Monday Reads

Monday, January 21, 2013


Salacious Reads


Monday Reads is a meme will be dedicated to the book or books I’m starting and/or finishing for the upcoming week.

Want to share what you're reading or finished? Comment below or create your own post. Your book can be a salaciously sexy book or a book with sweetness dripping from it’s pages. Share a blurb, paragraph or sentence and then let us know why you picked that particular book. You can grab the graphic here or make you own!

No dancing to start this post off...sorry for it being so late. This week I'll be reading the following..


Contemporary Romance, Erotica
I got this one as a book to review for one of my blog tours & let me tell you it's not what I expected at all. But it's good...really good. My review will be up Wednesday.




Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Part of one of my reading challenges, I'm so looking forward to this read. It's actually been sitting on my bookshelf for months now...




Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Since the two Ana's decide to slightly change the TBR Knockout challenge..being that more time will be given for you read said book & stuff.  So, I'm starting this one this week...Oh yeah, I'm super excited to bust open these pages.










So beautifuls, what are you reading this week? anything good? let your girl know.


Lata Days...MUAH!

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Chattin' It Up + Giveaway with Jessica Scott

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Ana: Welcome to Beach Bum Reads! I’m glad you can join me today :)
JScott: Thanks so much for having me today! 

Ana: We’re going to start off with some basics…Can you tell us a little about yourself? 
JScott: Um, you mean other than I’m slightly insane? I’m your average working mom, trying to balance life, a job, kids, pets and not burning dinner. Let’s be honest, I burn dinner. A lot. 

Ana: lol. you and me both xD -- What was the first book that got you into reading? 
JScott: Oh wow. Honestly, I don’t ever remember not knowing how to read and I’ve always been a book worm. I thought it was really cool that my hometown library highlighted a print copy of my book To Iraq & Back because I spent so much time there as a teenager. 

Ana: What/who inspired you to become a writer?
JScott: Wow, you know I started writing fanfiction based on Anne McCaffrey’s Pern series when I was a kid. I’ve always gotten these good idea but never really wrote much beyond a few hundred words. Then in 2007, I started writing and actually finished a book (that shall never, ever be published but hey, it was a learning process). And I’ve never stopped writing since. 

Ana: Is there anything you want to say to aspiring writers? 
JScott: Learn your craft. Read. Don’t be so anxious for publication because while it’s a goal, it should not be why you write. Write because you love it, because you can’t not write. Don’t write for the money (ha!) or the fame (ha ha!). Write because it’s what you are, you know? 

Ana: *nodding head in agreement* -- Inquiring minds want to know…okay, okay, my little brother is standing over my shoulder and he’s in AJROTC and he is asking…
Lil Bro: What rank are you?
JScott: I’m a captain stationed at Fort Hood. 

Ana:  Being active in the military, how do you manage to compose a novel?
JScott: I’ve still got my me time, despite being a soldier. Writing is how I relax and it helps me look at things from a different perspective. Sometimes when something truly bizarre happens, I think that’s going in a book some day. It helps get me through, you know? 

Ana: Your books are military based that have some pretty steamy bits and pieces in it, do the soldiers get kinky down at base? 
JScott: Um, young, single and generally fit. I’ll let you decide, lol!

Ana: LOL! Good answer! -- Your characters are going through some tough battles as well as fighting a battle in your books, how hard was it to pull all these different stories together and make them work in a book?
JScott: It was very tough to get my books demilitarized for the average non military reader. I discovered very early on that words that are part of my every day lexicon confuse civilians. So while I might thing TOC, I have to write out and have my characters say tactical operations cell. There’s just no other way to avoid confusion. 

Ana: Are you currently working on anything? Care to share some tidbits (or…a lot of tidbits lol)?
JScott: I’m finishing up Laura & Trent’s book, the much awaited conclusion to the story started in BECAUSE OF YOU and I’m also finishing up the final touches on Reza’s story called COME HOME TO ME. After that, I’ve got a couple other things in the pot but those are secret. 

