Oct 172011
 

Working Out The Kinks
by Kiki Howell
Published by Rebel Ink Press
Genres: Pagan, Contemorary, Erotic Romance
Length: Short Story
Adult Content Warnings: Explicit Graphic Language and Sex Magic with BDSM Elements

Blurb:

Making an appointment with his ex-girlfriend under a fake name, David buys himself one hour to get her attention. Hoping to apologize and remind her of their time together, he intends to do whatever he has to in order to make Meredith, a practicing Wiccan, forgive him for being idiot enough to have listened to those around him which meant choosing his political aspirations over love.

Meredith is resistant to let David anywhere near her heart again. Desperate, David plays all his trump cards and suggests a sexual magick ritual which incorporates the BDSM lifestyle he and Meredith used to experiment with. The methods he uses may be unconventional, like sensory deprivation and sensation play intended to build trust and to achieve altered states of consciousness. But David is more than willing to do whatever it takes if he can just get Meredith to agree.

 

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Meredith’s Playlist Description:

These are the songs Meredith listened to on her way to work the day her ex, David, showed up on her massage table. It was quiet an eclectic mix of break-up songs she had on her iPod: from angry to over you, from sad and slow to heavy metal, from oldies to new, they all struck a chord in her broken heart. Give them a listen and you will see why she would have a hard time letting him back into her life. Then read, Working Out The Kinks, to find out what exactly David has planned to win her back.

 


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Working Out The Kinks EXCERPT:

“Your last client is in your massage room.” The receptionist tilted her head toward Meredith, giving a wry smile but then grimacing as she looked away. 

      “Thanks.” Meredith sighed, rolling her eyes as she rapped her knuckles on the door to announce her arrival.

      What was that about? Taking a deep breath, she swept into the room. One more massage, and I can soak my tired muscles in a hot bath at home. 

      “Hello,” she said to the body on her table while grabbing a bottle of oil. 

      She stopped short of turning back around. Cologne assaulted her. The potent mix of patchouli and musk with a hint of oak reminded her of the man who’d left her heart bruised and battered. Meredith blinked hard as if she could shut down her mind before some blissful memory could wallop another punch.

      The client shifted on the table. “Hey, Mere.”

      Swinging around like a moth drawn to a buzzing light, air whooshed from her lungs moments before the oil bottle hit the floor. “David?”

      “Yes. Gave a false name when booking the appointment.  Now, I have your undivided attention for the next hour.”

      She stepped back in defiance of her need to rush into his arms and retrieved the plastic bottle instead. “Why?”

      “Because we need to talk. Here, this way, you can’t walk away.  I’ve already paid for my time.”

      “Paying is easy for you.”

      “You can begin the massage now. The clock is ticking,” he stated in a business-like tone.

      Meredith sucked half her top lip into her mouth and bit down, every muscle in her face tight to avoid her unexplainable need to smile. David was tapping his wrist where his watch should be just as he’d done to her a hundred times before to get her moving. With a confident half-grin, he laid back down.

      “Really? You want me to touch you?” She hadn’t quite meant for the thought to come out of her mouth, but she felt as if someone was pressing her to death.

      With each step toward her ex-boyfriend, another stone was added to the imaginary board across her chest which had her laboring for breath.

      But, he already tried me as a witch.

      The idea of that, her conviction and thus banishment from his life, spurred her forward. Thoughts of getting even, of squeezing a sore muscle too tightly, loomed like a silver lining around a storm cloud.

      Stop it! You’d never. Concentrate! Meredith reviewed the steps to a full body massage like she was back in school.  Use sensitivity when making first contact with your client’s body. Her hands floated above his skin.  The heat of his energy challenged her fingers, and she willed each tensed-to-the-point-of-shaking finger into a semi-state of relaxation as they moved an inch above the sculpted latissimus dorsi muscles of his back. Naming each superficial layer, she hoped would keep her on task.

      “I miss you, Mere.” David’s voice was muffled from the table.

      Blinking against the sting in her eyes, she lingered over his skin. The thought of her palms meeting with his flesh tightened her center, and her need warred with the nervous way her stomach rolled. Meredith wanted the rush of blissful sensuality despite the threat of emotional damage which slithered over her skin, a cold reptile squeezing the life from her already broken heart.

      “Did you hear me?” He turned to her.

      A tear slipped from her eye. Ripples of water down her cheeks had become commonplace this last month being separated from him. These tears came as no surprise, and neither did the warm anger bubbling up to the surface.

      “What difference does it make?” she clipped, answering both his question and her reluctance to give in to the pleasure of stroking her hands over his skin.  What remained hidden from her view under the strip of the white towel over his butt was crystal clear in her mind.

 
 
Sep 222011
 
3 Penguin

Nanny Returns by Emma McLaughlin: CD Audiobook CoverNanny Returns by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus Read by Susan Bennett

  • Pub. Date: December 2009
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • Format: Compact Disc
Synopsis:

New from the #1 New York Times bestselling authors of The Nanny Diaries , the highly anticipated sequel that picks up ten years later.

