December 31, 2015

Happy New Year from #TalkSupe & November12

This is my niece, Kirsten, my favorite girl, and my muse.
And yes, that's her artwork on the wall.

December 30, 2015

Liked It: Everything At Last by Kimberly Lang + 2016 Resolutions

Series: Magnolia Beach 2
Format: ARC
Release Date: January 5, 2016 
Publisher: Berkley
Source: Publisher
Genre: Contemporary Romance

In the second Magnolia Beach romance by USA Today bestselling author Kimberly Lang, a small Alabama waterfront town is the perfect place to start over...

At first sight, Molly Richards knew Magnolia Beach, Alabama, was the perfect place to escape her unhappy life. And though she's proud of the small coffee shop she’s opened, something is missing. But she won’t let herself be burned by love—again.

Veterinarian Tate Harris finds the local dating scene awkward, since he's known most of the eligible ladies his whole life. But he's finding it hard to resist the unassuming charm of the sweet-faced owner of Latte Dah. And when a late-night pet emergency finds Tate at Molly's house, that fascination turns into a potent mutual attraction.

But just as their relationship begins to take off, Molly's haunted past returns. Fortunately, Tate is determined to help Molly fight for the life she's been wishing for

December 29, 2015

Suped Up: Betrayal by Aleatha Romig

Series: Infidelity 1
Format: ARC
Release Date: October 13, 2015 
Publisher: Romig Works
Source: Author
Genre: Contemporary Romance

One week. No future. No past. No more.
Alexandria Collins has one week to live carefree—no ghosts of her past or pressures of her future haunting her. Reinventing herself as "Charli," she is knocked off her feet by a sexy, mysterious man who brings her pleasure like she never imagined. With her heart at stake, she forgets that decisions made in the dark of night reappear in the bright light of day.

"Some of my tastes are unique. They aren’t for everyone. I understand that.”

Lennox "Nox" Demetri is wealthy, confident, and decisive—he knows what he wants. From the first time he sees Charli at an exclusive resort, he knows he wants her. Although he is usually the one to make the rules, together they agree on one:

One week. No more.

When betrayal comes from those closest to Alexandria, she must decide how far she is willing to go to survive. Choices are not always easy, especially when they involve the heart, body, and soul. After all, Infidelity is a business, and some rules are meant to be broken.

"Is it really cheating if you're doing it to yourself?"

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Aleatha Romig comes a sexy, new dominant hero who knows what he wants, and a strong-willed heroine who has plans of her own. With classic Aleatha Romig twists, turns, deceptions, and devotions, this new epic dark romance will have readers swooning one minute and screaming the next. Have you been Aleatha'd?

December 28, 2015

Loved It: Undead and Unforgiven by MaryJanice Davidson

Series: Undead 14
Format: Hardback
Release Date: October 6, 2015
Publisher: Berkley
Source: Publisher
Genre: Paranormal Romance | Urban Fantasy | Chick-Lit

If Betsy Taylor has learned anything about ruling Hell it’s: 1) she can't do it alone, and 2) she doesn’t have to. She’s got the help of a devoted vampire king, a dateless zombie, an exhausted new mom, an unshowered cop, a bitchy ghost, a kindly dead priest, and her late stepmother (“Go Team Satan!”). But the latest major hurdle in her post-dead life is so big she can’t even see it until it’s on CNN.

Betsy’s father and half-sister Laura (a former Anti-Christ with a grudge) have outed Betsy to the world. It doesn’t take long for the story to become 24-7 headline news. What’s more, people are not only prepared to believe in vampires, they want to kill them. For Betsy, social media has never felt so…unsocial.

Before long the mansion on Summit Avenue is swarming with reporters, would-be vampire/zombie killers, and desperate emos begging to be turned. Betsy has been forced into the unenviable role as the reluctant face of the vampire nation. All she knows is, she has to look good—this is hi-def!—and stay true to who she is. H8ers be damned.

