Friday, April 29, 2016

Insta-Week #5: In which we remember the veterans

It's another Insta-Week. No update on the shed this week since it still looks pretty much the same. The guys are working on the inside. The painting outside won't be done for another 3 weeks, so nothing new to see.

So here's my last week in Instagram pictures. I hope you enjoy them.

Teddy bear
I'd like to introduce you to Teddy. I'm just a big kid really and I can't be without my Teddy. Yes, I'm only 5 years old on the inside! :-p

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Author Showcase: Cheryl Brooks

Hello, hello. Please give Cheryl Brooks a big welcome. When I asked Cheryl if she'd be part of the Author Showcase series, I did not know she had a book coming out around the same time. We'd planned this months ago. Talk about timing! ... though Cheryl might have know. ;-)

I'm so delighted to have Cheryl visiting today. I've read most of her Cat Star books and really enjoyed them. I haven't read any of other books yet, but I plan to. Please join me in giving Cheryl a big Deanna's World welcome.

First off, let me say a big Thank You to Deanna for inviting me here today! I really appreciate it!

This post marks the final stop on the blog tour for Must Love Cowboys, which was released earlier this month. Launching a new book is always fun and exciting. However, it’s also a bit nerve-racking because while your beta readers, critique partners, and editors may love your book, throwing such a huge chunk of your heart out into the cold, cruel world can be very emotional—exciting, uplifting, and sometimes gut-wrenching. That tough skin I was told to grow when I embarked on my writing career has yet to materialize, so I read each new review with considerable trepidation, and I skip over some of them entirely.

Photo via Visual hunt

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Manview: Beyond Innocence by Joanna Lloyd

Welcome to another Manview. For those of you who are new to Manviews, these are reviews of romance novels specifically from a man's perspective, this one from my my beloved Steve. I've also added another Manview reviewer, Len Klumpp, and if you haven't seen it already, here's Len's first Manview. Stay tuned for more Manviews and I hope you enjoy this Manview.

 Book cover
Beyond Innocence by Joanna Lloyd
Purchase link: Amazon

My rating: star starstar star halfstar

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Electra Shipley lies in a mite-infested bunk, weak from lack of food and seasickness. Imprisoned and sentenced to seven years’ transportation, she sails towards the penal colony of New South Wales, Australia. Despite the odds, she is determined to survive, to clear her name, and return to her life of wealth and ease in England.

William Radcliffe has fled the betrayals of his father and fiancée to make a new life in the colony. When a transport ship from England docks, William stumbles across much more than mere trade cargo. Haunted by the beautiful convict with wild hair and golden eyes, William decides a compliant and grateful convict wife might meet his needs without the complications of love. Electra must now decide whether a loveless marriage with a "colonial barbarian" is preferable to imprisonment.

William is unprepared for the deeply suppressed passion his new wife arouses within him. Against his conviction never to love, he begins to desire Electra and the sexual tension between them sparks into a fierce physical attraction he longs to satisfy.

But Electra has made enemies on the ship and a vicious act of revenge endangers her life and the lives of the people she has come to love. Can Electra and William’s love survive the perils of this land and its inhabitants, or will their pasts destroy their future?

Note: This is a new release of a previously published edition. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Review: Seduced by the Heart Surgeon (The Hollywood Hills Clinic #1) by Carol Marinelli #HelenReviews

I can't tell you how excited I am to welcome Helen to the team. She's an awesome romance reader and a huge supporter of the genre. I've known Helen for years, she's quite a figure in the romance community round this here parts. I'm delighted that she's joined the Deanna's World team as a reviewer and she's agreed to give of her time and share her reading love with us. Helen is going to be reviewing romance novels she's read once a fortnight for us. If I can sneak in an extra review from her now and then, I will but Helen is in high demand when it comes to her reviewing prowess so I'm grateful for what she gives me. Here she is with her first Deanna's World team review. Please give her a very warm welcome and show her plenty of love. You can read more about Helen in her bio below.

