Thursday, May 30, 2013

My Fave Authors: On Kindle for $5 or Less!

There is nothing like that first hit. The first time you read a book, fall in love with the author and think, I am HOOKED.

And much like that first hit, as Pooky above can attest to, it usually even free or at least cheap. After you get hooked, you gotta pay. Amazon has a vast selection of free books, and most Kindle titles in the Romance/Erotica genre are 3.99 and under. However, once some of those authors find success and a loyal rabid following, indie pricing gives way to corporate pricing - Nalini Singh's latest in the Psy-Changeling series is currently set at 12.99 and Sylvia Day's Entwined with You, the 3rd in the Crossfire series is set at 9.99. Am I purchasing them? Hell yes!

Does it hurt my feelings?Hell yes! That's why it's a drug, baby.

So, here are some of my favorite authors, and links to their Amazon pages. Quite often you can find some titles for no more than 5 bucks. Less than Starbucks!

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Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA and nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn't taken her first breath!). Her mother said they took Kristen away, put her Mom back in her room, her mother looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). Kristen's Mom remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning.
Nothing's changed.
Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus, she's blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. They all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. She grew up with Glenn… Read more

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Dana Marie Bell wrote her first short story when she was thirteen years old. She attended the High School for Creative and Performing Arts for creative writing, where freedom of expression was the order of the day. When her parents moved out of the city and placed her in a Catholic high school for her senior year she tried desperately to get away, but the nuns held fast, and she graduated with honors despite herself. She's now a best selling author with Samhain Publishing and Carina Press.
Dana has lived primarily in the Northeast with a brief stint on the US Virgin Island of St. Croix. She lives with her soul-mate and husband Dusty, their two maniacal children, an evil ice-cream stealing cat and a bull terrier that thinks it's a Pekinese. She's been heard to describe herself as "vertically challenged" and "a lapsed brunette." Dana also suffers from arthritis and can be seen walking with… Read more

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The story goes like this - While on pregnancy bed rest, Lauren Dane had plenty of down time so her husband took her comments about "giving that writing thing a serious go" to heart and brought home a secondhand laptop. She wrote her first book on it before it gave up the ghost. Even better, she sold that book and never looked back.
Today Lauren is a New York Times bestselling author of over fifty novels and novellas across several genres.
Visit Lauren on the web at
You can write to her at: PO BOX 45175, Seattle, WA 98145

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Sylvia Day is the #1 New York Times and #1 international bestselling author of more than a dozen award-winning novels sold in thirty-nine countries. A reader favorite across several genres, there are millions of copies of her books in print worldwide. She has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Author and her work has been honored as Amazon's Best of the Year in Romance. She has won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Award and been nominated for Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA award twice.
Sylvia also writes under the pseudonyms:
S. J. Day -
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Tina Folsom is a New York Times, USA Today, and International Bestselling Author.
Tina Folsom was born in Germany and has been living in English speaking countries for over 20 years, the last 11 of them in San Francisco, where she's married to an American.
Tina has always been a bit of a globe trotter: after living in Lausanne, Switzerland, she briefly worked on a cruise ship in the Mediterranean, then lived a year in Munich, before moving to London. There, she became an accountant. But after 8 years she decided to move overseas.
In New York she studied drama at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, then moved to Los Angeles a year later to pursue studies in screenwriting. This is also where she met her husband, who she followed to San Francisco three months after first meeting him.
In San Francisco, Tina worked as a tax accountant and even opened her own firm, then went into real estate,…Read more

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Jeaniene Frost is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the Night Huntress series and the Night Huntress World novels. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to nineteen different countries. Jeaniene lives in North Carolina with her husband Matthew, who long ago accepted that she rarely cooks and always sleeps in on the weekends. Aside from writing, Jeaniene enjoys reading, poetry, watching movies with her husband, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking and traveling - by car. Airplanes, children, and cook books frighten her.
For more information on Jeaniene's books, including reading the first 20% of her novels, deleted scenes, creature mythology, and more, go to:

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With over 55 sales since her first publication in 1987, Portage, Michigan author Nancy Gideon's writing encompasses romance genres from historicals and regencies to contemporary suspense and the paranormal.
Under her own name, she's a bestseller for Silhouette Romantic Suspense, has written an award-winning vampire romance series, and has an eight book shape-shifter series with Pocket Books. Also listed on the Internet Movie Database (IMDB), she collaborated on Indie horror films In the Woods and Savage with screenwriting and ADR script credits, and even played a small role.
Writing historical romance as Dana Ransom, she's a "Career Achievement for Historical Adventure" and "K.I.S.S." award winner with books published in Romanian, Italian, Russian, Danish, Dutch, Portuguese, French, German, Icelandic and Chinese.
As Rosalyn West, she's a HOLT Medallion winner with nominations for "Best… Read more

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I was born and then I lived a while and I did some stuff. Then I did some things and whatnot. Now, I mostly write books. You can find out more about me at my website,, my blog:, follow me on Twitter at or friend me on Facebook at

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R.K. Lilley lives in Colorado with her husband and their two beautiful sons. She's had a lot of interesting jobs, from being a first class flight attendant, to being a stablehand, but swears she never knew what hard work was until she had children. She's been addicted to both reading and writing fiction since she can remember. She loves to travel, read, hike, paint, game, watch anime, and make the most of every single day. She is the author of the erotic romance novels In Flight, Mile High, Grounded, and the novella, Lana. She is currently working on the first book in her new series, Bad Things, which will be released on June 11th.
You can contact R.K. at
Visit her Facebook page to keep up-to-date on what she's working on.
And check out her website
R.K. also writes urban fantasy under the pseudonym Rebecca… Read more

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After 35 years of doing everything for a living except writing books, I finally published my first romance novel in March of 2011. Sixteen novels later, I am living my own "happily ever after" life as an author. I love writing romance. It is the best job I have ever had. I love to hear from readers and try to always answer back.
Thank you for reading my books. Hope you enjoy them.

