1. I’m considerably tall for a woman about 5’9 and I love wearing HIGH heels. Though I don’t so much lately. But I used to do the Valerie thing when I was younger BIG shoes! Good thing my husband is 6’3. =)
2. I chew my nails. *sigh* a habit I’ve sadly never been able to break out of.
3. I love to sing. Yep karaoke is a good friend of mine.
4 . Like in so many of my stories I married my first love. And we’re still together after almost 18 years. Unlike most of my stories we’ve NEVER broken up. Not even for a day. And yes ladies he is an alpha through and through. =)
5. My first job was a cashier at Kmart. My first real job (and by real I mean I was counting on it to pay the bills) 411 operator for the phone company. “What city please?” lol
6. I own and love Great Danes. And yes Diesel was the name of my first one. He’s passed now =( but now we have Dexter.
7. In case none of you have guessed it by now. I have quite the potty mouth. Writing Manny and Max’s and Romero’s dialogue was much easier for me than you guys would imagine. In fact toning down the language in my books is actually harder for me. =/
8. I LOVE the holidays! And I mean LOOOOVE the baking, cooking, decorating, shopping, wrapping, playing the songs, choosing the perfect tree you name it. I’m always a little down in January every year when it’s all over. =(
9. You may have noticed my characters are always grubbing. That’s because I love to cook. Most of the dishes mentioned in my books are some of my specialties. =)
10. I’m a tree nerd. BIG time. I have a half acre backyard and I love spending time out there planting more and more trees. =)
11. I love deviled ham and crackers. Unsalted tops please.
Is love ever enough?
Faced with obstacles she could have never imagined, Blake is brought to darkness and back by forces in her past she never knew existed. Desperate to stay connected to the only thing he loves, Cole is forced to revisit his past and align himself with the people who knew about Blake’s disappearance.
Separation has forced both Blake and Cole to learn how to live under the worst circumstances, each of them alone in their own hell. When they reunite, can they be the same two people they were before darkness swept upon them?
Told in separate points of view, Darkness Before Dawn is the continuation of Blake and Cole’s fight to make it to the light.
“I didn’t know you were awake,” I reply turning my body toward him and caressing his arm.
He gives me a lopsided smile. “I just woke up. How can you be so pretty in the morning?” he muses as his eyes scan my face.
“I’m not,” I groan throwing my head back on to the hard mattress. “This bed sucks.”
He chuckles. “You are,” he replies as he covers my body with his, opening my thighs with his and settling his weight between my legs. “You’re the most beautiful creature ever made…and you’re right, this bed sucks ass.”
“You’re just saying that because you want to have sex,” I say with a laugh as I look at him, thinking the same about him.
He tilts his head as he regards me. “Nah, we’re going to have sex anyway, I don’t have to sweet talk you into doing that.”
My laughter is cut short when he grinds against me, the hardness in his boxers making me gasp and tilt my pelvis toward it.
Smut, oh how I missed you and thank you Kendall for bringing it back to me!
WARNING: STRINGS is not suitable for slut shamers, uptight stone throwers, Holier-Than-Thou prudes, humorless virgins, persons with chronic neck or back pain, pearl-clutching bitties, those who disparage crude humor or vulgarity in their many forms, closed-minded people with sticks up their asses, or anyone under the age of 18. The vile, base language and shocking, unholy sexual acts contained herein are not condoned by anyone with a lick of sense and should certainly not be reproduced without proper training and protection. The potty-mouthed and perpetually horny “heroine” (the term is used loosely) of this book does not resemble a normal, well-adjusted, or remotely believable person in any way, shape, or form. The author acknowledges that the characters in this book are shallow and two-dimensional; the plot is both ridiculous and insipid. She makes no apologies for any of it.
The warning is what caught my attention. I thought to myself, let’s see what this author can do and I can tell you KG does it like no other. She created a story that I haven’t come across with her excellent writing, characters that you can’t help but love even with their potty mouths and the one liners. <—-I'll share some of those with y'all in a bit.
We are introduced to Letty Delinger, a rock singer/bass guitarist who is like no female heroine I’ve ever met. She’s in your face, crude, hilarious, makes no apologies, loves sex and wants to be a famous rock star with her band Cherry Buzz Float. While at a bar she meets ‘Shades’ and from here the smut comes into play. All I’m saying about their first encounter is that if a man lets you take a strap on to him, SLAMS HANDS ON TABLE, he’s a keeper in my book.
