Saturday, December 14, 2013

Book recommendations for the reader on your list! #AmReading #Christmas

As many of you know, I read a lot. A LOT! Last time I counted, I finish about 250 books per year. That makes me somewhat of an expert when it comes to recommending books to people, especially this time of year when people are looking for gift ideas. So, I thought I would write some gift book ideas for you to help you on your shopping. 

For readers who liked The Hunger Games, I recommend Veronica Roth's Divergent Series. Within an action-packed dystopian world, it explores what it means to be human. It would also give the reader a chance to check out the book before the movie is released in 2014. 

For readers who like Twilight, AND for those who didn't like Twilight, I recommend Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy Series. This is how a young adult vampire series should be done. No dippy heroines, over-protective boyfriends and lots of kick-ass action. Not to mention, it has one of my favorite romances of all time. The first movie also comes out on Valentines Day, so your reader can get a head start.

For readers who liked the Anita Blake Series, I recommend Shannon Mayer's Rylee Adamson Series. Filled with action, supernatural creatures and humor, without going all "porny" like Anita Blake did. The first book is Priceless, but there are a total of five books out so far if you wanted to make your own boxed set.


For readers who liked Fifty Shades of Gray, I recommend Sylvia Day’s Crossfire Series: Bared To You, Reflected In You and Entwined With You. The first three books are now available in a boxed set. 

Or check out Christina Lauren's Beautiful Series. The first book is Beautiful Bastard

For readers who like erotic fiction, but found Fifty Shades of Gray to be ridiculous, I recommend Tiffany Reisz’s Original Sinners Series: The Siren, The Angel, The Prince and The Mistress. This is one of my favorite series ever!!! It is erotic literary fiction, and the characters are amazing.

For those who liked Beautiful Disaster, I recommend Easy by Tammara Webber.

Or try M. Leighton's Bad Boys Series: Down To You, Up to Me and Everything For Us.

For readers who liked On The Island by Tracey Garvis Graves, I recommend Surviving Raine by Shay Savage. This is how a tortured, brooding man should be written. I officially have a new book-boyfriend in Bastian Stark. 

For readers who like alpha males, lots of action and are open to M/M romance, you have to look at the Cut and Run Series by Madeline Urban and Abilgail Roux. This is another of my all-time favorite series. The characters are beautifully flawed, hilariously written and sexy as hell. There are more books than this, but here are the first four:


For readers who think vampires should be sociopaths, not romantic heroes, I recommend a little known book called Scent and Shadow by Mercy Loomis. Horror readers will absolutely love this book! And the writing is brilliant. 

I hope these recommendations help. If you need more, I read many genres, and I'm happy to help you come up with something for the reader on your list. Leave a comment, or hit me up on Twitter - @Jesilea.  

And of course, my books are also available to the young adult, paranormal loved on your list.  #ShamelessSelfPromotion.  

Happy Holidays!!!!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Review: CRASH INTO YOU by @KatieMcGarry. #NewAdult #YA #AmReading

From acclaimed author Katie McGarry comes an explosive new tale of a good girl with a reckless streak, a street-smart guy with nothing to lose, and a romance forged in the fast lane

The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life—that's who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers…and she's just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker—a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can't get him out of her mind.

Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks—no matter how angelic she might look.

But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they'll go to save each other.

Crash Into You is the third book in Katie McGarry’s Harlequin Teen series (that inexplicable has no series title), and I think it is her best yet. Rachel is a complex character with is host of issues. her family is one of the most messed up I’ve read, yet they still come across as real. (I can totally see this happening in a family who loses a child to an early death.) Rachel was born to be a replacement child. When her older sister died of Leukemia at thirteen, their parents went on having babies until they produced another girl. As her sister’s replacement, Rachel is expected to take on the interests and personality of the dead sister she never met. The therapy bills that will be needed to straighten these people out will rival the GDP of a small country.

