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The Mistress is here AND she brought gifts!

Synopsis and ordering info here.

Today is the much-anticipated release day for The Mistress by Tiffany Reisz!!! This is the last installment to The Original Sinners – The Red Years Quartet.

  • The Siren
  • The Angel
  • The Prince
  • The Mistress

And when you’re done reading The Mistress, you can pre-order the first book in the upcoming prequel series The Original Sinners – The White Years Quartert . . . The Priest: A Romance . . . here!

To celebrate release day, we’re hosting two giveaways:

  • Autographed copy of a book of your choice from The Original Sinners – The Red Years Quartet donated by Tiffany
  • Audiobook of your choice from The Original Sinners – The Red Years Quartet donated by the Chicks

Here’s all you have to do to enter:

  1. Follow us on Twitter here.
  2. Follow Tiffany on Twitter here.
  3. Copy, paste, and tweet one or both of the following messages.
  • I’m following @fics2flicks & @tiffanyreisz for a chance to win an autographed #OriginalSinners book. #F2Fbook
  • I’m following @fics2flicks & @tiffanyreisz for a chance to win an #OriginalSinners audiobook. #F2Faudiobook

We’ll choose two winners via Random.org from qualified entries on Friday, August 1, 2013. Good luck!

If you missed our previous posts dedicated to the world of Tiffany Reisz, go here and here.

Now please excuse me while I go and listen to my audiobook of The Mistress from audible. *bounces*

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Creating a Scene at The 8th Circle

There are role players and then there are role players. The role players inspired by Tiffany Reisz’s epic The Original Sinners series raised the bar higher…and then sent glasses and bottles crashing to the floor when they swiped it clear to fuck on.

Yep.

Welcome to the deliciously naughty world of the Original Sinners RP Twitter account.

@The8thCircleRP

8th Circle

Q&A With Tiffany Reisz

F2F: How involved are you with approving the people who run the RP characters?

TR: A wonderful woman who will remain nameless runs the RP group. She’s the Admin and handles everything. I do nothing at all but play around with my Sinners. (A/N: Thank you Admin!)

F2F: Do you have any creative control over what they tweet?

TR: Not really. My RPers are obsessed with accuracy so they often email or DM me to discuss plotlines or character traits. Otherwise I tell them to follow their bliss since the RPing is not canon.

F2F: There is no RP account for Søren. Was that your decision? Sacred ground so to speak?

TR: That was my one rule—no RP account for Søren. Come on, can you really see Søren tweeting?

F2F: As you know, I fell hard for Griffin and Mick in The Angel. Having them in my/our Twitter timeline (yes, I follow them on multiple accounts–don’t judge) is like getting to read an outtake every day. Have any of the RP character “scenes” made it into one of your books? (A/N: May or may not be thinking about Griffin and Mick in a hammock while typing this question. *nods*)

TR: Cassie is not one of my book characters but she was created for the RP group. So she made it into one of The Mistress Files. You’ll just have to keep reading to see if any other stories do…

F2F: While you have the floor, is there anything you’d like to say to the Original Sinners RP team?

TR: Keep up the good work, Sinners!

If you haven’t read The Angel yet *gasp,* you may want to check your wings here…

***SPOILER ALERT***

We promised you in our previous post (here) that today’s post would feature two very special guests. If you haven’t guessed already, the guests are two boys who are very close to my heart. Don’t get me wrong! I love all of the characters in Tiffany’s books; but in all honesty, I started the series for the sole purpose of getting to The Angel. I’m sure Griffin can relate to that. *Fiske bump* (A/N: Totally need a t-shirt with that on it.)

Yep.

Welcome to the deliciously naughty world of m/m romance.

I’m sure I speak for most readers when I say that it’s difficult to say goodbye to characters you fall in love with on the page. You hope like hell the author will write a sequel and/or outtakes so that you can lose yourself in their world again. (A/N: Tiffany spoils us by offering free stories [here] and novellas/short stories [here].) That’s how it was for me with Griffin and Michael (Mick). Their story was everything I had hoped it would be and more, and I missed them the second I finished listening to The Angel. #audiobookaddict

I will never forget this defining moment…

Griffin and Mick

When I discovered Tiffany had approved a Twitter role-play account, I started checking out the tweets from Griffin and Mick. Remember when I said a reader hopes for an outtake?

