I love celebrating awesome new books, and even better, awesome authors! Today is a double celebration day, as my friend Kiernan Kelly is having a birthday, AND, it’s release day (writing as Dakota Chase) for her YA story, MAD ABOUT THE HATTER!

Check out the book, and below, a quick Q&A with Kiernan. There’s also a chance for you to win an ebook copy!





This trip down the rabbit hole will reveal a very different Wonderland.


Alice’s younger brother, Henry, is sent to a bizarre world he never really believed existed. His best chance to get home is the Mad Hatter, who is a remarkably stranger, if more handsome, fellow than Henry expects. Hatter’s only goal is to keep his head firmly attached to his body, and his best chance for doing it is to bring “Boy Alice” to the Red Queen as ordered. It’s dislike at first sight for Henry and Hatter, but since circumstances force them to remain together, they try to abide each other.


During their travels and adventures through Wonderland, they grudgingly forge a friendship that tests their values and established beliefs. Learning to tolerate each other and then to compromise, offers them a chance for something more when they reach the end of their journey—if they can survive the obstacles along the way.






Quick Q&A With The Birthday Girl

1) You have a YA book out!!! Many people don’t realize you write YA, as well as adult stories. Was it a decision to write “for a younger audience” (in quotes because MANY adults read and love YA books), or did the first story surprise you?

Back in the day when Torquere Press was in the process of launching its young adult imprint, Prizm, I was asked if I was interested in writing a YA for the launch. I was honored to be asked, of course, and since I felt strongly that GLBTQ youth need and deserve to see themselves depicted in positive message stories, I agreed. The first book I wrote was “Changing Jamie,” followed by “Eye of Ra,” both for the Prizm line. My newest is “Mad About the Hatter,” releasing today at Harmony Ink, the Dreamspinner YA line.

2) What do you think (or maybe, *hope*) that fans of your adult books will find in this book? Do “Dakota” and “Kiernan” share writing/storytelling styles, or is it a totally different experience?

I think my writing style is similar for both, although Kiernan, of course, is much naughtier. LOL

2) ALICE IN WONDERLAND is a classic that’s been redone numerous times. What do you think readers will find in MAD ABOUT THE HATTER that sets this retelling apart? Are there parts of the original story that you felt needed to be kept intact?

My spin on the Alice story is told from a male perspective, that of Alice’s brother, Henry. I’ve elevated the Hatter to a major player in the universe, and while I’ve kept certain elements (the Cheshire Cat, the Red Queen, Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee, and the Caterpillar, for example), I’ve created new landscapes and creatures throughout the book.

4) The cover of the book is GORGEOUS!! I heard it was an original piece of artwork, created for the book?

It is! It was done by the incomparable Paul Richmond. If you haven’t checked out his work before, please do. He’s a phenomenal artist, who’s produced a wide range of wonderful work above and beyond his fantastic book covers. I feel very lucky that my book was assigned to him.

5) Do you have plans to continue with any other classic retellings?

Actually, I’m playing with a few ideas.  I’d love to do a book set in Oz, for example (as in Wizard, not Down Under, LOL).


So… ladies and gentlemen… would you like to win an ebook copy of MAD ABOUT THE HATTER?? Simply comment below with a suggestion for Dakota (Kiernan). What classic story would YOU like to see retold? Contest starts now, and ends Friday night, 8/21/15, at midnight pacific. Winner will be chosen at random from commentors, and notified by email.

I can’t wait to see your suggestions… good luck, everyone!

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Today I am SO excited to share the second cover in the re-release of Amy Lane’s Little Goddess series. It’s a series I love dearly, and the new covers are beautiful.

For those who’ve read the books in their original incarnation, you’ll remember that they are much longer than standard novel length. In an effort to “tame the beast” a bit, Dreamspinner has split each of the remaining new editions into two volumes, each. We’ve not got a release date, and a pre-order option for WOUNDED, book 2, volume 1!!!!

***Below the cover is the blurb for the book… it DOES contain spoilers, so you may want to skip it if you haven’t read VULNERABLE. If you HAVE read the first book… OMG, BRACKEN!!!!***


Cory fled the foothills to deal with the pain of losing Adrian, and Green watched her go. Separately, they could easily grieve themselves to death, but when an old enemy of Green’s brings them back together, they can no longer hide from their grief—or their love for each other.

But Cory’s grieving has cut her off from the emotional stability that’s the source of her power, and Green’s worry for her has left them both weak. Cory’s strength comes from love, and she finds that when she’s in the presence of Adrian’s best friend, Bracken, she feels stronger still.

But defeating their enemy is by no means a sure thing. As the attacks against Cory and her lovers keep coming, it becomes clear that their love might not be enough if they can’t heal each other—and themselves—from the wounds that almost killed them all.

