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Review for Catch a Shooting Star!

Yay! My first review for Catch a Shooting Star, from Romancing the Book!

“Olivia Ventura did a beautiful job and can’t wait for more of her talent.”

Meli has given me a Lovely Rose – I’ve included their rating system so you can see how awesome that is! You can read the full review here.

 

Louisa got a 4 Heart Review!


Sizzling Hot Book Reviews has given Inter-Office Relations a 4 Heart review! Check it out here

And remember, you can buy Inter-Office Relations here – Louisa would love to hear your opinion!

Read and Rave – Backstage Pass by Olivia Cunning

Wowie! I looooved this book, to the point that I’ve read it seven or eight times in the past two months.

Sadly, it was one of those books that people kept recommending, and I was strangely hesitant to read. I finally gave in – and boy, was it worth it! It’s the first in her Sinners on Tour series, following the members of HOT rock band Sinners.

A quick blurb – from Olivia’s site:

Human Sexuality Professor, Myrna Evans, wants nothing but a weekend of hot, no-strings-attached sex with Sinners’ sensual lead guitarist, but Brian Sinclair is looking for something more permanent than a one-night stand.  Unable to compose music for months, when Brian makes love to uninhibited Myrna, he hears exquisite guitar riffs and finger-burning solos.  In Myrna, he’s found his muse.

Majorly sexy Brian is a “romantic retard”, and I’ve always been attracted to sensitive men – with an edge. Myrna’s been burned before. One of my favorite line(s) in the book is Brian’s repeated variation on “wanna go to Vegas and get married?”

And let’s not forget the insane amount of hot, steamy sex! I definitely recommend this one – it’s a one-night read.

On another note, Inter-Office Relations by Louisa Masters is released on Friday! Check out the excerpt and blurb at Louisa’s site, www.louisamasters.com

The Romance of Time Travels

Everyone say hi to Claire Delacroix, my guest today! I’m a huge fan of Claire’s time travel romances, so it’s a thrill to have her here!

The Romance of Time Travels
by Claire Delacroix (http://www.delacroix.net)

I love time travel romances. There’s something inherently romantic about the idea of a love that transcends space and time, of two people finding love in the most unlikely of places. As a writer, I like time travels because they offer a natural combination of both comedy and tragedy. There has to be humor in finding oneself in a different – maybe even incomprehensible – place and time, and there will be mistaken assumptions galore. But there’s also a potential for tragedy, either in the character yearning for someone or something left behind, or needing to choose between their new love and their former life. I love stories that offer the opportunity for both laughs and tears.

I’ve written four time travel romances, and (of course) I had to play with the variables. Is there a character who comes forward in time? One who goes back? Where do the characters end up – now or then? And what kind of choices can the characters be confronted with, as a result of their newfound love and time travel?

ONCE UPON A KISS was my first time travel romance. It’s a Sleeping Beauty story, of a woman who falls into an enchanted sleep. She can only be awakened by her one true love, who turns out to be the modern owner of the castle where she was snared in this spell. Of course, it’s not so easy as a single kiss leading to happily ever after. It takes some persuading to convince Aurelia that Baird is neither her father’s arch enemy or a sorceror who is deceiving her, while Baird has some issues in finding a woman so attractive, especially as she believes she’s an 8th century Pictish princess. I enjoyed playing with stories in this book – Aurelia has become the subject of a local song, her beauty and her curse immortalized in verse. As you might imagine, she finds this song shocking – while Baird wonders whether she’s latched on to its romance to help herself deal with a traumatic loss. This book is available again digitally – you can read more about it here: http://www.delacroix.net/ouakX.html

THE LAST HIGHLANDER was my second time travel romance. In this story, the hero, Alasdair, comes forward in time and problems are created in history because he’s not where he’s supposed to be. In the meantime, he restores the heroine’s faith in love and men – to the extent that Morgan is determined to get him back where he belongs, regardless of the cost to herself. This story is not yet available in digital release, but it’s coming soon!

