Friday, May 31, 2013

Cover Reveal - Dragon Twins

The Release Date:
June 30th, 2013

The Blurb:
Separated at birth...reunited by murder.

Behind the gates of an exclusive Lake City neighborhood, prominent businessman Don Chu’s housekeeper has been brutally murdered and his teenage daughter taken. The high-profile case has the Mayor himself sending the case across Detective Stan Brookshire’s desk. He barely has time to digest the details of the two sinister crimes before he’s called to yet another disturbing scene.

This time, at the other end of the city, another murder and attempted kidnapping ring out with a similarity too convenient for coincidence. As the clues fall into place and the evidence mounts, Stan starts to see a pattern emerge. A DNA match, and the two cases now become one. With the help of an unexpected young ally, Stan begins his search for a victim that may still be alive. It’s a race against the clock and across the globe that will test his skills to the absolute limit. Two murders. Two kidnappings. Twice the danger.

The Excerpt:
A loud noise startled Jade from her slight doze. As she straightened up in her chair, she glanced at the clock on her bedside table across the room that held her textbooks. Eleven thirty-five.

Leaning back at her desk, she reached over and felt the bowl of soup Wei-Lee, the family housekeeper, had brought. It had been piping hot but now it was tepid. She estimated she was out less than half an hour. 

Another crash came from the direction of the kitchen. What on earth was Wei-Lee doing at this time of night to make that much noise?

Jade started to get up when the door to her room flew open and two almost identical Asian men burst into her room. Grabbing her before she could make a sound, her feet lashed out and knocked the books to the floor as they dragged her toward the door.
"You're coming with us," one of the men said in a thick, Chinese accent. "You can either come quietly or we'll drag you out."

“There’s no way I'm letting you take me anywhere!” she yelled, struggling against them. Their grip loosened and this time she racked her nails across one man’s cheek. Crying out in pain, he released her arm to protect his face.
She ran out of the bedroom and down the stairs hoping to find Wei-Lee or something to defend herself. Jade heard them running after her. Chancing a glance over her shoulder, she saw they were right behind her as she raced through the house trying to get to the kitchen.

She was almost there when a man stepped out of the doorway, into her path. He was Asian but what caught her attention was the knife in his hand. Red liquid dripped from it onto the tile floor. She managed to duck around him and into the kitchen where she was halted at the sight of Wei-Lee. She lay dead in a slowly spreading pool of blood.
A hand grabbed her shoulder and tried to spin her around. Her reflexes drove her forward, jumping over the housekeeper’s body she dove for the cordless phone to dial 911. She managed to dial two digits before the phone was knocked out of her hand and it went flying across the floor.

Rough hands grabbed her and tore her clothing as she tried to get away. It was useless. They were too strong. It was too much for her. The sight of the dead housekeeper, the men in her house...the blood. There was so much blood.
A hand reached up and put a cloth over her mouth, she fought against it but it was no use. She had no strength left. As her world faded to darkness the last thing she heard was, "Do not hurt her. Ling will not be happy if she is harmed."

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Prelude (A Musical Interlude Novel)


Author: KaSonndra Leigh
Published: 29 March 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Pinky's Rating (out of 5): 4.5 dragonflies

Book Description
"The Prelude is the part of a song that pulls you in, hypnotizing you with beauty."

After finishing design school six months ago, Erin Angelo left her tragic past behind in the States and started a new life in Milan, Italy. Burying the grief, silencing her demons, and living a life without any real attachments has worked well for her so far. But when Erin secures her first real job as a budding clothing designer, her controlled world is shaken to its core by the mysteriously sexy director of the local symphony.

Alek Dostov is a man who knows what he wants and how to get it. He's successful, hot, the son of a millionaire, and women all over the world flock to see one of his performances. For Alek, Erin represents the ultimate challenge: sexy, smart, and unaffected by his charms...or so she thinks. Just like Erin, Alek avoids attachments that leave him emotionally vulnerable. But unlike Erin, his pursuit of all things pleasurable is ruthless.