December 27, 2015

Steampunk Sundays: Silver Linings by Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris

Series: Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences 1.5
Format: mobi
Release Date: October 30, 2014 
Publisher: Imagine That! Studios
Source: FREE
Genre: Steampunk

Wellington Books and Eliza D. Braun arrive in Cairo, Egypt, sent from Ministry headquarters on an archival audit. What Wellington hopes will be a stay in the cradle of civilization and a break from the bitter winter of England instead looks to be a brief visit on account of Eliza’s poor attitude and the disdain of the area field director, Marcus Donahue.

The plans for an uneventful collection of case documents and artefacts are soon shattered by a massacre that that can only be described by the visiting archivists as peculiar.

Tales from the Archives are short stories set in the world of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences. They explore events mentioned in the novels, characters seen and unseen and may include novel teasers of things to come.

December 24, 2015

November12 + Bought, Borrowed & Bagged [182] #Harry Potter

It's a double feature today. It's Christmas Eve and I thought I'd take a few days off, enjoy the holidays, eat, and chill. I'll be back on Sunday. 

December 23, 2015

Loved It: Once Kissed by Cecy Robson

Series: O'Brien Family 1
Format: eGalley
Release Date: November 3, 2015
Publisher: Loveswept
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Once they shared a night of passion. Now a chance encounter forces them back together. In Cecy Robson’s O’Brien Family series debut—perfect for readers of Monica Murphy and J. Lynn—two total opposites find that the flames of desire are still smoldering.

Tough-as-steel cop Curran O’Brien is quickly rising through the ranks of the Philadelphia police department. But when his rookie partner is almost killed under his watch, Curran just wants to prove he still has what it takes to walk among Philly’s finest. So he’s pissed to be stuck on a cushy security assignment for the DA’s office . . . until he gets a good look at the sweet, straitlaced intern he’s supposed to protect—but not touch.

Tess Newart recognizes Curran instantly. How could she not? Back in college she tied this former frat boy to the bed with her argyle socks! That sizzling one-night stand was the only indiscretion Tess ever allowed herself. She has survived law school so far, despite being pushed to succeed by her overbearing father. Now that she’s interning on a major case against a ruthless crime boss, she won’t jeopardize her career by giving in to temptation again. She just never expected temptation to look so damn hot in uniform.

Tess knows her father has other plans for her, and they don’t include Curran. But soon she’s falling for him all over again. And when danger emerges, Curran will prove just how good a bad-boy cop can be.

December 22, 2015

Shelley Loved: See How They Run by Ally Carter

Series: Embassy Row 2
Format: E-Galley | 336 pages
Release Date: December 22, 2015
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Genre: Young Adult | Thriller

For the past three years, Grace Blakely has been desperate to find out the truth about her mother’s murder. She thought it would bring her peace. She thought it would lead her to answers. She thought she could put the past to rest.

But the truth has only made her a target.

And the past?

The only way to put the past to rest is for Grace to kill it once and for all.

On Embassy Row, power can make you a victor or a victim; love can turn you into a fool or a fugitive; and family can lead you forward or bury you deep. Trust is a luxury. Death is a very real threat. And a girl like Grace must be very careful about which secrets she brings to light.

December 20, 2015

Steampunk Sundays: Soulless by Gail Carriger

Series: Parasol Protectorate 1
Format: Mobi
Release Date: October 9, 2009
Publisher: Orbit Books
Source: Purchased
Genre: Steampunk

Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations.

First, she has no soul. Second, she's a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.

Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire--and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.

With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London's high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?

This is going to be quick as a lot of you have read this or have seen it enough to know what the heck Gail Carriger's into. 

A backstory for me. I've read the YA spin-off, Finishing School, and though it belongs in the same universe, Parasol Protectorate belongs to a different timeline. With that precedent, I jumped to SOULLESS thinking it's a grown up version of Finishing School.

And boy was I wrong! So very wrong to make such broad assumptions! 

December 19, 2015

Bought, Borrowed & Bagged [181]

BB&B (Bought, Borrowed and Bagged) is a weekly meme, inspired my The Story Siren and Pop Culture Junkie, where we share with you the books that we have bought, borrowed or bagged (won or gifted) plus a recap of the previous week's reviews, upcoming reviews, on going events and book movie or television news. 

