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What am I reading this week? While the Boys are Away by Lucy Felthouse

Posted by tamelaquijas on April 23, 2012

While the Boys are Away - Three Short Stories of Lesbian Love (Lesbian Erotica)Good Monday Morning to all my readers!

It’s such a pleasure to be back and, as my Monday usually begins, I have a new read on my TBR list.  This week’s sizzling romance novel is While the Boys are Away, by return author Lucy Felthouse.  I love Lucy‘s work and this one promises to be a scintillating series of three tales off the normal beaten bath of what I read!  So, while I blush my way through the pages, let me grant you a little insite into this delicious little read:

While the Boys Are Away
On a camping trip with their boyfriends, best friends Amelia and Gemma are having a great time. However, when the boys have trouble lighting the barbeque, the girls decide it’s time to leave them to it and beat a hasty retreat to the shower block. Once there, they take a seriously steamy shower together and become oblivious to everything except the taste of one another.
Beside the Seaside
When Ella meets Candy outside the tattoo parlour, she’s instantly smitten. Candy is cute, confident, and what’s more, she’s recently had her tongue pierced. When Candy suggests that she and Ella should go and grab some fish and chips, Ella is more than happy to go along with the plan and spend more time with her new crush. But it soon becomes apparent that Candy has more on her mind than a good meal – and Ella’s about to get up close and personal with the newly pierced beauty.
The Inner Circle
When Adele spots her good friends Donna and Josie spending time together and being all chummy without her, she’s devastated. After seeing the two women heading into one of their houses together, she’s determined to find out exactly what’s going on. Peering through the front window of the house reveals more than Adele was betting on, and what’s more, she likes it…

Find out more about the ever prolific Lucy Felthouse at: http://www.lucyfelthouse.co.uk.

Pick up your copy of While the Boys are Away at: http://www.amazon.com/While-Boys-are-Away-ebook/dp/B007L4DRL2/

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Monday Updates for my readers :)

Posted by tamelaquijas on April 16, 2012

For those of you that follow my blog, you know I’ve been a wee bit absent as of late.  There’s a reason why I haven’t been around, posting reviews for my favorite novels, and it all has to do with the latest installment of Tears of Blood.

Finally, after a few weeks of intense editing, the last installment of The Blood Chronicles is scheduled to be released April 20!  In celebration, my publisher and I have decided to count up the days until the release with a special treat for my readers that’s just too good to miss.  This special will only run in 24 hour periods and, once the event is over, it’s over…

Starting  Monday, April 16:  Blood of the Beast, will be free;

April 18: Book 2 of The Blood Chronicles, Blood Moon, will be free;

April 21:  An unheard of 1 day special—Book 3 of the paranormal/vampire romance trilogy, Tears of Blood, will be available for free!

Each paranormal romance will be available (for free) for only 24 hours, so don’t forget to pick up a copy :)

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Book Review: Iniquities by April Alisa Marquette

Posted by tamelaquijas on February 24, 2012

The Cohort Trilogy has come to a close this week, and I can’t wait to tell you about the final novel in the series…Iniquities by April Alisa Marquette.

This beautiful author, who writes believable romances filled with the problems that we face in the world,  loves to tell her readers that she loves a good cup of coffee.

April Alisa Marquette, a native New Yorker was delighted with the Literature and Creative Writing electives offered in college. Once a tutor for middle school and high school students, she shared with them her love for reading as well as writing. She is committed to creating detailed sagas that depict smart, sexy, savvy multi-cultural women.

She also writes non-fiction. She is the co-author of a series of inspirational books with a renowned New York evangelist. Relinquish and Reap is the name of the series. Autobiographical, seven purse-sized books are slated to tell the seventy-something Jessica Janna’s story. One for each decade of Jessica’s life, you will feel the love, as the authors offer tidbits on how to live peaceably amid life’s turbulence.

April also writes a weekly column online, discussing Ethnic Beauty. In her column she offers beauty advice, tips, and tricks. At the Ethnic Beauty site at BellaOnline.com there is also an interactive, visitor-friendly forum where discussions take place. It April’s endeavor to empower, as well as offer value to women of varying ethnicities.



