Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Review of "Spooktacular Seductions" Anthology

What's New to Review ~ Wednesday!

Good morning, Readers! It's been awhile since I've posted a review, and I apologize but as I was told this week by my mechanic "I've got nothing but excuses." (Yeah, it's been that kind of week.) So, I'll spare you mine. Let's just jump into the goodies!

The Book: 

I absolutely love anthologies. I DO! Probably because I am mother, an author, and I also work outside the home. Short stories and anthologies are perfect or me. I can read a quick story. Finish it. And yet, not feel like I've wasted my day neglecting all my other duties that I must perform. (I'm sure there are others of you out there that feel like that as well.) Then, whenever, I get the next few minutes of downtime, I can read another one.

Now, beyond the way these stories fit so well into my busy life, can I just say... I absolutely adore how so many writer's can come up with absolutely crazy different stories from just one sentence, theme, or topic. It truly is amazing to me!

Spooktacular Seductions was released October 31st from Roane Publishing. With the only the title of the anthology given to the author's as their inspiration, this anthology led to an incredible mix of stories. Eight stories all together, with everything from ghosts, witches, voodoo shaman, angels, psychics, and serpent creatures, create this incredible piece of work.

The Plot: 

Well each one is different of course. And I don't want to spend ALL night writing this. So let me just run through the highlights.

Bewitching Gypsy by Linda Carroll-Bradd- A naturalist gypsy, effective in healing, and from the old world. She has suffered loss and emotional heartbreak. But maybe, just maybe, the universe is willing to reward her for her good deeds. The most mystical of the lot.

Garden of Souls by Michelle Ziegler- Living in a haunted house next to a cemetery can lead to trouble, especially if that trouble includes a delicious male ghost that is taken with you. Maybe the most heart clenching of the stories.

If This be Madness by Echo Shea- An old hag, and a love to last a lifetime that guides her from misdeeds. I'd say this story is the creepiest of the collection, which is awesome.

Ghost of a Chance by Lily Carlyle- Being tied to the real world can have it's problems. Least of all, the everyday problems in the inner city. But, things get interesting when an old flame shows up in town. The Suspense genre is alive and well here!

Do You Believe in Ghosts by Ann Higa- Just how long can a psychic medium hold on to life after she's dead? As long as it takes. The best twist ending of the collection.

Encantado by Havva Murat- Probably that spookiest of the anthology, again awesomeness. Set in ruined SIX Flags in New Orleans, the author goes to great detail of the decay and murder is high on the list.

Where Angels Tread by Christy Thomas- The reals between the worlds are not as definite as you may think and love that lasts centuries is very real. The most romantic, definitely.

Spooky Hollow Cafe' by Lisa A. Adams- When a mortal and a ghost both fall for a which, chaos is sure to ensue. (My own story so no rewards for myself. I find that too self-centered.)

The Verdict:

Overall, every single story had me turning the pages. From romantic, to creepy, to action packed, to paranormal... each had a way of grabbing me at the beginning and leading me through to some incredible endings. The stories were tight, with great plots, good characterizations, and a few twists that had my heart pumping for one reason or another. So, if you haven't guessed by now...
 It's a "Five Cups of Love" Read!

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Next week, I'll be back and I have a more well known author I'm reviewing. I've purchased Crazy, Stupid, Sex by Maisey Yates and Harlequin's newest line "Red-Hot Cosmo Reads". Can't wait to tell you about it!
 
Until next time, Keep reading!
~Lisa

Friday, October 31, 2014

New Release! Spooktacular Seductions from Roane Publishing

Happy Book Birthday Spooktacular Seductions!
Genre: Romance Anthology Release Date: October 31, 2014
Publisher: Roane Publishing

Keywords: Romance, Short Stories, Halloween, Paranormal
Falling in love can be terrifying.
Eight tales of spooky romance brought to you just in time for Halloween.

Bewitching Gypsy by Linda Carroll-Bradd Garden of Souls by Michelle Ziegler If This Be Madness by Echo Shea Encantado by Havva Murat Do You Believe in Ghosts by Anne Higa Ghost of a Chance by Lily Carlyle Where Angels Tread by Christy Thomas Spooky Hollow CafĂ© by Lisa A. Adams
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Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code.  No purchase necessary, but you must be 18 or older to enter. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter, and announced on the widget. Winner well be notified by emailed and have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. The number of entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Roane Publishing's marketing department.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Amazon Direct Publishing : For Dummies... The Clean Copy...

For Dummies? Maybe, just me...

For Starters:

Yesterday, I posted about my self-publishing adventure and introduced you to my brilliant editor and cover artist. These people are the "finishers" of the manuscript. Now let's start with the basics of loading up your work and making it become a book through self-publishing.

A Clean Copy....

I mentioned that to upload a book into Amazon Direct Publishing, you needed a CLEAN copy. Let me explain in detail what that means.

  1. Open your word document
  2. Click the Review Tab at the top of your page (usually center)
  3. In the "Track Changes" drop down menu select "All Markup"
  4. Start your cursor at the top left of your very first page
  5. Now take your cursor and click "Accept"
    1. If a box comes up saying there are no tracked changes in your document, you are good. Exit out and continue on to loading your e-book.
    2. If the cursor moves to a highlighted section of your manuscript, read over the change and "accept" or "decline". 
    3. Move your mouse to the "Next" button and click tour way through the document "accepting" or "Declining" each change.
  6.  There are some comments that you will accept, that will not disappear once you've accepted them. 
    1. Go to each comment, one at a time.
    2. Right click in the comment box.
    3. Choose "Delete Comment" from the menu.
  7.  Once you see no more colors or comments anywhere on your manuscript you finally have a CLEAN copy and it can be uploaded.

 Trust me!

If you choose not to upload a CLEAN copy, you'll be surprised at the formatting errors that will occur in your book. This is just the first step... I'll be back with a few more goodies very soon.

Until then, Keep Reading!
~Lisa




Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Self-Publishing and the Release

Yes! Self-Published!