Knowing how wary they both are concerning any kind of committed relationship, Alek finds a way to pursue Erin, satisfying the intense attraction between them without sacrificing the freedom they both enjoy. Sometimes the deepest passion brings out the darkest emotions. And Erin finds herself completely unprepared for the forbidden world of the young maestro and his truths and even his secrets, as she struggles to deal with her own.

Music, passion, betrayal and forbidden love spun together in one of the most romantic cities in the world.

My Thoughts
As a huge fan of KaSonndra Leigh's work, when I first started reading The Prelude, I wasn't sure which way she was going to take this story, and was pleasantly surprised with the mix of fashion design and music, and how seamlessly she wove the two together.
Our leading lady Erin Angelo is complex and I was instantly drawn to her and wanted to know more about her back story and what she was running from. Our leading man Alek Dostov starts out being your usual womaniser, however by the end of the story, you are left thinking that maybe he has grown up and realises that there is more to having somebody in your life than just great sex.
Yes there is adult content in this story and I must say that these scenes while sizzling hot were done with taste and care. 
The tension that KaSonndra manages to capture between Erin and Alek is extraordinary, and I found myself with a tear rolling down my cheek on more than one occasion.
I must thank KaSonndra for my review copy, and will be looking forward to more stores about Erin, Alek and the whole cast at Black Butterfly Designs.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Meet - Maria Granovsky

Today, I am very pleased to welcome Maria Granovsky, Author of Poison Pill to Pinky's Favorite Reads !

How did you come up with the title? 
“Poison pill” is a legal term. It relates to a contract provision that makes an undesirable action by a party so extremely costly that it virtually guarantees that party won’t do it. A poison pill provision plays an important role in the plot of POISON PILL. In addition the book is about a bad diet drug — so POISON PILL seemed like a perfect double entendre title.
What is your greatest strength as a writer? 
From a technical standpoint, readers comment almost uniformly that they love the dialogue. They say it has authenticity, it’s witty, and the characters’ voices are distinct and consistent.
Personally, I think my greatest strength is describing complex scientific and legal concepts in a way that is accessible to a non-expert, without being condescending or boring. And I should be pretty good at this by now — this is what I do in my day job as a patent litigator.
Did writing this book teach you anything and what was it? 
Writing POISON PILL taught me the value of committing to a goal and working toward it without having the perfect plan of action or a detailed map. A friend once jokingly said that if there were books on how to cross the street, I’d read all of them before attempting an actual crossing, and she’s probably right. I often use the need to acquire theoretical knowledge as a means to postpone attempting the actual doing of something.
With this novel, I just plunged in. I started writing. Then I started editing. Then I found a writing group to provide critiques. Then I found a professional editor. Each step was a learning process on the go, and brought with it valuable experience. So now I’m far less reticent about doing things and learning from my mistakes.
Do you intend to make writing a career? 
I consider writing to be a career already. It cannot be a full-time career right now for financial reasons, but I take it just as seriously as I take my work as a lawyer. It is definitely not a hobby.
What genre are you most comfortable writing? 
Hands down, suspense, capers, and thrillers are my genres. I love reading them, I understand their construction, and I find them a great vehicle to explore serious and complex issues in a non-preachy and entertaining manner.
How did you develop your plot and characters? 
The characters are based on composites of people I know. My protagonists came to me almost pre-formed. I just knew who they were, their background stories, and their responses to different situations. As to the plot, I knew the beginning and the end, but didn’t outline the full story. Instead, it felt like the characters did their own thing, and I just reported on what they were up to. Only in the last couple of chapters, where everything had to be resolved, did I step in with a detailed list of plot points that needed to be addressed.
Who designed your cover? 
Christine Van Bree designed my cover (

I couldn’t have asked for a more professional, talented or dedicated designer. The only complaint I can think of is that she provided me with too many excellent concept choices and it made picking the winner very difficult!

Can you tell us about your main character? 
Olga Mueller is a lawyer who’s ready to stop being one. She works for one of the most prestigious law firms in the world, and her area of concentration is pharmaceutical patent litigation. But she has grown tired of putting blinders on and concentrating only on the patent questions, when she knows that the drugs these patents are protecting may be dangerous.
She is smart, impetuous, some say childish in her hope for justice, willful, and craves excitement. A chance encounter with Benedict Vickers, the brother of the scientist who invented the diet drug at the center of the plot, offers her the chance to leave her secure job and experience the thrill ride that she so desperately wants, and she readily takes it.