Yep.

Welcome to the deliciously naughty world of Griffin Fiske and Michael (Mick) Dimir.

@Master_Griffin

Griffin

@Mick8thCir

Mick

Q&A WITH GRIFFIN AND MICK

F2F: Welcome, boys! Why don’t we start off with a visual for readers. What are each of you wearing? (A/N: If Griffin says a kilt, I’ll need a moment. js)

G: Right now? Mick. That’s about it. ::laughs:: What more would a man need?

M: *checks out how fuckhot G is and grins* Right now I’m wearing a pair of cargo shorts and a wife-beater/tank. Mom, Tiffany Reisz, calls it my artist outfit. It’s what I usually wear when we’re hanging out around the house. Unless we’re in the hammock I just recently had delivered to the house as a surprise… then, well, not much in the way of clothing is required for hanging out in the hammock. (A/N: So glad you put it to good use today btw.)

F2F: Griffin, when I first talked to you about doing a Q&A, your response was “Let me talk to Mick, and I’ll get back to you. We’re always up for promoting Tiffany’s work.” (A/N: Makes you melt even more that he checked with Mick first, right?) How long have you been promoting her via Twitter, and what made you want to do that in the first place?

G: ::laughs:: We’re a partnership. Always confer with your partner especially in a D/s relationship. Since what, October of last year? Something like that. Time flies when you’re feeling up your sub, what can I say? We’re both fans first and foremost, so getting the chance to play in Tiffany’s version of Wonderland is awesome.

M: *wraps my arms around G* I’m very fortunate to have a partner who makes sure I’m on board with everything we do. And ditto about being lucky to play in Tiffany’s OS World every day. She’s an incredible and benevolent creator. Aka: Mom. Kind of like Zeus when Athena popped out of his head. Tiffany squeezed all of us out of her head, so I tease her that we’re her honorary children. She’s just way more fuckhot than Zeus. Way more fuckhot.

F2F: How many hours on average would you say you spend on Twitter each day?

G: It really depends on RL schedules. Sometimes just a few minutes, sometimes hours depending on if we’re scening or watching the rest of the groups’ interactions and scenes. The Underground is full of some sexy funny people who it’s an honor to get to play with every day.

M: It also depends on whether technology is being a friend or foe that day (we all know that twitter and some of its apps aren’t the nicest to play with some days), whether we can both be on or just one of us can be on (studying really does eat up a lot of my time), or whether we just want to pop on and hangout to play music (I’m a sucker for playing twitter DJ) or check in with friends.

F2F: Do you try and plan your day out for followers or is it more spontaneous?

G: For us? It’s pretty spontaneous. For other players in the group you’d have to ask them.

M: Completely spontaneous. I don’t think we could do it any other way. It’s what works for us and what makes being with him, for me, new and fun and exciting every day we’re on the TL.

F2F: As I mentioned earlier, following your TL is like getting an outtake every day. It has definitely taken on a form of writing. Do you ever find yourself cock blocked…er…with writer’s block?

G: ::laughs:: Maybe time blocked is the word for it. Never cock blocked. ::leers at Mick:: Have you seen him? I mean, seriously. He’s beautiful. Coming up with ways to make him blush is my favorite past time.

M: *sighs & blushes deep red* Seriously, Sir? Do we have to go there every time? *shakes my head* Being with him is being granted perpetual inspiration. You mentioned the kilt above. You know what I’m talking about, right? So I don’t think I’ve ever experienced “writer’s block” with him. Now twitter, on the other hand, is an excellent cock blocker. But that’s a whole different topic….

F2F: You’re both very good at responding to followers’ tweets. Was being interactive with followers always a goal or something that evolved when you found yourself with your own fan base? *points at self*

G: For me it’s more of something that evolved. It’s fun to talk to followers on a daily basis and represent Tiffany’s characters.

