New: Work of Art- The Collection by Ruth Clampett

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A stroke of beauty

a palette of pain

a rendering of passion

…creating a work of art

 

In a life driven by passion, famed artist Maxfield Caswell lives in a world of brilliant color and drama, pushing his art and affairs to his emotional edge. He’s stunning, charismatic and celebrated in the art world, but are the trappings of fame also destroying him?

 

Ava Jacobs is diligently working toward an art career of her own when she’s swept off her feet by the self-destructive artist — creating a world of sensuality and all-consuming love. But will the pain of the past and turmoil of the present make their future uncertain? From desire and mystery to a muse that almost slips away, The Work of Art Collection will be the inspiration that has you breathless for the unveiling of their final masterpiece.

 

This beautifully written love story is finally being released as a collection (complete box set) for the first time and includes new material and extras.

 

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“Max, I realize now I have to live my life with passion and go after exactly what I want.”

“What do you want, Ava?” His eyes search my expression for what’s still unspoken.

I look at him and smile before I hurl myself off the cliff. The anticipation

of the freefall is delicious, because I’m sure of where I’m going to land. I pause to study him for our final moment as two separate people.

Standing before me is my sparking live wire…his mind a verdant forest to endlessly wander. His uncontainable spirit swirls around me, lifting me off the ground. My cheeks are windburned and my heart wildly racing from the sheer force of it.

My gaze travels along his jaw, across his shoulders and down his thighs. I’m desperately hungry, because his body and his beautiful face

are the physical manifestation of everything I’ve ever desired.

My friend, my greatest love…my Max.

He looks at me expectantly.

“You,” I whisper. “I want you.”

           “Oh, Ava.” His voice is heavy with emotion as he steps forward

and pulls me into his powerful arms. All of the longing we’ve suffered

through now defines the surge of passion between us. His hands press

into me as if in prayer.

My next breath catches with a sob, and tears of joy and relief paint

my face. But he gently brushes them away and kisses the salty remains.

           A shade of disbelief and confusion lingers. “You want me?” he whispers,

as if he’s hoping so much to believe me. His lips graze my cheek,

pausing so close to mine. I imagine he wants to breathe in my response,

draw it inside and let it course through him like the blood that keeps

his heart beating.

I grab his arms and shake him, my voice heated and urgent. I’m

desperate to have him understand. “You have to know…I may have

fought it, but you’re all I’ve ever wanted. I don’t want to deny it for

another day, another moment.”

This time he sways, rocks forward, and lifts me into his embrace.

Our kiss is desperate as our hearts join together. I’m drunk with

his taste, my tongue sliding across his, my teeth grazing his bottom lip

before I sink further into him. His passion intoxicates me until I float

out of my body to watch the scene before me.

We’re in a Maxfield Parrish amber-dipped landscape redefining the

cinematic kiss. I imagine we’re near the edge of a cliff with the world

laid out before us. The sun’s about to sink behind the horizon while we

hold onto each other, bracing against the wind of all our past experiences

as they whip past us. It’s a masterpiece. This moment should be

in an elaborately gilded frame hanging in the Louvre.

 

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Ruth Clampett, daughter of legendary animation director, Bob Clampett, has spent a lifetime surrounded by art and animation. A graduate of Art Center College of Design, her careers have included graphic design, photography, VP of Design for WB Stores and teaching photography at UCLA. She now runs her own studio as the fine art publisher for Warner Bros. where she’s had the opportunity to know and work with many of the greatest artists in the world of animation and comics.

The Work of Art Trilogy is Ruth’s third publishing endeavor, following Animate Me and Mr. 365. She lives in Los Angeles and is heavily supervised by her teenage daughter, lovingly referred to as Snarky, who loves art and visiting museums as much as her mom.

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Review: Finding Focus by Jiffy Kate

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Summary:

Sheridan “Dani” Reed is a recently unemployed photojournalist living in New York City. Her boyfriend is vacationing without her, and her best friend has abandoned her for a job in the south.

Is a quarter-life crisis a thing?

After accepting a freelance job in Louisiana for Southern Style magazine, she feels the bleakness of her life back in New York fading in the rearview mirror. Getting back to her southern roots seems to be just what she needs to lift her spirits and spark her creativity. During her stay, she meets playboy Micah Landry and his colorful family. She knows she should avoid him and keep things professional, but his southern charms are hard to resist.

Through the lens of her camera, she finds the beauty and soul of the Landry Plantation, but it’s her beauty and soul that capture Micah’s attention.

When an unexpected phone call takes her back to New York, she’s forced to face the life she was trying to escape head on.

Will her trip and the Landrys only become fond memories, or will Dani find her way back to them and her beloved south?