How much of the book is realistic? 
I think of the book as heightened reality. Much of what I describe is absolutely true (the descriptions of litigation and life in a big firm, for example), but certain periods of time have been compressed for dramatic effect, and the chase scenes are a necessary plot device and a nod to the genre.
How long have you been writing? 
I started writing fiction on November 1, 2010. POISON PILL is the first piece of fiction I’ve written (not counting any stories I wrote as a pre-teen), and it began as a National Novel Writing Month ( novel. For those unfamiliar with NaNo, it’s an organized challenge in which you commit to write a first draft of a novel (50,000 words) during the month of November.
On the nonfiction front, however, I’ve been writing for decades. I authored scientific and legal academic papers, and drafted countless legal documents, such as briefs.

What’s your favorite place in the entire world? 
My favorite place in the entire world is the airport terminal from which I’m flying to a place I’ve never been. It doesn’t matter how dingy or boring it is, how bitter the coffee is in its coffee shop, or how early or late the time of day is — my excitement level is through the roof and I can’t wait to fly to the next adventure.
What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel. or about writing in general? 
I think the biggest challenge facing any writer is self-doubt. There comes a point when the plot seems stupid, the writing seems wooden or sloppily sappy, the characters appear to be nothing more than cardboard cutouts… In short, why spend all these hours on a piece of garbage when the laundry is piling up and there are great movies you haven’t yet seen? Usually, writing through this low period leads to a great reward — you get to the other side surer than ever that your novel has the right to live (albeit it may require extensive editing).
Self-doubt is even worse if you’re contending with expectations. If you have a book out already, and it’s gathering good mentions and reviews, writing the second novel may be much harder. What if it’s nowhere near as good as the first? What if no one likes it? It’s very difficult to put blinders on, shut out the thoughts of future praise or panning, and concentrate on the only thing that matters — you have a story to tell, and it’s not getting told unless you’re writing.
How important do you think villains are in a story? 
I think the inclusion of villains never hurts, but their importance varies by genre. If you’re writing a man vs. nature story (i.e., floods, volcano eruptions, meteorites), or a coming of age story, then villains may be less necessary than if you’re writing a crime-based thriller.
For me, though, the term “villains” is somewhat problematic. I’m not interested in characters that are inherently evil. Rather, I want to understand how decent people can do horrible things, be it through plausible deniability, sins of omission, or making a bad choice when faced with several less-than-ideal options, then failing to admit their mistake and correct course.  And I’m interested in how corrupt systems influence the behaviors of those who work in them. Those are the evils I explore in POISON PILL. 
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? 
First and foremost, I want POISON PILL to entertain. I conceived it as a train/plane/beach read, and if you finish it and are surprised to find hours have passed, my job is done.
Beyond that, I wouldn’t say there is a message in my novel, as much as a series of questions. I want readers to come away thinking about the issues facing both the protagonists and the antagonists, and considering what they would have done under the circumstances described in the book. Because no character in POISON PILL is wholly good or wholly bad, and no choice is perfect, I hope it provides a lot of food for rumination.
Connect with Maria Granovsky on Twitter & GoodReads
Buy Now @ Amazon
Genre – Legal Thriller 
Rating – PG

Friday, May 24, 2013

Meet - Amelia James

I am very honoured that Amelia James, author of Their Twisted Love has stopped by Pinky's Favourite Reads today and has kindly agreed to an interview ... Yay !
Where are you from originally?
Middle of Nowhere Wisconsin, USA.

Tell us your latest news?
My new release, Their Twisted Love – The Twisted Mosaic, Book 2, is now available everywhere! And in paperback. Book 3, His Twisted Choice, is coming out on July 22.

