Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Happy Release Day!!! Eternal Earth


That's right, you read that right. It is the release day for Eternal Earth (I know finally right lol).

I am excited to finally be able to present Adien and Harmony's story to you.

Honestly, this book was a little difficult for me to write, mainly because my characters stopped talking to me for a loooooonnnnggggg time, which is how I ended up writing my other books. But, like I said, I am happy to finally say that Adien and Harmony's story is done and ready for purchase.

Enjoy :)



Friday, October 6, 2017

Update: Life and Penned Con (Continued)


Okay, and we are back. Now that I have filled you in on that stuff, lets get to what you really want... annnnnnnddddd that is updates and releases, yay!!!!!!!!

First up we have: Seducing the Black Prince

Now, I am not sure if I have posted about this book already but if I did well I am just going to do it again. I started this book about a year ago in November for the National Writers Month. I haven'd decided yet if this book will start a new series or not but I did enjoy writing it.

Here is the cover and it is out now on Amazon, B&N, and Smashwords:




Yes, I designed that cover myself, pretty isn't it? It is one of my favorite covers so far.

Seducing the Black Prince is my spin on Beauty and the Beast. I thought it would be fun to do a re-telling of the classic tale and I tried to stay as close to the Grimm Fairytale version of this story as possible. Below is the back blurb for the book:


LOVE MAKES MONSTERS OF US ALL...

A lesson, Jackson "Beast" Marshal, learned the hard way. Cursed to spend his life as a twisted creature, he has given up on returning to the man he once was. Until he met her... his last chance at salvation.

FOR WHO COULD EVER LOVE A BEAST?

Life has taught, Sonya "Beauty" Lamar, that fairytales are better left in children's books. As she struggles to pick up the pieces of her world, a mysterious stranger appears on her doorstep. Quickly, she learns that there are worse things than the heartbreak of starting over.

TALE AS OLD AS TIME...

To break the spell of a mad witch, can a prince, who is more beast than man, win the heart of the only woman who could save him from his torment? Or will she damn him to the darkness as the last rose petal falls?


Sounds exciting doesn't it? I have several favorite scenes in this book that I enjoy but because the book has only been out for a short time I will wait before I drop any spoilers.

Second, and I am so proud to be finally bringing this book to everyone, it is the anticipated book 2 in the hound series... yes, you guessed it, Eternal Earth!!! I know it has taken me a long, long, long time to get Adien and Harmony's story to you but these two refused to talk to me until I took care of my personal issues with work and all the stress in my life... now, that I have done that I can finally move on and give you Eternal Earth... I am so excited.
However, you have to wait a few more days until the book will be available. It's release date is (hopefully I can get the formatting complete in time) is Monday, October 9th. In the meantime I will give you the cover, which I designed myself and a excerpt from the book. I hope you enjoy. :)



Back Blurb:

AN OBSESSION HE COULDN'T CONTROL

For over a year, Adien, Trinity Hound of Earth. has watched Harmony Sonders from a distance. Silently protecting her from his enemies and those who sought her harm, including himself. One look from her is enough to have him longing for the one thing he never wanted...His fated mate, a woman whose touch shook him to his core and had the power to shatter his carefully constructed world.

A MAN SHE DARED TO TAME

Harmony Sonders has spent the last few years piecing herself back together after escaping a marriage that nearly killed her. With her life finally where she wants it, the last thing she needed was for another man to come and throw her world into chaos... and that's exactly what Adien Tygerian does. Handsome and wicked temptation all wrapped into one, he awakens a side of her she didn't know existed... a piece of her that demands she claim what is rightfully hers and damned the consequences.

A DESIRE THAT WILL ROCK THEIR WORLD

With their enemies gathering their forces and the birth of a new power at hand, can Adien and Harmony break down the walls that guard their hearts and take hold of a love like they've never known or will the ghosts of their pasts devour the world and all those they love with it?



Excerpt: 1st Chapter:


It was rare that Adien, Trinity Hound of Earth, one of the most powerful beings in existence and ultimate playboy, let himself become flustered over a woman. An even longer time since he had sulked in his unwanted desire, instead of finding some big-breasted babe to fuck all night long. Yet here he sat, at the bar, in one of the most elegantly decorated ballrooms he had ever seen, brooding over a woman he had sworn to keep his distance from.

The room’s long tables were covered with soft cream-colored tablecloths that complimented the professionally polished wooden floors. Softly lit candles stood as centerpieces for each table, and were surrounded by a small bouquet of wild flowers. Scattered about were various drapings and other decorations that not only added to the overly priced feel of the room but also Adien’s boredom.

Giving a heavy sigh, he downed the rest of his drink. The dark alcohol burned as it traveled down his throat. Finished, he slammed the glass down on the table with more force than he intended and ignored the bartender’s glare as he turned his attention back to his surroundings. Adien’s gaze scanned the large crowd of bodies as he tuned out the dull music that played in the background.

