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Sunday, August 26, 2012

The Book Waitress: Serving Up Evil Blog Tour stop!

Today marks the first day of The Book Waitress Blog Tour! I hope everyone has as much fun participating as we did putting it together. A big thank you to Shelley and Kathryn of TSK TSK What To Read for co-hosting this tour with me! I couldn't have done it without y'all!

Some of you might not know, but it was Deena's first book, Trinity, that kick started my reviewing career. If not for Deena, I wouldn't be where I am today. So, I'd like to say thank you. Thank you, Deena, for all you have done for me. You've given me so much, it's time I gave something back to you. Congratulations on the release of The Book Waitress. I know that people will love it because everything that you write is wonderful just like you! I'm so happy to call you my friend. <3 Enjoy the tour!


What inspired you to write The Book Waitress? 

I used to call myself a book waitress when I worked in my college's library. Partner that up with my love of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and an idea formed.

How long did it take you to write it? 

It took a few weeks to write the first draft.

Who is your favorite character? 

I think my favorite character is Camille Dutton. She has the quirkiness of Temperance Brennan, from  Bones, and the snarky sense of humor I love.

Are any of the characters based on people you know?

Yes, Nancy is based on a library supervisor I once had the distinct pleasure of meeting. 

Describe the book in 3 words? 

I need 4! Dark intense romantic adventure

Did you listen to any music while writing TBW? 

Yes, I actually did, which is unusual for me. I listened at times to Gregorian chants, instrumental rock, Celtic thunder, hard rock, and good old white noise.

What can fans expect for the next books in the series? 

Oh, the next book is so intense! Take a good deep breathe before diving down into the darkness to read it! *smacks hands together and grins wickedly*


“Coming! I’ll be right with you!” Camille dashed over to her circulation desk to find a tall, blonde-haired man in loose-fitting jeans and a plaid shirt standing there with slips of paper in his hand, a beat up backpack slung over one shoulder.
He turned and their eyes locked as she scurried around the desk and pasted on a professional smile. Thank goodness she’d been rushing about. It masked the true reason for her breathlessness- his heart-stopping, blue-green eyes. “How can I help you, today, sir?”
“I’d like to take these out, please, but I don’t know where to find them.” He flashed a pearly white grin. “I’m hoping you can help me.”
“Sure.” Looking at his order slips, she noticed they were all for newspapers. They were kept in a different place from the journals. She looked on the floor plan taped to the desk and located their home. “Follow me, please.”
She joined him around the front of the circulation desk and walked to the far end of the room. Archived newspapers were in a small room off the main area. His slips listed local and national newspapers for June of the last six years.
“I’m usually self-sufficient in a library, but I’m new to the island and this place is quite different from the ones I’ve been to. So thanks for helping me.”
“No problem. I’m new here, too, actually. Just arrived about an hour ago, in fact.”
“And you’re on the job already? Wow. That’s what I call dedication.”
“Here we are, sir.” She opened the door and ushered him inside. “Newspapers are organized by name, alphabetically, then by year, month, and day. They cannot be signed out, and I believe they must remain in this room.”
“Please, call me Derek. You’ll be seeing me here a lot from now on doing research, so it’s only right.”
“Okay, Derek. Please keep all food and drink out of the vicinity of the reference materials.”
“Yes, ma’am or…” He stood there, waiting. For what, she didn’t know.
“Or what?”
“Or maybe you could tell me your name so I don’t offend you by using that old lady term again.”
“Ah, well, uh, my name is Camille. It just so happens the term ma’am, originally used in the 1660’s, is really a sign of respect when addressing a lady who is married. So it makes sense not to use that term for me since I am not a married woman. If you need anything further, I’m at the circulation desk. Good luck with your research.” She stepped toward the door.
“I learn something new everyday, Camille. Thank you. It’s important work I’m doing here, you know.”
“I’m sure it is. I’m just gonna head out now. New ‘round here. ‘Gotta learn the ropes.” She backed out of the room and closed the door, hurrying back to her desk where she touched her hands to her cheeks. A full-on flush had erupted on her face and neck. She could tell just by looking at her reflection in her computer screen.

