Sunday Showcase #4

Here we are… Sunday, the day after the Rapture, and I’m still here. If you’re reading this, I’m sorry, but you’ve also missed the Rapture. It’s up to us, the ones left behind to continue to make the world go around in the apocalypse. Ironic I received a book this week which addresses just that–the Apocalypse.

Missy didn’t mean to cut so deep. But after the party where she was humiliated in front of practically everyone in school, who could blame her for wanting some comfort? Sure, most people don’t find comfort in the touch of a razor blade, but Missy always was . . . different.

That’s why she was chosen to become one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: War. Now Missy wields a new kind of blade—a big, brutal sword that can cut down anyone and anything in her path. But it’s with this weapon in her hand that Missy learns something that could help her triumph over her own pain: control.

A unique approach to the topic of self-mutilation,Rageis the story of a young woman who discovers her own power and refuses to be defeated by the world.

Why I picked it up: Karen at For What It’s Worth, recently finished this book (her review here), and got me curious. After she loaned me Hunger, the first in the series (my review), I was ready to take a chance on Rage also, so I made the purchase.

Available: The Book Depository and Barnes & Nobles

“Grace. That word that finally meant something again. Mercy. Favor. Good will.”

Fed up with play kink, Grace Warner moves to an island that embraces erotic slavery to be with a man she met online. Within hours of her arrival, everything is ripped from her, and she quickly learns play is preferable to the realities of actual enslavement.

Asher Collins has spent the past year mourning and blaming himself for the death of his slave, Darcy. When Grace catches his eye at a showing, obviously abused, he becomes obsessed with buying her and finding a way to atone for his own past sins.

Why I picked it up: I have to admit, I hadn’t planned on reading this one. Though I absolutely LOVED Comfort Food (review here), Guilty Pleasures (review here) wasn’t my thing. When Kitty Thomas contacted me with a review offer, I was little reluctant, since I had the impression she was taking her work more in the direction of Guilty Pleasures. She mentioned individuals who’d been more partial to Comfort Food than Guilty Pleasures have enjoyed Tender Mercies. I agreed to try it. After all, I could stop reading at any time, right? Okay. 🙂 I’ve already read Tender Mercies and enjoyed it. Definitely glad Ms. Thomas decided to contact me. My review is scheduled May 30, 2011 so keep an eye out. Though the link won’t be active until then, I’ll go ahead and post it for people who visit in the future (review).

Available: Smashwords and Barnes & Nobles

Novel Review: Guilty Pleasures by Kitty Thomas + Shadow Cat Winners

(review here). I couldn’t stop talking about it. I absolutely loved that story. I want to rave about it more, but it’s not Comfort Food’s turn; it’s Guilty Pleasures. 🙂 So before I get too deep into Ms. Thomas’ latest addition to BDSM, how about a bit of a blurb from her website?

Vivian Delaney leads a life of privilege, but behind closed doors she feels isolated and trapped in a gilded cage. Unable to achieve sexual pleasure with her husband, she finds herself in the capable hands of Anton, a massage therapist intent on awakening her to her full sexual potential. By any means necessary.

As their secret meetings progress, she falls farther down a rabbit hole where the line between rape and illicit affair grows increasingly blurred. Anton will accept nothing short of her complete surrender as he molds and shapes her to be sold to the highest bidder.

DISCLAIMER:

This is a work of fiction, and the author does not endorse or condone any behavior done to another human being without their consent. Further, this book contains no use of condoms or talk of STDs. It is fantasy, not reality and should not be read in any way as resembling reality.

Warning: This book contains sexual situations of dubious consent, coercion, sexual blackmail, kidnapping, multiple partners, master/slave, girl on girl, humiliation, boot worship, oral play, and anal play.

Yowsy. 🙂 Talk about getting your freak on.

Before I get into this, folks should know I’m not a fan of BDSM. I’m all for a little tying up and light spanking… the “let’s have a little fun, honey” play. Guilty Pleasures was the real deal—full blown BDSM slave/master kind of thing. I know Comfort Food was full of that, but it was a bit different… more of a psychological thriller, and appealed to me as a woman.

That’s not to say Guilty Pleasures wasn’t a decent read. I think folks who enjoy BDSM would truly enjoy this work. It had a very realistic feel to it. I could totally see the situation Vivian landed in happening. And though I would not have acted the way Vivian did if I were in her situation, for her personality, I thought it was very believable.

As a heroine, I wasn’t fond of Vivian. She was quite the tearful sort of gal. However, I knew a girl like that, when I was in the military, who cried over just about EVERYTHING. Me being a girl raised amongst 4 boys, I’ve always been too prideful to be free with my tears. So I had a hard time dealing with her.

The males in the book, I loved. They gave as much as they took (pleasure that is).  They were firm masters but never cruel. I really liked that. It made the situation seem less abusive and more like tough love.

So, Guilty Pleasures wasn’t for me. Does this mean I won’t be on the look out from Ms. Thomas’ next work? Not by a long shot. Straight BDSM isn’t my type of genre, but the story was well-written. It’s kind of like me being a fan of J.R. Ward’s BDB series, but not being into her contemporary Jessica Bird works. Some styles just fit better for me. Anyway, Ms. Thomas plans to do something unique with each one of her works, and I look forward to what she plans in the future.