Seduced by the Heart Surgeon by Carol Marinelli

Seduced by the Heart Surgeon (The Hollywood Hills Clinic #1) by Carol Marinelli
Purchase link: Amazon

Helen's rating: star star starstarstar

Heat rating: Flame  Flame  Flame

Monday, April 25, 2016

Review: Sera's Dragon (Fire Mate #1) by Lexxie Couper (updated)

Updated review - book has been re-released by the author. You can find my original review here. Note: the only thing changed in this review are the book title, book cover and buy links. My review remains the same as it is the same story.

Book cover Sera's Dragon (Fire Mate #1) previously Ty the Sexy Dragon by Lexxie Couper
Purchase link: Amazon

My rating: star starstar

Heat rating: Flame  Flame  Flame  Flame

Finding your fire mate is easy. Convincing your fire mate she is fated to be yours...not so much! Soar with the dragons of Australia in Sera's Dragon from awarding winning erotic paranormal romance author Lexxie Couper. Book 1 of her Fire Mates series will keep you turning the pages of this contemporary paranormal suspense.

Life isn't easy for a modern-day dragon shifter. Unlike those wuss werewolves, dragons can't just shift and go for a run through the nearest forest. They can't go flying on a whim. Forget about scared villagers slinging arrows; these days it's Neighborhood Watch zealots with AK-47s. Then there's the whole sex issue. Try telling the little cutie at the local Starbucks that a soul-shattering orgasm might end in bed flambé. No, being a dragon shifter kinda sucks. And for Tyson, it's even worse--because he's suddenly in heat.

Bad news for the stranger he spies running along Bondi Beach.

Ty instantly recognizes Sera as his mate. Now he has to convince her, while also dodging the psychopathic dragon hunter on his tail. Scorching sexual persuasion should do the trick. Hopefully. Because if Ty doesn't join with his Fire Mate before his heat cycle finishes, bad things will happen. Lots of bad things.

Content Notes: This erotic paranormal suspense romance contains dragon shapeshifters and is intended for readers over the age of 18.

Previously Published: (2011) Ellora's Cave, Original Title: Ty the Sexy Dragon

I adore anything dragon, so when I found our Lexxie Couper had a dragon book, I was all over it.

Mmmm ... dragon shifters.

This is a short, sexy story of a dragon in heat. I loves stories about dragon's in mating heat. :-) Ty is the dragon in question, who lives in Sydney and is swept away when his fated mate jogs past him on Bondi Beach and changes his life. In a frenzy to find her and claim her, while dodging a dragon hunter out to claim his heart as a prize, he's got his work cut out for him. Lucky for him, Sera, his chosen lady is also being swept up by the mating frenzy and eager to get into some hanky panky with him.

There's not much to expect out of this story other than a frenzied ride through the streets of Bondi while Ty and Sera get into some sexy shenanigans without getting caught or seen. There are lots and lots of sexy shenanigans and fortunately, I was in the mood for it.

This was a most satisfying read for me. Right book, right time. I'm looking forward to reading book 2. I'm all about the dragon shifters.

ps. In my original review, I quibbled about Americanisms in the book. These have all been fixed. :-)

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About the author

auLexxie Couper started writing when she was six and hasn’t stopped since. She’s not a deviant, but she does have a deviant’s imagination and a desire to entertain readers with her words. Add the two together and you get erotic romances that can make you laugh, cry, shake with fear or tremble with desire. Sometimes all at once.

When she’s not submerged in the worlds she creates, Lexxie’s life revolves around her family, a husband who thinks she’s insane, a indoor cat who likes to stalk shadows, and her daughters, who both utterly captured her heart and changed her life forever.

Having no idea how old she really is, Lexxie decided to go with 27 and has been that age for quite some time now. It’s the best of both worlds – old enough to act mature, young enough to be silly.

Lexxie lives by two simple rules – measure your success not by how much money you have, but by how often you laugh, and always try everything at least once. As a consequence, she’s laughed her way through many an eyebrow raising adventure.

