Latest Paranormal & Contemporary Romance Book Releases – September 6th 2016

by Maryse on September 6, 2016 · 295 comments

in Latest Book Releases

First new BIG release list of the month, kicking off the new season!!! Well, we’re not quite there yet, but this is a GREAT start! Take a look at the HUGE author favorites listed below!

<— Like Sarina Bowen (over there to the left), J.D. Robb’s latest, J.K. Rowling (Pottermore short stories!!), Sarah J. Maas (HUGELY popular YA Fantasy series!!), Samantha Towle’s latest (and this book is part of a James Patterson series project), Jodi Ellen Malpas, Samantha Young (WOW so many of our early-indie favorites!!), Pepper Winters (writing under a new pen name, ’cause it’s comedy!!), L.P. Dover & Heidi McLaughlin, Max Monroe… OMG the list just goes on and on. I have no doubt we won’t have a problem picking our next read…

What looks extra good to me? Easy! Rookie Move (I love Sarina Bowen and who can resist more of her hockey stars?), Change of Heart (the first book in this series had me fuming!! And I loved it. Both can be read as standalones, and the “hate-factor” on this new one is calling me), Because I’m Watching (I love a good psych-thriller, and the fact that her neighbor is an ex-military recluse is even more enticing!), Just a Kiss (she’s his best friend, and he wants to tell her he loves her, but he’s injured in the military and he comes back a broken man), and The Rainbow Rowell Collection (’cause I LOVED Eleanor and Park, and so many here love her entire collection!).

OH and!! Yesterday’s post had a few awesome-sounding “earlybirds” so take a look at this one, too: Author and Book News Roundup!

P.S. Let me know if I’m missing any or if you loved any (from this list or elsewhere).


For those going on a road trip soon, or maybe you’ve got some projects that require both hands this weekend but still allows you to “listen”… check out the free audible trial + 2 free audiobooks deal —>

  • AND! Here’s the fun-tool again! —> Find out which of YOUR Kindle books are available as audiobooks at a BARGAIN-PRICE! <— This thing is so cool (Amazon calls it “Matchmaker“)! It’s an Amazon feature, that scans your Kindle books and will list all of the ones you have that are also available as an audiobook at a discounted price (not normal audiobook prices). This way, you can switch back and forth, seamlessly between your ebooks and your audiobooks. VERY COOL!
  1. Bossman by Vi Keeland
  2. Apprentice in Death: In Death Series, Book 43 by J.D. Robb
  3. The Protector by Jodi Ellen Malpas
  4. Hunting Season: Gathering Series, Book 1 by Shelly Laurenston
  5. The One Real Thing: Hart’s Boardwalk, Book 1 by Samantha Young
  6. Even the Score by Beth Ehemann
  7. Connection Error: #gaymers, Book 3 by Annabeth Albert
  8. F*ck Love by Tarryn Fisher
  9. Change of Heart by Nicole Jacquelyn
  10. Rookie Move: The Brooklyn Bruisers Series, Book 1 by Sarina Bowen


BARGAINS & READER RECOMMENDATIONS  (NOTE: bargain priced when I added them, but prices can change on Amazon, so make sure to check before you finalize your order. Sales listed are for Amazon U.S., however some of the Amazon UK links also reflect the sale!):

Tasha J: I’m at 70% in Carry On. It’s my first Rainbow Rowell book and it’s totally sucked me in. I LOVE it! Love her writing style, the connection with the characters, being immensed in their world, the mystery, romance, all of it. Also there’s a certain aspect to it I’ve never read before, don’t want to spoil it, that I absolutely love too! It just works and is giving me ALL the feels!!

bev: Tasha J, I love Rainbow Rowell ‘ s books, too. I ended up reading all of them last year. I started the year with E&P and ended it with Carry On.

  • Ravage MC Box Set by Ryan Michele <—- BUNDLED BIKER SERIES ALERT!! Look what Lauren found us!! Lauren: “Ryan Michele’s Ravage MC series is bundled & on sale…..MAJOR SALE since they are usually $3.99 each AND they NEVER go on sale, ever, and not on KU… Great series, I’ve read the first three books & loved them!!!
  • Too Late by Colleen Hoover <— COLLEEN HOOVER FREEBIE ON WATTPAD ALERT! Andrea asks: “Maryse what is Colleen Hoover’s Too Late on Wattpad? I just saw she published part 56. Is that a book?

Maryse: Hi Andrea! It’s something she’s been writing on Wattpad (it’s free to read on Wattpad). It was complete, but she decided to add more. LOL! She explains it here.

Pia: I simply love this story. It is so intense and if I have to compare it to another book it must by Ricochet by Keri Lake. Not the same storyline but just as intense and angsty. Asa, the heroin, is just so bad – I mean really really bad in a bad way. I cannot say it often enough – read it read it read it :-)

Tasha: I read Too Late by Colleen Hoover also and Loved it! It’s much more “mature” than anything she’s done before and she does it so well.

  • Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass series Book 1) by Sarah J. Maas <— YA FANTASY ALERT! BOOK #1 IS ON SUPER-BARGAIN SALE today and book #5 was just released! (and here it is on Amazon UK)
  • Dark Room: A Society X Novel by L.P. Dover & Heidi McLaughin <— HOTNESS ALERT! Lauren found us this super-bargain sale! “Dark Room: A Society X Novel by L.P Dover & Heidi McLaughlin is on super sale…!!!! Lots of 5-star reviews!!” and DG agrees! “Holy Hotness!!!! Finished Dark Room ….at the ball field. Could NOT put it down….. HOT and sweetness all rolled up into a Parker!! *swoon* Plus book #2 was just released below.
  • Loverboy (Dartmoor Book 5) by Lauren Gilley <— BIKER BOOK ALERT! Back on the list ’cause Teresa loved it! “Maryse, Author Lauren Gilley (Fearless) Has a new book out it’s Tango’s story sooo good.”
  • Darkest Minds, The (The Darkest Minds series Book 1) by Alexandra Bracken <— DYSTOPIAN YA SUPER-BARGAIN today!! “When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control…
  • Vision In Silver: A Novel of the Others by Anne Bishop <— BIG LOVE FOR THIS PARANORMAL SERIES and I loved book #1 (have to continue the rest). This one’s on super-bargain sale today!
  • Nothing Left to Lose (Guarded Hearts Book 1) by Kirsty Mosely <— LAUREN LOVES THIS ONE!!!! And since the author just had a brand new release (below) Lauren also recommends this one! Lauren “I discovered Kirsty Moseley about 3yrs ago with the book Nothing Left to Lose. I had been hearing about it CONSTANTLY…..when it was first uploaded on Wattpad, it surpassed 25 MILLION reads before publication. 25 FREAKIN MILLION!!!! It is so incredibly good. If you haven’t read it, read it now!!! I can promise you, you will LOVE it.



  1. Empire of Storms (Throne Of Glass Series Book 5) by Sarah J. Maas <— IT’S LIVE!!!! And here it is on Amazon UK

Tessa: Empire of Storms? *collapses* It will be mine!

Tasha: Empire of Storms is coming on the 6th already?!! I can’t wait, I seriously considered buying the Throne of Glass coloring book bc it looks so awesome!

  1. The Sight: A Devil’s Isle Novel by Seanan McGuire
  2. Guardian’s Mate: A Shifters Unbound Novel (A Shifter’s Unbound Novel) by Jennifer Ashley (and here it is on Amazon UK)
  3. Entwined Souls (The Soulmates Series Book 1) by Michele Gantz
  4. Deja Who (An Insighter Novel) by MaryJanice Davidson <— MARYJANICE DAVIDSON ALERT!Leah Nazir is an Insighter. Reincarnation is her business. But while her clients’ pasts are a mess, Leah’s is nothing short of tragedy. She’s been murdered. A lot. If left to that bitch, destiny, it’ll happen again. Leah wants to know who’s been following her through time, and who’s been stalking her in the present…” (and here it is on Amazon UK)
  5. Ghostly Worries (A Harper Harlow Mystery Book 4) by Lily Harper Hart
  6. A Kiss of Fire: A Kiss of Magic Book 2 by Jacquelyn Frank
  7. Fiery Magic: Book Three of the Witch Guardian Romance Series by Caryn Moya Block
  8. Fire of a Dragon (Fallen Immortals 3) – Paranormal Fairytale Romance by Alisa Woods
  9. Warlock: A Nephilim’s Wrath: A Shawn Moore Novel 02 by D. R. Rosier
  10. Her Rogue Alpha (X-Ops Book 5) by Paige Tyler
  11. My Wild Irish Dragon (Boston Dragons Book 2) by Ashlyn Chase
  12. Winter Born by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  13. Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas Book 1) by Zoraida Cordova <— BEV FOUND US THIS ONE! “Maryse a new one came out today, I’d had it on pre order. Haven’t started it yet, but it had some buzz around it. And isn’t the cover great? It’s Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova.”
  14. Angelic Anarchy (Heaven on Earth Book 1) by JP Epperson
  15. Icarus Rising (The Second Chances Series Book 1) by N.W. Moors
  16. Shifter Bonds: Miami Scorcher Series Box Set (1-5) by Savannah Stuart & Katie Reus
  17. Immortal Everafter (Immortal Heart Book 7) by Magen McMinimy
  18. The Screaming Stone: The Otherworld Series Book 2 by N.K. Vir
  19. The Trickster’s Lover by Samantha MacLeod
  20. Destined for a King: The Bastard Brotherhood by Ashlyn Macnamara
  21. Book of Shadows by P.J. Fox
  22. Prince of Darkness (Book of Shadows 2) by P.J. Fox
  23. Blood to Drink (Book of Shadows 3) by P.J. Fox
  24. Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies (Kindle Single) (Pottermore Presents) by J.K. Rowling <— J.K. ROWLING ALERT!!!!! (and here it is on Amazon UK)
  25. Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists (Kindle Single) (Pottermore Presents) by J.K. Rowling <— J.K. ROWLING ALERT!!!!!
  26. Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide (Kindle Single) (Pottermore Presents) by J.K. Rowling <— J.K. ROWLING ALERT!!!!!
  27. The Chosen: A Resurrected Series Novel by S.M. Schmitz
  28. The Shopgirl’s Prophecy (Beasts of Vegas Book 1) by Anna Abner
  29. The Bear Who Loved Me (Grizzlies Gone Wild) by Kathy Lyons