In their debut novel, Jiffy Kate bring you a story of love, adventure, and finding a place to call home.

 

My Review:

What a charming story! I particularly loved the dialogue, with all the Southernisms. The words flow naturally.

I’d be happy to take a vacation with the Landrys right now. All of them are good people.

Dani’s ex is not good people. He’s a smarmy little weasel and I really wanted Micah to break his other leg for him. Now, Micah? There’s a catch. He may have been around, but once he sets his sights on one girl and starts planning his future, his earnestness is wonderfully endearing. Plus, he’s pretty hot.

I do hope we’ll have more books about the Landrys. Five stars.

 

Jiffy Kate photoBios:

First things first, we’re the realest.

Oh, wait. Iggy already used that one.

Well, let’s see…

What some people don’t know is there are two of us and we’re both Jennifers. How lucky are we? The most common name from the 70’s! Our parents were so original.

We found each other through Twilight and tornadoes. Sounds like a crazy combination, but it’s true. We were roaming around in the same groups of people on social media, but we hadn’t really became friends. But that all changed on a stormy Oklahoma night when we noticed that we were both experiencing the same tornado warnings.

We met a week later for lunch and the rest is history. We already knew we had the whole Twilight thing in common, but what we learned that day is that we both loved music and traveling. Together, we’ve been everywhere. Well, not everywhere, but a lot of places…Seattle, Forks, LA, New York, Chicago, Philly, Nashville, Tulsa, Dallas, Houston, and New Orleans, where our hearts reside.

About six months after we met, we also realized we both had a passion for writing. When we started outlining our first story, we thought that would be it. One story and done. So, we dumped everything we loved into those 100,000 words. If you’re familiar with the term “crack fic”, that was kind of what it was for us. We had fun with it and let ourselves live on those pages.

But it was like Lays potato chips.

We couldn’t write just one.

So, twenty stories later, here we are–publishing our first novel. And how crazy is it that we went back to the beginning.

Finding Focus was originally a Twilight Fan Fic titled Southern Comfort.

 

JIFFY KATE IS THE JOINT PEN NAME FOR JIFF SIMPSON AND JENNY KATE ALTMAN. You can call us Jiff and Jenny Kate, but we’ll answer to just about anything. Jiff is a Louisiana girl living in Texas. She’s currently a substitute teacher, working her way back into the classroom. Her most important job is raising two teenagers. She accepts daily prayers on her behalf. Jenny Kate is Sooner born and Sooner bred. She works in an accounting department but has a degree in elementary education. She’s a mom to a preteen boy in an old man’s body. She spends her evenings sitting at the football field watching practice and her Saturdays in the stands. When they get the chance to escape real life, you can find them writing in GDocs, immersed in a romance novel, or on a jet plane heading to their next adventure.

 

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Review + Giveaway: Playing Games by Donna Alam

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MY REVIEW:

There are a lot of games going on in Playing Games: sex games, manipulative mind games, other power games and even a couple of board games. But the biggest games of all are also here: the lies people tell themselves about themselves, to make them feel worthy. The personae they put on at work to maintain respect. And then, there’s the wager of the heart.

As always, Donna Alam writes sophisticated, complicated characters. At first, the reader doesn’t know much about them. Over time, their actions become comprehensible in light of their histories. These characters take risks that most people would balk at. I was worried that some lines would be crossed that would spoil their relationship forever. But they work it out. They are both, admittedly, sexually extroverted, extremely liberal and able to trust each other with their insecurities.

I liked the BDSM. The sadomasochism isn’t graphic enough to be unpalatable. The love scenes are pretty creative. I would have liked to see a couple of the story threads in greater detail. Still, those who enjoy novels with Alpha Males should rate this highly. Four stars from me, for lots of romantic suspense.

 

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Title: Playing Games

Author: Donna Alam

Genre: Erotic Romance

Release Date: Nov. 4th 2015

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Everyone has secrets. What would it take to make you whisper yours?

Louise had no interest in relationships until one night turned her whole world around.

Hold me down. Kiss me hard. Fuck me harder.

A stranger in a strange city, she wasn’t looking to lose control. Until she did.

Intensely. Irrevocably. Dangerously.

She handed herself over to him.

One night. His rules. No names.

But he had other plans.

She’s an enigma. Unfinished business. Potential. She’s what he wants. Again and again.

And though the last thing he wanted to do was hurt her, it was on his agenda somewhere. Because relationships are messy and painful.

It’s not all about Playing Games.

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“ ‘I find I just want to get to know you.’

‘That’s all?’ Powerful words. Frightening, too.