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Devin Lyle and Craig Rockwell are back, this time to a haunted castle in Ireland where a banshee may have gone wild—or maybe there’s a much more rational explanation—one that involves a disgruntled heir, murder, and mayhem, all with that sexy light touch Heather Graham has turned into her trademark style.

“What happened back there.”

“Rocky, I don’t know!” Devin told him, her beautiful blue eyes meeting his with concern. “There was something there—some kind of a presence.”

“A ghost?” he asked. “Perhaps Collum?”

She shook her head. “No, it wasn’t like any ghost I’ve met before,” she said. “It was different; it was dark…like a shadow.” She hesitated a bit awkwardly. It was strange. They weren’t just both Krewe. They were husband and wife. They usually said whatever they were thinking—no matter how absurd it might sound to someone else.

“I felt it—or saw it—before. Last night. It seemed to settle over the castle. Just a—a darkness. Like massive raven’s wings, or…a huge shadow,” she finished, shrugging and looking at him a bit lamely.

“Darkness—like some kind of evil?” he asked. He hoped there was no skepticism in his voice. He knew what it was like when people doubted your judgment—or your sanity.

She smiled. “No, not evil. Just—something different. And I almost felt as if the darkness…”

“What?” he asked.

“Wanted to touch me,” she said softly.

A strange ripple of fear went through him. “You’re not a Karney,” he said gruffly. “But if you even begin to think that you might be in danger—”

“Hey!” she protested. “I’m trained, experienced, and tough,” she reminded him. “I became part of the Krewe. But, it’s not like that. I mean, you said it yourself last night—we’ve never known a ghost to kill anyone. Ghosts linger to help the living or find justice or…in some instances, because they feel like they are an integral part of history. I didn’t feel that. Just…something different.”

“Well, stay close, kiddo, okay?” he asked, his tone still a bit too husky. Sometimes, he wasn’t easy. A man’s natural instinct was to protect the ones he loved—to protect his wife.

He knew that he sometimes had to remember that yes, she had gone through all the courses. She was a government agent. She was trained, and she—just as he had—had chosen her own course in life. He didn’t have the right to try to lock her in a closet until danger was gone.

The instinct still remained.


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Heather Graham 07About Heather Graham:

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Heather Graham majored in theater arts at the University of South Florida. After a stint of several years in dinner theater, back-up vocals, and bartending, she stayed home after the birth of her third child and began to write, working on short horror stories and romances. After some trial and error, she sold her first book, WHEN NEXT WE LOVE, in 1982 and since then, she has written over one hundred novels and novellas including category, romantic suspense, historical romance, vampire fiction, time travel, occult, and Christmas holiday fare. She wrote the launch books for the Dell’s Ecstasy Supreme line, Silhouette’s Shadows, and for Harlequin’s mainstream fiction imprint, Mira Books.


Heather was a founding member of the Florida Romance Writers chapter of RWA and, since 1999, has hosted the Romantic Times Vampire Ball, with all revenues going directly to children’s charity.  She is pleased to have been published in approximately twenty languages, and to have been honored with awards from Waldenbooks. B. Dalton, Georgia Romance Writers, Affaire de Coeur, Romantic Times, and more. She has had books selected for the Doubleday Book Club and the Literary Guild, and has been quoted, interviewed, or featured in such publications as The Nation, Redbook, People, and USA Today and appeared on many newscasts including local television and Entertainment Tonight.


Heather loves travel and anything having to do with the water, and is a certified scuba diver. Married since high school graduation and the mother of five, her greatest love in life remains her family, but she also believes her career has been an incredible gift, and she is grateful every day to be doing something that she loves so very much for a living.


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Thank you all for joining me in celebrating the rerelease of VULNERABLE. I love this series SO much. I can’t wait for existing fans to see this beautiful new edition, and for new fans to discover the magic of Green’s Hill.

Today is the start of the tour, so… first off, we have the info about the book and it’s author, Amy Lane…




Working graveyards in a gas station seems a small price for Cory to pay to get her degree and get the hell out of her tiny town. She’s terrified of disappearing into the aimless masses of the lost and the young who haunt her neck of the woods. Until the night she actually stops looking at her books and looks up. What awaits her is a world she has only read about—one filled with fantastical creatures that she’s sure she could never be.

And then Adrian walks in, bearing a wealth of pain, an agonizing secret, and a hundred and fifty years with a lover he’s afraid she won’t understand. In one breathless kiss, her entire understanding of her own worth and destiny is turned completely upside down. When her newfound world explodes into violence and Adrian’s lover—and prince—walks into the picture, she’s forced to explore feelings and abilities she’s never dreamed of. The first thing she discovers is that love doesn’t fit into nice neat little boxes. The second thing is that risking your life is nothing compared to facing who you really are—and who you’ll kill to protect.