  1. Rookie Move: A Brooklyn Bruisers Novel by Sarina Bowen <— HOCKEY STAR ALERT!!! His ex-girlfriend is the team’s publicist…Saying goodbye to Leo was one of the hardest things Georgia ever had to do—and saying hello again isn’t much easier. Georgia is determined to keep their relationship strictly professional, but when a press conference microphone catches Leo declaring his feelings for her…” (and here it is on Amazon UK)
  2. The Mating Season (BookShots Flames) by Laurie Horowitz
  3. Who’s That Girl? by Mhairi McFarlane
  4. Wanted (FBI Heat) by Marissa Garner
  5. Autumn at the Star and Sixpence by Holly Hepburn
  6. The Protector by Jodi Ellen Malpas <— JODI ELLEN MALPAS ALERT!! She’s an heiress… “Out on her own, she’s made mistakes, including one that found her clawing her way back after a stint in rehab and plenty of bad press. Now, after fighting so hard to be independent and happy, she finds her life threatened as a result of her father’s ruthless business dealings. Caught between resentment and fear, Camille prepares herself for the measures her father will take to protect her. But nothing could prepare her for the ex-SAS sniper who crashes into her life…” (and here it is on Amazon UK)
  7. Hostile Workplace, A Breaking the Rules Novel by A.M. Madden
  8. Five-Star by J Santiago
  9. The One Real Thing: The Hart’s Boardwalk Series by Samantha Young <— SAMANTHA YOUNG ALERT!…she finds herself unable to resist the town’s charm—and her attraction to the sexy owner of a local bar proves equally hard to deny. Since his divorce from his unfaithful ex-wife, Cooper Lawson has focused on what really matters: his family and the boardwalk pub they’ve owned for generations.  But the first time Jessica steps into his bar, Cooper is beyond tempted to risk his heart on her…” (and here it is on Amazon UK)
  10. Covenant (Paris Mob Book 1) by Michelle St. James
  11. So Good: A Ribbon Ridge Novel (Love on the Vine Book 1) by Darcy Burke
  12. Paradise Wild (Wild At Heart Book 2) by Christine Hartmann
  13. Night Shift 2 by Kindle Alexander, Toni Aleo, Chelle Bliss, Sawyer Bennett, Eden Butler, Lauren Blakely, Brenda Rothert, Virna DePaul, K. Bromberg, Susan Stoker <— SUPER-ANTHOLOGY ALERT!The anthology that raised more than $16,000 for three charities in 2015 is back and sexier than ever. Ten authors are bringing you more of your favorite stories…” (and here it is on Amazon UK)
  14. Roadside Assistance (Body Shop Bad Boys Book 2) by Marie Harte
  15. Now That It’s You by Tawna Fenske
  16. Puffy & Precious (Big & Beautiful Book 9) by Mary E Thompson
  17. The Rented Bride (Highland Billionaires Book 1) by KyAnn Waters & Tarah Scott
  18. The Mommy Quest (The Luchettis Book 6) by Lori Handeland
  19. Skyrocket (Love and Music in Texas Book 6) by Nikki Lynn Barrett
  20. Viewing Room: A Society X Novel by L.P. Dover & Heidi McLaughlin <— IT’S FORBIDDEN & IT’S SECRET & IT’S AVAILABLE ALERT!Everything is to remain strictly anonymous. It doesn’t matter if you want to tell, it’s forbidden. Whatever your desire. Whatever your fantasy. The Viewing Room will make it happen.” (and here it is on Amazon UK)
  21. When In Rome…Find Yourself: A Sweet New Adult Romance by Lena Mae Hill
  22. Piece by Piece: A Modern Retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk by Brandy Ayers
  23. Winning It All (Hometown Players) by Victoria Denault <— HOCKEY STAR ALERT!!!Shayne Beckford is so over hockey. It ruined her parents’ marriage. It spoiled her brother’s dreams. And let’s not even talk about her college boyfriend . . . So when Sebastian Deveau walks into her brother’s gym, she has no idea who he is…
  24. Dangerous Curves Ahead (Watchers Crew) by Ines Johnson
  25. Texas Double Date (Port Serenity Series Book 4) by Ann DeFee
  26. Baited Truth by Jenn Hype
  27. North Pole Anthology 3: Books 7-9 by Noelle Fox
  28. Change of Heart by Nicole Jacquelyn <— THEY HATE EACH OTHER ALERT!! For fifteen years, Ani and Bram have agreed on exactly one thing: they can’t stand each other-until one night when their anger gives way to passion. Yet even as Ani and Bram begin to secretly seek comfort in one another’s arms, they remain emotionally worlds apart…” P.S. I loved book #1 (She was in love with her best friend’s husband – and they both can be read as standalones!!) – and here it is on Amazon UK
  29. Chasing You (Thirsty Hearts Book 4) by Kris Jayne
  30. Game On (Entwined Hearts) by Sheryl Nantus
  31. Just a Kiss (A Summer Harbor Novel) by Denise Hunter <— IN LOVE WITH HIS BROTHER’S EX-GIRLFRIEND, AND HE’S INJURED IN THE MILITARY…he intends to confess his feelings to Paige and win his best friend’s heart once and for all. But all that changes when an IED takes the life of a comrade and leaves Riley an amputee. Now he’s heading home, injured and troubled. His plans to win Paige are a distant dream. She deserves so much more than the man that’s left. All he can do now is put some healthy distance between them. But upon his return he discovers his family has arranged for him to stay with Paige…” (here it is on Amazon UK)
  32. Seasmoke Friends by Kelly Moran
  33. Heart of the Night: A Novel by Barbara Delinsky
  34. Can’t Touch This by Tess Hunter <— PEPPER WINTERS COMEDY ROMANCE ALERT!!! She’s writing as Tess Hunter in this one. ;) She’s a vet and he’s one of her new bossy clients… “Him and his revolving zoo of dogs. One of these days, I’m going to swat him for being such a pompous ass but I can’t deny the way he handles his charges makes me want to see past the ‘do as I say and don’t ask questions’ barking exterior. But then last week…he caught me staring at his um, cough, package. His bossy commands switched to a cocky smirk. He gave me permission to do something I promised myself I would never ever do…” (and here it is on Amazon UK)
  35. My Song for You: A Pushing Limits Novel by Stina Lindenblatt <— ROCK STAR & HIS POSSIBLE CHILD ALERT!Callie Talbert hasn’t seen her sister’s ex since high school. But after Callie bumps into Jared while she’s grocery shopping with four-year-old Logan, there’s a spark that wasn’t there before. Jared quickly realizes that her deaf “son” is the same age his own child would have been. When Jared demands to know more about Logan, Callie panics. There are things she just can’t tell him. Besides, Jared’s a bad-boy rocker, not a dependable father figure. He’ll move on to his next gig soon enough . . . right?” (here it is on Amazon UK)
  36. Even the Score by Beth Ehemann
  37. Sacking the Quarterback (BookShots Flames) by Samantha Towle <— FOOTBALL START/SAMANTHA TOWLE ALERT!! “Quarterback Grayson Knight has a squeaky-clean reputation in the football world. So when he’s arrested for drug possession, lawyer Melissa St. James knows that something doesn’t add up. It’s clear he’s hiding something, though he denies it…” (here it is on Amazon UK)
  38. Superior Collision (Crossing Forces Book 5) by C.A. Szarek
  39. Too Wild to Tame (Romancing the Clarksons) by Tessa Bailey <— TESSA BAILEY ALERT!! “Aaron knows that if he wants to work for the country’s most powerful senator, he’ll have to keep his eye on the prize. That’s easier said than done when he meets the senator’s daughter, who’s wild, gorgeous, and 100 percent trouble…” (here it is on Amazon UK)
  40. Apprentice in Death by J.D. Robb <— LATEST J.D. ROBB ALERT!! SO MANY LOVE THIS SERIES and Debbie says: “I fell in love with this series just after JD Robb (Nora Roberts) started writing them. I started collecting every one I could find in hard cover, the only books I have never given away, and if someone wants to borrow them I make sure they give them right back! Now I have them on my kindle and am finally willing to part with my old friends in hard cover. I sit impatiently waiting for the new books to come out. Everyone knows once I start reading a JD Robb book DON’T BOTHER ME! One of the things I love is each book is stand alone but is best read in order. Even got my adult sons to read them too.” P.S. DON’T BE AFRAID of the low star rating… it’s a bunch of people that were upset about where the Kindle version was (I’m thinking Amazon was having an issue?) but some were giving it a 1-star for that. GAH! (here it is on Amazon UK)
  41. Thin Lives (Donati Bloodlines Book 3) by Bethany-Kris
  42. Dreams of Home (Morello Cove Book 2) by Jannie Lund
  43. A Little More Love (Harvest Cove Series) by Kendra Leigh Castle
  44. Intercepting Daisy: A Love and Football Novel by Julie Brannagh <— SHE WROTE A HIT ROMANCE BOOK ABOUT HER FAVORITE SPORTS STAR ALERT!When Daisy Spencer wrote an erotic novella about the Seattle Sharks’ backup quarterback and her #1 crush, Grant Parker, she never expected it to become a runaway bestseller. If anyone discovers she wrote the sexy story, her days as a flight attendant for the Sharks would be over…” (and here it is on Amazon UK)
  45. Southern Exposure (Southern Desires Series Book 2) by Jeannette Winters
  46. Too Wild to Tame (Romancing the Clarksons) by Tessa Bailey
  47. Fighting to Be Free by Kirsty Moseley <— THIS WAS A HUGE WATTPAD HIT! Now it’s published…Ellie Pearce learned the hard way that boys can’t be trusted. But the night she meets Jamie, something shifts. He’s different: brooding, a bit dark, determined to change...” (and here it is on Amazon UK)
  48. Loving You Easy: A Loving on the Edge Novel by Roni Loren <— RONI LOREN ALERT! ”Cora has an amazing sex life. She’s beautiful, daring, and the most popular submissive in Hayven. Too bad none of it’s real…
  49. A Cowboy Christmas Miracle (Burnt Boot, Texas Book 4) by Carolyn Brown
  50. Secret Scandal (Trinity Masters Book 7) by Lila Dubois
  51. Banking Her: A Billionaire Bad Boys Novella (Book 2.5) (Bad Boy Billionaires) by Max Monroe <— MAX MONROE ALERT!what happens when they’re faced with a surprise neither of them plotted or schemed?” (here it is on Amazon UK)
  52. Love’s Sweet Revenge (Outlaw Hearts Series) by Rosanne Bittner
  53. Playing Hardball, Part 5 (A Baseball Romance Serial) by by Sharon Cummin
  54. Bastard Boss by Sam Crescent
  55. Finding Libbie: A Novel by Deanna Lynn Sletten
  56. Christopher and Jaime (Pianos and Promises – A Novella Series Book 1) by Jennifer Peel <— IN LOVE WITH HER BEST FRIEND ALERT! But… ”Christopher McKay, who has no idea Jaime’s been in love with him since she was eleven years old, never gets the memo and marries someone else. When Christopher’s wife dies, Jamie finds herself helping him raise his young daughter…” (here it is on Amazon UK)
  57. Take a Shot: MMF Hockey Romance by Bianca Vix
  58. Meeting Danger (The Danger Series Book 1) by Allyson Simonian and Caila Jaynes
  59. Roman’s Choice (Saddles & Second Chances Book 1) by Rhonda Lee Carver
  60. Biker Chicks: Volume 2
  61. Do No Harm (1Night Stand) by L.J. Garland & Debbie Gould
  62. Steady Stroke (Off Beat) by A.M. Arthur <— M/M ROMANCE!! GUITARIST DOWN ON HIS LUCK… (here it is on Amazon UK)
  63. Voice for the Silent by T.A. Chase <— M/M ROMANCE!!
  64. Driven to The Edge (Tales from The Edge Book 7) by L.M. Somerton <— M/M ROMANCE!!
  65. Caught and Collared: Book One of the Larkspur Series by Morgan May <— M/M ROMANCE!!
  66. The Deeper He Hurts: A Kick Novel by Lynda Aicher <— M/M ROMANCE!!
  67. Shatterproof by Xen Sanders <— M/M ROMANCE COLE MCCADE ALERT! Fabi found it for us! “Shatterproof by Cole McCade writing as Xen Sanders comes out today (or yesterday?). It’s an mm PNR that I’m so curious to read.” (here it is on Amazon UK)
  68. Magic And Mayhem: Fiction and Essays Celebrating LGBTQ Romance by Josh Lanyon, Ginn Hale, Megan Derr, Alex Powell, Karelia Stetz-Waters, Dev Bentham, E.J. Russell, Austin Chant, Nicole Kimberling, Tracy Timmons-Gray <— ANTHOLOGY ALERT!
  69. Virtues (Base Branch Series Book 8) by Megan Mitcham
  70. Beauty and the Geek (Gone Geek Book 1) by Sidney Bristol
  71. Spinning the Moon by Karen White
  72. The Incident Under the Overpass by Anne McClane
  73. Chance for Love (Montana Born Rodeo) by Ann B. Harrison <— FAMOUS BULL RIDER ALERT!Callie can’t resist the advertisement for a ranch manager in Montana. Only thing is, it also stipulates marriage. Down on her luck with more debt than she can manage after the death of her parents in a vehicle accident, she takes the plunge and commits for twelve months.” (here it is on Amazon UK)
  74. Bending the Rules by Ali Parker
  75. Vengeance (Valentine Shepherd) by Shana Figueroa
  76. Brother’s Keeper by Nan Comargue <— SHE THINKS HE’S HER HALF-BROTHER ALERT! Yikes… sounds forbiddeny even though it might “not” be. Still..
  77. Mercenary (Deadliest Lies) by Michele Mannon
  78. Betting on Both (Entwined Hearts) by Sheryl Nantus
  79. Because I’m Watching: A Novel (The Virtue Falls Series) by Christina Dodd <— THRILLER BY CHRISTINA DODD ALERT! SHE’S SURVIVED A MASSACRE & HER NEIGHBOR IS AN EX-MILITARY RECLUSE…The survivor of a college dorm massacre, a woman accused of her lover’s murder, Madeline Hewitson is haunted by ghosts and tormented by a killer only she can see. At night, she works, writing and drawing the monster that slithers through her imagination, and living in fear of those moments when the doors of her mind unhinge and her nightmare lives in the daylight. A seasoned military veteran, Jacob Denisov lives alone in his small, darkened home, sleepless, starving, and angry. Every day he lives with the guilt that comes from his own failures and the carnage that followed. When neighbor Madeline Hewitson drives her car through the front wall of his house, she breaks his house–and his life–wide open…