What the hell am I doing here? He thought for the hundredth time. Why had he allowed his bastard brother to drag him out from the pair of lean legs that had been wrapped around his waist? He had been in the middle of some serious fondling when Radien and his dark aura showed up. An instant mood killed if he ever saw one. One glance at him and his company was dressed and out the door quicker than Adien could take his next breath.

Damn it and damn him.

His brother had cost him a much-needed release.

Why did they have to bring me here?

Nothing good would come from this… nothing good at all.

Adien spared a quick glance over to the opposite side of the room, wondering just how long it had been since he had last seen her. A year if he wasn’t mistaken. Three hundred sixty-five days since he had last seen his golden-eyed obsession. Fifty-two weeks since he had last felt a flutter in his chest or true heat in his veins. From the first moment he had seen her, his life had taken a turn for the worse.

Damn her.

After all this time, thoughts of her still consumed him. The feel of her warm skin against his continued to linger in his senses while her earthy scent remained engraved in his mind. The only time he felt anything like his old self was when he thought of her… of holding her, touching her… fucking her senseless on the ballroom’s hardwood floors.

With a heavy groan, Adien turned back towards the bar. He was going to need a few more drinks if he was going to make it through this party. Maybe, if he got wasted enough, he could ignore the thick erection pressing against the fly of his slacks.

“Let me get another round,” he told the bartender, who continued to glare at him.

Too distracted to care about the overweight man’s unexplained hostility, Adien waited for his drink. His mind wandered back to that night a year ago when he had first seen her… more like stalked her from her closet. Back then he hadn’t had time for tact. The life of his brother’s mate had been at stake. While he and his brother weren’t on the best of terms, Adien couldn’t sit back and let an innocent woman suffer. The one time he decided to take the higher road and be the better person, his world was turned upside down.

Beautiful… mine…

That’s what he had thought, his hormones consuming him, until her birthmark, several shades darker than her skin tone, caught his attention. Feeling like a pervert but unable to stop himself, Adien had taken a peek under her towel and froze. There, covering her side and twisting down her hips was a mark identical to his. Panic had consumed him, flushing out the desire he had felt.

The Fates had played a cruel prank on them. A mate was not something he wanted. Not after what happened with Persephone, who was not only married to Hades, Lord of the Underworld, but was the reason for the bad blood between the god and Radien.

Sour thoughts continued to consume him. All too clear the images of how she had used him, pretended to care about him only to get to his brother, played in his mind. Like a fool, he had fallen for her lies. Their selfish actions had haunted him for over a millennium.

There was only one person who deserved his trust, and that was his sister-in law and his brother’s mate, Melody. She was the only reason the relationship between him and Radien had improved. They no longer wanted to kill each other… just beat each other to a bloody pulp occasionally.

Yet even with all that had occurred, there was a part of Adien, a part of himself that he hated, the part of him that secretly wanted the bond his brother had found with Melody. Adien was tired of the revolving door of women that entered his life. The stream of nameless women that groped and threw themselves at him, claiming to want him when all they wanted was his status, bored him.

But to get what he wanted he would have to open himself up again. He would have to place his heart in the hands of another person, and that was something he was never going to do… ever.

“Here,” the bartender’s harsh tone drew Adien from his sulking. Giving the man a quick once over as he practically slammed the small glass down on the bar top, Adien was unimpressed with what he saw. Fat and balding, wearing clothes that were too small for him, reminded Adien of some type of nasty goo. However, that did not excuse the fact that the man had pissed Adien off.

Giving the worn man a chilling stare of his own, Adien fought for control over his rising temper. It wouldn’t be wise for him to kill the man in such a public place. Although, if he didn’t get control over his hostile emotions and do his damn job, Adien couldn’t be held accountable for his actions.

“Drink up.” The man sneered at him. Before he could think better of it, Adien was reaching across the bar, gripping his hostile host by the collar and pulling him in. Several patrons at the bar turned to see what was happening but quickly went back to their polite conversations and drinks when Adien gave them an angry sneer.

“If you value your life,” Adien growled, his powers suddenly coursing through him, begging for release, “you will shut the hell up, control your fucking attitude, and happily serve me my damn drinks.” His eyes narrowing dangerously, he dared the man to say something. “If not, you and the glass mirror behind you will have a nice, long, conversation about server hospitality.” The man’s face drained of color. “Understood?”

The man nodded.

“Good.” With that Adien released his hold, watching with dark amusement as the male stumbled to catch his balance. Saying nothing more, the bartender headed over to the other end of the bar, leaving Adien to his thoughts.

It’s really been a year…

From his brother’s mating to his mortal enemy’s release, it felt much longer than a year. Or maybe time seemed to be dragging thanks to the long nights where he woke up in a cold sweat, his body rock hard from having wild dreams of him and his obsession tangled in a ball of sweaty limbs.

