Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Alphas of Danger Anthology

** 2016's Alphas of Sin Anthology we've raised $5,000 to 4 Paws for Ability! We've been able to sponsor a puppy pen and not one but TWO puppies named Vixen & Frenzy. We will be following the journey of these two puppies to hopefully graduate and become service dogs to a family in need. You can come join our journey on our Facebook page Once Upon An Alpha. We are now BACK with Alphas of Danger, available NOW for a LIMITED TIME with ten bestselling authors and we hope you join us on the journey for 2017's Alphas of Danger with ten never-been-told stories by ten bestselling authors**






Happy-Ever-After has never been so intoxicating


When a man has beaten it, he becomes a hero.


When a woman tastes it, she is helpless to resist his pull.


It won’t come easily, especially between alpha men and their headstrong women. Threats lurk in the shadows, and the price for passion is often exacted with a bullet or a blade…but the sacrifice is worth it when devotion is the reward. Ten bestselling authors, masters of spine-tingling romantic suspense, bring you brand-new stories that will yank you to the edge of your seat and have your heart pounding as you turn the pages. Best of all, the proceeds will benefit 4 Paws for Ability, a worldwide agency that enriches the lives of children and veterans with disabilities by training and placing quality, task-trained service dogs.

Stories Contributed to Alphas of Danger:











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ShaylaBlack high res Shayla Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than fifty novels. For nearly twenty years, she’s written contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances via traditional, independent, foreign, and audio publishers. Her books have sold millions of copies and been published in a dozen languages. Raised an only child, Shayla occupied herself with lots of daydreaming, much to the chagrin of her teachers. In college, she found her love for reading and realized that she could have a career publishing the stories spinning in her imagination. Though she graduated with a degree in Marketing/Advertising and embarked on a stint in corporate America to pay the bills, her heart has always been with her characters. She’s thrilled that she’s been living her dream as a full-time author for the past eight years. Shayla currently lives in North Texas with her wonderfully supportive husband, her teenage daughter, and two spoiled tabbies. In her “free” time, she enjoys reality TV, reading, and listening to an eclectic blend of music.



New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance that she found success. She likes to find humor in the strangest places. Lexi believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome or foursome may seem.



Writing a book was number one on Mari Carr’s bucket list and on her thirty-fourth birthday, she set out to see that goal achieved. Too many years later, her computer is jammed full of stories — novels, novellas, short stories and dead-ends and she has nearly eighty published works.

Virginia native, Mari Carr is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestseller of contemporary erotic romance novels. With over one million copies of her books sold, Mari was the winner of the Romance Writers of America’s Passionate Plume award for her novella, Erotic Research.



Though starting in straight erotic romance, Kris's total focus now is on gay romance. When asked why recently, his answer was "My muse finally came out of the closet. Isn't it about time? I've been out since I was twenty-five."

A voracious reader, Kris loves many genres of fiction, but this writer's favorite books are romances that are edgy, sexy, with rich characters and unique challenges. Kris's influences include Anne Rice, JR Ward, Lexi Blake and Shayla Black. Kris is also the co-host of Romance OUT Loud, an audio podcast that features some of the best voices in gay romance fiction like, Andrew Grey, Damon Suede, Kindle Alexander, Felice Stevens, L.A. Witt, Sarina Bowen, and more. Kris is married to the love of his life - Stephen.



anissa-garciaAnissa Garcia earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communications and English. She held an array of jobs including Public Relations Manager for Barnes and Noble. Wanting a change of pace, she attended The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and trained full-time in theatre for two years. After working in Hollywood as an actress and casting assistant, she relocated to Austin, Texas and began writing freelance for Cosmopolitan and other publications. Her first book, A Promise Kept, is available now. A Promise Made will be available November 2016. When not writing stories, watching movies, or drinking a latte, she loves to daydream about romantic fictional men.



Kym Grosso is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the erotic paranormal series, The Immortals of New Orleans, and the contemporary erotic suspense series, Club Altura. In addition to romance novels, Kym has written and published several articles about autism, and is passionate about autism advocacy. She is also a contributing essay author in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum. She lives in suburban Pennsylvania but has a not-so-secret desire to move to a beach in southern California where she can write while listening to the roar of the ocean. She holds a bachelor’s degree from West Chester University and a MBA from Widener University. In a previous life, she was employed as a speech therapist, a health care consultant, and a product manager for a software company. In 2012, Kym published her first novel and today, is a full time indie romance author.



JennaJacobUSA Today Bestselling author Jenna Jacob paints a canvas of passion, romance, and humor as her Alpha men and the feisty women who love them unravel their souls and heal their scars to find their happily-ever-after kind of love. Heart-tugging, captivating, and steamy, Jenna’s books will surely leave you breathless and craving more.