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A New York Times bestselling author who has been reading romance novels since she picked up that first Barbara Cartland book at the tender age of thirteen. And it's a safe bet she'll never stop, because now she writes them too. Granted, Raine's stories are edgy enough to turn Ms. Cartland in her grave, but to her way of thinking a hot, sexy hero never goes out of fashion. Ever! Writing books pretty much fills her days now and she's always busy. Raine has a prince of a husband, and two brilliant sons to pull her back into the real world if the writing takes her too far away. She loves to hear from readers and to chat about the characters in her books. You can connect with her on Facebook or visit her blog at to find out what she's working on now.
More about Raine Miller
Q. What inspires your writing?
A. So many things. Art, a photograph, a portrait, poetry, movies,… Read more

Kit Rocha

Kit Rocha is actually two people--Bree & Donna, best friends who are living the dream. They get paid to work in their pajamas, talk on the phone, and write down all the stories they used to make up in their heads.
Beyond Shame is their first dystopian erotic romance. They also write paranormal romance as Moira Rogers. You can find them on the web at the &

Madeline Sheehan

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Madeline Sheehan, a Social Distortion enthusiast and devoted fan of body art, has been writing books since she was seven years old. She is the author of The Holy Trinity ebook trilogy and Best Selling Novel, Undeniable. Homegrown in Buffalo, New York, Madeline resides there with her husband and son.
Check out her website:
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Nalini Singh has some loyal fans that love her Psy-Changeling or Guild Hunter series, which all run around  7.99. However, you can catch her early work with Harlequin on the cheap!

Nalini Singh

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Nalini Singh loves to write, loves to read, and thinks chocolate is a food group.
She enjoys hearing from readers, so drop her an email at nalinisinghwritesATgmailDOTcom if you ever have any questions!

The female Nino Brown herself, she has a lot of titles available under $5 that were previously released under a different pen name. If you are into the hard stuff, most BDB titles are available for $7.99.

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J.R. Ward is the number one New York Times bestselling author of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series of vampire books. She is a winner of the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA award for Best Paranormal Romance and is a multiple RITA nominee. A graduate of Smith College, she was a double major in History and Art History with a medieval concentration in both and she still longs at times for a return to those days sitting in dark lecture halls, looking at slides of old triptychs and reliquaries. Prior to becoming a full time writer, she was a corporate attorney, serving for many years as the Chief of Staff of one of Harvard Medical Schools premier teaching sites. Her idea of absolute heaven is a day filled with nothing but her computer, her dog and her coffee pot and the Brothers, of course.

Jasinda Wilder

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jasinda Wilder is a Michigan native with a penchant for titillating tales about sexy men and strong women. When she's not writing, she's probably shopping, baking, or reading.
You can often find Jasinda drinking sweet red wine with frozen berries and eating a cupcake.

Samantha Young

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Samantha Young is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author from Stirlingshire, Scotland. She's been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Author and Best Romance for her international bestselling novel ON DUBLIN STREET.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Sunday, May 26, 2013

The Stark Trilogy: Meet Your New Boyfriend Damien Stark

I know. There are so many billionaire books out there flooding the market,
not living up to a lot of expectations, but I recently read a book I've had in my tbr for a while that a) I devoured in a day and b) exceeded my expectations.

Release Me (Stark Trilogy #1)


Release Me (Stark Trilogy, #1)

Here is my Goodreads review:

rating5 of 5 stars
statusRead from May 24 to 26, 2013
formatPaperback (edit)
I was concerned when I read the blurb advising that fans of 50 Shades and Bared to You would enjoy this book. Having read both series (and a few others) I was almost tired of the billionaire trope. And then, Damien Stark made me a believer. (Thank you J. Kenner!)
No matter the genre, I always enjoy a well written book, and this one does not disappoint. Damien and Nikki have a ridiculous chemistry, and despite his commanding presence, Nikki gives to Damien as much as she gets. She doesn't let him get away with any BS, inside the bedroom or out, and I love Nikki for it. They both have issues, they both know it. This is the first of a trilogy-the second is out and the third will be released in July. I'm there! What an unexpected treat, and a new obsession.(less)

So, apparently the internets can only call up a small cadre of "sexy billionaires" to fulfill their book fantasies. I Googled Damien Stark and pictures of David Gandy (who is actually Ethan Blackstone, duh), Ian Somerhalder, and Matt Bomer popped up. I suppose we can all agree that those fellas are all hot!

4.15 of 5 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Reality Television Worth Watching: Masterchef and So You Think You Can Dance

I'll admit it. I have a soft spot for Gordon Ramsey.

Hell's Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, Hotel Hell- I'm there. Underneath all of that rugged Shar Pei exterior is a soft- hearted and passionate man!
Last year I fell in love with Masterchef, and it started again tonight! Rekindled as well is my unhealthy addiction to Joe Bastianich's glares.
(What can I say, I have a type!)
Also starting again is So You Think You Can Dance. 
Mary Murphy, Nigel Lythgoe, Cat, the choreographers and special judges, and most importantly, the talented beyond reason dancers.

The reason I love these two shows when I don't really watch reality television is because the contestants are truly talented and inspiring individuals. Even if I don't want them to win, I am still rooting for them as artists...And Mary will be putting them on the Hot Tamale Train. (What was up with her hair during the Austin auditions???????)