Turning back around, Adien once again scanned the crowd, looking for the only thing that would bring him peace. He found her on the far side of the room, surrounded by a small group of suit-wearing men. His gaze focused intently on her, he tried his best to ignore the way his heart skipped a beat from a single glance at her. Breathtakingly beautiful, she shined in her floor-length gown. By the way the dress hugged her toned body, Adien knew it was custom made. The V-cut neckline showed just enough of her pushed-up cleavage to have his mouth watering for a taste. Her once-short hair was cut into a short bob, where the hair in the front was longer than the back. With the hairstyle leaving the sensitive flesh of her neck exposed, he imagined taking his tongue and running it along the length of her slender neck to her collarbone and then even lower to the swells of her breast. Picturing her in his arms again, but conscious this time, made him groan and down another shot to calm his raging hormones.

She must have felt his gaze on her. Slowly, without breaking her conversation, her eyes sought him out. Their gazes locked, and Adien felt his world shift once again. For a long moment, he found it hard to breathe as she continued to hold his stare. Mesmerized, he envied the way she was able to keep her calm while he felt as if he were going to jump out of his skin. When she broke their connection, another guest demanding her attention, the feeling of loss settled in his chest. Despite that, Adien continued to watch her as she greeted those gathered around her. Each time she smiled, even though he somehow knew it was false, desire rocked him. Longing assaulted him as he wondered if she would ever smile at him. Not that fake smile she gave everyone around her, but a real smile that made her eyes sparkle.

Really, Adien… sparkle? This is business…

“Yeah, business… there’s nothing business about this,” he grumbled, all the while watching her.

“There you are,” the familiar voice came from beside him.

Dragging his attention from his obsession, he focused on the woman approaching him. At seeing her, he couldn’t help the smile that spread across his face as she navigated her way towards him.

Melody, the Trinitymate of Light and Radien’s mate, was beautiful in her midnight-blue gown. With her, now, snow-white hair pulled into a tight bun, she practically glowed. Adien watched her, noting the numerous pairs of male eyes that followed her. The fact that her belly was large and round made no difference to the men that looked over her with hungry eyes.

Their desire angered him. The blatant disregard of the fact that she was clearly with child or the large diamond ring on her finger that indicated she was married made him want to bash them over the head… repeatedly.

“Adien.” It was obvious from her labored breathing that her pregnancy was taking its toll on her. “Thanks.” She smiled up at him.

“Not a problem.” Like always, when he was around her, he found his spirits lifted and he was able to smile easily. “We wouldn’t want your oversized protector causing a scene.”

Her laugh was filled with warmth and took his thoughts away from his own horrible situation.

It never ceased to amaze him how close the two of them had become within the last year. Melody was the sister he had always wanted. He would gladly trade both his siblings for her if he could.

“Adien.” She sighed as she hobbled onto the stool beside him. “You promised to cut back on your drinking.”

“And I have.” He paused before saying, “For the most part.”

She rolled her eyes, and he groaned in defeat. “Cut me some slack, Mel. I’m barely holding on here.”

“I can see. Are you drunk?” she asked him just as the bartender returned.

“No,” Adien dryly responded.

Drunk? He wasn’t drunk, far from it. He was too focused on his obsession as she chatted with the men that hovered around her like vultures. Watching men who weren’t in the same league as her laugh and throw flirting smiles her way made Adien more jealous than he cared to admit aloud. Each lustful gaze or subtle touch to her bare shoulder or arm spiked his anger.

“You better get used to that. She gets that kind of attention everywhere she goes.” Taking the water she ordered, Melody wobbled her way to her feet.

Quickly, Adien held her steady as she moved from the bar stool.

“You okay?” Her harsh breathing bothered him. Just where the hell was his brother?

“Yeah, thanks.” She smiled at him. “If I’d known I’d be this tired, I would have taken up Radien’s offer to carry me around. Well, behave yourself. I’m off.” With a wave of her hand, she made her way through the crowd of people, leaving him alone with his thoughts and raging libido.

Growling low in his throat, Adien turned away from the sight in front of him and barked at the bartender to fix another drink.

“This is going to be a long night,” Adien whispered to himself as he gazed back over his shoulder. His gaze lingering on her, he once again took in her enticing body and felt himself harden even more.

It was going to be an extremely long night.



Harmony Sonders was many things but aloof and naive was not among them, especially when it came to men. At least she wasn’t anymore. That was why she knew the moment his eyes focused on her. From across the room she could feel the heat of his gaze as it traveled along her body. Feeling suddenly exposed, her cheeks flushed a light red as she chatted with the head advertiser of her company. Halfway aware of what he was saying, she watched her admirer from out of the corner of her eye. There was a familiarity about him that she could place. Like she had met him before, not too long ago, but for the life of her, she couldn’t figure out where she had seen him. She was sure that she would remember someone whose presence demanded the attention of every woman, and some men, in the room. Even she had snuck a peek at him when he had first arrived.

A brief glimpse at him and her body had come to life. The cool gray three-piece suit he wore had been perfectly tailored to his body. The black shirt and red tie he wore complimented the golden-brown hue of his skin, while the red pocket square added a little touch of sophistication to an already elegant ensemble. Standing out in a sea of black suits and boring smiles, he was by far the most enticing man she had ever seen. Then there were those eyes… those bright-green eyes that were focused so intently on her that it made her weak in the knees.