The Beginning:

If any of you clicked on that fabulous link to my radio interview, you probably heard that one of my goals this year was to self-publish a short story. Well, I'm happy to report, I have succeeded! I was planning on coming out with a self-pub Christmas story, but then... I decided "why wait?" I had a short story that I had been working on, that wasn't for a specific call, but could be subbed to a few different places. So, I took the plunge.

Hiring the editor:

Though I admit I can be a great story-teller, I will also admit that I am NOT an editor. I do my best with my drafts, and have them sounding pretty good, but it's the editor's job to make them shine. As I know I am NOT an editor, I knew I would have to hire one. Luckily, I just happen to know one from one of the publisher's I had worked with.

Enter the lovely Deadra Krieger. A brilliant editor, who was looking for new clients AND had reasonable prices. Along with multiple authors from her last publishing house gushing over her, she was definitely the perfect candidate!

One contract later, and I had a certified editor to look over my work. And I was left to more important things... like cover art...

The Cover Artist:

One thing I didn't like about Amazon's Direct Publishing was the fact that I couldn't credit my cover artist in the listings. She deserves so much credit! But, I digress. After hours of scanning royalty free photos, watching YouTube videos on the free GIMP 2.0 software and trying my hand at several designs, I came up with one that I had a pretty decent feeling about. I posted it to my writing group, and received GREAT constructive feedback, AND a wonderful little note... "Hey, Lisa. Send it my way, and I'll be happy yo create one for you." Music to my ears! She kept the same original design, but did so much more to it! And it's beautiful! Don't you think? 

Thank you! Thank you, from the bottom of my heart Ms. Janice Foy!

The Publishing:

Two weeks... two weeks, I read every single detail about self-publishing from Amazon's Direct Publishing. I watched YouTube videos (again... gotta love classes at anytime) asked questions on Twitter, FaceBook, and just about everywhere else. You see, I'd downloaded people's self-pubbed titles before, and have to say that I wasn't that impressed with the quality. Some had glaring errors in the formatting, and I really didn't want that to happen. Besides, I had already spent money on a great editor, had already found an amazing cover artist, I really didn't need the formatting of the book to be a reason people would leave negative reviews.

First - Let me just say, your manuscript needs to be a CLEAN copy. I'll write a post on that in days to come. What a time I had until I figured out that basic rule. After that, it was zip, bam, boom, book!

It's Live!

The Interview went live Oct. 4th, 2014 to little fanfare. I hadn't even posted it on FaceBook or Tweeted about it. By 5pm, I decided to check in on my baby and start the promotions. I was already #4 on the Short Reads-30 min- Gay and Lesbian stories, and I couldn't be more happy. Throughout the week, I eventually made it to #2, but never did make the coveted #1. Oh, well, Something to strive for next time.

Want a copy for yourself?
Purchase The Interview for just .99!

Enjoy your adventures, and until next time...
Keep Reading!
~Lisa

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Blog Talk Radio Author Interview!


Check Out Entertainment Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with IndieReviews Behind The Scenes on BlogTalkRadio


In May of 2014, I was lucky enough to be a guest on Michelle's Blog Talk Radio show: Maverick's Promotions
Behind the Scenes Indie Review. 

The interview was supposed to be only 30 min. 
However, we both had such an amazing time and really shared some great knowledge, it lasted almost an hour. 

I hope you'll take a listen. Come get to know me a bit!

Until next time, Keep Reading!
~Lisa A. Adams 

Friday, October 3, 2014

Dawn's Reading Nook: Author of the Month~ Lisa A. Adams

Dawn's Reading Nook: Author of the Month~ Lisa A. Adams

Yes, I am still alive. I'm still here. And I'm still knocking out the books!

Since May, I have had three more acceptances, 2 more books published.

AND...

I've been promoting my little heart out. Speaking of which... Check out my featured Author of the Month link above from the lovely Dawn's Reading Nook.


And remember... no matter the style or the time, I've got something for you!  Just take a look!

All titles are currently available on my Amazon Author Page and most are just 2.99 or below!

Check that out right here!


Until next time... which will be VERY soon... Keep reading!

~Lisa A. Adams

Friday, July 18, 2014

Something with humor....

When the next book by your favorite author comes out....

Just how many of you out there have hidden yourselves away at one time or another, just to be able to read your book. I know I have! Just never in the closet. (But my daughters do it all the time. lol)

Until next time, Keep Reading!
~Lisa

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Review of "The Big One" By Louisa Bacio

What's New to Review ~ Wednesday!

Good morning, fabulous friends! Just to catch you up on a few things here... My Disney World vacation was excellent! The kids, hubby and I all had a marvelous time and luckily we weren't rained out. Of course, we came home to a broken air conditioner, but hey... you win some, you lose some. The air conditioner has since been repaired and life is good again. Between all that, there have been some exciting developments in my writing career. New manuscripts are being forged, new sub calls have been published, and a full time position as a gaming writer has just opened up that I'm seriously considering applying for. (Yes, I am a nerd-geek to the core. I have no qualms about sharing that with you, my wonderful friends.) But, you're here for a book... So let's get to it!

The Book:

This weeks book was one that spoke to my heart. Not just for the romance, but because it is a Prepper Romance. Published by Decadent Publishing, their new line of Prepper Romances call to a select group of us that have that overwhelming fear of WHAT IF? This installment is the 10th in line of fabulous writers who take a hard look at the What If... and being ready for it. Coming in at just under 20k, this novella took me about an hour and a half to read and was filled with just enough Prepper detail to fill the story, but not overwhelm a new reader with mundane details about canning and storing. Lousia Bacio is a prolific writer who happens to dabble in mentoring other young writers on the side and teach online classes for fledgling writers as well. But, without further ado... here's the jest of it.

The Plot:

Marketing assistant Kayla Morgan has just been asked to show off her hidden bunker to a wild-eyed British Rocker who wants to shoot a new video underground. Though Kayla hesitates, she is forced into giving in to help the business.

