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If you had told me last year that I would binge on self-published books, I would have laughed at you. But times have changed and I’ve discovered some quality books being self-pubbed. It doesn’t hurt that some of the authors I already read are branching out in that direction. Already established trust factor!

This wasn’t an intentional binge. I just happened to look back on my really good reading streak and realized that 4 of the 5 were self-pubbed.

(Click on the cover to visit the author’s site for blurbs, excepts, reading order, etc)

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Hard Mated by Jennifer Ashley

Book 3.5 in the Shifters Unbound series features Spike, a wildcat shifter we met in earlier books. Most of the other shifters see him as only a dumb fighter and he’s fine with that until Myka shows up with a surprise that rocks his world. A few years ago, Spike had a one night stand with Myka’s best friend that created a child he never knew about. Now the mother is dying of cancer and it is Spike’s responsibility to raise his son. Myka isn’t sure she trusts Spike to raise the child she loves but she’s willing to do anything she can to help him. And Spike is willing to do anything he can, including changing the status quo of Shifter Town, to ensure his son’s safety and future.

Fast paced with a lot of action, a dose of humor and some steamy bedroom scenes, this book book pulled quite a few happy sighs for me. I’m not sure how well it would stand alone without at least one other book from the series under your belt to explain this shifter world. There’s also many typos that can distract from the story but, overall, my enjoyment of the story overcame any flaws and I’m eagerly anticipating the next book in the series.

4 stars.

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Iloria by Moira Rogers

Book 3 in And The Beast series

After being cast aside by her fiance in Sabine, Iloria married a stranger and has traveled with him to his lands. Farren is starting to regret his impulsive decision to marry Iloria. With the curse hanging over his head, his life is no place for an innocent like Iloria. She must prove to him that she can handle his beast and by his side is where she belongs.

Iloria showing Farren what her seduction tutor taught her led to some very sexy scenes and watching Farren try to resist her was so fun. When he went to his servant to get advice on how to win her heart, I was in love. I enjoyed every page and getting to see Sabine and Cair was a special bonus.

5 stars (I am totally biased when it come to Moira Rogers books. I ❤ them)

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Bleed For Me by Cynthia Eden

Boredom led Apollo to his brother’s bar in Florida. Hunger led led Terese to the same bar. When Apollo sees Terese, all he wants is a night with her in his bed. All Terese wants is a quick bite to hold off the blood lust that is overcoming her after she escaped from her maker. They both get more than expected.

Apollo knew from the start that Terese was meant to be his and he wasn’t going to let her fear of an old, psychotic vampire stand in their way. Totally alpha, growling “mine“, and losing control when his woman is in danger, Apollo is my favorite type of hero.

Bleed For Me is an exciting start to this new series and I want the next book NOW.

5 stars

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On Dublin Street by Samantha Young

After Joss lost her entire family in a car accident when she was a teen, she shut out the world and all the messy emotions that go with it. If you don’t care then you can’t be hurt. Her new roommate Ellie starts to crack those walls and Ellie’s brother, Braden, destroys them. A no emotions sexual arrangement with Braden leads to feelings that Joss doesn’t want to deal with and forces her to reevaluate her life and deal with the tragedy that has controlled it for eight years.

Angst-filled, a little dark, and a lot sexy, On Dublin Street is one of the best books I’ve read this year. If you are on the fence on trying it, I recommend checking out Smexy Book’s Top Ten Reasons to read On Dublin Street by Samantha Young. She sums it up so well and the post has some great snippets.

5 stars

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So that’s been my reading week. How about you? Have you discovered any great self-pubbed books that everyone should be reading?

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After war took the lives of Lulu Davies’s parents and her fiancé, she promised herself she would guard her heart carefully and concentrate on her great love–flying the biggest and best airplanes as a British civilian pilot. She’s content to strive for greatness in the skies, and dance with a few GIs on the way.

 

Brawny, quiet American medic Joe Weber signed up with the paratroopers to escape his checkered past. The first test of his medical skill takes place when he rushes to the scene of a plane crash. He’s stunned to come face-to-face with a spirited, dark-haired beauty.

 

Their flirtation breaks all of Lulu’s rules, but dance by dance, week by week, walk by walk, she falls in love with this honest, vulnerable man on the run from his demons. The lovers only have one night together before Joe departs for the front lines.

 

Lulu distracts herself work and the friendships of her colleagues, but she can’t get the handsome medic out of her head. Only time and hope will tell if her love will return unharmed, and if they can overcome their pasts to forge a beautiful life together in peace-time.

 

 

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In this excerpt, Joe Weber, an American paratrooper and medic, is accompanying Lulu Davies, a British civilian pilot, to a train station after a dance. They wind up with more excitement than just a kiss—the kind of excitement to remind them that especially during wartime, moments should never be wasted.

