Let’s Talk About: New Dawn

The author of the Hart and Soul series, Liberty Gilmore, has been giving me ARCs in exchange for reviews, and I feel really really lucky at the moment, because the third book, New Dawn, was absolutely gripping. You might even notice a cover blurb from moi.

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Trigger warnings for rape (mentioned after the fact–not shown) and abuse. Feel free to shoot me a message in the comments or through Twitter if you want more details to help decide whether this book is right for you.

So I’ve been invested in the Hart and Soul series from the very beginning, but I really have to rave about this third installment. The mystery had me flipping pages just as fast as possible, and I loved seeing the Cadence, main character’s, backstory expanded upon. I’d loved that hint of her past in the second book, Soul Rights, and seeing it again here made my reader’s heart so very very happy! Cadence comes off as even more genuine and likable, while still being a tad prickly and standoffish–and I wouldn’t ask her to be any other way. Above all, I really am enjoying the building friendship between Cadence and Matthew. While I can’t call this series a romance quite yet, the potential is there, and even if it never quite happens, I’m still on board.

This book is a bit darker than what I usually gravitate toward, but I was invested in the mystery–the heartwrenching struggles with faith and murder and rape had me glued to the page. Although the mystery was solved, I was still left with feelings that something bigger is yet to come, so I will be eagerly awaiting the fourth book!

New Dawn is available on Amazon, although I suggest starting with Book 1, New Dusk.

(Note: I posted an earlier version of this review on Goodreads.)

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First Love: Howl’s Moving Castle

I’d loved romantic stories for years, but Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones was one that made an impression on me as a teen. This particular story made me want to create a romance novel of my own — which is funny, because it’s not a traditional “romance novel.” Technically, it’s a children’s novel.

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Besides the literal magic in the story, as main character Sophie is transformed into an old woman by the powers of an evil witch, there was something magical about the interaction between the two main characters. Sophie and Howl had a connection that was based on caring about each other as people. Don’t get me wrong, it’s fun to read about characters lusting over each other in other romantic fiction, but this story stayed with me because of how genuine their love was. I just loved every time Sophie and Howl had a scene together.

Although I don’t write anything fantasy-related, Howl’s Moving Castle is one of many inspirations of mine, and one I’ll still return back to again and again.

Till Next Time,
Sibyl

(P.S. The movie is also fantastic, too!)

Cover Reveal: Savanna Dance

Can’t wait for you to see this cover! It may be my favorite yet.

But first, the blurb:

Follow her family’s path or give in to sizzling chemistry with a stranger under the moonlight?

Brandon Tyler has always had an interest in animals. Before he starts veterinary school in New York, he wants some experience with African mammals. While Hotel Safari offers him the chance to expand his horizons, he wasn’t planning on losing his heart, and certainly not to a giraffe shifter.

Inira Makeri’s life path has already been decided by her family. When she meets the blond American hunk, will she flout her parents’ demands and carve her own path?

Or will Brandon make the decision for her and run away when he learns what she really is?

Savanna Dance is Book 3 of Hotel Safari and will release on August 1st, the birthday of my cousin who gave me the idea to make my female main character a giraffe shifter. Love you, K!

And now the cover:

Bisous,
Tori

Yet So Far — Available Now!

The second book in the Bright Park Romance series, Yet So Far, is now available on Amazon!

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Alexa Cartwright isn’t looking to jump into a new relationship after breaking up with her ex-boyfriend, Jonathan, but she’ll be the first to admit she’s lonely. Practically everyone she’s close to is moving far away from Bright Park, the town she grew up in, and being newly single only makes it tougher.

So, when one of her friends offers to set her up with a guy friend to chat with, Alexa is on board right away, as long as they keep it platonic. Nathanael “Nat” Van Buren lives across the country, but the way he and Alexa connect, it feels like he’s right there with her. He’s quickly becoming her best friend… and maybe more?

Alexa can’t ignore how her heart beats wildly when she thinks about Nat, but she’s also determined to stick to her original plan: staying single until she’s absolutely sure that a man would be right for her. When the opportunity arises for Alexa to meet Nat in person, though, she’s curious to find out if her feelings change—just in time for a much improved Jonathan to show up at her door, offering her what she’s wanted from the start.

Feel free to add Yet So Far on Goodreads if you’re interested in checking it out!

Till Next Time,
Sibyl

Cover Reveal: Fierce Player!

Yay, Maverick’s story! This one has more of a New Adult feel than the other books in the series, because the hero and heroine are both college-aged. It was a blast to write!

Kate Ahrens has a problem—she keeps imagining creepy men following her while she walks to and from her college campus. It’s the result of too much time spent developing games, and not enough time talking to actual people. But when she meets the hot librarian with amazing eyes, she starts to think maybe she just hadn’t found the right person to talk to.

As the fourth brother in the shapeshifting Sierra Pride, Maverick Fournier isn’t intimidated by much. Kate, though, with her hot pink hair and sexy piercings, makes him completely lose his cool. He wants to protect her, smell her, and mate her—maybe not in that order. Unfortunately, there are some other men interested in Kate, and their interest isn’t at all romantic. Even though protecting her means revealing his animal side, Maverick is determined to keep her safe and win her love.

And here’s Maverick! (And, um, the rest of his cover. But I keep getting distracted by Maverick’s abs….)

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Fierce Player is available for pre-order on Amazon, and you can add it on Goodreads! In the meantime, feel free to browse around and check out the books of my Pocket Pals (Sibyl, I love that phrase!): Tori’s recently-released Night Spots, and Sibyl’s cover reveal for Yet So Far!

