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Thursday, April 24, 2014

A Betty's Pledge Blog Tour - Release Day Review + Interview + Giveaway: A Betty's Pledge (Volume One) by Emma Husher


Author: Emma Husher
Series: A Betty's Pledge

Number in Series: 1
Format: ARC PDF (Netgalley)
Release Date: April 24, 2014
Publisher: The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Erotic Romance














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Synopsis from Goodreads


There is an exclusive group known as the Grants who only allow the most seductive women into their circle, and Madeline “Mady” Chase would give anything to get in. After years of mundane, disappointing sex, Mady is ready for more. Much more. Too many men out there favor the trashy crap that often parades around the local bars and college hangouts. To Mady, it seems like they’d rather drool over a girl with a fifty thousand dollar plastic surgery bill and clothes that would better fit a five-year-old than find some substance and passion in a woman. She wants more than stale, bland, fake sex, and the Grants could be just what she needs.

Isaac Wilson has been dissatisfied more times than he can count in the past two years. Being one of the Grants definitely has its privileges, but now he finds himself wanting more. Usually, it just meant another long month of disenchantment on his part when the Grants realized their new batch of women were no good. Each year, the program found several candidates that fit their needs, but as was often the case, they lacked that certain spark Isaac was looking for. To him, it didn't matter. Either way, he’d have a lot of fun wading through the rejects.


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Interview


OBVB: Welcome to Offbeat Vagabond, Emma! To start things off, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

EH: Sure. I'm a hopeless romantic, private sexual deviant, and suffer from insomnia which helps me delve in the fantasies of the first two. It's a perfect environment for a romance writer, really.

OBVB: What first attracted you to the Romance genre? What first inspired you to write? 

EH: I'm a huge reader and romance is one of my favorite genres. I write a bit of everything but the vast array of emotions that come with love are so diverse. Playing with human emotions, delving into what drives us, keeps me intrigued.

OBVB: Are there any books that have influenced you? 

EH: I can't think of one in particular. The genre as a whole inspires me.

OBVB: Who would you say is your favorite author(s) and why? 

EH: I love many authors but I'd have to say that JR Ward and Christine Feehan are some of the authors that first pulled me in with their tales.

OBVB: What is the most challenging thing you face when writing a new story? 

EH: The ending!!! My mind usually concocts several possible endings and it's a fight with the characters to see which one wins. In the end I let the characters take me where they want to go.

OBVB: A Betty's Pledge is your newest book, correct? Can you tell the book will be about? 

EH: The book is volume one in a series that follows one woman's hunt to find pleasure. She enters an exclusive club that offers every woman's desire. But there's a secret the members are keeping hidden from their Betties.

OBVB: Were there any characters more difficult to write than others? 

EH: Some characters truly grossed me out. Some bad guys are really fun to write. Some become a challenge.

OBVB: I really like the concept of your book. Where did the idea come from? 

EH: Honestly, the concept came to me while I was lying in bed. It'd been a long night and insomnia was winning the fight for sleep. Sometimes when that happens my mind will come up with plot lines. This story was a late night concoction that wouldn't be quiet.

OBVB: If your story were to be made into a movie/tv show, who can you see as your characters and why? 

EH: I honestly have never thought about this, believe it or not. I'm interested to see what others come up with. My best friend is always really good about coming up with casts for her favorite books. Me, I make the characters in my mind. Maybe someday I'll come up with someone to play Mady.

OBVB: If you can write any book outside of the Romance genre, what would it be and why? 

EH: I've always loved dark fantasy novels. I may or may not have something in the works ;)

OBVB: When you are not writing, what do you do in your free time? 

EH: I'm reading!!! I'm a huge reader.

OBVB: Is there anything you must have or do when you start writing? 

EH: I cold beer or a glass of red wine. Depends on what scene I'm writing. Lol!

OBVB: Is there any advice you could give to new authors? 

EH: Have as many prereaders as you can find! And if you have a diverse pool that will offer different opinions and insights while be constructive and courteous is a win! Authors actually make great prereaders.

OBVB: Last but not least, are there any other projects you are working on?

EH: I have a short story series called From Infatuation to Obsession: And All The Phases In Between. Book one is available now. I'm working on edits for book two and three. Also the second volume to A Betty's Pledge.

OBVB: Thank you so much for visiting Offbeat Vagabond, Emma. Hope to have you here again.
 