Enter the hero - Sebastian Cox is the typical rock star. Meeting Kayla fires his senses, but he can't seem to understand her logic. Living one day at a time is definitely more his style.

But, in the midst of the tour an earthquake strikes and leaves the pair locked inside Kayla's bunker for three days. A slightly humorous and sensual awakening ensues. I mean what would you do if you were locked in a bunker for three days with a hot hunk?

The Verdict:

Fast and Sexual. A scarred hero, a feisty female, and an unusual situation. Ms. Bacio take a bow. I truly believe that this story could be loved by all. Two opposites attracting, danger, sexual escapades... I really wish this could have been longer. Don't get me wrong, the story is told completely and the reader is left wanting for anything.... except MORE. I so didn't want this story to end. I want to know what their next five and ten years will bring! Very rarely do I ever get this attached to actual characters. So, to make it official....

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

Get your copy at these locations for just $2.99

See you soon! I hope you enjoy the read, and until next time... Keep reading!
~Lisa

Friday, June 13, 2014

Review of "Honeymoon Trespassers" by Sally Max

What's New to Review ~ Wednesday (Week Long Special Edition)

Good evening, everyone. Let me preface this post with, I love technology (except when I hate it.) The e-reader revolution has been an amazing thing to watch and be a part of. Though once I was a hard core physical book reader who smelled the pages and caressed each spine, I have transitioned into an ebook reader almost completely. I've been able to read amazing authors that I never would have even heard of with traditional printed books, my house is becoming less cluttered, and (just because I need another reason that sounds viable) I feel like I'm conserving trees and the environment. Okay, maybe that last one was a little far fetched for me, but some Earth conscious people really believe it. I guess I sort of do... maybe? Anyhow, today I went to read today's flirt and found my Acer was only 2% power. Okay, time to charge. No big deal. I can still read and charge at the same time. (Or so I thought.) Yep, couldn't find the charger. UGGHHH! I just wanted to read! But, speaking of the reading, I finally did find the charger and read.... so here it is!

The Book:

Released March 21st, 2014, "Honeymoon Trespassers" by sally Max is considered a Sweet Romance with a heat rating of two. I'm not sure if I would agree with the "Sweet Romance" part of this. Most sweet romances I've read have either closed door sex, light kissing, that type of thing. This short story has an explicit love scene with some frank language. I only include this as a warning to some. It doesn't take away from the book at all. I just believe that it should have been labeled as a regular romance. This cover for the Sweet Romance line of Flirts has bright red petals that are beautiful. Coming in at just over 2k. This was the quickest read of the Flirt line so far. It took me only twelve minutes, perfect for a half hour lunch break!

The Plot:

Have you ever done something that you knew you could regret? These honeymooners are all about trying to sneak away from the Caribbean crowds to have a little play time on their own. Everything is going well, and really... what could go wrong? (ummm... maybe everything?) The setting is the Caribbean, and more than anything you have to watch the weather, right? Well, now there is a predicament!

The Verdict:

This was a cute short read. The opposites of the couple had me nodding my head, as my own husband and I are like this at times. And living on the East Coast under the constant threat of hurricanes, I can tell you that the scenario provided by Ms. Max could definitely happen. I loved the description that she gave of the water and the wind. Having experienced it myself before personally, I can assure you that her description was dead on. Brilliant. As I said above, this was a cute short read and I would recommend it for anyone looking for a mid-day break. But, let's get to the rating....
It's a "Four Cups of Love" read!

Get your copy at these locations for just .99
(And don't forget to use your coupon if you have one on the BP website!)
 

To wrap up our week, I'll be posting one more Flirt review tomorrow evening. My niece is graduating, so I'll be a little busy in the morning and afternoon! But, PLEASE Come check the review out! Until then, Keep reading!
~Lisa

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Review of "The Song in the Silver" by Faberge Nostromo

What's New to Review ~ Wednesday (Week Long Special Edition)

Okay, I know. You really wanted this up this morning, and you guys have been pinging my home page waiting for the next quickie to grab. I can't help it. I love Flirt - ing. But, this morning I had to make sure that I spent some very special time with my oldest son. He graduated from Elementary school today and the whole day was about him. I've finally got a moment to myself and now is the time to tell you about an amazing Flirt that will be out tomorrow morning!

The Book:

"The Song in the Silver" written by Faberge Nostromo is due out tomorrow, June 13th. At the end of the review, I will have buy links where you can pre-order it. (Because believe me, you need to.) Coming in at 5.5k, this short was another great, quick read. I was done in about 30 minutes and faster than another this week at about the same word count. Again, a perfect lunch hour break. And though school is releasing for the summer, this would have been a perfect teacher break during their "planning period". This is also a Paranormal Flirt and the those covers have this beautiful purple color for their rose petals. But, lets get on with it, shall we.

The Plot:

Let's go with theme on this one. Good versus evil. Yep. That will do. Of course you could add, true love is forever to this as well. There are eternal wolves, and vampir-ish creatures that have been battling it out for centuries, and a blossoming young human love that gets caught in the middle. I really don't want to go much further, for fear that I could give away something crucial and your read wouldn't be as great. (I hope you understand, I'm doing this for you. You need to read the story for yourself.)

The Verdict:

WOW. Powerful story here. Heart wrenching in some aspects, but a beautiful at the same time. The ending... I mean WOW. I almost teared up. Crazy thing is, Faberge had me so vested in the characters in such a short amount of time, that I emotionally was charged. It was a perfect ending. And I can't really say more than that. I mean what is there beyond PERFECT.  So, to make it official...

 
It's a "Five Cups of Love" read!

Get your copy at these locations for just .99
(And don't forget to use your coupon if you have one on the BP website!)
 
