Sunday, April 20, 2014

Book Spotlight: Layla's Gale: A Paranormal Romance by Nicole Pouchet

Layla's Gale: A Paranormal Romance 
(Elemental Myths Series)
by Nicole Pouchet

Series: Elemental Myths Series
Paperback: 296 pages
Publisher: Difference Press, The (March 12, 2014)

Kindle Edition
File Size: 3099 KB
Print Length: 296 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Difference Press (March 31, 2014)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

About the book:

Life is finally on track for fledgling stage actress Layla Cohen until she realizes her gorgeous new director, Sebastian, is the star of the erotic dreams which she's been having for months. She could handle the uncomfortable work situation if not for the further evidence she's losing her mind: The wind suddenly whooshes at her command; memories of a past life emerge; and she's sure someone is trying to kill her. 

Meanwhile, director Sebastian Tawanti is steering his small D.C. theater company into the big-time with his Incan mythology-based play. The culmination of his life's work, he won't let anything stand in the way of his play's success--not his mother's objections, not the inappropriate heat he feels for Layla, and not even the mysterious, empathic symptoms he's experienced since meeting her. 

As Layla and Sebastian struggle with new love and burgeoning power, a sinister force unravels to fulfill an ancient prophecy. Will they learn the truth behind the Incan script in time to save their lives, the love they're destined to share, and the future of humanity?

Excerpt

Exhaling, he stood, crushing her in a hug. “I just saw her two days ago. She can’t be gone.”
The breath from her lungs was literally squeezed out, but she didn’t complain. He needed this release. When he lightened his grip, she gasped for air, feeling her breasts swelling against his torso. He looked down, need darkening his green eyes. His tongue moistened his lips, and this time, she knew nothing would stop him.

Tilting her face up, she let her eyelids slip shut and felt the firmness of his lips meeting hers. Softly at first, he pulled her closer with one hand buried in her tresses. His tongue entered her mouth, gently exploring, asking for permission. Her body acquiesced, ignoring common sense and her perfect plan to remain professional. She deepened the kiss and caressed his sinewy back.

His hand dropped to cup her bottom and he pulled her up the length of his body so she was better positioned. His hardness pressed against her pelvis. Her knee lifted on its own, compressing her center to its match.

Sebastian moved his magical mouth to her neck, nibbling a path to her collarbone. The feathery sensation traveled to her core, fully awakening her passion. She opened her eyes, eager to see the beautiful man and gasped.

It couldn’t be. Over his shoulder she watched her messenger bag—the one holding her new prayer sphere—hovering three feet above the floor in mid-air.

Layla disentangled herself and stepped toward the bag. What the hell? It dropped back to the rug without a sound.

“You’re right.” Sebastian panted as he held up his hands. “We should stop.”

“What? No, that’s not—” Her head swiveled from the now-innocent bag to the man straightening his clothes.

“I’m sorry. I was sure you felt the same way. Damn, now you’re scared. I’ll go.” He picked up his jacket and rushed out while she crept toward her bag.


“Wait, Sebastian!”

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Book Review: Fixed on You by Laurelin Paige

Fixed on You
Book 1 of the Fixed Trilogy


Author: Laurelin Paige
Series: Fixed Trilogy
Paperback: 228 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (September 13, 2013)
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Kindle Edition
File Size: 2095 KB
Print Length: 228 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Laurelin Paige (June 24, 2013)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
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Ratings: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 



My thoughts:

The book tells the story of Alayna, a very intelligent and beautiful woman who is suffering from obsessive love disorder.  Right after finishing MBA, she  hopes to achieve her dreams of getting into the 'upper management level'. She knows what she wants, what to do and definitely what NOT to do. Do not date incredibly gorgeous men. Just focus on work and date 'safe' men. Safe means average men or above average without sparks - fuck and forget type of men. She's been clean for three years until she met Hudson Pierce, her boss.

Hudson needs to break off an engagement with his longtime girlfriend and he believes Alayna is the perfect girl to do it. Since Alayna has money problem and didn't want to disappoint her boss, she accepts the job. Only Hudson cannot be considered as 'safe' and 'average'. She knows it will be a struggle not to fall back to  her problem but she wants to try. . . 

I picked up this book mainly because I was intrigued by the synopsis. A woman suffering from obsessive love disorder, stalking someone, weird and dangerous behavior, yikes! Read the book and wow, loved it! I read the whole story in 3 hours and double wow, on a weekday! Yay, it was sooo good. 

I liked that Alayna, her character and the situation she is in felt real. Even if I never experienced her obsession over a guy, Alayna's story is relatable. Or maybe because falling in love with someone you 'shouldn't' have I believe everyone can relate to that. It was interesting at the same time depressing to read the story. Aww, the sadest part was falling in love with Hudson, a man who is incapable of loving... I laughed and cried with her, it was such an emotional journey for me reading this book.

