Monday, March 31, 2014

It's Time For A Little March Madness - The Booyah Books Edition

Greetings, everyone, and welcome back to another edition of Booyah Books! We… Okay, I had a hard time choosing just one book this month, so some of us settled on two choices for our top picks. Yes, sometimes it’s just like that, so here they are, our favorite reads for the month of March.


Lynn – Lisa Henry gets double the recognition from Lynn this month with When All the World Sleeps, her collaboration with J.A. Rock, and King of Dublin with Heidi Belleau. Here’s what Lynn had to say about both books:

When All the World Sleeps: “Daniel and Bel together took my breath away. Coming to a deeper understanding of what Daniel goes through on a daily basis is emotionally draining, filled with sadness, for Bel as well as the reader. The authors take us on a journey of an illness that has no cure, but makes us well aware that sometimes all a person needs is to feel loved to want to keep on living. Bel makes a lot of mistakes along the way in helping them both cope with what they’re dealing with. I loved that there wasn’t a quick fix; Daniel may never be fixed. The love, patience and emotional distress Bel puts himself through to be there for Daniel was overwhelmingly inspiring. For Daniel, Bel was someone he felt he didn’t deserve, but oh-so-desperately needed.”

King of Dublin: “With the fast pace and non-stop action, these authors take the reader on an incredible journey. The bleakness of the future is devastating and scary. I loved how they divided the book into two, with the first half showing the cruelty of this self-proclaimed King of Dublin, King Buro. We get a bird’s eye view of his court. The atrocious way he treats the people of Dublin. The horrific, malicious way he handles Ciaran. Buro’s brutality towards him knows no limit. I felt he was all about having control and power. I pity the person who questions his actions, you’ll find his head on a stick. Even though I would’ve loved to have known what brought him to his place of crazy, I didn’t feel I was missing anything by not knowing. He is who he is, and I was okay with that.”

You can find buy links for When All the World Sleeps HERE and King of Dublin HERE

Lana – A Dreamspinner Press anthology, Dr. Feelgood, and a paranormal anthology from Evernight Publishing, Alpha’s Claim: Manlove Edition, made Lana’s picks for this month. Here’s what she had to say about both books:

Dr. Feelgood: “The stories where all beautifully written with humor and heat. I don’t think I can do this book justice reviewing it, because how many times can I say I absolutely loved it?!
Dr. Feelgood deserves to be read and savored. The stories also need to be made into full length novels. Reading this book made me feel like I was only having an appetizer and wanting more, more, more!
If you love sexy men who love to give TLC, then this book is for you!”

Alpha’s Claim: Manlove Edition: “I think I had werewolf overload and I loved it!!!
Alpha’s Claim is an anthology about alpha werewolves, who find their true mates and take them any way they can!!! Yes, please and often!! While reading this book, I had to turn down the heat in my bedroom. ;) In my opinion there is nothing hotter than an alpha wolf. Woof!!”

You can buy links for Dr. Feelgood HERE and Alpha’s Claim: Manlove Edition HERE

Sammy – John Goode’s 151 Days (Tales From Foster High: Book Three) made Sammy’s top choice for this month. Here’s what she had to say:

151 Days is a love letter and a warning. The final story in the Foster High series reminds us that we can be the one person who can make a difference if we choose to be, but it also cautions us that inaction on our part can allow for deadly results. In the end, the novel asks us, who do we want to be? DO we want to be the person who watches bigotry and bullying unfold and shake our heads in despair while walking away sure that we can do nothing to change it? Or can we take a page from Kyle’s book and boldly step up and offer just a small piece of ourselves in order to see this world begin to change. “Which person will you be,” this novel asks. I wonder how we will answer.”

You can find the buy link for 151 Days HERE

Kim – Rhys Ford’s Whiskey and Wry, the audio book, made Kim’s top choice for March. Not only did she love the story, but Tristan James’ narration gets 5 Purrrrs from her for his spot on vocalizations. Here’s what she has to say:

“James’ is a voice that subtly changes, that draws you in and lets you know more than one conversation is going on. While listening to Tristan’s voice morphing into Parker’s sick, twisted mind…well…let’s just say I was properly creepy-crawlied out. But it was Tristan’s interpretation of the patriarch of the family, Donal, that caused a little hitch in my chest. While they were at the hospital, it was so sweet how Donal was speaking to Damien with that melodious Irish voice!”

You can find the buy link for Whiskey and Wry HERE

Jackie – Scotty Cade and Jay Northcote made Jackie’s list of top choices this month with Sunrise Over Savannah and Not Just Friends. Here’s a little snippet from both of her reviews:

Sunrise Over Savannah: “This was a very emotionally charged book, and I simply loved all of the men Mr. Cade put in this story. When all of Thompson’s past secrets are brought to light, and he finally gets the chance to live for himself, it is a truly beautiful thing. Very rarely do we get to see a real life hero like Thompson Gray, and I can’t remember a character who has deserved a HEA more than he does.

I highly recommend this book, along with anything else by Scotty Cade.”

Not Just Friends: “I made the mistake of starting this book late at night, and I have to say that it sucked me in immediately and I couldn’t put it down until I read the final word. The author has a writing style that just flows and even though the romance is the main focus, the background story was just as engaging. Once again Jay Northcote has me wrapped around her finger, and I cannot wait to see what come next.

Highly recommend this book.”

