The 9 Minute Thing: A Witty, Erotic Novella by Rylie May

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Wow! This should happen to every woman, at least once in her life. A smoking, hot, younger, rich guy to dominate her, give her amazing orgasms, and buy her all new, expensive clothes. Sounds great to me!

Gillian is a 39 year old, divorced, college teacher. During a student/teacher meeting, Gillian’s student, Blake, confuses and intrigues the heck out of her. She’s not sure if he’s coming on to her or just being cocky, that is, until he kisses her. From there, he pursues her until she’s doing things she’d never even imagined before. And she loves every minute of it… well, except for the surprise he stages for her but you’ll have to read the book to find out what the surprise is.

Extremely sexy, laugh-out-loud funny and very well-written, ‘The 9 Minute Thing’ is a definite must-read. My only complaint is that I wanted more!!

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The Bastard (The Baddest Boys in History #1) by Inez Kelley

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History teaches us that some men are just plain evil. Stalin, Genghis Khan, Hitler, Vlad the Impaler… All have reputations for being terribly evil by torturing and killing many, many people but to some, these men were heroes.

To his countrymen, Vlad Dracul (No ‘A’. It was later added by Bram Stoker) was a great leader who warned his enemies away by impaling their comrades and putting them on display. To this day, Romanians will tell you that he was not evil.

Most of the world knows Hitler was a sadistic psychopath who killed people simply for the color of their hair, in some cases. To the Nazi’s, Hitler was a man of vision who could take the whole world to a new level.

That said, it seems it’s all in the way you look at it, your perspective, which side you’re on, or what version of the story you’ve heard.

In Inez Kelley’s, The Bastard, the Creator of All, has declared war on evil that has lasted centuries. In present time, the remaining warriors serving on earth, are the “bravest and the best” but, according to History’s point of view, are some of the meanest, cruelest men in all of history. These men are loyal to only one, besides each other, the angel that acts as their leader, the archangel, Josiel, or Sela, as she is known, the head of the Forsaken. The Forsaken is one half of the Creator’s army. They fight the good fight, on Earth, protecting the souls of humans from eternal suffering. The other half of the Creator’s army consists of the Righteous, angel warriors who protect the Heavens, led by the archangel, Michael, himself.

In the beginning of the book, the reader has no clue as to what’s going on. All we know is that a woman is attacked by paranormal beings and is then saved by paranormal beings. There’s talk of soul dust and tattoos that become weapons and, before you know it, you’re sucked in and, as the information is given, you are more and more intrigued. Pretty soon, you wish you could read faster so you can find out all the good stuff but, you also wish the book would last forever because it’s so dang good!

This story is so engrossing and full of information that, someone looking for a light read should save this one for a later date. Once you get sucked in, there’s no getting out until the end. Your emotions will be all over the place as you read. You’ll find yourself cheering for the heroine, Lacey, when she doesn’t give up despite all odds being against her. You’ll sigh dreamily over how sweet Erik is to her and how good they are together. You’ll fall in love with the warriors, and will be delighted by their personalities and camaraderie but shocked by what you find out about them. You’ll also be happy and mad, by turns, and, not giving anything away, wonder what the heck Ms. Kelley did that for. (You’ll have to read it to find out!) It’s like an on-going roller coaster of emotion, with occasional pauses for absorbing bits of history and celestial knowledge.

The best part, besides the very satisfying ending? The warriors are all totally drool-worthy and make great romantic hero material. With, The Bastard, being the first book in the series, I can only patiently wait (NOT!) and wonder excitedly, who the next book will be about.

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Lily Harlem: Em Petrova is here with some fun, sex facts…

Em Petrova is here!

Please welcome the very lovely Em Petrova to my blog today. She’s going to fill us in on some fun sex facts, take it away, Em…

Lily Harlem: Em Petrova is here!.

Hi Lily,

Since I write erotic romance, sex is one of the most important parts of my writing. I love hunting down new information about the topic. Recently I ran across some fun facts and thought I’d share.