M: *slides closer to G* For me? Definitely something that evolved and definitely something that is still evolving. I look at him sometimes and I’m in awe of how much of a natural he is with the followers and other RPers. Me? Not so much. I’m more introverted and tend to agonize over what to say. We have some followers who have been with us for a long time and those are the easiest for me to chat with. I’m still working on being as suave and sexy as my Master over here. (A/N: I, for one, love you just the way you are.)

F2F: Since you have the floor (and the hammock and the dungeon and the…I digress), is there anything you’d like to say to the little sinners that follow you? To your writer lady/mom?

G: Thank you to the little sinners who follow our group for supporting Tiffany and her creations. She writes beautifully sexy, hilariously, sometimes heartbreaking words that really everyone should read. At least once. Maybe twice after lunch. ::grins:: To our writer lady: A very simple thank you. It’s an honor to know you’re an awesome person, both the author self and personally.

M: To our followers? Just wow and thank you. We do what we do because we love Tiffany and her words. To follow us on the TL is a nod that we’re doing something right for her. To Tiffany? Thanks Mom for always being so authentic and supportive. I’m so fortunate that I get to share a tiny part in your beloved world and get to play in your OS playground every day.

F2F: Griffin, can you please cover Mick’s ears? *waits* Ok. Griff, is there anything you’d like to say to Mick about the time you spend together on Twitter?

G: ::laughs and covers Mick’s ears:: Sensory deprivation, huh? That’s some kinky shit. ::clears throat:: No, seriously. Getting the chance to spend time with Mick on Twitter is the best part of my day. Doing RP with someone is like having a relationship. You get to know all their idiosyncrasies and things that make them laugh and try to be the very best version of Tiffany’s characters.

F2F: You can uncover his ears, Griff. Thanks. Mick, can you please cover Griff’s ears now? (A/N: Getting Griffin and Mick to switch is an ongoing fantasy of mine. jsyk) Mick, is there anything you’d like to say to Griffin about the time you spend together on Twitter?

*smiles and kisses G under the jaw* Actually, I’d rather keep his ears uncovered and let him hear my answer. I kept some things from him a few months ago and that was a big issue between us. I promised not to do it again and I try really hard to keep my promises to him. I tell him this all the time but I’m not sure he believes me. When he found me all those many, many months ago, he saved me. Literally. Each and every second we spend on (and off) the TL is a gift – whether it’s just to pop on and say hi, or to hang out for the day and scene. He keeps me sane and laughing, and my life is infinitely better because he’s in it.

F2F: Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today and for investing in the time it takes to keep this love story alive online. I’m happy we have a forum to let you know that your familiar banter provides a brief escape from the daily grind. Speaking of the daily grind… Now that the Q&A is over, what do you two have planned for the rest of the day? (A/N: Yep. Welcome to the deliciously naughty world of shameless requests. #boyskissingftw)

G: ::laughs and points to our bed:: You’re looking at it. Bed. Preferably on, in, around or behind Mick. My favorite place to be.

M: *points to the hammock and grins wickedly* I’m pretty sure I’ll beg for us to crawl back into the hammock after we attempt to break the bed. And btw? #boykissing is one of our favorite ways to spend the day. jsyk

F2F: Mick, I’m going to let you sign us off in your signature way…

M: Thanks for having us today. And to all the Sinners out there – Keep reading Tiffany Reisz’s awesome words and spread the love by telling your friends and their friends…. Have a great week, stay safe and be good to each other. *crawls into G’s lap and reaches over to slam the Fics2Flicks door shut so I can go back to ravaging my Dom*

Remember when I said every day with them on Twitter is like an outtake? Looks like Mick got his wish. Excerpt from today’s TL…

@Master_Griffin *grins against your lips* Maybe I can compel you to do other things today Sir?

@mick8thCir ::snickers and nips your lip:: Like what? Enlighten me, sub.

@Master_Griffin *wraps my arms around you* Well, since we’re back from Fiji, I thought we could relive our vacation by hanging out in (c)

Mick Dimir ‏@mick8thCir4h

@Master_Griffin (c) the hammock, Sir. JS.

@mick8thCir ::kisses your neck:: If the hammock is a rockin’….

