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Bite Me by C.C. Wood ~ (Penny Deb)

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Bite Me by C.C. Wood

Published September 11, 2013

Book Synopsis

I had the perfect life; an awesome job in advertising, a gorgeous high rise apartment, and a flirtation with the guy down the hall. Then it all came crashing down. Two months later I was a cocktail waitress living in a tiny one bedroom apartment. I had also developed a serious ‘men suck’ attitude.

That all changed the night I met the beautiful and enigmatic Conner Savage. But there was just one little problem…he said he was a vampire. Figures a man that hot would be batshit crazy. Or so I thought. It didn’t take me long to realize that Conner wasn’t a nut job and that I was addicted to him.

With every moment we spent together he drew me deeper into his world and the supernatural culture in which he lived.
Now I had a choice: the vampire I craved or a normal life. Couldn’t be easier, right?

Review4.5 pennies

4.5 out of 5 Pennies

You would expect a paranormal romance named “Bite Me” to be a light-hearted read, but while the dialogue is smart and funny, this book also touches on some heavier issues.  When Donna is attacked after leaving her job as a cocktail waitress, she is saved by Conner Savage.  He has the three H’s going for him – Hot, Handsome, and Highlander, but as Donna soon finds out, he is also a vampire.  Author C. C. Wood dispels all former beliefs readers might have about vampires – Conner can eat, sleep at night, go out in daylight, and even has a heartbeat.  But he does live forever, and that is a reality that Donna has to  face.  This adds so much to the book.  Donna and Conner do have an instant connection, but Donna does hold back as she considers the implications of life with a vampire.  How will it affect her relationships with family and friends?  How will he feel as he remains youthful and she ages? This adds a lot of depth to what could have been just a light read.

The story does have the jealous female vampire angle here as well to create more drama for the couple as they try to work out their relationship.  I am a little late to the party here on C.C. Wood’s paranormal reads, but so glad I made it! I am looking forward to the upcoming release of the next book in the series, Once Bitten, Twice Shy, the story of Donna’s best friend, Ivey.

Author Bio

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A native Texan, C.C. grew up either reading or playing the piano. Years later, she’s still not grown up and doing the same things. Since the voices in her head never shut up, C.C. decided to try and profit from their crazy stories and started writing books.

Now that she has a baby girl at home, C.C.’s non-writing time is usually spent cleaning up poopy diapers or feeding the poop machine. Sometimes she teaches piano, cooks, or spends time bugging her hubby and two beagles. (Goodreads)

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You’ve Been Touched by T. H. Snyder ~ Review by Penny Deb

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You’ve Been Touched by t.h. snyder

Publication date: February 12, 2014

1 Book SynopsisChar and Riley have encountered pain and heartache in the past. They were sure that they would never meet someone that would heal their hearts and allow them to love again. Then, on an ordinary Sunday, a newspaper in a minimart changes their lives forever.

Although they share a strong physical connection, they ultimately hunger for one another’s emotional touch.

No matter how hard they’ve tried to stay away from each other, the magnetic force between them has always remained strong.

Char and Riley have been through it all; love and loss, trust and deceit. They are the glue that holds their Boston family together and the ones that would be lost without the love and support of their family and friends.

Today is the day we’ve all waited for—the magical moment when two lives become one.

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4.5 out of 5 Pennies

This is the book we “touched” fans have been waiting for. After meeting Riley and Char in the first book, and following their threads in the other two, we finally, literally, receive an invitation to their wedding and go through the day with them every step of the way.  And as Riley goes through his wedding day jitters,  he relives the key moments that we all loved – the first day they met and he accused Char of using her tiny little meat claws to steal the last paper, the day he changed from hating Char to liking her, and then the day he knew he loved her.

But as in all touched books, our favorite characters from the previous stories show up – they have to, they are in the wedding party!  But we find out the latest news on Derrick and Chloe, Char’s sister, and find out if Pete and Emma, Riley’s sister, have stayed together as a couple.  And even though you might think this is all a rehash, there are still a few surprises. This novella is worth the read just to have a chance to be with Riley and Char on their big day and just enjoy the love that they share. This is a feel good book. And the playlist at the end! A nice script for anyone looking for wedding songs.

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I Can’ t Wait, by Runner Runner ~ Marry You, by Bruno Mars ~ Arms, by Christina Perri ~ All of Me, by John Legend ~ Say Something, by A Great Big World ~ For Once in My Life, by Tony Bennett ~ Not Meant to be, by Theory of a Deadman ~ Oxygen, by Colbie Caillat ~ I Knew I Loved You, by Savage Garden ~ I Feel Like That, by Jason Walker ~ Bless the Broken Road, by Rascal Flatts ~ I Do, by Colbie Caillat ~ Back in Black, by The Rock Masters~Butterfly Kisses, by Bob Carlisle ~ Always and Forever, by Luther Vandross ~ Through the Years, by Kenny Rogers ~ You Can Leave Your Hat On, by Joe Cocker.

