Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Cover Reveal: Harlot by Tracie Podger


Charlotte Kenny is nineteen years old and a prostitute.

Not by choice, though.

When a client is murdered, Charlotte is thrown into a world she believes should be between the pages of a novel.

Beau Mercier is an ass with a dark past.

When Charlotte ends up on his doorstep, he knows trouble will follow.

Two people, who neither trust nor like each other, are forced together in a town where all is not as it seems.

Can Charlotte escape her trouble? Can Beau open up enough to help her?

Both want to, but secret pasts, murder, and intrigue, get in the way.

Harlot accompanies the thrillers, Gabriel and A Deadly Sin, and can be read as a standalone.

For readers over the age of 18.

Amazon UK – http://amzn.to/2kr5dnB
Amazon CA - http://amzn.to/2kTMAaB
Will be available in Kindle Unlimited upon release

Add it to your Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34353568-harlot


I couldn’t breathe. I knew my mouth was open, I felt my heart beating but for some reason I couldn’t get my lungs to function and take in the breath of air I needed. Maybe it was a good thing. Had I taken in that lungful of air, I’m sure it would have been exhaled as a scream.

I looked around the bedroom. Blood splattered up the wall in an arc, in another world it could have been mistaken for a piece of abstract art. I didn’t want to look at him sitting naked. A hole, a bloody, dark red hole, had appeared in the center of his forehead.

I pulled the towel tight around my body. Only a half hour ago he’d been alive, sleeping. The shower water that dripped down my body chilled me to the core. I grabbed my clothes, which had been strewn around the room, and pulled them on as quickly as possible. I stumbled as one foot tangled in the leg of my jeans. I screeched as I reached out to stabilize myself and touched his leg.

“Oh, fuck,” I whispered, over and over.

Panic started to well up inside me. My hands shook as I buttoned up my shirt and looked around the room for my shoes. I spotted one but not the other. I grabbed my purse, the one shoe, and headed for the door. And then froze.

I rushed back into the room and grabbed the plastic bag from the bin; it contained evidence of our recent encounter. I picked up the towel I’d left lying on the floor and used it to cover my hand before I opened the bedroom door.

Moonlight streamed in through a small window in the hallway illuminating the stairs and giving me enough light to navigate down them. I crept down, pausing on treads that creaked under my weight and listened. I could hear my blood rushing past my ears to feed a brain that was firing off electrical impulses at a rate I wasn’t sure my body could keep up with. Muscles jerked as if preparing themselves for the flight option my body was desperate to take.

I should have called the police, I should have checked for signs of life. I should have done a lot of things other than the one I did—I opened the front door and ran. 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Book Review: Puppy Love (Redwood Ridge #1) by Kelly Moran

  Puppy Love

(Redwood Ridge #1)

by Kelly Moran


Releasing 2/28/2017

Preorders available at:

Amazon  &  B&N

After a passionless marriage under the scrutiny of high society, Avery Stowe is taking back her life. All she wants is a little privacy and a quiet place to raise her autistic daughter, Hailey. Redwood Ridge, Oregon, seems to offer all the right ingredients. Except for the problem of the local sexy veterinarian. The last thing she needs in her life is to fall for his irresistible allure, even if he is a nice guy who keeps doing her favors. But the well-meaning patrons of her new hometown have other ideas, and it appears playing Cupid is one of them.

Cade O’Grady has never met a woman he couldn't handle, but when Avery Stowe walks into his office late one night cradling an injured puppy, he’s struck stupid. Which might explain her total lack of interest in him. But now that she’s working for his family’s clinic, he doesn't have to lust from a distance. He might just have a chance at convincing Avery—and her too-guarded heart—that falling for the right man isn't a mistake . . .

My Rating:

Favorite Quotes:

‘The Battleaxes are here… All three of them at once.  This can’t be good.’  She’d only met them a handful of times since moving, but they were intimidating as individuals.  Together they could take down the Taliban.

It had been years since someone had looked at her instead of through her.

Popcorn, chocolate, coffee, ice cream, and pizza.  The five food groups.  Health nuts are going to feel stupid one day, dying of nothing.

I’m so nervous.  The only man I’ve ever slept with was my ex, and that was so long ago I’m not sure my parts still work.

It’s just like riding a bicycle.  A vibrating, naked, muscled bicycle.

Since Mom had been married four times before, Avery figured her mother was an expert in all things romance.  Or was really bad at it.