You can find copies of Guilty Pleasures at Barnes & Nobles || Amazon || The Book Depository || Kobo || iTunes || Smashwords

To find out more about Ms. Thomas, visit her website. All her talk about Tender Mercies has really gotten me curious. 🙂

I promised winners, right? Coming out the door, I had a few individuals interested in receiving a copy of Shadow Cat. The winners are: Lucy, Claire Gillian, and Sabina Edwards. They’ve all been emailed their Kindle Edition of Shadow Cat. Enjoy! If you didn’t win, Shadow Cat is is available on Smashwords, Amazon, and Barnes & Nobles. Ya’ll come back now, ya ‘ere?”

My Overcrowded Mailbox

This is a little crazy post, since it’s been a long while since I’ve mentioned what’s in my mailbox. I’m so bad, I’ve even reviewed some of the works already. So, here goes!

Print Books

Now this little number was my daughters’ doing. Or maybe it started with a twitter recommendation. Anyway, someone recommended City of Bones (my oldest daughter or twitter). I do know my oldest daughter said City of Bones was the best book she read in 2009. Either way, I purchased it. My youngest daughter often harasses me for reads. I kept telling her, “your sister said City of Bones was the best read she had in 2009.” Finally my young one gave in and read the darned book. Next thing I know, she’s asking me for all the books in the series. Well, I purchased this one and the next one for her. Still waiting for City of Glass to arrive though. As for me, 🙂 I’ve yet to read City of Bones. Shame on me.

There here’s another twitter recommendation. Well, kind of. Someone recommended I read the next book in the series. But being me, I like to start at the beginning. So that’s how this came to be. Honestly, I have no idea what this ones about. All I know is it’s a YA novel. I’m really getting into to the YA genre.

Now this one, I wasn’t expecting in the mail. I even checked my book depository order to make sure I actually ordered it. And yep… I did. The only thing I could think of is that I must have wanted closer while I was selecting books. Not that I have anything against the Tarien Soul series. Just that I thought the last book was unnecessary. Well, I have it now. Here’s hoping for the best.

Anyway… I think I might start doing a next up kind of thing on the side bar. We’ll see.

eBooks

Why am I grouping these three together you might ask? These three I’ve actually already read and reviewed. I picked up The Goblin Brothers Adventures strictly out of courtesy. Not a bad read, I might say (my review here). L.K. Rigel offered me Space Junque around the time she volunteered to do her Authors Helping Authors post last week. Another fun read (Space Junque review here). And Guilty Pleasures… what can I say? I wanted more after reading Comfort Foods. I’ll post the review for Guilty Pleasures this coming Monday.

So shortly after I read Goblin Brothers Adventure, Lindsay Buroker went all crazy and sh*t releasing all these works. One of them, which also happened to be a free read, was Ice Cracker II. Like the smarty I am, I rushed to pick it up. If I’m not mistaken, it’s a bit of a teaser leading into Emperor’s Edge.

So Amanda Hocking books are so popular, I’ve been debating buying them for awhile. After unsuccessfully trying to cram Hush Money by Susan Bischoff down my daughters’ throats, I finally suggested My Blood Approves to my oldest daughter. She read the sample chapter and hopped all over it. One by one, I purchased the novels for her. If she ever gets off restriction, she might get more Amanda Hocking novels.

Forsaken by Shadow was another book I’d been wanting to read. I kept putting it off. Last month (December 17 to be exact), I won a copy of it from Stacey Wallace Benefiel. Yes, I know… that’s how long it’s been since I’ve done my mailbox post. An entire month. For some reason, things just kept popping up. Well, I’m reading it now… so definitely expect a review in the next few weeks. Then Kait Nolan did this awesome thing. Sign up for her newsletter, and she’ll send a copy of Devil’s Eye. I already follow her blog, what’s one more email. haha So voila! I’m the proud owner of Devil’s Eye also.

So, that wraps up this crazy long post. Hopefully the next one won’t be so long. I’m still expecting a batch of books from the book depository. I just need to keep up. 🙂 Man, I need to update my Reading List and Review Page big time. Until next time. Happy readings!

Winner, winner, chicken soup?

Okay, maybe my rhythm is a little off. Last week we were lucky to have Kitty Thomas visit us. Check out her interview. While here, she offered a digital copy of her debut novel, Comfort Food. Yippee! I absolutely loved this book (review here). Not many are willing to step out of the box and write something which pushes the boundaries. Kitty Thomas has done that with her bold writing.

Anyway, you’re probably wanting me to get on with it and announced the winner. 🙂

13 – samantha!

I’ll email you in a wee bit. Samantha, you have until Wednesday, October 13, 2010 to respond to my email. Thanks all who entered. And many thanks to Ms. Thomas for stopping by and sharing such a great read.

Now if you didn’t win, that’s okay Comfort Food is available at Barnes & Nobles || Amazon || The Book Depository || Kobo || iTunes || Smashwords

Comfort Food has my stamp of approval. 🙂