The Conclusion-provocative and poignant…Our man, the beautiful, buff Beau is back  In Iniquities, – Book III, The Cohort Trilogy closer, learn how Beauregard DeVeaux and the women in his life became forever friends.Take a peek into his closeted world; see his sexcapades, his lifestyle, his loves, and his longings. Join him on the turbulent ride that just might finally tear his family of friends apart…View men who are not what they seem, and women who are something else. Become privy to Beau’s joys as well as his sorrows –those things that could very well be considered…iniquities.

Pick up your copy at: http://www.amazon.com/Iniquities-April-Alisa-Marquette/dp/0983720622%3FSubscriptionId%3D1QZMGW0RRJC2PX87HDR2%26tag%3Dsalranexp-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3D0983720622


Of all the characters that glorious fill the pages of April Alisa Marquette’s Cohort Trilogy, Beau DeVeaux has always been my favorite.  Granted, he’s the only male amongst a bevy of women, but he has something to him that makes his very friendship and presence so valuable and endearing that I could help love him from the start.

Beau is one of those believable human beings that has suffered through the trials and tribulations of a life that started out terribly from the onset.  Unloved by his drug addicted mother, molested by a member of society that people trust with their children, Beau is on a downward spiral of loneliness and an inward pain that rips at his soul.

When Beau’s world is surrounded by the stigma of foster homes, an aunt searches for him and brings him into a world that is filled with an emotion he’s never experienced…unconditional love.

Ms. Marquette’s Iniquities is a beautiful journey into Beau’s life.  I adored how he reflected back on moments in his life, and the situations that molded and changed him.  He’s the dearest of friends that holds the people in his life close to his heart and, as each of those people leave, they take a piece of his precious heart with them, but they are never forgotten.

Above all, he just has so much love to give…

Moving and pulling at the heartstrings, just as the other novels in this trilogy did, the reader journeys through Beau’s life from a front seat.  As a fan of Ms. Marquette and Beau, I found Iniquities to be a stunning novel that truly spotlights Ms. Marquette’s skill, and filled with a superb Happy Ending for the most magical of the Cohorts.

5 stars.

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An introduction to a truly talented author—Leslie Davis Guccione

Posted by tamelaquijas on February 8, 2012

When I first became interested in romance novels, Harlequin and Silhouette Desire Romances were at the top of my reading pile, as well as anything published by Avon.  I would scrimp together every penny that I had and run down to the local bookstore, list in hand, seeking the perfect romance novel to add to my ever-growing library.

Among those delicious stories, there was one author that stood out, and whose work I still love to this day.  I know her as Leslie Davis, the queen of those sultry, suspenseful romance novels I loved so much in the 1980s.

Ms. Davis didn’t write only those endearing and timeless romances, and she has quite a few feathers in her cap that would make any writer proud!

Join me while I bring a woman whose work is much loved, and applauded, in my home!

With the simultaneous sales of a YA and adult romantic suspense novel, Leslie Davis Guccione left public relations and fundraising copywriting to concentrate on fiction.  To date she has published thirty-one novels for adult, middle grade and teen readers, as well as articles on the craft of writing.  Her books have garnered awards, starred reviews, and genre fiction bestseller status.

Her work for adults began with two Avon romantic suspense titles.  She moved to Harlequin/Silhouette where every title for the Desire line topped B. Dalton, Waldenbooks and other bookstore bestseller lists.  Two were featured as “Man of the Month” lead titles and her single title Bittersweet Harvest evolved into the six-book Branigan Brothers series.  She was Harlequin/Silhouette’s “Author of the Month” during the release of Borrowed Baby for the Yours Truly line.

Her work has been translated into eight languages.  She has been a finalist and judge for the RWA RITA awards.  As Kate Chester, she created and wrote the six book HEAR NO EVIL series for Scholastic.  Six books for teen readers feature deaf protagonists; TELL ME HOW THE WIND SOUNDS has been optioned for television.  Her works for young readers have been book club and readers’ choice selections as well as classroom required reading.  Two titles have been featured in Hornbook Magazine’s “Musings” column.

In 2000, she took a break from fiction to teach, write articles on the craft and establish WORDS @ WORK, her manuscript review service.  She is currently mentor and adjunct faculty member for Seton Hill University’s masters program: Writing Popular Fiction. Professional memberships have included The Authors Guild, Romance Writers of America (RWA), and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).


