Monday, September 30, 2013

And Now, The September Books We Fell For In A Big Way

The lovely Lisa from The Novel Approach is here with another installment, so without any further ado....

Booyah Books! has marked yet another month off the reading calendar, and we've worked to come up with a few titles for September that we thought were exceptionally good reads. Trust me when I say it's sometimes very hard to narrow the choices down to only a couple of books, let alone to just one apiece, but we've done our best and here's what we have to offer.

If you've already read them, I hope you enjoyed. If you haven't read any of them yet, I hope you'll give them a go and will love these books as much as we did.

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Tina's pick this month is Jeremy Pack's To Touch the Stars, a contemporary/historical? (not sure what we call books nowadays that are set in the 1960s). Here's a brief excerpt from her review: "The main characters were so well-developed, I actually felt like I was growing up with them. Jeremy Pack made them fly off the page and into my brain and heart and bloodstream. There’s a scene in the book where Nick is bailing out of a crashing helicopter and he shapes his body, as much as he is able, into a missile to propel himself as far away from the copter as possible. That is how I picture Tait and Nick coming out of my Kindle and into me.

The supporting characters were crafted so sublimely that it is clear the main characters would never have become who they were without their support (sometimes not so supportive, but you know what I mean). Ok, maybe influence would be a better word choice than support. Maybe from now on we should refer to supporting characters as influencing characters?"

Tina's full review can be read HERE


Lana's top choice this month is James Lear's The Hardest Thing, the story of a tough ex-marine turned bouncer, turned body guard who gets himself wrapped up in an action packed mystery. Here's a brief excerpt from her review: "I knew as soon as I finished reading The Hardest Thing that it was going to be really hard for me to review this book. I’m not a writer so how can I possibly put into words how much I enjoyed this book? How to describe how much I laughed and cringed? How much I didn’t want this crazy story to end?

The Hardest Thing is a tightly wound mystery novel."

Lana's full review can be read HERE


Lynn's number one pick this month is Kim Fielding's The Tin Box, a contemporary story that tells of a heartbreaking past glimpsed through letters written by a man named Bill. Here's a brief excerpt of her review: "I have never read a story in which one of the most heartbreaking characters wasn’t even physically there. The letters William found in that tin box were devastating and so sad. The realization of what those letters meant was gut wrenching to say the least. For William, I believe it was kind of a wakeup call for him. He had a choice on how he wanted to live his life, he had his freedom. Bill, the man who wrote those letters, never had a choice. He had his freedom taken away simply because he loved another man. I believe that voice from the past made William stronger in ways he never thought possible. It shows in the letter William writes to Bill at the end of this story. Wow, I had to swallow back tears as I read it, so beautiful."

Lynn's full review can be read HERE


Jackie's selection for top September read goes to Eden Winters' Corruption, the continuing saga of Lucky Lucklighter and Bo Schollenberger as they continue to make their way through the ups and downs of not only their relationship but the drug business too. Here's an excerpt from her review: "We are introduced to some new agents in this book and some restructuring that is sure to bring some wonderful drama to the next book in the series. Close to the end there is one character introduced that will knock your socks off. When I read it I had a true “What the……” moment!

I loved this installment of the Diversion series, and it set us up perfectly for the fourth book. This is one story that is not to be missed. If you haven’t read the first two books, you could read this one and enjoy it but to get the full effect, I recommend reading the entire series. You will not be disappointed."

Jackie's full review can be read HERE

And finally, my choice for top book of the month goes to the historical/paranormal mystery The Magpie Lord by KJ Charles. Filled with plenty of goose-bumpy moments and an enemies-to-lovers romance, not to mention a briskly paced and "visually" compelling plot, I loved it and can't wait for book two in the series: "Fans of gothic horror, historical fiction, gripping mystery, tight prose, rich plots and multi-dimensional characters are in for a solidly entertaining read in The Magpie Lord. I’m tempted to add many exclamation points here because I’m so excited about the first book in this series!!! There. Done.

This is a book of lust in so many ways: the lust for power and the lust for sex and the lust to be connected to someone, and the final outcome of all that desire is sex magick and a blood bond and a link which forms an unbreakable tether between two men that I can’t wait to see expanded in the coming installments in this series. Evil has escaped, after all. When that happens, there’s always more to come."

The rest of my review can be found HERE

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And that does it for another month of Booyah Books! Until October, happy reading! 


Sunday, September 15, 2013

My website

Not sure if everyone saw it because I just put it on my blog with my doodle and put website under it, but I have my own website now. And the best thing about it is that all of my free reads are there under one heading. Also I get asked a lot, what is the order of a series and so they're in order on my book page. Its so much more organized than this blog, So check it out if you have a couple minutes to spare.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Poppy Dennison is here talking about Wild Magic



Today I’m excited to be hosting the wonderful Poppy Dennison here on my blog answering questions and talking about her newest Dreamspinner Press release, Wild Magic which is the fourth in her Triad series. The novella will be available Wednesday, September 25th.



What made you decide to write Joseph and Dominick’s story?

Joseph and Dominick’s story was actually started before the Triad series began. Those of you who follow me know that a friend of mine wanted to read a gay paranormal where one of the main characters had a child. Well, Wild Magic was the story I started to write first! For some reason, the story just didn’t come together in my mind. The opening few chapters were there, but after that, I had nothing.

I tabled the story and began developing what would become the Triad world with Simon and Gray and the High Moon Pack. As I sketched out the series, I realized why I couldn’t write what would become Wild Magic…it was because the worlds were intertwined. After I finished writing Simon and Gray’s stories (Mind, Body, and Soul Magic), I wanted to come back to this original idea. Next thing I knew, I had the entire plot figured out.

Do you have a favorite character or couple of all the ones you have written?