Almost as though reading her thoughts, Dan added, ‘Of course, I want to fuck you, too.’

‘Of course,’ she added with a smile. ‘What do you propose?’ Louise kept her eyes on the kitchen, not daring to face him, instead watching from the corner of her eyes.

‘Given the choice, I’d like to continue where we left off, with you on all fours.’ His hand found her chin and he turned her to face him. Sliding the hair from her shoulders, he pulled the strands through his fingers where they shone like the sun. ‘Given the opportunity, I’d like to place my hands around your neck, feel your breath under my palm. Given your encouragement, I’d peel you out of your clothes, and slide my fingers through that slick, pink ribbon between your legs.’ His words were a bare whisper, intensity burning and branding her skin. ‘And when you’ve given me everything, and you’re rung wet and shaking, I’d make you come on my tongue.’

She swallowed audibly. It didn’t hide the libidinous lilt in her voice, the longing as she said, ‘So what’s your plan?’

‘Date night.’ His hands cupped her face and then he whispered, ‘Because I’m all about the anticipation.’

‘You mean you’re a tease.’

‘You couldn’t possibly know.’ He smiled once more, his eyes shining with a mixture of design and delight. ‘But you could definitely find out.’

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Donna Alam writes about exotic locations and the men you aren’t married to, but might wish you were. Escapism reads with heart and humour and, of course, plenty of steam.

Hailing from the North of England, she’s a nomad at heart moving houses and continents more times than she cares to recall. She once worked at a school like the one described in her Pretty Trilogy. Alas, there were no handsome millionaires hanging around there.

Eclectic reader and part-time perv, Donna is a huge fan of smart men and protagonists with a fair measure of inappropriateness.

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Review + Giveaway: Hung by the Fireplace by Killian McRae

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SUMMARY:

If demons aren’t supposed to be able to love, then why does Incubus Jerry Romani keep going all goo-goo eyed every time Riona Dade’s around? Is there something about the redhead that’s different from the other women he’s been dispatched by Hell to seduce? And why, oh why, does the Devil himself want this sexy yet prosaic mortal tagged and tailed? Things between the embedded demon and the sultry statistician start to heat up just as the temperatures outside take a dive, and Jerry soon realizes Riona will be opening more than just his package come Christmas. She’s opening his heart, and with it, a world of possibility about what their futures might hold.

 

REVIEW:

I can almost guarantee this book isn’t what you think it is. What this is, is the beginning of a redemption story. And redemption stories happen to be my favourite trope on the planet.

Okay, so we have this poor guy Jerry who really doesn’t like being a demon. He got tricked into doing something bad, he went to hell, and now he’s stuck seducing people so they end up there, too. There are no perks. He literally gets no pleasure out of it. Then, he meets Riona and BAM!

This is one of the funniest things I’ve read. Period. If you want to laugh off some holiday stress, give this a try! Five stars.

 

GIVEAWAY:

To celebrate the release of Hung by the Fireplace, Killian is giving away a signed paperback on Goodreads. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27908031-hung-by-the-fireplace

 

 

HUNG BY THE FIREPLACE is a prequel to PURE & SINFUL (PURE SOULS – BOOK ONE).

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THE BEST PART IS, THE WHOLE TRILOGY IS ALREADY AVAILABLE!

BOOK #1: PURE AND SINFUL

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BOOK #2: ONCE YOU GO DEMON

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BOOK #3: WITH GOD INTENTIONS

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EXCERPTS:

1.

I backed away, a move which seemed to amuse her. “Boy, I’m not having a good night, am I? Zero for three.” I shook my head. “I’m not allowed to have you.” Yet.

“Not allowed? By who? Oh, wait, you already have a girlfriend, don’t you? I promise I won’t…”

Reaching for the fire within me, I called on my power. Riona fell under my trance in seconds. I’d have to erase her memories of me and hope to the goddess my little exploratory adventure had gone unnoticed.

I closed in on her, deflecting the attention a few onlookers had given her rigid posture. Taking her chin in the cup of my hand, I forced her gaze to mine. “You’re the first woman I’ve wanted just for myself in two thousand years. But I’m under orders. Oh, they’ll release me on you sooner or later. And when they do, forget about calling out for God, I’m going to have you begging the devil for mercy.”

Then, I did the stupidest fucking thing I’d ever done. I kissed her. No magic I’d wielded from Heaven or Hell had ever tasted as divine or intoxicating as Riona’s lips. I knew this woman would end me, but hell, if I’d known then just how that was all going to come about, I would have walked away from her for good right then and there.