(as Leslie Davis, Leslie D.Guccione, Leslie Davis Guccione and Kate Chester):


  • (As Leslie Davis) A Touch of Scandal, Avon, 1985
  • (As Leslie Davis) The Splintered Moon, Avon, 1985

Silhouette Desire (all bestsellers)

  • Before the Wind, 1985
  • Bittersweet Harvest, 1986
  • Still Waters, 1987
  • Something in Common, 1987
  • Branigan’s Touch, 1989
  • Private Practice, 1990
  • A Gallant Gentleman, 1991
  • Rough and Ready, 1992
  • A Rock and a Hard Place, 1992
  • Derek, 1993
  • Major Distractions, 1994
  • Branigan’s Break, 1995

Silhouette Yours Truly

  • Borrowed Baby, Silhouette, 1999

Middle grade and YA awards and achievements:

  • · Something Out There (Pocketbooks):

My Weekly Reader Bookclub selection

Finalist, 1986 RITA Awards (Romance Writers of America)

  • · Tell Me How the Wind Sounds(Scholastic):

IRA (International Readers Assoc.)  Best Books/Teen Choice 1991

Scholastic Bookclub selection; Iowa Teen Choice, 1992

Optioned for television; featured in Hornbook Magazine “Musings”

  • · Nobody Listens to Me (Scholastic):

IRA international choice; featured in Hornbook Magazine “Musings”

  • · (as Kate Chester) Hear No Evil series:

Scholastic Bookclub selection; Reluctant Readers book lists

  • · Come Morning (Lerner/Carolrhoda)

“Best Books,” School Librarians International, 1996

Multiple state junior book awards; “Best Books,” PA School Librarians Assoc.; mother-daughter bookclub selection

Multiple titles on required or recommended reading lists; picks for reluctant readers; Kirkus, School Library Journal starred reviews


  • “Where Do I Go From Here?” reprinted in Many Genres/One Craft, Headline Books, Inc. 2011 (a 5 Star read from my 2011 books! tq)

*Finalist Business: Writing and Publishing category of The USA Best Books 2011 Awards, sponsored by USA Book News.

* #5 The Writer Magazine; Dec. 2011 “10 of This Year’s Terrific Writing Books”

* Guest blogger: “Writing Under a Pseudonym,”  thesecretwriterblog.blogspot.com.  May 9, 2011

*Interview: “Heidi’s Pick Six,” ambasadora.livejournal.com.  April 13, 2007

*“Where Do I Go From Here?”  Book Markets for Children’s Writers, Writers Institute Publications, 2006

*“Writing For and About Children With Disabilities,” Children’s Writer, newsletter, Writers Institute Publications, 2004

“Travel Writing in Today’s Market–Editors’ Tips for Tenuous Times,”

The Best of the Magazine Markets, Long Ridge Writers Group, 2003 edition

*“Dialogue: The Key to Effective Storytelling,” Pointers from the Pros,

*Long Ridge Writers Group, 2002

*“The View From Here—One Day at Time” The Duxbury Clipper; Duxbury, MA.

Experience as a volunteer at the Family Assistance Center following the events of 9/11

*Edited Duxbury Bay by Frank and Margaret Lawson; Duxbury Rural & Historical Society, 1992-3

*Profile: Roger Crawford boatbuilder–the Melonseed Offshore Magazine c.1987

Recently, Leslie has brought her magic back to the heart of devote romance fans with the novel, The Chick Palace.  The Chick Palace has joined my ever-growing TBR pile, and I hope it ranks in yours, as well:

The friendship of Boston bred Johanna Lawrence and Two Rock, South Carolina’s Lilly Covington spans, well, decades.  From their days as college roommates through their years as lakeside neighbors, they’ve offered each other sympathy, support and solace for life’s rough edges.  Summer’s come round again and with a new crop of concerns, they commandeer their sons’ long-deserted tree house for morning coffee, evening margaritas and soulful contemplation.
Happily married Johanna has a family reunion to organize, a husband needing attention, a daughter wanting advice, and a son sweeping Grand Central terminal as community service for graffiti violations.  Fresh from her mother’s memorial service, she carries her small bag of ashes on morning walks around the lake, “waiting for wisdom” as she grapples with her emerging role as materfamilias.  Who has she become?  How did she get there so fast?
Single again Lilly, bemoaning her fresh status as an empty nester and the second divorce from her only husband, hopes to seek refuge in her aging bungalow next door~~until “Ex-ex” announces that he and his paramour, graphic designer Cat Gallordi, intend to use it on alternate weekends.
Complications deepen at the far end of picturesque Lake Allamuchy.  Johanna’s first love, the bad boy she used years ago to defy her parents, suddenly appears.  Quicker than he can dub their tree house The Chick Palace, he embroils Johanna and Lilly in a triangle, steals hearts and turns summer upside down.  Just as he did one long-ago August.