1.The vibrator was invented in the 19th century as a medical treatment for female “hysteria”. I know I’d get hysterical if I had to be as stuffy and pent-up as women of those times too! There’s a new movie about this exact theme. Take a look at this Youtube trailer

2.Anyone have a “Rabbit”? Ever wonder why there’s a cute smiley face on the tip? It’s apparently to make the Japanese population feel better about the production and buying of this orgasm-inducer. Their customs don’t take kindly to devices that resemble phalluses, so this was their solution. ☺

3.Fun Fact—semen contains zinc and calcium. Both prevent tooth decay!

4.The average size of a penis is 5 inches and 3 inches flaccid. Here’s an amazing map broken up by region and cock size: 
Now I know some of you will be emigrating!


5.If you hate working out, just hop into bed! Active sex burns 200 calories in just 30 minutes! Now why isn’t there an infomercial on it…?


Hope you’ve enjoyed my fun post! And don’t forget to visit my website  for a peek at my weekly obsessions from sexy men to amazing shoes!

Thanks for reading, and thank you to Lily for hosting me.

Em Petrova
~where words mean so much more~

www.empetrova.com

It’s been a delight having you swing by Em, and readers, don’t miss her fabulous new release… Phew, it’s getting hot in here!!
 

Charli’s review of Morning Glory by S.L. Scott

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Sweet & Sexy!!!

Best friends who’re looking for love, Nick and Hayley have been closer than close for nine years. Nick even keeps a drawer of clothes at her place. He’s the kind of guy that you grab and hang onto with both hands. Although Hayley acknowledges that Nick is the perfect guy; gorgeous, caring, sweet, and sexy, he’s been her best friend since college. She’s never wanted to risk their friendship by starting a relationship with him. Nick has other ideas but he won’t pressure Hayley and risk her running in the other direction. As they look for love elsewhere, Nick hints that he’s interested in someone new. Hayley, feeling jealous, realizes that they’re more of a couple together than they’ve ever been with anyone else, and begins to think that, maybe waking up together every morning wouldn’t be so bad. Too bad she asked Nick for a little space so she could think, and now she hasn’t seen him in over a week!

Wonderful, sexy story with engaging, realistic characters. Though a quick read, you’ll feel as though you’ve actually experienced a whole lot more with these two.

Available at Amazon.com:

http://www.amazon.com/Morning-Glory-A-Novelette-ebook/dp/B009L5XXCW/ref=la_B009L9SPDK_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1349308735&sr=1-1

Charli’s review of Antichrist 16: The Becoming

Available at Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Antichrist-16-Becoming-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B0083AB0EO/ref=cm_cr-mr-title

It’s taken me a while to figure out what to write in the review for this story. Not because it was bad, on the contrary, because it was so good! I wanted to be able to do it justice. It’s a very original plot, at least one I’ve never run across before, and I really enjoyed it from the first page.

The Antichrist, Nathan, is one of those characters that you feel you actually know. He’s a typical teen that has the uncanny ability to charm his way out of trouble, most of the time. He enjoys hanging with his close friends, he routinely gets picked on by bullies, he gets along pretty well with the teachers at his school, and he has a pretty good relationship with his family. The only thing in his life that causes him pause, besides the bullies, is that he’s adopted and occasionally mentions wondering about his real parents. He takes it all in stride, though, and doesn’t feel as though his life is lacking in any way. For the most part, he appears to be well-adjusted with a great, snarky sense of humor.

Feeling this way about Nathan, I had a problem knowing he was the Antichrist in the story. I wondered how the heck he could be something evil when he seemed to be so sweet. As the story progresses, the author explains their version of the Antichrist as not being evil so much, as being the Uniter of the survivors after the Apocalypse. This put a totally unique spin on the concept of the Antichrist for me. Now, I’m not saying there’s not some badness going on there but I don’t know that evil is the word I’d use to describe it.

I’m not one to include spoilers in my reviews, so I’ll just say that the journey from the explanation of Nathan being the Antichrist, and the end of the book, is one hell of a ride. There were so many twists and turns I stopped trying to anticipate where the story was going, and just enjoyed it. It was definitely worth the ride! I read the last page with some disappointment not knowing when the next installment was due to be released. I sure hope it’s soon!

Goodreads | Charli Denae Mercer’s review of Antichrist 16: The Becoming.

I did not see that coming… at all!