A mom of four grown children, Jenna and her Alpha-Hunk husband live in Kansas. Jenna loves books, Harleys, music, and camping. Jenna’s zany sense of humor and lack of filter exemplify her motto: Live. Laugh. Love. Meet the wild and wicked family in her sultry series: The Doms of Genesis. Or become spellbound by the searing love connection between Raine, Hammer, and Liam in her continuing saga: The Doms of Her Life (co-written with the amazing Shayla Black and Isabella La Pearl). Journey with couples struggling to resolve their pasts to discover unbridled love and devotion in Jenna’s new contemporary series: Passionate Hearts.



Kennedy Layne is a USA Today bestselling author. She draws inspiration for her military romantic suspense novels in part from her not-so-secret second life as a wife of a retired Marine Master Sergeant. He doubles as her critique partner, beta reader, and military consultant. They live in the Midwest with their teenage son and menagerie of pets. The loyal dogs and mischievous cats appreciate her writing days as much as she does, usually curled up in front of the fireplace.



isabellalapearl Isabella LaPearl is a USA Today bestselling author known for her collaboration with Shayla Black & Jenna Jacob for the Doms of Her Life Series. She enjoys writing sexy, erotic romance. A wife, mother, writer, reader and a love for riding motorcycles. To say it's been an extraordinary journey thus far would be an understatement... what a rush! What a thrill to realize dreams and see them go from a seed to fruition. So for all you aspiring Authors, who like me, have a fire inside that burns brightly and demands to be sated by writing... Never give up.



Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Talon Pack, and Gallagher Brothers series, which have sold over 2.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over fifty novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not writing about bearded tattooed men or alpha wolves that need to find their mates, she’s reading as much as she can and exploring the world of baking and gourmet cooking.


Saturday, September 16, 2017

A Bond to Bear by Harmony Raines

Title: A Bond to Bear
Author:  Harmony Raines
Publisher:  Self Published
Genre and Pairing: MF, Paranormal
Page Count: 91
Reviewer Name: Redz

Publisher Blurb 
Millionaire Jared Sinclair has found his mate, but she doesn’t know it yet. He isn’t even convinced he wants a mate and all that goes with it. Yes, he wants to claim her, but children, and marriage, he’s not sure that’s the kind of man he is.

Although his bear disagrees.

Kelly is juggling two jobs to support her mom and brothers. With debts to pay, she can only fantasize about what it would be like to be with a man like Jared. Until he offers her half a million dollars for one weekend.
One weekend … easy, right?

But they soon discover neither of them wants to walk away … and this is a bond they will both have to bear. Forever! 

A Bond to Bear by Harmony Raines is a nice fast paced read.  I really liked this one. It does have some minor hiccups but for the most part is a really fun engaging read.
Jared is a billionaire who has finally found his mate. He is willing to do whatever it takes to get her too.
Kelly is juggling two jobs to support herself and her brothers. She is pretty hostile towards Jared. She has seen his ruthless side come out in force.
Once these two get to know each other they both learn how to bend and blend together. I liked the character connection in this book. I also really enjoyed the love story itself.
You will have to suspend some belief in this book but for me it did not take away from my experience with it. Over all a good read I highly recommend.

                               Five Shooting Stars 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Savage Planet Cyborg by Cheyenne Hart

Title: Savage Planet Cyborg
Author:  Cheyenne Hart
Publisher:  Self Published
Genre and Pairing:  MF, Futuristic Scifi
Page Count: 128
Reviewer Name: Redz

Publisher Blurb 
imone is a top doctor, but that requires emotional detachment. Having lost the person closest to her, she jumped at the chance to be a crew member on The New Horizon, the first ship to venture into deep space. She never wanted to get attached again. At least, before being rescued by a hot alien cyborg warrior.

Jaxxon has been in deep sleep more times than he can remember. He doesn’t even know who he was in his previous life. They say he's ancient technology, built before the savage planet of Lustrya fell into a new primitive age. This time, his mission is simple: stop a gang of dangerous criminals. But when he lays eyes on the beautiful female doctor from Earth, he lets the bad guys get the upper hand.

Now they're trapped underground, prisoners of a deranged trio of aliens and their unstable robot. Being locked up together in a dangerous situation is enough to get anyone's blood pumping—but could it lead to unplanned intimacy? Possibly even love?

WARNING: This fast-paced book contains steamy love scenes, deadly and exciting alien locations, a hunky alien who’s half machine with privates that'll remind you of a sex toy, and a story of passion between a strong minded Earth woman and a HOT cyborg who's out of this world.

This is the third release in a fresh sci-fi romance series. Each new book is a standalone story, featuring characters from The New Horizon space ship who find themselves stuck on a distant world. Is it possible to find love on a savage alien planet? Find out now! 