@Master_Griffin *moans and grabs your hand to drag you off to the hammock* … don’t come a knockin’…

@mick8thCir ::grins as you pull me along, admiring your ass:: I do love my eager sub.

@Master_Griffin *laughs when I look back and catch you ogling my ass* I do love my ever indulging Dom.

@mick8thCir ::smacks your ass, making you jump:: I’m a very greedy Dom when it comes to you, sub.

@Master_Griffin *rubs my ass with my free hand and tugs you faster to the hammock* Can I just say that I love it when you’re greedy Sir?

@mick8thCir ::grins and nips your shoulder as we move through the house:: For you? Always.

@Master_Griffin *guides you the back patio and slips into the hammock, pulling you on top of me* Much, much better, Sir.

@mick8thCir ::grins playfull and kisses you:: You say that any time I’m on top of you, inside you, under you, behind you….

@Master_Griffin *traces your lips with my tongue as I run my hands up and down your back* All of my favorite places for you to be Sir.

@Master_Griffin *traces your lips with my tongue as I run my hands up and down your back* All of my favorite places for you to be Sir.

@mick8thCir places to be, Mick.

@Master_Griffin *grasps onto the bar and arches my hips under you, moaning softly when you bite and suck across my neck and collarbone*

@mick8thCir ::moans against your neck when you arch underneath me:: Fuck I love our hammock.

@Master_Griffin *spreads my legs to cradle you between them, hissing in a breath when you bite down and mark me above my collar* Best (c)

@Master_Griffin (c) Purchase Ever, Sir.

The fourth, and final, installment to The Original Sinners – The Red Years Quartet debuts tomorrow.

AVAILABLE JULY 30TH!

Synopsis and pre-ordering info here.

To celebrate the release of The Mistress, we’ll be hosting TWO GIVEAWAYS.

  • Autographed copy of a book of your choice from The Original Sinners – The Red Years Quartet donated by Tiffany
  • Audiobook of your choice from The Original Sinners – The Red Years Quartet donated by the Chicks

So be sure and follow us on Twitter (here) and watch for details on how you can win!

Social Media Links for Tiffany Reisz

Website Twitter Facebook Goodreads Harlequin MIRA

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The Siren Herself… Tiffany Reisz

si·ren /sīrən/ a seductively beautiful and charming woman, esp. one who beguiles men

Pretty sure Zach would approve of this edit…

si·ren /sīrən/ a seductively beautiful and charming woman, esp. one who beguiles men and women

Tiffany Reisz is, by definition, a siren. She’s a seductively beautiful and charming woman beguiling women like me with her brilliantly written series The Original Sinners.

Original Sinners

The Siren (The Original Sinners #1)

Notorious Nora Sutherlin is famous for her delicious works of erotica, each one more popular with readers than the last. But her latest manuscript is different—more serious, more personal—and she’s sure it’ll be her breakout book…if it ever sees the light of day. Zachary Easton holds Nora’s fate in his well-manicured hands. The demanding British editor agrees to handle the book on one condition: he wants complete control. Nora must rewrite the entire novel to his exacting standards—in six weeks—or it’s no deal. Nora’s grueling writing sessions with Zach are draining…and shockingly arousing. And a dangerous former lover has her wondering which is more torturous—staying away from him…or returning to his bed? Nora thought she knew everything about being pushed to your limits. But in a world where passion is pain, nothing is ever that simple.

I want to keep this post as spoiler free as possible, so I won’t be going into a detailed review of each book. What I can tell you is that Tiffany Reisz has created a world that isn’t just erotic, it’s intense, thought-provoking, and wickedly playful. She doesn’t shy away from topics that may be considered taboo, but the characters wouldn’t be so “real” without the brutal/beautiful honesty. I can’t say enough about Tiffany’s words…words that breathe life into her deliciously complicated characters.

If you don’t already know, Tiffany is very open and inviting to her fans. She’s active on Twitter, makes appearances at conventions and book signings, and has even participated in Google hangouts (Last Call Brittany here and here)—discussing anything and everything, clearly comfortable in her own skin. She’s just so damn…well…cool. So while we weren’t surprised that she accepted our invitation to do a Q&A, we were honored.