Isaiah is another story. Honestly, I didn’t care for him all that much in Dare You To. His “best friend” Beth jacked him around something fierce and he let her. That kind of made me want to smack him. But Isaiah completely turned my opinion of him around in this book. He is also a complex character  who has had to grow up way too fast and still harbors a bit of that damaged child inside him.  Rachel calls him bossy, and he calls himself protecting, but unlike so many other male characters in New Adult books, he doesn’t come across as a controlling jerk. That is a big thing for me as you all may remember from my previous blog post on the how men are portrayed in New Adult books - Isaiah is not an asshole, although the author very easily could have made him be if she hadn’t been careful. For that, I am grateful.

The conflict in the story revolves around Rachel having an unfortunate run-in with the King Pin of illegal street racing and unwittingly finds herself indebted to him. Isaiah, being the protector sort, decides to help Rachel out of the mess. The two have to pull together to find a way to earn money to buy the bad guy off. It would have been easy for a “street thug” like Isaiah to earn the money illegally, but he has a strong moral code, and he wants to do it in the right way. I admire that.

One of my favorite supporting characters in the book was Abby, the drug dealer with a heart of gold. It is impossible not to like her. I’m sensing McGarry will give Abby her own book at some point, and I’d love to read it! (Hopefully not with Ethan as the love interest though. I’m mad at him.)

My only complaint about the book is that I wanted more punishment on Rachel’s family for the years of abuse they put her through. Not just her parents, but also her brothers, treated her like shit. I hated them all by the end.

Overall, I give Crash Into You...

Plot - 5 bookmarks
Character development - 4 1/2 bookmarks (I would have liked to see Rachel’s family evolve more in the end.)
Love story - 5 bookmarks

Dream cast (otherwise known as who I pictured while reading) - Jessica Amlee (Rachel), Liam Hemsworth (Isaiah), Juno Temple (Abby)

** This title releases on 
November 26, 2013. **

Friday, November 15, 2013

Review: NO FLAG by @LizBorino #FridayReads

For Mike and Will, "No Flag" meant "come home alive", but will their love survive what happens next?

Captain Mike Kelley does not ignore his intuition, so when sexy bartender Will Hayes captures his heart, Mike embarks on a mission to win him over to a Domestic Discipline relationship. Will accepts with one caveat: Mike must promise not to renew his Army commission. Mike agrees, and they spend a year building a life together, getting married, and starting a business.

Only days before their café's grand opening, Mike receives news that threatens everything he and Will have built. The Army invokes the Stop Loss military policy to involuntarily extend his commission and send him back overseas. Will, left alone to cope with the café, must rely on the support of old friends who may be no longer be trustworthy. Through emails and Skype calls, Mike and Will keep their love and structure alive...until the day a horrific terrorist attack occurs on Mike's outpost.

Mike awakens in a hospital with a devastating injury and no his memory of the attack. As the only survivor, Mike's memory may be the key to national security. Mike struggles to cope with his injury and Will struggles to support the man who always held him up. Both fear they have lost their previous relationship. Will has Mike back rather than a folded flag, but in the aftermath of war, can they rebuild the life they had before? Especially when those closest to them may not have their best interests at heart?

I almost don’t know where to start discussing this book.  I suppose I should say first that I really, really liked it.  Not quite love, but close.  The story was emotional and drew me right in.  I get the purpose of Stop Loss, but I think it is royally unfair, and only should be used in the direst of circumstances. Mike and Will had everything set to embark on a life together when the government decided to play games with their lives. I support those who step up to serve our country, but that support includes letting them go when their service is over.  Of course, then Mike gets hurt and it made me even angrier at the injustice of it all.  (Angry at the situation, not the book. The book was quite good.) 

I loved the “no flag” catch phrase. I don’t have a whole lot of experience with the military, so I’m not sure if that is a common saying or not, but it tugged at my heart every time the guys used it.

Mike’s rehab and rekindling of his marriage were also very well written. I really felt how devastating and frustrating the whole situation must have been for them both.

Now, I am going to say something about a book that I don’t think I have ever said before in a review --- I wish the book would have moved a little slower.  I know! Really!  It’s just that I felt some of the build of the romance and the character development suffered a bit with the quick pacing. I like to fall in love alongside the characters, but the romance was too rushed for that here. There wasn’t a whole lot of build to the sexual tension/chemistry.  It worked out okay because there was a lot of story to carry me along without it, but the book could have benefitted from about ten pages of romance expansion to fill it out. 

