Thursday, January 31, 2013

Feature and Follow, #16



"Feature and Follow Friday" is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read where they each feature a fellow blogger, and ask a question, to be answered by anyone who wants to participate. We then hop around to other blogs, checking out their answers. It is a great way to get to know other bloggers. See additional info below


This week's question is:
What is the first thing you would do if you woke up to find yourself in your favorite book? 

Book Review: Raphael/Parish (Bayou Series) by Alexandra Ivy & Laura Wright

Raphael / Parish
By Alexandra Ivy and Laura Wright

Synopsis:
RAPHAEL

The brilliant and dangerous diplomat of the Pantera shapeshifters, Raphael has devoted his life to discovering the key to the infertility that is threatening the extinction of his puma race. Creating a vast network of spies worldwide, he never expected to discover that the answer might be beneath his very nose. But when Ashe, a beautiful human female, crosses his path, his most primitive instincts are stirred. Unable to resist, he takes her to his bed, and is shocked when she becomes pregnant with his child. It’s a miracle that might prove to be the salvation of his people, but only if he can keep her safe from the mercenaries determined to kill her.

PARISH

Untamed and undeniably sexy, Parish, leader of the Pantera hunters, rarely leaves the magic of the Wildlands to deal with the humans he despises. But with the prized and risky Pantera birth on the way, puma shifter, Parish must travel to New Orleans to find and bring back a human doctor. The moment he sees the lovely, talented and all too human Dr. Julia Cabot he cannot resist the wild, potent drive to make her his. Betrayed and destroyed by love, Julia will not let her heart choose her path again. But as she and Parish fight to save the life of an unborn child, a fierce and overwhelming bond develops between them, threatening her frozen heart with the secret hope and ultimate temptation of love and family.

Goodreads
Available for purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Viviana's Review:

Holy Cow! WOW! These women can write!! I’m a huge fan of Laura Wright and have read all of her "Mark of the Vampire" series books and some of her contemporary novels. Totally LOVE Laura Wright!! This was the first time reading Alexandra Ivy! Now I LOVE Alexandra too!!!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Book Blast Tour: Love During Death by Rachel A. Olson & Jessica Humphrey





Excerpt


“Good night, Fia Dannii. Thank you for a most enlightening evening. Can I give you a call later?” Dion gave her an amused smirk, his teeth barely releasing from his lips. 

Monday, January 28, 2013

Blog Tour: "Vows Series" by Catherine ByBee



Top Ten Reasons NOT to Travel in Time to the Sixteenth Century 
by Catherine Bybee

10.)  If a woman gets all snarky with her hubby he has the right to beat her, bind her, and lock her up somewhere. And we’re not talking 50 Shades ladies!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

2013 Audio Book Challenge!!


I LOVE audio books so when i found out about this challenge I so wanted in!!!
Hosted by The Book Nympho and Hot Listens!!

Audio books provide me with the freedom to "read" more since I'm able to listen to them at work. I've been lucky that the majority of the audio books I've listen to have had great narrators. Others I've had to learn to think of them as just reading me the book vs. entertaining me (with the different tones, voices, personalities,etc.). Check out my favorite series in audio below. 

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Blog Tour: For the Love of Hades by Sasha Summers


Visual Inspiration – For the Love of Hades - Characters
                I’m a visual person. I’m also a movie addict. Combine the two and a lot of my characters are ‘played’ my actors and actresses. It helps me visualize them when I write, create ticks, hear their voice – that kind of thing. I know lots of people who use models, but that’s not enough for me. I need to get a sense of space and movement… Sound weird? Maybe it does – but, for me, it works.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Feature and Follow, #15



"Feature and Follow Friday" is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read where they each feature a fellow blogger, and ask a question, to be answered by anyone who wants to participate. We then hop around to other blogs, checking out their answers. It is a great way to get to know other bloggers. See additional info below


This week's question is:
What is the last book that kept you up late into the night just to finish it? 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Blog Tour & Book Review: Vanilla On Top by C.J. Ellisson

Vanilla on Top
By C.J. Ellisson

Synopsis:
Discover your inner bad girl, and set her free…

Heather Pierce is done being a wallflower, both personally and professionally. Desperate to live a different life for one night, she attends a speed dating event. Maybe here, anonymous unless she chooses otherwise, she can become someone new. When a man way out of her league sits across from her, Heather gathers her courage and takes charge of what she wants, secretly fearing he won’t desire the real person she’s desperate to hide.