My third time travel romance is THE MOONSTONE. This book resulted from a classic writer’s question – what if? What if BOTH characters travelled through time? In this story, Vivianne, escapes execution by fleeing through time, leaving Niall, the knight in charge of delivering her to the gallows, with no prisoner to deliver. While he’s enchanted by her, Niall is also a man who does his duty. The pendant that she used to make the journey is left behind, so Niall uses it to pursue her. I enjoyed having both of them work together to figure out their way in the strange world of the future. (Niall has a fascination with indoor plumbing, which makes me chuckle every time I read that scene.) That they fell in love and agree to go back together in an attempt to make things right in the past only made me cheer for that pair all the more. You can read about THE MOONSTONE at http://www.delacroix.net/tmsX.html

Finally, I wrote a magick romance. LOVE POTION #9 isn’t technically a time travel – the heroine Lilith finds the secret of immortality in order to wait for her destined lover to return to her. (He promised on the gallows to do so.) By our time, she’s run out of patience and conjures a little magick to try to hurry him up. Instead of her destined lover turning up on cue, she gets a new neighbor – Lilith makes quite an impression on Mitch when she drags him into her foyer, relieved to finally see her lover true, and has her way with him. Again, destiny doesn’t come together quite that simply. I love this book for a couple of reasons, mostly because the chapters are named after individual tarot cards – Lilith reads fortunes for a living – and the events in those chapters are governed by those cards. I worked through the higher arcana in order, which was both challenging and fun. The other reason I love this book is the interplay between the characters. It’s a romance, but there are strong secondary characters who each play their part in the resolution of the story. Now I can see that LOVE POTION #9 was a stepping stone to the contemporary romances that I wrote subsequently. You can can read more about LOVE POTION #9 at http://www.delacroix.net/lpX.html, and you can read more about those contemporary romances – the Coxwell series – right here: http://www.delacroix.net/contemps.html

What about you? Do you like time travel romances? If so, why? If not, why not?

What to read, what to read…

Last week, when I should have been writing (naughty me!) I was instead embarking on a re-reading marathon.

I started with Julie Garwood’s Buchanan family books…Heartbreaker, Mercy and the rest. She has another release due soon–Julie, I was devastated in January when I realised that I’d have to wait a few more months!

Then I moved on to Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling series. Mainly because Hawke and Sienna’s book is due in just a few short weeks (yippeee!)

After that I re-read Eloisa James’ When Beauty Tamed Beast, because Beauty and the Beast is my absolute favourite fairy tale, and Eloisa always tells a great story.

This past weekend I’ve been working my way through Lisa Kleypas’ Hathaway family–Poppy and Harry’s story is my favourite, but Win and Merripen are a close second.

So my question is…what do I read next? There are a few books on my buy list that have to wait until payday, but I need something to keep me busy until then.

Maybe I should get back to writing…

5 Book Review!

Long and Short Romance Reviews have rated Miss Fix-It 5 books! I’ve pasted in the whole review…take special note of the part where I’m compared to Janet Evanovich!

And don’t forget to head over to http://www.longandshortreviews.com/LASR/index.htm and vote for Miss Fix-It to become Book of the Week!

The author caught my attention immediately because her main character is blonde, gets her fingernails done, wears customized coveralls and carries a pink hammer. And, even though it’s untraditional role for a female, she likes being a handy “person”!

This is a fast paced story filled with outrageous characters. Her lead characters are strong and opinionated people and they take turns throwing zingers at each other. His mother is rude and unkind. Her family is huge. And someone is stalking Veronica…

I found it easy to relate to this story because the main characters relationship reminded me of my own with my husband. We like to tease each other that way, too. And I had a mother-in-law that never liked me either, so it was refreshing to see someone worse. Ms. Ventura’s writing made me care about these characters and feel like I was involved in their lives.

The author doesn’t hesitate to make her character’s confrontations realistic. Their emotions are honest and the plot is interesting. Ms. Ventura shows a good insight into female mystique and bitchiness. Her fresh, rollicking style of writing reminds me of Janet Evanovich’s. Veronica doesn’t have a gun, but her boyfriend does.

The story is so entertaining and exciting you don’t want to set it down. With suspects everywhere, Cole’s mother telling Veronica she can’t marry Cole, he’s already got a fiancé, and more, you find yourself caught up in the story and anxious to see how things are resolved.

The romance adds an extra dimension to the mystery of who might be stalking Veronica and why. To me, it made the book even more enjoyable with the mix of emotional issues and the danger of the stalker.

I’d like to see more books from this author. I like her smooth style of writing and enjoy reading stories that are fun as well as entertaining.

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