I’m only getting around to reading again. When our world turned upside down earlier this year, I admit to being lost in what to read or write. I even had a side project where I wrote all my thoughts into those pages. What I really wanted to do was bake and eat. It’s no wonder folks like me had turned into frontier woman at some point. After I picked up my ereader again, I think this was sometime in April, I’ve been finding comfort in old romantic suspense novels by the likes of Linda Howard and J.D. Robb. One of my favorite reread this year was Mr. Perfect. It was a relief knowing I still loved to read, and it only reinforced my belief that I’m just a moody reader. 😃 A Heart of Blood and Ashes by Milla Vane was one of the books I’ve stocked up my Kindle with at the beginning of the lockdown but never got around to reading until April. With my restored reading mojo, it’s become my favorite new read so far this year. I highly recommend it if you’re looking for something different. Think Vikings mixed with Witcher, add in some […]
I like to evolve as a writer. I like to learn what works and what doesn’t for me to produce the best work possible, with efficiency, and without sacrificing craft. I always thought I couldn’t write more than 1k words a day and be able to do it consistently. But I’ll get back to that point. There are many books on writing fast and there’s undeniable proof that rapid releasing is the way to go. And yet, the ghost of that year when I released three books and promptly burned out haunts me. Still, it’s so easy to get caught up in the next writing trend. I am awed when I see my author friends say they churn out 5k words in 3 hours, or 9k words in one day! I can barely eke out 4k words an entire day and then I’m down for the next few days. Ha! But I tried it anyway. Set a timer, turn off the wi-fi and go! Lo, and behold I wrote almost 800 words in forty minutes. I sprinted with some author friends and was quite proud of myself. I closed out the day with 3k words in 3 forty-minute sprints. However […]
It was really strange looking back at the books I’ve read in 2019. This year was the year I stepped outside my comfort zone and my usual genre. I’m not sure if this was to avoid a burn out in an attempt to keep my brain fresh and not fully immersed in the same kind of stories I like to write. Because of this, I rarely had a book slump. I mean, I have a whole backlist of Stephen King I can go through. His book 11/22/63 cemented him in my head as one of my favorite authors and I’m slowly building my SK bookshelf. Jewel Ann’s book, Perfectly Adequate gave me all the feels and laughs plus one of my favorite heroines I’ve read this year. Proof is that I remember the heroine’s name—Dorothy Mayhem— while I forgot the hero’s. Another book that gave me all the feels was Jill Shalvis’s book, Rainy Day Friends. This book was perfect in every sense. More than women’s fiction, it had a central romance that was swoony and believable in the way it developed. It was hard to choose a favorite J.D. Robb or Kendra Elliot book since I’ve read several […]
Title: The Princess and the Mercenary (Fractured Heroes, #1) Author: Victoria Paige Genre: Military Romance Release Date: May 18, 2019 Hosted by: Buoni Amici Press, LLC. It was hate at first sight. She is the daughter of rock royalty. He is a scarred, grumpy former Green Beret. She thinks he’s an amoral, uncouth soldier of fortune. He thinks she’s a limelight-grabbing goody two-shoes. When Yara Emerson embarks on a humanitarian mission to Yemen, her company hires a security team for her protection. Everything is business as usual until she meets Kade Spear. Kade wants nothing to do with daddy’s spoiled princess, but he needs the cover of the humanitarian mission to hunt down a terrorist. Wills clash. Tempers flare. But their unwanted attraction burns hotter than the Yemeni desert. Trust fractures. Friendships break. The aid mission unravels and danger comes after Yara from every corner. Could the man who betrayed her be her only hope for survival? Available in Kindle Unlimited Buy Now Amazon Victoria Paige writes romantic suspense with badass alpha males and smart, feisty heroines. Her heroes are possessive, overprotective, and frequently the obsessed, jealous type with a penchant for strong language. Her heroines are strong-willed and […]
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I did a lot of google maps both in 3D and satellite views for TPATM (The Princess and the Mercenary) and on a country like Yemen, I was afraid I’d be receiving a visit from the Feds or even the CIA. Anyway, in my research, I’ve encountered its rich history and I decided why not a map! And what about Kade, a sunset and a waterfall. A perfect setting for emotional moments.
Hey there! It’s been a while since I’ve posted here and I have to apologize. Life got in the way, but I hope to post more regularly. I’m excited for my upcoming release because it’s unlike anything I’ve written before. This book is both character and plot driven and the story just exploded from me. I love that when it happens. It’s an enemies-to-lovers trope so you can be sure sparks will be flying and sexual tension is high. Release date: May 21, 2019 Oh, and here’s a teaser! More to come.
*4.5* What a fantastic start to a new series! There’s almost non-stop action that was truly engaging to read. But what I enjoyed the most was the verbal sparring between Hugh and Elara. Both didn’t trust the other but an alliance between them was needed. I love Elara … she’s close to a perfect heroine for me. As for Hugh, I somehow wanted more from his character from a relationship standpoint but I know that would be a departure from his character if he’s suddenly spouting love words. Even if I wanted more from him, I was very satisfied with the development of his story arc and I was glad the author removed a doubt in my mind about Hugh and Roland. Excellent secondary characters as well. We are left we several questions, but the biggest one is: What exactly is Elara? This author-team can’t write fast enough. I’m still looking forward to more Rogan and Nevada, but now I want more Hugh and Elara.
I’ve been craving the need to read outside my typical genre to cure a recent reading slump. I didn’t think I would like the Tier One series because I like some romance with my action, but I didn’t miss it here at all. 🙂 4.25+ The problem in defense is how far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower From page one, this book drew me in and didn’t let go. I like that I didn’t get lost in the acronyms or the jargon, most of them are familiar and there’s a glossary at the end of the book. The action was written in a way that non-military readers will appreciate, and yet I’m certain to readers with military background it would read authentic. Jack Kemper/ John Dempsey isn’t the typical alpha hero I’m used to, but he is an ultimate badass. I am also intrigued by his boss, Kelso Jarvis. Their team Ember is black-ops outside the normal chain of command. The action part was an adrenalin rush while the spy-games part got my cogs turning. What prevented me from giving this five stars was the sections […]