Author links: Website - Facebook - Twitter - Goodreads

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Friday, April 22, 2016

Insta-Week #4: In which there are doors and goals

Wow! I left it kinda late for this week's Insta-Week but phew! Got it done in time. Things have been rather crazy in casa Deanna's lately. I have a new baby nephew. He's adorable. I'm sorry, no photos. My brother is very private and does not want any photos shared publicly. It kills me. I'm dying to share photos of him. He's a beautiful baby.

So here's my last week in Instagram pictures. I hope you enjoy them.

Continuing on the update of the shed / carport, we now have doors. It looks amazing. I picked out the doors. I love them. Can't wait till they are stained and the handles are on.

New Release: Dragons Among Them (Kingdoms of Fire and Ice #1) by Kyra Jacobs

Hello, hello, hello!!!! Today I bring you a VERY SPECIAL post because ... well, dragons. Specifically, dragon shifters. Be still my beating heart. Any of you who have followed me long enough will know I have a THING for dragons. It's a very BIG thing. I just adore them. I blame Anne McCaffrey and her Pern dragons and dragonriders. :-)

Please welcome Kyra Jacobs to the bloggity today to talk about a topic near and dear to my heart. Dragon shifters ... because what could possibly be sexier? Men who can shift into dragons. Big, sexy, grouchy, broody men. Who. Can. Turn. Into. Dragons. !!!!!!!

Why Dragon Shifters?

Hi, everyone! Kyra Jacobs here to discuss a very important topic in today’s heated social media climate. That’s right, I’m here to bring to light a subject so many continually try sweeping under the rug:

The bad rap dragons have gotten over the years.

Oh sure, I know what you’re thinking. Dragons have a bad rap because they’re not pet material, right? Wild creatures too big for the doghouse out back. Impossible to potty train. And don’t even get me started on the whole “Larry, your dragon torched the neighbor’s house again” scenario.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

New on my bookshelf #11

Welcome to another New on my Bookshelf.

... Or should I say, welcome to another installment of book cover porn? :-) Man, I just love looking at book covers. They make me giddy with book love.

I know others have called it "Stacking the Shelves" and my girlfriend Bambi does it on her blog weekly too. Be sure to check hers out. Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga Reviews.

I know most do this once a week, but I'm only doing it either fortnightly or monthly depending on the blog schedule, plus I don't have much if I do it weekly, makes for a less fun and pretty post with much less book cover porn. :-)

Books I've bought recently: (free and paid for)

If you'd like to pick up some free romance books from Amazon, you can find the Top 100 free romance books here.

New Release: Exquisite Karma (Iron Horse MC #4) by Ann Mayburn

Grab a glass of wine and heat up the chilly spring evening with EXQUISITE KARMA by Ann Mayburn, part 2 of Sarah & Beach’s story!

exquisite karma by ann mayburn

Exquisite Karma
Iron Horse MC #4
By: Ann Mayburn
Releasing April 21, 2016 
BHoney Mountain Publishing

Buy Links:  Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Kobo

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Review: Wilde Nights in Paradise (Wilde Security #1) by Tonya Burrows

Book coverWilde Nights in Paradise (Wilde Security #1) by Tonya Burrows
Purchase link: Amazon

My rating: star star

Heat rating: Flame  Flame  Flame

He'll guard her body all night long.

Former Marine Jude Wilde's motto has always been "burn bridges and never look back," so nobody is more surprised when Wilde Security is hired to protect assistant district attorney Libby Pruitt, the woman he loved and left. Although she makes it clear she wants nothing to do with Jude, they're forced to fake a relationship for her safety. He can't ignore the heat still simmering between them, and when her stalker's threats escalate to attempted murder, he's left with no choice but to whisk her away to a friend's safe house in Key West, FL.

Cooped up in paradise together, Jude begins to chip away at Libby's resolve to hate him. But even as she gives in to his proximity and her body's demands for his, she refuses to fall for his charms again. Maybe a torrid affair in the sun is exactly what she needs to get him out of her system. But when her stalker tracks them down, can they escape the steamy Key West night without anyone getting hurt?