The Book Waitress
Camille Dutton learned early in life Satan was not to be trifled with. Escaping his evil clutches as a child, he’s come back with a vengeance for her now.
Derek Galloway’s inquisitive nature has led him to be an award-winning investigative reporter and straight into the path of pure evil.
When a child vanishes from a sleepy island town, Camille, its subdued librarian, becomes embroiled in Derek’s investigation. A satanic cult has plans for the child, while Satan has plans for Camille and the rest of the world. Amidst evil of the most supernatural and human kind, Derek and Camille find a shred of light and goodness in the form of their budding relationship.
First in the Book Waitress Series, the portal between Hell and Earth will be torn asunder, and it will take everything Camille and Derek have and then some to close it. Satan won’t go down easy, but nothing worth everything ever comes without a price.

Tagline: Nothing worth everything comes without a price.

Deena's Bio:

It was the mystique of Arizona’s history and landscape that called to Deena and catapulted her career as an author. When she’s not writing romance novels and poetry in the wee, small hours of the morning or in the deep, dark of night, Deena teaches language arts to middle school students. She currently lives in Gilbert with her husband and two children, but New Jersey will always tug at her heartstrings. She loves connecting with her fans, so find her at 

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Happy Reading!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Awaited by Lynn Rush Review!

The voice is a powerful thing…

Russell Leonard is a centuries-old Guardian who’s lost faith in his purpose. So when he’s charged with procuring the first female Guardian in over two centuries, he can only hope it’s the red-headed beauty who’s been haunting his dreams for months. And if it is, he intends to claim her as his. But when he finds his dream woman, Annabelle is mute and bears no Guardian’s Mark.

He soon realizes she’s been tainted by an ancient evil. Russell must somehow release the secrets trapped within this delicate soul to help her tap into the only weapon powerful enough to silence a millennia-old demon—her voice.

***Portion of all proceeds donated to American Cancer Society***

My Review:

My problem with most books is that they start off too slow. That is not the case with Awaited. This book starts off with a pretty big bang, literally. From the very beginning and through the whole novel, the story is fast paced and like a roller coaster ride. There's a lot going on- in a good way. It was super hard to put the book down, even for a moment. It's one of those books that you basically read the whole way through because you can't possibly stop and not know what happens next. I feel that Lynn's writing really strengthened in this book. There's not one single thing I didn't love about it. In fact, I almost feel like rereading it already- that's just how much I loved it!

I have to applaud Lynn Rush. The chemistry between Belle and Russell was MAGNIFICENT! I've never "Awwww"ed so much over two characters. One of the best things about their relationship is how special it is. Not only in the paranormal way, but in the way they communicate. Russell is so tender and sweet. (Where can I get me one of those?) I love how Belle alternates between a vulnerable and strong female character. It was great seeing her development throughout the story.  I felt a lot more connected to these two characters, than I did Beka and David, although I was happy when they made tiny appearances in Awaited. And Jessica, too! We also meet new characters, Rain in particular, who I hope is in book 3 because I really liked her.

Like book 1, Awaited has a lot of Paranormal aspects within. This story was very interesting. The plot was very entertaining and exciting, as well as unique.

Anxiously awaiting book 3! Awaited ended in the perfect way to set up for the next novel!

I recommend this book to any paranormal lover that enjoys an action and romance filled tale with a unique twist!

A big thank you to the author for providing a review copy!


Happy Reading! 


Friday, August 17, 2012

Dark Angel's Ward by Nia Shay Review!

Two years ago, Jandra Maxwell walked away from the secret Fairlight Society and started a new life in a quiet Texas town. When her former Ward, the dark angel Zeph, seeks her out and begs for her help, Jandra faces an impossible choice. She knows he can only offer her heartache, but she can’t turn her back on the only man she’s ever loved.

Zeph teeters on the brink of madness, pummeled by emotions his angelic blood once rendered him incapable of feeling. Driven to protect Jandra from a threat he can only glimpse in nightmares, he refuses to leave her side. As they explore the mystery of his recurring dreams, they discover the Fairlight Society has been keeping a terrible secret – one they’ll kill to protect.

Fighting for her life isn’t so easy when Jandra’s also fighting her heart. Her her inexorable attraction to Zeph may save them...or may damn them both.

My Review:

It's amazing books like this that remind me why Paranormal Romance is my favorite genre. Dark Angel's Ward is a delightful, well written story that is absolutely gripping. Nia Shay is now a must have on my shelf- or E-reader, in this case. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and wished that I hadn't zoomed through it. It is an addicting book though; it's not one you'll be able to put down!

