

I’m excited to share that Keeper is finally complete. It has definitely been a labor of love and through the ups and downs of the last six months or so, it has sometimes been a struggle. By struggle, I mean that I did not want what was happening in my personal life to affect Keeper, Ashlinn and Alaric’s story deserves nothing but the best of my attention. Writing can some times take on the mood of the writer, we are only human after all. But when it was all said and done, after writing the final chapter, I was thoroughly pleased with the outcome. I can’t wait to share it with you. Now for the hard part, I have begun the editing process and hope to have that phase complete within the next month. Once through that process I will be making Keeper available for pre-order on Amazon at a reduced price during the pre-order period. More info on that to come at a later date.

Now for the good stuff. Keeper’s cover is complete and I have set the cover reveal date for September 30, 2017, A belated birthday present for myself. That afternoon I will be participating in an author take over event from 5:00-6:00 EDT/4:00-5:00 CDT in the Facebook group For the Love of Books. I invite everyone to join in the fun.

For those of you who like teasers, here’s and excerpt from Keeper. Hope you enjoy.



I’m brought out of my ponderings over the last few weeks to see that Alaric is approaching me and the twins. Damn but the male can wear a pair of jeans and a simple black tee shirt, the jeans sit low on his hips, and the tee hugs him almost like a second skin. I could watch him all day long. Standing, I now only have eyes for my kindred, and I watch as he approaches. His walk becomes almost a swagger, and when my gaze hits his face, I see that he’s smirking and his dimples are deeply etched in his cheeks.

“Like what you see mo grá?” He asks.

Knowing that I was just caught checking him out, again, my comeback is sassy, “I’ve seen better.”

Chuckling, he walks right up to me and grabs me by the waist pulling me to him, his eyes intense, before saying, “Ash, you wound me. I thought I was your one and only heart’s desire.”

“Well, my gorgeous Elf-Man, there is one other male that owns a piece of my heart.”

“No, mo grá, say it isn’t so. Tell me what I must do to win back your heart. I will do anything.” He plays along with me. “Tell me? Is he as tall as me?”

“That remains to be seen, he is but a wee little man,” I say, my lips twitching, begging to break out into a full-on grin.

“Curious, is he a dwarf or maybe a gnome? No? Is he a sprite? You could be under the influence of his pixie dust.” He proclaims a serious look on his face, his eyes twinkling.

Laughing out loud, he spins me around, and I ask, “Pixie dust? I thought that only disoriented the enemy?” He spins me around again before smothering my laughter with a kiss.

“Wee little man? I certainly hope you are referring to our wee little man. Oh, and pixie dust is a majical substance, it has the power to render the individual it is intended for to experience a number of different things, disorientation is only one of them and is commonly used in that regard during battle.” Alaric replies as he begins to trail sweet kisses down the column of my neck.

While enjoying Alaric’s attention, I call out, “Jasmine, we need to talk about your pixie dust, you’ve been keeping secrets from me.” Alaric’s hot kisses make it back to my earlobe, and he pulls it into his mouth between his teeth, and I suck in a breath. I’m lost to his touch as the entire world around us falls away.

Suddenly, water is raining down on us, and I jerk away from Alaric to see what the heck has happened. Jasmine is laughing, a full-on belly laugh in mid-air above us. She is completely doubled over and is no doubt responsible for our mini cold shower. Mischievous little water pixie.

“You should have seen your faces. Oh by the goddess, that was hilarious.” Jasmine squeaks out.

“Nice one, Jaz,” Lexie calls from the back deck. “You two are insatiable. Keep it up, and there’ll be another bun in the oven, or two.” Her laughter rings out across the backyard.

“Hilarious, both of you…”



Lemons or Chocolate?

Well this week, life handed me a boat load of lemons, more than I really wanted or felt capable of handling at the time. It has taken me a really long time to realize that lemons don’t always make lemonade, contrary to what “they” say. Sometimes they are just sour and no matter how much sugar you put on them in the end, they are still lemons. I think that a lemon is a lemon and ultimately we have a choice. We can accept the lemon as it is or we can reject it. I have decide that I refuse to accept the lemons that were handed to me this week. I’m chucking them back and I’m demanding my fair share of chocolate.

I believe that the good Lord above will only give us so many burdens to bear, in his or her infinite wisdom (and yes I included “her” in my reference to the almighty), I believe that we are being tested daily. Some more than others. Have I screwed up in my lifetime? Hell… to the yes on that, I’m definitely not perfect. I honestly don’t believe that anyone reading this can say, “No , I’m perfect, this does not apply to me.” If you think so you are only fooling yourself.

Lemons are inevitable. Everyone that reads this blog will experience their fair share of lemons in their life. Its what you choose to do with them that matters. Will you accept them into your life as they are? Or will you challenge them? Toss them back and demand what you want? I for one am going to demand chocolate in the place of lemons. I deserve chocolate. What do you deserve? Only you can determine that. Dig deep and determine your self worth.

What’s your passion?

Over the last couple of weeks I have taken a break from writing. Yes, everyone needs to take a break but what I have learned, is this. My mind is now so connected to story telling that I can’t take a break. I may not be actively writing but I am actively building the story to come. I have found my passion. Maybe a little late in life, it has been found none the less.

Not all of us are destined to make a living at what we love. Most of us that have a gift or talent for art will never make a living by indulging in our passion. Hence the term, starving artist. Having said that, we should all find what we love to do. If you love reading? Read. If you love to paint? Paint. If you want to write? Write. Who cares if you don’t have an audience. If it makes you feel good then do what you love. I have found that I love to write. I really don’t care what others think of my writing, it is my own. I wrote that and I’m proud of my accomplishment.

So… What’s your passion?

Feeling Nostalgic…

About a year ago, I set off on a journey. One I never thought, in a million years that I would travel. Thanks to Amazon and the ease of publishing in this day and age, I have not only published one book but by tomorrow on March 25th, 2017, I will have published two books in a span in one year’s time. I see that as quite an accomplishment. Close to 800 pages in print and I’m still going. For years, I’ve had stories in my head that I would play out night after night. I’ve been an insomniac who could not turn her brain off my whole life. Instead of attempting to write, I read. I’ve always been an insatiable reader, as early as second and third grade, I remember that I could not wait to go to the library. Reading has always been my thing but I never once thought that I could write. Fear of failure probably played a big role. Fear that no one would like my story or stories. Fear that I wasn’t good enough to be a writer.  Fear of putting myself out there for someone else to tear me down.

I’m here to tell you that nothing has been more freeing. Who cares if no one likes  my book? I’m published for freakin’ sake! I wrote a book! Not one but I’m working on a series. Books are magical or in A Realm of the Otherworld Series, they are majical! Reading has the ability to take us from one plan of existence to another. Books are our therapy.

If there is one thing that I would like for you to take away from this post it is this, don’t let FEAR hold you back. Sometimes, we are our own worst enemy. We give in too easily to our fears and don’t strive for more. I encourage you to strive for more and be who you want to be!