Ana: Okay, last question… and I’ve gotta ask… are you a beach bum? 
JScott: There is nothing better than a day at the beach! Seriously, I love watching my kids dig in the sand and just relax away from the internet and cell phones. It’s really great to unplug and just unwind. 

Ana: Thanks for stopping by! It was a pleasure having you here today :)
JScott: Thanks for the great interview! 

Think Fast

Water or Soda?
JScott: Water

Coffee or Tea?
JScott: Coffee

Zombies or Vampires?
JScott: Vampires

Rap or Rock?
JScott: Rock

Day or Night?
JScott: Night

Salad or Burger? 
JScott: Burger





Concluding our little chat, Jessica has offered to do a giveaway! *happy dancing here, people* .... are you happy dancing? GOOD! What's up for grabs you ask? o.O ALL THREE of Jessica Scott's books! *more happy dancing* Yepp, that's right. You get books 1 & 2 in the Coming Home series AND Jessica Scott's nonfiction novel To Iraq & Back

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Jessica Scott is a career army officer, mother of two daughters, three cats and three dogs, wife to a career NCO and wrangler of all things stuffed and fluffy. She is a terrible cook and even worse housekeeper, but she's a pretty good shot with her assigned weapon and someone liked some of the stuff she wrote. Somehow, her children are pretty well adjusted and her husband still loves her, despite burned water and a messy house.

Oprah has called her. True story.

Her debut novel BECAUSE OF YOU launched Loveswept, the first Random House digital imprint.

She's written for the New York Times At War Blog, PBS Point of View Regarding War, and IAVA. She deployed to Iraq in 2009 as part of OIF/New Dawn and is currently a company commander stationed at Fort Hood.

Most recently, she's been featured as one of Esquire Magazine's Americans of the Year for 2012.

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Review: Until There Was You by Jessica Scott


Until There Was You 
(Book #2 in the Coming Home series)
Amazon | Goodreads | BN
Author: Jessica Scott
Publisher: Loveswept (December 8, 2012)
Genre: Military Romance, Adult, 253 pages
ASIN: B008IU9SSE
SUMMARY:

A by-the-book captain with a West Point background, Evan Loehr refuses to mix business with pleasure—except for an unguarded instance years ago when he succumbed to the deep sensuality of redheaded beauty Claire Montoya. Since that brief lapse in judgment, Evan has been at odds with her. But when he is asked to train a combat team alongside Claire, battle-hardened Evan is in for the fight of his life.

Strong, gutsy, and loyal, Captain Claire Montoya has worked hard to achieve her high military rank. In Evan Loehr, Claire sees a spoiled commander who puts the rules before everything else—including his people. Army orders force them together and Claire soon discovers that there is more to Evan than meets the eye. He too has dark secrets and deep longings. For all their differences, Evan and Claire share two crucial passions: their country and each other.

MY REVIEW:
Until There Was You is pretty good book. You've got Captain Claire Montoya who is set in her ways, has no problem breaking the rules, and is loyal to a fault. Then on the other hand you have Commander Evan Loehr who is on the straight and narrow and follows all the rules to a T. No ifs ands or buts about it with this hawt hunk of a man. So of course the two clash and disagree, but that doesn't stop the building attraction that they have towards each other. 

Evan and Claire both have there issues. Both being held back by their pasts, which is causing them pull away from what they so obviously are craving...each other. Until There Was You was definitely a tease throughout most of the book, but hey, if you love a tease, then go on right ahead. I for one wanted them to stop kissing and then fighting right after. But, everything tied in so well that the actual heat factor for this book was not so bad. There was definitely a build up with these two, which made reading through the entire book that much more interesting. 

One of the main things that I like about this book, is that there is more than just a battle to prepare for. You have these soldiers, who are willing to lay down their lives for their country and on top of that, they are battling their own demons. And as you continue to read, those demons start making themselves known. You learn the reason behind Claire's loyalty and why Evan is nick named Captain America. These demons making the stories of these characters hard to read at times. Guilt, being one of those main demons. Eating at you until you finally cave into it. But you have the other characters who can see right through that and are slowly breaking through these demon filled walls. But, I won't go into more detail about that. PICK UP THE BOOK :) 

Jessica Scott brings the military life to you in this book, and of course makes all those big military words easier to bare. (Thank goodness) Fighting a war is one thing, but fighting your past is another. Put those two together and throw in some much needed alone time between two characters and you've got yourself a great book. Would I recommend this book? Definitely. Love yourself a good romance book based around the military? Then pick up Until There Was You. This is actually the second book in Jessica Scott's Coming Home series. This book can be read as a stand alone.