If you could have a dinner party with any authors from any time in history, who would you choose and why?
I met Teresa Medeiros at RomCon last year, and she's really cool. Lori Whitwam is a friend of mine. We'd get in a lot of trouble. I'd love to have dinner with a bunch of romance authors. I imagine the conversation would be very interesting. ;)

What are your current projects?
I'm editing my upcoming release, getting ready for RomCon, and brainstorming my next book. This one has a hero and a villain. They're both yummy and I can't decide which guy like best. That's how I ended up writing The Twisted Mosaic. ;)

What books or authors have influenced your writing?
None that I can think of. I read mostly historical romance, but I write contemporary. I'm afraid of subconsciously stealing someone else's style or ideas, so I don't read a lot of the genre I write. I never compare my writing to someone else's either. I'll let readers do that.

Is there an Author that you would really like to meet?
Lori Whitwam, author of Make or Break. We have the same taste in men and alcohol. That's a dangerous combination.

What book are you reading now and in what format (ebook/paperback/hardcover)?
I'm reading The Bestseller Job, a Leverage tie-in novel. Completely escapist fiction, but that's why I love it. And I have a huge crush on Eliot Spencer. *drool* It's on my Kindle. I love ebooks.

Tell us a little about your background. When did you start writing?
I started writing short stories in the 3rd grade before I knew how to spell. I gave it up for a little while, but picked up again after I got married. My husband got me a subscription to Playgirl, and I got hooked on their dirty stories. I wrote three and sent them in. Two were published. Real life got in the way for a while, and I stopped writing. I kept reading romance though, the hotter, the better. After I started watching Leverage and fell in love with Eliot (see above), I started writing romance. A couple years later, I published my first contemporary erotic romance, Tell Me You Want Me.

Where do you get your ideas?
I love to daydream, so I just let my dirty mind wander and sometimes I come up with something worth writing down.
What is your writing process?
I get to know my characters first: who they are, what they want, their conflicts and desires. Then I listen to their story and write down where I think they should go, but they tell me how to get there.
Do you write full-time now?
When I'm not herding my 3-year-old, I'm writing full-time.
Tell us a little bit about Their Twisted Love?
Their Twisted Love is the second book in The Twisted Mosaic. Talia and Alex are forced to work together. She still can't say no to him, but she doesn't want to let go of Will either.
How long did it take you to complete?
About six months. Longer, actually, because I started writing a different version of it then totally re-thought the story.
Are any of your characters based on real-life friends or acquaintances?
Not in The Twisted Mosaic, but my mother shows up in Tell Me You Want Me. There's a little bit of my dad's personality in Austin, too.
Do you ever incorporate yourself into your characters?
There are bits and pieces of me in many of my characters. I think Talia has a lot of me in her. She's very selfish. I am too, but I hold it back (I hope). I lived out my craving for variety through her. My high school experiences make an appearance through Claire in His Twisted Choice.
Tell us about your cover. Did you design it yourself?
Mallory Rock designs all my covers. I pick out a picture and she makes it into something awesome, usually after going through 3 or 4 pics. I have no artistic ability whatsoever.
Where did you get the inspiration for your cover?
I look through stock photos of couples. I'm not visually oriented at all, so I can't imagine what the final cover will look like. That's why I love Mallory. She can tell me if something will work or not.
Does your reading inspire you and your work?
More often I'm inspired by movie and/or TV characters. I don't have as much time to read as I'd like (due to the 3-year-old mentioned above).
Where can we find you online?

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Their Twisted Love


Author: Amelia James
Published: 20 May 2013
Genre: Erotica
Pinky's Rating (out of 5): 5 dragonflies

Book Description

Alex has everything he wants. He loves the power that comes with his job, and fooling around with his boss provides the illicit kink he needs. He’s in charge and trusts no one.
Will should’ve learned something from his disastrous past, but he’s distanced himself from everyone who loved him, keeping the pain in protective custody. He has no use for entanglements.
Talia has a new man, safe and secure—and boring as hell. She won’t sleep with him until she knows she wants only him. But she can’t forget, or forgive, the men who indulged her wildest fantasies and violated her trust.
They’re happy apart... until Alex’s case forces them back together, and Talia discovers she still craves both her former lovers. Can only one love her enough to satisfy her twisted desires and provide the stability she needs?
Sometimes, the wrong reasons are the only reasons.

