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Diva Spotlight: Author A.C. Netzel

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015 in Diva Spotlight | 0 comments

Diva Spotlight: Author A.C. Netzel

Diva Spotlight: Author A.C. Netzel A.C. Netzel asked me to read her book for my book blog, The Flirty Reader, and I really enjoyed it. What better way to showcase a new author then to make her a Diva Spotlight. Boom!  Congratulations, A.C., you’re the latest book crush of the month. Tell all your friends! Hehe! The Causal Rule, is a contemporary romance set in New York City about a twentysomething book editor not looking for love but maybe looking for a no strings relationship.  The blurb sounded promising and drew me in. Take a gander: Julia Conti is living the dream in New York City. She has a job she loves in publishing and shares an apartment in the Village with her lifelong best friend, Allie. Following a bad break-up, Julia swears off of men and relationships, until she meets Ben Martin, an up and coming author who is smart, sexy and very easy on the eyes. Fueled by their mutual attraction, close working relationship and fear of relationships, Julia and Ben embark on a purely physical affair, following The Casual Rule. As they bring each other further into their lives, their casual status blurs. Can she keep sex and love separate or will feelings take hold and Julia get her heart broken again?  Doesn’t that sound like the makings of a good romance? I thought so. Netzel’s writing style was great! As an editor, I was elated to find that not only did the author know how to write but knew how to deliver a well-developed story. I was engrossed in the lives of Julia and Ben. The backdrop of New York city was another favorite of mine. I’m not sure if the author is from the Big Apple, but she knew what she was writing about. Bravo! I loved Julia’s no filter personality and Ben’s natural charisma. These two characters blended so well together. This book ends on a happy note for all you readers out there that hate cliffhangers, but be rest assured… there is another book in the series already published. It goes deeper into Julia and Ben’s relationship, and I’m sure it will be a roller coaster of emotions. I’m going to grab that one up now. The Divas Spotlight is meant to help promote authors but it’s also a look into what I’m reading at the moment. We editors don’t always edit. We’re readers and writers, too. And there is no better way to help our fellow artists than to recognize their skills. About A.C. Netzel I’m an accidental writer, a wife and mother of a daughter and son who are infinitely smarter and more mature than me. I found that writing a book was a great way to get out of housework, so I ran with it. I have a sarcastic streak and love to laugh. I like to write about women with a little snark: their relationships with the men they love and the friends they keep. I may seem like a cynic when you first meet me, but truth is I’m a Happily Ever After...

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Diva Spotlight: Author Jessica Hawkins

Posted by on Jun 3, 2015 in Diva Spotlight | 2 comments

Diva Spotlight: Author Jessica Hawkins

Diva Spotlight: Author Jessica Hawkins Welcome to another edition of what’s Diva Lauren reading this week. Well, I have a treat for readers who like to take on a risque book. Or a risque topic, really. Cheating. Or not cheating. Allowed cheating… Just stay with me. Do you remember that 1993 movie Indecent Proposal starring Demi Moore, Woody Harrelson, and Robert Redford? It’s based on the book by Jack Engelhard by the same name. (* Disclaimer * I haven’t read the book yet, but I’m basing this comparison of Hawkins’ book to the movie only, which I have seen.) It’s a story about a couple weighed down in financial troubles gambles with their relationship when a millionaire offers them a way out in exchange for one night with the woman. A lot of money is on the table: one million dollars. It’s too much for the couple to turn down and it ultimately changes the fate of their relationship when they accept. Jessica Hawkins has a similar premise to her serial, Night Fever, but I think she executes the physiological drama so much better than the movie ever did. What Hawkins does in her serial is give it a unique plot twist that made me clamor for more. This is a mark of a good book no matter how controversial the topic (cheating) can be. The first installment in the serial, Night Fever #1, tells the story of Lola and Johnny. They work at Hey Joe, a legendary bar in Hollywood. It’s Johnny’s dream to someday own the bar, but the couple has little money, no other careers to fall back on, and struggle to make ends meet. When the owner threatens to sell Hey Joe, Lola and Johnny are placed in a tough spot. That is until millionaire Beau Oliver comes into the picture. He offers them one million dollars to spend the night with Lola, an opportunity that Lola and Johnny can’t pass up. Except that Lola opens her eyes to Johnny’s real motivations. Her night with Beau is something she can’t forget and it threatens to rock her stable life with Johnny. YIKES! Let me tell you, what you think is going to happen is not what happens. That is what I love about Hawkins’ writing. It’s clever, it’s a fresh take, it’s powerful even. So far the serial has three installments with an extra short story in Beau’s POV. The fourth installment is out June 5th and I’m right here waiting for it. Hawkins writes exceptionally well. There was so much show in this book that I wanted to cheer. I was immersed in the world Hawkins has built for her characters. Her development is rich and storied. I saw Beau’s staunch power and businesslike demeanor, and I felt comfortable with Lola’s personality and drive so she didn’t lose herself in the men she loved. I can tell Hawkins takes pride her in her craft; the book is well-written, well-edited, the formatting is perfect, and the covers look professional. The whole package drew me in. Go read this serial by Jessica Hawkins. I know it’s a topic that will make some a little squeamish, but I assure you the quality of the storytelling is top-notch and you won’t be disappointed.   About The Author Jessica Hawkins grew up between the purple mountains and under the endless sun of Palm Springs, California. She studied international business at Arizona State University and has also lived in Costa Rica and New York City. To her, the most intriguing fiction is forbidden, and that’s what you’ll find in her stories. Currently, she resides wherever her head lands, which is often the unexpected (but warm) keyboard of her trusty MacBook....

