Archive | June 2015

              DELUSIVE by COURTNEY LANE

 

TITLE: Delusive

AUTHOR: Courtney Lane

GENRE: Romantic Suspense

RELEASE DATE: June 25, 2015

 

 

 

 

My name is Hanley Harper—for now—and I’m the anti-heroine of this story.

Revenge is my fuel; it energizes me when I’m running on empty.

 

Elias Cari is a tool for retribution and the beginning of the new start. Unbeknownst to him, there is more to me than I will ever show him. He will know exactly who I am when it’s too late—when I’m done with him.

 

I’m quickly closing in on the the perfect place to avenge the crimes committed against my family. The place where Elias is least likely to expect an enemy to be.

Beneath him.

 

A problem hits me unexpectedly.

Elias has become a welcome addiction, and I’ve become his obsession. He won’t stop exerting control over me until I’ve become his exclusive possession.

 

How can so many things go wrong and feel so right?

 

My plan is damned…or is it?

 

 

Content contains violence, graphic sex, coarse language, and scenes that some readers may find objectionable. Reader discretion is advised.


 

 

 

 

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COURTNEY LANE has been creating her own little world since she was very young. When she was eight years old,  she began to bring her worlds to life with a pen and paper.

Although she’s had a few short hiatuses, writing has been her passion for a number of years. Until 2013, she’d always viewed her writing as a personal hobby and a purgative process: She never thought about sharing her very personal works with anyone outside of her friends and family. On October 8, 2013, she took the plunge into self-publishing and began making her works available to the public.  

While many of her works touch several different genres, she has an  archetype when it comes to the female protagonists in her stories they have to have certain brand of strength, be deeply flawed, and harbor layered personalities. In her books you will find themes that reflect the darker side of life with a tremendous amount of depth and complexity. She also has an affinity for characters that aren’t necessarily the girl or boy next door, or the people you’d encounter in everyday life. In other words, she prefers to explore characters who aren’t easy to fall in love with..

Currently, Courtney can be found either working on her next book, playing the latest role-playing game on her X-Box (preferably a game by Bioware), or spending time with her family.

 

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COVER REVEAL ~ GOLD SHIMMER by P.T. Michelle

 

 

Title: Gold Shimmer

Series: In the Shadows #4

Author: P.T. Michelle

Cover Design: P.T. Michelle

 Release Date: 4th August, 2015

 

 

 

Blurb

 

I never thought that my plan to crash a masked party to exact a bit of revenge would fall apart so easily. It was a foolproof plan. The absolute best scenario. Moon-and-stars-aligned worthy. No one would suspect I was anyone other than the wealthy, self-absorbed girl I pretended to be. The one who would wreak havoc that night.

Then again, I also didn’t plan on running into a wall of sharp wit and steely determination named Calder. The dominant, charismatic Navy SEAL might’ve called me by Celeste’s name, but he refused to let me hide my true self from him. His special brand of honest, seductive charm was impossible to resist. He was confident and demanding…and everything I wanted. But the deeper I fell, the higher the stakes rose while playing a role. So I held onto our intense connection for as long as I could, knowing that he would never know me as Cass.

When an unexpected turn of events gives me a second chance to see Calder again, of course the opportunity come with strings attached. I had no idea how dangerously tangled and deeply knotted those strings would become, but for the one man who give me the courage to live my life for me again, I’d do just about anything.

Even become someone else.

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Author Bio

P.T. Michelle is the NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY and International Best Selling author of the Contemporary romance series IN THE SHADOWS, the YA/New
Adult crossover series BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS, and the romance series: BAD IN BOOTS, KENDRIAN VAMPIRES and SCIONS (listed under Patrice Michelle). She keeps a spiral notepad with her at all times, even on her nightstand. When P.T. isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading or taking pictures of
landscapes, sunsets and anything beautiful or odd in nature.

 

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                            ❤ COVER REVEAL ❤                   THE COUNTING DOWNERS by A.J. Compton


Title:
The Counting-Downers
Author: A. J. Compton
Release Date: 24th July, 2015
Standalone/Part Of A Series: Standalone
Genre: New Adult/Contemporary Romance
Cover Artist: CT Cover Creations (@CTCovers)
 

 

 

The stunningly poignant and life-affirming debut novel 

by A.J. Compton

 

Imagine if we could see how long everyone around us had left to live. But we weren’t allowed to know our own numbers…

 

Trying to make sense of life after the death of her beloved father, free spirit Matilda Evans meets Tristan Isaacs and discovers a marrow-deep connection with him.

No stranger to grief himself, lonely artist Tristan is in awe of Matilda’s fun and philosophical approach to life. With every second spent in her presence, he finds his views on life and loss changing, and begins to embrace the beauty of being alive.

 

As their friendship turns into something deeper, lessons are learned, memories are made, and legacies are created.

 

But with both of them knowing how long their soulmate has left in this lifetime, important questions have to be asked and tough decisions have to be made before time runs out.

 

The Counting-Downers is an inspiring story about life, loss, love, and making the most of every moment. 