 

The train station seemed a ghostly place. Conductors carrying electric torches lined with blue filters directed the way, and overhead, every fourth fixture glowed with that same eerie blue aura. Sometimes Lulu didn’t even notice, but that night, when circumstances had come together to make her needful of sure things, the gloominess and somber voices only added to her despondency. She and Joe certainly didn’t matter, not when the world was ripping itself apart.

The train to Sileby whistled in the distance, far to the south.

“Everything’s a dream here,” he said, his words hushed. “Does that make sense?”

What must it be like to perch on the verge of combat, an American so far from home? What would it take to make that unease disappear?

Not much. She knew how, if only she were brave enough.

She was brave every time she climbed into an airplane and dodged barrage balloons and monstrous weather systems. That was her job. She loved it. But she’d never felt braver than when she reached up, right then, and kissed Joe.

He caught her in his arms, enfolding her, offering the tall trunk of his body as her anchor. Moving with slow, patient strokes and sweet nips, his mouth was eager but respectful. Still he held back, his upper body rigid and his kiss achingly polite.

It’s all right, Joe. I want this.

She was the one to slip her tongue past his smooth lips and delve into the warm hollow of his mouth. She was the one to slide her hands down his biceps and squeeze the muscle that waited, hard and tense, beneath his olive drabs. She was the one who moaned first, then basked in his answering sounds of passion. While she was tasting and gripping, testing his nerve and her own, Lulu’s mind was a hundred steps ahead. She was taking off his tunic and tugging down his suspenders, dipping her fingers into his trousers.

Wanting this hard, implacable man open to her–open and revealed–spun Lulu’s head with dizzying possibilities. The power of her erotic visions as she kissed him, bending into him, left her gasping. He nuzzled her neck and licked the spot just behind her earlobe. Not kissing Joe could be nearly as exciting as kissing him, so long as he kept using his mouth somewhere, anywhere on her skin.

The train puffed toward the station and exhaled a shriek of steam.

She breathed his name, a rasping whisper.

“I thought that I could hold fast to those rules of mine and block out all of this, but I don’t know if I want to anymore.” She gripped his hair down to the scalp; wincing first, he let his mouth ease into a wide grin. “This is dreamtime. And I want to have the good along with the bad. And this, Joe–this is good.”

He placed a whisper-soft kiss across her knuckles, then held her hand close to his heart. Lulu felt its strong, measured pulse through the layers of his uniform.

An air-raid siren ripped to life.

The ominous roar of approaching bombers followed. Lulu cocked her ear toward the sky. The aircraft were distinctly German, their unsynchronized engines creating that dreaded whir-whir drone. “Junkers–Ju 88s. A lot of them.”

Only a moment earlier she’d been warm and wanted and lavished with a long-denied passion. Now they had to get safe. Lulu’s thoughts narrowed to that one impulse.

Find shelter.

 

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Summer has been a blast! Available now from Pocket Books are three Christ Family  romances. FLAWLESS kicked it off with a tale of an estranged couple’s search for love. The 99¢tie-in novella, “A LITTLE MORE SCANDAL” follows two aspiring lovers to London. And the Scottish-set second novel, STARLIGHT, was an RT BookReviews 4½ Star Top Pick. “Richly nuanced characters and a superbly realized Victorian setting come together brilliantly.” ~ The Chicago Tribune

 

I’ve also launched a co-written pseudonym, Katie Porter, with my long-time friend and critique partner, Lorelie Brown. Our “Vegas Top Guns” series of contemporary erotic romances launched from Samhain with DOUBLE DOWN and INSIDE BET, both of which were RT BookReviews 4½ Star Top Picks: “This racy, raunchy, hella good read…will move Fifty Shades of Grey to the children’s section of the bookstore.”

 

Where to find me:

 

http://www.carrielofty.com

Twitter: @carrielofty

 

I’d like to give away a digital copy of HIS VERY OWN GIRL in any format. Just answer the question: Where did you favorite kiss take place? Be vague, if you need to . . .

 

Thanks again to RR@H Novel Thoughts for featuring His Very Own Girl!

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After war took the lives of Lulu Davies’s parents and her fiancé, she promised herself she would guard her heart carefully and concentrate on her great love–flying the biggest and best airplanes as a British civilian pilot. She’s content to strive for greatness in the skies, and dance with a few GIs on the way.

Brawny, quiet American medic Joe Weber signed up with the paratroopers to escape his checkered past. The first test of his medical skill takes place when he rushes to the scene of a plane crash. He’s stunned to come face-to-face with a spirited, dark-haired beauty.