This book is listed in erotica, but I didn’t see it that way -- more of a straight-up M/M romance. The sex is there, but not overly described in long, vivid detail.  The DD relationship added to Mike’s character. As someone who suffers from OCD, he needs exacting structure in his house hold. Will understood this and did all he could to accommodate.  That said, I thought Mike took the discipline a little too far a couple of times. It kind of made me hate him just a little.

Will was a wonderful character. (Mike was good too, but I connected more with Will.) Their character development was fine. But the supporting characters could have benefitted from depth.  The “bad guys”, Mike’s commanding officer and Will’s friend Casey, did not feel real to me. I could guess that Mike’s boss was probably a homophobe, but that was never explored. I wasn’t sure if he enacted Mike’s Stop Loss provision purposefully, or if the order came from someone else. As written, he seemed like a douche for douche’s sake.  I also didn’t buy Casey’s weird crush on Will.  Maybe it’s because I didn’t have a clear picture of her motives. Her actions seemed extreme for someone who didn’t have some sort of fucked up back story. I wanted to know what it was. Seth waffled between clueless and supportive, but I never really felt I knew him. Another ten pages could have been added to flesh out some of these side characters.  For me, that would have elevated this book from a four to a five star. 

Overall, I give No Flag...

Plot - 5 bookmarks
Character Development - 3 bookmarks
Love Story - 4 bookmarks (What was there was wonderful. I just wished it was less rushed.)
Dream Cast (otherwise known as who I pictured while reading) - Wentworth Miller (Mike), Zachary Levi (Will), Ashley Benson (Casey). 

Monday, November 11, 2013

New release paperback - ARCADIA'S CURSE #Paranormal

Arcadia's Curse is now available in paperback! Makes a great stocking stuffer for the teen reader in your family. 

“The build of the story is a slow burn, like a fuse curling through an empty storehouse ONLY to find out that the fuse is attached to ten tons of fireworks. Holy Climax, Batman!” ~ Shannon Mayer, author of Priceless and The Nevermore Trilogy

Think high school sucks? Try being an empath who has to experience everyone else’s suckage on top of your own. (Literally.)

In the months since her family life imploded and her psychic gifts began to arise, Cady has struggled to figure out how she can fit into her normal life without going crazy from the constant presence of emotional energy. Her grades have tanked. Her best friend is afraid of her. And she begins to have doubts about why her boyfriend, Bryan, is really keeping her around. But a chance meeting with another gifted girl online opens up a whole new world of possibilities. Unfortunately, this new world comes at an awful price.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Review: THE IRON TRAITOR by @jkagawa #AmReading

In the real world, when you vanish into thin air for a week, people tend to notice.

After his unexpected journey into the lands of the fey, Ethan Chase just wants to get back to normal. Well, as "normal" as you can be when you see faeries every day of your life. Suddenly the former loner with the bad reputation has someone to try for—his girlfriend, Kenzie. Never mind that he's forbidden to see her again.

But when your name is Ethan Chase and your sister is one of the most powerful faeries in the Nevernever, "normal" simply isn't to be. For Ethan's nephew, Keirran, is missing, and may be on the verge of doing something unthinkable in the name of saving his own love. Something that will fracture the human and faery worlds forever, and give rise to the dangerous fey known as the Forgotten. As Ethan's and Keirran's fates entwine and Keirran slips further into darkness, Ethan's next choice may decide the fate of them all.

Is it wrong that I want Julie Kagawa’s faerie world to exist?  Life would be so much more interesting, if a bit more dangerous...

The Iron Traitor picks up Ethan Chase’s story. He desperately wants to avoid all things faerie and go about his normal, human life, but when you have the Sight and family ties to the Nevernever, that is just not meant to be. 

In a lot of ways, Ethan and Kierran are set against each other as foils.  Both of them are in love with a girl who is dying, but they are choosing to handle the situation very differently. I enjoyed the whole ethical dilemma over how far you should go for love. 