Top acquisitions officer and international playboy Tony Carmine is about to close the biggest deal of his career. But then he meets Heather at a speed dating event…and discovers losing control may be exactly what he needs. Her blossoming sensuality occupies his every thought, consuming him with the need to possess the most intriguing lover he’s ever encountered—until he walks into the boardroom and sees Heather on the other side of the negotiating table.

Goodreads
Available for purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Viviana's Review:
I really enjoyed and like "Vanilla On Top". Its an interesting story of a woman coming into her own and finally knowing her self worth and taking charge of her own life!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Guest Post: "The Inside Out Trilogy" by Lisa Renée Jones



We're extremely happy to have Lisa Renée Jones visiting and telling us about bit about 
"The Inside Out Trilogy"!


Thanks so much for having me today!

Back in September it was announced that I sold my indie series THE INSIDE OUT TRILOGY to Simon and Schuster. Since then the highly acclaimed series has sold to seven foreign countries, with more under negotiation, and there are some exciting new announcements brewing.


Sunday, January 20, 2013

Book Blast Tour: Ember's Curse by Gena D. Lutz


Ember's Curse
By Gena D. Lutz

Synopsis: 
For Prime-Werewolf Ember Stilwell, life has been far from normal. Decades ago, a vengeful Witch cursed her Pack, leaving the women of her line incapable of feeling love. When an organized group of immortal killers begin to stalk and capture wolves from her pack, she sets out on a path fraught with danger. Just when it seems the world as she knows it will be changed forever, she meets Collin, an Alpha Werewolf with a body built for sin. As her heart begins to heal, she comes to find that the demons of her past are not nearly as dangerous as the nightmares she will be forced to face in her future. Can finding her true love conquer all? Or will the ability to feel for the first time be overshadowed by losing everything else she holds dear?


Goodreads
Available for purchase at Amazon


Excerpt

"Feed from me," he urged.

I shook my head against him and groaned. I didn't want to hurt him. I had never done this before, so I had no clue how much control I would have over my vampire self. What if I lost it and accidentally drained him?

Friday, January 18, 2013

Feature and Follow, #14



"Feature and Follow Friday" is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read where they each feature a fellow blogger, and ask a question, to be answered by anyone who wants to participate. We then hop around to other blogs, checking out their answers. It is a great way to get to know other bloggers. See additional info below


This week's question is:
Who is your favorite villain from a book? 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Book Review: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

City of Fallen Angels
(The Mortal Instruments, Bk 4)
By Cassandra Clare

Narrated by: 
Ed Westwick
Molly C. Quinn

Synopsis: 
The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She's training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And—most importantly of all—she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.

But nothing comes without a price.

Someone is murdering Shadowhunters, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. Clary's best friend, Simon, can't help her. His mother just found out that he's a vampire and now he's homeless. Everywhere he turns, someone wants him on their side—along with the power of the curse that's wrecking his life. And they're willing to do anything to get what they want. Not to mention that he's dating two beautiful, dangerous girls—neither of whom knows about the other one.

When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. The stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.

Goodreads
Available for purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Viviana's Review: 
Usually I review the book first and then the narrators. However, there were a few things that came to mind within the first few chapters of listening that I wrote down immediately. Since those things were all revolving the narrators, let’s start with them.  I was excited to have seen that there were two narrators, one male and one female. Why excited? Based on other audio books that I've heard, I thought Ed would read the male characters and narration and Molly would read the female characters and narration. Sigh. That was a disappointing sigh…..  They narrated based on the point of view of the character: Ed for Simon’s POV and Molly for Clary’s POV.  If the division of POV was organized into parts (Simon – Part One and Clary – Part Two) I believe it would have worked out better. However, that’s not the case here.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Blog Tour: Blurred Expectation by Carrie Ann Ryan


I'm extremely happy to have Carrie Ann Ryan with us today talking about tension! 

