Saturday, September 5, 2015

Next Stop: Nina by Robin Raven ~ Author Spotlight & Review




Synopsis:

Nina is pushed to the edge, then falls over that edge into a whole new world. 

There's something different about Nina; she never felt comfortable in this world. As she struggles to cope with the pain of her present and past, the young girl's life is changed through the beauty of art. 

When Nina grows up and winds up in over her head in a dark place, she finds herself somehow transported to another time when nothing is quite what it seems. She must fight the horrors of her past all over again. Along the way, she faces greater challenges than she imagined and enjoys sweet surprises when she discovers true love. 

This is a character-driven novel with a heroine who faces suicidal depression on her own terms, and that's just the beginning. At its heart, Next Stop: Nina is a love story that takes on the types of love that change us and allow us to discover the truth in ourselves.






Next Stop: NinaNext Stop: Nina by Robin Raven
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Time travel or delusions I’m not sure what to think.


Nina Newman is a disturbed woman filled with suicidal
thoughts.

Her childhood filled with abuse and emotional terror
delivered by her schizo father.


“I wonder whether I should kill myself or make toast.
That’s a typical thought that races through my mind.”



After a failed attempt she awakens as a child
with the hopes of changing the path of her life.

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At first, I was concerned with the numerous chapters
then diving in realizing some are only one or two
pages long, some reading like excerpts.

Told in first person through Nina’s memories she
echoes or relives periods of her life as if on auto play.

Painful, sad and depressing days lived repeatedly
until finally you think the end is near.

But what end, her life or the time leaps to times of despair.

Uplifting is the love Nina discovers only to lost it again
and again.

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Leonard Daley/Lens is the love of her life, her soul mate
only the story never progresses pass a certain point and I
had to wonder was he her “ex” who abused her?

She did have an ex husband who beat her, so who is he?

Questions left unanswered as the story reflects/replays
from childhood through young woman but never
at the age when she first experienced the shift in time.

A mysterious man stalks her through time and when he
reveals himself and the reason I had to ask..why and who?
I was confused on why he thought reruns of her life was
a good solution.


I needed Nina to go back to the present to set things
straight.
Is she really dead and by whom, who is the mystery man or
simply time jumping due to traumatic stress?

This is the author’s debut novel; she did a good job
holding my attention pushing me to finish what could have
been a DNF.


I’m not really a fan of time travel to relive and reread ones
uncertainty over and over, so I rate this 3.5 stars.


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Q&A

Anything you can tell us about yourself that your readers may not know.

In addition to writing, I also love to act and create music. I feel as though I have learned a great deal about storytelling from different art forms, and that ultimately finds its way into my fiction writing.

How long have you been writing and who influenced you?

I have been writing fiction for pretty much all my life. I would make up fictional stories about drawings and art that I saw before I could actually read and write.

What inspires you while you are writing?

Oh, all kinds of things. I love to have music on while I’m writing, and I love to have the windows open in the fall. Feeling very strongly about someone or something can really influence how I write or what I choose to write about. I get inspired by so many different things, from dreams that I’ve had to an animal I met to how a certain experience made me feel. Sometimes I’ll just focus on a feeling and, from there, a story just flows.

Your current work, Next Stop: Nina is a combo time travel/romance book that deals with suicide and depression.  Did you do any research on the subject?

Yes, I did, and I am pretty open about being a survivor of suicide. That’s an odd term, but it’s used to describe someone who has survived the suicide of a loved one. My dad committed suicide when I was ten years old, and I experienced depression when I was very young. Having come out the other side of that, I hope that I can show that it is possible to go on to live a very happy, full, and wonderful life no matter how dark and bleak things may look at this moment.

Your favorite book or author

My favorite author is Quinn Cummings. I find her very inspiring. Although I studied writing in school and have written all my life, I kind of lost sight of my focus and goals as a writer. When I discovered her blog, I rediscovered my love of writing, and I have since become a full-time writer.

Where is your favorite place to write?

I don’t know that I have one, but you have given me the inspiration to try to figure out where that may be.

What makes you laugh/cry?

I have a lot of empathy for people as well as animals, so many things can make me laugh and cry. Three of my favorite comedies of all time that never fail to make me laugh are The Brady Girls Get MarriedFather of the Bride (1991), and American Beauty.

Worst Habit

Eating too much sugar!

Embarrassing Moment

Oh, I’ve had lots of those.

What’s the last movie you watched and loved? 

The most recent movie that I’ve seen and absolutely loved was Stories We Tell by Sarah Polley.  That was one of the most incredible documentaries, and it was so beautifully told.

One of your favorite quotes.

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” – Plato

The gadget you can’t live without

My laptop, if laptops count as gadgets, and my tablet that serves as my e-reader.