Q&A WITH TIFFANY REISZ

F2F: What was the original plot bunny that started you on Nora’s journey? Or maybe it was Søren’s?

TR: The plot bunny was Zach actually. I was/am obsessed with English actor Jason Isaacs. He said in an interview that although he played villains all the time, he wanted to play a part more like he was in real life—neurotic, British, Jewish, etc. I created Zach Easton as a super sexy neurotic Jewish guy with a broken heart. Such a stuffy Brit needed a good foil, and Nora was born to drive him up the wall and into her bed.

F2F: Were you always planning on a series, or did it evolve into one after you were picked up by a publisher?

TR: I kept creating these minor characters in The Siren that I fell in love with—Kingsley, Michael, Griffin. I had to write more books just for them. (A/N: *dances* Let’s hear it for the boys!)

F2F: Speaking of getting published, how did you celebrate once you got the acceptance news?

TR: I danced on my desk at work in front of a large crowd of people. Fact.

F2F: Do you have your own “Zach” at the publishing company?

TR: I have a wonderful editor who is classy and beautiful. I have no idea why she puts up with me. But she doesn’t tear my books apart like Zach does to Nora.

F2F: Who chooses the book/series titles, and at what point in the writing process is that done?

TR: I choose the book titles and the series titles. I have a title before I write. Sometimes it changes but it’s always me who picks the titles.

F2F: Who designed the original covers, and are you involved in the creative process at all?

TR: I give ideas to my publisher for book covers. The Angel was my idea. Everything else they do. I love my covers. (A/N: They’re perfect.)

F2F: Is there any significance to the character names you chose?

TR: The names are incredibly significant. (A/N: So glad we asked this question. Fascinating stuff.)

  • The main characters of The Siren are all named after the four cardinal directions to indicate the different directions Nora is being pulled. Nora Sutherlin—North/South; Wesley—West; Zachary Easton—East; Søren—South
  • Also the two main “offices” of Jesus Christ are The Priest and The King. So I have a priest and a Kingsley.
  • Nora’s real last name is Schreiber which is a German verb meaning “to write.”

F2F: What are the challenges (research, literary, psychological, logistical) of bringing The Original Sinners to life?

TR: My only challenge is making myself sit down and write. I’m kinky so I know how to write that part. Otherwise the only struggle is coming up with good fun mindgames and plot twists.

F2F: I have listened to The Siren, The Angel, The Prince, and Submit to Desire via audible.com. I’m so happy The Mistress will be available as an audiobook. Any news on The Mistress Files or other novellas being added?

TR: No news yet!

F2F: Are you involved in the audiobook process at all, such as choosing narrators?

TR: None whatsoever.

F2F: It was a big day for fans when you announced you would be writing The Original Sinners – The White Years Quartet, which will be prequels. When do you hope to have the first book available for readers? Any message from Father Søren you’d like to share with readers?

TR: I’m not sure when my publisher plans to release The Priest: A Romance. It’s up to them. I’m guessing February/March/April of 2014. No message from Søren. He’s too busy trying to keep Eleanor under control.

F2F: Is it easier writing forward for The Red Years or backwards for The White Years?

TF: The White Years prequels are an interesting challenge as I have to make sure I don’t mess up the continuity. Nora has lots of flashbacks in The Red Years books so I don’t want to write a scene that takes place when she’s 16 that I said happens when she’s 17. Otherwise the prequels are wonderfully fun to write.

F2F: Have you received any interest in your books being optioned for film or TV? *fingers crossed*

TR: Not that I know of. (A/N: Kingsley [Gaspard Ulliel] and Søren [Nikolaj Coster-Waldau] are not optional, so hold out for casting control if you get the call! lol)

Kingsley and Soren

F2F: Will there be more free reads/novellas to go along with The Red Years? (A/N: Free stories here. Novellas and short stories here.)

TR: Whenever I get a chance to write them, I will.

F2F: Thank you so much for taking the time to do a Q&A with us!

TR: Always!