I really started to not like Keirran in this book, which is a shame because his father, Ash, is one of my favorite characters in the whole series.  Keirran might have noble intentions--he is driven by love to save the life of the dying Summer Girl Annwyl--but his unreasonableness and single-mindedness make him come across as a spoiled prince.  I know growing up as an only child in the Iron realm kept him sheltered, but he comes across as a brat whenever he doesn’t get his way.

Ethan, on the other hand, also grew up as an only child, but he behaves much more maturely.  He understands the seriousness of Kinzie’s illness, and he wants to help her live the fullest life possible while she can.  He knows it might be possible to strike some sort of bargain with the Fae to extend her life, but the stakes for doing so would cross many moral lines, probably harming others in the process, and Ethan is not selfish enough to pursue those options.  It is a very hard, very mature attitude to have. Yes, I think in future books there will be some way to fix Kenzie’s health, but I trust that Ethan will not have to betray his ethics to do so. 

Fans of the series will be happy to see a recurrence of some of their favorite characters, including Grimalkin, Razor, Puck and Ash. Meghan only appears briefly--she does have a kingdom to run, after all.  And as with all of Kagawa’s books, there is plenty of action to keep the plot moving. 

Overall, I give The Iron Traitor...

Plot - 5 stars

Character Development - 4 1/2 stars (I’m having a hard time connecting with Annwyl. Keirran might bug me, but he is supposed to, as the foil character to Ethan.)

Love Story - 4 stars (Ethan & Kenzie are awesome, but much of the book focuses on Keirran & Annwyl, and I just don’t connect with them as well.)

Action - 5 stars (Lots of fighting, bloodshed and all around mayhem.)

Dream Cast (otherwise known as who I pictured while reading) - Britt Robertson (Annwyl), Jamie Campbell Bower (Keirran), Kaya Scodelario (Kenzie). I drove myself crazy for two hours scouring the internet for the guy I picture as Ethan. I have a very clear picture of him in my head, but I can’t remember what the actor’s name is or what I saw him in. Grrr!!!! Xavier Samuel comes close, but taller and darker. I don’t know.  I’m sure it will come to me at two in the morning like everything else does.  

Sunday, October 27, 2013

ARCADIA'S GIFT now on audio! #Audible #YA #Paranormal

I’m so excited to announce the release of my very first audio book!  ARCADIA’S GIFT, narrated by the talented voice actress, Ashlyn Selich, is now available on Audible, Amazon and iTunes. Never tried an audio book before?  They are perfect for listening to in the car, while cleaning the house or hanging around the house relaxing.  With a completed length of only five hours and forty-two minutes, ARCADIA’S GIFT is the perfect introduction to the world of audio books. 

Check it out today!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

.@Jesilea interviews Arcadia Day at the Meet the Character Blog Fest! #TeenReads #Giveaway

Guess who's being interviewed as part of the Meet the Characters Blog Fest???

Arcadia Day!!!!

Pinning a slightly introverted, seventeen year old girl down for an interview was a little tricky, but I finally convinced Cady to do it. Make sure to stop on by DelSharee Gladden's blog today to learn more about my favorite psychic empath.

★ Don't forget to enter the 
huge giveaway! 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Review: BAD IDEA by @DamonSuede. 5 Stars #AmReading #LGBTRomance

Some mistakes are worth making.

Reclusive comic book artist Trip Spector spends his life doodling super-square, straitlaced superheroes, hiding from his fans, and crushing on his unattainable boss until he meets the dork of his dreams. Silas Goolsby is a rowdy FX makeup creator with a loveless love life and a secret streak of geek who yearns for unlikely rescues and a truly creative partnership.

Against their better judgment, they fall victim to chemistry, and what starts as infatuation quickly grows tender and terrifying. With Silas’s help, Trip gambles his heart and his art on a rotten plan: sketching out Scratch, a “very graphic novel” that will either make his name or wreck his career. But even a smash can't save their world if Trip retreats into his mild-mannered rut, leaving Silas to grapple with betrayal and emotions he can't escape.

What will it take for this dynamic duo to discover that heroes never play it safe?