I’m feeling very mixed about this story. It’s really long and kind of flops back and forth quite a bit. Just when you think it’s going to wrap up, some other epic thing happens and it keeps going. Now, this is not really a bad thing, it’s just that there were a few places where I questioned what was happening and was almost getting mad at the characters and thinking, ‘Enough already!’ When I got to the end, which knocked me for a loop as I did not see it coming, at all, the aforementioned complaints became completely clear. I discovered the reason that the plot seemed to go back and forth so much. I also was right to question what was going on. I just didn’t know it at the time.

That being said, I seriously could not put this book down. It kept me intrigued and involved throughout. The main heroine, Abby, brings the reader over to her side pretty quickly. After a terrible tragedy that crushes her spirit, her family is convinced that she’s cracked mentally. She labors to convince them that she’s not crazy through the entire story and, when she finally has evidence that she’s telling the truth, the entire thing blows up in her, and our, face. I’m not going to give the ending away but, let me just say that, if you see it coming, you’re a lot smarter than I am, because it caught me entirely unaware! I’m usually pretty good at figuring out what’s going to happen in movies and books, too, but not this time. As I read the last word, I just kind of sat there for a minute to let it digest before turning my Kindle off. It was like the sun coming out from behind the clouds. Everything was suddenly clear! I think I actually said, “Wow” out loud. LOL!!

This is where my feelings are mixed. Though I obviously enjoyed the story, a part of me was a little disappointed at the ending but, another part of me was awed that the author had the guts to end it the way that she did.

If you like paranormal stories that include angels and demons, you’ll love this story. If you like dramatic stories that involve heroines with personal dilemmas to solve, you’ll love this story. If you like stories with a ‘I totally did not see that coming’ ending, you’ll definitely love this story. I received this story in exchange for an honest review, and I honestly can say that I would spend the money on it, to read it again.

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/412638571

Hold the Front Page! Cover Art is Going Out of Fashion?

In an article featured in the Observer, on Saturday, September 22, author, James Bridle, had this to say:

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Given that e-readers have no use for color illustrations, how will books of the future be displayed?

Leaf through a copy of Phil Baine’s Penguin by Design, and you’ll see the evolution of almost 80 years of book covers. From the stark formalism of Edward Young’s horizontal orange bands (admittedly offset by his cheeky logo), through German typographer, Jan Tscichold’s even starker redesign of the late 1940’s, to Germano Facetti and Romek Marber’s 1960’s grids, and a host of visual experiments in the Pelican, Penguin Specials and Classics ranges, Penguin’s covers stood for many things besides the brand itself: for quality in literature; for a range of genres; for mood, atmosphere and style. And while Penguin’s succession of superstar art directors may have been masters of the form, the cover has remained of central importance in publishing and bookselling for all involved, not least authors, up to the present day – but not, perhaps, for much longer.

Covers increasingly exist not as foot-high billboards and paintings on shelves but as blurred, compressed little icons in lists on websites and devices, inscrutable jumbles of pixels that tell us little about the work. When read on an e-reader, books open to the first page of the text; the traditional cover increasingly seems irrelevant.

So will a new method for displaying books emerge? One possible path is offered by musical platform Soundcloud, where songs are presented in the form of soundwaves. Could a book’s text give form to its cover in a similar fashion, becoming its own representation? It’s not so far-fetched. The work of a designer like Stefanie Posavec, whose Literary Organism visualizes Kerouac’s On the Road, as a branching flower of sentence structures and themes, is more like a book as we understand it in our era of increasing information literacy than any photograph or drawing.

“Never judge a book by its cover”, runs the adage, but if text and cover become inseparable, then it may be possible to do so.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/sep/23/cover-art-out-of-fashion?CMP=twt_gu

Charli’s opinion…

I think the book cover is an important part of the whole story experience. I’ve picked up some of my favorite books because the cover caught my eye. I know you can’t ‘judge a book by its cover’ but a lot of the time, you can tell what kind of book it is, by the cover. If it’s a romantic comedy, the cover is usually colorful with a quirky female character in a silly situation, like walking dogs with leashes wrapped around her legs, for example. A historical romance may have the heroine in a long, flowing gown while likewise dressed couples dance in the background. A western romance may have a hunky cowboy pushing his hat back while he watches horses prance across a field. If you love books, you know what I’m talking about.