 

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And suddenly, I realize that all those books and movies had gotten it wrong. When you find your souls reflection in another, you shouldn’t be aware of anything other than their body, yours, and the space between.

 

You shouldn’t be looking for someone whose kiss causes you to escape reality by transporting you to another time and place. Look for the person whose kiss grounds you firmly in the moment, whose arms hold you safely in the now.

 

When your lips lock with your destiny, you should be aware of every prickle on your skin that rises to greet them, every strand of their hair that caresses your fingers, every gasp of air that reaches your ears.

 

Most of us kiss with our eyes closed. But that’s not always a good thing. It depends why they’re shut.

 

If you asked most people to imagine themselves in a situation, the first thing they would do is close their eyes.

 

You should kiss with your eyes closed to heighten your other senses and block out everything but the now, not to escape to somewhere else.

 

Reality should be better than your imagination.

 

Because when it’s right, like this is right, you won’t have to use your imagination at all.

 

 

 

A.J. Compton is a 23 year-old Londoner, professional dreamer, and full time over-thinker. A big believer in going after your dreams, she decided to practice what she preaches and finally finish one of the many incomplete manuscripts she’s started over the years.



A University of Cambridge graduate, A.J. is currently in a polygamous relationship with an embarrassing number of book boyfriends.


Those two facts are not related. Honestly.

 

She loves people-watching and exploring her observations in her writing.


She really hates writing about herself in the third person.


 

                    🎸 🎸 WICKED WHITE 🎸 🎸                     🎸 🎸 by MICHELLE A. VALENTINE 🎸 🎸

 

KKF’S SPOTLIGHT ON WICKED WHITE

 

Title: Wicked White

Series: Wicked White Book One

Author: Michelle A. Valentine

Released: 23th June, 2015

Publisher: Mountlake Romance

Cover design: RBA Designs

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Age: New Adult

 

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KFF SYNOPSIS

 

After his mother dies, rock star Ace White—lead singer of the red-hot band Wicked White—is done with the celebrity game. The phony people, the meaningless one-night stands: he doesn’t want any of it anymore. Quitting in the middle of a sold-out tour, Ace sets out to find some place—any place—where he can be alone.

Aspiring singer Iris Easton’s life has never been easy. First, her mother walked out on her when she was a kid. Now she’s buried in debt, weeks after losing her beloved grandmother. When a mysterious and sexy new guy moves in next door, Iris can’t help but be drawn to his soulful gaze. She can tell there’s something from his past haunting him—something he’s not telling her.

Just as Ace starts falling for Iris, the media go on a worldwide hunt to find the missing rocker. Will true love conquer all, or will the truth be the very thing that tears the couple apart?

 

KFF EXCERPT

 

“Iris…that was amazing. You’ve got so much talent,” I praise.

Her green eyes light up with excitement like a child’s do on Christmas morning. “You really think so? You’re not just saying that?”

“No. I never bullshit about music. You’ve definitely got the chops for Broadway, it’s just…” I hesitate, not wanting to hurt her feelings, but I know that in order for her to get better, she has to be told what she’s doing wrong.

She lays her hand on my forearm. “Please, tell me. I can take it. Promise.”

I stand beside her, so close that my chest nearly touches her shoulder. I’m itching to touch her, but I won’t do it without permission. “May I touch you?”

She draws in a ragged breath and then nods. “Yes.”

I curl the fingers of my right hand around her right shoulder and pull back a little so that her posture is perpendicular to the floor. At this angle, I can’t help but notice her heaving chest and how her perky tits move in sync with each breath she takes.

I slide my left hand against her toned stomach and my pinkie grazes the warm patch of skin that’s exposed between her T-shirt and the waistband of her jeans.

Our contact is fucking electric, and my own breathing picks up speed as I attempt to fight back the arousal I feel for her boiling beneath my surface.

“Everything about you is magnetic,” I whisper in her ear, and she shivers at the words. “Don’t be afraid to open your eyes and watch your audience enjoy you. Be confident and project. Let go.”

I let go of her shoulder, and move to face her before pressing the repeat button on the machine. As the intro of the song plays, I say, “Do it again, but this time I want you to look at me.”

This time when she opens her mouth to sing, when she begins to tip her head down, I slide my index finger under her chin and angle her head so that she’s forced to peer into my eyes.

Her words are just barely above a whisper, so I slip my hand back on her abdomen and say, “Project–from here. Sing it like you mean it.”

It’s like lightening strikes this beautiful woman in my arms as she sings to me without fear. The words of the song come out effortlessly, and her voice could rival any of the greatest female vocalists of all time.

She’s that damn stunning.

I nod approvingly and smile. “Yes!”

With that little bit of encouragement, she shocks me even more when she pushes herself to hit notes that are above and beyond what she reached the first time.

Only on the last lyric does she close her eyes while she holds the note there until the music stops. She releases a contented sigh as soon as the music ends, and when her beautiful eyes meet mine again, they swirl with emotion.