Amazon (not available yet)

Until tomorrow, I hope you get excited and pre-order this very romantic read and as always, Keep Reading!
~Lisa

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Review of "The Admirer" by Michele Stegman

What's New to Review ~ Wednesday (Week Long Special Edition)

Hello my reading friends! It's actually Wednesday, so this review is right on time! If you haven't been around the last few days, let me fill you in very quickly. This week I have been hosting a special review week with a new line of short stories published by Breathless Press called FLIRTS, properly named for their brevity and the feeling that you get while you read them. If you haven't been here, Monday I started with a LGBT title "Eat Dessert First" and yesterday was a Suspense title "Eyes Only". Both were remarkably crafted and today's is no exception. So, on with it!

The Book:

Released May 23rd of this year, "The Admirer" is an addition to BP's Timeless line. This is their historical line and covers everything from Ancient Times through World War II. This particular short takes place in the Regency Period. It is a heat level 1 and a very sweet romance. Coming in at just over 6k, it's another perfect fit into a lunch hour with a few moments to spare for ordering or driving and such.

The Timeless historical line Flirt cover is represented by grayish rose petals. I understand the black and white, like old TVs or movies, but personally I believe the color is drab compared to the rest of the cover. I think perhaps cream colored or antique white petals may have looked better. But, that's just my opinion.

The Plot:

As often goes in these romances of old, there is an arranged marriage that the heroine, Marcia, is not to happy about. She wants adventure, intrigue, and passion. Upon meeting her fiance', she realizes that he can give her none of these.

When flowers and other gifts begin arriving addressed only from "An Admirer", Marcia sets out on the biggest adventure of her life. But, will she be able to find him before her wedding day?

The Verdict:

I absolutely love historical novels, though I must admit, I am NOT a fan of the Regency Period. I know, take me out in the middle of the square and stone me. I can't help it, it's just not my personal taste. That being said, I really liked this short story. It wasn't overly swamped with all the high and mighty jargon that I'm supposed to know before I even pick up the book. The heroine was fresh and dare I say almost scandalous for the period with her late night rendezvous, but she is willing to risk anything for true love. The triangle between the heroine, the Duke, and the Admirer is also well played. (Though I kind'ov had it figured out from the beginning, the author adds enough to still keep you guessing.) So, what's it going to be?
It's a "Five Cups of Love" Read!

Get your copy at these locations for just .99
(And don't forget to use your coupon if you have one on the BP website!)
 

Tomorrow, I'll be highlighting another great little Flirt title for you that will be a preview! I am extremely excited to share this new book with you! Until then, Keep Reading!
~Lisa


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A Review of "Eyes Only" by H. K. Sterling

What's New to Review ~ Wednesday (Week Long Special Edition)

Last night after reading "Eat Dessert First" and posting my review, I hopped in my bed, cuddled up with my Acer and settled in for my next exciting read. When I loaded my latest FLIRT, I immediately noticed the cover. Of all the Flirt categories, the covers for the Covert lines excite me the most. Dark and Burning... oh yeah! And with H. K. Sterling behind the wheel, I knew I was in for a treat. And, so are you!

The Book:

Released March 28, 2014, "Eyes Only" is the first and only Covert style Flirt that has been released from Breathless Press thus far. Coming in at just over 5k words, it was a short forty minute read, perfect for a lunch hour if you must travel to get your lunch. As you can see, this Covert imprint of the Flirt line is truly gorgeous. What exactly is the Covert line? Well, these are all stories of intrigue. Whether there is suspense, murder, or investigations; this line has it. And between this little story and her new series, H. K. Sterling seems to be dominating the line... and believe me, I couldn't be happier! I love the way this author can weave an assorted tale.

The Plot:

This particular short deals with an interrogation. In the military world, leaking information is a serious business. No matter how innocent you think it can be, there are always people that will use your relationship to progress their cause. This is the problem faced by a young Marine, and his account of the goings on that lead him to this inquisition. Details are a must, and Ms. Sterling provides this with little effort. And sometimes... not every loose end can be tied.

The Verdict:

Love, love, love... loved it! No death, no murder, no gore... just pure old fashion manipulation and interrogation. Great short story, and though it was short, it still felt complete. The ending was a twist that I never saw coming and I hope like hell that she puts out another in this line soon! Last review I was lucky to do for her, I claimed that she could very well be the next JD Robb. I stand behind my words. Even in this short, her true writing ability is amazing!  But, just to make it official....
It's a "Five Cups of Love" Read!

Get your copy at these locations for just .99
(And don't forget to use your coupon if you have one on the BP website!)
 

So there you have it, a quick read that is suspenseful and HOT! I hope you enjoy and tomorrow we're back for our regular Wednesday review with another quick Flirt!
~Lisa

Monday, June 9, 2014

A review of "Eat Dessert First" by Brantwijn Serrah

What's New to Review ~ Wednesday! (Week Long Special Edition)

So, it's not Wednesday yet. I know, I know. But... I have decided to make this week special and hopefully, I can keep it up going all week. This week, I'm feeling especially delicious because it's the last week of school! My kids all passed those stupid tests last week, and I am less than two weeks awake from Disney World with my family!

My celebratory week will be a week that I've decided to FLIRT with you! Wondering what a Flirt is? Well, it's a short story category put out by Breathless Press that has stories that range from 2k-8k. They're only .99 a piece AND each and every FLIRT has a 50% off coupon to buy another flirt and a 20% off to buy any other book off their website. AWESOMESAUCE!  Without further ado, (since I just had my dinner) let's start with the first title of the week...

The Book

"Eat Dessert First" is a very short read. Coming in at just 2.5k it was one of the quickest things I could get my hands on. A mere twenty minutes later, and I was done. (Perfect while waiting at a doctor's office.) It is from the LGBT line and you can tell that by the rainbow rose petals on the cover. Each Flirt category has the same basic design and the colors of the petals help distinguish the category, but if you are ever in doubt about what you're getting, each category is also tagged on the cover of the book as well.

The Plot

Hmmm. This will be harder with the Flirt category of books, because as you may have guessed, there's not a whole lot of plot. Each of these stories are basically a scene or two with motivating characters and some fun thrown in. Trust me, this one doesn't disappoint. As you may have guessed from the title, we're discussing food. The setting is a kitchen, and oh my... my... I forgot all the sexual connotations that can be associated with cooking. After this read, I seemed to remember them ALL!