More than four million people fell in love with Nan, the smart, spirited, and sympathetic heroine of The Nanny Diaries —now she’s back. After living abroad for twelve years, she and her husband, Ryan, aka H.H., have returned to New York to make a life for themselves. In the midst of getting her new business off the ground and renovating their fixer-upper, Ryan announces his sudden desire to start a family. His timing simply couldn’t be worse.

To compound the mounting construction and marital chaos, her former charge, Grayer X, now sixteen years old, makes a drunken, late-night visit, wanting to know why she abandoned him all those years ago. But how can she explain to Grayer what she still hasn’t come to terms with herself? In an attempt to assuage her guilt, yet against every instinct, Nan tries to help Grayer and his younger brother, Stilton, through their parents’ brutal divorce, drawing her back into the ever-bizarre life of Mrs. X and her Upper East Side enclave of power and privilege.

After putting miles and years between herself and this world, Nan find she’s once again on the front line of the battle with the couture-clad elite for their children’s well-being.

With its whip-smart dialogue and keen observations of modern life, Nanny Returns gives a firsthand tour of what happens when a community that chose money over love finds themselves with neither.

My Thoughts:

I am going to break this review into two parts: 1. The Story Itself and 2. The Audio Portion.

Story:

Overall, this was a very interesting story that had surprises at every corner and was surprising right up until the very end.  Nan has moved back to New York after travelling with her husband’s work for quite some time.  They have purchased a house in the city that they are remodeling, well trying to because the contractor never seems to show up and things keep getting worse and worse.  Her former employers child shows up on her door step begging for help and feeling that Nan owes him since she took off in the middle of the night.  Nan commits herself to help but had not idea what she is getting herself into.  She also pick up a great pay position at a school in the city but things just don’t seem right there and it is requiring a lot of time and puts her in the position of going along with decisions she is not satisfied with.  All the while, her husband is half a world away on business.  Leaving her to deal with the house and all alone.  it is just a roller coaster  of a life that Nan is living.  

I really enjoyed the story itself, while I did have some trouble relating to some of the characters because of their outlandish lifestyle and decision they made about their children.  It really made me take a hard look and how I treat those around me.

Reading:

For the most part the reader on this books was good, but at times she overacted the parts just a little bit too much.  At times, it just felt over the top which is a bit annoying for me personally.  Please understand that this is just my opinion others might not even notices it.  Good pace of reading and it was clear and flowed well.

My Rating:

 Overall, a good story if a bit annoying at times.

 

Sep 172011
 

SCHULER BOOKS & MUSIC presents the SMART CHICKS KICK IT TOUR

Multi-Author Talk & Signing
6 p.m. Tuesday. October 4

Eastwood Towne Center location:
2820 Towne Center Blvd.
Lansing, MI 48912

We are absolutely giddy to present this gathering of fantastic young adult authors, organized by #1 bestselling author Kelley Armstrong, the creative force behind The Darkest Powers and The Darkness Rising trilogies! Kelley is bringing a slew of her lady author friends for a sole Michigan appearance to celebrate young adult fiction and amazing female authors! Joining her will be Melissa Marr, author of the bestselling Wicked Lovely series; Jennifer Lynn Barnes, author of seven young adult novels including Raised by Wolves; Rachel Caine, internationally bestselling author of over 30 books, including the Morganville Vampire series; Melissa De La Cruz, author of the bestselling Blue Bloods series; Simone Elkeles, author of the NYT-bestselling Perfect Chemistry series; and Carrie Ryan, author of the bestselling Forest of Hands and Teeth series.

This will be EPIC.

 

Tickets will be available at our Eastwood Towne Center location starting at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 20, the release date of Enthralled, a new story collection edited by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong and featuring five of our featured SCKI authors ! Tickets 1-100 are $5.00 each, which ensures a seat for the event and includes a $5.00 Schuler gift card that may be used towards the purchase of any of the participating authors’ works, or at a later date at any of our stores or at SchulerBooks.com. Tickets 101 and greater are standing-room only, and available with no purchase necessary. The signing will proceed after the author talk in ticket number order.

Tickets can be reserved by phone starting September 20 by calling the store at 517.316.7495.

In the event of a large turn-out, there will be a limit of 3 books per author, though you are allowed to re-enter the line to have more books signed. If crowd-size requires it, authors will be limited to two personalizations per customer.


 

Aug 222011
 

Finally getting to doing an opening post for the Bout of Books Read-a-Thon hosted by Amanda of On a Book Bender.

I am not holding my breath that I will get to even part of this list.  I have a few commitments this week on top of work but I am going to see what I get done.

Read-a-Thon Goals

Books List:
In My Dreams by Cameo Renae

The Last Rising by Rachel Firasek

Love Story by Jennifer Echols

Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins

But I Love Him by Amanda Grace

How Much Time I Intend to Read: 2 hours a day

Updates

8/22
Number of books I’ve read today:
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Titles Read: In My Dreams by Cameo Renae
Pages Read: 100

8/23
Number of books I’ve read today: 1
Total number of books I’ve read:1
Titles Read: In My Dreams by Cameo Renae
Pages Read: 158

8/24
Number of books I’ve read today: 
Total number of books I’ve read:1
Titles Read: The Last Rising by Rachel Firasek, In My Dreams by Cameo Renae
Pages Read:10

8/25
Number of books I’ve read today: 1
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Titles Read:The Last Rising by Rachel Firasek, In My Dreams by Cameo Renae
Pages Read: 100

8/26
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Aug 072011
 

I didn’t get through as many as I planned but there is what I accomplished.