‘Shades’ is sexy, hot, pierced tattoo guy who is somewhat mysterious. He’s something special, and no it’s not because of the strap on…ok I lied, it’s somewhat because of that but he’s also honest and sweet and the things he says and does had me smiling. Later on in the story we meet the “real” man.
Other band members are introduced Rax(biggest horndog), Toomb(mystery man), Jinx(just as mysterious) and they are just as horny, crude, hilarious as Letty and Shades.
Let’s get down to the smut part cause it was my favorite. You get raw, nitty gritty hardcore fucking, oral, double penetration, light m/m, squirting, anal…you name it, you got it.
The one liners had me LOL and I shared it with my co-workers and I shall share it with y’all.
If I had nuts, they’d have crawled so far up my ass, my breath would smell like cum.
My twat churns out a fresh batch of batter in my drawers.
His curled finger and thumb pull my chin up and the sincerity in his face incites my twat into mass production of rainbow cum bullets. I’ve got one in the chamber and at least a couple waiting anxiously in the magazine. Ready, aim, fire!
Before I can get on my knees to bow before the altar of Shade’s glorious wanger and praise it with my mouth…
“This might be the last time yo uget to drive the beef bus to tuna town,”
“So, you’re not opposed to another leisurely stroll up the Hershey Highway? Be still my beating heart.”
I could go on and on and on but I’ll stop. Read the book, you should not be offended if you read the warning so I don’t want to see any ugly reviews out there cause DUH…you’ve been warned.
*side note* Twat broth has been added to my vocabulary.
1. Tell us a little about yourself and Strings.
I’ve been writing since 2008. My first book INHALE was published in May 2012, and the other two books in that urban fantasy trilogy, EXHALE and JUST BREATHE, came out in June and January. I included some pretty steamy scenes in the JUST BREATHE series, and reviewers seemed to like the heat, so I decided to try my hand at erotica. From plotting to publication, STRINGS took me two months. The others were FOUR YEARS in the making.
2. Who or what inspired you to write Strings?
Dissatisfaction with my JUST BREATHE Trilogy’s sales inspired STRINGS. Sales weren’t terrible, but I’d poured SO much time, heart, money, and energy into those books, I *really* thought they would do better than they did. I believe the books are well-written, so I don’t attribute the series’ performance to quality issues. I think people just aren’t interested in urban fantasy anymore. Add to that the fact that my books feature Elementals (no vamps, shifters, or demons here), a strange Dreaming world, and whales of all things, and my target audience is narrowed down to only a sliver of the reading population.
When all was said and done with the JUST BREATHE Trilogy, I rebelled by writing something completely different. I knew many readers wanted sex, sex, and more sex, so I that’s what I wrote. Sex sells. *Shrugs*
3. What is your writing process? Do you like to write in a coffee shop, alone, outside, etc.
I don’t have much of a process, but I tend to be much more productive in the morning, and I must have quiet to write. Once my Demonlings get home from school, I can’t get any work done.
I spend most of my day writing with my dog beside me. I rarely sit in the same place twice and often stand while I write. I also meet a fellow writer/friend once a week at Starbucks. We drink coffee, bounce ideas off each other, and chat about where our stories are going. I love those weekly meetings!
4. Letty is a character within herself. Do you know a real Letty?
Um…yes. The truth is…Letty is me. Not the sex-addict part of her (HA!), but her personality and her struggle. I channeled a lot of my anger and frustration with the publishing industry into her. That’s all I can say about that. 🙂
5. What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
The first two chapters started off as one big chapter. It was my favorite because it flowed so fast and smoothly. When I finished writing it, I went back to read it, fanned myself, and said, “Damn, that was hot!” I actually didn’t have to change much of it in edits. I guess I caught the wave at the right time, and rode it into the sunset. 🙂
6. Which character(s) do you relate to?
As I mentioned above, Letty is a lot like me, so I relate most to her. She’s wild. She speaks her mind. She doesn’t give a crap about offending people. But she’s also hugely passionate about her art. That’s where her heart is.
