Monday, September 18, 2006
By: Jaden Sinclair
Published by: Mardi Gras Publishing
Length: 2 fangs, 61 pgs.
Ali's Report Card: B+
Genre: Paranormal (Vampire)
Tempest Fager has been hiding from a fate she never wanted to be a part of. A fate named Lucian Deluca.
For as long as she's had to, she bleeds herself daily, ensuring one more day of freedom.
For Lucian Deluca, finding his bloodmate, Tempest, is a matter of life and death... for her. But, with the help of his best-friend, Julian, Lucian is finally able to locate her. Only now its a game of give and take as Lucian tries to give Tempest the relief and pleasure she needs only to have her try and take off. Lucian's only hope is to convince Tempest that as a bloodmate, he needs her as much as she needs him in order to survive.
With Bloodmate I, Jaden Sinclair has created a unique plot, where taking blood not only insures the vampires survival, but also his bloodmate's. Throughout this story it's a struggle between Tempest and Lucian as she fights for her freedom. Lucian's patience is tested many times with Tempest as he tries to make her understand that she's not a slave to him but a mate. Jaden Sinclair shows she knows how to tease as she leaves you wanting more by the end of this novella ;-) The heat between these two will leave you hot and wanting.
Lucian's friends Julian and Corban are a great addition to this story with their humor and loyalty to Lucian.
With great plot and characters, this is an enjoying read :-) My only problem was that I felt the story between Tempest and Lucian wasn't quite finished by the end of this story. There didn't seem to be a solid conclusion to their story. So, I dearly hope to hear more about them in Julian's story, Bloodmate II, which is set to release from Mardi Gras Publishing in November 11, 2006.
Bloodmate I was a great introduction to this series and I can't wait for future releases :-)
You can find out more about Jaden Sinclair and her latest release at www.jadensinclair.com or join her yahoo group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jadensinclair/ . You might get lucky and be treated with a teaser or excerpt from her next release. Jaden's latest release, Stefan's Mark, can be found at Mardi Gras Publishing. Stefan's Mark is part of Jaden's Shifter's series.
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
...the release of...
On September 16, 2006
will be releasing
Book 1 in a series
Bound for life, or bound my Birth?
Tempest Fager has been running all her life. She has hiding from Lucian. Since the age of sixteen she bleeds daily. The only thing that will keep her from not only pain but death is to be bled. A small thing to endure for her freedom.
Lucian Deluca has been searching for his bloodmate for awhile now. The one person that he needs in order to be complete keeps on disappearing from him. When he finally finds her, his only concern is to ease her pain, to complete the bond between them. Now he works to show her how right they are together, and then pain from another begins to form. Pain that his best friend Julian feels, pain so excruciating it almost brings him to his knees. Can Lucian help his best friend or will his need for Tempest take over?
Can Tempest and Lucian over come all the odds against them to grasp that happy ever after, or will they just become two ships passing in the night?
Be on the lookout for one sexy Vamp by the name of Lucian Deluca, this Saturday, at Mardi Gras Publishing. I know I will ;-) Maybe you can catch him during the chat on release night at www.mardigraspublishing.com
For teasers and excerpts, also the latest news on this series and others, be sure to join Jaden Sinclair's Yahoo Group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jadensinclair/
Monday, September 11, 2006
By: Ann Cory
Published by: Cobblestone Press
Length: 3 laps in the pool, 55 pgs.
Ali's Report Card: A+
Warning: Get your kleenex out because you'll be sure to shed a few tears.
Charlene is a competitive swimmer on her way to the Olympics and by her side is her lover and fiance Bryan. Just when things are starting to look up for Charlene, tragedy strikes. Now, faced with the possibility of a bleak future and the thought of no more butterfly kisses from Bryan, can he be Charlene's guiding light?
Ann Cory has penned a beautiful heartfelt novella in Butterfly Kisses. I once read that a novella is like taking a tiny look through a keyhole, and that's just what this feels like. We're taking a glimpse into a part of the life of Charlene and Bryan.
After suffering an accident and left with feelings of despair, Charlene decides there is no future between herself and Bryan. Charlene is a strong female, but she doesn't know how she'll go on without her swimming or, more importantly, Bryan and his butterfly kisses. Loving him so much, though, she decides that he would be better off without her. But as hard as she tries to push Bryan away, he pushes back even harder, willing to fight for their love.
Their love will be tested many times during her stay in the hospital and her inner struggle. But Bryan's found love and happiness with Charlene and he's not about to give it up.
There's so much to love in this story and its characters that I must highly recommend it. The plot to this story is unlike any other I've read for a novella. These aren't two people who just met and don't know how they feel for each other, Bryan and Charlene have an established relationship and know they love each other. But now that life has placed an unforseen challange in their lives they'll find out if love really is strong enough to hold them together.
Ann has written Bryan and Charlene in such a real-to-life way that you can actually believe and feel their every joy, sorrow, love and heat come off the pages. You'll even shed a few tears as you read how Bryan tries to help Charlene as he himself copes.
This novella has just the right ingredient, of sugar and spice with a dash of bdsm, to make a beautiful story you'll not want to see end. It's not surprising, though, seeing as Ann has a way of writing that will pull you into her story. I'm sure you'll enjoy any one of her many stories :-)
To find out more about Ann Cory and her released as well as upcoming books, go to her website at www.anncory.com . You can also go to Ann's blog and see what she's up to, http://anncory.blogspot.com . Also, Ann is one of several authors to be part of the Moonglade Elite Authors, www.moongladeeliteauthors.com , where she blogs most Mondays , and she's part of the Amorous Authors, http://www.amorousauthors.com . To receive Ann's newsletter, be sure to sign up at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/anncorypostcards/ . Yes, this is one busy author ;-)
P.S. If anyone finds a man like Bryan can you give him my e-mail addy? lol Seriously, who would turn away any man who's willing to live out your fantasy then stay by your bedside when you're in the hospital. Here's a man any female can appreciate. Bryan loves deeply...umm, you can take that both ways ;-), lol, and isn't afraid to show his love. So be on the look out and keep me in mind.
Looking at my blog, I realize that I didn't finish putting up my review for Butterfly Kisses by Ann Cory. Which is terrible of me, because you all have just got to read this one. I didn't realize at first that it was going to be a novella, but Ann has weaved a beautiful short story here. And yes, you will need a couple tissues when reading this one. Let me stop now before I give it all away :-)
I'll have to post more about this so-called-vacation I just came back from. It was filled with last minute wedding plans, a baby sister who makes me feel guilty, a younger brother who can act like a jerk, his new club dancing girlfriend (I honestly thought that was hilarious when my father found out, lol), a father who tends to be a ladies man :-)), and so much more... To me, it felt like I was in a real life comedy-drama :-))
I'll be back in a bit...