 BIO

Robin Raven is the human who once belonged to the greatest dog that ever lived. "Next Stop: Nina" is Robin's debut novel. She has several other works of fiction that she hopes to share in the near future. 

Born in Mobile, Alabama, Robin grew up in a nearby town called Saraland, and her hometown is a lovely place that still inspires her. As an adult, Ms. Raven has mostly lived in Los Angeles and New York City, so she also considers those cities to be home.

Robin blogs at RobinRaven.com and often has her nose in a book. If she's not reading or writing, you can probably find Robin daydreaming about adopting a rescue donkey. Delicious vegan food rocks her world. So does effective altruism. In addition to being an author, Robin has worked as a professional actress. She loves to connect with fellow writers and readers, so feel free to say hi to her on social media.

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**NEW RELEASE** Hot-Blooded Lust (Federal Agent Chronicles 3) by Ravyn Rayne

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Title: Hot-Blooded Lust (Federal Agent Chronicles Book 3)
Author: Ravyn Rayne
Publisher: Blushing Books
Published: September 4, 2015
Genre: Romantic Suspense, Erotica

Cast in secrets and doubt, an investigation this red-hot is certain to cause an uproar. Agent Joel Connor receives a phone call that friend of the family and fortune teller Grace Stine was murdered. Agent Kaitlyn Rivers joins him along with the Paranormal, Occult, and Ritualistic Crimes Division heading the investigation. Sexy and buxom Agent Emily Carter and tanned well-built Agent Franklin Noble could easily be underwear models. Will jealousy and lust tear Joel and Kaitlyn apart or strengthen their new relationship? Office spankings, lust potions, and fiery romance combine in this romantic erotica.



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Meet the Characters in Hot-Blooded Lust

 
Kaitlyn Rivers
FBI Agent, Kaitlyn Rivers loves her job with the Violent Crimes and Major Thefts Task Force. For years she's worked with Joel and flirted her way into his heart. They are currently involved in a secret relationship, though most of the office knows or will soon find out. Kaitlyn has a record for crashing bureau cars, is a workaholic, and knows how to keep a secret. Other nicknames: Kai.



Kaitlyn Rivers


Joel Connor
Mildly impatient, Joel is the supervisory agent with the Violent Crimes and Major Thefts task force. Recently divorced, he has three daughters that know how to keep him busy. For years he's been interested in Kaitlyn but had intended to keep it professional because he's her boss. He's got a fascination with erotic spanking and disciplining Kaitlyn to keep her in line.



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Franklin Noble
FBI Agent Franklin Noble works for the Paranormal, Occult, and Ritualistic Crimes Division. Known for being a stud, Franklin likes his job but also likes the taste of women, sampling a new lady every night. Suave, sophisticated, and successful, Franklin has it all. It's no wonder the girls all flock to him. Plus he could be an underwear model, if his FBI career didn't get in the way.


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Emily Carter
FBI Agent Emily Carter works for the Paranormal, Occult, and Ritualistic Crimes Division. With fourteen sisters and no brothers, Emily was brought up Catholic. Known for her looks, men flock to her wanting to buy her drinks, take her home, but never meet their parents. She struggles with dating and finding the perfect boyfriend that cares for her. Emily gets along well with her FBI partner, Franklin, though she knows he's a stud and is careful not to mix business and pleasure.


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Excerpt

“Anytime you want to climb on that pole again, Kai, I’m game.” Joel grinned. Wiping that smile off his face seemed near impossible. He’d been teasing me about it since the moment I climbed on top of the bar and danced. “You’re never going to let me live it down, are you?” I actually didn’t mind, not that I’d tell Joel. My cheeks burned remembering that night. Although I was just doing my job, I knew how turned on it made him.

If it weren’t for the fact we were in a bar on duty, I’d have given him a lap dance. Joel’s tongue would have probably hung out of his mouth. Being an FBI Agent was tough work, most of the time. The few moments where I could have some fun and let loose, why shouldn’t I? Joel’s lips trailed a soft path of kisses across my jaw. I curled beneath the sheets of his mattress. “Joel, we can’t.” Though I wanted to, I wasn’t quite comfortable with it. The reason had nothing to do with him being my boss. We were over that. “Your kids are in the next room and the walls are thin.” “They’re asleep.” I laughed. “Yeah, for now. You’re loud. There is no way it won’t wake them up.

