Monday, April 21, 2014

Ann Gimpel - Shrink Wrapped - A psychologist at Heart - Guest Post

Shrink Wrapped—Because I’m Still a Psychologist at Heart.

I return to the U.S. from over three weeks in Antarctica a couple of weeks before this post. My guess is I’ll be beat from long hours in an airplane, but my eyes, heart, and soul will be full of stars. Back when I worked a traditional job for a living, I never could have taken that kind of time away. Oh no, psychologists need to be front and center 24/7. It was hard to take any kind of vacation—for well over twenty years. For a while I was in a group practice with four other psychologists and we covered for one another, but that had its downsides too. When things aren’t going well, clients want their practitioner, not someone else, and I don’t blame them.

Life is indeed different now. I’ve traded clients for characters. While I always set my own schedule, I’m working longer hours now than I ever did when I was a therapist. In fact one of my current book dedications is to my husband. It reads something like: I’d like to raise a glass of fine old, Irish whiskey to my husband. He thought being married to a psychologist was hard, but that was before I became a writer.

There’s a lot of truth in that. I did a much better job leaving my clients at the office than I do leaving my characters in my study. Maybe it’s because they train you in school to develop and maintain appropriate client boundaries. Well, I never went to “author” school and so no one taught me how to walk away and leave my characters until my next writing session.

Characters aren’t like clients. They don’t behave nearly as well. Hell no, they don’t. They howl and wail piteously if I leave them in some untoward situation. They hassle me until I sit back down and write some more. And you should hear the ones I kill off. They may be dead in the book, but they never seem to die off in my head. Nope. They whine and complain about how the plot really should have gone a different direction.

Maybe when I’ve been an author for as long as I was a therapist, I’ll develop better socialized characters—assuming I live that long. Anyway, a girl can always dream!

Who have some of your favorite fictional characters been? Do you like the unpredictable ones? I’d love to know!

About the Author:

Ann Gimpel is a mountaineer at heart. Recently retired from a long career as a psychologist, she remembers many hours at her desk where her body may have been stuck inside four walls, but her soul was planning yet one more trip to the backcountry. Around the turn of the last century (that would be 2000, not 1900!), she managed to finagle moving to the Eastern Sierra, a mecca for those in love with the mountains. It was during long backcountry treks that Ann’s writing evolved. Unlike some who see the backcountry as an excuse to drag friends and relatives along, Ann prefers solitude. Stories always ran around in her head on those journeys, sometimes as a hedge against abject terror when challenging conditions made her fear for her life, sometimes for company. Eventually, she returned from a trip and sat down at the computer. Three months later, a five hundred page novel emerged. Oh, it wasn’t very good, but it was a beginning. And, she learned a lot between writing that novel and its sequel.

Around that time, a friend of hers suggested she try her hand at short stories. It didn’t take long before that first story found its way into print and they’ve been accepted pretty regularly since then. One of Ann’s passions has always been ecology, so her tales often have a green twist.

In addition to writing, Ann enjoys wilderness photography. She lugs pounds of camera equipment in her backpack to distant locales every year. A standing joke is that over ten percent of her pack weight is camera gear which means someone else has to carry the food! That someone is her husband. They’ve shared a life together for a very long time. Children, grandchildren and three wolf hybrids round out their family.

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Witch’s Bounty

The Witch Chronicles, Book 1
Ann Gimpel

Publisher: Taliesin

Genre: Dark Paranormal Romance

Word count: 63,000 words

A demon-stalking witch teams up with a Sidhe, but their combined power, never mind their love, may be too late to make a difference.

Book Description:

One of only three remaining demon-stalking witches, Colleen is almost the last of her kind. Along with her familiar, a changeling spirit, she was hoping for a few months of quiet, running a small magicians’ supply store in Fairbanks, Alaska. Peace isn’t in the cards, though. Demons are raising hell in Seattle. She’s on her way out the door to help, when a Sidhe shows up and demands she accompany him to northern England to quell a demon uprising there.

Duncan swallowed uneasy feelings when the Sidhe foisted demon containment off onto the witches two hundred years before. He’s annoyed when the Sidhe leader sends him to haul a witch across the Atlantic to bail them out. Until he sees the witch in question. Colleen is unquestionably the most beautiful woman he’s ever laid eyes on. Strong and gutsy, too. When she refuses to come with him, because she’s needed in Seattle, he immediately offers his assistance. Anything to remain in her presence.

Colleen can’t believe how gorgeous the Sidhe is, but she doesn’t have time for such nonsense. She, Jenna, and Roz are the only hedge Earth has against being overrun by Hell’s minions. Even with help from a powerful magic wielder like Duncan, the odds aren’t good and the demons know it. Sensing victory is within their grasp, they close in for the kill.

Book Review - Witch’s Bounty

The Witch Chronicles Book 1

Author: Ann Gimpel

Genre: Dark Paranormal Romance

First Sentence: Rain worsened from a steady drizzle to a pounding, punishing deluge of icy sleet.