PREORDERS (next few days & next week’s!!! :D )

  1. Seducing My Assistant by  J. S. Cooper and Helen Cooper - September 8th 2016
  2. The Player (Behind Closed Doors Book 1) by Lisa Renee Jones – September 12th 2016
  3. Fighting Blind by C.M. Sea brook – September 12th 2016
  4. The Billionaire Bachelor (Billionaire Bad Boys) by Jessica Lemmon – September 13th 2016
  5. Entrapment (Infidelity Book 4) by Aleatha Romig - September 13th 2016
  6. Roman Crazy by Alice Clayton – September 13th 2016
  7. The Playbook by Kelly Elliott – September 13th 2016
  8. Retrieval (The Retrieval Duet Book 1) by Aly Martinez – September 13th 2016

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Fabi September 6, 2016 at 10:28 AM

Shatterproof by Cole McCAde writing as Xen Sanders comes out today (or yesterday?). It’s an mm PNR that I’m so curious to read.

Maryse September 6, 2016 at 10:32 AM

YAY! Okay I’ll add it Fabi. :D

Jen F. September 6, 2016 at 10:47 AM

And the three newish published stories from J.K. Rowling.

Fabi September 6, 2016 at 11:20 AM

This is a monster list. September is always a big month and it looks like it’s kicking off with a bang.

Maryse September 6, 2016 at 11:29 AM

oooooh thank you Jen F!!!

Adding ‘em now! :D

Maryse September 6, 2016 at 11:46 AM

I know it’s crazy!! And so many popular authors!!

Tessa September 6, 2016 at 1:46 PM

I’m so glad I kinda kept up on Pottermore. I can wait. *hides eyes* I don’t see good books, I don’t see good books!

I finsihed Arcana Rising and it ended with a CH (duh, right?). However, she has a quick picture of the next book at the end, and it ends with the next one. I don’t want it to end!

Now, I’m on chapter one of Empire of Storms. The prologue confused me at first, honestly. I had to read the blurb to not be so. I swear, I should have re-read this series first.

Michelle September 6, 2016 at 2:43 PM

Empire of Storms YESSSS – gah I want to start reading NOW!

Arcana Rising is another cliffie *grrrr* maybe I should just wait and read it with the last one.

Finishing up White Hot Kiss tonight…yeah I caved after reading the comments. It’s definitely not my favorite of her series but enjoyable.

Tessa September 6, 2016 at 3:17 PM

Not like the last cliffy. Just, boom, info… to be continued. Not OMG, SERIOUSLY, WT…Noooooo! like the last one was.

bev September 6, 2016 at 3:36 PM

Maryse a new one came out today, I’d had it on pre order. Haven’t started it yet, but it had some buzz around it. And isn’t the cover great? It’s Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova.

Lauren September 6, 2016 at 4:28 PM

I discovered Kirsty Moseley about 3yrs ago with the book Nothing Left to Lose. I had been hearing about it CONSTANTLY…..when it was first uploaded on Wattpad, it surpassed 25 MILLION reads before publication. 25 FREAKIN MILLION!!!! It is so incredibly good. If you haven’t read it, read it now!!! I can promise you, you will LOVE it.

Grey September 6, 2016 at 4:38 PM

Seriously Maryse, what the f*ck with this list!?!? I had to go back to work today! *stomp, stomp, stomp* I’m as bitchy as a girl with no chocolate during PMS week…and no booze… and no coverup with a big zit, do you understand how bad this is??? I don’t want to be back to work now, I thought I was ready, but I’m really not. Especially with *THIS* list, come on, stop punking me! Gah! I’m taking Manny and I’m going to the blankie fort… with all of the above. Chocolate, wine and cosmetics… ok, maybe not that last one, because it’s after 5 o’clock here on the east coast and IDGAF about my big old zit right now… (oh yes children, nurses get pimples on the first day of school too…looked like Mount St. Helens on my forehead this morning, but I digress)

Anyway, I finished the Dark Elements series, I did like it but was glad with her decision…now I need to pick one from ^ this crazy list above… wowsa….enough ranting from me… maybe….

R. Renee September 6, 2016 at 4:39 PM

*clicks LIKE button*

Grey September 6, 2016 at 4:51 PM

You weren’t laughing at me… right? *side-eyes R* Now I’m laughing at both of us…

R. Renee September 6, 2016 at 4:52 PM

Not laughing at all (out loud) just *liking*

Grey September 6, 2016 at 5:04 PM

*giggle* I’m laughing and liking… oy, one of those days. Gotta laugh or I’ll cry.

Ela September 6, 2016 at 5:15 PM

Hey! Why does Bev have a monkey as her avatar? What did I miss? Is this the UK bev?

Maryse! Seriously!!! Shut the front door with this list! It’s too much! TOO MUCH I TELL YA!

Maryse September 6, 2016 at 5:37 PM

Lauren and bev… I added BOTH of your finds!! :D Thank you!

And we need Amy to give Grey some medicinal-martinis STAT!!!!!!!!! :P

Ela September 6, 2016 at 5:38 PM

Wow Grey! That just plain blows! Now let me tell you why you are better off then ME! *don’t read if you have sensitive stomachs etc*

I’ve had diarrhea for 6 days now, 6 DAYS! My tummy is pissed the ef off! I’m working from home and my computer and or internet SUCK HAIRY MONKEY BALLS! *sorry if too graphic, hm no, not sorry*! AND TODAY I GOT MY PERIOD! My back hurts like a mofo! AND ON TOP OF ALL THAT I’M LOOKING AT ABOVE LIST???!!! SMDH…. wanna switch places?

Maryse September 6, 2016 at 5:39 PM

LOL R!!!

Do you know how many times I WISHED this comment-thingie had a “like” button?

R. Renee September 6, 2016 at 5:40 PM

No kidding! *likes* Ela’s post too…

Ela September 6, 2016 at 5:43 PM


R. Renee September 6, 2016 at 5:47 PM

Here Ela…Take ALL the wine. It’s yours! *blows kisses…runs*

Ela September 6, 2016 at 5:55 PM

Can I also have a cute animal as an avatar? *asks sweetly*

Grey September 6, 2016 at 6:12 PM

Wait…what?? Ela’s diarrhea gets wine and my pimple doesn’t?!? Dafuq? Is this a conspiracy? *pout* And…please, I’m a nurse, no such thing as a sensitive stomach for me…you could say anything and not gross me out. I hope you feel better. And I agree, you win the wine today…

R. Renee September 6, 2016 at 6:17 PM

It’s not personal Grey. Ela just scares the crap out of me ;)

Maryse September 6, 2016 at 6:28 PM

In case any of you missed the “how to change your avatar” instructions, here they are again:


how to control your Avatar (for example – mine is always the same and it’s actually my face) this is where and how I did it:

if you go to (which means globally recognized avatar), you can set one of your own (your pet, your face, something that pertains to you).

As long as you use the same email address that you used to comment on here, the same gravatar that you’ve chosen, will always show up (on, AND other sites using the gravatar system)


:D !!!

Ela September 6, 2016 at 6:42 PM

WHAT? WHY? I’m not scary…honestly…not at all….hmmmm?

Thanks Maryse! I missed the instructions. *guzzles ALL the wine* *wipes face with sleeve* *runs to the bathroom* DARN THIS SHIT (literally)!

Maryse September 6, 2016 at 6:44 PM


I think we should build Ela her blankie fort in her bathroom… just sayin’ ;)

R. Renee September 6, 2016 at 7:01 PM

Wait what?? We can play with our avatars?

Opps Ela…maybe wine wasn’t such a good idea!

bev September 6, 2016 at 7:10 PM


bev September 6, 2016 at 7:10 PM

Ok, then.

Ela September 6, 2016 at 7:11 PM

Blankie Fort and bathroom in one sentence sound so wrong. Lol R!

“Play with our avatars”…cracking up! Yup I WENT THERE…

R. Renee September 6, 2016 at 7:13 PM

hey! I’m human :)

R. Renee September 6, 2016 at 7:15 PM

Ela! *pffft* like you don’t play with your avatar!

Grey September 6, 2016 at 7:21 PM

*dons Hazmat suit* *sprays everything Ela even looks at with Lysol*

whoa… playing with…avatar??? kinky…

Ela September 6, 2016 at 7:23 PM

It’s not accepting my password!

Ela September 6, 2016 at 7:25 PM

Hey now! I don’t have germies…well I don’t think so!

Ela September 6, 2016 at 7:26 PM

Oh you know it! Avatar play is the new in-fetish! :)

Fabi September 6, 2016 at 7:28 PM

*Runs into blog room*. I’m here! Did someone say kinky….fetish?

Fabi September 6, 2016 at 7:29 PM

Ela I love your pretty blue spaceman avatar. I don’t know why you’d change it.

bev September 6, 2016 at 7:40 PM

Fabi, have you seen your new one?