My Review:

Puppy Love was my second Kelly Moran read and I enjoyed it beginning to end.  Ms. Moran is a gifted scribe and provided ample servings of humor, steam, and quirky characters to kick off a new series.  The storyline was relevant, relatable, and realistic, as were the endearing and lovable characters who were each valiantly struggling with real life issues.  I adored the setting of a small town vet clinic that hosted a menagerie of abandoned pets.  The story was active, eventful, and full of entertaining threads with my favorite being the ironic humor of the parrot that spoke in well-framed song lyrics which always seemed to add a flavorful commentary to the human interactions.  The writing was often cleverly amusing, thoughtfully observant, occasionally angsty, yet always emotionally engaging.  I want to spend more time with this interesting and diverse group of characters.   

Empress DJ


About The Author 

 Kelly Moran is a bestselling romance author of enchanting ever-afters. She is a Catherine Award-Winner, Readers' Choice Finalist, Holt Medallion Finalist, and a 2014 Award of Excellence Finalist through RWA, plus she's landed on the 10 Best Reads & Must Read lists by USA TODAY's HEA.

Kelly's been known to say that she gets her ideas from everyone and everything around her and there's always a book playing out in her head. No one who knows her bats an eyelash when she talks to herself. Her interests include: sappy movies, MLB, NFL, driving others insane, and sleeping when she can. She is a closet caffeine junkie and chocoholic, but don't tell anyone. She resides in Wisconsin with her husband, three sons, and two dogs. Most of her family lives in the Carolinas, so she spends a lot of time there as well.

Visit her website for up-to-date book news and where to follow.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Book Review: Suddenly Begins - Dirty Texas 2.5 by J.A. Low

Suddenly Begins

by J.A. Low

She was everything I ever wanted. 

For her to be mine ✔ 

For her to be healthy ✔ 

For her to marry me ✔ 

So what’s next on my list? To knock her up? 

He was everything I could finally have. 

Finally together ✔ 

Finally healthy ✔ 

Finally married ✔ 

I never thought I would get married, but here I am married to Christian Taylor, Dirty Texas’ womanizing bad boy and my best friend, and I am about to do it all over again. 

Our life together finally begins now! 

Join Vanessa and Christian on their voyage of forever, all while trying to wrangle the Dirty Texas gang in the process.

My Rating:

Favorite Quotes:

Christian likes to tell everyone that practice makes perfect, and our kid is going to be pretty perfect with the amount of practicing we have been doing.

Shit, what the hell was in the water in Vegas?  Because you are both knocked up from it.  Keep that voodoo shit away from me…

Derrick starts off his list of what he is thankful for, this could be interesting.  ‘I’m also thankful that I look this good at thirty.’

 I promise to not look at the credit card bills when there is a Louboutin sale on.  I promise to cook dinner for you every night.  I promise to always leave the toilet seat down and make sure there is enough toilet paper available.  I promise to do manly things like chop wood to fulfill your unhealthy lumberjack fantasies. 

My Review:

Suddenly Begins was a busy, sexy, and humorous plot with lots of exciting beginnings as well as a few surprise partings.  Plenty of extravagant comings and goings across the globe as this group enjoys their wealthy lifestyle and much like the Energizer Bunny - the featured newlyweds were always going at it.  Written from a dual POV, the storyline was thrumming with sweet love, erotic sensuality, and amusingly bawdy banter as the characters could not speak without the prolific and creative use of expletives.     

Empress DJ

J.A. Low

JA Low lives on a faraway beach in Australia. When she's not writing steamy scenes and admiring hot surfers, she's tending to her husband and two sons, and dreaming up the next epic romance.

Book Review: The Possessions by Sara Flannery Murphy

 The Possessions

Sara Flannery Murphy

• Hardcover: 368 pages
• Publisher: Harper (February 7, 2017)

"I was totally immersed in the strange, beautiful world of Sara Flannery Murphy’s The Possessions. A gripping, chilling read that’s part love story, part mystery, and completely original, it’s sensuous, scary, and utterly thrilling. I’ve never read anything quite like it." —Anton DiSclafani, author of The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls

"An enthralling meditation on grief and memory cloaked in suspenseful psychodrama, The Possessions dissolves the boundaries of past and present and artfully, heartbreakingly maps the consequences of transgressive desire. Sara Flannery Murphy has written the best kind of ghost story." —Robin Wasserman, author of Girls on Fire

In this electrifying literary debut, a young woman who channels the dead for a living crosses a dangerous line when she falls in love with one of her clients, whose wife died under mysterious circumstances.