Colleen Kelly, a demon stalking witch along with two others that are the last of their kind, must team up with Duncan Regis, a sidhe who is a wielder of magic, in order to get a stronghold on the Irichna Demons – the worse kind of demon that fear nothing, live to create pain and dissent, but feel no pain.

Somehow these evil demons of Hell are showing up all over and it’s high time to immobilize them and send them back to Hell before it’s too late.

What an exceptional world of witches, demons, and sidhe Ms. Gimpel has created. Romance buds and evolves from tight tension between Colleen and Duncan – it’s raw and snarly, until the two of them realize it as something much deeper going on between them. I love how naturally their relationship goes from one extreme to the other. That along with the graphic fight scenes between witches and demons and sidhe…and a cool side-kick of Colleen’s (her familiar) keeps this story moving at a page turning pace from beginning to end. I loved that changeling familiar, such a bonus to the story.

I’m so glad to know there’s another of these stories coming up as this is the introduction novel to The Witch Chronicles series, and I definitely want to know what’s coming next in line for Colleen and her two demon stalking witch friends, Jenna and Roz.

Ann Gimpel’s books are all packed with unique and strong story-stars, deeply developed worlds, and the best creative fight scenes ever: ) Plus…of course, romance.

If you like witches, demons, and sidhe…and long for a good romance that weaves throughout the entire story like a breath of fresh air…you’re going to love Ann’s newest series; )

Kay Dee Royal

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Cover Reveal - Book Review - Paranormal Pleasures II: Ten More Tales of Supernatural Seduction

Paranormal Pleasures II:
Ten More Tales of Supernatural Seduction 

By Roxanne Rhoads

Genre: Paranormal Erotica

Publisher: Bewitching Books

Award winning author Roxanne Rhoads brings you ten more tales of supernatural seduction featuring demonic desires, wanton witches, voluptuous vampires, and ghosts with grave needs…

Four brand new, never published short stories have been combined with six previously published, freshly edited tales to give you a collection of hot paranormal erotica you can really sink your fangs into.

Cover Models: Victoria Nightshade and Sugar Monroe

Cover Photo By RSII Photography

Book Cover Design by Dawne Dominique

Scent of a Vampire

Aidan has searched several human lifetimes for his perfect mate. Now that he’s found her, he refuses to let go. He must make Gabrielle see they were destined to be together.

Immortal Flame

An off duty fire fighter encounters a sexy vampire in what he thought was an abandoned house.

The flames that ignite will leave them both scorched…and aching for more.

An Unexpected Evening

Samuel is a centuries-old vampire who prefers to be a recluse. He is always afraid of losing control and becoming the monster he once was. Falling in love with a young witch has pushed his boundaries and pulled him out of his comfort zone.

Katerina always encourages Samuel to be more open, to let loose, and to really "live" instead of only existing in the shadows.

One night, he finally grants her wish . . . in ways she never imagined.

Underneath the Fangs

Samuel is being framed for murder. Katerina knows he is not guilty but she has to convince Samuel that he is not a monster and that he is worthy of her love.

Cemetery Seduction

Abby, a half witch, half vampire whose powers go awry in a club, has to run, afraid that the Others, who are policing all human/magick interaction, might put her in jail. She ends up in a cemetery, jumps behind a bush and lands right on top of a very sexy ghost hunter.

No Place I'd Rather Be

Sonora is torn between a human and a vampire. How can she choose between the man who makes her feel safe and the vampire that makes her blood race? Sonora prays to the Goddess for guidance while harboring secret desires that her broody vampire, Brom, and her brawny human, Avery, can get past their jealousy and be willing to do more than just share the witch in the middle.

Can the Goddess grant Sonora's wish, or will she be stuck making an impossible choice?

Contains m/f/m and m/m

Blood, Lust and Shadows

Vampire/succubus hybrid Allana is on the prowl looking for a bloody snack and a sexy energy boost. While strutting her stuff in a dark parking lot she encounters a yummy Latino who makes a lovely meal. She also encounters something else that puts her senses into overdrive.

Complete Circle

Lissette is a vampire who has lived with her succubus girlfriend, Cassandra, for a long time. She swore off relationships with men after being viciously raped by the vampire hunters who killed the love of her life and left her for dead.

Lissette and Cassandra only use men to get what they need, blood for Lissette and sexual energy for Cassandra. They are completely satisfied with their lives- until a mysterious stranger comes along.

For the first time in centuries Lissette wants a man. Why is she so drawn to him? What is he?

Much more than a mere mortal, Gabriel has been searching for Lissette and Cassandra for a very long time. They have what he needs, what no one else can give him.

But will they be willing to share?

Contains f/m/f, f/f , and f/m/m scenes

A Package Deal

Chloe needs to get out of the city- fast. So she buys an old farmhouse out in the middle of nowhere- with one stipulation. The caretaker gets to stay. She readily agrees thinking it’s an old man that won’t give her any trouble.

Ash is definitely not what she expected.

My Demon Valentine

Elita wants to give her demon boyfriend a Valentine’s Day to remember. Connor was built for giving pleasure but Elita wants to turn the tables on that.