Ela September 6, 2016 at 7:40 PM

I gotta say that blue man’s tail is kinky ;)

Fabi September 6, 2016 at 7:44 PM

Not yet bev. I did go to gravitate and try to create an account but I couldn’t find a combination for a username that hadn’t already been taken. I guess I have a popular name. *rolls eyes*

R. Renee September 6, 2016 at 7:45 PM

You just need any username for that site. You can still use your normal one on here. Just make sure to use the email you use on here.

Fabi September 6, 2016 at 7:47 PM

Ok, I’ll try to come up with something unique.

Fabi September 6, 2016 at 7:47 PM

Hey! You have a face pic. Cool!

Tasha J September 6, 2016 at 7:49 PM

Love the new avatars Bev and R! I do a double take each time they pop up, lol. I hope you get better soon Ela. I’ve had a whole slew of GI issues the past 2 years so I sympathize with your pain. And also as a result have an intense fear of getting sick…*tosses heating pad, backs away quickly, pass the lysol please* ;)

Ela September 6, 2016 at 7:53 PM

Why thank you Tasha!

Fabi September 6, 2016 at 7:53 PM

It worked. I love all my genius friends.

Maryse September 6, 2016 at 7:54 PM

*sprays lysol*

Right there with you Tasha.

And wow… EVERYONE’s monsters have changed…

Ela September 6, 2016 at 7:54 PM

How you like em piggies now?

Tasha J September 6, 2016 at 7:54 PM

Omg!! Miss Piggy! Lol

Fabi September 6, 2016 at 7:55 PM

Awww, everyone has new avies. Too cute.

Maryse September 6, 2016 at 7:55 PM

R… you’re so cute!!

And bev… LOL! You are too. *snort*

bev September 6, 2016 at 7:58 PM

Is it weird that I am kind of nostalgic for all of our old avatars?

R. Renee September 6, 2016 at 8:01 PM

Thanks Maryse! <3

bev's sexy! OMG Ela! It's the same as your GR avatar…only different!

Fabi September 6, 2016 at 8:01 PM

Nope. I’m already missing my electrocuted monster.

R. Renee September 6, 2016 at 8:02 PM

LOL is everyone changing back? That’s what happened to me when I changed my name for 24 hours!

Ela September 6, 2016 at 8:05 PM

I gotta keep it close so I don’t get misunderstood for someone else!

bev September 6, 2016 at 8:11 PM

Thank you, it’s a new hair style.

Ela September 6, 2016 at 8:16 PM

For all Magic Mike fans -

Fabi September 6, 2016 at 8:25 PM

Oh Ela! That is amazing. Now I want to go to Vegas more than ever.

Tasha J September 6, 2016 at 8:29 PM

Wow! *fans self* I loved that they showed Ellen’s reactions and the old lady at the end, lol. I only watched the first movie, which I thought was terrible, but the dancing was great. This show looks awesome!

Ela September 6, 2016 at 8:31 PM


Tessa September 6, 2016 at 8:32 PM

I had to try this whole new gravatar thingy.

Tessa September 6, 2016 at 8:32 PM

Mine is not working1

R. Renee September 6, 2016 at 8:33 PM

I thought we were going to Vegas for tats. Now we HAVE to go!

Grey September 6, 2016 at 8:34 PM

Am I not still the blue belted boy part? Because I will be very upset if that’s not the case…

bev September 6, 2016 at 8:35 PM

I just can’t find stripping anything but cheesy.
Whenever it is the heroes occupation I’m always, meh.

Fabi September 6, 2016 at 8:35 PM

Tessa I can’t quite tell what yours is.

Woohoo R. Vegas for tats and a stripper show. I’m in!

bev September 6, 2016 at 8:36 PM

Yes Grey you are still slightly obscene. But it was different for a bit.

Tessa, yours changed.

Cheryl September 6, 2016 at 8:36 PM

Good lord, so not fair!! Where were all these new releases this summer. *pout* Like Grey, I went back to work today, without a giant pimple,;) just a back ache, from sitting at my desk and doing too much PAPERWORK!! *hate the beginning of the school year*

Ela, I can’t quite make out what your avatar is and what it says. Hope you feel better, here’s some gingerale and crackers. Hey, it works for the kids at school!!

Fabi September 6, 2016 at 8:36 PM

Grey no worries, you’re still the blue, belted, boy part. :-)

Tessa September 6, 2016 at 8:38 PM

I made it smaller. I couldn’t even tell what it was, and I made the thing!

Tessa September 6, 2016 at 8:39 PM

There! Bug lady!

Ela September 6, 2016 at 8:41 PM

Tessa, you’re that green Martian thingie.

Thanks Cheryl! I’m miss Piggie spanking Kermit for looking at that other PIG! Darn cheating frog!

Ela September 6, 2016 at 8:42 PM

Oh and it says “Fifty Shades of Pink” *snort*

Tasha J September 6, 2016 at 8:44 PM

Tessa, is yours a gremlin?

Cheryl September 6, 2016 at 8:45 PM

Ela, that was hot and hilarious. I think the older woman they showed is Ellen’s Mom.

R. Renee September 6, 2016 at 8:46 PM

Cheryl’s Ela’s good angel. I’m the one on the other shoulder with horns. *pours vodka in Ela’s ginger ale* Don’t worry. I got you.

Heck yeah! Vegas. I’d totally do it! My husband’s going back to Cozumel without me soon, so he’ll owe me!

Tessa September 6, 2016 at 8:46 PM

It’s some bug lady I made years ago. The full picture. I made her for some contest I think?

Cheryl September 6, 2016 at 8:47 PM

Ela, I was talking about the video, but I guess Miss Piggy dressed as a dominatrix and spanking Kermit could be too. ;)

Tessa September 6, 2016 at 8:49 PM

That’s Kermit there? Things I never knew about them.

Ela September 6, 2016 at 8:53 PM

I’ll have to watch several more times *wink wink*

Fabi September 6, 2016 at 8:54 PM

Tessa that’s extraordinary. You are so talented.

MichelleS September 6, 2016 at 8:57 PM

EMPIRE OF STORMS!!!! Dag Nabit. Need to read faster & finish Loverboy! Eek!!!!!

Tessa September 6, 2016 at 8:58 PM

*blushes* Thank you. See, though. Bug Lady!

Tessa September 6, 2016 at 9:03 PM

You must read faster MichelleS! It’s involved and it took me a few to remember where it left off. I want to see the little folk!

Ela September 6, 2016 at 9:10 PM

Yes! Very talented Tessa!

And that is why I’m waiting for the series completion.

Amy September 6, 2016 at 9:31 PM

What the ever-lovin’ F&%# is going on with the avatars around here?!? I’m so used to the monsters and then y’all go and change everything up!

*deep breath*



I’m just going to go and actually READ the comments now…

Ela September 6, 2016 at 9:41 PM

Well my original yellow monster changed to some Martian with a tail…so

bev September 6, 2016 at 9:45 PM

Um….You might not want to read the comments.

Amy September 6, 2016 at 9:52 PM

Oh my…oh MY!!!

*mixes very strong medicinal martinis for Grey and Ela*

You guys are in rough shape! Okay, I have concealer and setting powder for Grey’s zit (while I try to resist the urge to pop it…you’ve no idea how difficult that is for me) and for Ela…erm…sorry babe, but your potty goes out there. *points away from blankie fort while spraying Lysol around perimeter* Manny has a sensitive tummy. We still luffs you though!!

Oh hey! Have any of you guys ever seen this ad?? This stuff would be perfect for our blankie fort outhouse!

Amy September 6, 2016 at 9:53 PM

What’s wrong with the comments? I’ve been cracking up!!!

R. Renee September 6, 2016 at 9:56 PM

OMG Amy. That’s fantastic!!

Amy September 6, 2016 at 9:57 PM


Amy September 6, 2016 at 10:08 PM

For you, Ela…

Sorry…SORRY!! Okay, not really but only because we’ve all had it and some of us have had it at the worst time, like in the middle of a baby shower with a bunch of women waiting outside the door of the one and only bathroom.

Nope. Never happened to me though. Nuh-uh. *blushes*

Lisa September 7, 2016 at 2:23 AM

Im loving all the new gravatars.

Is anyone here talking about books….or is it just diarrhea and medicinal martini’s??

I finished Loverboy and floved the guts out of that book. Tango *big shuddery sigh*. And it was really confronting for me…not my usual skipping happily along throwing daisies in the air romance that’s for damn sure. But I trust Lauren Gilley and she did not disappoint.

Leslie M September 7, 2016 at 5:49 AM

I want a new gravatar! I gotta go “play” with my avatar & see what I can come up with!! ;)

Tried to read Neighbor Dearest (I LOVED Stepbrother Dearest) and got to 65% and HATED where story was going (too similar to another popular book). I really hate when that happens…ruins whole thing for me.

Reading Author Anonymous right now. WOW! Just, WOW!! I think I will hold all comments til I am finished.

Love the cover of Can’t Touch This! Hee hee. Looks hilarious.

Ela September 7, 2016 at 6:18 AM

Thanks Amy! Nothing but love for ya girl!

Jan September 7, 2016 at 10:37 AM

What in the heck is going on here? Huge pimples. Diarrhoea. Strange avatars. I dunno. I go on holidays and everything goes to all heck. But what can you do?
Lisa I liked your gr review of loverboy. I’ve had to take a break from it as it’s a bit too confronting for me. I do want to finish it, but maybe not just now.

Amy September 7, 2016 at 1:44 PM

Lisa and Jan…what kind of friends would we be if we didn’t veer off the topic of books and onto the topic of vocanic zits, explosive diarrhea, and medicinal martinis?!?

Besides, angsty books can cause the first two and put us in need of the last one. :P

Amy September 7, 2016 at 2:23 PM

Leslie…I finished Author Anonymous a few days ago, and I’m still kinda messed up from it. I want to dislike her, I know I SHOULD dislike her, but I don’t. This isn’t a make-believe h we can tear apart but a real, flawed person who made some really bad choices.

She was an awful wife, a selfish mother, and a sh!t friend…but she’s human and her horrid decisions don’t make her a bad person. Does she deserve an HEA? That’s not for me to say. But if she were my friend, I would give her a tough-love smackdown full of fire and brimstone, but then I would love her and support her while she dealt with the consequences of her actions. *shrugs* But that’s just me…

R. Renee September 7, 2016 at 3:04 PM

OK I know you guys are big into makeup but what about hair? I’ve been researching hair serums for an hour. My hair feels like straw!! WTF? Any suggestions other than Miracle Whip (my mom’s torture when I was a kid, although I’m seriously considering it…)

AND. I need a super duper scary book. Preferably demonic. Preferably newer and less popular. Any ideas there?

Thanks! That will conclude my shopping for the day. :)

R. Renee September 7, 2016 at 3:06 PM

woops! I used the wrong email and now I’m being invaded by a blue ink spot avatar!

Tessa September 7, 2016 at 3:43 PM

Coconut oil for hair. I don’t do real scary horror books. They give me nightmares.

Ela September 7, 2016 at 3:48 PM

R! I have tried so many products and have loved even more! So let’s get started! What kind of hair do you have? I recently bought a new favorite hair cream, awesome for curly or straight hair by Oribe!