Completely blown away, I fumble with the words to tell her just how impressed I am. “Iris, that was–”

Without warning, she throws her arms around my neck and crushes her lips against mine. I know kissing her back is wrong, but I’ll be damned if I don’t want her so badly at this point that I can’t stop myself from giving in. I’ve been so good with restraining myself when it comes to Iris, because protecting her from the chaos that I’ll bring her is what’s always been on the forefront of my mind.

Her fingers thrust into my hair, and I reach down and curl my hands around her thighs before hoisting her into the air. Instinctively she wraps her legs around my waist, and I thread one of my hands into her tousled curls while the other is busy cupping that perfect ass of hers.

“I’ve wanted you since you walked into my trailer,” she breathes against my lips.

A thrill shoots through me at her admission of how long she’s wanted me. “You’ve been driving me out of my mind from the moment I first saw you.”

“Then take me.”

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KFF 3.5 REVIEW

 

Reviewed by Kindle Friends Forever

Actually, the first thing that we noticed when starting to read this book is it breaks barriers regarding your typical ‘Rock Star’ novel. It’s sensitively written, more realistic, but not what either of us expected. We both liked the way the two protagonists voice their points of view, their insecurities, and their qualms about what could be. However, the plot could have been so much more, and we did feel that the two main characters were lacking in development.

Ace White, the lead singer in Wicked White, voices his frustrations in a band where he is dominated by rules and regulations in a contract he’s not happy with. However, his manager had convinced him to sign it because according to her, it was the road to success! Whether or not he will bend to those rules is exactly what this story is about.

There were moments in this book that we really liked, moments which caused us to skim a few pages. Perhaps what we wanted was a tad more bite to this read. More conflict with his band members would have spiced things up no-end, and even though he did what he did, it wasn’t enough to hold our attention.

Iris’ wish for stardom has to be put on hold when she is forced to leave New York because of a serious family issue. Here she finds herself in a tight spot and serious decisions have to be made. But not all is gloom and doom. Her new neighbour’s opened up her curiosity. Not only is he drop-dead gorgeous, he’s a damn nice dude, too! Eventually secrets are revealed, their stories are told and an amorous relationship blossoms. And get this, misunderstandings abound. We could have strangled him! Our very thoughts were how could someone who has such knowledge of Shakespeare; he constantly quotes his works, be so daft in the affairs of love. When everything goes haywire, the consequences are disastrous.

KFF recommend Wicked White to young adults which is the first book in a series and undoubtedly aimed at this age group. There are some really hot scenes which are described in a very loving way, too. Entwined, there is a moral to this story which we really liked and you’ll only find out what it is when you read the book! But this type of genre which we normally love, just didn’t seem to work for us this time. Nevertheless, it was well written, the editing perfect, and the storyline, romantically candy-coated. We wouldn’t hesitate to read more from this author as we’re absolutely sure that this being the first book that we’ve read by her, doesn’t give us any leeway to judge her works fairly. So for those of you who enjoy a real cool hero and a heroine who gives in a little too quickly for our liking, why not give this book a chance?

 

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KFF ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Michelle A. Valentine is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Rock the Heart. Wicked White is the first novel in her Wicked White romance series. She attended college as a drafting and design major, but her love of people soon persuaded her to join the nursing field. It wasn’t until after the birth of her son that she began her love affair with romance novels, and she hasn’t looked back since. When she’s not writing, she feeds her music addiction, dabbles in party planning, and expresses herself by working with arts and crafts. She currently lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her husband, son, and two beloved dogs.

 

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                              GREY by E L JAMES

GREY BANNER

 

Title: Grey

Series: Fifty Shades #4

Author: E L James

Released: 18th June, 2015

Paper back publisher: Vintage Anchor Books 

Digital Publisher: Cornerstone Digital

Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance

Age: Mature Adult

 

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KFF SYNOPSIS
 

Christian Grey exercises control in all things; his world is neat, disciplined, and utterly empty—until the day that Anastasia Steele falls into his office, in a tangle of shapely limbs and tumbling brown hair. He tries to forget her, but instead is swept up in a storm of emotion he cannot comprehend and cannot resist. Unlike any woman he has known before, shy, unworldly Ana seems to see right through him—past the business prodigy and the penthouse lifestyle to Christian’s cold, wounded heart.

Will being with Ana dispel the horrors of his childhood that haunt Christian every night? Or will his dark sexual desires, his compulsion to control, and the self-loathing that fills his soul drive this girl away and destroy the fragile hope she offers him?

 

KFF 4.5 REVIEW

 

Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse Nuttall on behalf of Kindle Friends Forever

 

I’m sure you’ve all read FSOG, FSD and FSF. Otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this review, would you? Nevertheless, for those of you that are hemming or hawing about whether or not to one-click, the essence and thoughts of one of the most desired book lovers since Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice or Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre, is in present day, Grey. I would never endeavour to compare Christian with these classic characters. Far from it; however, I’m simply stating an actual fact. James’ books took the book world by storm and broke boundaries; book virgins succumbed to her devilish penmanship which left us in awe! Us ladies thanked her for “letting the cat out of the bag” and wondered how on earth we’d managed to get by since the subject seemed to be such a taboo one. Up until, of course, her liberating first publication! By breaking down these boundaries, she’d indirectly done so many of us a huge favour. How many authors have sprung up; henceforth offering us outstanding reads? Becoming successful writers regardless of whether or not their books were or still are being self-published, simply means they have the guts to take the plunge and have enough confidence to do so. And for those few lucky authors that now have a publisher, does actually enter into the equation, because there is a before and after.

