Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Review of "Not So Silent Night" by Kelly Ryan

What's New to Review~ Wednesday

Okay, so Christmas is over in half the world and is coming to a close here on the east coast of the USA as well. Though my post is running MUCH later than planned, it was a necessity for me to get this up. Many of you received a new tablet, e-reader, or laptop for computer, and I am here to give you some advice on what you may want to read on this quiet Christmas Night to calm your nerves, relax, and take some time for yourself. So without further ado...

Today's Tasty Bite!

Last Friday a tart little morsel was introduced into the digital world. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC copy of "Not So Silent Night" by Kelly Ryan a few weeks ago, and I have been dying to tell you what a HOT read this is.

A short novella that took very little time to read, was so worth it! As evident by the cover, there are some real animals in this book and a few surprises as well.

While Anna spends her days in a town that inhabits werewolves, it is the visiting Russian that grabs her attention immediately. And I promise he will grab yours as well!

From the moment Alexander enters Anna's flower shop, you can feel the heat. He is something different, something she has never seen before, and something that she knows she wants.

Alexander is immediately drawn to Anna, though he doesn't understand why. Well, there's a few tricks up Anna's sleeves as well.  But I won't spoil the surprise!

The verdict?

This short novel packs a hefty punch. With no holds barred sexual encounters right off the bat, and danger looming in the distance. This book will keep the heat up and going. The heroine is flawed and realistic in this paranormal world, giving her a unique perspective to events that are happening around her. The hero is almost too perfect. There really doesn't seem to be a single flaw in him at all. And though we all hope that there is that perfect man out there, it makes it hard to believe. The sex flows easily and fast. Though, I have to admit, I was a little shocked at just how quickly this couple got together. It was a little unbelievable at first. But, the author DOES make you understand why it happens and it really makes for a good back story.

Definitely one I want to recommend to those that want some heat in a short time frame and I can't wait to see if Ms. Ryan comes out with another Russian Bear Shifter novella. I'd read it!

It's a "Four Cups of Love" read!

Want your own copy? Pick it up today! ~$1.99

Tune in Next week for the next "What's New to Review~ Wednesday"! New Year's Eve is sure to be easier than Christmas :-) Until then, happy reading!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Review of "Ribbon of Darkness" (The Trouble With Elves) by Decadent Kane

What's New to Review~ Wednesday!

Good morning, everyone! Welcome to week 2 of "What's New to Review" here at Pen-the-Dream. Last week's day was such a success, and I am so thankful for all you that popped by. I hope that you enjoyed last weeks review of "The Cowboy's Christmas Auction." I certainly enjoyed reading it and I hope you got the chance to pick up a copy for yourself!

Today's Treat!

This past week, I was lucky enough to be asked to review an amazing new title and the first in a series. "Ribbon of Darkness" (The Trouble with Elves) is a short novella that had me in stitches at some of the Christmas lingo that the author has used in creative new ways. First lets get a few things straight. These Christmas elves are like none you have ever seen. They can blend in with human folk, and are comparable to our height and likeness. I mean, they don't even grow into their ears until they are in their twenties... and that is exactly where our story begins!

Ribbon knows nothing of her heritage and that she is a Christmas elf, she only knows that her parents are a little obsessed about Christmas and have some very strange rituals. When her ears blossom over night, her mother lets her in on the secret and throws Ribbon's  life into chaos.

To add insult to injury, her parents are rogue Christmas elves who left without permission, and a Secret Santa Spy, Draven, is after them to bring them home. After meeting this hunk of an elf, Ribbon can't seem to think of a reason why she shouldn't go. Being wrapped up in his arms is all she seems to be thinking about.

The verdict?

The chase and excitement of this novella keeps you turning the page! Perfect for an hour lunch break if you are a quick reader, and well worth the price. The best part? This is the 1st in the series~! Decadent Kane will be releasing book 2 in February! I can't wait to see what she has up her sleeve! I really enjoyed the author's writing style, the heat, and the creativity that Ms. Kane has used. I will definitely read it again and I highly recommend it for anyone!

It's a "Five Cups of Love" Read!

Want your own copy? Here you go!~ only$1.99

 See you guys next Wednesday. Yes, it will be Christmas. But, I will still be here helping you decide what new hot romance you want added to your new E-reader! Happy Holidays everyone!
~ Lisa A. Adams

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Review of "The Cowboy's Christmas Auction" by Lorraine Nelson

What's New to Review? - Wednesday

It's been a great Holiday season already. I have gotten the chance to read some amazing holiday stories this year, and I am so thankful for the opportunity that my fellow authors have given me to enjoy their wonderful reads for free and for honest reviews.