Their flirtation breaks all of Lulu’s rules, but dance by dance, week by week, walk by walk, she falls in love with this honest, vulnerable man on the run from his demons. The lovers only have one night together before Joe departs for the front lines.

Lulu distracts herself work and the friendships of her colleagues, but she can’t get the handsome medic out of her head. Only time and hope will tell if her love will return unharmed, and if they can overcome their pasts to forge a beautiful life together in peace-time.

 ~~~*~~~*~~~

In this excerpt, Joe Weber, an American paratrooper and medic, is accompanying Lulu Davies, a British civilian pilot, to a train station after a dance. They wind up with more excitement than just a kiss—the kind of excitement to remind them that especially during wartime, moments should never be wasted.

 

The train station seemed a ghostly place. Conductors carrying electric torches lined with blue filters directed the way, and overhead, every fourth fixture glowed with that same eerie blue aura. Sometimes Lulu didn’t even notice, but that night, when circumstances had come together to make her needful of sure things, the gloominess and somber voices only added to her despondency. She and Joe certainly didn’t matter, not when the world was ripping itself apart.

The train to Sileby whistled in the distance, far to the south.

“Everything’s a dream here,” he said, his words hushed. “Does that make sense?”

What must it be like to perch on the verge of combat, an American so far from home? What would it take to make that unease disappear?

Not much. She knew how, if only she were brave enough.

She was brave every time she climbed into an airplane and dodged barrage balloons and monstrous weather systems. That was her job. She loved it. But she’d never felt braver than when she reached up, right then, and kissed Joe.

He caught her in his arms, enfolding her, offering the tall trunk of his body as her anchor. Moving with slow, patient strokes and sweet nips, his mouth was eager but respectful. Still he held back, his upper body rigid and his kiss achingly polite.

It’s all right, Joe. I want this.

She was the one to slip her tongue past his smooth lips and delve into the warm hollow of his mouth. She was the one to slide her hands down his biceps and squeeze the muscle that waited, hard and tense, beneath his olive drabs. She was the one who moaned first, then basked in his answering sounds of passion. While she was tasting and gripping, testing his nerve and her own, Lulu’s mind was a hundred steps ahead. She was taking off his tunic and tugging down his suspenders, dipping her fingers into his trousers.

Wanting this hard, implacable man open to her–open and revealed–spun Lulu’s head with dizzying possibilities. The power of her erotic visions as she kissed him, bending into him, left her gasping. He nuzzled her neck and licked the spot just behind her earlobe. Not kissing Joe could be nearly as exciting as kissing him, so long as he kept using his mouth somewhere, anywhere on her skin.

The train puffed toward the station and exhaled a shriek of steam.

She breathed his name, a rasping whisper.

“I thought that I could hold fast to those rules of mine and block out all of this, but I don’t know if I want to anymore.” She gripped his hair down to the scalp; wincing first, he let his mouth ease into a wide grin. “This is dreamtime. And I want to have the good along with the bad. And this, Joe–this is good.”

He placed a whisper-soft kiss across her knuckles, then held her hand close to his heart. Lulu felt its strong, measured pulse through the layers of his uniform.

An air-raid siren ripped to life.

The ominous roar of approaching bombers followed. Lulu cocked her ear toward the sky. The aircraft were distinctly German, their unsynchronized engines creating that dreaded whir-whir drone. “Junkers–Ju 88s. A lot of them.”

Only a moment earlier she’d been warm and wanted and lavished with a long-denied passion. Now they had to get safe. Lulu’s thoughts narrowed to that one impulse.

Find shelter.

 

***

 

Summer has been a blast! Available now from Pocket Books are three Christ Family romances. FLAWLESS kicked it off with a tale of an estranged couple’s search for love. The 99¢tie-in novella, “A LITTLE MORE SCANDAL” follows two aspiring lovers to London. And the Scottish-set second novel, STARLIGHT, was an RT BookReviews 4½ Star Top Pick. “Richly nuanced characters and a superbly realized Victorian setting come together brilliantly.” ~ The Chicago Tribune

 

I’ve also launched a co-written pseudonym, Katie Porter, with my long-time friend and critique partner, Lorelie Brown. Our “Vegas Top Guns” series of contemporary erotic romances launched from Samhain with DOUBLE DOWN and INSIDE BET, both of which were RT BookReviews 4½ Star Top Picks: “This racy, raunchy, hella good read…will move Fifty Shades of Grey to the children’s section of the bookstore.”

 

Where to find me:

 

http://www.carrielofty.com

Twitter: @carrielofty

 

I’d like to give away a digital copy of HIS VERY OWN GIRL in any format. Just answer the question: Where did you favorite kiss take place? Be vague, if you need to . . .

 

Thanks again to RR@H Novel Thoughts for featuring His Very Own Girl!

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