In an unnamed city, Eurydice works for the Elysian Society, a private service that allows grieving clients to reconnect with lost loved ones. She and her fellow workers, known as "bodies", wear the discarded belongings of the dead and swallow pills called lotuses to summon their spirits—numbing their own minds and losing themselves in the process. Edie has been a body at the Elysian Society for five years, an unusual record. Her success is the result of careful detachment: she seeks refuge in the lotuses’ anesthetic effects and distances herself from making personal connections with her clients.

But when Edie channels Sylvia, the dead wife of recent widower Patrick Braddock, she becomes obsessed with the glamorous couple. Despite the murky circumstances surrounding Sylvia’s drowning, Edie breaks her own rules and pursues Patrick, moving deeper into his life and summoning Sylvia outside the Elysian Society’s walls.

After years of hiding beneath the lotuses’ dulling effect, Edie discovers that the lines between her own desires and those of Sylvia have begun to blur, and takes increasing risks to keep Patrick within her grasp. Suddenly, she finds her quiet life unraveling as she grapples not only with Sylvia’s growing influence and the questions surrounding her death, but with her own long-buried secrets.

A tale of desire and obsession, deceit and dark secrets that defies easy categorization, The Possessions is a seductive, absorbing page-turner that builds to a shattering, unforgettable conclusion.

My Rating:

Favorite Quotes:

The sensation is as unsurprising now as drawing a breath or falling asleep.  A numbness spreads across the body, the blood growing sluggish.  The eyelids turn weighted.  The body is rearranging itself to make room, my consciousness rising and scattering like wary birds sensing an unknown presence.

The sensation of Sylvia’s presence is there and gone, like catching a shadowy movement from the corner of my eye.  I’m brushing my teeth.  I blink, and my reflection is a stranger’s; blink again and I’m myself.

We stare at each other.  My gaze is twice as dense as his.  It’s the unevenness of a roomful of people staring at one subject.  He must sense it too; he breaks eye contact to look at the floor.

We met when we were both roughened and torn, our hearts tattered enough to snag on each other’s.

My Review:

Edie is employed as a conduit or “body” for channeling the dead for those seeking closure as they mourn their lost loved ones.  There are strict rules at the Elysian Society, the agency where she worked, rules Edie had never considered breaking, until recently.  The plot was unique, ingenious, and perfectly crafted.  The writing was exquisitely detailed, richly textured, vibrantly alluring, and fiercely enthralling.  Written from a first person POV, the narrative was smoothly polished and intensely compelling.  I was transported and firmly implanted in Edie’s body, or maybe I was channeling her?  I believed I even felt her woozy sensations from the effects of her trance-inducing medication.  Ms. Murphy has deftly produced not one but three gripping mysteries in a book packed with intriguing characters and a smartly written and pulsating storyline.  I was provided with a review copy of this mesmerizing tale by TLC Book Tours and HarperCollins.

Empress DJ


Purchase Links

HarperCollins | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

About Sara Flannery Murphy

Sara Flannery Murphy grew up in Arkansas, where she divided her time between Little Rock and Eureka Springs, a small artists’ community in the Ozark Mountains. She received her MFA in creative writing at Washington University in St. Louis and studied library science in British Columbia. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband and son. The Possessions is her first novel.
Find out more about Sara at her website, and connect with her on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Book Review: Tapped by Liz Crowe


The Brewing Passion Series Book 1

by Liz Crowe

When wealthy brewery owner Austin Fitzgerald meets sexy saleswoman Evelyn Benedict, angry sparks fly. They seem destined to clash, until a hot hookup in a cold beer cooler changes everything.
For Austin, it's a life-altering moment that sets him on a path away from his birthright, while Evelyn must face her fears about committing to a man considered the playboy of the micro-brewing world.
The power of preconceived notions nearly tears them apart—until they meet up with brew master Ross, who opens their eyes to a deeper, even more erotic connection. But three strong personalities don’t always make for the best emotional mix and when a simple misunderstanding causes chaos, it’s up to Ross to repair the tattered shreds of their relationship.

My Rating:

Favorite Quotes:

You look like a constipated crocodile when you do that.

