Showing posts with label Anthology. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Anthology. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Review: Cougars and Cubs Anthology

Title: Cougars and Cubs Anthology
Featured Author: Ashley Ladd
Featured Author Website: Ashley Ladd
Additional Authors: KS Augustin, Mia Watts, Catherine Chernow, Elizabeth Coldwell, Imari Jade
Genre: Romance Anthology; Contemporary; Older Woman, Younger Man
Publisher: Total-E-Bound Publishing
Price: $11.36
Link to purchase Link to purchase

What I liked: Forty-four now, she was a lot wiser than she’d been at twenty-two.

Faye Dunaway once said a woman at 19 is like Switzerland – beautiful but boring.

Nothing heats up the pages like a story filled with lust, passion, and the reckless abandon of living life to the fullest. Move over girls and make way for the women; the sensual women who have desire to spare and the experience of knowing how to really work it. Cougars and Cubs ladies are worldly, sophisticated, voluptuous, and leave their men gasping for more. Guaranteed to add even more heat to your summer, this book is your perfect guilty pleasure this season!

The cornerstone story, Scene of the Crime, introduces readers to Robin who has returned as a history professor to teach at her alma mater. Robin knows better than anyone how history repeats itself; and those who do not learn the lessons of the past are doomed to make the same mistakes. Robin swears that she is over her old ex Phil, but then meets Phil’s studly son. Is Robin’s lust really for Phil, or for this newly updated carbon-copy of manliness? Son or no son there is no denying the intense physical chemistry and who wants to stop anyways?

In the pages of Cougars and Cubs, we meet more red hot mamas and follow their adventurous trysts. Singapore Sizzle’s Sophie grabs on tight to new beginnings and to the dashing Adrian. In Melting Melinda, Melinda fulfills Ethan’s long-time fantasies and shows this young man a thing or two about ecstasy. But since Ethan is Melinda’s best friend’s son, can this be more than a casual fling? Later we see age is no match for sex as Lucky in Love’s Maddie finds her long lost lust rekindled beyond scorching with Jake and his virile physique. In Something With Him, Kate shows her intern Stephen you can only write about what you experience and his research is about to become explosive. Finally in Something to be Thankful For, Julianne balances adult responsibility and sexiness with the untamed Cameron.

These ladies may still worry about their bodies and the opinions of others as they seduce their charges. But soon all those years of pent up sexiness has to go somewhere and it does-right into the arms of some of the hottest guys around. Indulge yourself with these sassy and inspiring reads!

Book blurb: Scene of the Crime by Ashley Ladd

Robin didn't know whether to be relieved or appalled that the sexy man she'd fallen into bed with wasn't her ex-boyfriend, but his adult son.

When Robin returns to her alma mater as a professor of history, she can't believe her ex-boyfriend is still on campus, much less looking so young and buff after twenty years. The sexy-as-hell man she'd seen on her first day back, however, isn't her ex but his adult son. Although she wants nothing to do with either of them, they won't leave her head or her heart alone.

Book Excerpt: Scene of the Crime by Ashley Ladd

Chills struck Robyn Cattrall as she stepped onto the grounds of her alma mater. Memories good and bad blindsided her for several moments. She’d done a lot of soul-searching before accepting a post here as history professor.

But the burnished autumn leaves and chill in the air made her feel alive again. They brought the promise of soon-coming winter with its wonderland of glistening snow, something she’d missed living in south Florida for the past couple of decades.

She consoled herself that as a connoisseur of history, she had learned from past mistakes and knew better than to repeat them. Just because she was back at the scene of her first heartbreak didn’t mean she was doomed to repeat it. She’d make sure she didn’t. Forty-four now, she was a lot wiser than she’d been at twenty-two.

Funny, she felt young on a campus surrounded by twenty-year-olds, especially when a horde of students burst into the sunshine and several young studs eyed her appreciatively.

She did her best not to drool over what might be her future students, and tried hard to keep a pleasantly professional smile. But when she came face to face with the ghost of her first love, Phil Williams, her jaw dropped, her eyes widened and her heart stopped. Unabashedly, she stared.


What was he doing here?

Phil’s glance slid over her without a hint of recognition, and he passed by without a falter in his step.

She hated herself, but she turned and stared at his retreating back as the sea of people parted around her, then swallowed him. How could he not turn to look at her? How could he forget? How could he look so damned good?

She gulped and licked her lips. When someone bumped her, she jolted awake.

Embarrassed, she checked her campus map and hurried to her office.

Tammy Elizabeth Southin

Monday, January 18, 2010

The Pen Review & Interview : Brigit Zahara

Welcome to the afternoon edition of The Pen Review. Today's guest is none other than Brigit Zahara! Thank you to Brigit, Rachel from Morgan Productions, and Laura from Ellora's Cave.


Flavors of Ecstasy Vol 4

Authors: Brigit Zahara, L.A. Day, Isabelle Drake Regina Carlysle, Madison Hayes, and Aubrey Ross

Genre: Anthology/Romance

Publisher: Ellora's Cave

Rating: star3a.gifstar3a.gifstar3a.gifstar3a.gif

What I liked:

As an anthology it stands on it's own. Each author has their unique writing skills and characters. Brigit Zahara's Stick Up is one of those stories. Now for those of you who didn't know, Brigit was once a former CIA operative, now for me that sparks an interest into reading her work as she has tons of experience. Her scenes and characters are so vivid that you feel you are actually there living in the moment with her characters. That's exactly what I felt when reading Stick Up. So those of you looking into some thrills, chills, romance, and action, look no further than with Brigit's Stick Up and the stories in this anthology.

To read any more of Brigit's work please head over here.


The wonky thermostat at the historic bank building where Monica works is on the fritz again. Just when she thinks things can’t get any hotter, a pistol-packing stud slides her a note. He’s demands money while his sexy smirk demands her body’s response.

Realizing that he is none other than her old boyfriend from college, there with his appearing-out-of-nowhere sidekick, the couple’s former best friend, Monica gets pretty hot under the collar. But when the daring duo take her hostage and retreat to a rustic hideout, the situation really heats up.

Now to the interview....

Tell us about yourself. Where are you from?

I am originally from New York but moved with my husband to Majorca, Spain over a decade ago.

When did you start to write? What inspires you?

I began writing some twenty years ago as a way of taking myself out of my head and distracting myself from my work. When I finally left my job, writing became my new occupation. I am inspired by excitement, adventure and passion in all their many forms.

Tell us about your stories, where do they come from? Your characters, how do you come up with them?

I know it sounds boring but they just come to me. Perhaps the trigger is a thought, a memory, an image, a sound...but in the end, the stories and characters themselves materialize out of my mental mist. LOL

Does your muse rule you or you it?

Definitely me it. If I sat around and waited for it to appear, I would be doing nothing for a very long time. So I just sit down and start working, and eventually, my muse shows up and lends a hand.

What are you currently or looking to work on next?

As a fan of the genre in print and film myself, I will next be tackling a M/M erotica story.

What would your advice be to aspiring writers?

Consider the criticisms you receive, apply them if accurate, discard them if not. But keep writing either way.

What do you like to read?

My taste is pretty eclectic but I do go through cycles. Right now I'm in a thriller/mystery phase.

What are your favorites?

Usually it's the last great book I read...that's until I discover the next one. :) The last non-fiction I read and loved was The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle; the last fiction book was Velocity by Dean Koontz. I would highly recommend both.

What is your favorite word? Least favorite?

"Surrender" and "Can't" respectively.