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Diva Spotlight: B N Toler

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Diva Spotlight | 0 comments

Diva Spotlight: B N Toler

Diva Spotlight: B N Toler You all know I love reading romance by now, right? I thought so. Suffice it to say, if you’re not a romance fan of some magnitude, this spotlight business I do won’t be any use for you. But, and I mean a big but, this book I have just read by B N Toler, Where One Goes, is a book even the anti-romancers would… well, fall in love with. So drumroll, please… B N Toler, you’re the Write Diva Spotlight of the month. YAY! *fireworks* I bought the book after it was recommended on Facebook by Aestas Book Blog. You can read their review by clicking the link. Anyhoo, I was attracted to the cover and the summary, so I bought it. Here’s the pretty picture of the cover. It’s simple and clean, romantic, and drew me in. (Remember, I like romance.) Read the summary, even though it really long: What happens when the very thing ruining your life ends up saving it? I was never one to believe in spirits—until six years ago, when a bone-chilling accident changed my life… forever. My name is Charlotte, but most people call me Char… and I have a special gift. I talk to the dead. Make no mistake, I can’t summon them. I’m only able to see and speak to the spirits that linger when they’re unable to crossover. They’re somehow weighted to the world with unfinished affairs. And for the last six years, I’ve relentlessly used my gift to help their lost souls. But it’s come at a price. My life is dark. Feeling despondent, I’ve begun to give up. And in helping the dead, I’ve realized I haven’t allowed myself to live. With no money, no place to go, and most importantly… no hope, I’ve decided there is only one option—to end it all. But fate is a funny thing. One minute, I’m about to leap to my death, and the next, I’m saved by Ike McDermott. The strong, striking soldier stopped me from putting an end to my despair. He’s the kind of man that smiles and brightens an entire room. Sweet and gentle. He is my savior. And he’s dead. We’ve made an agreement. He’ll help me find a place to stay and a new job if I’ll help him with his unfinished business so that he may crossover. Ike’s unfinished matter involves his twin brother, George. George has been falling apart since Ike’s death and Ike has not been able to compel himself to crossover in peace until he knows George will be okay. When I agreed to help, little did I know that I’d fall in love with the charming folks of Bath County, and… Ike and George McDermott. Now, as both brothers own equal parts of my heart, I am faced with a cruel and unfair predicament. In saving George, I must let go of Ike. But how does one let go of half of their heart? You see anti-romancers, this book has ghosts! Woot! B.N. Toler tells a complex story of life and death and what happens after death. Char deals with her gift surprisingly well for someone who sees and talks to the dead. We don’t know how Char got this gift or why, but we see what good it brings people when Char uses it, even at the expense of her own happiness. She’s a very selfless person and it’s that quality that Ike and George see right away. Toler also created a complex love triangle between Char, Ike, and George. It was a relationship that made the reader ship for both Ike and George, and be satisfied with the end result. Don’t know what I mean? Read the book. It’s good.  And let me tell you, I was bawling my eyes out toward the end. Like weeping. You’ll find out why. Toler provoked so much emotion, and that is what really makes me remember a book. Check out B N Toler’s books Where One Goes. The romancers will love it, and the non-romancers will love it. Promise!...

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Diva Spotlight: Jen Frederick

Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 in Diva Spotlight | 1 comment