BB&B is an homage Barron's Books & Baubles from Karen Marie Moning's smash hit series, Fever. 

December 18, 2015

#ChristmasTreats #Giveaway + November12: Choose Your Side #StarWars #TheForceAwakens #crafting

What are our favorite Christmas Treats? Books, of course! Stop by each blog for a chance to win fabulous books & gifties for the Holidays!

December 17, 2015

Loved It: Just A Few Inches by Tara St. Pierre

Series: Stand-alone
Format: Mobi
Release Date: June 1, 2015 
Publisher: Self Published
Source: Author
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary  | Sci-Fi
To fit into the perfect dress for the Valentine’s Day Dance. To look beautiful for her boyfriend, the school’s star basketball player. To keep his jealous ex-girlfriend, a rival cheerleader, away from him. And to be noticed by her classmates.

Exercising and dieting don’t work, but an advertisement for weight loss pills promises a quicker solution to her problem. As time runs out, she takes more than the recommended dose until she’s just a few inches slimmer. Heads turn when she arrives at the dance, and the wonderful night with her boyfriend is beyond what she dreamed it would be.

Days later, Carrie discovers that her body is changing in ways that should be impossible. While her doctor searches for a cure, she desperately turns to her friends and family for support. Everyone is noticing her now whether she likes it or not, and even the media is intrigued by her incredible story. Getting everything she once wanted has created new problems—problems that are growing more terrifying every day.

Because Carrie Roberts is shrinking.

December 16, 2015

Loved It: Wilde Card by Jenn Stark

Series: Immortal Vegas 2
Format: Mobi
Release Date: November 17, 2015 
Publisher: Elewyn Publishing
Source: Publisher (Lily Element Blog hooked me up!)
Genre: Urban Fantasy

All that glitters may not be gold.

When an antique gold show comes to Vegas, magical-artifacts hunter Sara Wilde is on the job. She’s tasked with an illegal search and seizure of relics that could give their bearers the power to create or to destroy entire worlds of magic.

Talismans that may ignite a war.

Rumors of impending battle race like wildfire through the Connected community. Every psychic, were, warlock, and witch descends on Sin City to claim the relics first. Even the mighty Arcana Council is swelling its ranks, disrupting the careful plans of its leader, the darkly sensuous Magician. Sara’s complex heist becomes even trickier as the hard-edged, heart-stealing detective from her past is assigned to investigate, forcing her to confront the one man in Vegas she can’t bluff. Nothing goes quite as planned, and everything is up for grabs.

December 15, 2015

Shelley Liked: The Fearless by Emma Pass

Series:  Unknown
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Released: April 14, 2015
Source: NetGalley
Format: E-Book | 368 pages
Genre: Young Adult
This fast-paced futuristic thriller tells the story of seventeen-year-old Cass and her fight to protect her younger brother from an unimaginably terrifying enemy.
The Deadliest Enemy feels no fear.
When the Fearless invaded, they injected everyone in their path with the same serum that stripped them of humanity.
Life became a waking nightmare.
Cass has the invasion seared in her memory. Seven years later, she and her brother, Jori, are living on Hope Island in a community of survivors. No one can enter, and no one can leave.
It's the only way to stay safe.
But when Hope Island's security is breeched and Jori is taken by the Fearless, Cass will risk everything to get him back.

December 14, 2015

Gush & Gripe: Why I Think Erotic Heroes are Superheroes

If you've read a super sexy novel or erotica, I think you'll agree with me that these... people are superhumans. I mean I'm not going to pretend that I know all there is to know about sex, I just live vicariously through these people. Still I know a little biology and health science and some of the things I've read are so out there that I'm convinced that the lead characters in erotic novels have an extra chromosome or two. Here's why:

December 13, 2015

Steampunk Sundays: Aether Psychics by Cecilia Dominic + Character Chat & Giveaway

Aether Psychics
Cecilia Dominic
New Adult | Steampunk
August 25, 2015 | December 15, 2015

If love is the ivy, secrets are the poison.