MY RATING:

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Review: Midnight's Daughter by Karen Chance

Wednesday, January 9, 2013



Published: October 7, 2008
Format: eBook
**my personal copy
Series: Dorina Basarab
AvailableBarnes & Noble / Amazon / Book Depository
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Dorina Basarab is a dhampir-half human, half vampire. Subject to uncontrollable rages, most dhampirs live very short, very violent lives. So far Dory has managed to maintain her sanity by unleashing her anger on those demons and vampires who deserve killing.

Now Dory's vampire father has come back into her life. Her Uncle Dracula (yes, the Dracula), infamous even among vampires for his cruelty and murderous ways, has escaped his prison. And her father wants Dory to work with gorgeous master vampire Louis-Cesare to put him back there.

Vampires and dhampirs are mortal enemies, and Dory prefers to work alone. But Dracula is the only thing on Earth that truly scares her, so when Dory has to go up against him, she'll take all the help she can get….






Kick ass is all I can really say about this book. Dorina may have been dysfunctional (along with the rest of her family), but in Karen Chance’s world dysfunctional may be the new sexxy.

First all I have to say that I really didn’t like Dorina when I started re-reading this book, but she just grew on me. The more I read and discovered her back story, I  really could not help but love this chick…crazy as she may be. Dorina is half human/half vampire, a dhampir. In this story, they don’t get along with vampires…too bad her father is just that! But Dory doesn't get along with anyone..especially not her family. And lawd…what a family the poor woman has…I mean to have one of your uncles as Dracula? Uh…no, I’ll pass and rather go straight to jail...thank you very much.

Anyways, Dory has been asked by her dad Micera...who is Vlad’s older brother to once again help capture and imprison the nutty man. She, along with everyone else just wants to kill him and I gotta tell you, after reading this book, family or no...I would have killed his ass too. Straight drove a stake in his warped heart. But Dory’s dad has this weird sense of family and again forbid Dorina NOT to do so….but of course the girl already has other plans.

What I loved most about this story were the emotions that the author was able make you feel…I felt I was truly able to connect with Dorina. After loosing so much in her long life...how she managed to stay alive was just something short of amazing. The relationships or lack of them in this story between Dorina and the people around her were a mixture of many things…sad, hilarious and a whole lot of violent. The other thing Karen Chance was able to do is make every single character in her story count. Everyone had a back story, no matter how much or little. So even though Dorina is the main focus of the book, the secondary characters were written to be just as important.

As far as romance goes..I honestly couldn't tell you if Dorina & Louis-Cesare (yes...that is the man's name) wanted to kill or fuck one another. They were definitely attracted to each other and I sorta liked the tug-a-war between them..usually, I don't go for that in a story, but I felt it fit here. The sexual tension between these two was like trying to look through a fog on a damp rainy morning...it was thick! I'm itching to see where this relationship goes...

Midnight’s Daughter is a punch in the face type of story, shocking and completely surprising...I completely loved it (and that's not to say I like a punch in the face).

So my friends, if you love a chick that sometimes goes off in fits of rage (family inheritance) and kicks ass all throughout her story…then this is definitely the series for you.

The only thing I didn't like AND really wanted to know was HOW Micera and his brothers became vampires, because it seems they were all turned at different times. That wasn't covered and man I wish it was!

Highly recommended series read. So much so, I'm adding it to my reading challenge for 2013.






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I gave 3 flames because it was only one sex scene it the whole book. BUT! lawdy, Louis-Cesare makes oral sex a wet dream come true *shivers*

Lata Days...MUAH!


