Reviews, Interviews, & Giveaways

Greetings, Friendlies and Unfriendlies. May the force be with you.

Monday is my day to review a book. I still plan to do that, just not right now. πŸ™‚ Seems I still have about 30 pages left to read of the Iron King. I hope to finish that sometime this afternoon. I’m rather curious to see how it winds down.

Until then, allow me to point you to some recent Shadow Cat reviews & giveaways, as well as a couple of interviews. πŸ™‚

Yara at Once upon a Twilight reviewed Shadow Cat. She’s also did an interview and giveaway me.

Blood Rose Books reviewed Shadow Cat.

ParaYourNormal interviewed me and is offering a copy of Shadow Cat. Plus stop by for the Talk Radio interview today (3 pm PST/6 pm ET). You can put me on the spot. πŸ™‚ The number is 619-639-4626.

Good luck to all who enter, and I hope to talk to you real soon.

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. πŸ™‚ 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.


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. πŸ™‚ 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).Β  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. πŸ™‚

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?”

Ghastly Fears

So I’ve been sending off review requests to bloggers for Shadow Cat. Of course I can’t stop myself from reading the other reviews. Then I got to thinking. Some of these authors get not so great ratings. And if they’re like me, they probably think their work is da bomb. What if people hate my story? What if it lands on the piles of DNF? or worse! It gets the F or 1 star ratings. Yikes!

The fears are enough to make many authors hide their works in shame. I could do that. But then I think, what if it is good? If I hide Shadow Cat in a closet never to be seen by others, then I’ll never know, now will I? Well, I want to find out if my writing rocks or that other thing. πŸ™‚ And even if Shadow Cat crashes and burns, there’s always that next book.

What keeps you going despite the fears?

For those wanting to give Shadow Cat a test drive, check out my free reads page. Sample it on Amazon or Smashwords.

A Round of Words in 80 Days #ROW80 – Update 2

I’ve long since given up trying to do the two day a week update. Okay. I didn’t try… didn’t even plan it. So here we are, update #2. If you recall during my first update, I changed my goals. Let’s look at them now and see how I’m doing or if I need to make more adjustments. πŸ™‚

  • January: Work on Shadow Cat which includes:
    • Apply select suggestions *DONE, but if more changes come in, I’ll certainly update it.
    • Develop a marketing plan (This is more of a trial and error. I’m trying a few things to get Shadow Cat some publicity)
    • Set a release date *DONE (I got itchy fingers and didn’t bother with a release date. πŸ™‚ Shadow Cat is in the world to be loved or hated. Currently, it’s available at Amazon and Smashwords. I’m working on Pubit (Barnes and Nobles), but they seem to be a bit backed up. Anyway, I would absolutely love for my readers to download a free sample and check it out. And of course, I’m not against my friendlies purchasing a copy. πŸ™‚
    • Get review requests out. *DONE, but still open to other bloggers willing to do reviews.
  • February: Work on Stray Cat
    • Basically just finish the draft I started. Though this is a February thing, I’ve been chipping away at it. Last check-in I was at 14,720 words. *Today, I’m at 15,792 words. (With Shadow Cat pretty much into the world and the blogoversary giveaways winding down, I’m going to concentrate a bit more on this.
  • March: TBD
    • Might work on Trinity’s Awakening
    • Might edit Alley Cat
  • Bonus Goal: Work on New Adult novel
    • Maintaining 100+ words a day over at Word Count Union. This is on top of any other goals I have. I’m really liking it. I figured at 100 words a day, I’ll finish this novel this year. Last update I was at 17,870 words. *Now I’m at 19,327 words. I’m not going to do the math on that, but I have been keeping up with 100+ words a day.

All in all, my new goals are going quite well. January goals are knocked out. I guess it’s time to add a new goal to take it’s place. Hmm… Okay. I really need to finish the first draft of Regina’s Story. I already know what’s going to happen, I just haven’t been in the mood to do the sex scene. I also have a short story I wrote called Unprotected which I’d like to wrap up. It’s already written, but it needs some major polishing.

  • January
    • Write the Sex scene for Control Freak: Regina’s Story
    • Do the first round of edits on Unprotected
    • Continue to chip away at Stray Cat. (200+ words a day)

Modest goals and very doable, I think.

For those of you who are interested in keeping track of ROW80 participants, head over to the linky.