Dark Angel's Ward is a unique tale that is both interesting and entertaining. The plot focuses heavily on paranormal aspects- Angels, Nephilim, Demons, and Wards, complete with a secret society- and stands out among other angel stories. A lot of action takes place during the novel (don't worry, there's romance too!), so it feels more like a movie than a book. The book is suspenseful and keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Each of the characters are fascinating and have the reader experiencing some strong emotion. I'd love to read more about them all. Of course, the two best characters are the two main ones. We have Jandra, or Jade, who is badass, intelligent, and strong. She's delightfully sassy and funny, making her the ideal female character. She's the female lead that most of us crave in a good story. Then we have Zeph, oh Zeph, "Mr. Hottie McHot Pants" himself. He's the tortured hero that every reader will fall in love with. The pair have explosive chemistry and have some rather steamy moments.

It's impossible not to fall in love with this story. I can't wait to read more by Nia. I highly recommend this book to any PNR lover that is looking for the next best thing!

A big thank you to the author for providing a review copy!


Happy Reading!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

There For You Giveaway!

   Let me start by saying, thank you so very much for having me on your blog today! I am super excited to be here and announce a few things going on over at There for You Editing Services. And of course, when excited about something, I give something away. Makes sense, right? Ok, not really, but that's how it's going to be. First, my news!    We have a few new things going on over at There for You. The first thing ... lower prices! I now charge only $1.25 per page, in Word doc (12pt, 1.5 spaced) format. The second ... I now use beta readers, at no additional cost to you! I have 3 trusted beta's that I use, and pay for you. What does this mean, you might ask? Well, after I edit the book I send it off to the beta's. They read over the book, looking for anything that might have been missed, because unfortunately we all make mistakes, and they point out any inconsistencies in flow or story. The beta's have all been readers, and reviewers, for years ... the type of people you want reading the book. So basically, you will have extra sets of eyes looking over your book.    You are probably wondering what type of edit I do. When I edit I am looking for grammar, spelling, punctuation, and sentence structure errors, as well as the overall "flow" of the story. I never make a major change without first discussing with the author ... who I like to stay in close contact with during the time of edit. Also, in addition to all the above, during the time your book is being edited, your cover photo is There for You's profile picture and your Facebook author page is mentioned almost daily ... in hopes of moving some more traffic to your page.    Well, now that that's out of the way ... the giveaway! Here's what I am donating to the giveaway! First is an adorable bag, the perfect size to use as a Kindle or Nook holder!
See how much it fits the There for You and book world?! Well at least my world with the coffee and read :))

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Highlander's Bride by Deborah Gafford Review!

Highlander's Bride Fiery Highland beauty, Katherine Gordon, wants only one thing: to escape from of the marriage suddenly arranged for her by her parents-marriage to a man she knows nothing about. She's determined to marry a man who will love her with his whole heart and who she will love as wildly in return-the way her father and her mother love each other. And she's certain that man is not the rough, arrogant Highlander to whom she finds herself betrothed. . Alexander MacGregor is a warrior born and bred, with the wide, muscular shoulders of a man who practices with a broadsword every day and the arrogance of a soldier who fears his father's sudden order that he must marry the Lady Katherine, when duty has bound him to another course. Nether Katherine nor Alexander know that danger is stalking Katherine, danger only their marriage will avert...if it's not already too late

My Review:

A big thank you to the author for providing a review copy and allowing me to review it!

Highlander's Bride is the first book I've read from Deborah, and she is a wonderful story teller. Her descriptions are vivid. The dialogue is incredible. It's easy to see that that aspect alone took a lot of time and effort, giving the book a feel that is both authentic and genuine. Plus, there is a glossary in the back of the book for words you may not know! That said, most of the stuff is easy to translate. By the end of the story I felt like talking like a Scott and visiting the beautiful place that is Scotland!

Another great addition to the story was the French addition. I felt that along with the amazing Scottish dialogue, the bits of French here and there really strengthened the story and made it even more enjoyable.

The story is a fast and enjoyable read filled with romance, action, and lots of drama. There is never a dull moment throughout the tale. The characters are both interesting and aggravating at times. The reason for four stars instead of five is that I felt like there was just a little too much back and forth between them. Despite that, I think the two main characters still had great chemistry together during the romantic moments of the novel.

Highlander's Bride has a wonderfully sweet ending that had me smiling. I just love a happy ending. Once the tale was over I realized I'd really miss Alexander and Kathrine. As with every good story, I wish there was more, but maybe there will be a sequel at some point in time. Along with liking the main characters, I found several of the minor characters very likable as well. William, Alexander's younger brother, and Monique, Katherine's mother being two I especially loved.

I look forward to reading more from Mrs. Gafford. I thoroughly enjoyed her take on a Scottish romance. :)


Happy Reading!