R. Renee September 7, 2016 at 3:48 PM

Thanks Tessa! Really? Coconut oil? I have a tub of that I never use! do you just work it into the ends and leave it for a while?

R. Renee September 7, 2016 at 3:51 PM

Ela, LOL. That’s a loaded question. It WAS super straight, super fine (but a lot of it), and never dry. I hit 40 and BAM! It’s totally wavy and dry as straw. No joke, it crunches. And I just lightened it a ton which did not help!

Ela September 7, 2016 at 3:52 PM


Ela September 7, 2016 at 3:56 PM

Well, I’ll share my favorites and then you can proceed :) I have thin curly/wavy hair

I love Matrix shine milk, Rusk mouse for curly hair, if I want to straighten my hair I use Fekkai and Pureology.

R. Renee September 7, 2016 at 4:18 PM

So is the shine milk like a conditioner?

Ela September 7, 2016 at 4:28 PM

No, it’s a finishing product after you towel dry your hair.

I also use this website for discount Pureology products if you’re interested since those are pricey. I need to find one for Oribe products as well….

Tessa September 7, 2016 at 5:17 PM

I should’ve asked. What type of shampoo and conditioner do you use?

R. Renee September 7, 2016 at 5:48 PM

Thanks Ela!

Tessa…whatever I snag at Sam’s. (Don’t judge me!) Yes, I realize that’s part of my problem…

Linda September 7, 2016 at 6:02 PM

Finished Loverboy by Lauren Gilley book 5 in the Dartmoor series!!! Everyone needs to read this series!! Loverboy was such a tough story to read BUT this author did a “beautiful ” job of getting us through it!! Tango will grab hold of your heart and you will never forget his story.

Ela September 7, 2016 at 6:12 PM

Yes Lauren Gilley rocks BIG! While I’m reading her MC books I feel like I’m in a SOA episode!

Amy September 7, 2016 at 6:25 PM

I wouldn’t really be any help with the shampoo question because I get the Pravana Perfection treatment and have to use their products to maintain and extend it. BUT I can tell you that the treatment is AMAZING and makes my dry, brittle and frizzy hair totally shiny and manageable. Wow, I sound like a commercial…

Amy September 7, 2016 at 6:28 PM

I would love to read Loverboy, especially with everyone’s reactions, but I just don’t have the patience right now for a new-couple-every-book series. I have to be in the mood for those, ya know?

But I do have the first three books in the series so…someday. ;)

Tasha J September 7, 2016 at 6:47 PM

Tessa, I think your bug lady’s pretty cool too! It made me think of one of those Disney movies (Epic maybe?) or Avatar or something. R. Renee, I second the coconut oil. I have really fine straight hair and over that last couple years started having problems with dry scalp so I melted some coconut oil and a few drops of tea tree oil (optional) and massaged it in really good, wrapped it up and let it sit for a few hrs. You could even leave it overnight. Then just wash it out with your shower, probably a couple times to get all the oil out. I did it a couple times a week. And I went through tons of diff dept store brands and the only one that worked for me was Shea Moisture shampoo and conditioner.

R. Renee September 7, 2016 at 6:48 PM

Thanks Tasha! I think I’ll try this first since I already have some!

Lisa September 7, 2016 at 7:04 PM

Linda…I just keep thinking about that book. I knew my heart was going to break for Tango. …and youre right, Lauren Gilley did a great job of making an unbearably horrific story bearable (just) and carthatic.

bev September 7, 2016 at 7:26 PM

R. When washing the oil out it sometimes helps to start on a dry head. Just rub the shampoo in before you wet your hair. Then wet and lather.

bev September 7, 2016 at 7:30 PM

My hair got really dry from a mix of things I think. I really do think stress has an effect on hair. It seemed really really bad to me and nothing was working. I didn’t notice a huge difference until after 2 haircuts. Just needed to cut it all off. Not all my hair but all the damaged part.

R. Renee September 7, 2016 at 7:30 PM

Thanks bev, good to know. In college I used a silk treatment that I put on all my hair including my scalp and after a week I realized it wasn’t washing out! I had to wear a hat for months! I was wondering with the coconut oil if i just avoid the scalp and focus on the dry length!

R. Renee September 7, 2016 at 7:32 PM

LOL bev!!! I just assumed it happened because I turned 40…but now that I think about it, that was about the time I started writing! It probably is stress!! Problem solved! *opens another bottle of wine*

Amy September 7, 2016 at 7:33 PM

Alcohol is great for “stress hair.” ;)

Tasha J September 7, 2016 at 7:38 PM

I haven’t read any horror books yet, but plenty interest me and I plan to soon! I think I even have a few on my tbr list. Here are 2 links that I read that are kind of more recent release that sound really good and spooky:

R. Renee September 7, 2016 at 7:39 PM

Alcohol is great for everything, really.

Tasha J September 7, 2016 at 7:45 PM

Not a spooky read, BUT I did start watching Stranger Things on Netfix over Labor Day weekend and I. Am. Hooked! I literally have 11 min left to finish the last episode. Have any of you watched this??! I think it really lives up to the hype and totally pulls off that nostalgic feel of like the whole 80s time period and ET and the Goonies and what not. It’s got adventure and the comaraderie between the kids is great, not to mention the high school kids and adults, plus the scary element. I was actually afraid of the dark one night, watching it alone and all. Lol

bev September 7, 2016 at 7:57 PM

Is that the one with winona Ryder? I love her.

Amy September 7, 2016 at 8:04 PM

My hubby is getting hooked on that show…it looks good from what I’ve seen of it.

I’m reading The Last Girl by Kitty Thomas and ohhhhhh man, this vampire is NOT like our other vampire guys. He has his moments of being sorta nice but I have no idea how this will end. :?

Tasha J September 7, 2016 at 8:16 PM

Yep, Winona’s on there

Tessa September 7, 2016 at 8:19 PM

No need to apologize R. I use Pantene Pro-V. Works better than any salon thing I’ve ever gotten. I just went through major dry hair (chlorine from swimming) and ithat was my biggest defense to the dryness. Since the pool closed, I’ve done one time with coconut oil on my ends, and they are super soft again.

Thank you Tasha!

Tessa September 7, 2016 at 8:22 PM

Maryse put up a Station Eleven review.

bev September 7, 2016 at 8:30 PM


Tessa September 7, 2016 at 8:32 PM
Maryse September 7, 2016 at 8:34 PM



R. Renee September 7, 2016 at 8:38 PM

Thanks Tessa :)

R. Renee September 7, 2016 at 8:41 PM

And thanks Tasha! I’ll check them out! I’ve started adding some to my TBR on GR. I’m probably freaking out the the people reading the feed because I usually stick to romance!

Maryse September 7, 2016 at 8:46 PM

Oh Amy you have my attention with that Kitty Thomas book. I’m so curious how that one goes for you. I haven’t read it.

Amy September 7, 2016 at 8:56 PM

It reads FAST, Maryse. It’s only like 168 pages, and it is very easy to get into…at least for me it was.

He is not cruel, but he’s not exactly nice either. He is blunt and honest when she asks if he is going to hurt or kill her. Also, it’s all in her POV so I don’t know what’s going on in his head, which I LOVE. I’ve read no spoilers or reviews so I really have no idea what is going to happen…

bev September 7, 2016 at 9:03 PM


Amy September 7, 2016 at 9:11 PM

Yep, I figured if I couldn’t have the red guy I’ve had for, oh, 3 YEARS NOW then I am putting Manny on there.

Doesn’t he make you want to just grab him and snuggle him?!?

bev September 7, 2016 at 9:12 PM

*whispers * Gann. Though super dark.

So if you need/want to go in a completely different direction.

If you need a palate cleanser.

If you want to join the interesting kids–MichelleS & I. ;)

If you want to allow me to be able to say, “Maryse read it.”

If you want to read a Manny book club pick.

If you want all of this …

Then Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda is for you.

R. Renee September 7, 2016 at 11:11 PM

I seem to always be out of the loop, but can someone tell me why everyone is freaking out (in a sort of disturbing way) over Wide Open Spaces? Is it the basic plot that’s upsetting people or is there another blogger/writer war going on?

bev September 7, 2016 at 11:22 PM

I hadn’t even heard of the book. Is it the Reynolds book?

R. Renee September 7, 2016 at 11:25 PM

Yep! I was just perusing the reviews on GR because I keep reading the word “controversy” and OMG. People are seriously upset. Reviewers anyway. I maybe get Author Anonymous…but this is fiction! *cowers in corner*

bev September 7, 2016 at 11:33 PM

Well, fiction and the characters can provoke strong feelings. From the reviews/spoilers I’m sure I’d be a ranting too.
Don’t ask me about Taking Chances….grr.
Or ask Amy about a certain baseball player.

R. Renee September 7, 2016 at 11:37 PM

There are a couple books that made me raving mad *cough Carnage* but never enough to start a war on GR. There are angry trolls. TROLLS!! LOL sound’s scary!

bev September 7, 2016 at 11:40 PM

Who is trolling who?
Are her ride or die fans trolling the negative reviews or the negative reviews trolling the 5 *?
This is what I don’t get about GR and Amazon, also why many stop doing GR.

R. Renee September 7, 2016 at 11:45 PM

I only read the one review where the 1 star reviewer was *warning* the angry trolls to stay away. I get it, but is that what it’s come to? Reviews have to have warnings aimed at commenters? It’s just crazy to me. I sent you the link, but you probably saw it already. It was near the top.

bev September 7, 2016 at 11:59 PM

Just skimmed some. In that one it looks like some of her fans were upset by teasers for the book and other fans upset that the book was being written off when they’d never read it.
Honestly, I’d not read it from the spoilers. It’d make my head explode.
I think it is weird to star a book that you didn’t read but no weirder than an author rating their own book.
Some of these read more like fan vs. Fan more than blogger vs writer.
It’s why I was hesitant about GR, a lot of trolls and fighting.

bev September 8, 2016 at 12:04 AM

I’m not on twitter but I can’t believe the problems they are having with trolls. That whole thing that happened to Leslie Jones is just sickening.

R. Renee September 8, 2016 at 12:04 AM

I’ve never experienced it myself, but it is crazy.

The writers rating their books doesn’t really bother me because they all seem to do it when they announce their release date. Like it’s standard practice or something. Maybe like getting to vote for yourself in an election lol. But rating a book you haven’t read is horrible to me! No matter how many stars you give it.

R. Renee September 8, 2016 at 12:06 AM

OMG what happened??? I get the anger her book drew from people, me included, but it’s just a book!

R. Renee September 8, 2016 at 12:10 AM

LOL never mind. Duh. I have book brain. Wrong Leslie Jones! I know what you’re talking about. Weird how I just mentioned Carnage!!!

R. Renee September 8, 2016 at 12:11 AM

Sorry *Lesley Jones… there’s the confusion ;)

bev September 8, 2016 at 12:27 AM

Its really that common?
I just noticed it for the first time like last week, I was so shocked that I mentioned it here. I don’t want to see my favorites do it, I’ll admit I found it a turn off.

Yes, her feed was bombarded with a bunch of racist bs. I guess this is happening a lot and apparently a lot of white supremacy groups are on there. Twitter has been criticized for not responding in strong enough ways.