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     A Betty's Pledge is a new book from author Emma Husher and a different experience for me. I really like the idea that Husher has come up with for this book. Women called Betties are inducted into a program to explore their sexuality with other privileged people. Our main character Madeline (or Mady) isn't so privileged, so she has been sponsored. She will now be living amongst the rich exploring things she could only dream of.
 
     I did like Mady, to an extent. She is a mix of shy and sexy vixen which I liked. It have her a bit of mystery. But when it came to her being in the house, I found her a bit confusing at times. One of the men that run the program, called Grants, has taken a strong liking to Mady. There is an instant connection to them when introductions are made. Mady wants to know if there is more to the program than just sex given there are actual couples. But she bounces back between wanting love or just sex. She is constantly fighting it and it drove me mad because she knew what she wanted. She had a choice between two suitors and her debating drove me nuts. One of the men gave her the creeps and made her feel uncomfortable. I don't know what it was, but she just wouldn't go with the obvious choice. All because you are in a sex charged mansion doesn't mean you have to sleep with whoever. If someone is making you feel uneasy, run because there is probably a reason for it. 

     I also liked Isaac, but I wanted to slap sense into him too. He was a lot like Mady. They both have two sides. One side, he is confidant and cocky. The other, he is a romantic who wants more than sex with the LA plastics. But again, he fought it so much as well. Both of them have a hard believing in love where they are, but they are surrounded by people who have met in the program and are still together. The whole point of them being here is to explore and they have the opportunity to explore each other and they don't take advantage of it quick enough. Mady explores a bit of something she has been curious about with her mentor, Diane (loved her). But that was really it. Diane was a favorite. There seems to be a little trouble in her paradise though. I hope we get more on that. But back to what I was saying, Mady does her exploring. But near the end, Isaac is caught doing something and her reaction was crazy for me. You know who you want, you know where to find him, go and get him. They try not to let emotions into it and that in turn makes things worse for them both. It just drove me crazy at times.

     Then there is the ending. When I got to it, I started screaming at my ereader begging for another chapter or two. It is not that it is a cliffhanger, but more that it just stops. The book doesn't have as much confrontation as I would have thought. All the issues that arise are just the characters trying to figure themselves out. But there are definitely some set ups here that I know we will see more of in the next book. There are characters that have trouble written all over them and I wish we got to see more of that here, but I know we will the next time around. 

    Overall, this was a good read. I just wanted a little more. More push-and-pull, more tension. We are really just learning about the world itself and it seems the characters are learning more about themselves and that is the point. I got sucked into this world quite quickly. I love how this book may seem sexual in nature, I like that it wasn't uncomfortable like it was some sort of brothel. You are eased into it and not freaked out. Well, by certain characters you may be. Take that Brad character for instance. I know hate is a strong word which is why I am saying I hate him. Mady described him perfectly in this book as calling him a wannabe white rapper from the 90s. I laughed so hard at that. Not to mention, the way he speaks about women in general will gross you out. There could be a chance at redemption, but I don't know. But I can't wait to see more. There are plenty of characters to follow and they all have some growing to do. I am pretty excited about volume 2. Husher has breathed a new life into the erotic world and I want to see where she will take it. Recommended if you are looking for something different and to get your blood boiling a bit.


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*This book belongs to the following challenges*
The Book Vixen's 2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge

 The Book Vixen's 2014 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge



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About Emma Husher
 
Emma Husher is a storyteller with a mind occupied by romantic fantasies, comedy, and steamy nights between the sheets. She spends her extra time putting pen to paper, creating characters and storylines that leave her readers begging for more. Her works delve into her world of late nights, hot bods, and erotic dreams.

Emma lives on the West Coast where she enjoys sunsets, walks on the beach, and writing in the warm sun.



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GIVEAWAY TIME!!!


 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Raising Chaos Blog Tour - Book Review + Giveaway: Raising Chaos (Earthbound Angels #2) by Elizabeth Corrigan

Author: Elizabeth Corrigan
Series: Earthbound Angels
Number in Series: 2
Format: ePub
Release Date: February 4, 2014
Pages: 249
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Genre: Urban Fantasy















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Synopsis from Goodreads

When good fails, chaos rises to the challenge.

The daily life of a chaos demon is delightfully sinful—overindulging in Sri Lankan delicacies, trespassing on private beaches in Hawaii, and getting soused at the best angel bar on the planet. But when Bedlam learns that the archdemon Azrael has escaped from the Abyss in order to wreak vengeance against the person who sent her there—Bedlam’s best friend, Khet—he can’t sit idly by.