Give me more—Tension!

I’m a reader and writer who loves tension in books.  I love that nail biting, heart pounding time when you’re going “Oh my God, will they make it?”.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Feature and Follow, #13



"Feature and Follow Friday" is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read where they each feature a fellow blogger, and ask a question, to be answered by anyone who wants to participate. We then hop around to other blogs, checking out their answers. It is a great way to get to know other bloggers. See additional info below


This week's question is:
If you could choose one supernatural being/creature to really exist,  what would it be and why? 

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Book Review: Gabriel's Inferno by Sylvain Reynard

Gabriel's Inferno
(Gabriel's Inferno, Bk#1)
By Sylvain Reynard

Synopsis: 
Enigmatic and sexy, Professor Gabriel Emerson is a well respected Dante specialist by day, but by night he devotes himself to an uninhibited life of pleasure. He uses his notorious good looks and sophisticated charm to gratify his every whim, but is secretly tortured by his dark past and consumed by the profound belief that he is beyond all hope of redemption. When the sweet and innocent Julia Mitchell enrolls as his graduate student, his attraction and mysterious connection to her not only jeopardizes his career, but sends him on a journey in which his past and his present collide. 




Goodreads
Available for purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Viviana's Review:
I've heard all of the raves and love for this book. I've also heard, (okay, read) all of the not so good reviews. It’s been compared to, no, not compared per say but advertised as “If you like ‘Fifty Shades of Gray’ then you’ll like ‘Gabriel’s Inferno’.” I didn't like "FSoG". My issue with "FSoG" was the writing. I believe the concept of "FSoG" to be an interesting one, just poorly executed. However, I loved “Bared to You” by Sylvia Day and “Gabriel’s Inferno” is also compared to it.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Book Review: Saved by the Trickster by Shona Husk

Saved by the Trickster
By Shona Husk

Synopsis: 
In a world of cold and Darkness, Lysanna is Trickster, a demi-god charged with making people believe in Light and hope. She travels the world creating magic and wonder, taking human assistants to help on stage and warm her bed. Somehow they always betray her, and they always leave. 

Zander is a fallen Celestial warrior. Cast out of heaven, he has been given one month to earn his way back. When he meets Lysanna he knows what she is. What he doesn’t expect is to discover the pleasures of being human and the burning lust he finds in the Trickster’s bed. Returning to heaven begins to lose its appeal, but he has a duty to fight the Darkness and he can’t let it consume the world. He may have to choose between duty and Lysanna.

Goodreads
Available for purchase at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Ellora's Cave and All Romance 

Viviana's Review:
I’ve read Shona’s Shadowland series which I really like, so I was excited to have received a copy of “Saved by the Trickster” to review.  “Saved by the Trickster” is published by Ellora’s Cave (Erotica Publisher) and falls within their “Romantica” Imprint & “Twilight” Line. Books within the “Romantica” are a “special blend of erotic romance, featuring a central love story, a happy ending and lots of hot sex described in graphic detail, using the kind of language regular people use, rather than flowery euphemisms.”  “Twilight” is their “Vamps, ghosts, shifters and other paranormal lovers” line.  

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Blog Tour: "Hollywood Holiday" by Sasha Summers


I'm extremely happy to be hosting Sasha Summers on her "Hollywood Holiday" tour! Check out the synopsis and excerpt for book 2 of the Red Carpet Series! There's also a giveaway, so make sure to read everything til the end!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Blog Tour: The Stone Guardian by Theresa McClinton


I'm extremely excited to have Teresa McClinton on my blog today and also a first here at
 Enchantress of Viviana - a Video Vlog!! 
Welcome Teresa!!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Feature and Follow, #12



"Feature and Follow Friday" is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read where they each feature a fellow blogger, and ask a question, to be answered by anyone who wants to participate. We then hop around to other blogs, checking out their answers. It is a great way to get to know other bloggers. See additional info below


This week's question is:
What New Years Blogging or Writing resolution have you placed on yourself?

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