Damon Suade has done it for me again! Proving that romance transcends stereotypes, Bad Idea has completely charmed me.  This book isn’t just a gay romance - it is a book about the human needs of love and acceptance.  As a straight, married woman from the mid-west, I might not be who Suade and his publishers would envision as their target market, but I’m telling you, Suade’s books are now on my “automatic buy” list.

Like Suade’s previous novel, Hot Head, the dialog in Bad Idea is witty, and the prose quietly genius. I never use the highlight function on my Kindle, but I had to break it out for this novel. Little pearls of wisdom abound:

“Sometimes an artistic career felt like climbing a glass mountain wearing nothing but bacon fat.”

“S’important to have old friends...They remember who you were before you made yourself up.”

“Never make a permanent mistake to solve a temporary problem.”

These are characters I’ve never met, but somehow, always wanted to know.  Trip and Silas are both men trying to find their place in the world in their own ways.  On the surface, they couldn’t be more different - Trip is quiet and anxiety-ridden; Silas has a charm that is larger than life.  The two bond over the geekdom of comics.  What is better than a sexy nerd?  TWO!!!  But the relationship is not perfect.  Both men stumble and fumble their way toward each other, making plenty of mistakes along the way.  But the issues between them are not trite and contrived as I find in so many other books; rather Trip and Silas come across as real people, as if they didn’t have an author orchestrating their actions and peering over their shoulders. As an author myself, I know how incredibly hard that is to do.  

I can’t review this book without commenting on the erotic scenes.  The sex in this book is just the right combination of realism and romance - hot, steamy and tender with just a touch of comic relief mixed in for fun.  While I have no problem with M/M sex, there are readers out there who do. If you happen to be one of these people, do everyone a favor and don’t read the book.  But for readers who are more open to that sort of thing, you will find the eroticism heart-racing.

At 136,000 words, Bad Idea is a fairly long novel, but the depth of the story keeps the plot moving.  Aside from the main romantic plot, there are many other conflicts at work.  Trip battles endlessly between creating art for commercial purposes and creating art that he loves.  Complicating matters is his boss and “Unboyfriend”, Cliff, who treats Trip like his personal branded, cash-cow, and who cuts Trip off at the knees every time he strays from his planned route. Artists of all types can relate to the battle of “selling out” to make a living and doing what you love. I love reading about other authors’ creative processes , so Trip creating his new graphic novel character Scratch was really fun.  (And I’m thrilled to see on Damon Suade’s website that Scratch will be coming to life in his own novella in 2014.)

I could go on and on about how much I loved this book, but this review is getting long. Check it out for yourself. Bad Idea is actually a truly brilliant idea.

Overall, I give Bad Idea...

Character development - 5 bookmarks (Even the supporting characters are fabulous!)
Love story - 5 bookmarks
Geek references - 5 bookmarks
Sex scenes - 5 bookmarks (HAWT!!!!)
Dream cast (otherwise known as who I pictured while reading) - Kellan Lutz (Silas), Max Irons (Trip), Ryan Reynolds (Cliff), David Tennant (Kurt)

**** Bad Idea releases for sale 
on October 22, 2013. ****

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Hottest Guy Contest is on at the Meet The Characters Blog Fest. #Vote4Bryan #Giveaway

My character, Bryan Sullivan, is in the running in the Hottest Guy contest in the Meet the Characters Blog Fest. He has some stiff competition, so we need your votes! Stop in and vote today. Voting also enters you in the running for a huge book giveaway.  Just link on the button below. 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Meet the Characters Blog Fest - Lots of fun and great prizes! #AmReading #October

Welcome to the Meet the Characters Blogfest!

Readers, get ready for a whole month of some of the most interesting, hottest, attention grabbing characters in today's YA, NA, Romance, Horror, and Paranormal fiction! 

All month long I'll be introducing readers to amazing characters through character bios, artwork, interviews, and contests. Check out the schedule below from what you'll find each day this month. 

That's Not All...