How many of you have read the above mentioned books twice, too? And I’m absolutely sure that if you did, it was just before the movie was released. Demand for Christian’s point of view was rife and the author has given us exactly what we’d asked for. So folks, this is my honest and down to earth opinion about Grey. My candid viewpoint regarding the author’s writing, too.

I would be fibbing if I didn’t admit to having doubts about Grey’s stance in the first half of the book. Only my buddy reader’s advice who was one step ahead of me, seemed to slow and calm me down, make me savour this read more. Text messages flew quicker than you can say Bob’s your uncle and I am forever grateful for her patience. I can honestly say that this read is a fan-freakin’-tastic one, and I really did enjoy it more than the first three books. It’s more refined, more polished and the more I advanced, the more I loved it. Mundane chores were literally put on standby. And all these goings on were pm’d to Rachel. Forever unbiased regarding books.

Christian. Humph! He does repeat himself a tad but I really think he’s trying to convince himself that his relationship with Anastasia, for want of a better word, could work. He suffers so damn much that you have to have a heart made of stone for his feelings not to affect you.

Christian: ~ “Oh baby, don’t give up on me. Give it a try.”

In fact, I wasn’t so worried about Ana as she was always given a choice. She wants what he can’t give her, he wants what she can’t give him. And here we have a catch twenty-two situation. What I adored more than anything was the spunky banter between the two of them. At times, the emails fly between them like grease lightening; Ana always revealing her innermost feelings. Since confessing them face to face with Christian could perhaps be the cause for his ire, she’s wisely treads softly by texting him. Softly but with humour and innuendos that left me grinning from ear to ear.

Ana: ~ “I don’t remember reading about nipple clamps in the Bible. Perhaps you were taught from a modern translation.”

She is a dilemma. She is like nothing he has ever encountered and his confusion is therefore ten-fold. Although he wants her absolute submission, it takes time for him to admit to himself that just maybe Ana won’t be that woman. You know his wants are to say the least, “particular”. Nevertheless, when the crux of the matter is presented on a silver plate, he oversteps the mark resulting in an omnishambles because deep down, he thought she was his to have.

Christian ~ “Anastasia, you should steer clear of me. I’m not the man for you.”

The author’s descriptive writing is nothing less than awesome. Her characters’ personalities come alive so much more than in her previous books. And to say all their physical appearances are vividly portrayed would be putting it mildly. I didn’t see Jamie or Dakota either. I saw Christian and Anastasia.

Christian: ~ “Do I dare to hope ? Damn it. Yes, I do.”

Two beautiful people trying their hardest to reach each other’s souls; reach a happy medium. Now then, the bedroom scenes! Did I say bedroom? Well, they may not be doing what two lovers do in the most conventional of places but that is neither here nor there as they are hot, hot, scorching hot and I can’t remember getting my knickers in such a twist in FSOG? No…I truly can’t! And below is our reaction after reading the last two lines in Grey.

Sharon texting Rachel: Noooooooooo! No, no, no. Cursing in English, Spanish, French. Shitte! Mierda, Merde. She can’t leave it like this. Okay, my ratings gone up ’cause the ending was so flabbergasting; frustrating! 4.5.

Rachel texting Sharon: Just say it!! FUCK noooooooooooooo, there; that’s how I felt, can’t hold back.

(Smiley winking at me which I could have gladly punched in the face!)

Sharon texting Rachel: Double fuck!

Rachel texting Sharon: She has to write Darker from his POV! Be fab as Leila comes into that one.

Sharon texting Rachel: Thank god for that! Yeah, she’s been very canny with the ending.

The reason I got myself so wound up towards the finale; and I do admit to loving an ending that makes me want to vent my frustrations, was the unexpected cliffy. “Unexpected you say?” “But we all know the story!” I hadn’t, for one minute, done my calculations correctly. Finishing where it did and how it did, knocked me backwards. That last three-quarters of an hour’s read sold me! I liked Grey beyond words Ms. James. So one word from a humble reviewer who was itching to get her thoughts on paper as soon as she’d finished texting her buddy reader… BRAVO!

Fav quote.

Anna: ~ “So you’re not going to punish me?”
Christian: ~ ” No. I’m an in the moment kind of guy.”

 

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KFF ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

 

I’m a former TV executive, wife and mother-of-two based in the leafy suburbs of West London. Since January 2012 my life has taken an extraordinary turn with the runaway success of the Fifty Shades Trilogy. From an early age I had always dreamt of writing stories that readers would fall in love with – and my dreams have come true, thanks to you guys. Now that life seems to have settled down a little, I want to crack on and write my next novel – another adult, provocative romance. I do hope you will enjoy that too.

