All of Court’s Men: Luca

Posted: February 22, 2014 in Book Reviews

Happy Wednesday!!

TeamLuca NL

We’re doing something new for the next eight weeks.  I had so much fun revisiting Luca Minaldi as I wrote the second half of his story, that I decided I wanted to re-visit ALL of my men.  Lol.   So, for the next eight weeks, I’ll be highlighting one of my leading men each week.

This week, because his story just came out, I’m highlighting Luca Minaldi.


This is the Luca that lives in my head:

Daniel di tomasso as Luca, 2

That’s Daniel di Tomasso, folks, and he’s beautiful.  🙂

There are tons of reasons why you should want to get to know Luca.  Here are a few:

He’s beautiful.  He’s refined.  He’s sexy and tortured.  Did I mention beautiful?  He runs a shipping company in Malta, and he’s from a prominent Maltese family.  He thinks he cursed (is he??) and so he thinks he’s dangerous (is he??).  His dark eyes smolder.


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New Blog Site!!

Posted: February 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

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Master writer Anne Rice returns to the supernatural realm with her newest release, The Wolf Gift. Reuben Golding was a nice, normal young man who loved to write and was working as a journalist for the San Francisco Observer. While on assignment one day in Mendocino County, California, Reuben stumbles upon the house of his dreams. It’s for sale, and after spending the day with the owner of the estate, Reuben has made up his mind to buy it. That night, he wakes to the sound of screaming and finds himself face-to-face with the dead body of the woman of the house, her murderous brothers, and a creature he has only heard of in fairytales – a giant man wolf. For reasons unknown to him, the man wolf does not kill him but leaves him bitten and wounded on the kitchen floor of the home. Reuben is taken to the hospital, where his recovery is unusually fast and he experiences some unnatural changes. Reuben had been infected by the man wolf and is now a creature of the night himself. He must face the challenges, moral ramifications, and danger that comes with accepting the Wolf Gift. How will he become accustomed to his new strength, the enhanced senses, and the unrelenting voices of the helpless calling to him in the night for vengeance?

The Wolf Gift is eloquently written with a wonderful mix of the supernatural and scientific possibilities. The characters are all very well-rounded. They show a full range of emotion, dilemmas, and vulnerability. Reuben is endearing and his struggles and general outlook on life make it impossible for the reader to not root for him. With beautiful and entrancing descriptions of Nideck Point and the surrounding landscape, Rice lures readers into Reuben’s world and will not let them go. Along with her wonderful storytelling, Rice raises deeper questions of God, morals, ethics, and responsibility within the novel, as well as bringing new theories and suggestions regarding werewolf lore to the table. The Wolf Gift is a must-read for fans of Anne Rice, as well as fans of werewolf fiction. Readers and fans alike will not be disappointed with the fresh voice that one of the greatest literary figures of our time brings to the genre of werewolf fiction.

This book will be released on February 14, 2012.

Disclosure: I received my copy of this book free from the publisher. This had no impact on my opinion of the book or my review.

The Innocent is the second novel by Taylor Stevens that follows fearless heroine Vanessa “Michael” Monroe.  Monroe’s best friend Logan contacts her from across the globe to ask for her help concerning his dark past involved in a religious cult called “The Chosen.” Even though Logan is openly gay, he reveals to Monroe that he has an 8-year-old daughter, Hannah, who has been kidnapped by the cult and he needs Monroe’s help to find her and bring her home. Monroe accepts the challenge of infiltrating this cult and finds herself in the middle of much more than she anticipated – including drug lords, high-ranking government officials, and the unspoken horrors of child abuse.

Stevens’ second novel is a taut, action-filled adventure that takes the reader inside the secret world of a religious cult. The story takes awhile to pick up in pace, but once it gets going, there is no shortage of thrills and page-turning twists. Monroe has made an American heroine that can be compared to Steig Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander – complete with all the quirks that made her so different from other leading ladies. This book is a solid thriller with a good plot and a storyline that makes it stand out from others in the genre.

Disclosure: I received my copy of this book free from Goodread’s First Reads program. This had no impact on my opinion of the book or my review.

Beauty is a woman, but she is like no woman you have ever seen before. She was born of a human mother and a Lizarian father. Her body is scaled and she has a strong blue tail. Because of her unique looks, Beauty has always perceived herself as ugly. Readers follow Beauty on her quest to find the real meaning of beauty and the many life changing experiences she encounters along the way. It takes friendship, love, struggles, and battles for Beauty to finally understand that there is more to beauty than the outer appearance.

In her moving and thoughtful novel, Wilkins introduces the reader to Beauty, a woman who is struggling to accept herself and find the real meaning of beauty in the world. Although this quest claims to be one to find the true meaning of beauty, it ends up being a search for love and self acceptance. Beauty is a remarkable character that is very likeable and easy for women to identify with. Her struggles and search for self love are easily related to by the reader. <i>Beauty</i> is filled with hard circumstances, interesting characters, and just the right amount of encouragement and inspiration.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of <i>Beauty: An Extraordinary Tale</i> as a member of the Dorrance Publishing Review Team. Visit to learn how you can become a member of the Book Review Team.

In the winter of 1973, a volcano eruption buried an entire Icelandic town under ash and lava. Now over 30 years later, some of the homes are being excavated for historical purposes. What no one expects to find in the basement of one of these homes are corpses that have been hidden underground since the eruption occurred. Markus Magnusson, who lived in the home as a child, comes under suspicion for killing his childhood crush and it seems that the murders from the past are somehow connected to the murder in the present.

Ashes to Dust is a new tightly wound thriller by acclaimed author Yrsa Sigurdardottir. The novel brings together all the best elements of a murder mystery – family, secrets, murder, betrayal, and deceit. The plot is thick with twists and surprises, and the story winds its way through the characters involved like a well placed tourniquet of suspense. Ashes to Dust grabs hold of the reader and refuses to let go – they are left guessing until the very last chapter. Fans of Steig Larsson should not miss this evocative and enthralling Scandinavian crime thriller. It truly sets a new standard for the genre.

Disclosure: I received my copy of this book free from Library Thing’s Early Reviewer program. However, this had no impact on my opinion of the book or my review.

The first in a trilogy, Hocking’s novel Switched is a great YA fantasy read about a girl named Wendy who has never felt like she fit in anywhere. To make matters worse, her own mother tried to kill her when she was six years old, claiming that Wendy was a monster. One day at her new school, Wendy notices a quiet, handsome new guy named Finn. Little does she know that meeting Finn would change her beliefs about herself and would also change her life forever.

Hocking’s novel is a wonderful blend of fairy tale and real-life teenage problems. Right from the start of the book with the prologue, Switched grabs your attention and refuses to let go. The characters are full and likeable, especially the main character Wendy, who enables the reader to immediately identify with her and her struggles. The story line of the book is a new twist on the supernatural, dealing with the misguided ideas that mankind has with the storybook characters of trolls. Switched is a fast-paced story with lots of action and romance, along with a central theme of figuring out who you are and where you fit in.

Disclosure: I received this book free from Goodreads and St. Martin’s Griffin; however, this had no impact on my review.