Social Media Links for Tiffany Reisz

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Harlequin MIRA

The advantage to coming in late to a series is that you can lose yourself in one book right after another and not have to wait to spend more time in a world you never want to leave. When I first started the series, I didn’t know there was going to be a fourth book. A huge cliffie at the end of The Prince left me waiting anxiously for The Mistress, the last installment of The Original Sinners – The Red Years Quartet. Well, the wait is almost over…

AVAILABLE JULY 30TH!

Synopsis and pre-ordering info here.

EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT ***SPOILER ALERT***

The Mistress (The Original Sinners #4)

Kingsley started toward the door to his office, but it opened before he got to it. A beautiful redheaded woman, her pale skin painted with freckles, swept into the office ahead of Griffin.

“Ma’am, you can’t barge in-” Griffin said and Kingsley raised his hand.

“Hello,” the woman said facing Kingsley.

“May I help you?”

“Yes, you can tell me what the Hell is going on. Where’s Nora?”

“I would tell you if I knew, Madame. Perhaps you could tell me who you are?”

“My name is Grace Easton, and I know that means nothing to you, but I’m friends with Nora. I tried to call her and got Wesley. He told me someone had taken her and…”

She continued speaking in her light and musical accent. While she spoke Kingsley walked over to one of his filing cabinets, opened it, and thumbed through his files. He pulled one out, walked back over to her, and let her finish her speech.

“…and I’m not leaving until someone tells me what’s going on. Or at least let me speak to Wesley. I know I seem like a madwoman showing up out of nowhere, and you have no idea who I am but I promise-”

“Grace Easton, neé Rowan, age thirty,” Kingsley said opening the file. “Irish mother. Welsh father. Fluent in Welsh, I see. I think that’s the one language le prêtre doesn’t speak. You’re much more beautiful now than you were back in school, and you were trés jolie back in your school days. No wonder Professor Easton deflowered you on his desk. Although had it been me, it would have been the desk, the floor, the wall, back on the desk but from behind…”

He pulled a photograph of a twenty-two year-old Grace Easton on her graduation day standing with her husband, Zachary Easton, and held it up to her.

She stared at it with wide turquoise eyes. “My God…Nora wasn’t exaggerating.”

Kingsley put the photograph back into the file. “Welcome to Hell, Mrs. Easton. Now if you wouldn’t mind, get out.”

MEET US AT THE 8TH CIRCLE

On Monday, July 29th, we’ll be posting our discussion with Tiffany about her author-approved role players on Twitter (@The8thCircleRP). We’ll also have a Q&A with two very special guests from The Angel!

UPCOMING GIVEAWAYS

We’ll be hosting two giveaways to celebrate the release of The Mistress.

  • Autographed copy of a book of your choice from The Original Sinners – The Red Years Quartet donated by Tiffany
  • Audiobook of your choice from The Original Sinners – The Red Years Quartet donated by the Chicks

So be sure and follow us on Twitter (here) and watch for details on how you can win!

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Review of Grave Refrain by Sarah Glover

Back on May 30th, Chick Lisa participated in Omnific Publishing‘s Scavenger Hunt and Twitter party and ended up winning the Paranormal Adult Prize Pack on behalf of Fics 2 Flicks. Peep! Peep! This consisted of six novels, which we will be steadily reading and reviewing in the upcoming months. We are extremely grateful to the authors who generously donated their stories to the prize pack!

Our first choice from the group is a book that has a 5-star rating on AmazonGrave Refrain by Sarah M. Glover. This is more than a love ghost story, so don’t let the crossed out word scare you off 😉 This is definitely a love story…a ghostly love story.

Andrew Hayes, a brilliant but troubled musician, has been haunted since childhood by memories of his muse. One night from a San Francisco stage, he spots her, but before he can reach her, she vanishes from sight. Desperate to find the woman, he accepts a curious offer to stay in the city, moving into a dilapidated Victorian undergoing renovations that stir up far more than dust. Andrew’s life soon becomes even more chaotic with the arrival of martini-swilling ghosts and a troupe of flesh-and-blood stoner spiritualists bringing bad tidings from the Great Beyond. The dark side of his obsession creates visions both thrilling and menacing, and as he struggles to solve the mysteries threatening him, Andrew discovers his life is repeating a refrain more deadly than he’d ever imagined. Inspired by the sexy noirs and comedies of the past, Grave Refrain transports the reader to a place where the things that go bump in the night not only thrill you, but might just take your breath away for good.