We'll be having some fabulous contests, each of which has it's own giveaway. Readers will get to vote on the characters, and one lucky voter in each contest will win a copy of the book the Winning Character comes from. The character giveaways will include: 

Hottest Guy Contest (10/4)
Feistiest Girl Contest (10/11)
Cutest Couple Contest (10/18)
Steamiest Couple Contest (10/25)

There will also be one MAIN GIVEAWAY starting today where 1 LUCKY WINNER will win a prize pack of 40 books from some of today's hottest new authors. Additional winners will be chosen to receive runner-up prize packs as well. Scroll down and enter below! 


10/2 -- Character interviews with Zadie Stonebrook (My Sister's Reaper - Dorothy Dryer),            Tizzy Donovan (Laid out and Candle Lit - Ann Everett), Kristi Becker (A Plain                  Wish - Cyndi Lord), Zander Roth (Wicked Hunger - DelSheree Gladden)
10/3 -- Character Bios from Kristi Becker (A Plain Wish - Cyndi Lord), Bryan Sullivan                    (Arcadia's Gift - Jesi Lea Ryan), Brandon James (Love and Other Games - Aria                  Kane
10/4 -- Hottest Guy Contest (Stop by and vote for your favorite!)

10/7 -- Character Surprise Posts from authors RH Ramsey and DelSheree Gladden
10/8 -- Character Artwork from The Other F Word (Susan Stec) and Wicked Hunger                    (DelSheree Gladden) 
10/9 -- Character interviews with Kate Everett (A Slight Change of Plan - Dee Ernst),                  Jean (In Polester Pajamas - Catherine Dougherty), Ben (Twenty-Five - Rachel                    Hamm), Vanessa Roth (Wicked Hunger - DelSheree Gladden)
10/10 -- Character Bios from Kassia (Ice Magic), Maze (The Ballerina and the Fighter -                    Ursula Sinclair), Lucien (Smoke, Wings, and Stone - Marijon Bradley)
10/11 -- Feistiest Girl Contest (Stop by and vote for your favorite!)

10/14 -- Character Surprise Posts from authors Kara Leigh Miller, Sharon Kleve, Linda                  Budzinski 
10/15 -- Character Artwork from On a Wing and a Dare (Linda Ulleseit), Invisible                            (DelSheree Gladden)
10/16 -- Character interviews with David Corbin and Jon Reyes (Sign of the Throne -                    Melissa Eskue Ousley), Rosie (In Polyester Pajamas - Catherine Dougherty),                        Ketchup (Wicked Hunger - DelSheree Gladden)
10/17 -- Character Bios from Nadia (love and Other Games - Melinda Dozier), (Karen                      Gastreich), (HL Carpenter)
10/18 -- Cutest Couple Contest (Stop by and vote for your favorite!)

10/21 -- Character Surprise Posts from authors Stephanie Wardrop, Lucy Crowe, Ana                    Blaze
10/22 -- Character Artwork from Haunting Joy (Lena Goldfinch) and The Destroyer                        Trilogy (DelSheree Gladden)
10/23 -- Character interviews with Rachel Blackstone (The Relcutant Medium - GG                        Collins), Nell (The King Series - Tawdra Kandle), Arcadia ( Arcadia's Gift - Jesi                  Lea Ryan), Olivia & Mason (Invisible - DelSheree Gladden)
10/24 -- Character Bios from (Karin Gastreich), Sam and Cole (Fate War: Alliance - EM                    Havens)
10/25 -- Steamiest Couple Contest (Stop by and vote for your favorite!)

10/28 -- Character Surprise Posts from authors Susan Stec, Shauna Roberts, Lisa                          Cresswell
10/29 -- Character Artwork from My Sister's Reaper (Doroth Dryer), Twin Souls                            (DelSheree Gladden)
10/30 -- Character interviews with Nathan Shaw (Reflection - Kim Cresswell), Nia (In the              Winds of Danger - Linda Ulleseit), Jayden or Merch (dark Night of the Soul - EM                Havens)
10/31 -- Winner's Announcements!!!

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Monday, September 2, 2013

Get a jump on a new series! ARCADIA’S GIFT is #free 9/2-9/6 on #Kindle.

Interested in reading my new book ARCADIA’S CURSE, but haven’t read the first book in the series yet? Well you’re in luck! ARCADIA’S GIFT is on sale this week for free on Kindle. It’s a great way to jump into a new paranormal romance series risk free. 

