Blog Tour, Days 1 & 2

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Here are my first four blog tour spots! I really tried to vary these and break them up, so I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed putting them together.

7/1: Joyfully Jay: wherein I write about my love for villains + exclusive excerpt

7/2: The Dark Arts Blog: Spotlight post

7/3: Lily G. Blunt’s Blog: Author Interview with some very interesting questions (and hopefully interesting answers) + exclusive excerpts… including a brief one from my contemporary WIP.

7/4: Attention is Arbitrary: nerd words, or why I name my books what I do + exclusive excerpt

Temper Release Day & Blog Tour

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Happy Temper Release Day! <3

Temper: A Ripples in the Status Quo Story [Book 5] is now available, and the first leg of the blog tour has been kicked off. Be sure to join me over at Joyfully Jay and the Dark Arts today.

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July 1, 2016: The Dark Arts
July 1, 2016: Joyfully Jay
July 2, 2016: Lily G Blunt: Author and Reviewer of MM Romance
July 2, 2016: Attention is Arbitrary
July 3, 2016: Diverse Reader
July 4, 2016: MM Book Escape
July 5, 2016: The Novel Approach Reviews
July 5, 2016: Love Bytes Same Sex Book Reviews
July 6, 2016: Wicked Faeries Tales & Reviews
July 6, 2016: Kimmers’ Erotic Book Banter
July 7, 2016: Molly Lolly
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uly 7, 2016: Kimi-Chan Experience

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Happy reading,

-R.

 

My Review of Paper Kisses

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Paper KissesPaper Kisses by R M Grace
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It was difficult for me to assign a number value to this book, because it affected me in so many different ways. And that’s why it’s getting a 5: any book that can be so nuanced as to affect me on multiple levels has done its job. It’s a bit difficult to get too deep into it without giving away spoilers, and I’m not big on giving those away. But I do have to say a few things.

First of all, Grace has a way with words. She writes prose beautifully, not going too far into the realm of ‘so poetic I can’t stand it’ but going far enough to where I appreciate the loveliness of her language. From the start, I was captivated by the way she writes. It’s distinctly British rather than being Americanized, and I adored that element of it. Her use of present tense is something I’m not usually fond of, but I barely noticed once I got into the story

I’ve been reading a lot of works out of the genre I prefer, but this brought me right back to where I’m comfortable and happy–and then promptly threw me back out of my comfort zone…which made me happy. Well. This isn’t a happy, humorous book, folks. There were tears. This was a difficult read, but it was a very good read, too.

If I had one criticism, it would be that the beginning is a little difficult to get into. But it’s worth getting past it to get to the rest. Beautiful. Just beautifully terrible and terribly beautiful.

Buy or read on Kindle Unlimited at Amazon.

My Review of Wrong Way

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Wrong Way (The Shenandoah Pack, #2)Wrong Way by Taylor Law
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I had the distinct pleasure of getting the chance to read Wrong Way before its release, and I felt incredibly fortunate for it. If I keep reading shifter books that are this good, I’ll have to start including them in my favorites. I didn’t read Wrong Turn first, but I will be going back to read it. I may have a few spoilers from not having read it first, but I don’t feel like I lost anything along the way, so it can be read independently of the other.

There are so many things that are done right here. The writing is great, the pacing is great, the characters are great, and the plot…Well, Law took the concept of shifters being hunted and made it her own with such assurance that I would have thought it had never been done before.

I desperately want to know more about the characters, especially Justice and Owen; I cared (and care!) deeply about them. Law brought me up and down and backwards and forwards and sideways
If I had one complaint, it would be that I felt the book could have benefited from another Owen scene, just to keep things going. As long as the author gives me another book, though, I think I can forgive her… 😉 If you’re considering the read, hit the button.

Pre-Order Wrong Way now!

My Review of Dominus

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DominusDominus by J.P. Kenwood
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Okay, so I was skeptical. There you have it. I admit it. Ancient Rome isn’t my thing and historical isn’t my thing. But this book came so highly recommended that I had to check it out. I love dark and gritty, and this fits the bill without going too, too terribly far into it. I bumped it to the top of my to be read list of doom and then stayed up half the night reading it.

So now, I’m so addicted that I feel like a klepto, stealing pages here and there. It’s been ridiculously hard to put down. Kenwood has pacing down for what I enjoy. I don’t feel like it’s too fast or too slow; it’s a steady progression. The sex is well-written without being overdone. The characters are believable, with their strengths and flaws. There’s enough grit and darkness to keep my attention. There’s intrigue, the politics are extremely interesting to read without becoming tiresome as they can be in some books, and I found myself surprised more than once. It’s well done historically in terms of the setting from what I know.

There’s one plot angle I’m eyeing a little closely, but I trust the author. I’m not going to give spoilers, but it seems a little dodgy. However, the first thing I thought was a little dodgy was explained, so pretty sure it’s intentional.

All in all, this is what I love in a book. Even if you’re not a fan of historicals, if you like books that flirt with the darker side of writing and manage to captivate you completely, check it out. I’m not going to give any spoilers, but suffice it to say it’s been a wonderful read.

Keep in mind this is a five part series, folks. However, there is some heartache in here. All the feels.

Mosey on over to Amazon to get your copy!

Updated Bought Release

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The updated version of Bought: A Ripples in the Status Quo Story is live. It’s now 9 chapters long and approximately 19,600 words (up from around 12,600 words). See below for obligatory ramble and potentially useful acquisition info.
 
Here’s the thing. If you’ve already downloaded it off of Amazon, it won’t be updated for you. For that to happen, I would have to submit it through a manual process for physical review, and well… As we know, the new draft flirts with the edges of the banhammer as it is. I’m pretty much resigned to the fact that it’s eventually going to happen, but let’s not hasten its demise.
 
So if you have it already from Amazon and you want a copy of the new version, you have a few options:
1. Download it from All Romance Ebooks*. (You can send it straight to your Kindle if you’d like. They also have a bunch of free books, and some of them are really good!): http://bit.ly/1q5WtBN
2. Download it from Smashwords*. http://bit.ly/22KJKSN
3. Send me a message and tell me what format you want.
4. E-mail me at raissa(dot)phoenix(at)gmail(dot)com and tell me what format you want.
 
*If you downloaded it from ARE/Smash originally, you can just re-download it and get the newest version.
 
And if you haven’t read it yet but want to give a dark erotic horror book a shot, you can get it at the above links or at http://amzn.to/1UqAxbS.
 
I’m anxious to see what y’all think of the additions, so if you get the time and inclination, please let me know!