Absently, Harmony wondered whose guest he was. Her party was invite only, and she had personally sent invitations to every person. She had conducted business with more than half of the people here, and the rest were potential partners. So, to see such a powerful looking man at her party sparked her interest and added some excitement to an otherwise boring party.

“Ms. Sonders?”

Reluctantly, she turned her attention to the gentleman in front of her. “I’m sorry, Jack. My mind wandered off. What were you saying?”

Jack Whitfield, her oldest and most-trusted advisor, smiled at her and continued with what he was saying. “The new line seems to have made a great impression overseas and was well received by the consumers. There’s no doubt that we have secured the buyers for our new line.”

At the end of his statement, he touched her arm, a light and fleeting touch that meant nothing to her, but she swore she heard a growl echo from the handsome stranger over by the bar… or maybe her mind was playing tricks on her.

Because what kind of man gets jealous over a woman he doesn’t know. Stop being so self-centered and focus. Harmony chastised herself.

“Did you hear me, Ms. Sonders?” Jack touched her shoulder again, and another growl vibrated through the air around her.

Did she hear him? Was she listening? No, not really. While she loved hearing the good news about her newest line, he wasn’t telling her something she didn’t already know. The phone call she received that morning told her exactly what she expected to hear.

“Yes, I did. I expected nothing less from your hard work.” She smiled sweetly at him. Growing bored with their conversation, Harmony looked for a polite way to end it.

“Harmony!” The familiar call of her name grabbed her attention. Looking past Jack, a wide smile spread across her face as she spotted her youngest sister, Melody. Shock and excitement made its way through Harmony as she excused herself from Jack’s presence.

It had been a few months since she had last seen her sister, thanks to the complications of Melody’s pregnancy. Although she said she would come, Harmony didn’t expect to see Melody. Not when it looked like her sister couldn’t walk without the support of her new husband.

“Harmony!” Melody called as she struggled to make her way through the thick crowd of people.

As much as she wanted to run and knock people out of the way and embrace her sibling, Harmony couldn’t be that rude. The people here were some of her top benefactors and pissing them off would do nothing but hurt her reputation. Instead she excused herself with a polite smile and carefully made her way to her sister, acknowledging those who waved at her with a smile and a “thank you for coming.”

“Melody,” Harmony called over the voices of the crowd. Reaching out, she embraced her big-bellied sister, careful not to put too much pressure on her stomach.

“Where have you been?” Harmony asked as they separated. “You look like you’re ready to pop. Here”—she grabbed her sister by the hand—“come with me to my private table. We can catch up there while you rest your feet.”

“I’m fine,” Melody said as she pulled her hand free. “I’m used to it.”

Harmony raised a brow, not at all convinced by her sister’s words, especially when she looked like she was ready to fall over. But, Harmony wouldn’t press the issue. If she had learned one thing about her baby sister, once she made up her mind she rarely changed it.

Sighing, Harmony dropped the topic. “How is everything? I heard you handed your company over to your vice president not too long ago.”

“I had no other choice. With the pregnancy, I just couldn’t keep up anymore. I figured it would be best for me to step away for a moment.” Melody paused.

Harmony frowned, not sure why a sudden flush came to her sister’s face.

“Besides, Radien is too much of a distraction at work.”

Ah, so that’s the reason. Harmony shook her head. “It’s supposed to be a work place, Mel. Not your own private after hours’ spot.”

“I know, I know, but… I can’t help it.” The last part Melody mumbled, and Harmony gave an amused chuckle under her breath.

“Your exhaustion probably has more to do with Radien than the babies.” With that, Harmony gave a pointed stare at her sister’s outstretched belly, which Melody rubbed a manicured hand over while her face flushed a deeper scarlet.

“Something like that.” The smile that spread across her sister’s face was one of pure adoration. It was a smile that appeared every time she spoke of Radien.

“So, where is Mister Mom?” Harmony couldn’t suppress the laugh that escaped her at her sister’s frown.

Teasing Melody was something Harmony had taken a liking to. She couldn’t help it. The handful of times she had seen Radien, he had been hovering over his wife like some over-protective parent, which had, she admitted, scared her when she first met him. His presence alone was intimidating, and add to that the fact he was well over six feet tall and had a build that could nearly block out the sun, he was downright frightful.

For a moment, Harmony had questioned her sister’s sanity for marrying someone who looked like they could punch an elephant through a wall. But after seeing them together, the way his gray eyes softened when he looked at her and the tender way he held her, catering to her every whim, Harmony had relaxed a little in his presence. She might have even developed a small sisterly bond with him. Although, she was pretty sure if he heard her referring to him as Mister Mom, he would kill her.

“I resent that comment.” Harmony jumped at the sound of Radien’s voice as it thundered from behind her.

“I—” Turning around, she began to explain herself. Before she could open her mouth further, she was scooped into a bear hug that had her feet dangling in the air.

“Radien… I can’t breathe.” She coughed.

Laughing, he placed her back on her feet.

“What took you so long?” Melody’s voice penetrated through his laughter.

“My beauty.” Instantly, Harmony found herself forgotten as Radien turned his attention to his wife. Closing the distance between them, he wrapped her in his arms.