 

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“You undervalue yourself, Riona,” I continued when she proved unable to speak. “I don’t. I know how precious you are. The reason I haven’t slept with you yet is because that’s what everyone does to you. I’m not everyone. I’m going to show you that I’m here for more than just the world’s most gorgeous tits. You are hot, babe, but I wouldn’t be found dead inside your body until I’m damned certain I’m already in your heart.”

It was a speech, one I’d made at least half a dozen times in recent memory to some timid target who I needed a little more time convincing I was worth the risk, but, oddly, the words felt fresh on my tongue. Virgin, almost. I realized with the shock of a thunderstorm the startling truth. I actually meant what I was saying. I shook off the surprise and refocused on Riona, who, goddesses on high have mercy, was crying.

“Oh my god, I made you leak.”

“Yeah, you did.” A smile tugged up her flushed cheeks. “This is going to sound weird. I know we haven’t known each other that long, but…you are in my heart.”

And she meant every word she said, too. Riona liked me, without my once having touched her beneath the collarbone. Hell, if I didn’t know better, I would have said she was actually falling in love.

“I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to go all girly and—”

“Waiter!” I bellowed, cutting her off. “Check please. We need to leave immediately.”

Confusion sparkled in her eyes anew. “What? Why?”

“Well, first, because these…” I held up an untouched oyster, “are disgusting. I’m sorry, I tried, but every time I tip one of these back, I feel like I’m raping a slug with my tongue. And two, now that you understand I don’t just want you for your body, I want to show you it is, nonetheless, worthy of its own due attention. Now, let’s go. It’s an hour drive back to your place. I’m willing to bet it will be the longest hour of our lives.”

 

KillianBIO:

Killian McRae would tell you that she is a rather boring lass, an authoress whose characters’ lives are so much more exciting than her own. She would be right. Sadly, this sarcastic lexophile leads a rather mundane existence in the San Francisco Bay Area. She once dreamed of being the female Indiana Jones, and to that end she earned a degree in Middle Eastern History from the University of Michigan. However, when she learned that real archaeologists spend more time lovingly removing dust with toothbrushes from shards of pottery than outrunning intriguing villains with exotic accents, she decided to become a writer instead. She writes across many genres, including science fiction, fantasy, romance, and historical fiction.

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Review: Pucked Up by Helena Hunting

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SUMMARY:

Miller “Buck” Butterson has been banging his way through life ever since a puck to the face fixed his messed up front teeth. After five years in the NHL, deflecting goals on the ice and scoring them with puck bunnies, Miller has decided he’s ready for a girlfriend. A real, non-bunny girlfriend to take on dates, and not jump into bed with after five seconds of conversation.

Miller thinks he’s found that woman in his teammate’s sister. Except, unlike team captain and all-around nice guy Alex Waters—who happens to date his stepsister, Miller’s media reputation as a manwhore is well earned. Beyond that minor detail, Miller doesn’t know the first thing about relationships or the time and effort they require.

Miller learns—eventually—that if he wants to make Sunshine “Sunny” Waters fall for him, he’s going to have to do a whole lot more than show her his stick skills in the bedroom.

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MY REVIEW:

Another solidly funny read from Helena Hunting!

I didn’t expect to fall in love with Miller. I TOTALLY fell in love with Miller. Even if he is hairy. He’s a tad gormless in the dating department, and the planning department, and at making it onto planes on time, but his heart is solid gold. If I were 25 years younger…

Miller wants a serious relationship. He might be a fish in dry water, but he definitely tries. The girl he has set his heart on finds him quite trying at times.

Sunny is a good girl. Pretty much everyone she knows doesn’t want her to date Miller. And that is problematic since she doesn’t trust him (or herself) enough to tell the advice-givers to take a hike.

She’s the type of girl who saves the whales and the puppies and indulges in healthy activities and eats organic vegan food. She’s a pretty wonderful girl. Except, well, that little bit about her hanging out with an ex-boyfriend who’s much more attuned to her lifestyle. Who wants her back. Heh.

Honestly? Sunny is young and I don’t see Miller as her forever. I like her. But not with Miller. Aside from sports, Miller adores bacon, pizza and endless supplies of barbecued wings. I see a diet war in their future.

Miller? There’s this girl named Poppy. You’ve met her. She’s a hockey fan and she’s not a bunny either. I know you want a permanent commitment with someone who has a level head. Try going for somebody who at least knows your lingo.

Sunny? For the 50th time, they’re not called Bunny Hookers.

I am taking up matchmaking in my fictional life. I am so looking forward to the character Randy’s book. And I hope Sunny and Miller will be in the background, bickering about chicken bones on the counter.

Call me a romantic.

Four stars for being laugh-out-loud funny, while keeping those endearing, thought-provoking moments. Look for Pucked Over in 2016.