Only one relic possesses the power to kill Khet, who suffers immortality at Lucifer’s request: the mythical Spear of Destiny, which pierced Christ’s side at His crucifixion. Neither angel nor demon has seen the Spear in two thousand years, but Azrael claims to know its location. Bedlam has no choice but to interpret woefully outdated clues and race her to its ancient resting place.

His quest is made nearly impossible by the interference of a persnickety archivist, Keziel—his angelic ex—and a dedicated cult intent on keeping the Spear out of the wrong hands. But to Bedlam, “wrong” is just an arbitrary word, and there’s no way he’s letting Khet die without a fight.

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     Raising Chaos is the sequel to Carrigan's Earthbound Angels series. This time we follow the Demon of Chaos, Bedlam. Bedlam is the best friend to Carrie (now called Khet) and would do anything for her. When Bedlam is out once again fighting off his boredom, he makes a terrible discovery. The demon Azrael that Lucifer cast into the Abyss because of Khet is out somehow. The one thing she has on her mind is revenge. She wants to kill Khet for what happened. Khet, however, is as immortal as the angels and demons. But Azrael has found a way around that. She knows where the Spear of Destiny is and that is the only weapon that can kill her or any of them. Bedlam is not going to let anything happen to Khet, but first, he has to find her.

    Let me start off by saying how much I enjoy these book covers. They're awesome. I really enjoyed Oracle in Philadelphia and this was a super fun sequel. The main reason this was such much fun was due to our main character, Bedlam. Bedlam was a favorite in the first book and he still is now. I just love his personality. He is just all over the place, bouncing off-the-walls crazy, but you can't help but love him. He can be a bit selfish at times, but I just can't hate him. Khet is still running the diner she owns and it is in a bit of a dump. She wants a change of scenery, so she ups and leaves her life behind. Khet runs into a bar for a job, but ends up in a bit of a situation that becomes bigger than she thought. I really like Khet. She is smart and able. I love how far she will go to save those around her. Just like in the first book. It makes you love her more.

    I really love Corrigan's imagination. Her take on the angel and demon world is so creative and fresh. I am so glad she made a sequel so we can revisit that world. Corrigan kept with the rich storytelling. We got the flashbacks which I love. These guys have been around for thousands of years, you know they have a few good stories to tell. I love that we got into the mind of both Bedlam and Khet. Again, Bedlam's monologue is just a riot. He is so much fun, but I love that we see him grow a bit in the book. He goes through his own trials throughout the book. I do love where it ended. I am extremely curious about one character in the book though. I hope it is explained in another book. A character goes through a change (through some violent means) and the book doesn't really explain how. I am dying to know how because it doesn't make sense when it happens to another character, but with a different result. When you read it, you will know what I am talking about.

    This is a great read. It is funny and well-written. The world Corrigan has made is so vast and complex. It makes this book quite the pageturner. Bedlam and Khet are such great characters. They are very easy to root for. I got pretty emotional about them given what takes place. I hope in the next book they will have a romance. Not with each other because they make it clear that they are the best of friends. I love the two of them together, but they both love someone else. I would love to see if it goes anywhere especially between Khet and the Angel of Joy, Gabriel. I am so excited for more, I really hope there is more. I am loving this series. Highly recommended for Urban Fantasy fans.


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*This book belongs to the following challenges*
The Book Vixen's 2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge Under The Covers Book Blog 2014 Immortal Reading Challenge



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About Elizabeth Corrigan

Elizabeth Corrigan has degrees in English and psychology and has spent several years working as a data analyst in various branches of the healthcare industry. When she’s not hard at work on her next novel, Elizabeth enjoys singing, reading teen vampire novels, and making Sims of her characters.

She drinks more Diet Coke than is probably optimal for the human body and is pathologically afraid of bees. She lives in Maryland with two cats and a purple Smart Car.


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GIVEAWAY TIME!!!