7. I play the trumpet and can do a mean beat on some table tops. Do you play any musical instruments?
Trumpet…cool! I played bass clarinet in high school. A little bit of oboe too. I also sang in a couple of bands. I love to sing. Does voice count as an instrument? 🙂
8. What can we look forward from you in the future?
BEATS and NOCTURNES are the other two books planned in the Hard Rock Harlots series. I’d like to get those out by the end of 2013.
After JUST BREATHE wrapped, I plotted a 5-book spin-off UF series featuring some of the characters from the trilogy. That series got shelved when I realized there’s no audience for it. Naturally, I can’t get it out of my head. The characters have been screaming at me lately. Now I’m trying to decide if I should go for it and say, “Screw what the readers want. I’m writing this book for me!” Much as I love Letty and the band, I love my urban fantasy characters even more–especially Sinnder, whose book would be up first if I write the new series. 🙂
9. What are you currently reading?
I don’t read. It’s against my religion. HA! I don’t have the time, and nothing holds my attention from start to finish. I average about two books a year. No joke. BUT…I just read an early version of a book that will be coming out in the next year or so. I can’t mention the person’s name or the title, but I’ll say that this book totally blew my mind, and with an attention span like mine, that’s pretty damn hard to do.
10. The warning for Strings is what caught my attention. How did it come about?
Funny story…My JUST BREATHE series is frequently mislabeled as Young Adult, despite the CLEAR warning at the beginning of the blurb: “WARNING: this book contains graphic language, sex, and violence. NOT SUITABLE FOR READERS UNDER THE AGE OF 18.” How do people read that and think, “This is YA”? I have no idea. It became a running joke among my friends. They love to tease me and say I’m a YA writer. So, when I put the STRINGS blurb together, I jokingly made up this huge disclaimer as a “screw you” to every dumbass who’s ever complained in a review about the sex and language in my books despite the massive warning label. I read it to my husband, and he loved it. So I put it on the Goodreads page for STRINGS before the book came out, and I got a huge, positive response from it. I decided, “Why not put it on the book seller product pages? Can’t hurt.” Now, I’m so glad I did it. What started off as a joke has brought me a ton of sales from people who told me, “I bought this book solely because of the warning label.” SCORE! 🙂
I have to say a HUGE THANK YOU for getting me out of my reading funk. The last couple of reads didn’t do nothing for me and when I finished Strings, I texted all my smut book lovers that they had to start this. I loved it! And on a side note I shall be using twat broth in my vocabulary from now on. Thanks for the interview and keep up the smut!
Aww, thanks! I’m glad to be the one to pull you out of your funk. 🙂 Twat broth was a good one, wasn’t it? HA!
Kendall is offering one person a chance to win an ecopy of STRINGS or JUST BREATHE!! Please leave a comment for Kendall and your email address so a winner can be contacted. Thanks!!
Today I’m reviewing two books in the Stark Trilogy by J. Kenner. The first one Release Me was published January 1, 2013. The second one Claim Me was released April 23, 2013. The final installment is Complete Me and is scheduled to be released July 30, 2013. So, get ready for hot romance with a dreamy leading man!
Let’s begin, shall we?
Review: Release Me
Now, down the road and after years of being on the run she decides to look for a legitimate job and really try to get her life back on the right track… That is until she bumps into Camden McQueen: Ex Goth, the most tormented boy in high school, and former friend… That is until she eventually wronged him too and lost any chance of ever having that friendship again. However, luck was on her side the day she ran into him- Turns out, Camden went from “freak” (by society’s standards) to sexy tattooed God and he’s willing to give his friendship with Ellie a second chance… Only he’s not the same person she once thought she knew. This man had his own personal grudges and is a firm believer in revenge. He doesn’t easily forgive and forget… A little fact that Ellie didn’t happen to be clued in on…
Camden… Where do I even begin? I just have so many mixed feelings about him- I started this trilogy with On Every Street which could be a big reason why all of my thoughts kept turning towards Javier- Ellie’s first love… And first heartbreak. …But what can I say? I love my jerk heroes. It just seemed as if anytime I would start to grow stronger feelings for Camden, we would be thrown back in time and the story would start reminiscing about his high school days- It was just extremely hard to picture his character as attractive when the only man that came to mind was a Gothic drag queen with big ears.