All I ask is that you foster some good reading karma and post a short review on Amazon or GoodReads when you are done reading. Reviews serve two purposes - they provide me with much needed feedback, and they inform other interested readers whether a book is worth reading. All reviews are appreciated!

Thank you for all your support!


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Happy book release day! ARCADIA’S CURSE now on #Kindle. #YALit

After a new bumps along the way, Arcadia’s Curse, the follow up to my novel Arcadia’s Gift, is now available on Amazon. 

“The build of the story is a slow burn, like a fuse curling through an empty storehouse ONLY to find out that the fuse is attached to ten tons of fireworks. 
Holy Climax, Batman!”
~ Shannon Mayer, author of Priceless and The Nevermore Trilogy

Think high school sucks? Try being an empath who has to experience everyone else’s suckage on top of your own. (Literally.)

In the months since her family life imploded and her psychic gifts began to arise, Cady has struggled to figure out how she can fit into her normal life without going crazy from the constant presence of emotional energy. Her grades have tanked. Her best friend is afraid of her. And she begins to have doubts about why her boyfriend, Bryan, is really keeping her around. But a chance meeting with another gifted girl online opens up a whole new world of possibilities. Unfortunately, this new world comes at an awful price.

Friday, August 23, 2013

ARCADIA'S CURSE cover reveal! Hot new novel by @Jesilea coming soon. #AmReading #YA

Oh, I'm so excited to share with you the cover of my new book, ARCADIA'S CURSE! 

This is the second book in my Arcadia series, and I can't wait for you all to read it.  My tentative release date for the e-book will be Monday, August 26, 2013.  That's if the Kindle Gods are on my side. Keep your fingers crossed.

In the mean time, I wanted to tell you a bit about the book.  

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance
Editors:  Tawdra Kandle & Stacey Blake from Promotional Book Tours (Highly recommend!)
Publisher: Me!
Cover Designer: Phatpuppy Art
Font designer: Jose Casco


Think high school sucks? Try being an empath who has to experience everyone else’s suckage on top of your own.  (Literally.) 

In the months since her family life imploded and her psychic gifts began to arise, Cady has struggled to figure out how she can fit into her normal life without going crazy from the constant presence of emotional energy.  Her grades have tanked.  Her best friend is afraid of her.  And she begins to have doubts about why her boyfriend, Bryan, is really keeping her around.  But a chance meeting with another gifted girl online opens up a whole new world of possibilities.  Unfortunately, this new world comes at an awful price. 

***  For an exclusive excerpt, check into BestSelling Reads on Monday, August 26, 2013!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Cover reveal! DEADLY CALL by @Martha_Bourke. #shifters

Cover designer - Natasha Brown

About the Book

Deep in the shadows of Boston, Massachusetts, the Order—a secret brotherhood of New Breed warriors—is all that stands between a takeover by shifter supremacists.

Diesel, the most charismatic of the brothers, exudes a love for life all the while carrying a terrible burden. A veteran of the Iraq War, he is haunted by the traumatic events of a single night. Poisoned by shame and certain he is cursed, Diesel fears he is a danger to everyone around him.

Helen, the Order’s stunning and gifted surgeon, has a few demons of her own. Even as she and Diesel give in to the deepest pleasures of the mating call, something still holds her back. Destiny threatens to divide them, until, in the midst of unimaginable tragedy, they must banish the ghosts of the past to save their future.

About the Author 

Martha Bourke grew up in Burlington, Vermont, a magical place where street art meets cosmopolitan sensibilities meets nature. She is an accomplished teacher who has spent the last fifteen years creating Spanish language programs for elementary schools and traveling extensively. For most of her life, she has had a fascination with foreign languages, culture, and mythology – a passion that colors and enriches the world of Jaguar Sun, which now encompasses two series.

Martha and her husband of fifteen years have carved out their own little piece of Vermont in the Massachusetts countryside. When not writing, she loves spending time with her animals, listening to good music, thrifting, and adding to her Converse collection. 