The neighbors at my place give me slack when I run into them getting the mail.” Joel whined and reached for my hip, pulling me against him. “Then why did you insist on sneaking over? You’re such a tease.” “I am not!” I playfully shoved his chest. I tried my best to keep my voice down to a minimum. It’s not that I didn’t like his kids, I just thought it was too early for us to be doing weekends together. Which is why I opted to sneak over after they were in bed. I didn’t think ahead to the fact that we’d have to keep our voices down and that Joel was a loud moaner during sex. Not that I was particularly quiet, but he had the tendency to make sure everyone could hear us. “Want to play a game?” he asked. His thumb stroked my hip, inching my shirt as the pads of his fingers grazed bare skin. “Like Monopoly?”

I wasn’t in the mood for board games. Joel leaned his head forward, chuckling softly. He reached for me, brushing his lips against mine. I dragged my fingers into his dark, thick hair. “I had something more adult in mind.” “Oh?” My hands paused their ministrations, trying to image what Joel would have thought up. He struck me more as a strip poker kind of guy, but we were already half-naked. Where was the fun in that? Joel climbed out of bed and headed for his closet.

I whimpered in protest. “Where are you going? I’m right here.” “I know a game that will be fun for both of us.” He brought one of his work ties out from the closet. “If you’re planning on tying me to the bed, you know we have handcuffs for that.” “No need. Unless of course you’re naughty. Close your eyes,” he said, and I did so, feeling the tie cover my eyes as he secured it at the back of my head. I was blindfolded. This was new for us. My heart skipped a beat. I trusted Joel, but it still made me nervous. “What do you plan on doing?” I asked. “Kai, you complained that I’m loud when we have sex. I’m going to make sure that you’re the one making all the noises. Better keep your voice down, I’m not sure I locked the bedroom door.”

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Burning Desire by Ravyn Rayne
Federal Agent Chronicles Book One
Published May 6, 2015 by Blushing Books
Saving people is FBI Agent Kaitlyn Rivers drug of choice. That’s not the only thing she loves about her job. The sexual tension is mounting between Kaitlyn and her alpha boss, Agent Joel Connor. Assigned into an undercover operation to stop a serial child abductor with the pathetic Cole Sommers, Kaitlyn is silently thrilled when Cole is forced off the case and Joel steps in. Intense romance, steamy sex scenes, and a nail-gripping case that will attract fans of crime dramas and thrillers. This action-packed erotica is sure to leave you pleased three times over!

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Title: Dating Wars
Series: Federal Agent Chronicles #2
Author: Ravyn Rayne
Publisher: Blushing Books
Published: July 6th, 2015
Finding love in all the wrong places. When a serial rapist and murderer targets women on an online dating website, FBI Agent Leslie Hunter must pose as a potential match at a bar. How hard could it be? She’s been dating online for years. While undercover, Leslie meets a handsome gentleman. She can’t tell Kevin her profession without ruining the investigation. How long can she keep this man out of danger without revealing she’s an FBI Agent? A taste of pole dancing, phone sex, and spankings combined with a lick of danger. A romantic erotica story that’s sure to leave your heart racing and pleased afterwards.
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Excerpt

“Hey sexy.” I hear Kaitlyn’s voice and my eyes widen glancing up, as the dancers are once again on the bar. “Kai?” I can’t stop myself from calling her by name. I’ve always seen the dark-haired agent in a pants suit, one rare occasion a skirt. This is something else entirely. Kevin removes his drink from the bar. “You know the dancer?” Kaitlyn is up there wearing nothing more than a red g-string bikini. Her brunette locks cascade down her back and her makeup looks like a hooker must have put it on her. She’s got thick turquoise eyeliner and lime green glittery eye shadow. “Long story. We used to work together.” It’s not a lie but in the way Kevin’s mind is ticking, he must think I had been an exotic dancer. Not the case! Though, what harm could come from him believing it to be true? It is safer for everyone, than Kevin knowing I’m working undercover. Kevin laughs and his cheeks redden. I’m guessing it’s the beer. He’s looking over Kaitlyn a little too intimately and long for my pleasure. “Quite a story, I bet,” Kevin says. “Maybe you can share it on our second date?”

  Dating Wars 


About the Author


 Ravyn Rayne


Ravyn is a sassy, fun-loving, and adventure-seeking young woman. 
She loves to travel and can’t wait for her next vacation,
wherever it might be. Ravyn writes romantic erotica. 
She began writing romance novels in college, spending her down time either reading a book or writing fiction. Please don’t make her choose between the two, she loves them equally. 
 She has been published professionally since 2013. 

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Friday, September 4, 2015

Distracted book #2 in the Distractions series by Bianca Dean Cover & Giveaway





Distracted
by Bianca Dean
Distractions #2
Publication Date: October 13, 2015
Also in this series: Distractions
Genres: ContemporaryInterracialRomance



Synopsis: 
Acceptance letter to med school…check.
Bags packed…check.
Plane ticket…check.
Red finally feels like she's moving forward in life. She's got everything she ever wanted. She snagged the man of her dreams, her best friend Gavin, and her acceptance to medical school, all in the same summer.
Smiling brightly as she steps onto the plane to California, Jersey girl Red, knows it will be hard to be away from everyone she knows and loves, especially Gavin. But that’s okay, because they’re young and in love, and that’s enough…until it isn’t.
Three thousand miles from home, with no friends or family around her, she has to figure it out. With distractions around her at every turn, she has to decide what’s best for her. Will she stay the course, or will she be Distracted?