…Am I being a bit harsh? Probably. But I’m nothing but honest in my reviews and while Camden may have grown on me, I was still never quite sold on him by the end of the novel. Perhaps I’m just being a bit biased about my feelings for Camden since I was already going into this story with stronger feelings for another character. I really and truly was hoping that I’d end up falling just as hard for Camden as I did for Javier… Truly, I did. But Javier has a certain charm and charisma about him that takes bad boy and naughty to a whole other level…
And let’s face it: I love me some naughty bad boys…
After reading this book, you just can’t help but feel like your emotions are all over the place which could explain why this review is a super tough one for me to write. This story was full of scams, car chases, run-ins with the Mafia, kidnapping, murder… My God, you name it and this book had it in spades.
Karina Halle is seriously the God of all authors out there- The woman not only has a gift for writing but can create one hell of an unpredictable, compelling and edgy world that I just couldn’t get enough of. It’s such a refreshing change from most romances out there these days because the story-line and everything involved is just so uniquely its own. This isn’t your average romance novel by any means… It’s way more. I’ll admit, I was a bit hesitant about starting it because it really didn’t sound like something that I would typically jump on the band wagon to read- But what I thought would end up being a book completely out of my league, ended up turning into a story that I can officially call perfection.
★ Oh, and for the record: This book ends on a major cliff-hanger.
★ Oh and also: The next installment to this trilogy isn’t out yet for at least another month…
New Year. New World. New Species.
LEGEND OF THE PANTERA
Hidden in the depths of the Louisiana bayous, the Pantera, have become little more than a legend to most humans. It’s rumored that in the ancient past twin sisters, born of magic, had created a sacred land and claimed it as their own. From that land was born creatures who were neither human or animal, but a mixture of the two. Faster and stronger than humans, they have hyper acute senses, and when surrounded by the magic of the Wildlands they’re capable of shifting into pumas. It was also whispered that they possess other gifts. Telepathy, witchcraft, immortality, and the ability to produce a musk that could enthrall mere mortals.
Mothers warned young girls never to roam alone near the swamps, convinced that they would be snatched by the Pantera, while young men were trained to avoid hunting anywhere near the protected Wildlands. Not that the warnings were always successful. What girl didn’t dream of being seduced by a gorgeous, mysterious stranger? And what young man didn’t want to try his skill against the most lethal predators?
As the years passed, however, the sightings of the Pantera became so rare that the rumors faded to myths. Most believed the entire species had become extinct. Sadly they weren’t entirely mistaken…
Book #1 and #2 in the Bayou Heat Series
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.
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.
Bayou Heat Series, #3 and #4
The fight continues in the Wildlands. Facing extinction, the Pantera have been given a miracle. A child. The first one in over fifty years. But even as they prepare to celebrate, the enemy strikes, putting at risk the fragile female who carries the hope of their people.
Charming, drop-dead gorgeous Hunter Bayon is thirsting for revenge on the enemies who slipped into the Wildlands and attacked Ashe and her vulnerable child. Pledging to track down the cowards, Bayon goes on the hunt, pursuing the humans to a nearby town. But searching their shabby hideaway, he makes a discovery that shocks him to his very soul and might very well destroy the heart of the Pantera.
Tattooed and pierced, sexy Nurturer Jean-Baptiste has been living in utter isolation. His cat is out of control, and the only thing that soothes the beast is a rare mineral he keeps inking into his skin. Until he meets her: Genevieve Burel. The beautiful and buttoned-up female puma is unlike anyone he’s ever met. She makes his cat purr, and he knows he must possess her, mate with her. But the secret she’s keeping might threaten not only their unbridled passion for one another, but the very future of the Pantera race.
About Laura Wright:
Author of the Bestselling Mark of the Vampire series, Laura Wright spent the early years of her life immersed in the worlds of singing, acting and competitive ballroom dancing. But when she started writing, she knew she’d found her true calling. Laura lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband, two children, three dogs, two frogs and two fish. She’s been thrice nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award, and loves hearing from her readers.
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Alexandra Ivy is the New York Times bestselling author of the Guardians of Eternity series, the Immortal Rogues series and the Sentinels.
Alexandra graduated from Truman University with a degree in theatre before deciding she preferred to bring her characters to life on paper rather than stage. She currently lives in Missouri with her extraordinarily patient husband and teenage sons.
