Saturday, December 3, 2016

Book Review: Behind His Lens by R.S. Grey

Twenty-three year old model Charley Whitlock built a quiet life for herself after disaster struck four years ago. She hides beneath her beautiful mask, never revealing her true self to the world... until she comes face-to-face with her new photographer — sexy, possessive Jude Anderson. It's clear from the first time she meets him that she's playing by his rules. He says jump, she asks how high. He tells her to unzip her cream Dior gown; she knows she has to comply. But what if she wants him to take charge outside of the studio as well?

Jude Anderson has a strict "no model" dating policy. But everything about Charley sets his body on fire.

When a tropical photo shoot in Hawaii forces the stubborn pair into sexually charged situations, their chemistry can no longer be ignored. They’ll have to decide if they’re willing to break their rules and leave the past behind or if they’ll stay consumed by their demons forever.

Will Jude persuade Charley to give in to her deepest desires?

I’m seriously suffering from a book hangover after this story. It’s a story about the pain some people keep locked up inside themselves. It’s about clawing away from that pain and trusting someone enough to let them in and allowing them lead you away from that darkness.

On the outside, Charley Whitlock has it all – her beautiful WASP features have led her into modelling, her well-to-do upbringing made her want for nothing growing up, yet for the past four years, she has been vacillating between pure darkness and trying desperately to pull herself from the greyness bordering on the light. The dark past she carries with her threatens to take over her life more often than she would like, but Charley is a fighter, and she’s determined to not let it rule her life.

Jude…what can I say about Jude? I wish he were real. He’s my new book boyfriend…I wish he were real. Although our first introduction to Jude is not a pretty one, we soon find out that there is a bit more to this cool, sexy photographer than meets the eye. He may shoot bikini-clad models now, but there is much more to his snide demeanour and cool indifference. Masking his pain behind fast women and one-night-stands, Jude is just trying to function. He’s trying to forget. He’s trying to make it through every day without his demons coming out of the shadows to drag him back under again.

Fiercely protective of what he sees as his, Jude is the whole package: sexy, alluring, sometimes smug and completely weak-knee inducing. He is the bad boy, the tease, the sex-god…but he’s also got a sweet side – he’s considerate and kind, protective and loyal.

From the first moment that they see each other, Charley and Jude both know that the chemistry between them cannot be ignored. They play cat and mouse with each other, flirting and pushing the limits of their friendship until it goes past the point of no return. After and embarrassing mistake from Charley, she thinks that Jude isn’t interested in her at all – shattering her self-esteem until Jude sets her straight.

An intense roller coaster of events lands them in Hawaii where the spark between them ignites into a fire that burn white-hot. But Charley can’t seem to push past her own dark past, even when Jude bares his soul to her, and tells her everything about his charred and ruined past. The thing with Jude that is so amazing though is the fact that he see the pain behind Charley’s eyes, yet he’s determined to save her, to stop her hiding away in isolation. Charley is heart-breakingly broken, but to Jude, she’s perfect.

I really couldn’t find any fault with Behind his Lens. The plot is incredibly well-paced. I ravenously devoured the pages until I could get to the end, and when that inevitable happened, I found that I didn’t want it to end. The whole flow of the book was great with spot-on descriptions and intense imagery especially when it came to describing the depth of Charley and Jude’s pain and regrets, their hurt and their trauma.

The chemistry between Charley and Jude is so incredibly well-written – the description of the different scenes and the emotive writing makes you believe in their attraction. With many heart-rate-spiking, panty-soaking loves scenes between Charley and Jude, for the erotica and romance readers out there, there is certainly enough steam on these pages to satisfy you.

Grey did such a great job with building her characters that I truly felt like I knew Charley and Jude. When they were happy, I was happy; when they were hurting, I was hurting. With great supporting characters like Noami and Bennett, they act as the life buoys in both of their lives, keeping them afloat when the waves of their pasts threaten to crash over them completely. It was also refreshing to have both Jude and Charley with their own voices – I love seeing the perspective of a man, to see what he’s thinking.

I would highly recommend Behind his Lens to all those romance readers out there. If you like your leading men strong and dominating, then Jude is the man for you. Charley compliments and softens his rougher edges and Jude’s strength bolsters Charley and makes her want to fight her demons.

About R.S. Grey 

I am a lover of books, chocolate, reality TV, black labs, and cold weather. Seriously, if I had it my way I would be curled up on the couch with all of those things... everyday.