Watching them, Harmony felt a small piece of longing for someone who would look at her as if she were the only one in the world.

Been there, done that, and what did it get me? A concussion and three weeks in the hospital. Harmony shook her head, blocking out the unwanted memories. While she was happy for her sister, Harmony knew that type of happiness was out of reach for someone like her. Life had made sure to drill that point into her head after her long years of marriage to her ex.

Again, she shook her head, refusing to go down that road again.

“I’ve missed you.”

Harmony turned away from the couple just before Radien crushed his lips to his wife’s.

“I see you two need a moment.” Knowing when she was a third wheel, Harmony left the loving pain and headed towards the bar. A hard drink was what she needed to put unwanted thoughts back to the back of her mind where they belonged.

End


I hope you all enjoyed that excerpt and look out for Adien and Harmony's story next week.

Before I go I wanted to share my plans for releases for next year, and they are as follows:

Book 2 in the Faye Princess novels: Darknight: Dawn of the Red Sun

Book 3 in the Hound series: Eternal Fire

Book 1 in the Crescent Moon Saga: SnoWolf

Possible Standalone: Symphony of Sun showers

Possibly another Fairytale story called: Dancing with the Dragon King

Lastly, I am part of a spooktober blog hope so make sure to keep up... which means you will be getting a post from me once a week, yay!!

Make sure to add me on Facebook: Author Layla J Omorose.


Until next time XOXO

Update: Life and Penned Con

Good morning everyone,

How are you doing?

It has been almost a year since my last blog post and I am sorry about that. This yeah has been one of the weirdest and craziest years I have had in a long time. You know, one of those life changing years that force you to grow and make decisions you have been sitting on for far too long. Between getting in a car accident last August, that resulted in two surgeries at the end of the year, then my grandmother dementia getting progressively worse, I thought what could happen next. Well, I learned be careful with you ask for. As I finally made the deicision to leave a very toxic day job because I finally realized it was taking a toll on my writing and I started a new job, my house caught fire. Yup, talk about having a suck ass year... but what can I do?

I remember I got the call from work and rushed home. As I watched the fireman struggle to put out the fire, I stared a the house, watching it burn and was numb. I had already spoken to my mother and she told me that everyone was okay except for the dogs. My aunt lost her dog and I almost lost my oldest dog, Bear. But he is okay now and back to his old self, just a little more clingy. After that things moved so fast that only now (about 6 months later) am I finally sitting down and processing everything that happened. It still feels surreal but every time I pass by my house (they are repairing it) I am reminded that it did happen.

I wont go into a lot of detail of what happened in these last few months for me, but I will say that I have come to realize just how much writing and the writing world means to me. I didn't cry when the house burned, I didn't cry when we lost one of the dogs, I didn't cry as I watched the fireman work to save Bear, because there was one single thought that jumped to the forefront of my mind... my books. Not just the books I have written but my entire library of books, my flash drives... the things that offered me comfort and gave me the motivation to keep going... the thought of losing that is what shook me the most. Thankfully, while I couldn't save my computers, I did save all of my flash drives with all my information on it (I dug under all that soot and ash until I found the case I kept them in). The fire destroyed most of the house yet somehow managed to miss my books and movie collection that I kept in the case. I didn't care about my clothes, my shoes... but my books, they are my world. Once I managed to save all of them (that's right all of them in the case) I was okay and went to work taking care of business and getting ready for Penned Con, because now I have to start from scratch.It was hard, but it forced me to do what I needed... and with that being said, let's get to the good stuff... Penned Con and my latest releases.

Needless to say, while I do enjoy going to RT and seeing all my friends, Penned Con has become one of my favorite things about the year. As you may or may not know, last year's Penned Con was my first signing ever and I had such an amazing time and met such wonderful people that I had to come back a second time. However, this time around I knew I couldn't show up with the same two titles I had last year. While I am normally a slow writer because of all that was going on in my life, I managed to get two of the three books I wanted to do done (I will tell you what they are in a few moments. Trust me you will say finally and be really happy lol).

Just like my first Penned Con, it was very well organized and welcoming. Once again I met new and amazing people, authors and readers like. I even managed to sell out of two titles, which I didn't expect to do so that made the entire trip for me. Although, I wasn't as prepared as I wanted to be and while there were tons of reasons to keep me from going, I couldn't not go. I knew that if I quit now, I would miss out on something amazing. So I packed my suitcase with my few books and went to work. At first I felt a little defeated as I looked at everyone else's tables and banners. The fire had set me back and my main focus had been on getting out the books that I didn't have the time or the money to get any stands or banners done. I didn't have the fancy book stands or anything like that. It was me and Deadpool, so I did the best I could. Although it was an awesome signing, I could help my self doubt as it bubbled up inside of me. But as I sat and listened to the keynote speakers and my friends as they encouraged me, I felt better. I realized that, while I may not be where I want to be, I am moving forward. Even if those steps are small, I am still putting one food in front of the other... I can't stop... I wont stop because there is nothing else I want to do with my life other than write and share what lives inside of me. (and to top it all off I caught a cold the day before I left for Penned Con -__-)

My goal for next year is to add at least one more signing to my list other than Penned Con, I really want to do Once Upon a Book. So let's hope I make it there. :)

Here are some pics from Penned Con, I didn't take a lot but I did take some.
My Table














Like I said I love Penned Con, and Rick and Amy do an amazing job every year and I hope I am able to come back for 2018. 