It is an LGBT romance, and it is a m/m read. Beautifully executed, I believe and truly realistic.

The Verdict?

Yum! Yum! Yum! Sexy characters, fun in the kitchen, and it's all about the dessert... hehe. Well, what else can I say, this particular story definitely satisfied my appetite for a quick lusty read.  Yep, You could have guessed it.....
It's a "Five Cups of Love" read!

Get your copy at these locations for just .99
(And don't forget to use your coupon if you have one on the BP website!)


Pass on the goods that are on this page and until TOMORROW, keep reading!
~Lisa


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Review of "A Taste for Killing" by H.K. Sterling

What's New to Review ~ Wednesday!

And I'm back! Unfortunately, the month of April was not conducive to me reading anything and oh how I missed that! But, it was not all bad. I did receive another acceptance last month and sent out another short as well. That second short was bought just two days ago! It's been great on that end. I also did my first blog talk radio interview at the end of last month and had a blast! But, the real reason you're here is for the Book and the Review! So, lets get on with it!

The Book:

"A Taste for Killing" is a short novella published by Breathless Press that was released February of this year. With a word count of slightly under 15k, it took me about two hours to read with a few unwanted interruptions from my children. At a heat level 3, this murder mystery romance gives you just enough spice to really enjoy the romance side of the story without taking away from the who-dunnit side.

The Plot:

This is a classical who-dunnit story. There's a death and it needs to be solved ASAP. Unfortunately, with the back log of police work it doesn't look like it will be fast. So, the victims relatives take it upon themselves to hire a private detective to help get the job done. Enter our heroine, Carolyn Woods. Oh she's good. She's got the experience and the drive. What she doesn't have is a man to fill a void in her life left by another.

Enter the hero, or is he a suspect? Crap... he's both! And this is where the story really gets good. Evan Jones is a brilliant young architect. Handsome, fit, and not Carolyn's usual type. But he's also a very prominent suspect. His dealings with the deceased make him suspicious indeed. But, Carolyn's ready to get to the bottom of this case and in Evan's bed. Will she solve the murder before something terrible happens?

The Verdict:

This little novella really piqued my interest. I think Ms. Sterling has found her calling in the mystery/suspense genre and I sincerely hope she continues to hone this area of her writing. As this is just the first in a series, I can honestly say that I cannot wait for the others to come out! Great detective work, the clue pacing, the romance, I mean everything just came together perfect. Each and every scene lead you to the next and things just rolled right along until it was over. If you love a true mystery and romance, I cannot begin to recommend this enough to you. Dare I say it... Yep, I'm gonna put this out there... Perhaps our dear Ms. Sterling will become the next JD Robb. She definitely has the talent! Here it is!
It's a "Five Cups of Love" read!

To get your copy for just $1.99 follow these links!

Until next week my friends, keep reading!
~Lisa

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Review of "For the Love of Murphy" a Sweet Romance Anthology

What's New to Review ~ Wednesday!

Good morning, friends! It's another wonderful Wednesday here in North Carolina and this week I've had the great joy of reading a little selection in paperback! For the Love of Murphy is the second anthology that I've been in that has been converted to print, and there was something about flipping the pages of my own book that warmed me in my cozy little bed last night. So without further ado!

The Book:

A collective work from five separate romance authors, "For the Love of Murphy" was released March 17th, 2014 by Roane Publishing in both ebook and print. With the theme of "Murphy's Law" and whatever can go wrong will, each story uses the bad luck of our main characters to drive the stories forward and lead them to their happily ever afters. Complete at just over 200 pages, this short anthology provides a few hours of escape into the world of sweet romance.

The Stories: 

No Wrong Turns- by Lisa A. Adams: I generally don't review my own books as I feel there is too much bias going on. Of course I love my own story. Hopefully you will too. The heroine of the story is leaving her old life behind, and in a quirky series of "Murphy" events, she winds up stranded. Our hero may have what it takes to assure her that good can come from disaster, but he would have to be a seriously special man. Can Sean live up to the challenge?

Falling for You- by Michelle Ziegler: Down trodden and depressed after her hit and run at the wedding alter a year ago, Darci has gone into hiding. With the help of her best friend, she has no choice to rejoin life after her friend signs her up for an online dating service. With the string of bad luck and "Murphy" guiding her towards relationship embarrassments, Darci can't help but think about the one man from her past that got away years ago. Love lost and rekindled is one of my favorite themes in romance. Mrs. Ziegler does an excellent job of pulling you into the relationship between the heroine and her best friend. And, truth be told, I was dying to get to the end of this one. I knew something big was about to happen, and Ms. Zieglar gave me exactly what I had hoped for. This was a great short story and I hope to read more from the author very soon.

Coffee and Cufflinks- by Anabelle Blume: Olivia is a successful business woman who is about to lose everything. Through no fault of her own, things keep messing up at work and she's taking the hits. The only thing left is to appease the client. Schmoozing and total butt-kissing is in order. Unfortunately, the client is a prick. Thank God for small miracles like coffee in the morning and a gentle soul that can perk up your day for just five minutes. But can just five minutes counter balance the other messes in her life? Absolutely not. How can her business life and her personal life ever blend together? Just wait and see. I absolutely am enthralled with Ms. Blume's use of description of the women at the bar. So spot on and accurate, that I found myself shaking my head and laughing at the heroine and her best friend. I love when scenes come alive in your mind because the story telling is that good. Congrats Ms. Blume!

A Slippery Slope- by Rebecca Hart: Let me preface this with, yes, I'm published in this anthology. Yes, I love my own story and think it's great. That being said, this story was my favorite of the bunch. Maybe because I felt an immediate connection with the heroine, Anne. The story telling was amazing, the female friends were perfect, and the man... Um yes! I'll take one please! You have to read this cute story. In fact... I think I'll read it again after I'm done here.