Btw, I started the book not knowing (missed that part from the synopsis) this is an erotic romance book, too many HOT sex scenes in here, but i think the story alone is seriously a must read. Definitely reading book 2 soon!

About the book:

Fixed on You is the first book in a trilogy but ends without a cliffhanger. Due to mature material, it is recommended for ages 17+. 

Stalking and restraining orders are a thing of Alayna Wither's past. With her MBA newly in hand, she has her future figured out--move up at the nightclub she works at and stay away from any guy who might trigger her obsessive love disorder. A perfect plan. But what Alayna didn't figure on is Hudson Pierce, the new owner of the nightclub. He's smart, rich, and gorgeous--the kind of guy Alayna knows to stay away from if she wants to keep her past tendencies in check. Except, Hudson's fixed his sights on her. He wants her in his bed and makes no secret of it. Avoiding him isn't an option after he offers a business proposition she can't turn down and she's drawn further into his universe, unable to resist his gravitational pull. When she learns Hudson has a dark history of his own, she realizes too late that she's fallen for the worst man she could possibly get involved with. Or maybe their less than ideal pasts give them an opportunity to heal each other and finally find the love their lives have been missing.

About the author:




Laurelin Paige is the NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Fixed Trilogy. She's a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there's kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. Her husband doesn't seem to complain, however. When she isn't reading or writing sexy stories, she's probably singing, watching Mad Men and the Walking Dead, or dreaming of Adam Levine. She is represented by Bob Diforio of D4EO Literary Agency.

Guest Author: Greg Thompson

My Inspiration for writing Dreams of Marrakesh


This romantic suspense novel is a rare thing – a story of lesbian love penned by a man, inspired by the work of Gustave Flaubert - widely considered to be one of the greatest novelists in Western literature - who wrote about love from the female perspective. My debut novel will never bear comparison with Flaubert’s work but I do hope that you will be tempted to know more.  I was also influenced in my thinking by Zoe Heller’s 2006  novel and film ‘Notes on a Scandal’,  in which Dame Judi Dench played the role  of a predatory female with Cate Blanchett as her unsuspecting victim.

After a hesitant start in 2013 I set about writing  properly in 2013, whilst recovering from a serious illness. I was undeterred by the slightly bemused smiles of my male friends and family and enjoyed the full support of my wife Wendy who painted the water colours on the front and back covers. To me it seemed entirely fitting to write about women. Their presence in my life has provided me with fifty years  of  enjoyable contemplation and an ongoing  search for understanding,  As the years have passed my admiration for the female sex has grown. This novel is almost a work of homage to women. Writing about a lesbian relationship provided even greater appeal and additional challenges. 

I appreciate that the subject of sado-masochism is not to everyone’s taste but I have tried to present this most frequently sensationalised subject in a way which is grounded in the reality of the lives  of working women, albeit from very different  backgrounds.

This is not an erotic novel  but as I wrote I did wonder if the story, written by a man,  might be judged in some way, to be exploitative of the female sex,  Although the work is understated the slight feeling of guilt remained with me and I looked for a way to assuage  my feelings.  It was at this point that I identified the lead character’s concern for the ongoing and widespread exploitation and abuse of women across the world  - regardless of prevailing  wealth or poverty – a problem which man fails to address in an effective way ,  Given the nature of  sexual orientation perhaps I am naive  to think that the problem will ever be addressed. However,  it  remains my hope that readers might be inspired by the idea of  Women with Butterfly Wings and will act in a concerted way to  improve the lot of those millions of  less fortunate women.

Dreams of Marrakesh


Author: Greg Thompson
Paperback: 434 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (14th February 2014)
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Kindle Edition
File Size: 1013 KB
Print Length: 434 pages
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
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About the book:

Vicky is young and lonely and longs for the love of another woman – but she lacks the self-confidence to go out and find it – perhaps because she is so ashamed of her inner most desire to be humiliated and experience pain.

She succumbs to the charms of wealthy Suzanne who has no qualms about grooming the younger woman for her own sadistic pleasure. It comes as a surprise to Suzanne when she finds she is falling in love with Vicky.

Their ‘honeymoon’ in the delightful summer warmth of a forest hideaway in central France is idyllic, but it cannot last. A betrayal of trust causes the story to move inexorably towards a dramatic climax with Vicky’s life being put at risk.

This is not an erotic novel and the more explicit scenes are handled factually without hint of salacious dramatisation. It is the story of two intelligent women, both vulnerable, who succumb to their irrational desires to abuse and be abused – and both have to pay the price in different ways.

The story winds between scenic backdrops in the British Isles, New York, Paris and the Sologne Forest. Vicky visits Marrakesh in her dreams. 


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