This time the pleasure will be all his.

About the Author:

Story strumpet, tome loving tart, eccentric night owl...these words describe book publicist and erotic romance author Roxanne Rhoads.

When not fulfilling one the many roles being a wife and mother of three require, Roxanne's world revolves around words...reading them, writing them, editing them, and talking about them. In addition to writing her own stories she loves to read, promote and review what others write.

Roxanne is the owner of Bewitching Book Tours and operates Fang-tastic Books, a book blog dedicated to paranormal and urban fantasy books.
When not reading, writing, or promoting Roxanne loves to hang out with her family, craft, garden and search for unique vintage finds.

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Kay Dee Royal Book Review – Paranormal Pleasures II: Ten More Tales of Supernatural Seduction

Author: Roxanne Rhoads

Genre: Paranormal Erotic Romance short stories

I will list the titles and give a short review of each and then an overall account of Ms. Rhoads stories.

Scent of a Vampire ~ Scents can lure, radiate heat, and fill one with needs. Aidan, an intense vampire, can make a woman do stupid things, according to Gabrielle, the woman he calls mate. Ms. Rhoads introduces (coins) a new word in this story and I love it, but won’t spoil it for you to find. This story starts the book rolling, giving an excellent idea of how sizzling hot her stories read.

Immortal Flame ~ Blake’s a volunteer fire-fighter and a construction company owner. In other words, he’s a hero…and quite the rescuer. Ask Anika…a vampire Blake finds inside a smoking house. Yummy fireworks ensue of the sexy kind. “Firefighter five-fifty-four, are you out there?” *smiles*

An Unexpected Evening ~ If you’ve read Ms. Rhoads Hex and the Single Witch, you’ll want to read this story as the characters are related to those in that novel: ) Samuel, a vampire, gets accused for a string of murders and Katrina, his witch lover, knows it isn’t her vamp reeking hell. Their relationship is major hot sex with a few issues of trust thrown in ~ let me add ~ they totally rock the bed!

Underneath the Fangs ~ More of Samuel and Katrina’s story ~ and the love scenes between them blaze to white-hot sizzling. I’d love to follow more stories of these two story-stars.

Cemetery Seduction ~ This one gives a bit of a comic relief along with an arousing romp in the cemetery…who does that? Abigail, half-witch and half-vampire, gets it on with ghost hunter, James, who may or may not be more than human. One thing for sure about these two…they have no fear and prefer a thorough sexual encounter in the serene setting of…well, you know. Another over-the-top hottie with a satisfying end and it left me wanting more stories.

No Place I’d Rather Be ~ Talk about strong sexual content, this one is a definite pleaser if you love sexy ménage à trois. The first sentence: “Could I choose between them?” I loved all of Ms. Rhoads stories, but this one tipped the scales for favorite with hunky investigator, Avery, human hotness extraordinaire, and the contender for attention, vampire Brom, and the woman between them, Sonora, a witch who wants them both. There’s a surprise in this story that totally heats up the pages! I didn’t want this story to end. Hope there’s more with these three story-stars : )

Blood, Lust, and Shadows ~ Allana, a vampire/succubus who packs an attitude of lustful power and she totes a big hungry appetite to keep sated. She gets lucky when a mysterious shadow-man shows up and fills her passionate desires. I’ve never read anything like this twist and it’s refreshing when I come across them. It’s a goody:)

Complete Circle ~ Can a succubus and vampire have a lasting relationship? Cassandra, a succubus, and Lissette, a vampire who lost her soul-mate years before, hook up and find their relationship safe and loving “enough”…until Gabriel, a vampire/incubus steps into their relationship. Excellent erotic romance with the perfect ending.

A Package Deal ~ Chloe needed to leave the city, sick of guys wanting to have sex with her and she was sick of wanting them to. She moves to the country, buys a place with a built-in caretaker, Ashton, who’s also a vampire. There are a few surprises in this one and it’s also another sexy-hot read (like all of them are). It’s also packed with deep emotion and sensual understandings. Yummy!

My Demon Valentine ~ What does a pleasure demon want on Valentine’s Day? Elita, pure-blood witch, and her significant other, Connor, a pleasure demon, are researching to find answers for family murders and something else coming…The Darkness. All of this is going on when it’s Valentine’s Day…and Elita needs to come up with something amazing for Connor. She creatively surprises him, and I’m pretty sure it will knock your socks off as another steamy read and one that perfectly closes Ms. Rhoads second Paranormal Pleasures book.

Ms Rhoads writes another sexy-hot paranormal erotic book filled with supernatural story-stars and their stories. Each unique star drew me into their story…and each relationship turned on the lights so we had an inside look at their hot sexy love scenes and their satisfying endings.

The book is a page-turner…I finished it before I was ready…so I can only hope she pops out Paranormal Pleasures III soon : ) If you like good and hot paranormal erotic romance short stories, graced with witches, vampires, succubus, incubus, demons, and ghosts, this book is a must read.

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