 Sadly, this isn’t true for all books, digital or paper. I hate it when the cover doesn’t match the story. A huge point of the story may be that the heroine is a ‘flaming redhead’, yet, on the cover, she’s blonde. Huh? Or the hero is dark and brooding, yet the guy on the cover? You guessed it, smiling as big as the sun with twinkling blue eyes.

 Do some of the people in charge of picking the cover even read the story?

 Probably not.

 Another issue I have with covers is the digital, ebook covers. Some of them are so lame! I know a lot of the books are being self-published, and I truly admire the authors for their bold choice. Some of the best books I’ve read were self-published. I just wish that some of the authors put a little more effort into choosing the cover to represent their hard work. I know that not everyone is artistically inclined but there are all sorts of free digital pictures online (the sites clearly mark the pictures as free and non-copyrighted) and, though it’s difficult to identify books you’ve read by their covers any more, as they all seem to pick from the same site, a lot of these pictures are very attractive. There are even free instructional sites on graphics, and free graphic editing sites. Sure, they’re not all as sophisticated as say, Photoshop, but they’ll serve the purpose. Besides, if you’re not very artistic, Photoshop can be pretty complicated. You just want a cover that’ll attract the readers’ attention so they’ll buy, and read, your book. Once they discover how brilliant your story is, they’ll buy all your books. Right?

 Usually, but you’ve got to get their attention first.

 If you’re like me, books are more than something to read. They’re to be savored and collected. Much to my hubby’s delight (that’s called sarcasm, by the way) I honestly own enough books to start my own used book store. This is after I’ve gone through my books and singled out the ones I could bear to part with and/or figured I’d probably never read, and donated them to the library and local women’s shelter. There’s my ‘To be read’ bookshelves, my ‘Favorites, never to be parted from’ bookshelves, and my ‘I might read these one day so I better hang onto them’ bookshelves. There are also the shelves with the books that the kids might need or want to read some day, like the ‘classics’ or books that might help them in school, and the shelves with the reference/information books. There are also Rubbermaid containers, a lot of them, filled with books that I loved as a child, a teenager, a young adult, and since then. There are books in the attic, books in the garage, books in the closets (Yes, my kids are forbidden to touch my containers in their closets) and books under the stairs. In all those books, the covers are very much admired and appreciated. How else would I be able to identify which book I was looking for, if not for the cover?

 Despite all of these physical books, I do own an eReader. I was gifted with an RCA Rocket eBook many years ago by my hubby (I’m a tech fanatic, too) and then upgraded to the original Kindle and, as of Christmas, 2010, the Kindle keyboard 3G. I still have my Rocket but passed my original Kindle on to a friend when I got my new one. (I’m convinced my hubby thought the ereaders would help to thin out my book collection. Silly man.)

 Oh! How I love my Kindle! *sigh*

 I totally get into the Kindle ebooks offered for free. I subscribe to several of the sites that let you know which books are free and when. I pass these on to my book-loving friends via Facebook and Twitter, and download them myself, religiously. I’ve reached over 20,000 ebooks as of last week. Yes, you read that correctly. 20,000. Thank God, Amazon allows you to keep your books archived. As it is now, I can’t upgrade my phone because I don’t have enough space on it with my Kindle App full. I’ve got to keep some of the books on there, though, or I’ll forget which ones I wanted to read first. I know… I need help.

 My Kindle is full, too, and runs so slow when I’m downloading. I’ve been trying to cull through them to lighten the load and, getting back on subject, this, again, is another place where the covers come in handy. How do I keep them straight on my Kindle if there are no covers? I can’t remember all those titles and authors. I see a cover and get tingles. “Oh, yeah! That’s the book I wanted to read next!” I think, so happy that I figured out which one it was. Because you know, trying to decide which book to read next when you have over 20,000 to pick from, is no easy feat.

 After much contemplation, I’m thinking that book covers are a necessity. Kind of like air and water? You really cannot live without them, you know? I mean, think of all the frustration you save by having the covers to look at. How many awesome books would we pass up if that delightful cover with the sweaty, naked six pack on it didn’t catch our eye? I’m thinking, a lot, and really, life is too short to pass up an awesome book.

 Don’t you think?