Aether Psychics, Book 1
After enduring heartbreak at the hands of a dishonest woman, Edward Bailey lives according to scientific principles of structure and predictability. Just the thought of stepping outside his strict routine raises his anxiety.

Adding to his discomfort is Iris McTavish, who appears at his school’s faculty meeting in place of her world-famous archeologist father. Worse, the two of them are to pose as Grand Tourists while they search for an element that will help harness the power of aether.

Iris jumps at the opportunity to prove her worth as a scholar—and avoid an unwanted marriage proposal—while hiding the truth of her father’s whereabouts. If her secret gets out, the house of McTavish will fall into ruin.

Quite unexpectedly, Edward and Iris discover a growing attraction as their journey takes them to Paris and Rome, where betrayal, blackmail and outright theft threaten to destroy what could be a revolutionary discovery—and break their hearts.


At the Théâtre Bohème, danger decides who takes the final curtain call.

Aether Psychics, Book 2
Hailed as the most talented actress of her generation, Marie St. Jean has something more to her ability than mere talent. She loses a bit of her soul to each role. When the ghostly spirit of the theatre promises her an easy fix, she’s tempted by the chance to finally live a normal life.

Unfortunately, the man she’s drawn to is the last one to settle for normal. But with the Prussians surrounding Paris, there’s no escaping that temptation, either.

Violinist Johann Bledsoe thought he’d left his disgrace in England, but a murder outside the Théâtre Bohème makes him wonder if he’s been exposed. Another reason not to stick around once the siege ends, even if Marie fascinates him.

More murders, steam-powered ravens, and past and present secrets bring them closer to discovering just what lurks within the theatre, and who threatens from without. The only way to save themselves is to reveal their darkest shames—and use the Eros Element in a way that has already driven one man to the brink of madness.

Warning: Processed in a facility where wine is used as currency and dessert is a reward. If you dislike French cooking and attitudes, move along. Things are cooking in this book, and it ain’t Julia Child.

Calling all New Adult, Steampunk, and fantasy fans, check out this character interview with Marie St. Jean, heroine of Light Fantastique, to know more about the Aether Psychics. It's juicy!

December 12, 2015

Bought, Borrowed and Bagged [180]: The Legend of Tarzan

BB&B (Bought, Borrowed and Bagged) is a weekly meme, inspired my The Story Siren and Pop Culture Junkie, where we share with you the books that we have bought, borrowed or bagged (won or gifted) plus a recap of the previous week's reviews, upcoming reviews, on going events and book movie or television news. 

BB&B is an homage Barron's Books & Baubles from Karen Marie Moning's smash hit series, Fever. 

December 10, 2015

Not For Me: Glimmer and Glow by Beth Kery

Glimmer and Glow Duology
Beth Kery
Paperback (2015)

After graduating from her M.B.A. program, Alice Reed is surprised when she’s recruited for the management training experience at legendary Camp Durand, owned by Durand Inc.’s young, billionaire CEO, Dylan Fall. The company usually recruits from Ivy League schools, not insignificant colleges like Alice’s.

Alice enthusiastically accepts, but she still wonders why Dylan would choose a girl from the wrong side of the tracks for the prestigious program. But after a passionate encounter one night, she discovers exactly why—Dylan wants her, and Alice can hardly resist his fierce sexual appetites, though she is amazed that she could appeal to an experienced, sophisticated man like Dylan.

As Dylan introduces her to thrilling, erotic territory, Alice discovers a delicious new part of herself. Night after night, she steals away to find ecstasy and escape in Dylan’s arms. But behind her lover’s powerfully magnetic facade, Alice senses darkness, secrets from Dylan’s past lurking in his beautiful, lonely mansion—secrets that are starting to haunt Alice. And the ghosts of the truth might tear Dylan and Alice apart forever . . .