Thank you for all your support. It has meant the world to me. If any one were to ask me for my thoughts about this whole experience, I would say: life is not a dress rehearsal – seize the day and follow your dreams. I wish you the best of luck.

 

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☠ ☠ LOCK & KEY / RANDOM & RARE ☠ ☠ KFF interview DIG and the author of this series,                                         CAT PORTER

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KFF’s FOREWORD.  

We hope you’ll enjoy reading our interview of someone who is so very special to us; DIG. Even though there are a hell of a lot of good reads out there, author Cat Porter, has conveyed her protagonist in a such a light that our opinion regarding MC reads has been swayed completely. Not only that, we’re going to interview her too! And to say we are itching to get our hands on ‘Iron and Bone’ would be putting it mildly.

 

☠ Now let’s get down to the nitty-gritty! ☠

 

☠ Dig. What makes a good old lady? ☠

 

A good old lady is a woman you can trust to have your back, and I mean physically as well as emotionally. She knows what you need without you having to ask, and she doesn’t push you.  She can take care of shit on the home front while you’re out getting business done on the road.  A good old lady is committed to what’s best for the club too. She always puts that into consideration in every decision she makes. But at the end of the day, your woman is your rock through the good times and all the crap. And trust me, there’s plenty of crap.

 

  Did you think Grace had what it took to make an old lady when you first set eyes on her? ☠

 

When I first set eyes on Grace, I never considered her to be a possible old lady. In the beginning she was like an ice cream popsicle on a hot summer’s day. She was a refreshing dream. A dream of what could have been, might have been for me once upon a time. At first, I really didn’t see us together. She belonged to the “real world,” not my shadowy one. I couldn’t see how it could work, and, anyhow, I felt it wouldn’t be right for her. I didn’t want to take anything away from her or dull her shine, taint her clean.

 

DIG INTERVIEW 5

 

 Did you think there would be fallout for Ruby taking the fall for the club? ☠

 

I really thought Ruby taking the fall would solve a lot of problems on many fronts. So much for that. I certainly didn’t expect it to forever change my life, that’s for sure.

 

☠ Did your nightmares get any better when you met Grace? ☠

 

Yeah, they did. They came less frequently, and I did manage to get more sleep after Grace and I got together. That part of me that was always running on empty, finally relaxed, but I couldn’t let go 100%.

 

 DIG INTERVIEW 9

 

☠ How did the tension in the club affect your relationship with Grace? ☠

 

I was pulled in a million directions, juggling the political crap, and trying to pursue my ideas to keep business moving forward. Maintaining order and defending the club were my responsibility as Sergeant at Arms. All that was mighty time consuming and never let up. And being in an intense relationship is very consuming too, but in a good way, a much better way. Frankly, for me it was a totally unexpected way, never having been in a real relationship before! But yeah, I was torn most of the time trying to balance all those fucking spinning dishes.

 DIG INTERVIEW 11

 

☠ Did you ever feel guilty about bringing Grace into the club knowing what life she could have chosen? ☠

 

Not in the beginning. After I realized what she’d been dealing with at home on her own, I was done with being the white knight, the responsible guy. It was bullshit, and I wanted her bad and she wanted me. We made a crazy kind of sense every time I was with her, every time I touched her. It felt good, right, and we were good together. But I regretted it every time things got out of control, really badly out of control between clubs. Not to mention when Wreck got killed. That was a turning point for me, the lowest of the low. Everything turned into quicksand for me then. Even holding on to Grace. I tried to shut her out for a long time after that. Felt it was all pointless. She needed a life in the light, the life she expected, the one she’d been striving for so hard before she and I hooked up. At that point, I felt that I had taken that away from her, and it drained me.

 DIG INTERVIEW 6

 

☠ Do you regret leaving Grace with such a responsibility? ☠

 

You mean with Vig and his freaking diamond stash? Of course I do. That was the kind of shit I’d been trying to avoid for her all along, and then look what happened. I mean, I died, and still I was bringing her down. That’s just insane. On the other hand, the aftermath of me not having had the opportunity to make it to Nebraska as I’d planned in order to iron things out with the Blades and the Flames, made things crazy for the Jacks. Battles broke out for years until Jump took the Presidency, got a handle on it, and things finally cooled down. So actually, I’m glad Vig forced her out of South Dakota and away from the club, all the clubs. Ironic, huh? He had promised me he’d look out for her if anything happened to me. I guess in a twisted way, the motherfucker did just that, but still getting what he wanted, of course.

My biggest regret though, is that our kid died along with Grace ever being able to have another baby. That’s the biggest tragedy, and that suffering is on me. I can barely still wrap my head around that one. Next question.

 

☠ Did you ever envisage your life with Grace would be cut short because of the life you led? ☠

 

Every moment of every day.