Amy Lane is a mother of four and a compulsive knitter who writes because she can’t silence the voices in her head. She adores cats, Chi-who-whats, knitting socks, and hawt menz, and she dislikes moths, cat boxes, and knuckle-headed macspazzmatrons. She is rarely found cooking, cleaning, or doing domestic chores, but she has been known to knit up an emergency hat/blanket/pair of socks for any occasion whatsoever, or sometimes for no reason at all.

She writes in the shower, while at the gym, while taxiing children to soccer/dance/gymnastics/band—oh my!—and has learned from necessity to type like the wind.

She lives in a spider-infested, crumbling house in a shoddy suburb and counts on her beloved Mate to keep her tethered to reality—which he does, while keeping her cell phone charged as a bonus. She’s been married for twenty-plus years and still believes in Twu Wuv, with a capital Twu and a capital Wuv, and she doesn’t see any reason at all for that to change.


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I love this quote from the new edition’s forward…


Vulnerable unleashed a paranormal world unlike any other: a chaotic, exhilarating cocktail of supernatural species and unfettered love.” – Damon Suede & Mary Calmes


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If you’d like to follow along the tour – you’ll find fun “10 Things” lists and interviews from Amy, excerpts from the book, and every tour stop will be another chance for you to enter to win a copy of VULNERABLE!!


Sun, Mar 1 – Books Make Me Happy

Mon, Mar 2 – The Novel Approach (Guest Post) (Review)

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Wed, Mar 4 – Literal Addiction Paranormal Book Club

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2940011487101_p0_v3_s260x420Author: Vivi Anna
Series: Billionaires After Dark, #1
Release Date: December 4, 2014
Pages: 52
Reviewed by: Sheri
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The Werewolf Liaison: part one – After a terrible accident in the ambulance, EMT Olivia Jordan didn’t expect to wake up chained to a bed. The tall dark sexy man holding her prisoner is not what she expected either. But Garrick Blackthorn’s not your everyday kidnapper, no, there’s something extraordinary about him. Something that attracts Olivia. Something dark and secret.

(originally published as Bad to the Bone: Blackthorn Wolves, #1, 2005, 2011)


After reading the synopsis, I couldn’t wait to get started. I enjoy a good paranormal romance, and who doesn’t like being chained to a bed by a tall, dark sexy man? Having read and loved many of Vivi Anna’s stories from Harlequin’s Nocturne series, I was looking forward to the first novella in her Blackthorn Wolves Series. Unfortunately, the two main characters never had a chance to grow in such a short story. Olivia and Garrick were likeable, but there wasn’t enough development for me to really connect to them.

The opening scene was at a McDonald’s restaurant. There was a reference to Olivia’s bad eating habits and her pants … which I didn’t get. Maybe it was an attempt at a joke. I’m unsure why it was referred to in the first place.

Then, faster than the blink of an eye, Olivia’s world turned upside down. She’s taken against her will, woke up chained to a wall in a basement, presumably by a psycho-killer, yet in the next paragraph she’s all hot and bothered for him. Really??? This story was labeled romance, not erotica, so Olivia’s nonchalant response to her dire situation didn’t seem like a reasonable reaction.

But then they have a heart to heart talk, where Garrick confesses that he is a Werewolf. She accepts this unknown world, and everything that he says, way too easily. Less than 24 hours and she is prepared to make life-changing decisions and become a werewolf. Ugh…. Maybe it would have been more believable if there was some kind of mating magnetism that drew them together, some world building or long-forgotten paranormal memories so that the puzzle pieces fell into place. As it was, her extreme acceptance without any real thought to the consequences shocked me, especially after her age is revealed. Having Garrick read Olivia’s full date of birth from her driver’s licenses wasn’t necessary. Not only did it age the character, making the book no longer timeless, but also at forty-nine years old, one might think Olivia would be more levelheaded. I pictured a much younger person based on her behavior and the way she talked.

In terms of expectations, this one didn’t match up. I was continually pulled out of the story, wondering why and what was going on or looking back to confirm I didn’t miss any vital information. Then the blurb said she was chained to a bed when in reality she was chained to a wall. The interactions between them felt forced at times and not believable, so I never saw them as a real couple. Which is good since the ending includes an awkward cliffhanger, one that leaves Garrick craving the taste of her blood again, yet not once did he bite her anywhere in the text of this story.

Too much was missing to make this first installment a solid start to The Werewolf Liaison series. Literally, it was just way too quick to make it realistic. She was kidnapped, she was turned on, they had sex, another wolf attacked her, and then Garrick made her go away … the end.

Would I read the next book in the series?  Yes, but only if it is longer. It ended so abruptly, and I hate not knowing what happens next. Vivi Anna is a talented full-length novel writer and tells a wonderful story, but in my opinion her gift falls short in novellas.