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“The Carnival 13” & Scares That Care!13 authors join to help make it happen

Posted by on Dec 11, 2013 in Books, Horror, Indie Projects & Promotions, Promotions | 4 comments

The Carnival 13

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Shifty Magic from @JudyTeelBooks [giveaway, teaser, #YA13]

Posted by on Dec 10, 2013 in Blasts - Blitzs - Cover Reveals - Showcases, Books, Giveaways & Contests, Promotions | 17 comments

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Eating Cookie Dough with Winter Demons in “Bitter Snow” – Interviewing Lauren Sweet

Posted by on Dec 10, 2013 in Authors, Bewitching Tours, Books, Cabin Cooking, Giveaways & Contests, Interviews & Interviews with Recipes | 4 comments

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Mama’s Kitchen Mondays – “Bitter Snow” by @WriterLaurens Palatschinken – Review & a Recipe

Posted by on Dec 9, 2013 in Bewitching Tours, Books, Breakfast, Cabin Cooking, Dessert, Giveaways & Contests, Mama's Kitchen Mondays, Review & a Recipe, Reviews, Young Adult & Family Reads | 9 comments

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“Innocent Blood” by @JamesRollins brought to you by Butterfinger Bites & Rockstar

Posted by on Dec 8, 2013 in Books, Interviews & Interviews with Recipes, Nerd Lovin', Promotions | 5 comments

James-Rollins-Interviewed-on-the-Cabin-GoddessI am not sure I have words to express how honored I am to have one of my literary favorites on the blog today. Some of you know just how much I fangirled all over Facebook and twitter about this, but just to catch up those of you who have never been here, I am a huge James Rollins fan! I remember when he friended me on Twitter and followed me on Pinterest (yes he followed me first!). I have read everything the man has written, well except I have not finished this book yet. (hanging head in shame) I have started it though, and I have read THE BLOOD GOSPEL & all the shorts and novellas leading up to the second book, INNOCENT BLOOD, which releases on Tuesday December 10th! There is just not enough bacon, cookies or chocolate to express my gratitude and honor at having James Rollins here today!  Thanks so much! … 

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Colons – Part One – Linguistic Love Tour with @ChryseWymer #amwriting

Posted by on Dec 7, 2013 in Authors, Books, Guest Posts, Indie Projects & Promotions, Promotions | 10 comments

Thank you to the wonderful Kriss Morton for allowing me the space to write about one of my favorite subjects: colons. Many authors seem almost afraid of them, and it’s an incredibly useful mark that I think we should embrace (when needed).

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The Goddesses of West End Alexandria, VA – @LynneCantwell #FourthWallFriday

Posted by on Dec 6, 2013 in Authors, Books, Fourth-Wall Friday, Guest Posts, The Finishing Fairies | 1 comment

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This is Lynne’s third visit to Fourth-Wall Friday and today’s visit we all get to meet. heck even she gets to meet them face to face for the first time, characters from her new series, LAND, SEA, SKY. Book one is CROSSWIND. I am really honored to be in her circle of friends. She really is an amazing woman and I am also honored to be touring her with The Finishing Fairies in January. See at the bottom of the post to find out more about hosting her on your site.  Till then, sit back and enjoy! If you are an author who is interested in joining Fourth-Wall Friday, send me a line with the contact form. Oh I have talked long enough let’s enjoy this week’s Fourth-Wall Friday!

I don’t know what possessed me that day, but something drew me to the neighborhood in the west end of Alexandria where we used to live. It wasn’t to visit old friends, that’s for sure. All the townhouses are rental units. Everyone we knew there is long gone.

I parked on the service road and walked up the sidewalk. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a pregnant woman approaching me. She startled me; I hadn’t seen anyone in the courtyard when I entered it. It was as if she had sprung from the bushes, or maybe from the base of the sycamore tree. “Hello,” I said, stepping off the sidewalk. “I know this will sound weird, but we used to live in the end unit over there.