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Chattin' It Up + Giveaway with Stephen Bradlee

Tuesday, January 8, 2013


Ana: Welcome to Beach Bum Reads! I’m glad you can join me today :)
SBradlee: Ana, thank you so much for inviting me. I really appreciate it. 

Ana: We’re going to start off with some basics…Can you tell us a little about yourself?
SBradlee: I guess as a writer I am a bit unique. Although I have been writing for most of my life, outside of magazine articles, I have never published under my own name, including Falling In Love. I am using a pen name partly to help hide Sherry’s identity. Besides writing, I love—surprise, surprise—reading, as well as sports, traveling and mostly enjoying life with my wife, our daughter and our dog.

Ana: What was the first book that got you into reading? 
SBradlee:  Strangely enough, it was my first Hardy Boys mystery when I was really young. I ended up reading the entire series in a very short time. Those books first taught me about plotting because every chapter ended with a cliffhanger, and that was really the beginning of learning to write suspense.  

Ana: What/who inspired you to become a writer?
SBradlee:  I’ve wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. I wrote my first book when I was four before I had learned any written words.  It was really a comic book about my cat and I hunting for a mouse and when we found one, I wouldn’t let her kill it.  It was based on a true story.  

Ana: Is there anything you want to say to aspiring writers? 
SBradlee: I guess two things. One is to write the book that you would love to read. If you write it well hopefully enough readers will also love it enough to make you relatively successful. If not, you know that you will always have one very loyal fan.  Secondly, believe in your ability to create something special. Writing can be so difficult and writers can be so insecure about their work and so afraid of exposing their most intimate thoughts and feelings that the writing itself can become intimidating. You have to believe that in the end it will not only be worth it but that you will give something to the world that no one else can. 

Ana: I absolutely loved Falling In Love, but let’s pretend I have no idea what it’s about, can you tell us a little bit about it?
SBradlee:  Well, the book is based on the true story of a young women’s battle to overcome sexual addiction.  I didn’t really want to call it Falling In Love because to me the title shouts “romantic comedy.” But there is a line in the book about her falling in love every weekend, and Sherry’s life really was a series of falling in love. And falling. And falling. In the end, she has to do the hardest thing for her, to find self-love. 

Ana: Falling In Love is a based on a true story, is it easier or harder to write a story that stems from someone’s life?
SBradlee:  I think it is probably easier because the true story is at least some version of a first draft. But then you have to be true to that story and to the person it is about and that can become very difficult.

Ana: What was the hardest part about writing Falling In Love?
SBradlee:  Sherry wanted to tell her story but she also wanted to remain anonymous.  So I had to change some of the events in the book but still keep the emotional impact of the original events.  That was much harder than I had imagined it would be.  

Ana: At the end of Falling In Love there’s a hint at a sequel, is there another book in the works for Sherry?
SBradlee:  I would love to do a sequel to Falling In Love but it is really up to Sherry. I’m like a lot of readers of the book. I’d love to know what happens next.

Ana: Your bio says you’ve worked as a script doctor, can we probe a bit and find out which scripts you’ve worked on? 
SBradlee:  I’m sorry Ana, but I don’t think I can say anything. For most of the films, contractually, I’m not allowed to say that I worked on them. Under my real name there are rumors about what films I’ve worked on and most of the rumors are true. But because I’m writing under a pen name I am hesitant to mention anything that might reveal my identity. I know this is a lousy answer and I apologize for that.

Ana: Okay, last question… and I’ve gotta ask… are you a beach bum? 
SBradlee: Absolutely! I’d love to spend every day at the beach with an umbrella drink in one hand and a book in the other. 

Ana: Thanks for stopping by! It was a pleasure having you here today :)
SBradlee: The pleasure is all mine. Thank you so much.

Think Fast:

Water or Soda?  
SBradlee: Soda

Coffee or Tea?
SBradlee: Coffee

Zombies or Vampires?
SBradlee: Vampires

Rap or Rock?
SBradlee: Rock

Day or Night?
SBradlee: Night

Salad or Burger? 
SBradlee: Burger


Concluding our chat Stephen is giving away an eBook copy of Falling In Love. But WAIT, there's more! For every 50 likes on Amazon, Stephen is going to be giving away another eBook copy of Falling In Love. Yepp, more chances to win this amazing book and a chance for you to read Sherry's story. There are currently 8 likes on Amazon, so we will be starting there.