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-chick-palace-leslie-davis-guccione/1108055479

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Chick-Palace-ebook/dp/B0072HYDSY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1327698240&sr=8-1

If you want to find out more about this beautiful and talented author that still manages to take my breath away, drop on over to Leslie’s website at: http://lesliedavisguccione.blogspot.com/

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Erotic Romance Author Gabrielle Bisset drops in to tell me about the history of her vampires.

Posted by tamelaquijas on January 5, 2012

I love to spotlight authors that grab my attention in a wicked sort of way, and bestselling author Gabrielle Bisset is one of those gems that has snared me!  Gabrielle has written such deliciously sinful novels as Blood Avenged, The Victorian Erotic Romance Trilogy, Destiny Redeemed, and Stolen Destiny, all which are available at fine Internet retailers everywhere!

Ms. Bissett was kind enough to drop in this week and give my readers (and myself) a bit of insight behind the delicious vampires that grace her stunning romance novels. 

Giving My Vampires A History

When I began writing vampire erotic romance books, I began with the basics–sexy male or female vampire and humans.  This seemed like the most logical place to start.  My first novella, Vampire Dreams, is pretty much the story of exactly that:  sexy male vampire and the human he seduces.  However, when I decided to expand on the villain in that story, a vampire named Vasilije, I had to begin fleshing out a history for my brand of vampires.

 I teach history to college students, so I guess it’s just natural that I’d focus on the past with them.  As I was choosing what would make up the history of vampires in my newest book, Blood Avenged, and the Sons of Navarus series that stems from that book, I went back to one of my favorite times in history–ancient Greece.

 So first I had to decide where vampires came from.  Some research revealed that the Greek god of the Underworld, Hades, had a daughter, Macaria.  As soon as I read that, I thought, “Now this would work!”  A little brainstorming and some more research and pretty soon I had the beginnings of my vampires. 

 As a child of Hades, Macaria was naturally more at home in the darkness.  She fell in love with a human, Navarus, who was enchanted by her mystery.  When he became her consort, he became the first vampire.  Preferring to live by darkness with his love, he took on the features common in vampire lore. 

 Then I had to decide why Navarus would have wanted blood since you can’t have a vampire without blood (excepting those psychic vampires, for now).  That came from some research I was doing concerning la petite mort, the little death, as the French refer to orgasms. It seems that there is a sizeable number of people, not only the French, who feel the urge to bite when they experience a sexual climax.  From that I simply expanded on the idea and the concept of vampires consuming blood not for nutrition’s sake but to enhance a bond between one another was born.

 From this came the two groups who appear in my series, the Sons of Navarus and the Order of Macaria.  The Sons are eight vampires chosen to protect the Order, which is made up of the most ancient and revered vampires of the race.  For centuries, the Order of Macaria has been safe, but a prophecy from ancient times told of a time when the Archons, those who are the vampire judges–the law and order of the vampire world–would rise up and work to take over the place of the Order.  In my Sons of Navarus series that begins with Blood Avenged, that prophecy has begun to come true. 

 Thank you, Tam, for having me here today at your blog.  Readers can find out more about Blood Avenged, including a very spicy excerpt, at my blog at http://gbisset.blogspot.com/p/blood-avenged.html

 Readers can also find me all over the web.

Website:  Gabrielle Bisset
Blog:  Gabrielle Bisset: A Writer’s Blog

Amazon Author Page



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A Week of Vampires, Warlocks, and Radio Appearances

Posted by tamelaquijas on December 14, 2011

Even though finals are done, I’ve been one busy bee this week.  My Christmas cards are in the mail, my baking is half-finished, and I’m reading and reviewing as fast as I can.  The holidays are around the corner and I still have presents to wrap and a meal to plan.  I have to send kudos out to anyone that has all this done by now!

In the past few days, I’ve managed to dabble out 10K on Tears of Blood, the paranormal romance I’ve promised my publisher for early next year.  I’m on the last 50 pages but, as any author knows, changes and new events are always slipping into my thoughts!