*Author Note* Distracted is not a standalone. Distractions, book #1 must be read first.


Other Books in the Distractions Series...


Synopsis: Red has been trying to move on with her life. She really has. Her first real relationship ended in disaster and she can’t muster the energy to leave the house. Her brother Brenden and their best friend, Gavin, are sick of it. Guilting her into a night out, Red reluctantly agrees only to see her ex having the time of his life with another girl. Small town living would have it no other way. On the verge of a full blown panic attack, Gavin steps in to provide Red the distraction she needs to forget all about her ex. But as things quickly spiral out of control, will Red be able to keep her feelings for her best friend a secret in order to save their friendship?
*This book contains sexual situations and explicit language. This is Book 1 of the Distractions Series.

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Bianca Dean, author of Quarterback Sneak and Wanna Play? is a native of New Jersey now living in NYC. Working on her PhD, Bianca loves good food, great movies and stimulating conversation. She's a huge sports fan, and can be found, during the appropriate season, screaming at the television, beer in hand, trying to make people that can't hear her run faster. In the off-season she can be spotted walking her dog or grabbing dinner with friends.

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

~Forbidden by M.L. Desir~ Blog Tour


Title: Forbidden
Book #: 1
Series: The Gabriel Lennox Series
Author: M.L. Desir
Publisher: Booktrope


Who wants to live forever and at what cost? Forbidden, Book One of the Gabriel Lennox series, is a dark fantasy that asks this very question.

Three-hundred-year-old Gabriel Lennox doesn't look a day over 18 and despises being called a vampire. He prefers living separately from the decadent pathetic blood drinkers known as the Chosen. Gabriel prefers to live as an immortal who abstains from the liquid red heat simply because he chooses to do so.

He resists the desire for blood until three other immortals intrude upon his life of solitude and elitism. Beautiful and powerful Lilith, his alleged creator, wields the ability to torment him through visions of the past he would rather forget. Seth, a sadistic monster in the guise of a handsome youth, has the power to bless or curse others with dreams or nightmares. Nikolai, a mysterious child robbed of his innocence and mortality is the third of the interlopers who wreak havoc on Gabriel's solitude. 

Through these three, a dramatic series of events unfolds that will force Gabriel to choose between his desire for isolation from humankind and his fellow Chosen or his thirst for justice in a world where injustice is rapidly gaining.


 




About The Author:

Monique L. Desir was born and raised in Florida. She is currently a 6th and 7th grade Read 180 teacher. Desir’s books and stories come from discussions she has with her extremely loquacious West Indian family members, current events, myths, fairy tales, and sometimes dreams. At a young age, she was influenced by role playing games like the Final Fantasy series, Legend of Zelda, and Ogre Battle. Though most of her books are aimed toward adult readers, she has started to create stories for young adults and children. She is a member of PINAWOR (Pinellas Authors Writers Organization), a writing organization that focuses on manuscript critique and improvement. She doesn’t hesitate to seek advice from seasoned writers to help with her writing. When she’s feeling exceptionally bold, she participates in NANOWRIMO (National Novel Writing Month), where writers young and old work on completing a novel within 30 days!

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Union of Sin
(Vault of Sin #2)
by Eden Summers


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Synopsis

He’ll do anything to protect her.

Tate Jackson would sacrifice anything to protect Cassie—even if it means ending their marriage. He’s made mistakes and risked her happiness because of the sexual lifestyle he guided her into. The biggest challenge will be convincing his wife he no longer loves her, when every moment without her is agonizing.

She’ll do anything to keep them together.

Cassie has twenty-eight days to figure out why Tate is willing to ruin a perfect marriage. Twenty-eight days where her heart breaks every time he refuses to talk. She knows he’s hiding something. It’s only a matter of time before she uncovers his secret.

Dirty tactics will be used. Love will be abused. And neither one will make it out unscathed.



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Eden Summers is a true blue Aussie, living in regional New South Wales with her two energetic young boys and a quick witted husband.

In late 2010, Eden’s romance obsession could no longer be sated by reading alone, so she decided to give voice to the sexy men and sassy women in her mind.

Eden can’t resist alpha dominance, dark features and sarcasm in her fictional heroes and loves a strong heroine who knows when to bite her tongue but also serves retribution with a feminine smile on her face.


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