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Stephen Bradlee is the pen name for a Hollywood film executive. He has ghostwritten celebrity autobiographies and has worked as a script doctor. He is married and lives with his wife, their daughter and their dog.



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Review: Falling In Love by Stephen Bradlee


Falling In Love
Amazon | GoodReads | BN
Author: Stephen Bradlee
Publisher: Self Published (August 9, 2012)
Genre: Contemporary, Biographical Fiction, 255 pages
ASIN: B008VJM1HC

SUMMARY:
Sherry Johnson is young, beautiful, bright and athletic. She has everything going for her, except for one thing. She is addicted to love. Her life is a vicious circle of nightly trysts and morning regrets. Her addiction got her kicked out of college, cost her the love of her life and has left her in complete despair. But still Sherry keeps falling in love. And falling. And falling. Finally, as Sherry struggles to pull herself up from a bottomless abyss, she realizes that she will have to learn to love the one person she has loathed for most of her life. Herself.

Based on the True Story of a Young Woman's Battle with Sexual Addiction

MY REVIEW:
The moment I started this book, I was hooked. Falling In Love starts of kind of slow, Stephen is showing you the ropes of Sherry's tangled life. Leading you in slowly, as to not throw you into the world of sex addiction. After a few chapters, you get a feel for Sherry and what she's all about. 

Following Sherry's story is an addiction all its own. I couldn't put the book down for the life of me. Sherry's story pulls at you until its got your attention. Luring you in, to tell you all about this crazy life of how a woman, a young, beautiful woman battles her addiction for sex. Sherry hasn't lived an easy life, her mother left her when she was a baby and her father dead when she was a baby. Leaving her to her aunt and uncle who didn't love her, so, of course she grew up craving the love she was denied her whole life. Leading her to fall in love time and time again, one night at a time. 

Witnessing Sherry's struggle to become a better person was not an easy ride. You're experiencing everything she went through as she goes through these different phases of her life, which is one of the things I liked about this book. Yes, this book takes place in a big chunk of time, but Stephen Bradlee delivers this story so that you're not confused or left behind while reading this emotional story. 

This book is based on a true story. Knowing this, I can't help but think "Wow, sex addiction is no joke." The different things that can trigger a breakdown or other addictions that can lead up to losing one's self in sex is...well, intense. Would I recommend this book? Most definitely. I finished it in one sitting, and I'm sure you will too. 

MY RATING:

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Tuesday Jams


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Welcome to another edition of Tuesday Jams, a weekly post hosted here @ Salacious Reads. This is my way to share with you another one of my loves...music. Wanna share your favorite song or artist, just comment linking back to your site & I'll be sure to stop by.


I thought I do something a little different with Tuesday Jams this week. I know most of us do it (erm...not that *snort*) off subject...I know, but back on track. *Clears Throat* when reading some of our favorite books, when we come across certain characters...a song might pop in our head that fits that character or characters.

Well I'm reading Midnight's Daughter and I gotta say..this chick is jack up. When I say she & her family is dysfunctional...I mean whoa, they would all make excellent candidates for a reality TV show. Anyways, a couple of songs came up while reading about Dory and her crazy little world, but one song just fits her....



Why? Because lawd..this chick fought through the whole damn book.



Lata Days....Muah!

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What's In My Beach Bag #20

Monday, January 7, 2013

What's In My Beach Bag will be a weekly post about all the books & other goodies that I've bought, borrowed or won! 

Ahh I know this is a day late, but I's been busy lol. This is my first haul for the new year :) a bunch of freebies, of course :p

Free From Amazon
*Click on covers to take you to Amazon*
*NOTE: Some of these books may not be free anymore. Check before you purchase!*

Received From NetGalley
*Click on covers to take you to Goodreads*
Yepp, got a bunch of freebies lol. And I plan on reading them all too! New year, new me, new goals...Did y'all get anything awesome? 

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