Over the few pages, I’ve done some rewrites.  I’ve introduced Chesca Pagliatti into the story, as well as her mysterious friend, Andre.  Chesca is a darling–she loves men, dabbles in tarot cards, and has drawn the eye of one despicable vampire.  She appears in Tears of Blood as the heroine’s best friend, and has stuck with her through thick and thin.  I won’t say much more, since the fourth installment of The Blood Chronicles will settle around her.  I’m still working on a title, and this redheaded vixen promises to rattle the vampire community as no one has done before!

 Andre, however, I’ve promised to allow his own tale of romance and the unknown.  There’s another series in the works…one that involves an ageless warlock who revels at shaking up the quiet city of Bentham, New Jersey.  Just a teaser—vampires and warlocks don’t mix well!

Speaking of Christmas, I’ve a special treat for my readers.

One of my romance novelsAngel’s Fire, Demon’s Blood,  centers around Luke Angeles, lead paranormal investigator with NADGEL.  Anyone that watches the programs that involve this particular group of individuals knows that ghost hunters experience a life that exists beyond human imagination.  When you’re century’s old, and cursed with the ability to see the spirit world, it takes a special woman to draw you into the realm of the living. Eva Keyes has that power, and she’ll make Christmas unbearable for a man who can see the dead.

Tomorrow, I’ll be appearing LIVE at http://www.edinroad.com  at 6:30 pm Eastern Time.  I’ll be reading an excerpt from Angel’s Fire, Demon’s Blood, and speaking to the great people there!

Interested in Luke’s story?  You can pick up at copy at: http://www.amazon.com/Angels-Fire-Demons-Blood-ebook/dp/B001RCTE6Q/ref=ntt_at_ep_edition_2_3?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2

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My review of The Man of My Dreams by Gladys Quintal

Posted by tamelaquijas on November 15, 2011

Last week, I took a look at a book by an amazing new author from New Zealand, The Man of My Dreams by Gladys Quintal!

Gladys QuintalGladys says she’s a “Stay at home mum of 4 who loves to write Paranormal/Romance when I get the chance! It is hard to fit in writing around the children and other distractions and I tend to do it late at night when the house is finally quiet.

Born in NZ but moved to sunny Perth, Australia in 2007 and never looked back.

Only started writing again a few years ago and finished my first novel at the beginning of this year.”

Find out more about Gladys at http://www.wix.com/gladysquintal/gladys-quintal

The Man of my DreamsI’ll be reviewing The Man  of My Dreams soon, so stay tuned!
Book Blurb:
Ever since the death of her parents at the age of 17, Cassie has been dreaming about a dark haired man. He always comes to her in times of trouble to comfort her and help her through the toughest of days. But now after the devastating break up with her boyfriend, Cassie struggles with separating reality from her dreams.During a trip to her family beach house, her dream man becomes her lover and Cassie finds herself longing for this man to be in her life. But trying to find out the truth about him leaves her questioning her very existence and sanity.She is convinced her dream man is real and connected to a string of macabre murders over the last 20 years. Fearing for her life, Cassie prays she is right about him and that he can save her before it is too late.
If you can’t wait for the review–find your copy at:

What I really loved about this story is Cassie isn’t some dewy-eyed, fresh-faced darling that can’t be any more than 18 years old.  She’s more mature (33) and has had her time in the world, falling in love with the wrong men, struggling through her relationships, and wondering why she can’t find happiness. 

Her present beau, Paul, gives her the shell shocker of her life.  After 6 years of living together, he’s decided he’s not too sure if he really wants to get married and have kids after all.

All I can say about Paul is he’s a jerk!

Understandably devastated–especially after wasting 6 years of her life, Cassie decides a night’s sleep (with the aid of sleeping pills) will make her feel better.

Boy, does it!

Very swiftly, the reader realizes why Cassie has withheld her entire heart from every man she’s ever met.  Her past is tormented, filled with experiences that young women should never suffer, and she’s kept herself distant.

Although, there is a man filling her dreams…

For a first time work by the author, this book holds definite potential and displays some true talent.  Ms. Quintal has written a wonderful tale that is thrilling and heart wrenching, filled with the drama that invades every woman’s life.  My only complaint is I wish the story would have been longer.

3 1/2 stars


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