This marks the beginning of what I hope will become a weekly feature on my blog. Wednesday will be "What's New to Review?" day here at Pen-the-Dream and to kick it off, I want to introduce you to a great short read from a wonderful author.

"The Cowboy's Christmas Auction"

This sweet romance holiday read is a short story that lights a fire in your heart from the beginning and it burns slow and steady through the read.

Ms. Nelson is quite skilled in her sweet romances and this holiday's short is no difference. Deciding to focus more on true love and romance really puts your heart to soaring and I highly recommend it!

Having already written a number of other books that are set on ranches, Lorraine has perfected the setting. And right next door to this ranch? A beautiful acreage of Christmas Trees and new neighbor...

Though this story does take place during the holiday season, the holiday itself doesn't take over the book, and would be a great read for any time of the year. Other than the Christmas Tree selling and a mention of Christmas dinners, there is hardly a mention. This suites me just fine, knowing that these events could happen at any time of year just makes it that more heart warming.

My official review?  It's a "5 cups of love" read. This is a novella that I'm sure I will read again!


Can an organic grower and a cattle rancher find common ground?

When the acreage next door comes up for bid, Dustin Granger attends the auction hoping to obtain the property for his growing herd. Along with the creek running through the property, his cattle need more grazing land. What he doesn’t need or want is a city girl outbidding him to establish an organic farm.

Meredith McRae inherits a small fortune from a distant uncle and decides to invest in her future. The estate she’s come to bid on has everything she needs and no neighboring cowboy was going to thwart her…regardless how handsome.  

Buy Links:  Only .99

I hope you will enjoy!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Saving Holiday to be released on Friday, December 6th!

"Saving Holiday" 

Hello everyone! Welcome to the blog. Today, I am eager to announce the arrival of my newest release, "Saving Holiday" will be out December 6th!

"Saving Holiday" is my first venture into the romantic suspense genre and was an incredible experience. I love this book. I really feel I have grown leaps and bounds as an author this year and that has all culminated in this wonderful piece of fiction.

But, enough about me, let's get to the book. 

How about a cover so beautiful that it would stop anyone in their browsing. Wanna peek? Well... here you go! Wait, it was the first thing you noticed? Of course it was! And you've just proved my point. My wonderful cover artist at Breathless Press, Victoria Miller, did an amazing job at capturing my hero and heroine. 

To celebrate... I'll be all over the web!

Dec. 5- Breathless Press blog - Here is an important interview about the creation of "Saving Holiday"
Dec. 5- Romance Reviews Today - Another great interview about writing in general.
Dec. 6- Erzabet's Enchantments - Delving deeper into what makes me tick*
Dec. 8- It's Snowing Men Blog Tour! - My Top 5 Holiday Songs of all times!
Dec. 9- Savvy Authors Blog - The Cover: Your First Marketing Tool
Dec. 9- You Gotta Read - A personal interview
Dec. 10- LoveRomanceCafe on Yahoo Groups - Special Event Day! Must join to participate. Wonderful site to find new reads!
Dec 13- Lorraine Nelson's Blog - You'll have to join in to see *evil grin*

I will also always be available through FaceBook
On twitter @LisaAdamsWriter
And of course you can always reach me here.

See you soon!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Writing for the Love of it...

 It's FALL!

Grab it here!
I'm so happy the season is changing.

The leaves are falling, the temperatures are dropping, and sitting on the front porch with a blanket and a good book seems like the perfect thing to put on your to do list.

Need a sweat romance to get you going? Try my New Adult release from Decadent Publishing. Though it may be New Adult, I can almost guarantee that any age group will love the pairing of these two characters and their budding new relationship. 

It's been a crazy few months!

From government shutdowns to family affairs; writing time to working "the job" full time: these past few months have been hectic. But, there have been some amazing successes along the way.

  1. My 1st editor left the company I was signed with, BUT she has returned :-)
  2. My seventh submission was accepted and was to be released in September, BUT it is in another anthology, and the work has been delayed.
  3. My 1st paranormal release "The Initiate" came back with minimal changes and an absolutely GORGEOUS cover, BUT I still don't have a release date.
  4. My 1st romantic suspense "Saving Holiday" will be out in December and that cover is sparkly and shiny, BUT I finished working on 1st round edits this weekend to a total tune of 15 hours and 12 minutes. (Yes that's strictly writing time, and doesn't include break times.)
So as you can see, there are ups and downs here to the average writer's life. And just like any other profession, you must learn to take the good with the bad. If you love the work you're doing, you'll suffer through the bad parts. (They never last long anyhow.)

Finally: The Big Announcement!

My 1st series, and my first release to be exact, has hit the top 100 on two separate Amazon Lists!

