What I’m reading ~ Insatiable ~ Lauren Dane

Insatiable is the first book in the Phantom Corps series


Daniel is the lowborn leader of the Phantom Corps, an elite group of soldiers working for the Federation Military.

Carina is the daughter of  the leader of the Imperial Verses. Raised as a princess in a house filled with danger and intrigue she learned very young to hide her true self. Now, in order to aid her people, she needs to escape.

When the person sent to help her escape is Daniel, Carina experiences many things she’s never before encountered. But can she handle it all? Can she deal with the changes her life will go through now?

What did I think?  I enjoyed it. The story kept me engrossed and Daniel and Carina were people you came to like. They had realistic, multi-dimensional personalities and personal histories that effected how they related to each other. Personally I prefer the Pride series, but this was good too.

Talk to me. Kindle lending library.

As I work on my next book I’m considering the publication options. When I first published Change and Escape the Kindle Lending Library (KLL) was too new, I felt there wasn’t enough information available to make an informed choice to go with them, so I opted out.

Now, several months later, there’s more information available at least from the self-publishing author’s point of view, but that’s not really what I’m looking for.

I want your opinion. How do you feel about KLL? Be aware that in order for me to list my book with KLL I have to give Amazon 90 days (or more) of exclusive sales of the book. Unfortunately, you have to be a Kindle Owner to use KLL.

Would something being exclusive to Amazon (and therefore possibly free, if you use KLL) make you more or less likely to read it?  Would it effect your opinion at all?

What I’ve been reading ~ Devlin Dynasty ~ Jaci Burton

Running Mate, Fall Fury, and Mountain Moonlight. 

This series follows the stories of a set of siblings, the Devlins, a family full of alpha werewolves. The family has a plan, one that sends each of the children to different places to find their mates and establish territories of their own. These books follow the stories of three of the four brothers, as they meet the women destined to become their mates. They all struggle with coming to terms with the unexpected location of their mate, at the same time dealing with the same issues in their mates. Added into the mix is the complications of shapeshifting and driving sexual instincts. 


What did I think?  I enjoyed them. They were intriguing and entertaining. Very fast reads I’ve read all three in the last twenty-four hours. I would read more of her books. 


I’ve been struggling with a single scene all week. I knew it wasn’t working, I knew I had to do something different, but I didn’t know why or what to do.

This morning, after I was ready to beat my head against the wall, I went into the bedroom to lay down for a while. As I lay in that half awake, half asleep state, it clicked. Suddenly I knew what I needed to do. It was almost as though my characters had spoken to me, told me what needed to be changed.

I made the changes and continued on, making a large amount of progress since. I feel much better about the whole thing and I look forward to a productive weekend.

What I’m Reading ~ Tiger ~ Laurann Dohner

Tiger is book seven in the New Species series.

Zandy has a history of bad judgment when it comes to men, and she has sworn off relationships. Tiger has watched the males of his kind change when they found their mates and he has sworn never to take one, especially not a human mate. But when the two of them encounter each other, they learn that fate has other ideas. Can they fight their fate or will they accept it?


What did I think? It was an enjoyable fast, easy read. Great for an evening when I needed a break. I like the series and Tiger was a good addition to it.

Busy Busy.

In the last few days I’ve rewritten roughly 150 pages. That’s on top of all the things I usually do, like writing group, knitting group, running kids to and from school, cooking, cleaning, sleeping, etc. I still have quite a ways to go, but I thought 150 pages was good progress for three days work.

First day of rewrites.

I hit 50 pages edited, I feel good about it. I still have quite a bit to go, but 50 pages for the first day is a great start. I’ll keep at it and soon we’ll have the sequel to Change.

What I’m Reading ~ Blue Moon ~ Laurell K. Hamilton

This is the eighth book in the Anita Blake series.

Anita gets a panicked call from Richard’s little brother Daniel, Richard is in jail in Tennessee, accused of rape, and the full moon is only five days away. Anita drops everything and rushes to his aid, despite the local Master of the City not wanting them there. Once she arrives she discovers that there’s more going on than she knew about and there’s far more trouble to deal with than she’d planned for. And not only with the locals.


What did I think? I love Anita, I reread all the books pretty regularly, they’re comfort reading to me. I’ve spent most of the last two weeks down with the flu and I’ve read this one and the one before it in the series. I wanna be Anita when I grow up.

Mireille Chester Blog Tour Visit and Interview

I’d like to welcome Mireille Chester here today as a part of her Blog Tour. We have a short interview and a review of her latest book Chael’s LuckChael's Luckbanner (1)

First, Mireille answers a few questions for us.