The Shamrock Incident- by London St. James: Wow, Ms. St. James had me from the start. Setting in Charlotte, North Carolina. Check. Flower Shop like the one I used to work at. Check. Assembly line rush orders, chaotic deliveries, and sheer trouble waiting around the corner. Check, check. check. I was so caught up in this story, I think I read it the fastest. Ms. St. James has already established herself as an amazing author and has proven that fact once again with this short sweet story.

The Verdict:

The whole of the anthology left me wanting for nothing. Even at a heat level one, all of the authors have put in enough sensual excitement that you are waiting for glorious moment. All of these stories live up to that challenge leaving your heart skipping and a smile across your face, just as a powerful kiss is shared. Promises of things to come keep your mind wandering for hours, thinking about the endless possibilities between these couples. I'm sure you already know the verdict, but to make it official....
It's a "Five Cups of Love" read! 
Purchase your copy at these locations $4.99 ebook and $13.99 print

Until next week, happy reading!
~Lisa


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Review of "Jungle Fever" by Maria Cox

What's New to Review ~ Wednesday!

Hello again, Readers! Yes, I know, it's been two weeks since my last post and for the first time in months... I failed you. All I can say is "I'm sorry. Sometimes, life happens." Unfortunately, all five of my children, my husband, and myself came down with that lovely new stomach bug that's been going around. My only response to that is, "Thank God that it only lasted a little more than 24 hours for each of us."  It hits you quick, drains your energy, forces you to have buckets and bags on standby & don't even think about eating. Anyhow, we all survived and I'm getting back to things like I like them. Routine is important for everyone. My routine of reading one book a week is making me become a better reader and, I also believe, a better writer. So! Without further ado... this week's review!

The Book:

Jungle Fever is a short novella written by Maria Cox and was released by Secret Cravings Publishing on February 5th, 2014. Coming in at just under 9k, this story was released in Secret Cravings "Weekend Getaway" category and is a spicy heat level four. It took me less than an hour to read and would  be perfect for a lunch time snack. With rather unique characters, I was impressed with the break away from the traditional stereo types. Some would automatically look at the cover and assume that the male was the chauvinistic thug and the girl the innocent princess, but you would be wrong. (I know I was.)

The Plot:

It's Becca's birthday, and after being under house arrest for three weeks because of some dubious actions, her father releases her under her older brother's care for the night. Her brother is a business man and the last person she wants to be around, but she'll take what she can get.  It's a night of clubbing, dancing, and fun that awaits (even under the eyes of careful watchmen.) But its her carefully planned escape from these body guards and the sight of an old acquaintance that really turns this novella up.

Enter the hero:
Jaden is a hard working man. A regular nine to five job and an after hours gig in partnership with Becca's brother. He's focused and ready to move on past mistakes he's made in the past, including sleeping with Becca. But, spotting her in the club leaves his mind twisted as he recalls the incredible night of passion that they shared weeks ago. He knows that she could be the end of his career, but will his lust and love for the woman outweigh his sensibility?

The Verdict:

This little novella promises a quick getaway. And with a heat level of four in under 9k, you know that there will be sexual encounters and quick. I love that the author used a couple that had already gotten together once. Back flashes give you a sense of intimacy that's realistically possible and not just a "love at first sight" scenario. There were some assumptions that the reader would have to make on the HEA at the end, but the characters definitely received their Happy For Now. Though this really has nothing to do with the writing, I must point out that I'm a little disappointed with the cover. The title is Jungle Fever, so you expect a mixed couple and it is written that way. But the cover gives a version of our Italian-American princess a very different appearance. As I said though, nothing to do with the story itself. Overall, it was a fast read, a quick romp in the alley so to speak, and worthy of the price for the escape. So, where would I place it????
It's a "Four Cups of Love" read!

Check it out today for $2.99 at these locations!

Until next week my friends, I hope you enjoy this little escape! 

Oh, next week I'll have something special. A review of another anthology that I've been published in and was just recently released. "For the Love of Murphy" by Roane Publishing. Get your copy today! Right here! In e-book and paperback!

Cheers!
Lisa

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Review of "Demon Protector" by Lauren Pilla

What's New to Review ~ Wednesday!

It's that time of week again, another great new title, another couple of hours to myself, and another review... JUST FOR YOU!

The Book:

Today's novella stands complete at approximately 27k and took me a little under three hours for me to read. Paranormal romance in genre, I must say that I was happy to see something outside the box like a demon instead of the typical were-shifters. That said the heroine is a witch, and well I just love all things witch-y! Released by Secret Cravings Publishing on October 8th, 2013 and a very sexy heat level four.

The Plot:

What would you do if you finally found out that you were a witch, your parents were both witches and had kept you clueless, and suddenly had demons trying to kill you so they could suck your power and claim it as their own? Yeah, that's where this one starts, and that's just in the first chapter. But, lets throw in another wrench... not all demons are made the same.

Enter the hero- a brooding dark male, with superior strength, a vivid description of any Men's Fitness magazine cover model, and a french accent that you can almost hear as your reading. Um... yum! Sexy, confident, and willing to break his own rules for the sassy little witch that has suddenly captured his interest. He has to protect her!

The adventure begins and it is a race to the finish! Will she learn enough in time to protect herself, or will her Demon Protector have to step in and save the day, facing his own kind, and a terrible secret?

The Verdict?

This was an adventure that gripped me. Will she get away? Will he be able to get over his past? Will she? I must say that the well thought out character arcs of this story was the driving point. Each must grow and change in their own way before they can find their happily ever after, whether that's together or apart. The author does a great job of incorporating the sexual aspects of attraction between the couple as well. Each scene held something a little different which made the story flow easier and seemed less repetitious. The demon was a unique character and addition to the paranormal genre. So, what do you think? I say...

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

Pick your copy up today! ~ $3.99

Until next week~ Happy Reading!
Lisa

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Review of "Grand Slam" by Misty Matthews

What's New to Review ~ Wednesday!