Savage Planet Cyborg by Cheyenne Hart is a really good read. I enjoyed the characters and the pace of this book.  Memorable characters with strong story lines.
This is the third in the standalone series. Each book is based off the same incident aboard the New Horizon, a ship from Earth. Does contain information from the previous books. But each book is meant to be a standalone.
This story is told in two POVs. I found myself really enjoying that style and it allowed me to get into the character’s heads and really see what they were going through and how it effected them.
Simone is a doctor. She is the head medical doctor aboard the New Horizon. The ships goal is to explore and research.  Frog aliens boarded the ship. And the crew has been captured by them.
Trapped in a cell with other members of the crew.  The ship caught fire and the crew had to take escape pods out. Simone ends up with Bree. They crash land together.
I am gonna be honest I didn’t think Bree was the smartest woman I have ever met. I am pretty shocked she lived this long.  But fortunately for her Simone is very smart and brave enough for the both of them.
Jaxxon is looking for the chief’s daughter. He is sarcastic, a cyborg, and he is easy going. He stumbles upon Simone and Bree kinda accidently.
Over all there is action, adventure, lots of heat in this book. I found it a very good read and I would love to read more in this world in the future.  If you want to escape reality for a while and read about another world this is a good one to pick up.

                                        Five Shooting Stars 

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The cage door closes on Emma Bryant’s freedom after she is arrested for a brutal murder that she did not commit. The tough-talking lioness knows the penalty she faces is death. Can she repel all of the lies in order to survive? Scott Frazier is always the joker. Beneath the golden lion’s mane is hidden a secret that just might save the woman he’s known to be his future mate since the first time he saw her. The blood of kings runs through him. Will he make the ultimate sacrifice to save the one he loves? Fighting the Lies is the sequel to The Touch of Snow; the paranormal romance that had non-readers converting to the genre. It continues the story of the Glacial Blood pack as they strive to save a member from the horrific position she finds herself in. But the story isn’t that simple, not when Nuka Lincoln is around, and an impending storm threatens the world as they know it. The Glacial Blood world is full of intrigue, suspense and kick arse fights. It also features a secret that should remain untold. A family isn’t always blood; it’s the people in your life that accept you for what you are. Setta Jay is the author of the popular Guardians of the Realms Series. She's garnered attention and rave reviews in the paranormal romance world for writing smart, slightly innocent heroines and intense alpha males. She loves creating stories that incorporate a strong plot with a heavy dose of heat. An avid reader her entire life, her love of romance started at a far too early age with the bodice rippers she stole from her older sister. Along with reading, she loves animals, brunch dates, coffee that is really more French vanilla creamer, questionable reality television, English murder mysteries, and has dreams of traveling the world. Born a California girl, she currently resides in Idaho with her incredibly supportive husband. She loves to hear from readers so feel free to ask her questions on social media or send her an email and she will happily reply. Subscribe to her newsletter for giveaways, exclusive excerpts and release information:http://www.settajay.com/

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Cover Blitz : Storm Crossed By Dani Harper

The latest stand-alone novel in Dani Harper’s Grim Series will delight old and new fans alike, transporting them to the ancient fae realm beneath the modern human world, where magic rules and menace abounds . . .

Heir to a noble fae house, Trahern is forced to watch helplessly as his twin brother is cruelly changed into a grim—a death dog—as punishment for falling in love with the wrong person. Trahern doesn’t believe love exists, but he will do anything to keep his brother alive—even join the Wild Hunt and ride the night skies of the human world.

Lissy Santiago-Callahan believes in love but has no time for it. She’s busy juggling her career as an academic and her home life as a single mom to a young son with Asperger’s. Her hectic life in sleepy Eastern Washington is made even more chaotic with the sudden arrival of a demanding fae and his unusual “dog.”

Mortal and immortal have nothing in common, and the attraction between Lissy and Trahern surprises them both. But when their desire places Lissy and her child in the path of a deadly faery feud, will the connection last, or will their separate worlds prove too great a divide?

Storm Crossed releases January 9th. It’s available for pre-order in Kinde eBook, paperback, and audio at https://www.amazon.com/Storm-Crossed-Grim-Book-4-ebook/dp/B073TTTGZD

Official Bio for Dani Harper (updated by publisher August 2017)

Legend, lore, love, and magic. These are the hallmarks of Dani Harper’s transformational tales of faeries, shapeshifters, ghosts, and more, for a mature audience.

A former newspaper editor, Dani’s passion for all things supernatural led her to a second career writing fiction. There isn't anything she likes better than exploring myths and legends from many cultures, which serve to inspire her sizzling and suspenseful stories.

A longtime resident of the Canadian north and southeastern Alaska, she now lives in rural Washington with her retired mountain-man husband. Together they do battle with runaway garden gnomes, rampant fruit trees, and a roving herd of predatory chickens.