R. Renee September 8, 2016 at 12:38 AM

Yes, it’s very common. At least with all the writers I read. It’s always the 1st rating becaust the writer “announces” the release/book and with GR, that’s really the best way to do it so people who follow them see it in their feeds. They have to “review” it (even though that’s really not what they’re doing–they’re just announcing). At that point it’s sometimes weeks, maybe months before the book is actually released and with no stars it’s easily forgotten. With just 1 five star rating, it stays on people’s radars, so to speak. I’m sure for some it’s just vanity, but for most, it’s marketing. GR caters to readers so writers tend to have to “make things work.”

Amy September 8, 2016 at 12:50 AM

Ohhhhhh you’ve done it now, Bev.

You’ve summoned my inner b!tch by bringing up HIM.

*downs Jager shot and glares at HIS memory*

Lisa September 8, 2016 at 1:06 AM

Urrrghhh. Trolls. I got Trolled once…..on an Intercountry adoption/special needs support group page…….seriously….if you dont agree with Intercountry adoption why would you be in a support page for it?? Except to pick on people!

Thats why I only have friends from here on GR. Plus a couple of ring-ins like UK Bev… trolls for me.

Robin…….looking for scary, read The Passage….monsters galore. Now the series is complete too.

Why did I not know Manny was a Manitee?? For some crazy reason my brain had pictured him as a mandrill or capuchin….not a sea cow!!

Lisa September 8, 2016 at 1:07 AM

THE PASSAGE!!! *tossing handfuls of peanuts*

bev September 8, 2016 at 1:10 AM

Lisa, that’s horrible. Obviously went there to troll. Manny was a character in a book. You thought he was a monkey? ?
Amy, cover his ears.

R. Renee September 8, 2016 at 1:10 AM

Thanks Lisa! I’ll check it out!

With the GR feeds, who you friend doesn’t really matter because anyone can see it unless you set it to not update your friends feeds. Otherwise, if they comment or like it, all their friends see it.

bev September 8, 2016 at 1:13 AM

I guess it makes sense for marketing, but I will probably always give it a side eye. Just the starring part.
I’m one of those people that don’t think authors should respond to reviews either, even good ones. *shrug* I’m probably weird.

R. Renee September 8, 2016 at 1:13 AM

Did you adopt Lisa? We did, but out of the local foster care system.

bev September 8, 2016 at 1:16 AM

Just for anyone who doesn’t know Manny ‘ s origins. A stuffed manatee was in a scene in a book that we all loved on here a while back.
Sadly for me the sequel did not work and have not worked up the courage to read the third. But the first was angst fun.

R. Renee September 8, 2016 at 1:26 AM

The commenting I go back and forth on. The first time it happened to me I’d given a good review, but not great, so it made me feel weird. But after that I write reviews expecting them to be read so even if it’s negative, it’s constructive. Usually lol.

But yeah. For some books I’d like to just be totally honest, and because if that, I won’t be. On one hand the book world is awesome because your heroes (I’m a major fangirl!!) are very accessible. But if you don’t like their book, you probably don’t want them accessible at all! *look away please…I’m busy hating your book*

Cheryl September 8, 2016 at 5:56 AM

A quick stop in to say hi; I’ll have to catch up on the comments later. Helped my son move in to his college dorm yesterday!! So bittersweet, happy for him, but it’s sad and weird for him not to be home. Sleep like crap and now have to go to work… :(

Cheryl September 8, 2016 at 6:22 AM

R. as far as hair. I have fine hair and color it. I started getting a treatment when getting the color at the salon. It’s called Olaplex. Can’t say enough about how great it is! I then used at home, Pureology Hydrawhip for dry/fine hair. Recently, found out there was a Olaplex at home product-No3. I put it on, wrap my hair and leave it as long as I can for deep conditioning.

bev September 8, 2016 at 7:27 AM

Oh, Cheryl. That has to be such a huge change to your household. And Even positive changes like that can be huge stressors.

bev September 8, 2016 at 7:35 AM

Yes. One time Nalini Singh made a comment on here, a thank you to Maryse for posting a pre order or something. Yes, fangirl.
But on reviews or general talk of the book no, not for me. Also, I think it is very easy for an author to say something that could be perceived in the wrong way and then face a backlash.

Ela September 8, 2016 at 8:34 AM

Oh here we go with the nasty trolls!!!!! AMY – BOOOH – JACK! LMFAO

I am lucky with great GR friends that I have NOT received such nastiness but one of my GR friends’ reviews of a book was totally trashed even the author got on board then luckily deleted her post.

Maybe it’s just me but Author Anonymous gets the same treatment as other fiction books, now if it was a biography I would feel different but alas it is not and I don’t.

Fabi September 8, 2016 at 8:40 AM

It seems to me that if someone is going to write something like that, and call it a true story, they are not only expecting controversy, but in fact, inciting it.

Ela September 8, 2016 at 8:45 AM

Wait up! There was a matinee in Night Owl??? I just remember the cute bunny rabbit.

Oh and Cheryl I had that treatment done last time I went in…2 weeks ago

R. Renee September 8, 2016 at 8:46 AM

Cheryl, congrats! That has to be a big change! I just texted my stylist about both those products! waiting to hear back.

bev, that’s a very good point. I saw a writer “thank” a 3 star reviewer the other day and it made me cringe. I wondered if it was sincerer or if he writer was just “making it known that she’d seen it.” Even some 5 star reviews have negative comments in them. IDK. I think I lean more toward your way of thinking, because honestly, readers should be able to say exactly what they think without fear of offending someone. I actually felt guilt for the review I wrote for Swear on This Life. And it’s a VERY kind review! I’ve never seen Renee Carlino on GR at all, but I’m sure she must be lurking there somewhere and since she’s one of my fab four I felt like I LET HER DOWN instead of the other way around, which it kind of was!

Fabi September 8, 2016 at 8:49 AM

GR is reader space. Authors tread at your own risk.
LOL I’ve heard of many authors who won’t go near it. Some don’t even read reviews. After all, it’s the sales that count right?

R. Renee September 8, 2016 at 8:55 AM

Exactly! But I do love the writers who are on there. It’s nice being about to talk freely with them about writing/books. GR is a great forum for that. But, it IS a reader forum first and foremost!

And reviews are like drugs to writers. They can’t help themselves. Until they make it to NYT status, they read them!

Ela September 8, 2016 at 9:05 AM

R!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I actually received a message from Renee thanking me for my review and if I could please consider writing one on Amazon. I met her at Maryse’s first BB when she was just starting with Sweet Thing and she was just the sweetest “thing” lady! I was with an author siting across from her and she truly was shy or at least appeared so when fans came by….I dubbed her Sweet Thang.

R. Renee September 8, 2016 at 9:08 AM

LOL Ela! That’s funny. Well, hopefully if she reads any of the reviews I’ve written her she jumps to When We Were Strangers!

Ela September 8, 2016 at 9:11 AM

Sheehan, Fisher, and I believe one more will not even touch GR?

R. Renee September 8, 2016 at 9:13 AM

I’ve never seen TJR on there interacting either. And I wrote a review directly to her once, titled “Dear Taylor” LOL!!

bev September 8, 2016 at 9:18 AM

Ela, yes. The stuffed animal was a gift at the hospital.

I’ve even seen authors get backlash from asking for reviews too.
The one thing that gets me is the, “if I get X amount of votes, likes, or you review I will release this story or epilogue.” If I payed for the original book, please do not make me jump through hoops for the extras.
R, have you seen Love Between the Covers? It was good and showed how romance writers have a tendency to pass it on to the newbies.

R. Renee September 8, 2016 at 9:25 AM

bev, no I haven’t! But what do you mean a tendency to pass it on to the newbies?

Ela September 8, 2016 at 9:29 AM

YES! NOW I REMEMBER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FISHER DID THAT WITH THIEF….OH THAT PISSED ME OFF. I believe she was promoting Thou Shalt Not (which by the way, author and sequel fell off the face of the Earth) and True Love Story for maybe it was Dirty Red? But as much as I love Tarryn Fisher’s writing she comes off as loving the attention and thriving off it, that I don’t like.

R. Renee September 8, 2016 at 9:34 AM

And this bev, “The one thing that gets me is the, “if I get X amount of votes, likes, or you review I will release this story or epilogue.”

This is so hilarious to me!! If you have to do this, you’re probably unknown and no one cares about your epilogue anyway!! I’d be more like “If you read my epilogue, I’ll send you a check for $100. And maybe a pony.”

Young September 8, 2016 at 9:36 AM

I hate cops.
- Crow (Boston Underworld Book 1) by A. Zavarelli
H is very possessive and h is a fire cracker kick ass. So far SO GOOD and I can’t put it down!!

bev September 8, 2016 at 9:40 AM

It has a lot of well established authors as a part of it. And many of them talk of starting out and other authors at conventions and such being really encouraging and answering questions and such. Now, Beverly Jenkins goes on historical trips with her fans.

Leslie M September 8, 2016 at 9:52 AM

I love my new avatar!!! Def much better than crazy monster thing. NOONE on entire planet is bigger Twilight fan than me, so it is quite suitable.

Amy, I agree with your thoughts on Author Anonymous. I enjoyed reading it in the “perverse, can’t look away from trainwreck” kind of a way. I applaud “Anonymous” for telling her story despite how horrible it makes her look. The fact that it is a true story is what piqued my curiosity. Not sure if I would have liked it as fiction (I’m one of the few who disliked Arsen). I was shocked at the end though!! Do you think that last line was legit?? Maryse needs spoiler tags so I can say more.

To chime in on the “authors commenting” thing….I agree that Goodreads is supposed to be for readers…I am very uncomfortable with authors commenting on reviews (good or bad). Makes me feel like I can’t be honest.

Leslie M September 8, 2016 at 9:59 AM

Not to sound like authors can’t be part of Goodreads…I don’t want my comment to be misconstrued. I just mean them commenting on reviews for their own books. (Or asking for reviews/likes etc. in exchange for releasing “extras”)

Obviously authors are readers too. I enjoy seeing authors talk about books they read.

I also don’t have an issue with authors promoting their books on Goodreads.

Amy September 8, 2016 at 10:08 AM

Ela! You thought Manny was a primate?? LOL!!!! I totally had to look up mandrill and capuchin though because I couldn’t think of what they were. Just like I had to look up “chook” when I watched Muriel’s wedding…holy moly, I freaking *LOVE* that oldie but goodie!! And now I want to watch it again…

Yep, the manatee in Night Owl (OMG that part broke my heart!!!) started our whole “snuggle Manny” thing. Y’all probably think I’m joking, but I actually DO snuggle him when a book is beating the crap out of my heart. ;)

R. Renee September 8, 2016 at 10:14 AM

I hate it when authors want to *gift* you an ARC “in exchange for an honest review.”

#1. That isn’t a gift.
#2. If this happens, I assure you they aren’t looking for an “honest” review they’re looking for a “good” review, or they’d be requesting reads from bloggers–but not under the premise of a gift!
#3. Readers may request ARCs from writers, but it *still* isn’t a gift. It’s a favor, albiet an awesome one if the reader is a fangirl lol.

Amy September 8, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Leslie, do you mean the last line in the Afterword? I would like to believe that last line is legit, painful as I’m sure it would be for Anonymous. *sigh* What a mess she made for herself. :?