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A conversation with a disgruntled vagina named Doris from @EloiseMarch

Posted by on Dec 5, 2013 in Books, Guest Posts, Humor, Interviews & Interviews with Recipes, Reviews | 3 comments

Meet Doris, Jemma’s vagina from Dionne Lister’s latest adventure in the publishing world. This book may not contain dragons but there is something else that may need to be mentioned….close-call-warning

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Gadget Girl: The Art of Being Invisible by Suzanne Kamata {Book Blast}

Posted by on Dec 5, 2013 in Blasts - Blitzs - Cover Reveals - Showcases, Books, Giveaways & Contests | 0 comments

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Gimme some “Sugar & Salt” (Sugar House Novella Series) by @PavartiKTyler

Posted by on Dec 4, 2013 in Authors, Books, Giveaways & Contests, Indie Projects & Promotions, Reading, Reviews | 2 comments

Erotica & Romance come together with Sugar & Salt

I am thrilled once again to have Pavarti K. Tyler, one of the most amazing authors I literally stumbled upon a couple years ago with her serial novels and later with her other novels which always push boundaries. Sometimes just a nudge and sometimes pick up the whole kit and caboodle of what you consider normal and defenestrate it, as was the case of Consumed by Love – A Short Story (I will let the review speak for itself.) If Pav were to write a book about Civic Planning in the Sahara and I would read it to front to back and love it. Her voice is one that speaks to more than just my brain, but my heart and my mushy insides, and in this case, some very specific warm and soft mushy insides… ohhhh ya. The book is for 18+ and I can guarantee since this is a panty melter, the review is too.

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I can count the times I have reviewed an Erotic Romance on all my nipples … ummm nipples of which I promise I only have two! Yep! That is right, because I never have reviewed erotica,  romance or any of the like, only the above, Consumed by Love, which actually is erotic horror and trust me one of the most powerful and moving stories I have read. But erotic romance? Nope! Sure I have read them, in fact I have a rather large collection of straight erotica from the Victorian era and female erotica from masters such as Anaïs Nin and many of the pieces from the mid 19th century. Yes, I will admit it, it gets lonely here in the cabin and my Lelo is well used and always charged!

One reason that I actually am more inclined to read an erotic romance, such as Sugar & Salt, and not just straight romance, other than the obvious one, is that Erotica, and in this case, erotic romance, is going to to also include some satire and social commentary. Sugar & Salt has plenty, but I will save that for later. Right now, I have to go clean a toy *grin* and get a cup of tea. Continue reading for my thoughts on this wonderful story and also make sure to enter the giveaway Pav has put together with free paperbacks and eBooks from some of the best Indie Erotica authors around.

I have read this a total of four times now. The first time was when I beta read it during Camp NaNoWriMo last spring, the second time was when I got this for review. The third was this morning, and I read it again tonight. Why you ask? Ummm, well, one because I fell asleep during the second time I read it and wanted to make sure I did finish it because it evoked bizarre dreams. And the last time? Well, because it was so good, I was needing to feel better after being sick all weekend and I still had that wonderful warm feeling you have when you read a good story. Since it was a short read, why not? But let’s get to the meat of this review, why is this book better or what makes it stand out among a sea of erotic romance?

First, as I mentioned above, I don’t read most contemporary erotic romance on the indie publishing scene. I frankly have not found many authors that can break out of the set rules and boxes which have been set up and are proven formulas for romance (which include erotic romance). In the world of genre “marriage” Erotica and Romance have been merged to blend both the complexity of Erotica and the happy endings of romance allowing for a sexually terse and focused story. This story certainly has it all.

Without spoilers let me break it down why I feel it succeeds at both being an erotica and a romance. (this is my list and by no means am I even close to being an expert, but I read literotica all the time and I know what I like.)

  1. Sex, lots of hot steamy “gotta-break-out-the-toys” sex: Yep, there is sex in spades, darlin’, in spades. Ms. Tyler dives right in with the tension needed for the the reader to be taken right along and feel Salt’s tongue as he glides it up her thigh and tastes her. To feel his skin under our own nails as Janice runs them down his well defined back and ass… 
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