Andrew Hayes is the lead singer/guitarist/song writer of the band The Lost Boys. He’s been on the road playing gigs with his about-to-breakout-band and, more importantly, searching for his muse. He thinks he’s found her in Emily Thomas, a college student working on her graduate degree in San Francisco. She’s always been unlucky in love and relationships. She sees a musician playing in the park one day and is inexplicably drawn to him.

If this were a normal romance novel, girl would meet boy and then they would spend the rest of the time chasing each other…all in the name of love. However, this is a paranormal romance novel, so you just know this is the beginning of a story that will tangle you up in its web with every turn of the page.

The pair are visited in their home (yes, they live in the same building) by two spirits who were lovers in the past – Nick and Nora. These two ghostly lovers are destined to never be in the same place at the same time. Emily feels it’s up to her to help them, and begs Andrew to help, too. His bandmates, Simon and Christian, and her roommates, Margot and Zoey, are also enlisted to help.

As the characters follow clues, hold seances, and discover deep familial secrets, your original thoughts about where the story was headed will be turned completely upside down. I found myself yelling at the pages and reading more and more to find a fix to the predicament or to find out if it could be fixed.

Social Media Links for Sarah M. Glover

Blog | Twitter | Omnific | Amazon

The sign of a good book? When it ends and you’re desperate for more. Sarah M. Glover wrote a good book. While the story is complete and whole, I fell for the well-developed characters and immediately found myself hoping for a sequel. I highly recommend Grave Refrain…intense moments and all.

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Review of Tangled by Emma Chase

Looking for a wild romp with no strings attached this summer?

Allow me to introduce you to Mr. Andrew Evans – Drew to those of us in his bed circle.

Drew is a successful investment banker, über-wealthy playboy, comes from the right family, has the right friends, is “devastatingly handsome,” driven, competitive, and probably a New York Post page 6 sweetheart. He also has an abundance of charm and swagger. Drew Evans has it all, including the cheeky grin. And he doesn’t mind sharing it…for just one night. That’s it. One night. One ride per customer. He does a lot of things, as in blondes, brunettes, and redheads. Drew even does twins, but one thing he does not do is relationships.

Before you start to judge, just give me a few moments. Let me tell you a little about how I found Drew when I first met him. The description above – the described self-assured, over-the-top sexy guy – that was not the Drew I first met. In fact, when I first saw Drew, he was a completely different man.

You know that saying “a shadow of his former self”? Well, when I first met Drew Evans, he was even less than a shadow of his former self. It was horrible. Drew Evans had . . .

The Flu.

And so began this entertaining romp through the mind and heart of Drew Evans. Told from Drew’s perspective, Tangled takes the reader through a well-practiced playboy’s journey from “Wham-bam Thank You Ma’am!” to The Dark Side, aka love.

He could have been a turnoff when one considers they are reading this story from the perspective of a…well…he’s basically a…hmmm…let’s just say that he gets around. But from the opening paragraph to the very last word, Drew’s honesty with himself, and the reader, about who he is and how he operates, adds a certain redeeming, and dare I say endearing, quality to his character. Drew’s inner monologues offer witty quips, strange insights into the male psyche, and even some useful tips, such as:

  • Go commando or NO?
  • Eat the salad or the club sandwich?
  • Pet names from the new guy…good or bad?
  • The front clasp bra…a gift from God or the spawn of the Devil?

He also answers some burning questions his audience might have always wanted to know. Questions like:

  • What happens when you put a frog in boiling water?
  • Can you put two pregnant hamsters in the same cage?
  • If you ever happen upon a Momma bear and her cubs, what should you do?
  • What’s a NILF?
  • What is CPS?
  • Which Disney Princess is the favorite among men?
  • When is the most important game in a rookie pitcher’s career?

The answers to these questions are not just entertaining, they are life lessons. These lessons all add to the telling of Drew’s fall into The Dark Side. It’s a slow slide for Drew, one he didn’t see coming when he wasn’t looking for it. From the moment he sees me Kate, he really is kind of well on his way.