 

DIG INTERVIEW 8

 

   Are you happy with Grace’s choice of husband? ☠

 

For starters, I’m sorry that it took her sixteen years to let someone in again, to find someone she could be herself with. But the fact that it’s Lock makes me happy. Makes me feel that even though things turned out shit for me, it gave them a new lease on life, a better life. Both of them were thrown to the wayside by shit at the club, got twisted into other people. They needed each other. Grace and Lock are good kind-hearted souls. That they were able to find each other after all this time and get untwisted, gives me peace. It means that all this, all of it, in some way, wasn’t for nothing. (Wreck is glad for them too. Yeah, he had a good laugh over it, in fact.)

 DIG INTERVIEW 3

 

☠ Do you think anything would have happened between Butler and Grace if you hadn’t sent him away? ☠

 

No, I don’t, but I think it would have been a constant source of tension between all of us, which would’ve been hell. So it was a very good thing he left. It gave us time to cool down and get back to basics with each other. It also gave Butler a kick in the ass, and he finally got serious about his place in the club after that. Once he let go of fucking around with his life, he focused. That made us able to be friends again, trust each other, work together. We were brothers, after all.

 

☠ You and Tania had a silent understanding but she irritated you. Why? ☠

 

I knew Tania wanted better for Grace than me. Both of them had big dreams while they were growing up in this tiny town. Tania felt that Grace was giving up a bright all-American future by choosing me, the biker with only good times, drug deals, countless felonies, and a strip club to his (fake) name. She just didn’t want her best friend to get hurt, to be disappointed. Tania was right, and I knew she was right. She knew I knew, too. But at least she knew that I really did love Grace. There was never any bullshit about that. Tania’s very smart and tells it like it is, no filter. It made me crazy because a part of me worried that maybe Grace would realize that it all a big mistake and walk out on me.

 

☠ Boner always had your back. If he hadn’t been around when he was most needed, who else would you have trusted completely to watch Grace’s back? ☠

 

Wreck was the only other brother I trusted the way I trusted Boner. No one else. Not in that absolute way.

 

☠ If you’d had longer with Grace, what, if anything, would you have changed?☠ 

 

I would have made sure we spent more time together. Just the two of us. And we would’ve had our kid, too. Yeah, definitely more time together. The three of us. Our family.

 

 DIG INTERVIEW 7

 

☠ If you hadn’t joined the MC, which direction do you think your life would

have taken? ☠

 

Oh, I would’ve been dead. Ha.

 

 DIG INTERVIEW   DIG INTERVIEW 2

 

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CAT PORTER interview

 

KFF to Cat: This is a difficult question to answer for us bloggers ‘cause I’m sure that more than one of us are considered to be frustrated writers. Why did you start to decide writing?

I’ve been writing since I was a little girl. Journaling always helped me make sense of my emotions and the world around me. Being an introverted only child, I was overly sensitive, and writing not only helped me, but became something I needed to do to feel balanced. I was always writing short stories and poems too. I remember in high school I wrote a poem about a dead older brother, and everyone thought it was true. That was rather swell. Also, being a trained actor, you realize the power of the written word is paramount. It’s everything. Studying Shakespeare in high school and then later “playing” Shakespeare opened up a huge fascinating world of the power and color of words for me.

KFF to Cat: We all have our favourite authors, but we’d love to know which author inspired you to put pen to paper.

I’ve always been an avid reader, from the Scholastic books we’d order at elementary school, to when I first dove into Nancy Drews and my aunt’s stash of romance novels every summer. I loved getting lost in a different world and being inside another person’s head. I started reading the classics at ten years old. “Wuthering Heights,” “Pride & Prejudice,” “Jane Eyre,” and “Vanity Fair” were my firsts, and although I didn’t understand half the language and the many subtleties, I was swept away into a whole new universe of characters, dramatic events, intriguing settings, and intense emotions. It was truly thrilling! Later I discovered D.H. Lawrence, E.M. Forster, Lawrence Durrell, James Joyce, Paul Scott, and the free-form hipster madness of Henry Miller. Writing a novel one day was always in my heart of hearts.

KFF to Cat: Why MC?

I’d read several MC books and I became fascinated by the idea of an old lady returning to a club. A seasoned woman who knew the score, not the usual heroine- the young thing who is taken aback by the MC lifestyle and the Alpha men. That got boring real quick for me. I kept seeing this older woman, defiant, hiding some sort of secret returning to the club against her wishes. The genre was totally new to me, but the few I had read at the time, I liked a lot. The “living on the fringe” culture greatly appealed to me and scared me in a way, because it was the complete opposite of how I grew up and everything I was familiar with!

KFF to Cat: It is more than obvious that you have done your homework regarding MC research, their culture, women, even their transport. How did you go about it?

I read an autobiography written by a former officer of an outlaw club in the midwest in the 80’s which provided details to me of a biker’s commitment to the lifestyle and the daily dangers and the harshness inherent to it. It wasn’t pretty. I also read whatever I could get my hands on online from reporters who had gone undercover in bike clubs in the 70’s to get a feeling for the classic bike club. That’s what interested me, the original, true spirit of a motorcycle club and the people who were committed to the lifestyle. I watched endless videos on YouTube of events, and videos of people riding bikes through the Dakotas. It was amazing stuff. I also met an old lady online who was very generous in answering my questions and filling in the many blanks I had.