The only “extras” incentive I gave into, that I can remember, were ones offered by Jennifer Armentrout, but those were offered to readers who preordered her new books (which I was going to buy anyways). But come on, it was Daemon/Katy and Aiden/Alex!!!!

Amy September 8, 2016 at 10:32 AM


“It happened painfully and without warning, this sudden turning of the heart.” ~ How It Ends by Laura Wiess

Fabi September 8, 2016 at 10:36 AM


“It began with a dead man.”
Rattlesnake by Kim Fielding

Ela September 8, 2016 at 11:04 AM

“I still have diarrhea and working from home while 2 flies bug the shit out of my.” pun totally spot on!

Elzbieta Trampka

Tessa September 8, 2016 at 11:16 AM

‘The bone drums had been pounding across the jagged slopes of the Black Mountains since sundown.’
Chapter 1
‘Elide Lochlan’s breath scorched her throat with every gasping inhale as she limped up the steep forest hill.’
Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Leslie M September 8, 2016 at 11:29 AM

Amy, yes…the last line in the after afterward. I wondered if “you know who” really meant what he said. Man, that book was a crazy roller coaster of emotions!!!

Bev, I absolutely LOVED Night Owl and then it took too long for sequel to come out and I lost interest. I also read spoilers and know I wouldn’t like direction story went in. Makes me sad as Night Owl was a fave!!

It really is annoying when sequels:

A. Suck
B. Take too long to be released
C. All of the above (are you listening Ms. Day??)

Fabi September 8, 2016 at 11:35 AM

I vote for telling a story all in one book. I have no problem reading long books and often prefer them. Neither do I have a problem paying $10.99 for 1,000 pages as opposed to $1.99 for 100 pages.

Amy September 8, 2016 at 11:37 AM

Ela wins FLT!! Because that first line is SO fitting for her with all of her, um, “issues” right now. LOL!!!!

Amy September 8, 2016 at 11:57 AM

I agree, Fabi…I used to LOVE series, and still do when I’m in the right mood, but lately I’m kind of restless I just want to read the story in its entirety all in one shot. Sounds odd because some of my favorites came from series (Tristan and Danika!!!!) but I think it’s just a matter of reading tastes changing over time. That, and the fact that I have eleventy thousand other books still to read. ;)

****POSSIBLY SPOILERY for Author Anonymous****

****you’ve been warned****

Leslie…I have such mixed feelings even now about the character who said that. She hurt both men and I think they both wanted to hurt her in return, so anything either one of the guys said or did could be questionable.

Amy September 8, 2016 at 12:20 PM

Ooooooooh!!!! I’ve got a heartbreaker for us!! In the Quiet by Eliza Henry Jones is 1.99 right now. :D

R. Renee September 8, 2016 at 12:22 PM

FLT “I leaned back, nonchalantly placing my hands in the pockets of my slacks.”

El Diablo by M. Robinson

Crappy first line for the prologue, but the first line for ch. 1 wasn’t much better. However, 3 chapters in and I’m digging it. As long as it doesn’t cross a major line like Paper Swan did for me, I think I may like this one. Or if it does cross a major line, I hope the writer makes me want to cross it too ;)

Fabi September 8, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Can’t wait to see what you think of it R. I read several mixed reviews.

R. Renee September 8, 2016 at 12:32 PM

I’m trying not to look Fabi! I’m going in fairly blind. I could use a little dark romance right now, so fingers crossed!

Fabi September 8, 2016 at 12:33 PM

Don’t look! I hate spoilers. Fingers crossed for you.

R. Renee September 8, 2016 at 12:35 PM

Leslie M. I second that! I got to read most of S. Day’s series back to back, but then had to wait several months for the 2nd to last one and the final? I gave up. I think 3 months should be the MAX on a series book release. And isn’t there supposed to be a TV show in the works? Will anyone care about that? Or has it already been canned?

R. Renee September 8, 2016 at 12:56 PM

OK I just thought of something and have a general question. Concerning writers commenting/liking status updates and/or reviews. What if the reader “friended” the writer on GR. Isn’t that like giving each other access to the books each other reads, etc.? In that case, doesn’t the reader know ahead of time that the author can potentially and likely see what they think? For instance, I’m much more blunt with reviews for writers I’m not “friends” with and vague when I don’t like something of a writer’s who I am “friends” with. Or the book I’m reading my just *poof* disappear all together ;)

bev September 8, 2016 at 2:44 PM

I think I’m following 3 authors but I don’t think I’d want to friend them.
For review blogs I read I start to look sideways when they become friends with an author and still review the books.
In my real life I’m not friends with any authors. If I made friends virtually I’m not sure I’d read their books, lol.
I mean whose work I was not a fan of before. If I was idk, probably most would work for me but doubt I’d review or book talk about it if it didnt. Akward.
I don’t really review anyway, though do express opinions on here.

bev September 8, 2016 at 2:46 PM

I’m not sure but think my FLT Might Be The Same As LAST Thursday.

bev September 8, 2016 at 2:48 PM

And like Leslie I don’t mind promotions and authors talking about books. I think it is fun to see who they read.

Leslie M September 8, 2016 at 3:10 PM

R, I personally would not seek to “friend” authors of books on my TBR. I actually am “friends” with one popular author and it was an oversight. She friend requested me and I approved it without realizing who she is and now I don’t feel like I can read her books. Well, publicly admit to reading them unless I end up loving them. But I would say that if you are friends with an author, that def gives the author the right to comment on your reviews/status of her books. (Which personally would freak me out)

Fabi, all in one book works for me too! I’m sick of cliffys and waiting for books to be released!!! Or thinking series is over then author creates new/unnecessary drama to extend it. Ugh!!

Leslie M September 8, 2016 at 3:19 PM

Everything about the sight in front of me was wrong.

Inevitable by Angela Graham

I’m in a TBR challenge and trying to tackle some “oldies”

Tessa September 8, 2016 at 3:22 PM

lol I just friend authors I love just to compare books. Ironically, the one I just follw, KA Linde, I swear, she and Michelle are my book twins. Others I just follow, I’m like, uh… I read your books, but you read that? Huh.

R. Renee September 8, 2016 at 3:37 PM

I’ve learned to only friend the ones I know I’m going to love, but even that’s a gamble! I think it’s best just to “follow” if you don’t want them in your book business LOL.

bev, I approve of your message and 2nd it. When I started writing I made a lot of writer friends and then as soon as their books came out, I’d publicly read them like an idiot, sometimes barely be able to get through them. I’ve since learned to read first, tell the world later–or never as the case may be!

Fabi September 8, 2016 at 3:42 PM

I friend authors on GR all the time. Especially ones whose books I enjoy reading. I’m not shy about posting a less than stellar review either. I’m reviewing the BOOK not the PERSON and my review is my PERSONAL opinion, which will undoubtedly disagree with the next person’s opinion. My reviews show more of who I am than they show about the author. In fact, they are not intended to show anything about the author.

For example, you guys know I’m a HUGE fan of Shay Savage. Some of her books are 1M stars for me. Would you believe some of them are also 2-3 star for me? AND some I’m not interested in reading because they don’t sound like my cup of tea. None of that makes her any LESS my favorite author. It only shows that she is not a mirror image of me. — How boring would it be to read my own books? LOL – NOT that I could ever write one.

*cough cough*
*steps off soapbox*
*places soapbox carefully under the bed*

I need to add a P.S.
The above pertains to “book reviewing”. It does not apply, at all, to “beta reading”. Beta reading is more of an editorial role. Meant to be critically helpful in a positive way.

R. Renee September 8, 2016 at 3:46 PM

I totally envy that about you Fabi! I used to think I was that way, but I’m turning into a big giant wuss. But, at least I own my wussiness.

Fabi September 8, 2016 at 4:14 PM

LOL R – Own it! :-) I’m a total wuss about disagreeing with the beautiful ladies here on Maryse’s blog. Then again, there isn’t really anything to disagree on. Those of us who post often have gotten to know each other’s idiosyncrasies.

Leslie M September 8, 2016 at 4:20 PM

Fabi, you have a great attitude!! Unfortunately, I am a wuss.

Fabi September 8, 2016 at 4:32 PM

LOL, no you’re not Leslie. Haven’t I seen you on a rant or two? It’s ok though, believe me, there have been a few books I’ve quietly shelved without offering my opinion on.

*fist pumps air* The sisterhood of the wussiness.

R. Renee September 8, 2016 at 4:43 PM

And some books just fade into nothingness like they were never even there ;)

Leslie M September 8, 2016 at 5:32 PM

I comfortable discussing books here or having differing opinions…in fact i enjoy seeing everyones feedback (unless of course you don’t like Twilight, then I secretly hate you!) Ha ha ha! Totally kidding. I think Maryse would be sad if people couldn’t express their opinions here. I think we are a respectful bunch who can appreciate varying tastes. :)

My issue is if authors chime in on my comments on Goodreads. (Which thank goodness has never happened) And of course trolls. They suck.

Fabi September 8, 2016 at 5:46 PM

I think there’s only one book I had to delete from GR and it was because I learned it was plagiarised after I read it. I do of course delete from my tbr if I decide to not read a book.

Maryse September 8, 2016 at 5:47 PM

I would be sad, Leslie!! You’re right. I LOVE that we all have different opinions, and yet get along so well, so we feel like we CAN express ourselves, and get it out of our system, or get excited together over a book or author, or bond with someone that felt like we did over a certain book (whether we loved it or didn’t).

As long as we respect each other, it’s fun to discuss what works for us, and what doesn’t, in books. Why someone loves a storyline or the flow of a writer, and why sometimes, it doesn’t work for others.

And sometimes, it’s just the “mood” ya know? A book that everyone loves that didn’t work for a few, or a book that TOTALLY worked for only a few. THAT is why we’re our own book club. Because we love books, we share similar tastes and we *squee* over many of the same books (or types of books). And our different views, make it that much better.

Fabi September 8, 2016 at 5:50 PM

This is such a wonderfully positive and supportive environment. Is it any wonder so many of us chat here exclusively?

*group hug*

Leslie M September 8, 2016 at 6:00 PM

*joins in group hug but gives stink eye to non Twilight lovers*

Again….soooo kidding! This place rocks!!

Amy September 8, 2016 at 6:51 PM

Are we doing a group hug?!?


*dives onto group-hugging friends*

Luffs you guys!!!

Amy September 8, 2016 at 6:52 PM

And this is the ONLY place where I chat. This is home to me. ;)

Maryse September 8, 2016 at 6:57 PM


It re-started me on my love of reading. Will forever be my forever-favorite.

Maryse September 8, 2016 at 6:59 PM

*virtually “likes” all the comments* <— wish we could actually “like” the comments. *sigh*

GROUP HUG!!!!!!!!!

*leaps on top of the puppy pile*

R. Renee September 8, 2016 at 6:59 PM

Let’s see if this works…

R. Renee September 8, 2016 at 6:59 PM

nope! LOL

R. Renee September 8, 2016 at 7:03 PM
Ela September 8, 2016 at 7:07 PM

Same for me with Twilight! Then Maryse started introducing THE HARD CORE STUFF *cpugh chjolj* 50 BABY! *struts over to the huggle and squashes everyone*

Fabi September 8, 2016 at 7:08 PM

The link worked for me. :-)

And Twighlight sent me on my PNR adventure (after I reread the series countless times)

Ela September 8, 2016 at 7:09 PM

Maryse? You should really rethink liking ALL the comments!