With Tangled, Emma Chase brings us a wonderful story of love told from the male perspective…the simple, no holds barred, no games, “Braveheart” quoting, Will Ferrell movie loving, guy’s point of view. And this guy has absolutely no desire, nor inclination, to actually fall into that love trap.

The dialogue is laugh-out-loud funny. (Thanksgiving dinner: “I’m hit, I’m hit!” That’s all I’m gonna say.) You will not be able to put this book down! (I read it in less than 24 hours) It’s full of smiles, color, and life.

Drew Evans is, by far, my favorite book boyfriend. I know what he’s like…and I’d do him anyway 🙂

Do yourself a favor and pick this one up as soon as possible. I can’t think of a better thing to do this summer than get Tangled up with Drew Evans.

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You know, when I finished this story, I felt that familiar pang of loss, like saying goodbye. I turned out the lights, snuggled down into bed, and closed my eyes. Suddenly, I felt a small smile start to tug at the corners of my mouth, a smile that grew. I honestly couldn’t control it. I shook my head slowly as Drew-isms floated through my mind and my shoulders started to shake with quiet laughter.

As a reader, I sort of like to fall in love with my guys in the books I read. But for the first time, my guy turned out to be more than a book boyfriend – he was also a friend. As Drew would say, “I can’t imagine anything fucking better than that.”

Brilliant. BUY IT!

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Beach Read Review: Sleeping with Mr. Sexy by S.L. Scott

A Perfect Beach Read!

With summer here, I like to have some reading material to take to the beach, but a whole book is too much for me to get through. There are too many distractions and up and downs with getting into the water, making sand castles, conversation, looking up to watch the male lifeguards do practice drills…you know. But I do like to read something to completion while at the beach so I feel like I got something accomplished and that I wasn’t just a lazy beach bum all day! So, I’ve found the perfect compromise–novellas. Novellas on my eReader? Even better!

If the above describes you during your day at the beach (or pool), then I highly suggest downloading a novella from Amazon to lose yourself in, and I’ve found the first of many perfect bite-sized reads for you!

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It plays out like a full story…or maybe a full episode of your favorite post-college (new adult) nighttime drama? Do you remember that one episode of your favorite serial drama you loved to watch *coughlikeOneTreeHillcough* that told the story in flashbacks to one particular night, slowly unveiling the truth of what happened as the story moved forward in present time? That is exactly how this story unfolds!

Lydia Nichols and Chase Andrews are past college, have a great group of friends, and facing an issue that many young couples face in terms of their careers. Lydia’s job is about to take her from San Francisco to New York City. Chase’s career choice requires him to stay in San Francisco. Right from the start, we realize they plan to make a long-distance relationship work with visits. There’s just one problem. Lydia and Chase aren’t a couple and never have been. They met in college and have since been best friends, never taking that next step. But on the eve of her departure, they take a step that leads to them parting under uncertain terms, both blaming themselves, and neither saying a proper goodbye to each other.

One year later, Lydia’s life seems to have been altered by that last night in San Fran. Still in NYC, her job is working out well, and she’s dating a guy named Mitch. When she gets a text from Chase, she begins to reflect back on the memories of that night they spent together. The memories are told in a sequence of flashbacks throughout the story.

There are subsequent surprises, twists, and realizations with consequences as their lives progress, always intertwined with the memories of that last night before she left.

As the reader, you’re driven to find out everything that went on that night and how things will play out for them. Will they find a way back to each other or have they missed their chance at ever becoming a couple? From the beginning, you will love Mr. Sexy, aka Chase. He’s perfect as a friend–protective and knows Lydia so well that they can have unspoken conversations while out at a bar. With his good looks and strong presence, you just know that he’d be amazing if he was ever more to Lydia than her friend.

This novella is a wonderful introduction to the writing of S.L. Scott! Because I enjoyed this story and the author’s easy breezy writing style so much, I went ahead and ordered her full novel, Naturally, Charlie.

Go ahead and download this, and a few other novellas, to have on hand for your summer reading!

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