Dani Harper is the author of Storm Crossed, Storm Warned, Storm Bound, Storm Warrior (the Grim Series), as well as First Bite (Dark Wolf), for Montlake Romance. She is also the author of a Yuletide ghost story, The Holiday Spirit, plus a popular shapeshifter series, which includes Changeling Moon, Changeling Dream, and Changeling Dawn.

For more, visit her website at http://www.daniharper.com.


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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Vampire's Spell by Lucy Lyons

Title: The Vampire’s Spell
Series: Taken by the Night, 1
Author:  Lucy Lyons
Publisher:  Self Published
Genre and Pairing:  MF, Paranormal
Pages: 682
Reviewer Name: Redz

Publisher Blurb 

Caroline has been a ward of the Venatores lamiae (vampire hunters) ever since a vampire brutally murdered her parents in front of her as a toddler. On vacation with David, her best friend and secret crush, Caroline gets separated from her friends. All alone, she’s overpowered and kidnapped by a vampire to serve as a gift to his master.

Terrified at first that her fate will be the same as her parents, Caroline slowly comes to realize not all vampires are as deadly as Venatores have taught her. The master is genteel and kind. Despite his great power, he lets her speak freely and teaches her about the secret pact between their peoples.

Caroline learns to question the hate that has fueled her all her life, but, also discovers that David has been taken. Not protected by Nicholas, he’s been tortured by the same vampire that took her, the master’s own brother. For her, there is no choice. David is her brother and her best friend. She offers herself freely. No longer as a prisoner, but a willing student of the master, she faces the Venatores when they invade the master’s lair.

Her love for her people makes her a willing sacrifice to save them all. But, her growing affection for Nicholas, Master of the City, gives her the strength to face her own unique power. She must make a choice between the lives she is offered. Now, with growing faith in her own abilities and the ardor of a master vampire, the choice she makes will be her own. 

The Vampire’s Spell: Taken by the Night, 1 by Lucy Lyons is a confusing read that lost me in places. First person dialogue was nice allowed me to really be in Caroline’s shoes. But this book suffered from some editing problems that just made this a confusing read. 
One minute the heroine was in heels and a skirt then next pants.   Her clothes mysteriously change at will.  She also has some interesting location problems.  I think perhaps and editor or beta reader was in order here.
I found Nicholas interesting and arrogant. He does come off as likeable eventually.
Over all with the editing the way I saw it, I found this a difficult read. I would not want to read more unless they were edited much better than what I saw.  
I did think there is a story worth saving in here. I found I wanted to follow it, how ever again was hard to do when the story suffered from inconsistencies that should have been fixed.

                              Three Red Stars 

Shining Star Award: In Southern Deep by Marissa Holt

Title: In Southern Deep
Author:  Marissa Holt
Publisher:  Self Published
Genre and Pairing:  MM, Contemporary
Word Count: 85,000
Reviewer Name: Redz

Publisher Blurb 
What do you do when one man could give everything you need in the world…but the whole world is against you having him?
Unexpected reunions…
Jeremy Lyles can’t believe his eyes. Sean Sax — his onetime best friend, who disappeared from his life seven years ago — is working as a bouncer at an Atlanta nightclub. Muscular, tattooed, and very much the bad boy, Sean is irresistible…even though Jeremy considers himself straight.
Impossible dilemmas…
Sean knows he should stay far away from Jeremy. His troubled background and rough ways will never be welcome in Jeremy’s world. More, Sean doesn’t want his kind of trouble to intrude on his friend’s life. But sensitive, adorable Jeremy is exactly what he wants, and Sean finds himself unable to say no.
Fateful choices…
Afraid of his father’s disapproval, Jeremy tries to hide his relationship with Sean even as the heat between them intensifies. But constant meddling from both families strain things to the breaking point, especially when Sean learns that Jeremy’s keeping secrets. When Sean’s past returns with a vengeance, Jeremy must risk everything to save the man he loves.

In Southern Deep by Marissa Holt is a book I just could not put down. I loved the rough and deep connection Jeremy and Sean have. They are friends first then it becomes more. They might be from different sides of the tracks so to speak but their love runs deeper than social status, even deeper than either of them realize.
Jeremy has been looking for love in all the wrong places. Mostly women who treat him wrong. He is a kind sweet person, easily taken advantage of. He comes from money but does not flaunt it.
Sean is the bad boy who was Rem’s best friend. ( Rem is what Sean calls Jeremy)  Jeremy relied on him always till one night he went away.
Sean appears tough, has tatts, piercings, and the whole tough guy image.

This books alternates in POV which allows you to really get inside the heads of both characters.  I loved the deep connection and love in this book. It really is a must read for a true romantic.  I never wanted this book to end, and I look forward to reading more by Ms.  Holt in the future. If this book is anything to go by she has amazing stories yet to be told.

                shining star award, and five shooting stars