You can find buy links for Sunrise Over Savannah HERE and Not Just Friends HERE

Tina – Mia Kerick’s Young Adult novel The Red Sheet and L.A. Witt & Aleksandr Voinov’s very Adult novel If It Drives (A Market Garden Tale) made Tina’s choice of top reads this month. Here’s a bit of what she loved about both books:

The Red Sheet:  “The Red Sheet is something I’ve not found very often. It is a story that I haven’t read. I couldn’t predict what was going to happen. I couldn’t figure out what hadhappened. But I couldn’t wait to find out. Mia Kerick unfolded Bryan and Scott’s story the same way one unfolds a new sheet fresh from the package. You open one fold at a time and use your hand to smooth out the line made from the sizing applied at the factory before it was packaged. In doing this, Mia re-emphasized the good and bad in all of us. She smoothed her hand over the belief that we have the power to overcome high hurdles, even if we are mere mortals. That smoothing reinforced the truth she was imparting.”

If It Drives: “If It Drives is the seventh in the Market Garden series co-authored by L.A. Witt and Aleksandr Voinov. They have all been wildly popular for good reason. These are a series of stories, some barely fifty pages long, some over two-hundred, about rent boys and their johns set in the Market Garden section of London. This one was particularly good. It wasn’t one I had been looking forward to. I believe the authors and all the fans reading this know exactly which one I AM looking forward to! This one had a sweetness and a vulnerability that I liked.”

You can find buy links for The Red Sheet HERE and If It Drives HERE

Lisa – My two choices, J.P. Barnaby’s Spencer (Survivor’s Stories: Book Three) and S.A. McAuley’s Powerless (The Borders War: Book Three), are the reasons I gave everyone the option to select a second title this month, because there was absolutely no way I could’ve left either of these books off my list, and like Tina’s choices, mine couldn’t be more vastly different if they tried.  Here’s a little bit about my two selections:

Spencer: “JP Barnaby has continued Aaron Downing’s story in Spencer, three years after the boys began their relationship, five years after the horrific crime that left his friend Juliette dead and Aaron a shell, emotionally crippled and physically scarred, afflictions he’s still fighting, not to overcome—because those memories will always haunt him—but to somehow integrate into a life he can embrace rather than an existence he must endure from one moment to the next. The past is a living, breathing specter that threatens to erase the dreams of a future where simply being with Spencer seems an unattainable fantasy for Aaron, and the narrative, every single word, paints a picture that morphs from one moment to the next—beautiful in the light and tragic in the darkness that is always there and always threatens to consume.”

 Powerless: “Every single nuance, every single overt action and covert emotion, every single word and look and intention is acted out perfectly by these characters in this installment of the Borders War Series, from the heart thudding action to the heart-wrenching moments that brought a lump to my throat, this book delivered on every level. There are promises made, but can they be kept? The vagaries of what is yet to come make it impossible to predict. But there is always hope.

Fair warning: when you read Powerless, prepare to be left gasping for breath and begging for more.”

You can find buy links for Spencer HERE and Powerless HERE


And that does it for this month’s Booyah Books! Until April, happy reading!

Friday, March 7, 2014


Its a bad word, never.
Will you write a sequel to Timing? No, never. Change of Heart? No, never. Every single time I say I won't do something, I get an idea and then there I am writing a sequel. The latest one is OLNL. I didn't plan to write anymore in that universe at first and then it was maybe yes, maybe no, and then it was going to be three and now it looks more like just one so in light of that...vacillating... I've decided to not use the word anymore. No more never. When people ask me from now on, will this novel be a series, I'll just say, I seriously have no clue but the whole one and done answer isn't working. I've only ever planned one series and even that didn't work how I thought it would. So I'm kicking the never to the curb.

I also need to start thinking about character names more. I mean normally I agonize, for days, over the perfect names for my main men. I have this thing where one name has to be fancy or not heard a ton, Jory for example, and the other one is plain Jane, like Sam. So Logan (dull) and Jin (cool), Rand (which I love and I've never met a Rand in real-life) and Stef (who I've known many, both men and women). Quade which is interesting and Roman which is way more common. I've noticed lately however that I am not giving my secondary characters the same depth of thought and with the sequel thing happening more and more often, I'm getting stuck. For instance, Aaron and Duncan. Those two names should not go together for a whole slew of reasons the biggest two being that they end with the same sound and both have an N as the last letter. Yes, this is dumb, but its my naming thing. I also love to make lists and fill out paperwork but that's a whole other thing. My friends laugh at me, *coughCardenocough*, but really, would I have named a character Linus if I thought he'd ever be a main one? I mean, Linus is a great name but not one I would have pulled out of a hat. You read so many fantastic ones, Carrick, Deacon and Zev, Sionn, Wolf, Griffin, Silas, Orlando, the list goes on, that if I had given this any forethought, Linus would not have been what I would have gone with. Its just like with the background of some secondary characters. I have been known to throw out who they are and where they came from willy nilly because I never thought in a million years that I would be writing from that character's POV. And I've decided the cure for all of this is to figure that everyone is important until I leave the world behind. Like I recently submitted a book about two marshals to DSP that's expected to be out in late June or early July, that I have some characters from another book and I had to go back and check the list. I was not pleased to see the non-creativeness of my choices. All of this stems from using the word "never" so I'm done with it. I would say I'll give it up for Lent and see how it goes but I already gave up soda and I'm having trouble. We'll see how long I last.

Monday, March 3, 2014

It's out!

It's out! Floodgates is out today so I hope you all enjoy it. Please let me know what you thought. Happy reading!