I do! Garon, Alpha Gray’s 10-year-old son in the Triad series, is my favorite. He’s based on my now 13-year old nephew and I absolutely love that I was able to capture a little bit of him in these books.  Garon has an “old soul” and I love that about both the character and my nephew.  One of my goals in the Triad books was to have children characters that were important to the plot and not just there as fixtures. Anyone with kids knows that family life tends to revolve around them.  Garon, and later Riley, were important to the Triad world and the books wouldn’t be the same without them.


Do you have anything coming out soon that you want to tell us about?

I had another release earlier in September. Accidental Alpha is my first book with Wilde City Press. It’s a paranormal novella, and I’m told it’s a bit of a comedy! I mean I guess it is pretty funny that a toddler bits a gruff former cop and turns him into an alpha werewolf…. *g*

Other than that, I’m working on a new paranormal novel that I’m really excited about. It’s still being written so no release date is in sight but I’m enjoying doing the research and developing a new world. I’m also writing what I hope will be my first contemporary. It’s been fun to work on, but it’s so much harder for me than paranormal! LOL What can I say? I love my shifters!!

Why paranormal? What about it draws you in?

You know, someone else asked me that recently when I confessed to struggling with my first contemporary. I think paranormal works well for the way I write…I like to have the world built first and then I fill in the plot, if that makes any sense at all. So, for the Triad world, I had the three types of magic, what they could and couldn’t do, which types of paranormal creatures had which powers, and then I was able to create characters and plots that fit within those boundaries. Although world building is limitless in many ways, I also am able to limit what my characters can and can’t do before I begin writing. I guess I need the limits! (Noooo….my inner muse is crying about that even as I type it!)

An excerpt from Wild Magic:

Joseph’s mind couldn’t wrap around the idea. He’d seen it with his own eyes when Krista changed. But this was Dominick. His friend. The first guy he’d… no. He couldn’t go down that path again, even in his own thoughts.
Dominick nodded his reply before speaking. “Werewolves are real, but maybe not in the sense you are thinking. It’s… different.”
“Show me,” Joseph demanded. He needed to see it with his own eyes. Part of him still didn’t believe that Krista had really transformed from the animal to human.
With another nod, Dominick began removing his button-down shirt. His white undershirt came next, revealing Dominick’s tan, muscled chest.
Joseph’s heart began to race. He hadn’t thought about the clothes issue. Dominick was stripping down right in his kitchen. Their eyes met, locked on each other as Dominick’s fingers began working at the button and zipper of his jeans. In their younger years, they’d gone shirtless often. The hot summers combined with sweat and fun and more. Everything had been more when he’d been with Dominick. How much of that had been because of the secrets Dominick had kept from him for so long? And now, here was adult Dominick stripping down and staring at him with such need, such anticipation. His eyes sparkled with it, his breath quickened. Joseph’s body responded in kind.
“Are you sure you want to see this?” Dominick’s voice was husky, his expression both eager and hesitant at the same time.
Joseph took a breath. “Yes.”
Dominick kicked off his shoes before removing the rest of his clothes. Joseph had barely caught a glimpse of his naked body before Dominick threw his head back as his body began to change. Where Krista had convulsed, clearly in pain, Dominick simply trembled as his body began to transform. He shimmered, changed. Moments later, a large mountain lion stood where Dominick had been seconds before.
It was real. Dominick had just transformed in front of him, laying any doubts of Joseph’s sanity to rest. He hadn’t imagined it. It hadn’t been a nightmare. A mountain lion was standing in his kitchen, looking at him with the same needy expression he’d seen in Dominick’s eyes moments before.
Joseph had never been this up close and personal with a wild animal—no, Dominick wasn’t a wild animal, was he? His heart raced, pounding so hard Joseph could hear the thud-thudding in his ears. Dominick’s golden, fur-covered skin shone under the kitchen lights. Sunlight drifted in through the door, adding another layer of color to Dominick’s animal form. He was beautiful. Joseph longed to touch. Would his fur be soft, or would it prickle? Could Dominick purr? Could Joseph make him purr?
He took a half step forward, ready to test the notion, when clattering steps came from the deck. The door burst open, and Joseph froze in his steps. Avery and Blake both ran to their uncle and began to rub against him. He—the animal, Joseph couldn’t quite get his brain to accept that it was really Dominick even though he’d seen the evidence with his own eyes—rubbed his face against them and let out a rumbling purr that both boys echoed with their human voices. It answered his question, though. Dominick could purr.
Joseph’s knees went weak, and he slid down the counter until he sat on the floor with his knees up to his chest. “My God,” he whispered.


Joseph Anderson was heartbroken when his childhood best friend Dominick Levent moved away. Years later, Joseph is a successful real estate broker with good friends, an easy smile, and a stunning house. When he finds a dying mountain lion who miraculously shifts into Dominick’s sister, Joseph must find Dominick and reunite him with the two young sons she left behind.

When mountain lion shifter Dominick gets a call telling him his sister is dead, he rushes home to protect his nephews and avenge his sister. Seeing Joseph brings back the feelings Dominick tried to bury and he dares to hope Joseph’s newfound knowledge of shifters means they can finally be together.

Bio:

A sassy southern lady, Poppy Dennison developed an obsession with things that go bump in the night in her early years after a barn door flew off its hinges and nearly squashed her. Convinced it was a ghost trying to get her attention, she started looking for other strange and mysterious happenings around her. Not satisfied with what she found, Poppy has traveled to Greece, Malaysia and England to find inspiration for the burly bears and silver foxes that melt her butter. Her love of paranormal continues to flourish nearly thirty years later, and she writes steamy love stories about the very things that used to keep her up all night. If her childhood ghost is lucky, maybe one day she’ll give him his own happily ever after.


Visit her on her web site: http://poppydennison.com/