I live in Texas where I spend my free time writing and reading. My favorite authors are Mindy Kaling & Jonathan Safran Foer. I'm a comedy geek and love all things "funny". Women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling are definitely the biggest inspirations for my writing, though I think my work tends to skew a bit smuttier than theirs

Friday, December 2, 2016

New Covers for Dark Deceit

Help! I need help! I can't decide which cover is best for the first book in the Dark Trilogy, Dark Deceit. I'd love to get some feedback on them - what's your favourite? Are there any elements you like in some but not in others? Font? Image? Leave me some comments below!

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Series Spotlight + Giveaway: Brandi Kennedy's Selkie Trilogy - Book One: "Selkie"

A bit about the series: The Selkie Trilogy is a series of sequential romantic fantasy novels. Each book in this series follows the last, with each new book continuing the story from the last. These books are best enjoyed in order of publication, and this series contains mild/moderate sexual content.

Annie Jacobs's marriage fell apart, leaving her heart and her trust broken. Even her friends couldn't ease the pain of betrayal and eventually, Annie packed up her life and moved on. In peaceful Bar Harbor, Maine, Annie is finally able to find solace. She makes new friends, she finds a new routine, and she begins to pick up the shattered pieces of her confidence. Just when Annie thinks she's found contentment once again, a series of chance disasters threatens her new life -- and nearly ends her life entirely. When the man who saves her turns out to be something more than Annie ever would have expected, her life is thrust once again into turmoil. A near-death experience takes Annie into an entirely new world, one she would never have believed existed. It seems like death has its sights set on Annie for sure this time, and a war is closing in. Even immortality may not be enough to save her now.*Version*=1&*entries*=0;jsessionid=6DF7D248247B6BB79254AAF2CFD3C520.prodny_store02-6?ean=2940152260366#productInfoTabs

About Brandi

Brandi Kennedy is an American writer who is finally living her childhood career dream. As a child, books were her world, and through adulthood the love of words has never changed.  A woman of varied interests, Brandi loves photography, music of all kinds, knitting, crochet and of course, mothering her two young daughters.

Currently, she finds her home in the heart of Knoxville, Tennessee, among the mountains and the members of her extended family, where she spends her days at the computer, bringing fresh and incredibly real characters to life.


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Guest Post: Patricia Leslie on "Rebuilding Past Worlds"

If you're like me and enjoy a bit of history with your fiction, then you’re probably interested in the research side of writing as well. There are three important factors in writing historical fiction; the level of accuracy, level of detail, and character development in a time gone by.

If you're going to include facts that can be checked make sure you check them yourself first. Sure as shooting, if you don't and you're wrong someone will take great pleasure in letting you know. Also, it interrupts the flow of reading and you want your Reader’s total involvement from page 1 to page end. Avoid this by checking your sources. Primary sources are best, but that's not always possible so creditable secondary sources are the next best thing especially if you can find several and they all agree.

When it comes to detail I go for way more than I will need so that I am generally informed on a topic. I find this helps the storytelling. It also gives me other topics to write about for articles and short stories. The vast majority of that detail is kept away from the story. Exposition can be so boring and can make the writer sound like a know it all. Readers want stories not an over abundance of fact.

For characters to move freely around the world you've recreated, they need to respond in a natural way to everything that their time period throws at them. This means the writer needs to know about clothes, the look of the buildings and streets, current affairs, rules and regulations, and customs.

 It's a lot to learn, but looking up old maps and heritage buildings can give you streetscapes, layout and the feel of architecture and interior design. Local government and State archive websites are great for this.

For fashion, I research online through Pinterest (check out my board for my current work) and go to exhibitions of vintage clothing so I can really get up close to see fabric and style detail and colour.

For dialogue and writing styles, old newspapers and journals can give you a gist for language and its uses, and stories written in the time period (1700s onward in particular) are great for picking up the nuances as well as localised observations. But don't take them as a primary source. They can be a window into the past but are not history textbooks.

Here's my recommended reading list for Australian research based in the 1800s:

·       Lady Audley’s Secret (not Australian but a good read, free and something a little different from Jane Austen)
·       Trove (newspapers, journals, books, images)
·       National Trust Australia
·       Dove Maps of Sydney

These may not be the period or location you're interested in but they show just a glimpse of what is easily found online.

Patricia Leslie is an Aussie urban fantasy author with Odyssey Books. Her novels, TheOuroboros Key, and, A Single Light, deal with the major issues of today like mystical
magical beings living deep in Colorado's Rocky Mountains and hungry vampire-like spiritsdevouring the population of southern Sydney. Evil powers abound in her next novel set in
Sydney and Scotland in the 1800s. Patricia enjoys the research as much as the writing so payno mind to middle aged women with cameras wandering around Sydney. It could very wellbe Patricia Leslie hunting down heritage buildings and their stories.

Drop in on Patricia's strand of the World Wide Web and catch up on her adventures or follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.