Amy September 8, 2016 at 7:09 PM

Yep, it worked R!

I don’t care what any haters say (not here, just the haters “out there”) I loved Twilight and Edward and all his obsessive and possessive tendencies…it’s what made him, HIM. :D

Fabi September 8, 2016 at 7:09 PM

*squeaks from bottom of pile* luffs y’all tooooooo

Ela September 8, 2016 at 7:13 PM
R. Renee September 8, 2016 at 7:13 PM

Yep! I loved Twilight too…only now instead of re-writing it from Edwards POV/backwards, I wish she would have written it from EL James’ POV ;)

Maryse September 8, 2016 at 7:21 PM

LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :P

Maryse September 8, 2016 at 7:21 PM

Ela… really? I may have missed a few. ;) :P

Maryse September 8, 2016 at 7:22 PM

Has anyone noticed Ela’s *coughs*? I think she’s coming down with something. Hahahahahah!!! I crack myself up!

Leslie M September 8, 2016 at 7:24 PM

R, ummm…do you realize that link you posted has a very interesting vibrator pic in it??

R. Renee September 8, 2016 at 7:26 PM

Oh crap. Um… woops.

bev September 8, 2016 at 7:27 PM

Um……hides. cause Leslie is giving me stink eye. But that’s ok, I don’t like hugs anyway.

R. Renee September 8, 2016 at 7:30 PM

Ok full disclosure, that was a meme for my betas a loooong time ago for part of a scene (I cut when I transitioned from erotic romance to NA). I put it on here last night because I sent it to a writer friend as a joke. *hides*

Leslie M September 8, 2016 at 7:31 PM

Bev, it actually works out good if you are not a Twilight lover cause I’m not a Sherlock lover!! See? Now we are even. However, you gotta let us give you just a little squish.

Amy September 8, 2016 at 7:40 PM

*munches popcorn and waits for Bev’s reaction to being squished*


bev September 8, 2016 at 7:40 PM

Lol, they negate each other.
*holds out pinkie*
I’ll pinkie hug.

R. Are you published under different names? Now I’m worried.

R. Renee September 8, 2016 at 7:43 PM

No lol. I’m not published at all! I just got sick of erotic romance lol. But I still love that scene…even if I never use it!

Amy September 8, 2016 at 7:43 PM

One guess which one Bev is in this pic…

Amy September 8, 2016 at 7:45 PM

I keep seeing ads for Bumpershoot, and all I can think about is how I wish I could read Thoughtless again for the first time.


You never forget the first time…

bev September 8, 2016 at 7:49 PM

Amy, that otter is totally biting the other ones ear. So which one of you is the biter?

Amy September 8, 2016 at 7:51 PM

ME!!!!! :D

Tessa September 8, 2016 at 7:52 PM

Uh, sorry for biting you Bev. :P

Amy September 8, 2016 at 7:53 PM

*bites Tessa’s ear*

Tessa September 8, 2016 at 8:20 PM

*rubs ear* It’s a sign! She loves me!

Cheryl September 8, 2016 at 8:26 PM

FLT: “The city was his.” First Star I See Tonight by Susan Elizabeth Phillips.

Jumps on puppy pile. AWWW that so helped with my sadness from my son going away to college. :)

I LOVE this group and our respect for each other’s opinions and because of you, I have read books I probably would not have and discovered books I absolutely fell in love with.

Thoughtless *sigh*

bev September 8, 2016 at 8:27 PM

Oh, you two crazy kids.

Leslie M September 8, 2016 at 8:44 PM


Sorry…just having a little Thoughtless nostalgia.

Ela September 8, 2016 at 8:59 PM

Bev is missing from that otter shot! Can’t you tell? Duh

Lisa September 9, 2016 at 3:28 AM

Wow….I step away for a day and theres 60 plus comments to catch up on.

First Robin. Yes my partner and I adopted our only child from Ethiopia.

Amy….that was me who thought Manny was a monkey….sorry.

I have no issue, when reviewing books here, to be brutally honest as I feel this is a safe forum to do so….*side whispers* thanks Maryse. And I am generally open in my GR book reviews…if I dont like a book I will say so. But its only my opinion…not a personal judgement or critism towards authors, storylines or content. I guess Im naive because it didn’t occur to me that authors would be reading my reviews…I am usually writing for other readers.

bev September 9, 2016 at 9:18 AM

You know how I’ve mentioned I get embarrassed by the book covers when I click on sales posts? Let’s add goodreads to that.
When I click on my home and everyone’s updates or on my book shelves, lol. Same with my ereaders. I know a lot of you are not bothered by it, and I seriously respect that. But I still get embarrassed.

Fabi September 9, 2016 at 9:44 AM

I’m with you Bev. I don’t click any site with covers where other people can see. It doesn’t help that the covers keep getting raunchier. TBH there are some that simply turn me off to the book.

Amy September 9, 2016 at 10:08 AM

Same here, ladies. I’m SO done with the covers of half-naked guys or couples making out, and the majority of the time I won’t even look at the blurb if it has that sort of cover. The only way I consider one like that anymore is if someone here goes nuts over it.

And I hate it when I click a book with a decent cover and then it updates with a new one with a half-naked guy or couple on it. Dangit, don’t mess with my books, Amazon!!!

Amy September 9, 2016 at 10:10 AM

Oh, and to my friends on GR…I’m going to be updating my books (which I haven’t done in months) so I apologize in advance for flooding your home page with updates!! *cringes*

R. Renee September 9, 2016 at 10:12 AM

Yay! Finally Amy!

Amy September 9, 2016 at 10:24 AM

*giggle* We’ll see if you’re still saying that when I’m done, R. ;)

Amy September 9, 2016 at 10:30 AM

You guys…YOU GUYS!!

We missed Jean’s birthday!!! :( Or *I* missed Jean’s birthday if it was mentioned on here. And I shouldn’t have because I made a note of it last year.

Jean, if you pop in…HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!! Hope you had a fabulous birthday. Luffs you woman!

Fabi September 9, 2016 at 10:38 AM

eeek! Did we really miss it? Recently we’ve had Maryse, Grey, R. and ??? who else? It seems like it’s been a busy couple of weeks for birthdays.

Amy September 9, 2016 at 10:59 AM

We did miss it, Fabi. It was on Monday.

*snicker* Looks like a lot of our parents were gettin’ busy in the cold winter months.

Oh, ick. BLECH. My mind actually went there. *shudder*

Fabi September 9, 2016 at 11:01 AM

oh ma gawd


Jan September 9, 2016 at 11:25 AM

Um. I’ve never read Twilight or seen the films. Eek. Sorry Lesley. And I don’t really want to. *ducks to avoid peanuts* Not to denigrate anyone’s perfect right to love them. Just not my thang.

Yeah, this blog is a safe and friendly place. Thanks friends for all the larv out there and for all the great (non twilight) book ideas.

Tessa September 9, 2016 at 11:48 AM

And happy belated birthday Jean! *huggle attacks*

I read the Twilight series. It was okay. I didn’t think it was that awesome, but it was okay. However, look how many people started reading because of it. I can’t say bad things about it just because of that.

R. Renee September 9, 2016 at 12:07 PM

Happy Birthday Jean!!

Twilight was the book that got me reading! I bought it for my daughter and then didn’t give it to her!

After a couple years of YA, I got tired of the genre and couldn’t find anything else so I quit reading. Then when the movie came out I picked up 50 Shades to see what all of the fuss was about and *poof* started reading again! After reading it 3 times in a row, I googled “what to read after 50 Shades” and voila, here I am :)

bev September 9, 2016 at 3:22 PM


I hope you got your slippers and gift cards.

bev September 9, 2016 at 3:24 PM

Also, those book covers rarely have anything to do with the plot or characters of the book.

Cheryl September 9, 2016 at 6:09 PM

So hate the couples and half-naked guy covers. Give me the unique cover any day.


Lisa September 9, 2016 at 7:19 PM

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JEAN! I hope your year ahead is filled with many blissful reaing hours!

On covers….I recently downloaded Sarina Bowen’s Rookie Move and the cover here is the standard naked dude chest shot but the kindle version that loaded has a pretty cover pic of Brooklyn Bridge….much better.

I read Twilight and even saw the first movie. I think Edward was an interesting mix of bossy alpha and nerdy weirdo. They were certainly the books that spurred my paranormal/fantasy book crush for a while there.
I love them for the fact that those books (like 50 shades) inspired millions of people who hadn’t picked a book up for years to read. ..and continue to read.

My mum always told us as kids…you will never have a lonely hour if you welcome books into your life.

Lisa September 9, 2016 at 7:22 PM

The crotch grab cover shot is probably the worst to me. Or hand down pants shot.

Fabi September 9, 2016 at 7:41 PM

I ditto Lisa.

Maryse September 9, 2016 at 8:05 PM

Agreed Lisa. I struggle when featuring those covers in my release day lists… YIKES.

Maryse September 9, 2016 at 8:06 PM


Wedding cake martinis for everyone! Er… I mean. BIRTHDAY CAKE!!! ;) (same flavor). YUM! :P

D.DG September 9, 2016 at 8:26 PM

Hellllloooooooo. *waves enthusiastically* Catching up with some of the comments above….and 50 Shades was my back to reading book series…and I only read it because I heard EVERYONE talking about it…from the pulpit and on! So I had to know what the fuss was about…which lead to *sighs* Travis…Gideon…Kyle…Remi…yeah, I have way too many book boyfriends to count.

Happy Happy birthday to Jean! Hope the weather has not been too bad for you this go round…was definitely thinking of you and Maryse this past week.

Ashamed to say….that I LOVE Twilight but have never read the books…*hides face in embarassment*. Team Edward!!!

Leslie M September 9, 2016 at 8:30 PM

I love the sexy men covers ONLY when I’m gawking at them. Hee hee

I HATE when other people (hubs & non-romance readers) see them. I am not even too happy having them on my goodreads shelves. It’s just plain embarrassing. I feel like a child hiding their Playboys or something!!

D.DG September 9, 2016 at 8:39 PM

Now…some of those covers…are definitely not hard on the eyes…but yeah, I prefer the hubs and non-romance readers not to see the covers either.

Grey September 9, 2016 at 9:46 PM

*jumps into the pile* I love All of y’all

And happy belated birthday to Jean!!!

Jan September 10, 2016 at 7:39 AM

Yeah I don’t buy a book cos of a semi nekkid torso on the front. I buy it cos of the author or blurb or it’s a rec. I wish publishers would hear us. I hate those covers, and yeah, they are embarrassing when family members see them on your kindle. I feel like I’ve been caught reading icky porn when it’s probably just a romance with maybe a couple of hot scenes.

Lisa September 10, 2016 at 6:09 PM

Exactly Jan…

Amy September 10, 2016 at 6:37 PM
Fabi September 10, 2016 at 7:35 PM

Yes Amy, just like that one. There have been a few where the male model is either hiding or holding his crotch. Really? Why would I want to read a book with that on the cover. Porn comes in plain brown wrapping. (lol – or at least it used to pre-Internet)

Fabi September 10, 2016 at 7:42 PM

DG, what is your avatar?

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