Now, because I feel this post has become kind of long... I will continue my updates in the next post... so come on and follow me over :)

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Update and Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Hey there fellow bloggers, how is everyone doing tonight? 

I've just finished making dinner and am now at the keys. This month is NaNo and this month my goal is to not only finish Seducing the Black Prince but also Eternal Earth, which I am picking back up on tomorrow after work. Lets hope Adien is talking to me. 

With that being said, I do have another review for everyone. As you all know The Girl on the Train is the newest movie that is creating a lot f buzz (well it was before it came out). After I saw the trailer for it I was interested in seeing it. However, instead of watching the movie, I brought the book and now I have no desire to see the movie (for reasons I will explain in a second). So lets get to it shall we?

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins:


When I brought this book I dove right into it, reading most of it on the plane and the last few chapters once I reached home. At first I was excited about the book and this urge to read it until the end consumed me. I just had to know who committed the murder. And I admit the ending caught me off guard as I was not expecting it.

This book for me, is in a sense very similar to Crime and Punishment, written by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Not really plot wise but in the sense that the book starts off with the crime commited and works its was backwards to go forwards to untanlge the event that led up to the murder in the first place.

In this novel the reader is given three different point of views: Megan, Anna and Rachel, whose view you get the most of. Through their views and lives the story is told. Their lives interlocking with each other. Between them there is this common bond that forever changes their lives.

The impression the book first gives is that this will be the crazy ravings of a delusional drunk, who is unable to move on with her life after her husbands infidelity and divorce. With her inability to move on affecting her life, she begins to project her unstable emotions and desires on to a random couple she sees everyday from her seat on the train. As the plot and the lives of these women unfold, the reader is pushed into several directions as to who committed the crime. However by the end of the book and the reader has found out what actually happened and its aftermath, they are left caught off guard and thinking why didn't I see that coming?

Ms./Mrs. Hawkins did an excellent job of keeping the reader from figuring out who the real killer was and their motive. Which, in my opinion, was the highlight of the book. I must say that for me the characters weren't all that complex or interesting for that matter, except for the couple that Rachel watched from the train window. The mystery that surrounded their lives provided the little spark the book was lacking otherwise. 

Truthfully, by the time I finished the book any desire I had to see the movie had faded. Not because I knew the ending but because (to me) it just wasn't memorable enough to be made into a movie. With that being said let me give you a break down on the characters' perspective.

I will state with Anna. While I could call her a homewrecker, the truth is you can't take something that doesn't want to be taken. But I might have felt the most sorry for her by the end of the book. She has this arrogant attitude about her and she is even a little bit o f a bitch, but she is naive to some of the most obvious things around her. Granted, there were times when her actions surprised me but still she was probably one of the weaker character perspectives in the book. In truth I am not sure what her point of view did to add to the story. I think without her point of view the story would have still been the same. 

Then there is Megan or Jess as Rachel named her before she actually knew her name. At first we get a description of what she may or may not be like from what Rachel see from the train window and her imagination. To me, Megan provided to be the more interesting and complex of the characters as there isn't much known about her or her past. While it is touched on in the book, it isn't fully explored. So the reader (at least I was) was left in a state of limbo about who she really is. I do wish a little more time was spent on developing her and telling a little more about her and her marriage but then again it may be better that it was left out. While she could come off as a bitch, the reader is left to watch her struggled with trying to figure out the cause of her problems. In doing so, there are many surprises that pop up along the way when it comes to Megan. She is definitely my favorite view point to read. 

Last but not least is Rachel. I have mixed feelings about her. Sometimes I like her and other times she comes off as a nosy drunk who doesn't know when to leave things alone. Listening to her whine and complain about her ex and then make up an entire fantasy life about the couple she watches from the train and then get mad when they turn out to be a normal couple who right and argue was annoying at times, However, Ms. Hawkins did a great jog of making her and using her flaws as a way to propel the story and keep you guess as to what was really going on. When the reader finally finds out the truth of things the reader is left with a different view of Rachel and may even understand her actions. While she still came off as a nosy neighbor who didn't leave well enough alone, she was essentail to finding out what really happened and I was glad to see her evolve and finally begin to move forward with her life.

Rating: 3/5

Would I recommend? Maybe, I am not too sure yet

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Update and Review: Drops of Sunshine by Tricia Copeland

Good Evening,

Hello everyone, it has been a long time since I last updated you guys on what's been happening in my world. There is just so much going on and so many changes happening that it's hard for me to keep up on everything. Even now, due to some jerk running a stop sign and totaling out my car, I had to have surgery on my left arm and because of the fact that I am left handed, everything is twice as difficult as it should be. However, there are still books that need to be written and things that have to get done.