My Thoughts

There is only one word to describe this book ... SIZZLING.

This is the second book in The Twisted Mosaic series, and the story follows on right behind the first. While Will takes more of a back seat in this book, there is plenty of hot, steamy action with Alex and Talia and without giving anything away, a new playmate!  Talia's is developing into a strong character, and at times I wanted to slap some sense into her, while Alex is starting to think about someone other than himself for a change.

Again there is a good mixture of sensual, erotic, bondage and auto erotic asphyxia so should appeal to those who enjoy this genre.
I can't wait to read book 3 to see how this story ends up, and what decisions Talia makes about her life.

I must also thank the wonderful Amelia James for the ARC.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Introducing - Death Perception

Book Details

DEATH PERCEPTION by Lee Allen Howard
Release date: May 15, 2013
Available now in Kindle, Nook, and in trade paperback
308 pages
ISBN: 0615800696
ISBN-13: 978-0615800691
Front cover art by Neil Jackson

Book Description

Kennet Singleton cremates the dead... and then they speak: "Avenge us!"
Nineteen-year-old Kennet Singleton lives with his invalid mother in a personal care facility, but he wants out. He operates the crematory at the local funeral home, where he discovers he can discern the cause of death of those he cremates--by toasting marshmallows over their ashes.
He thinks his ability is no big deal since his customers are already dead. But when his perception differs from what's on the death certificate, he finds himself in the midst of murderers. To save the residents and avenge the dead, Kennet must bring the killers to justice.

Author Bio

Lee Allen Howard writes horror, dark fantasy, and supernatural crime. He’s been a professional writer and editor of both fiction and nonfiction since 1985. His publications include The Sixth Seed, Desperate Spirits, Night Monsters, “Mama Said,” “Stray,” and DEATH PERCEPTION, available in various formats at
You can keep in touch with Lee on his Facebook author page:

Follow him on Twitter @LeeAllenHoward.


"Dastardly devious, cleverly conceived, and just a whole lot of fun to read, DEATH PERCEPTION is Lee Allen Howard on fire and at his finest. Rife with winsome weirdness, it's like the mutant stepchild of Carl Hiaasen and Stephen King, mixing a truly unique paranormal coming-of-age story with a quirky cast of offbeat noir characters into a novel that's simply unforgettable... and hilariously original. A supernatural crime story, blazing with creative intrigue... don't miss it."
--Michael Arnzen, author of Play Dead
"Lee Allen Howard's DEATH PERCEPTION is a red hot union of Gothic crime thriller and grim humor that burns with supernatural tension. Beneath the sickly sweet scent of caramelized sugar lies the wildly entertaining tale of a man who delivers justice to the dead while fanning the fires of the living. Ever hear the expression, 'laughing in a morgue'? DEATH PERCEPTION feels just like that. Howard has a gift for crafting eccentric characters and clever plots. This is dark fun at its best."
--Jason Jack Miller, author of The Devil and Preston Black and Hellbender
"DEATH PERCEPTION has officially made me envious of Lee Allen Howard. It sings like a choir of angels, yet weeps like a ghost in winter. Everyone should have this in their collection.”
--Trent Zelazny, author of To Sleep Gently and Butterfly Potion

Death Perception

Author: Lee Allen Howard
Published: 15 May 2013
Pages: 308
Genre: Supernatural Crime
Pinky's Rating (out of 5): 5 dragonflies

Book Description

Kennet Singleton cremates the dead... and then they speak: "Avenge us!"
Nineteen-year-old Kennet Singleton lives with his invalid mother in a personal care facility, but he wants out. He operates the crematory at the local funeral home, where he discovers he can discern the cause of death of those he cremates--by toasting marshmallows over their ashes.
He thinks his ability is no big deal since his customers are already dead. But when his perception differs from what's on the death certificate, he finds himself in the midst of murderers. To save the residents and avenge the dead, Kennet must bring the killers to justice.
My Thoughts
Having not read any of his other works, when I was approached by Lee Allen Howard to read and review Death Perception, I was not sure what to expect.
But let me just say this ... I loved this Book !!
I was drawn into the story of Kennet Singleton from the first word, and swept along on his journey as he discovers exactly what is lurking about at the funeral home where he works and the care facility where he lives.
Lee Allen Howard has seamlessly joined the characters in this book, and you find yourself hoping that good prevails and that Kennet doesn't meet the same fate as some of the customers he cremates.
I highly recommend this book to anybody who is looking for something a little bit different and offbeat.
Lee Allen Howard is definitely going on my favourite author list!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Meet - Caroline Levy