Friday, August 16, 2013

Cover Reveal: NINETY EIGHT by Shannon Mayer #Romance #NewAdult

Title:  Ninety Eight
Author: Shannon Mayer
Expected release date:  October 17, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult/Adult
Cover designed by:  Damon Za;  (
Cover reveal organized by: AToMR Tours;

Book Description:
Speed Limits
Lottery Tickets
Elevator Buttons
Numbers are everywhere—they play such a vital role in our everyday lives. But what would happen if we measured love with equations just as we do our morning cup of coffee? My nana had many recipes in her cupboards, but it was her calculations for love that she insisted I live my life by; and I’ve followed her rules all these years.

One Animal
One Moment
One Critical Impact
That’s all it took for the numbers to start flying in a jumbled mess through my brain as I stared into the violet eyes that would forever make me question my choices. In a split second, the possibilities and reality of true love are revealed and I’m questioning all I’ve ever known.

A Tree
White Fences
Stolen Moments
I can’t ignore the storm brewing around—and within—me. Everything I am is confronted by these new numbers, and all they represent. My past, present and future will all be determined by the gambles I make right here, right now. Again, it’s all about the numbers.
And what I’m learning is, one plus one doesn’t always equal two and sometimes three times isn’t always the charm.

About the Author

Shannon Mayer lives in the southwestern tip of Canada with her husband, dog, cats, horse, and cows. When not writing she spends her time staring at immense amounts of rain, herding old people (similar to herding cats) and attempting to stay out of trouble. Especially that last is difficult for her.

She is the author of the The Nevermore Trilogy; a romantic suspense series, The Rylee Adamson Novels; a paranormal urban fantasy romance series, A Celtic Legacy; an urban fantasy romance series and High Risk Love; the first new adult romance novel in The Risk Series.  Her newest romance, Ninety Eight; a contemporary new adult romance, is scheduled for release in October of 2013.

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Disturbing trend in #Youngadult & #NewAdult books

I read a ton of YA and NA romance, and I’ve noticed a trend for some time now that bothers me.  For a long time, I ignored it and let it go, but it has gotten to a point that I feel I need to speak up.

Dear teen and adult readers:  Jealousy, possessiveness and violence do not equal love.

I like an alpha male as much as anyone, but I find so many authors turn their male leads into brutes.  If your hero punches a guy in the nose for having a perfectly innocent conversation with the heroine, he has anger and control issues.  That’s not cool.  If the girl can’t speak on the phone with the boy who has been her best friend since they were in diapers without lying to the hero about it for fear he will lash out, there is a problem.  If the heroine is afraid of the hero’s violent, jealous outbursts, that is abuse.

I’m not talking about the normal every day jealousy within reason.  If the girl has given the hero a reason to mistrust her, then I can see him being upset or cautious when he witnesses a situation that looks bad.  But if an entire relationship is built around him controlling her that is wrong.

My concern here is that by romanticizing this bad behavior, authors are sending the wrong message to young women. I won’t say which books I’m talking about, because I’m sure you all have your own examples, but I finished a book this morning where the entire story revolved around the hero and his brothers being psychotically controlling over the girls in the book, including their (not so) little sister.  While the guys were acting like bullies, the girls giggled and made excuses about how much the guys love them and want to protect them. 

This is not normal behavior.

When I was in high school, my best friend was a boy.  We each dated plenty of other people.  Whenever a guy expressed an interest in me, I let him know up front the role that Phillip played in my life.  If he had a problem with it, then he was free to move on to someone else.  That said, most guys were cool with it and didn’t give me any grief.  So if real guys can be reasonable and understanding, why can’t book boyfriends? 

Oh, I know.  The jealousy creates a conflict and thus adds to the plot.  If this was happening in only a few books, I wouldn’t have an issue with it.  If in the end the hero learns his lesson and grows from it, I’d be over-the-moon excited.  But lately it seems to be the main plot point in most of the YA and NA romances I read, and it is always the heroine giving in to the hero’s ridiculous rules and demands in the end.

Authors, I’m pleading with you, please be a little more responsible about the messages you are sending.  Be careful equating romance with things like possessiveness and control.  Would you want your daughter dating a guy who treated her in this way?  If not, don’t do it to your heroines.