Alice Reed never dreamed she’d escape the stigma of her disturbing past. That’s why she was shocked when, out of the blue, she was recruited to join the elite Durand Enterprises by the enigmatic CEO himself, Dylan Fall. The erotic charge between them was fast and deliciously forbidden. But as Alice opened up to worlds she’d never known, everything changed once again with a stunning discovery: there’s much, much more concealed in the shadows of Alice’s troubling childhood, and her life is about to change forever.

Now, with another piece of the puzzle of Alice’s identity revealed, a mysterious adversary plots to destroy it all—and Dylan is determined to protect her. But as Alice’s sexual addiction to Dylan turns helplessly to love, she can’t help but wonder: how deeply can she really trust him? What were his true motives in drawing her close to him? And what other secrets does he know about her past that even she has yet to learn?

December 9, 2015

Injustice: Gods Among Us (DC Comics)

Injustice: Gods Among Us
Year 1-4
Graphic Novel
DC Comics

A New York Times Bestseller!

From the makers of Mortal Kombat comes the critically acclaimed prequel comic to the smash hit fighting game Injustice: Gods Among Us!

Things in the DC Universe have changed after Superman is tricked into destroying the one thing he loves the most. Now unwilling to let crime go unpunished, the heroes of our world must choose if they are with Superman or against him. But not every country will submit to his new world order and neither will Superman's greatest threat—Batman!

December 8, 2015

Shelley Liked: Wanderers by Susan Kim & Laurence Klavan

Series: Wastelands 2
Format: E-Book | 352 pages
Release Date: March 25, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Edelweiss
Genre: YA | Science Fiction | Dystopia

The former citizens of Prin are running out of time. The Source has been destroyed, so food is scarcer than ever. Tensions are rising…and then an earthquake hits.

So Esther and Caleb hit the road, leading a ragtag caravan. Their destination? A mythical city where they hope to find food and shelter - not to mention a way to make it past age nineteen.

On the way, alliances and romances blossom and fracture. Esther must rally to take charge with the help of a blind guide, Aras. He seems unbelievably cruel, but not everything is as it seems in the Wasteland.…

In this sequel to Wasteland, the stakes are even higher for Esther, Caleb, and the rest of their clan. They're pinning all their hopes on the road...but what if it's the most dangerous place of all?

December 7, 2015

Suped Up: The Queen by Tiffany Reisz

Series: The Original Sinners: The White Years 4
Format: eGalley
Release Date: October 27, 2015
Publisher: Mira
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: BDSM Erotica

Once upon a time, Nora and Søren made a fateful deal—if he gave her everything, she would give him forever.

The time has finally come to keep their promises.

Out of money and out of options after her year-long exile, Eleanor Schreiber agrees to join forces with Kingsley Edge, the king of kink. After her first taste of power as a Dominant, Eleanor buries her old submissive self and transforms into Mistress Nora, the Red Queen. With the help of a mysterious young man with a job even more illicit than her own, Nora squares off against a cunning rival in her quest to become the most respected, the most feared Dominatrix in the Underground.

While new lovers and the sweet taste of freedom intoxicate Nora, she is tempted time and time again by Søren, her only love and the one man who refuses to bow to her. But when Søren accepts a new church assignment in a dangerous country, she must make an agonizing choice—will the queen keep her throne and let her lover go, or trade in her crown for Søren's collar?

With a shattering final confession, the last link in the chain is forged in The Original Sinners saga. It's the closing chapter in a story of salvation, sacrifice and the multitude of scars we collect in the name of ecstasy—and love.

December 6, 2015

Character Chat: Raining Embers by Jessica Dall

Order and Chaos 1
November 3, 2015
Red Adept Publishing

Palmer Tash always follows the path of least resistance. He has an unusual disability involving his hearing. But in theocratic Latysia, being different isn’t a good thing, so he conceals his problem.

Brier Chastain’s malady is even more debilitating, and she often must take to her bed for long periods. Her days are spent in meaningless pursuits as she awaits an arranged marriage.

When Palmer and Brier are kidnapped on the same night, they meet and discover that their so-called disabilities are actually budding powers. They are the incarnations of Order and Chaos. With their country on the brink of war, the two must step into their predestined roles and learn to take control of their own destinies.