It's been another crazy, hectic week here as my house renovations are taking over almost every single other aspect of my life. But, my weekly read was something I was not willing to give up. I put my foot down and explained to my hubby that you wonderful readers NEEDED me to post my blog this morning to tell you all about another fabulous book. (And it was fabulous!) He finally saw things my way, and I got an hour break, and you get to hear about an amazing new novella! So it's a win-win-win!

The Book~

Grand Slam is a novella length story, coming in at just over 16k and released by Sweet Cravings Publishing January 22, 2014. A quick read, I was done in under an hour, and some sport analogies in it but nothing that would get anyone confused. I am a sports fan, but not a baseball fan. Football and Hockey are my men sports, and Soccer for the ladies. However, I was not confused at all with the backdrop of this sport, as the author did a decent job of incorporating the big events of a game without over detailing it.

The Plot~

A wonderful week of passion after college graduation, leaves our heroine, Brittany, with a lifetime of wonderful memories and a token that she won't soon forget. Raising a child on her own is her personal choice, besides how could she stand in the way of all his major league dreams. But keeping secrets always has its downfall.

When her son begs to her to go to the game with him, Brittany fears that her life will topple to the ground. If big baller Justin were to find out about his son, he may take her life away. She's already lost half her heart to the playboy, she won't let him take the other half of her heart as well.

Enter the hero, it's been almost eleven years since he's seen her, but he's thought of her every day. Sure there are tabloids and gossip columns rumors, but Justin is still searching for the one that got away.

When he hits a Grand Slam and her face appears on the jumbotron, he's sure it's his imagination, but the camera zooms in again and he knows it's her. With raw emotion he aims to get what he lost back, but something doesn't sit well in stomach. And the tides, they are turning.

The Verdict?

Ms. Matthews, I am in love with your writing style! This was a story of true character development and emotion. The intertwined back story was believable with all the detail and explanation. A tug at my heart strings and almost a tear in my eye. This story was a step apart from almost everything I've reviewed here so far. With minor sexual scenes written in to enhance the story, but not overpower, I believe that Ms. Matthews will one day grace the coveted New York Times Best Seller list! Really, truly amazing writing here.

It's a "Five Cups of Love" read!
Though I'd give it 6 if I could!

Don't wait! Get your copy today! ~$2.99

Until next week, 
Happy Reading!
~Lisa

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Review of "My Bloody Valentine - Vol. 1" Edited by Kristen Pavka

What's New to Review ~ Wednesday!

Good Morning my fellow avid readers! Oh, I have the most splendid anthology to tell you about today and I just can't wait! So We're starting right away!

The Book: 

"My Bloody Valentine - Vol.1" was released just this past Friday on Valentine's Day! It is a short story anthology with twenty one very unique and different stories that was written by seventeen brilliant authors. Edited by one Ms. Kristen Pavka and published on ebook by Breathless Press. The collection stands complete at a little over 38k and each individual story hoovers around 2k. Excellent length for each story, might I add, for those waiting in the car for five minutes to pick a kid up, or hiding it in the laundry room while you're pretending to fold clothes (not that I would know anything about that...). Short, quick, HOT, steamy, reads that all have a Bloody theme to them.

Yes, unlike any other anthology I've ever seen out there, this collection of shorts all have a steamy quickie, but may not necessarily have a Happily Ever After or Happy For Now ending. But, the writing! Oh the writing is amazing! Each and every one of these talented writers adds a new voice to the collection, a new situation, and a new twist on some old tales. They were all absolutely incredible!

The Stories:

Little Red by Tysche Dwai - A very new twist on an old tale. Rumors have been swarming the realm and Red still has to make it to Granny's. But, a magical being meets her along the way and where there are fangs, you have to know that there are vampires!

Butterfly by Decadent Kane - The devil, a demon, and an extremely strong heroine that is willing to do anything for love. I'm already a fan of Ms. Kane and this story has been added to the list of greats!

One Way to Say Goodbye by Robin Crawford - An excellent addition to the antho! The emotional intensity of this story is well crafted. You feel exactly what the heroine feels.

Last Kiss by D. F. Krieger - The apocalypse is here! Drama, drama, drama! A couple fighting against a deadly disease, one last time, one last kiss. Great story telling!

No Change in Policy in Room 8 by Torie James - Yes! A fabulous short. very gripping and a twist at the end that leaves you laughing at the Hero's cockiness. Loved it! way to go Ms. James!

The Dark Man by H.K. Sterling - A life ending game, or is it just the beginning? Excellent read! A strong heroine and a hero you want to partake in!

Blindfold by Jay Wilburn - And just what exactly would you do for food when the apocalypse comes? A very sensually sexy story and an ending that could lead to disaster but they're together.

Dangerous Desires by Jen Bradlee - Historical with a masked man and a twist. Loved the feel of old world London this short had in such a short length. Bravo Ms. Bradlee!

Three Little Men by Dianne Hartsock - The first tale in this book that actually felt almost like it was straight out of a horror scene. Creatively imagined and well-written! Too bad I read it at night and was slightly freaked out. But, I LOVE horror so that's a good thing!

Awaiting Our Reunion by Christine Morgan - This short read like a memoir to me from the beginning and was the first in the book that was emotionally painful for me. I almost wanted to cry it was that good. Congrats on focusing in on that romantic pain Ms. Morgan! 

Rhythm and Blues by Brantwijn Serrah - A shifter, some voodoo magic, and a sin for a sin. Totally brilliant! This story came from nowhere and knocked my socks off. It was definitely unexpected and fit the anthology well!

Tempting Sin by Shellie Rosewarne - An angel tempted by sin and lead by lust. A fulfilling sexual encounter, well played out and incredibly described. Props to Ms. Rosewarne!

Rebirth with a Rose by Kera Faire - Don't mess with a woman who wants to be left to please herself and is wearing stilettos. Yep, Lesson Learned.  Thanks for that one Ms. Faire. I loved the ending there. Just enough sarcasm and flair to love this heroine.