First Love: The Silver Land

I was in sixth grade when my friend Amber passed me this book. “It’s really good,” she said, and I was puzzled because if the term had existed then, we’d have called Amber a “reluctant reader.”

I read the book.

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And oh-my-giddy-goodness, I could not believe it. The sex scenes were mind-blowing to an impressionable young twelve-year-old. In fact, I still remembered them over a decade later, but I was fuzzy on the other details of the story . Sadly, I’d returned Amber’s book, so I hunted down a used copy to read again.

It’s the story of a Celtic girl whose village is ransacked and destroyed by Romans. She’s taken and raped and beaten. Later, she becomes a slave (and raped some more, if I’m remembering correctly), and then a Druid priestess, where she is likely raped again.

I don’t know if they used the word “consent” in 1989. The Silver Land definitely falls into the category of “old-skool” romances discussed in Sarah Wendell and Candy Tan’s book, Beyond Heaving Bosoms.

The book has some definite faults, but I’ll always have a soft spot for it (and a place on my shelf) because it was my first romance novel.

Let’s talk about: Wild Invitation

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Wild Invitation by Nalini Singh was my first introduction to the wonderful Ms. Singh’s work. It’s a collection of four stories, two that hadn’t previously been published, all set in her Psy-Changeling world. All are about Changelings, or shifters as the rest of us call them, and the Psy are only briefly mentioned.

I haven’t yet read any of the novels about Psy. I look forward to learning more about how they manage relationships. Or if they do.

So, have you read any of the stories contained in this book? Or, what’s your favorite Nalini Singh book? Let’s chat!

Bisous,
Tori

 

Cover Reveal: Yet So Far

As a reader and a writer, I always look forward to cover reveals! If you guys feel the same way, then hopefully, this will be fun for you, too!

Before I reveal the cover for YET SO FAR (Bright Park Romance #2), here’s what the book’s all about:

Alexa Cartwright isn’t looking to jump into a new relationship after breaking up with her ex-boyfriend, Jonathan, but she’ll be the first to admit she’s lonely. Practically everyone she’s close to is moving far away from Bright Park, the town she grew up in, and being newly single only makes it tougher.

So, when one of her friends offers to set her up with a guy friend to chat with, Alexa is on board right away, as long as they keep it platonic. Nathanael “Nat” Van Buren lives across the country, but the way he and Alexa connect, it feels like he’s right there with her. He’s quickly becoming her best friend… and maybe more?

Alexa can’t ignore how her heart beats wildly when she thinks about Nat, but she’s also determined to stick to her original plan: staying single until she’s absolutely sure that a man would be right for her. When the opportunity arises for Alexa to meet Nat in person, though, she’s curious to find out if her feelings change—just in time for a much improved Jonathan to show up at her door, offering her what she’s wanted from the start.

And here is the cover, designed by the talented Addendum Designs:

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Yet So Far will be available on Amazon.com on July 21st! For now, you can add it to your To-Read list on Goodreads.

Speaking of covers, both of my fellow Pocket pals released books this week, and both have fabulous covers that I’ve caught myself staring at instead of writing. (Oops…) Check out Night Spots and Fierce Protector, and you’ll see what I mean!

Till Next Time,
Sibyl

Fierce Protector – Available Now

For those of you itching to read Gabriel’s story, itch no more! (Sounds like some kind of 1940s personal body powder, Itch-No-More…but I digress.) Gabriel’s book is available now through Amazon!

Fierce_Protector_cvr_revMiranda Hsin is a grad student with a goal: grab her mountain lion samples and get the hell out of the woods. She doesn’t mind nature and she’s great at tracking her quarry, but there’ve been some strange footprints—barefoot human footprints—in a stretch of forest that should be free of people. She’s used to having all the answers, but suddenly she’s without a clue.

In danger of being banished from his pride, Gabriel Fournier came to the forest to forget his brother’s mate. Now he’s finally got his eye on a woman who can make him forget all about Hera, and Gabriel has a chance at happiness…if only the two of them can put enough faith in their love to shake off Miranda’s advisor, a woman intent on using Gabriel as a science project.

I am beyond excited about this book and look forward to hearing what you think!

Night Spots Launch!

Book 2 of Hotel Safari, Night Spots, is now live! What a ride this has been. Publishing a book a month isn’t for the faint of heart.

Anyway, here’s the summary and how you can buy Night Spots:

She knew she’d fall in love with Nairobi, but she didn’t expect to fall in love in Nairobi.

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Tara Murray is an Aussie on a mission to see the world. Her gap year has been enlightening, but gets much more exciting when she meets a Kenyan-American heartthrob with a killer smile. But she’s not in Nairobi to meet guys, not even to help her get over the unrequited love she left behind.

Nelson Kimani isn’t looking for a serious relationship. He’ll only be in Nairobi for a couple of months, following a semester working at a safari lodge, and then he’ll head home to the U.S. to finish his graduate degree. But Tara knocks this leopard shifter off his haunches. He wants to get to know the bold, curvy Aussie better, physically at first, and see where things go. But she won’t let him in.

What will happen when Tara discovers Nelson’s biggest secret, the wild animal inside?

This stand-alone short, recommended for ages 18 and up, is a multicultural, interracial romance with a little bit of spice and a happily-ever-after.

For now, Night Spots is only available on Amazon, but it will be available on Smashwords, iBooks, Kobo, and B&N in October. A print version will also be coming out this fall.

So, stay tuned and thanks so much for your support. Hope you love Night Spots!

Bisous,
Tori