Super Mario by Jeff Ryan

Star Wars: The Clone Wars by Mike Barr

 

That’s it but looking forward to October

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Jul 192011
 
4 Penguin

Die for MeDetails:  Die For Me by Amy Plum

        • Pub. Date: May 2011
        • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
        • Format: Hardcover , 352pp
        • Sales Rank: 15,796
        • Age Range: Young Adult
      •   Synopsis:

My life had always been blissfully, wonderfully normal. But it only took one moment to change everything.

Suddenly, my sister, Georgia, and I were orphans. We put our lives into storage and moved to Paris to live with my grandparents. And I knew my shattered heart, my shattered life, would never feel normal again. Then I met Vincent.

Mysterious, sexy, and unnervingly charming, Vincent Delacroix appeared out of nowhere and swept me off my feet. Just like that, I was in danger of losing my heart all over again. But I was ready to let it happen.

Of course, nothing is ever that easy. Because Vincent is no normal human. He has a terrifying destiny, one that puts his life at risk every day. He also has enemies . . . immortal, murderous enemies who are determined to destroy him and all of his kind.

While I’m fighting to piece together the remnants of my life, can I risk putting my heart—as well as my life and my family’s—in jeopardy for a chance at love?

 

My Thoughts:

 

I loved the setting for this book – Paris!  I think that Amy Plum made the right decision setting this story in such a beautiful place.  It made sense with the old buildings and the layout of the town.  It allowed for good flow and romance to build in the story.  Amy does a nice job with her creation of a different type of paranormal, if you will, set of creatures.  It is an unique take on something that is very popular in today’s literature.  I don’t want to share too much because it was one of the best parts of the story and I don’t want any spoilers here!

Another strong point for me with this book was the amount of history and culture that was demonstrated consistently thoughout the course of the story.  I enjoy to learn something that I did not know before through just a passing comment in a story and there were a few of these in this book.

One struggle for me in the book as I felt like the end just kind of came.  There was a lot of build up for a quick ending in my opinion.  I know that there is another book coming and that could have been part of the reason for the somewhat abrupt ending, but I personally would have liked to have seen it played out better.

Overall, I am looking for more from this series.  I enjoyed this story and hope there is much more coming.

 

My Rating:

 

An unique take worth taking a look at!

*I purchased this book. All opinions are my own.

 

 

 

 

Jul 162011
 
In My Mailbox is a meme created by The Story Siren.
I am happy to share with you what I got in my mailbox this week.  I hope you had a great mailbox week as well.  Please feel free to leave me a link and I will stop by and see you.
Won
Ripe for PleasureThe GuardianSunset Bridge
For Review
Irish MoonSliding on the Edge
Library
WitherPinkWhere She Went
Bought:
Kindred Spirits (Dragonlance: The Meetings Sextet, Vol. 1)
What was in your mailbox this week?
Jul 142011
 

Original Sin: A Sally Sin Adventure (Sally Sin Adventures)

Overview – Original Sin

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: July 2011
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Format: Hardcover , 304pp


Synopsis:

 

On the surface, Lucy Hamilton looks just like all the other stay-at-home San Francisco moms. She takes her three-year-old son, Theo, to the beach, to the playground and to the zoo. She feeds him organic applesauce and free-range chicken. She folds laundry and plays on the floor with Matchbox cars until her knees ache. What no one knows about Lucy, not even her adoring husband, is that for nine years Lucy was Sally Sin, a spy for the United States Agency for Weapons of Mass Destruction. And that’s just the way she wants to keep it – a secret. But when Lucy’s nemesis Ian Blackford, a notorious illegal arms dealer, hits the USAWMD’s radar, the Agency calls Sally Sin back to action to lure Blackford out into the open. Racing against time, Lucy must fight to save herself, her loving family – and, oh right – the world. Hilarious and resonant, ORIGINAL SIN is the story of one woman’s quest to find that most elusive work-life balance in the face of danger, intrigue, and proper recycling habits.



My Thoughts:


Well, I enjoyed the story and the interesting facts about the history of Sally Sin, now known as Lucy.  I did have a really hard time with the writing style of the book, however.  The trouble was that each chapter included flashbacks to Sally’s (Lucy’s) time as an agent with the  UDS.  Each of these flashbacks were written in present tense which was difficult to figure out what was happening at what point in her life.  There were a few times that I had to go back and reread sections of the book to ensure that I had a clear understanding.  I also wish that there was more opportunity to really get to know Lucy in her present life as opposed to Sally in her previous life.  I felt like most of the book focused on the past rather than the future.  I just had a pretty hard time with the style of the book other than that it was pretty good.


My Rating:

Good story just the style was not for me.
*I was given this book as a gift from a non-blogger friend.  This in no way affected my review.