Diva Spotlight: Jen Frederick

Diva Spotlight: Jen Frederick   Like last month instead of doing the Diva Interview, I decided to showcase whomever I’ve been reading at the moment. First was Elizabeth Hunter and this month Jen Frederick gets the honors. Yay! *dances a jig and toots a horn* Congratulations, Ms. Frederick! Seriously, I like her books. It’s not secret my genre of choice is romance. I like it all: contemporary, erotica, historical, paranormals, western, what have you. Lucky for me, I get a lot of advanced reader copies of books fo my blog, The Flirty Reader. This is where I was first introduced to Frederick’s books. I started reading her Woodlands series, then I read her Hitman series co-authored with Jessica Clare, and then finally her Kerr Chronicles series. So needless to say, she drew me in with her stories and writing. In her Woodlands series, it focuses on a group of male friends. Most of them live in the same house, but each book is dedicated to each man and his prospective love interest. The first book, Undeclared, was nicely done. It’s a story of the budding relationship between a man stationed overseas and his pen pal in the US. You take a journey with the man, Noah, and the young woman, Grace, as they reconnect, fall in love, and navigate life together in a small college town they live in. I was hooked with the unrequited love of the pen pals from the beginning. Such a good premise. Also, there was some MMA fight scenes that made the story a bit more exciting. In the Hitman series, Frederick and Clare take a far different theme and plot as the series delves into the lives of the sinister and mysterious. Again, another series that I really liked reading. Of course, it’s also steamy like the Woodlands series. What I enjoyed more in this series is that it felt like a more developed story. The world building was better, the characters had more depth, and I enjoyed the plot a bit more. It was a more substance-filled romance. Even if it was a bit more harsh to read some of the grit and violence, I still found it very entertaining. Like I was watching a movie. The Kerr Chronicles series, Losing Control, (I haven’t read the second in the series yet) starts off as another steamy romance centered in New York City. What I loved about book one was that the author really had a grasp of her setting. I felt like I was in NYC with the characters.  In this series, it was pure erotic heat. If you want a really sexy read, this book has it. Ian is a perfect Christian Greyesque mixture and Victoria is a formidable strong female protag. If you’re in the market for some great romance with a plot, then Jen Frederick is your author to read. I just finished the fourth Woodlands book, Unrequited, and will have a review posted on The Flirty Reader. Check it out and make sure to leave some feedback for the author.                                About the Author Jen Frederick lives with her husband, child, and one rambunctious dog.  She’s been reading stories all her life but never imagined writing one of her own. Jen loves to hear from readers so drop her a line at...

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Diva Spotlight: The Scribe: Irin Chronicles Book One by Elizabeth Hunter

Posted by on Apr 1, 2015 in Diva Spotlight | 0 comments

Diva Spotlight: The Scribe: Irin Chronicles Book One by Elizabeth Hunter

Diva Spotlight: The Scribe: Irin Chronicles Book One by Elizabeth Hunter Normally, this monthly slot is reserved for an interview of sorts. I’ve interviewed authors, bloggers, cover artists, publishers, editors, more authors… But I wanted to change things up here at Write Divas because I’m snazzy like that. So instead of a nifty interview, I’m going to showcase or spotlight authors or books I’m reading currently. It’s by no means a review or special promotion of books or authors as individuals, but I’m just sharing to the world what I’m really digging at the moment. I’m not going to even inform the authors beforehand, so it’s going to be a nice surprise when whomever I feature wakes up one Wednesday a month. So, surprise, Elizabeth Hunter! *throws confetti* I have read many books by Hunter. The genre she writes in is right up my alley: paranormal romance. I gotta tell ya, I love me some vampires and shapeshifters and half angels. Then throw in some sexiness and I’m done for. The perfect book, in my opinion. What I love about paranormal romance is that not only is it a balance of unique world building but the romance is the anchor for the main characters within reality. I just finished reading The Scribe (Irin Chronicles Book #1) by Elizabeth Hunter yesterday. I was blown away by Hunter’s storytelling. I was no longer sitting in my living room. I was with her main characters in Istanbul, walking the streets, smelling the spicy fragrant air, and  feeling the heat of the summer sun on my skin. What Hunter did was  transport me and I ate it up! I’m always amazed how authors can create such vivid worlds so easily with words. The world of the Irin people in this book was just as  interesting. Hunter created a very solid paranormal realm with her  characters. She made everything seem so feasible. That’s the kind of  book I love to read. The explanations are so simple that the  mythical may actually be true. I can only imagine what kind of  notebooks and planning goes into these types of books. Now, paranormal romance may not be up your alley, but that shouldn’t deter you from following Hunter’s work. She has a very good way of luring her reader in. Her other series, Cambio Springs, is about shapeshifters. I was a little apprehensive starting it. Call it my “I hated the wolves in Twilight and can’t stomach a shapeshifter” problem. But then I figured, Hey, give it a try. After the first book, Shifting Dreams, I didn’t see the characters as shifters. They were just normal people. Hunter seamlessly melded both the paranormal and the normal. It was very well done. As you can see, I’m a fan of Elizabeth Hunter. Maybe this Spotlight is more of a GushLight, but can you blame me? When you find an author or book series you can’t put down, you want to tell people. So run, don’t walk, to the bookstore to get Hunter’s books. I know you will be just as amazed and satisfied as I am.   About The Author Elizabeth Hunter is a contemporary fantasy and romance author. She is a graduate of the University of Houston Honors College and a former English teacher. She currently lives in Central California with her son, two very ineffective canine assistants, and a pitifully empty fish tank. She is the author of the Elemental Mysteries and Elemental World series, the Irin Chronicles, the Cambio Springs Mysteries, and other works of...

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