I am that guy.  And you are that girl.  And I want to be these people some more.

Listen, I already know you’re an emotional cripple and sometimes a high-maintenance pain in the ass, but I’m willing to overlook all that.

The smile he shot her made her filling melt, she’d swear it.  He’d truly turned her into some kind of drooling Pavlovian dog whenever he so much as looked at her. 

My Review:

Liz Crowe excels at sucking me in and holding me rapt with storylines that I would never read if they were written by anyone else.  I am no fan of angst and her books are dripping with that loathsome curse, I know this going in so I take a deep breath and do a few stretches for good measure, and once I’ve dived in - I cannot stop reading.  She lures me in with her special unique blend of word voodoo that muddles my brain and all sense of time due to her storytelling magic.  I fell down the rabbit hole with Tapped in much the same manner I did with her Stewart Reality series.  Ms. Crowe’s female protagonists tend to be annoyingly prickly and argumentative (and generally a mirror to our own worst tendencies and troublesome traits) and I often find myself wanting to whack them with my kindle. Evelyn was no exception to this phenomenon.  Evelyn was exhaustingly obstinate, emotionally immature and grossly insecure, I found her hard to warm up to and frustrating, yet oddly, she was embedded under my skin, and as is always the case with Ms. Crowe’s tales, as much as I may have disagreed or despaired of her choices, she was endeared to me by the conclusion.  The writing was highly emotive, cleverly insightful, occasionally amusing, observantly detailed, and with an erotic sensuality that had me gasping and cringing yet continually plucking at my curiosity.   I may curse her while reading her works, but I have to bow to her craft - Ms. Crowe has mad skills.

Empress DJ

Liz Crowe 

Amazon best-selling author, mom of three, Realtor, beer blogger, brewery marketing expert, and soccer fan, Liz Crowe is a Kentucky native and graduate of the University of Louisville currently living in Ann Arbor. She has decades of experience in sales and fund raising, plus an eight-year stint as a three-continent, ex-pat trailing spouse.
Her early forays into the publishing world led to a groundbreaking fiction subgenre, “Romance: Worth the Risk,” which has gained thousands of fans and followers interested less in the “HEA” and more in the “WHA” (“What Happens After?”).
With stories set in the not-so-common worlds of breweries, on the soccer pitch, in successful real estate offices and at times in exotic locales like Istanbul, Turkey, her books are unique and told with a fresh voice. The Liz Crowe backlist has something for any reader seeking complex storylines with humor and complete casts of characters that will delight, frustrate and linger in the imagination long after the book is finished.
Don’t ever ask her for anything “like a Budweiser” or risk bodily injury.

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Book Review: Tainted By Love by Gillian Jones

Title: Tainted By Love
Author: Gillian Jones
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Womens Fiction
Release Date: February 13, 2017



My name is Hendrix Hills. When I was twenty-nine, I fell in love with a girl. We loved fast. We loved hard. But our love was tainted.
My name is Trinity Adams. When I was twenty-seven, I fell in love with a boy. We loved fast. We loved hard. It’s too bad my blood was tainted. Warning: Not your traditional HEA. May contain emotional triggers for some. There will be things that you won't like and some you will, but I hope you have fun finding out!

Purchase your copy today!


My Rating:

Favorite Quotes:

That’s the thing I hate the most. Pity. Never, ever, pity me. I’m a survivor. I am living. And all I want is to be seen – I want people to see me, not just see what they will soon discover resides in my blood.

I think Tillie’s onto me and my tardiness. She asked me to pick up a few bottles of wine, so I knew I had to get her early, being the one in charge of the most coveted goods in all of Thanksgivingland.

Listen, I’m in the mood for a little Bearded Burglar… Are you saying I’m too old to speak like that? I better stop listening to my young hires at the salon, they’re corrupting me. Here I thought I was becoming cool again. They told me I could pull it off.

Easy there, Life Coach, we haven’t even had a full date yet. You can tuck the Save the Date cards back into your breast pocket.