So with that being said, let me fill you guys in. Well first things first (I know, I know, don't get mad at me) but I am still working on Eternal Earth and Darknight: Dawn of the Red Sun. Like I am sure I told you before that I am working on a new title called Seducing the Black Prince, which is my little twist on Beauty and the Beast. Depending on how this book ends, this might turn into a series but I am not too sure yet. Especially since this book is giving me some trouble. As usual my characters are not talking to me... and that might be partly my fault due to everything else that is going on in my life. But, my goal is to get this book done by the end of the month so I can move on to my other works. Wish me luck with that :).

Next, something I am super excited to share with everyone. I did my first official book signing last month at Penned Con. One of my friends had talked me in to it and I am super happy that I went. I met a ton of new and awesome people and hopefully gained some new readers. My table mate was the nice and sweet Tricia Copeland, she was such a pleasure to hand out with and get to know. She was just the many new friends that I made during the convention. After this signing, I am looking forward to doing more and more and meeting more new readers and authors.

Now with that being said, let me move on to my review :)

DROPS OF SUNSHINE by Tricia Copeland:


As most people know I am not a fan of YA or first person point of view (thank Twilight for that one) but I can say that I enjoyed this short and easy to read story. Light and fun, this light paranormal YA follows the summer adventures of 16 year old Nina.

To be honest for the first few pages I did not like Nina. To me, she was annoying and whinny, definitely someone who would get on my nerves at fight sight. However, this is why you do not judge a book by its cover. While at first Nina, to me, felt like one of those unnecessarily mean and nasty teens, the type I didn't get along with when I was actually in high school, the more I read her story the more she grew on me and I understood her feelings and the need to be away from everyone.

A lot happens in this short story to make Nina not only let loose a little and come out of er shell but also forced her to grow up and face her fears. The brief backdrop of her relationship with her mother and father was enough to make her a round character and make her believable.

The supporting characters were also well crafted and represented a few of the different personalities you meet when you a dropped into an already formed group. From Britney, the sex crazed teen, to Leo, the one everyone loves, to Jacob, the serious and responsible one, and the other camp counselors and the gifted campers, helped add a dynamic to the story that pushed Nina out her comfort zone and forced her to interact with the world around her.

Also there was a light romance that developed between a few characters and Nina that by the end of her little tale had me wishing for a second part to see what happens and how she continues to grow.

For the supporting characters I liked them for the roles they played. However, I always have my favorite right off the back. From the moment Jacob was introduced into the story I was drawn to his character. Serious, mysterious, and a little broody, he captured my attention from the beginning. Watching him interact with Nina was a delightful joy.

Overall, I enjoyed this light and fun read. It was easy to read with very likable and believable characters that stayed in view long enough to spark your curiosity and forward the story but not take away from the main character.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Update and Review: Feel the Burn by G.A. Aiken

Good evening fellow bloggers,

How is everyone doing tonight? I am okay, a little tired but holding up. I finally managed to recover from RT after about three days. I have to say this RT was much better than the one in Dallas (granted I still didn't make it to any panels), but I still say New Orleans was my best RT. Like always I met up with old friends that I have missed and made new friends that I am excited to see and keep in contact with. (Total Fan Girl moment: I met Larissa Ione again and saw stars again. I simply love her, She is such an awesome person and her works are amazing. Now if only I can met J.R. Ward my life would be complete.)

Aside from RT, I am getting ready for Penned Con that is happening in September. Currently two of my friends are helping me with my currently published works while I work on getting this new story together (which in truth is taking me longer than I thought it would). I probably said this in another post but this will be the first convention that I will be signing at and I am extremely nervous and honestly pressed for time. Just thinking about all the work I have to do, from redesigning my covers, to making new bookmarks to thinking up new ideas for swag. It's a lot to take in but I am working on it and it will get done in time for the convention. I just hope I do well and am able to actually connect with people who have read my works and gain new readers.

In the mean time, while I am doing that, I have a awesome new review for you guys. So lets get into it before I get tired and forget what I want to say...

Feel The Burn by G.A. Aiken

First off let me just start off by saying I adore this series (I know I have said that before but it is true). With each new book that is added the world of the dragon kin series is expanded. With that being said, I let this book marinate in my head for a week or so, just so I can calm down off my initial high of finishing a book and actually think about it. Sometimes my feelings changes other times they don't.

For starters this addition to the series is about the Rebel King and the barbarian woman Kachka (she has some really long name in the book), who happens to be the rough and tough sister of the main character from the previous book Light My Fire (make sure to read that one too). Like all romance stories you get to watch them go through their journey and fall for each other. But, signature to Ms. Aiken's dragon kin serious, their story is not only filled with danger but humor that mixes with the overall dark tone of the story.

If you are up to date in the dragon kin world than you already know that there is a new "god" trying to be born and his minions all killing priestess and priest throughout the lands. The Mad Queen is not happy about this as is doing everything within her power to keep her people safe. In pushing back the minions she sends them into the Rebel King's territory, in turn he has to take a break from his own revenge to help with clearing out the new god's minions (of course there is much more going on but I don't want to give away too many spoilers) and protect his kingdom. In the process he continually runs into Kachka, who is a firecracker with a sharp and amusing tongue, and her comrades that make for added humor in their travels and deadly allies in battle.

