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I write suspense and light fantasy/paranormal set in the beautiful country of New Zealand. A land of myths and magic, Aotearoa (Maori for Long White Cloud) has always been a storytelling nation and it is my pleasure to share mine with you.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

REVIEW - Hard As It Gets by Laura Kaye

I was absolutely thrilled to receive an ARC of this first book in the Hard Ink series to read and review. I'll admit to salivating with the NEED to read it since first laying eyes on the gorgeousness that is that wonderful cover. Laura Kaye has quickly become a must-read author for me and I'm happy to say, she just seems to get better and better.
You can hear Laura talking about her new series here:

Tall, dark, and lethal...

Trouble just walked into Nicholas Rixey's tattoo parlor. Becca Merritt is warm, sexy, wholesome--pure temptation to a very jaded Nick. He's left his military life behind to become co-owner of Hard Ink Tattoo, but Becca is his ex-commander's daughter. Loyalty won't let him turn her away. Lust has plenty to do with it too.

With her brother presumed kidnapped, Becca needs Nick. She just wasn't expecting to want him so much. As their investigation turns into all-out war with an organized crime ring, only Nick can protect her. And only Becca can heal the scars no one else sees.

Desire is the easy part. Love is as hard as it gets. Good thing Nick is always up for a challenge...


Laura Kaye has a knack for drawing you into the character's world and persona with a few choice words. 

Although Becca, our heroine looks soft and wholesome - as far from Nick as you can get - she soon proves that appearances are deceiving. Nick is forced to acknowledge early on that there is so much more to Becca than he ever expected and she earns his grudging respect, regardless that she is the daughter of someone he despises - with good reason. 

As I've come to expect from Ms. Kaye, the sexual tension is red-hot and builds like a tempest. It is most satisfying when they finally give in to their bodies needs. But the sex scenes aren't just about the characters scratching an itch. They're deeply emotional and sensual - and because of that, they are some of the most sexy I've ever read. Each encounter has meaning to Nick and Becca and leaves them becoming more enamored of each other. With the external conflicts both characters face - Becca needing to find her brother, Nick to clear his name and hide the fact it was Becca's father who put him in the position he finds himself in - their happy ever after is far from a sure thing. 

This book tackles a large cast and first-in-a-series necessary background information with style. No backstory dumping here. The reader learns all they need to about Nick and the terrible tragedy that he and his SpecialOp buddies suffer in bits and pieces and through dialogue. The pain they feel about that day and how it still affects them all is raw and honest and adds to the overall feel of grittiness and reality. Each member of the SpecialOp team have their own distinct personalities and I'm already looking forward to getting to know the others better in the follow-up books.

Overall - a great introduction to what is sure to be fantastic series. I'm hooked.   

Friday, November 15, 2013

Busy, busy...

Yep. It's that time of the year again when writers of all descriptions and from all over the world attempt the beast that is NaNoWriMo. I'm glad to report that the moment of, "Yikes! What am I DOING??" has been and gone, and I'm really enjoying the journey. And the story I'm writing has some great potential too. I think/hope. Of course, it will need a LOT of re-writes and polishing before it is even close to being ready to be read by my beta-readers, but it is still fun. I'm seeing the story and scenes in my head like a movie which for me tells me its working. Then again - it could just be madness caused by sleep deprivation that is telling me that. Anyway - this is the sequel to Affinity, my favourite book, tentatively titled, "Synchronicity". I'm not sure if yet if the title is a goodie or if it's a clanger. Time will tell - and things should become a little clearer with a bit of sleep! 

November is a busy month for me. I'm also eagerly awaiting the worldwide release of my first full-length book, Beyond the Shadows. I'm gearing up for the online Facebook party and getting the goodies sorted out for giveaways. By the way - they are international. Here is the link if you want to check it out and join in the fun. 

November also means the annual A&P show (Agricultural and Pastoral) where the local branch of Greyhounds As Pets (or GAP for short) have a stall to show off our gorgeous doggies and to entice others to adopt one. I mean - who wouldn't fall in love with these gorgeous, elegant speedsters? 
Hmm...lets try another one....

Ahh! That's more like it. As I was saying, gorgeous and elegant! :) This is our Jazzy. She has been the most delightful and loving addition to our family and while time spent elsewhere when I could be working on my Nano novel isn't usually ideal, helping GAP find new families for the recent retired racing hounds is the very best use of that stolen time. It is a sacrifice worth making.

I'm also working to reach the coveted 50,000 words on November 27 as my hubby and I will be celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary on the 28th. My father is flying down to Nelson to look after our children and then we're off to enjoy the weekend footloose and fancy-free! It has been years since we've gone away just the two of us, so it will also be a weekend of rediscovery and fun. We can't wait!

So - lots of things on the go and to look forward to this month. How about you? Have you got a busy one?