Melissa Stevens: What’s your writing process? write when inspired? make time? daily word goal? Etc.

Mireille Chester: For the most part, I just get the kids ready for school, make a pot of coffee and start to write. Because I am a stay at home mom, I’m fortunate enough that I can just write all day if I feel like it. I do tend to leave the housework a bit longer than I should, though, thankfully, my husband is very understanding and will often do laundry for me. :D I don’t have any goals for the day or week. I find that if I do that, I get a nasty case of writer’s block.

MS: Do you write to music, other noise, or have to have silence?

MC: I have to have noise. If my three year old isn’t at preschool, then Treehouse is usually on TV. If it’s just me in the house, I have music playing.

MS: If you write to some set noisemaker, list a few, give us an idea of your preferences.

MC: I tend to have set songs for certain stories I’m working on. I think it’s just the mood of the music that go with the mood of the story line, or sometimes there’s a specific song that reminds me of the characters. For Chael’s Luck, some of the songs that struck a chord with me were ‘Us Against the World’ by Westlife, ‘When I Look at You’ by Miley Cyrus, ‘When You’re Gone’ by Avril Lavigne, ‘Raise Your Glass’ by Pink, ‘Must be Doing Something Right’ by Billy Currington, as well as many more.

MS: Why do you self-publish?

MC: The reason I self-publish my ebooks (and I have to say it was one of the scariest things I’ve ever done) is because the publishing company I signed on with only publishes hardcopies. Thankfully, I met some fantastic people online who helped me with the process and now I try to return the favour by helping newer authors who also wish to self-publish.

MS: Of all your books, which is your favorite?

MC: Ooh, that’s a hard one. ‘Crossover’ will definitely hold a special spot in my heart because it was the first of my stories to be published. Having said that, ‘Destiny’, the last book of ‘The Chosen One Trilogy’ is the best in the series (I think). ‘Chael’s Luck’ is my favorite of the young adult stories so far (Here, I’d say ‘Tyler’s Story’, but my publisher isn’t releasing it until December… so I don’t think it qualifies yet. Lol.)

MS: Are you a Mac or are you a PC? 

MC: PC.  I have never owned a Mac. 

Thanks for having me on your blog!

Now, a brief review of Chael’s Luck.

Chael is a young knight in training struggling against not only the competition of training and qualifying as a knight but against being the smallest of them all. Once knighthood is achieved Chael faces a whole new set of challenges, but is he up for them?

What did I think? I enjoyed it. The story was an easy read, very YA friendly, with a twist that I think will intrigue many readers.

Blog tour stops!

April 1- A Diary of a Book Addict

April 2- Starry Night Book Reviews

April 3- Books Complete Me

April 4- Twimom101 Book Blog

April 5- The Book Mystress

April 6- Author C.A. Kunz

April 7- Melissa Stevens

April 8- Worlds Away Book Blog

April 9- Book Passion for Life

April 10- My Book Chatter

April 11- Paranormal Book Club

April 12- Scribblings of Wendy Jane

April 13- A Page Away

April 14- M.E. Franco, Author

April 15- Forever Lost in My Own World

April 16- Read2Review

April 17- Forever Lost in My Own World

Rules for the giveaways…

All those who comment on any of the blogs (and leave their email address) will be entered to win one of five swag packs and those who did not win an ebook will be put into a draw for a final chance to win one of five ebooks.

Where can you find Mireille Chester? Just follow these links!

Website, Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, Amazon, Smashwords.

What I’m reading ~ Lover Reborn ~ J. R. Ward

This is Black Dagger Brotherhood book 10.

Thorment learns that Wellsie, his shellan, isn’t in the Fade and it’s his fault. He struggles with letting her go so that she and their baby can move on. At the same time N’one is struggling with her place in the fortress, especially having lived so long in self-imposed exile. The angel Lassiter is convinced that these two are key to each other, but how does he get them to see it?

While all this is going on the Brotherhood is trying to deal with the Band of Bastards, a group similar to the Brotherhood in that they kill Lesser’s however they don’t have the discipline or sanctions of history or the King on their side. The BoB leader Xcor has decided that he wants to be King and is working toward that goal here in Caldwell.


What did I think? I enjoyed it. Once I get my mind back into the language of the series, and into the wannabe gangster speech that much of the Brotherhood uses I really enjoy the stories. I had been waiting for Thorment’s story for sometime, and it was well worth the wait.


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