Hi Pinky, Big thank you for having me on your blog *hugs*
Where are you from originally?
I was born and raised in a place called, Chatham in Kent. They say it’s the garden of England...

Tell us your latest news?
I am still feeling all warm and fuzzy at being signed by Moon Rose publishing and getting Welcome to the family out there J

If you could have a dinner party with any authors from any time in history, who would you choose and why?
This one is easy, I would love to meet Laurel K Hamilton. I love the way she writes, her puppy piles are fantabulous

What are your current projects?
I am working on Nikki’s Revenge a paranormal novel, werewolves J and then I will be straight back into the family saga with Protecting the Family.

What books or authors have influenced your writing?
That would have been Anne Rice in my younger days, now my hero is Laurel K Hamilton. I could go on for quite a while, there are some very talented Indie authors out there too. A few of them have been a great help and influence for me.

Is there an Author that you would really like to meet?
Yes you guessed it Laurel K Hamilton. I would probably get all tongue tied with the we are not worthy scenario running through my brain lol
What book are you reading now and in what format (ebook/paperback/hardcover)?
I am reading Frost burned by Patricia Briggs at the moment, I had a Kindle bought for my 40th birthday and I have never looked back, although I have to say, I purchased a tablet for writing on the move and I tend to read on this now. I am a total E-book convert.
Tell us a little about your background. When did you start writing?
I will be honest, I never thought I would get to realise the dream of becoming a published Author. I dipped in and out with a creative writer’s course over the last few years. It is thanks to the course that Welcome to the family came about though. I have shelved the course as I am utterly hooked on writing and on a roll, no stopping me now J

Where do you get your ideas?
I have been lucky my characters find me, although it can be at the most inconvenient time lol Nikki came to me while I was driving, I literally had to pull over and make notes. She wouldn’t let up until I had. They also seem to pop in while I am in the middle of working on something else.
What is your writing process?
I do not have a set process, I am a complete panster, anyone who personally knows me will say this is totally out of character for me. OCD and control orientated come to mind...
Do you write full-time now?
One day I hope to, but I have to keep the night job for now, I have a teenage daughter in collage, and only myself to rely on J

Can you tell us a little bit about Welcome to the Family?

Welcome to the Family is a story of a girl who wants to find out about her roots. Fate has intervened and she comes crashing into a world of the supernatural. I wouldn’t want to give away any spoilers. All I will say is she will end up where she is supposed to be. She is a fighter and I’m sure she is strong enough to handle anything life throws at her. Be it a cuddly were-bear to smoking hot vamps.  
How long did it take you to complete?
The first draft took five months, although I hadn't really knuckled down to it for the first couple of months and unfortunately twelve hour shifts can affect how much time I get to write as well.
Are any of your characters based on real-life friends or acquaintances?
No. They are all totally fictional. Although I did tease one of the guy’s at work I would use his name in a book. Alex is a werewolf in Nikki’s Revenge but they are nothing alike J

Do you ever incorporate yourself into your characters?

I think you always put a little of yourself into your writing. I know the characters lead me where they will, but I will sometimes argue the toss with them lol
Tell us about your cover. Did you design it yourself?
The cover art was completed by Miranda Stork. I gave her a brief of Welcome to the family and she came back with the cover. I loved it from the off, we were absolutely on the same page.
Where did you get the inspiration for your cover?
The inspiration was purely Miranda’s, she listened closely to my synopsis and got it spot on. Although I am not adverse to finding picture of people that fit my interpretation of my characters
Does your reading inspire you and your work?
I would have to say it has done, I have always loved the fantasy/horror genre.
Where can we find you online?
Book trailer:
Big thank you for having me over on your blog.