KFF to Cat: Just love to know which book has influenced you more in your life? (Must answer!)

I took this fantastic class in high school called “The Search for Self” where we read Dostoyevsky, Joseph Conrad, Thomas Hardy, to name a few, plus the poetry of Rilke and Cavafy. The anguish, darkness, and intelligence of those writers blew my sixteen-year old mind away and opened my eyes and soul. Later on I discovered the vampire books of Anne Rice, and her passion and romanticism along with the macabre made me crazy. I love those books, I couldn’t put them down! 

KFF to Cat: We’d love to know what is on you TBR list. Can you let on?

A lot of indie classics that I have yet to read! Colleen Hoover’s “Slammed,” J.R. Redmerski’s “Edge of Never,” Lorelei James’s Rough Riders series, the “Outlander” books, Melissa Brown’s “Wife Number Seven,” Jojo Moyes’s “Me Before You,” Madeline Sheehan’s “Thicker Than Blood,” Callie Hart’s “Deviant” series, LB Simmons’ books, JB Hartnett’s “Bride in Bloom,” Jay Crownover’s “Marked Men” series, Daryl Banner’s “Beautiful Dead” series, Amy Harmon’s “Law of Moses” and “Making Faces,” L.H. Cosway’s “Six of Hearts” series, Paullina Simons “The Bronze Horseman,” and Patti Smith’s autobiography “Just Kids” to name a few. Oh boy.

KFF to Cat: How often do you write? All and every day or whenever you can?

Every day. I come home from dropping the kids off at school at 8:30 am and I write until 1pm when I cook for them and then pick them up. Then I go back to work around 5pm and keep on until after 11pm. On the weekends I don’t have such a structured schedule, but I still fit in several hours each day. Otherwise I go cookoo. Literally.

KFF to Cat: This question is of utmost importance to KFF. Do you brainstorm your ideas, let them stew for ages or go with the flow?

With “Lock & Key” and “Wolfsgate” (my historical) I let it flow. I didn’t have any publishing or promotion deadlines to deal with then, so I wrote and discovered as I went. Now I need to be more organized, so in the beginning I brainstorm to get a very general outline of events and character arcs in place. I always have a specific beginning, middle, and end when I begin, but everything in between is a surprise as I go along. The characters surprise me always and new connections happen, which is very exciting. After the first draft is finally done, that’s when the big work begins for me. That’s when I let it stew, and I see all the places that need moulding and sharpening, along with listening to my beta readers’ helpful feedback. Revising is a huge, vital process for me. A lot of magic happens there, and I need time to do it.

KFF to Cat: You must read a lot. Which authors would you recommend to the readers of your books?

I really enjoy Shay Savage, Kristen Ashley’s earlier work, CD Reiss, Leylah Attar, and Lorelei James. A huge favorite of mine is Sigrid Undset’s Nobel Prize winning Kristen Lavransdatter series, an epic saga of one’s girl’s life from young womanhood through first love, marriage, etc., set in medieval Scandinavia.

KFF to Cat: Your book covers are awesome. Who did them and would you mention the artist that did them in your next Cover Reveal?

Oh, thank you. I always talk about my brilliant cover artist, Najla Qamber of Najla Qamber Designs! We’ve collaborated on all my books, and we’re about to start work on “Iron & Bone,” book 3 of the Lock & Key series. Najla amazes me each and every time in how she takes a “rambly” idea I have and then translates it into this magic vision which is ultimately even more than I had imagined. She always hits it perfectly in a fresh, unexpected way, and she “gets” me. I must admit I get that “buzzy” feeling each time. I love that buzzy feeling.

KFF to Cat: Are you happy about the outcome of the reviews you’ve had up to date?

I’m humbled and very appreciative that readers take the time to write a review. I’m thrilled that reviewers responded so positively to my characters and their journeys, and most of all to my writing. That’s huge for me. Of course, there are negative reviews, I mean you can’t expect everyone to like the same book. Everyone has different tastes, and readers nowadays have specific expectations that you can’t possibly expect to meet each and every time. Many have written to me saying my mc books surprised them, not being typical of the genre. Most people love that about the books, and the older characters I feature too, and others don’t like it. That’s okay, that’s reality.

KFF to Cat: Constructive criticism. How much importance do you give to this and would you dare to wipe out a whole chapter because your beta-readers didn’t feel it went with the flow of the book?

Beta readers are integral to the process of creating a novel. By the time I’ve spit out the first draft and then cleaned it up, I’m too far in the thing to be objective, and frankly I’m in a daze as well. I rely on unsugar-coated appraisal to make the story work, because it has to work. Oftentimes the betas vocalize my inner critic too, which I sometimes try to ignore. So, it’s terrific, because I can’t ignore the little problems or sweep them under the rug when the betas are pointing them out too!