She is totally your kid. She pounded it back. You’d think it was a hamburger, or a bottle of red wine…

My Review:

Gillian Jones broke my heart. I am gutted but I am willing to forgive her as I am in complete awe of her mad skills and drawn to her magical word powers. I love her style. I adored Ms. Jones’ Pub Fiction series and admire her feisty heroines and vibrant characters. Trinity is no exception as she provides a strong and sassy leading lady for Tainted By Love. But Hendrix holds my heart and has taken the throne of the perfect Book Boyfriend. These alluring characters were endearing, appealing, and oh so sweet together. I fully appreciated the thoughtful and considerate education I received in regards to Trinity’s illness and the challenges it presented. I gleaned a treasure trove of new and valuable information without feeling schooled. The storyline was relevant, thought-provoking, emotive, engaging, humorous, steamy, and packed with amusing banter and corny puns. I will forever recall this heart-squeezing couple every time I see or hear of a tire iron; my brain has been indelibly branded with this association - and I am totally cool with that.

Empress DJ

About The Author
Gillian Jones

I'm a wife, mother, and a crazy Canadian, living in Ontario with the loves of my life-my amazing hubby and sweetest little boy. I'm admittedly addicted to my friends, red wine, and laughter. A lover of alpha males, hot sex, coupled with the perfect side of angst all topped off with the epic happily ever after.

Other works
My Mind's Eye
On the Rocks
One Last Shot
Call Me

Gillian's Other Books

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Book Review: Tell Me Not To Go by Victoria De La O

Tell Me Not To Go


Victoria De La O




Jeff Price is in a long-term relationship rut – nothing a move from Utah to Silicon Valley can’t solve. But when he meets Samantha, his sister’s best friend, his newfound freedom is threatened by their attraction. Headed for med school, and still gun-shy from her last relationship, Sam’s not in the market for love, either. The answer is simple: a ninety-day, no-strings-attached affair. What can possibly go wrong for two people determined not to fall in love?

My Rating:


Favorite Quotes:

I need to find a way to get out of this cafe, but it’s like I’m that girl about to get axed in a horror movie: I’m frozen.  Right now, anyone watching me would be screaming, ‘Run bitch!’  And they’d be right.  But I’m not myself right now.

I am, without a doubt, the good guy.  The one you want to bring home to Mom... But Sam looks at me like I’m the husband that’s going to screw the nanny – like I’m unpredictable and a tad dangerous.  No one has ever looked at me that way before.  It’s so annoying, and so incredibly hot.

I’m pretty sure I attract cheaters, the way an NBA player attracts skanks.

My dad’s version of sex ed was throwing condoms at me when I was sixteen and telling me to use them – every single time.

There is so much sagging flesh.  I know it’s normal.  I know I’m supposed to think it’s beautiful – to appreciate nature.  All I’m thinking about is that I better get my ass to the gym more often, because my clock is ticking and nature is cruel.

My Review:

I adored this cleverly written and delightfully amusing book and smirked, snorted and barked with laughter as I read.  The characters were adorably flawed, endearingly drawn, and smartly written.  This was my first experience reading Victoria De La O’s crafty words, but I hope to make this a habitual exercise.  The storyline was relevant and entertaining with sparkles of humorous and insightful details, witty banter, clever snark, and soul touching observations.  I need more of this in my life! 

Empress DJ

About the Author

Victoria De La O is the award-winning author of the Tell Me romance trilogy and a California native. In between writing books, she hangs out with her family, argues about films, and practices Wonder Woman spins. Get exclusive stories and news via her newsletter: http://eepurl.com/bm7WeT

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Spotlight: Surrendering by Michelle Horst


Re-Release Blitz
Title: Surrendering
Author: Michelle Horst
Genre: Coming of Age/Second Chance Romance
Release Date: January 30, 2017



Liam Wright is the playboy at college. He’s part of the screw-crew.

It’s better to stay away from him, but you can’t tell your heart what to want.

He’ll judge me.

He won’t understand.

It’s easy to judge someone because of their past. I’m scared Liam will be just like all the other people. But he doesn’t judge me. He comes into my life and refuses to leave. He doesn’t give up on me.

He helps me accept the guilt that lives inside of me, because it also lives inside of him.

We’re both damaged by the past.

We’re both looking for someone who will understand.

We’re both looking for someone we can surrender to.

But it’s hard surrendering all your broken pieces.

“Some feathers will fall along the way, but new ones will always grow back. It doesn’t make the old feathers less important because they kept you flying for so long – they kept you alive.”


summer holidays and dating concept - couple in shades sitting at sea side


summer holidays and dating concept - couple in shades sitting at sea side 




International bestselling author of Predator, The Monster Series and many others. She loves writing anything from Young Adult to Suspense Romance.

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