Invoking Ostara by Lisa A. Adams - Yes, this is my story. Of course I love it... Watch for the twist at the end.

Spider Prince by Iyana Jenna - A unique shifter story. Finally, one that doesn't involve Werewolves and the like. Ms. Jenna has an eye for detail here and I can almost imagine the writer sitting and watching a spider crawl across the floor, trying to get every word right. The secret is in the details. Bravo!

Stormy Night in Old Town by Kelly Ryan - A true ghost story here and a steamy love scene. Ms. Ryan has a way with the sexy parts that's for sure. Kudos! I loved it!

Aphrodisiac by Roni Sharpe - I always did love a good Incubus story. Perfect. Hot loving and a fulfilled love scene. Then there is the coldness of a casual lay. Great story telling.

Siren's Call by Shelli Roseware - Ah, the Sirens of old Ancient Greek tales raise their weary heads in this title and it's a hit. Of course I'm quite partial to mythic infused writing so it's almost certain that I would like this story. Ms. Roseware has done her research and that speaks volumns to a a fellow historical writer. Great story!

Feral by Decadent Kane - Continuing the elf revolution, Ms. Kane has pleased us once again. Dare I say, Ms. Kane be crowned the new Elf Queen? She's got my vote! Hot, teasing love, and an elf's undoing. More please!

The Shed by Brantwijn Serrah - This story is of secrets and pain. (The good kind!) Loved it. Probably the hottest read in the book and a great addition to the anthology. I was just thinking, I want a Reid :-)

Under the Shadow of Wings by H.K. Sterling - A goddess on a mission. A lingering soul to devour. She's found her prey. Lets hear it for the mile-high club! I haven't seen a story on a plane in years, and Ms. Sterling has covered it in detail. Yay!

The Verdict?

There were so many different tales that seemed to sneak up on you and take you for a ride. Different settings, characters, pairings, love making, and plots all take a wild ride in this anthology. With all of the personal detail above is there any doubt?

It's a "Five Cups of Love" read! 

Get your own copy at the following locations! ~ $3.99

Until next week~ happy reading!
Lisa A. Adams


Friday, February 14, 2014

New Release! My Bloody Valentine (anthology)

It's Release Day!

It's a great Friday morning here in North Carolina. (Except of course for the snow and ice that has been on the ground for the last four days... uggh.) But! It's Valentine's Day! That wonderful day of the year that has been turned into a marketing scheme of men having to buy roses or chocolates or dinner for their loved ones.Yep, just one day a year, you have to show me how special I am. (I'm not sarcastic or anything.)

But along side of that, I do have a new story being released today!

Invoking Ostara

Macey has trained extensively to complete the sacred ceremony of invoking Ostara, but

when madness ensues and threatens her lover, will Ostara hear her pleas?

Get it here!

Breathless Press
Amazon
AllRomanceEbooks
BookStrand

This story is being released in the "My Bloody Valentine" anthology that was released today from Breathless Press. Oh, and here's the kicker. It's Valentine's Day and we want to show our book love!

Every book on Breathless Press website it 20% off! Including the "My Bloody Valentine" anthology, my ancient Roman series with "The Legionnaire's Prize" and "His Seafaring Siren" and my Covert line Romantic suspense "Saving Holiday."

I'll be reviewing the "My Bloody Valentine" anthology on this weeks "What's New to Review ~ Wednesday" blog post. Don't forget to stop back by then, or sign up for my newsletter to have it delivered directly to your inbox with so much more!

~Lisa

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Double Reviews! Tempting Clover and The Raven's Kill!

What's New to Review ~ Wednesday!

Greetings and Something New!

This week I was asked to review TWO very special books that have just been released in the past two weeks. And I just couldn't say no. Both of these books are novella length and definitely within my requirements, and from one of the great publishers that I have been fortunate to work with. 

So without further ado... Let's get started!

Tempting Clover: The Trouble with Elves Book 2 by Decadent Kane

I consider myself lucky enough to have been asked to read the first book in this series, "Ribbon of Darkness" back in December and this next book in the series was just as amazing as the first! One thing that I absolutely loved about this series is that you don't HAVE to read the first before you read the second. There are no interlinking characters and the story lines vary greatly. The main theme in the series? It's all about elves!

On a side note, I have to admit that I'm not usually a "fantasy" reader. I enjoy the paranormal, historical, and regular contemporary romances on a usual basis. However, as I mentioned above, this is the second in this series that I've been asked to review, and I do hope that Ms. Kane comes out with a dozen more and I am asked to review EACH and EVERY one of them.

The Verdict?

Though this story is written with a darker plot than the first in the series, it is one that grabs you from the beginning and sweeps you up in the escape. Filled with twisted deeds, provocative situations, and an enslaved elf who is willing to do anything to free herself, this story had me flipping the digital pages, and praying that the little Elfess would find her redemption. I so want more from this brilliant author! Bring on the "Elf" revolution!

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

Get your copy today~ $1.99

The Raven's Kill by Ella Grey

My second book this week was a paranormal read and I have to admit, truly sucked me in! This is a shifter paranormal, where our hero Raven is just that... a raven shifter, not to mention a talented assassin. His jobs are easy: kill the ones assigned to him and that deserve it. When his new assignment is a beautiful woman with a power of her own, Raven finds himself questioning his resolve. 

A new need arises in Raven to protect, and he's suddenly flying in uncharted territory. Someone wants her dead, will he be able to save her instead?

The verdict?

Dramatic and entertaining! Ms. Grey has the knack of crafting fine suspense intertwined with passion and sexual situations. Can I just interject here that I've read several books that have the heroine pleasuring themselves, but koodos to Ms. Grey to perfecting it! A raven shifter is unique and definitely NOT overdone and the whole premise of this book was fresh. So...

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

Get Your Own copy at these locations! $1.99


Next week, I'll have a review of the "My Bloody Valentine" anthology from Breathless Press that includes one of my own stories. 

Until next time!
~Lisa