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Raising Chaos Blog Tour Schedule

March 28: Review & Guest Post on Tome Tender

March 28: Review on Sarah’s Bookshelves

March 28: Review & Interview on Pink Fluffy Hearts: Diary of a Coffee Addict

March 29: Guest Post on Shooting Stars Reviews

March 28, 29, & 30: Double Review, Guest Post, & Interview on The Gal in the Blue Mask

March 30: Review & Guest Post on The Caffeinated Diva

March 30: Review on Living in Our Own Story

March 31: Review on I’m a Voracious Reader

March 31: Guest Post on Big Al’s Books & Pals

March 31: Review & Guest Post on The Bookaholic Cat

 April 1: Double Review on Songs in Squee Minor

April 1: Interview on Manuscripts Burn

April 1: Interview & Guest Post on Toot’s Book Reviews

April 2: Review & Interview on Laurie’s Thoughts & Reviews

April 3: Double Review & Guest Post on Mystical Lit Lounge

April 3: Guest Post on Vicky Savage Author

April 3: Review on Quilted Reviews

April 4: Review & Interview on Indy Book Fairy

April 4: Review & Guest Post on Up All Night Novels

April 5: Review & Guest Post on Kentucky Geek Girl

April 6: Review & Interview on Book Geek Speaks

April 6: Guest Post on Melissa MacVicar – Author

April 7: Double Review on Me, Myself, & Books

April 7: Guest Post on The Daily Blog

April 7: Guest Post on Vampires, Werewolves, & Fairies, Oh My

April 8: Double Review on Devourer of Books

April 8: Guest Post on The Happy Booker

April 9: Double Review on Ashley’s Bookshelf

April 9: Review & Interview on Maddy Edwards

April 10: Guest Post on Yelena Casale’s Blog/

April 11: Review on Big Al’s Books & Pals

April 12: Double Review & Guest Post on Lissette E. Manning

April 13: Review on Obsessive Compulsive Reader

April 13: Interview on The IndieView

April 14: Guest Post on Kindred Dreamheart

April 14: Review on Follow the Yellow Book Road

April 15: Guest Post on Kimberly G. Giarratano

April 15: Review, Interview, & Guest Post on Marie’s Reads

April 16: Double Review & Interview on Kelly Smith Reviews

April 17: Review on For Your Literary Pleasure

April 17: Interview on ZigZag Timeline

April 18: Review on Up All Night Novels

April 18: Interview on KBoards

April 18: Review on Offbeat Vagabond

April 18: Fourth Wall Friday on Cabin Goddess


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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Storm Bound Book Blast - Series Spotlight + Giveaway: Storm Bound (Grim #2) by Dani Harper



Author: Dani Harper
Series: Grim
Number in Series: 1
Release Date: August 6, 2013
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Montlake Romance


Synopsis from Dani Harper
Enslaved for millennia by the masters of the Welsh faery realm, the fierce Celtic warrior Rhys is doomed to wander the earth forever. But when a brave beauty unwittingly breaks the enchantment, he is drawn into a strange new world…and an all-consuming desire.

Sensible Morgan doesn’t believe in magic—until a mysterious being saves her from a fate worse than death, and life as she knows it changes forever. Now the man of her dreams has become flesh and blood, igniting a spark in Morgan’s soul which science cannot explain. But even a love that transcends time may not be strong enough to withstand the power of an ancient curse.

From the best-selling author of Changeling Moon, this stirring novel of passion and magic launches an addictive new series for fans of paranormal romance.

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Author: Dani Harper
Series: Grim
Number in Series: 2
Release Date: March 26, 2014
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Montlake Romance

Synopsis from Dani Harper
From the bestselling author of Changeling Moon, this thrilling and sensual novel adds a new chapter to Dani Harper’s Celtic folklore–themed Grim Series. 
Kidnapped on his wedding day in the twelfth century and forced into a thousand years of servitude by a cold-hearted faery princess, rugged blacksmith Aidan dreams of nothing but revenge on his captor. Then the spell of a beautiful witch awakens him to the present day—and a passionate desire. But to build a future, he must first confront his past…

Modern witch and magic-shop owner Brooke doesn’t think her life is missing anything, until a wayward enchantment lands a brooding medieval blacksmith in her spell room—and in her arms. Yet even after their passion proves to be truly magical, Aidan’s first commitment is to vengeance. Now Brooke must team up with friends and ancient warriors alike—and push her own powers to their limits—to save her love from the wrath of an evil fae.

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About Dani Harper

Dani Harper is a former newspaper editor whose passion for all things supernatural led her to a second career writing paranormal fiction. A longtime resident of the Canadian north and southeastern Alaska, Dani recently ventured south with her husband to rural Washington to be closer to their grown children. She is the author of Changeling Moon, Changeling Dream, and Changeling Dawn, as well as First Bite, a Dark Wolf Story, and Storm Warrior, the first book in the Grim Series

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