December 5, 2015

Bought, Borrowed, and Bagged [179]: DC'S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW

BB&B (Bought, Borrowed and Bagged) is a weekly meme, inspired my The Story Siren and Pop Culture Junkie, where we share with you the books that we have bought, borrowed or bagged (won or gifted) plus a recap of the previous week's reviews, upcoming reviews, on going events and book movie or television news. 

BB&B is an homage Barron's Books & Baubles from Karen Marie Moning's smash hit series, Fever. 

December 4, 2015

Into the Badlands, A Must-Watch TV Series

AMC | Ongoing Series
Fantasy | 45 mins./ep

Centuries from now, a feudal society has emerged in the wake of civilization's destruction. This area is now called the Badlands and is uneasily divided among seven rival Barons. Each Baron enforces their iron rule with the aid of loyal armies of trained assassins known as Clippers.

The most lethal of the Badlands’ Clippers is Sunny (Daniel Wu) -- the Regent (Head Clipper) and most trusted advisor of Baron Quinn (Marton Csokas). For decades, Quinn has been unchallenged as the Badlands’ most powerful Baron; however, the territory’s newest Baron, The Widow (Emily Beecham), has begun testing his appetite for a fight.

One day, Sunny rescues M.K. (Aramis Knight), a teenage boy who has survived a deadly ambush. Sunny soon comes to understand that the teen harbors a dark secret and has a hefty bounty on his head. Together, they will embark on an odyssey that could mean the difference between chaos and enlightenment for everyone in the Badlands.

If you follow The Walking Dead, then you've likely seen the trailers for AMC's new show, INTO THE BADLANDS. AMC is fast become a favorite cable channel of mine, the network has a great and diverse selection of TV shows that are hardly B-rated. And this new series is good so far, I won't be surprised if it makes the favorite list.

December 2, 2015

Loved It: Immortal by J.R. Ward

Series: Fallen Angels 6
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: October 7, 2014
Publisher: NAL
Source: Publisher
Genre: Paranormal Romance

The Creator invented the game, and the stakes are nothing less than the fate of the quick and the dead: seven souls, seven crossroads. Reluctant savior Jim Heron has compromised himself, his body and his soul, and yet he’s on the verge of losing everything...

...Including Sissy, the innocent he freed from Hell. Jim’s determined to protect her—but this makes her a weakness the demon Devina can exploit. With Jim torn between the game and the woman he’s sworn to defend, evil’s more than ready to play dirty.

Humanity’s savior is prepared to do anything to win—even embark on a suicide mission into the shadows of Purgatory. True love is Jim’s only hope for survival—and victory. But can a man with no heart and no soul be saved by something he doesn’t believe in?

Shelley Loved It: Ward Against Destruction by Melanie Card

Series: Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer 
Format: E-Galley | 302 pages
Release Date: October 5, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Source: Publisher
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy

Ward de’Ath used to think that nothing could be more terrible than death. Now he realizes there are worse things. Like his never-ending hunger for blood. Even if he conquers the unbearable cravings that drive him headlong toward destruction, he’s a wanted man with a bleak future.

Assassin Celia Carlyle learns she is the only one who can protect Ward from disaster. She loves him–she wants to help him, but no one can tell her how to save him from himself. And the confusing voices in her head scream to let him go.

But Ward's dark trials keep mounting. A malevolent evil is rising in the land, threatening to unleash horror upon the world. The only way Ward can defeat it, and have the chance to marry Celia, is by accepting his fate and becoming the one thing he swore he would never become..

December 1, 2015

November12: Fabrics & The Drawing Board

Hi all! Braine here blogging from work so pardon the wonky format. It's been hectic so I'm cramming my shit, multi-tasks like Beyoncé. Too bad I look more like Jay-Z. Ha! 

So who went Black Friday shopping last week? I did! But I went to the craft stores, perused their aisles, grabbed a few doorbusters, and held up the line for a bit because I need to use all of my coupons. Gotta make that money!