With R&R, I had one beta reader who sat me down and told me I had rushed a very important section in the book, and it only made her roll her eyes, and she had felt cheated. The others had alluded to it, but this reader was adamant. I agreed with her. I sat down and re-wrote a huge chunk, coming up with new ideas in the process, and ended up giving a minor character a much more pivotal role. In the end I had two new chapters and was able to move the storyline forward in a much more natural way, while also preparing the way for book 3.

KKF to Cat: Editing process. Is it perfect?

Different editors have different things they respond to, notice, or obsess over, you could call it. I’ve learned a lot from each editor I’ve worked with. For me the process is not just a matter of agreeing to all the editors’ corrections and moving on to formatting. No way. It’s a time to not only clean up your text, but clarify your themes. And you should always trust your editor, by the way! It’s terrific to work with someone you can communicate with, debate certain issues that come up, ask them specific questions. I’m very analytical and I like to dig deep, so the editing process is a very satisfying and exciting time for me, and I don’t like to rush it.

KFF to Cat: What do you think about the ratings on Goodreads and Amazon and if you could, would you change it?

Whatever Amazon does remains a mystery to me. Their secret algorithms and the thousand reasons books place on their charts according to the keyword system, etc. fascinates me. Now things have gotten more interesting and more complicated, I think, with the Kindle Unlimited program. I choose to have all my books available on all platforms, I don’t understand limiting yourself to one. I don’t know how that affects one’s Amazon ratings overall, but I’m sure it does. Goodreads is a great forum for readers to share the book love, but sometimes people put a heck of a lot of effort into ridiculing books they don’t enjoy with these long, sarcastic gif-ridden essays. I find that most unfortunate and hurtful in the long run. I think Goodreads has a secret algorithm recipe for its ratings too, right? At the end of the day, an author can’t get caught up in all this, or you go crazy.

KFF to Cat: What would you do to better your writing?

I’m always studying and working to improve my skills. It’s a never-ending process and one I enjoy.

KFF to Cat: Formatting! Who said that? How do you go about it?

I pay a professional. I could do it, and I would love to be able to have it at my fingertips, because when I do find errors or typos later on after publication, I feel terrible having to ask my formatter to make the time to make the corrections and then sometimes have to pay extra to do so. But for me right now, it’s too much time and energy to learn the ins and outs. I need to give the most I can to my writing and my three children!

KFF to Cat: Proofreading is considered an art. How much importance do you give it?

It’s very important. I used to think I could do it myself, and I would re-read my text over and over again before my formatting deadline and find things. But it’s amazing the things you miss! You definitely need an objective, fresh-eyed outsider to do the job properly. (And I’m always tweaking bits and pieces up to the eleventh hour, which is asking for trouble with typos!)

KFF to Cat: Rach and I were talking about your protagonists in this series lately. We envisaged them… vividly. Why not do a trailer to promote your book/s?

That’s wonderful to hear, thank you. I do have trailers for both books in the “Lock & Key” series, my dears! Both trailers were produced by the marvelous Angel Dust. It was a lot of fun working together to make my beloved stories come alive. Here are the links:

KFF to Cat: Which author have you never met, but you’d like to?

There are several: Dostoyevsky, Henry Miller, Laurence Durrell, D.H. Lawrence, Edgar Allen Poe, Emily Brontë

KFF to Cat: MC versus eroticism or suspense, which genre would you choose first!

I really love Eroticism when it’s done with a compelling story and intriguing layered characters to match the heat.

KFF can’t thank Cat Porter enough for these two outstandingly candid interviews. Rachel and I have read both books; loved ’em, and awarded  R & R  5 bedazzling stars. L & K, which ‘in our book’ is five star material, could even be read as a standalone; however, we highly recommend you to follow this series in order as it’ll beat the pants off you! You don’t need to be a lover of MC stories to thoroughly enjoy this series either. Covers and buy links below, and as Cat would love to hear from you, we’ve even added her social media links.

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        COVER REVEAL ~ REAP (Scarred Souls #2)                                   by TILLIE COLE

 

 Title: REAP

Series: Scarred Souls #2

Author: Tillie Cole

Release Date: 10th November, 2015

 

 SYNOPSIS

Raised as a prototype for the Georgian Bratva’s obedience drug, 221
fails to think, act or live for himself; his master’s perfectly-crafted killing
puppet. Standing at six foot six, weighing two-hundred and fifty pounds,
and unrivaled in to-the-death combat, 221 successfully secures
business for the Georgian Mafiya Boss of NYC, in the dark world of the criminal
underground.

Until his enemies capture him.

Talia Tolstaia dreams to break from the heavy clutches of
Bratva life. She dreams of another life—away from the stifling
leash of her Russian Bratva Boss father and from the brutality of her work at
The Dungeon—her criminal family’s underground death match enterprise. But when
she stumbles upon her family’s captive, who is more monster than man, she
starts to see the man underneath. A powerful, beautiful, damaged man whose
heart calls to hers.

But sacrifices must be made—blood for blood… life for
life… Souls for scarred souls…

 

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