  Caledonia Captives Book 1 - The Legionnaire's Prize


Decimus wasn’t born a Roman and doesn’t intend to stay one, but leaving is complicated… especially with a new wife in tow. 

Don't forget to follow it up with Book 2 in the series. 
  Caledonia Captives Book 2 - His Seafaring Siren


On a dangerous rescue mission to Rome, new couple Mowriyah and Septimus are forced to face the temptation of past lovers and the trials and tribulations of rocky seas.

Have a happy fall day and maybe you'll get some reading in. I'm sure going to try to!
Lisa A. Adams

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Author Spotlight: DD Symms

It's here! It's here!                            

The moment we've all been waiting for........ A new release... The beginning of a NEW Series!  

Please welcome DD Symms!

Hi Lisa and thanks for hosting me!
What's a guy like me who can barely dress himself in complementing colors doing writing an erotic novel about a young fashion designer?
I had a blast doing it and did some fun research like seeing how to sew women's undies and checking if it was possible to design a dress in a day --- which Jessie Carter does in Boarding.

Boarding, Book 1 of The Jessie Carter Fashion Series: True Friends are Life's Greatest Pleasure

Jessie Carter wants to do more than design for a cheap lingerie company and while visiting in New York City she gets a chance to design for a supermodel she admires.

Her boyfriend doesn't like it and tries to sabotage her efforts and she has to fend off a gossip columnist who gets wind of the model's kinky desires and wants to dish the dirt.

Boarding reveals Jessie's struggle with her boyfriend through her sexuality. Early we see her trying to romance him and he's more interested in the plans he has for her career.

Later, she seduces him and shows she's in control of her destiny and knows what she's doing. She finds herself falling for the handsome bisexual assistant to the model's manager and discovers true friends are life's greatest pleasures.

Boarding doesn't focus on celebrities and glamour in the fashion industry. Instead, it looks closely at a young woman's pursuit of her dreams and sexual expressions and stepping into an adventure like boarding a plane to an unknown destination.

In the excerpt below, Jessie and her boyfriend Raymond are in separate cities and he asked her to use a webcam for a little fun. However, he doesn’t like the fact she spent money on a sex toy during a visit to London.

But wait there's more! Want a sneak peak... try this out.


I will send the first 3 chapters of Boarding to any reader who comments below with an email address.

Now for the juicy part!


Jessie arranged the pillows so she could lean back on them. Her legs dangled over the edge of the mattress and she ran the crystal toy the length of her body and then spread her legs wide. "Can you see?"
"Yeah. You're so lovely." He gritted his teeth.
She ran the curved tip over the few tiny hairs on her mons and then pressed once on her clit. Whoever crafted the product was a genius. There was an unusual balance to it, so even though it had no batteries it still felt like it had its own natural movement.
She leaned back on one elbow and raised the point with the other hand. "I got this in London."
"Yeah." Jessie moved the tip along the lips of her labia.
"Why?" Raymond sounded shocked and incredulous.
"Huh?" Jessie did a double take.
"Why'd you buy it?"
Jessie inserted the tip but just like a balloon bursting with the prick of a pin, the molten lust flowing in the air instantly cooled. She reclined and pulled it out. "What do you mean 'why did I buy it'?"
"Was it expensive?" He was awakened from his sensuous daze. "Cash or credit? You told me there are specials online all the time."
Perhaps Raymond was a long, lost relative of Ebenezer Scrooge. "Aw, sweetheart." Jessie collapsed on the pillows and the ceiling seemed to close in on her. She wished Raymond could appreciate the experience of walking into a store and browsing. She had been so hot and so close to striking a fucking orgasm when the fire department from the Kingdom of Pure Pragmatism arrived in time to completely douse her. "Why the hell would you care?" She couldn't help raising her voice.
"Now, Jessie—"
"It's my money, goddamn it."
"Of course it is. And you've mentioned your concerns about not having enough."
Ugh, I sound like a child. Swearing from anger was distasteful, especially when lying naked on silk sheets in a five-star hotel overlooking Central Park. Her long-term career options weighed on her more than spending habits. He couldn't hear that.
Raymond had such an ability to inflame her passion when he wanted. He knew how to apply tiny quick kisses and lather her in luxurious strokes with his tongue and his hands. But the past several months after his tech firm launched, his playfulness had grown dim like the diminishing wick of a candle. Now he huffed, puffed, and extinguished the flame.

Thanks for stopping by DD! It's been a wonderful time.

If you'd like to learn more about DD Symms and his amazing writing ability, you can check out his blog at  or... connect below!

Find Boarding on the following sites:

Goodreads, DD Symms