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God, so much happened in this book that I can’t even begin to put it all into words even if I tried- For starters, This book was okay. It wasn’t great… It wasn’t horrible… It was just… Okay. Once again, I got caught up in all of the amazingly high ratings and reviews and decided to give this one a try in the hopes of feeling the same way. …And while I still enjoyed the book, it just wasn’t captivating or memorable enough for me. There were times when I was entertained and even a few times here and there when I was engrossed in the angst, but over-all I just can’t say that this book was really worth the read.
The characters were just… Ehhh. I honestly can’t name a single basis for Sparrow and Ian’s relationship other than the fact that they’re both amaaaazinglyyy good-looking and only had eyes for each other because of this fact. Apparently being extremely attractive is all you really need to fall in love these days. The hero Ian was supposed to be this gorgeous musician with bad-boy tendencies and commitment issues, but he didn’t come across that way to me at all. First of all, he was way too nice…
I just couldn’t take it. His consistent overly cheesy compliments had me rolling my eyes on more than one occasion and it grated on my nerves… A lot. It was like he knew of nothing else to say on a 24/7 basis, aside from overly dramatic praise and appreciation for the heroine’s looks- It got old fast. Not to mention, it was borderline creepy. All of that aside though, Ian was always good to Sparrow… Until he wasn’t.
Forgive my language. His character tends to bring out the worst in me- Let’s rephrase to something nicer, shall we?
There. That’s better.
…What started off as a relationship that held promise, eventually turned into one that was full of doubts… Of course that was to be expected since a long distance relationship isn’t always the easiest… But Ian turned difficult into impossible. I won’t go into details here, because I like to avoid all spoilers in my reviews… But I don’t think I ever one hundred percent forgave Ian for what he did. I get it… People make mistakes all the time, and I’m not unforgiving of that. However, it’s just really hard for me to understand how someone can claim to love another so deeply, yet deceive that love by doing something so incredibly deceitful. To say my heart was broken at one point in this story would have been an understatement- Did I eventually truly feel like Ian was sorry for what he had done? Yes. …But at the same time I also couldn’t help but feel that he was only trying to appease his own guilt by doing what he did to try and win Sparrows forgiveness. Bombarding someone with flowers and showering them with love letters and songs doesn’t rectify the situation or make it right. I do think that Ian really and truly did love Sparrow…But I don’t think he loved her enough otherwise he wouldn’t have hurt her the way that he did… And therein lays my biggest issue with Ian. By the end of the novel, I couldn’t help but look at him and his love for Sparrow in a completely different light… And quite frankly, it all just became a big disappointment for me in this book. As for the heroine Sparrow… All I can say is she’s a much stronger woman in her relationship with Ian than I ever would have been. I will say this though: She didn’t let him off easy after he broke her heart and I completely and one hundred percent commend her for that.
Without a doubt, this story was extremely realistic. People find themselves in similar situations and relationships like Ian and Sparrows on a daily basis, and I can’t imagine how it would be easy for any person involved. For me however, the characters were just such a contradiction to the story- From the very beginning you could just feel the love these two had for one another. Reading page after page of how they interacted and felt about one another made it seem like they both had similar feelings… It was as if nothing or no one could ever get in between their love for one another, which is why what happened in this story to cause such a rift and heartache in their relationship made absolutely no sense to me- I honestly felt no connection and had no understanding as to how a person can love someone on such a strong and emotional level , yet take the risk (numerous times) of throwing it all away on something that was never even important in the first place- I just didn’t get it.
I’ll go ahead and give credit where credit is due here and say that this story definitely touches on forgiveness and second chances. …I was honestly happy to read about a happily-ever-after for these two characters; Lord knows after the relationship that they had been through that it was well deserved. I may not have been able to forget what had happened and what was done… But I was able to eventually forgive. People mess up… We all make mistakes and sometimes it’s those certain mistakes that shape and make us into the person that we are today. Some people aren’t ever able to move past being wronged or hurt… Others may never be able to forgive themselves for the pain that they’ve caused someone else. …And then there are some out there who are able to over-come certain situations and become an even better and stronger person in the long run; The same could go for relationships. Without a doubt, this story takes you on a long journey filled with heartache and pain… But through all of the good and the bad, this book can teach you that time can certainly heal many wounds and through forgiveness and second chances, it’s always possible to reach that forever desired true love story.