There is a lot of diversity in this story, with the Rebel King being an Iron Dragon, to the Mad Queens and the Dragon Kin who are continuously referred to as lazy southern landers, to the barbarian women who are almost as strong as the dragon warriors. Like in Light My Fire, in Feel the Burn you get to see how the different cultures interact with each other and how each other them mange to keep their origins and yet fit together as one. Something I truly liked about this book.

For me the chemistry between the King and Kachka was not one so focused on passion and this overwhelming urge to have one another like in most of the stories (which is not a bad thing), but to me it seemed to be something more normal and real life like and most certainly comical. The insults Kachka would fly at the King and he would just embrace it made the book ten times better for me. Their personalities, while cultures clashed, where perfectly matched for each other. The King, while a dragon and still having that dragon arrogance, understood Kachka and her needs, giving her space when she needed it or protecting her when she needed it (even when she thought she didn't). Kachka gave the same balance to him as well and her character never seemed to get lost as she slowly began to recognize her feelings for the King. She remained the same sarcastic and fierce warrior she had been from the beginning.

Another thing that I liked was how, unlike most romance stories, these two never confessed and undying love for each other aloud. Of course their actions and such proved they were in love, but for this pair it was not something that necessarily had to be said. It was one of the first things I noticed when I finished reading the book.

Also, there were many side stories and plots going on and we also got introduced to a few new characters. Yet and still I will always love the Mad Queen's children, called the Abominations. They are just interesting and fun to read about. Strong willed and thinkers, I look forwards to seeing what is in store for them and if we will ever get their stories. One of the major relationships to grow out of this book was the Queen and her daughter. For me it was one of the more fundamental changes in that book... that's all I will say on that because I won't spoil anymore of the book.

Overall, like I said I enjoyed this book, (and I just realized that this is probably the only series where I don't have a favorite character), I believe this book was one of the stepping stones inroudcing the readers to a new phase that is coming in the dragon kin world and the growth of characters that you may or may not have noticed. I am excited to see who the next book will be about. I have my suspicions but I am not entirely sure what will happen.

Rating: 4/5

Would I recommend? Yes

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Review: Fighting to Forgive by JB Salsbury

Evening everyone,

How are all of you doing tonight? It has been a while since I last updated, but life has been happening to me lately and I have a lot of work that needs to get done within the next few months and a few books that need editing and finishing before Penn Con in September. With that being said this is going to be a short post, a simple review of the recent book I read and my thoughts on it.

Let's begin shall we?

Review: Fighting to Forgive by JB Salsbury


Fighting to Forgive is another book that I purchased while at an RT convention not too long ago. I had the privilege of meeting Ms. Salsbury, and she was a very lovely lady.

This book is one of the first MMA fighter books that I have read, (side note: the more I learn about the industry the more I learn about all types of Sub-Genres of Romance. Pretty Cool if you ask me), and I must say that it was a very well done story. Both main characters; Layla and Blake, showed realistic character growth throughout the story. Their interactions with each other, from the moment they first met to the last kiss of the book, was like watching a romantic comedy with a slight dark edge given both characters back stories.

Ms. Salsbury does a excellent job giving enough backstory on the characters to make you feel as if you know them but not enough to take away from the story. Since I prefer third person as opposed to first person, which this book is, it shocked me that I was pulled so hard and fast into the story. I managed to read over half the book in a few hours (the only reason I stopped was because I had work in the morning, or else I would have finished it that night.)

I was instantly drawn to Blake's character and found myself fantasizing about having my own MMA fighter like him. Growing up with a militant father, it was understandable that he had serious family issues. Its no secret that just about every tortured character has come dark secret they hold on to, and Blake is no different. Except his secret was actually something that caught me off guard and was a delightful surprise that had me fall deeper in love with his character. Like always with a strong willed male character, I enjoyed watching his fall into the depths of love.

As for Layla's character she was indeed a strong woman, even if she was a bit predictable at times. I admired her will to start over and better her life for her and her daughter. I especially enjoyed watching her wrap Blake the Snake around her finger. Her interaction with her daughter, although there were times where her daughter pissed me off, were realistic and gave even more depths to the character. Making it so Layla not only had to deal with Blake but her daughter's well being was also in the back of her mind with everything she did. While Layla might not been the world's greatest mother she was definitely one that loved and would do anything for her daughter.

It is rare for me to get caught off guard by a book, however, there were several times when this books caught me off guard (but in a good way). The fast that I was caught off guard caused me to continue reading. From Blake's secret to Layla's EX showing up and almost ruining everything. I was continually shocked by the book. When I thought on thing happened... it didn't.

All in all a very good book with a decent plot, steamy love scenes, and touching moments that will make your heart melt.

Would I recommend this book? Yes

Rating: 4/5

Until next time

SMUCHEZ

-Layla-