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t. h. Snyder was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania. For six years she worked in the field of higher education while earning her Bachelor and Master Degrees in Management from University of Phoenix. She’s a single mother to two children. She became an avid reader in spring of 2012 and since has read over 250 books.    Her genre of interest ranges from Romance to thrilling Paranormal. This is more than just a hobby for her, it’s a passion to read the words of great authors and bring life to their stories with her reviews and character castings. She started writing her first novel in June of 2013 and is anxious to see where this journey takes her!!
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Review of Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan (Penny Deb)

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Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan

Publication Date January 25, 2014

Book Synopsis

When Bree Prescott arrives in the sleepy, lakeside town of Pelion, Maine, she hopes against hope that this is the place where she will finally find the peace she so desperately seeks. On her first day there, her life collides with Archer Hale, an isolated man who holds a secret agony of his own. A man no one else sees.

Archer’s Voice is the story of a woman chained to the memory of one horrifying night and the man whose love is the key to her freedom. It is the story of a silent man who lives with an excruciating wound and the woman who helps him find his voice. It is the story of suffering, fate, and the transformative power of love.

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5 out of 5 Pennies

I have read a lot of YA novels, and I was pretty sure I liked the bad boys. I liked the swagger, the potty mouths, the experience, and yes, the motorcycles that seem to go along with the image. That is, until I met Archer. Archer does not know he is gorgeous. Archer has never been with a woman. And Archer doesn’t even have a driver’s license, much less a bike. But what Archer does have is a gentle heart, a sense of humor, and the capacity for love. Bye Bye bad boys!

Archer Hale lives as a recluse in the small town of Pelion. He suffered a tragic accident as a child, losing both his parents and his voice, and is raised by an uncle who himself was somewhat unbalanced. Bree Prescott was also damaged, fleeing her own tragic past and trying to find peace in the same quiet town. Her path eventually crosses with Archer’s, and she realizes that part of his solitude is caused by an inability to communicate. She can sign because her own father was deaf, and eventually breaks through Archer’s wall of silence.  Every little step that Archer takes is a victory, and Bree glories in each of his successes.

Mia Sheridan has written a beautiful story. Bree and Archer’s story is about the healing power of love – because each of them needs to heal and learn to stand alone as they learn to stand together. There is such joy in seeing Archer blossom. Usually books are the other way around and we see a woman blossom. Archer learns the secrets of love and life. I ached when he ached, cried when he cried, and laughed when he laughed. This Penny has flipped for the good boy!

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Mia Sheridan lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband who is a police officer and her biggest fan (not necessarily in that order). They have four children here on earth and one in heaven.  She is an avid reader, and now writer, of romance and erotic novels.  When she isn’t writing or reading romance novels, she enjoys anything creative from building a patio, to sewing pillows. In addition to Archer’s Voice, Leo, Leo’s Chance, and Stinger are also part of the Sign of Love series. Mia can be found online at http://www.MiaSheridan.com or http://www.facebook.com/miasheridanauthor.

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Touched By Another by t.h. snyder ~ Blog Tour Stop ~ Penny Deb

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Synopsis
   Lately, Emma MacIntyre has been pretending to live the life of a perfect wife while her husband Keith takes control over her family business. With the loss of her parents to a tragic car accident and a fight that causes her brother, Riley, to move out of state Emma chooses to stand by her husband.
   While sorting out her parent’s estate, Emma stumbles across a few hidden secrets that she suspects Keith has kept her from. Heartbroken Emma turns to her brother for support, hoping to also rekindle their own broken relationship. When she moves to Boston Emma finds herself reacting to a complete stranger when he is willing to comfort her and listen to her pain.
   Is Emma ready to move on with her life and leave the hurt of her failing marriage behind? Will Emma fight the urge to fall once she has been Touched by Another?
Excerpt
 
   There really is so much we need to talk about and I don’t want to push her into anything too soon. The last thing I want to do is hurt her or scare her because I’m moving too fast.
   It drives me crazy how much I care about her. I watch as she talks with everyone. Her smile and those eyes can light up a room, at least for me they can. She’s such a caring person; always putting the needs of others before her own. I know one of the things she wanted to accomplish with her move to Boston was to start putting herself first more often. It’s hard for her; it’s not in her nature to push others away. It’s one of her qualities that makes me love her so much. No matter what she needs or what I want to do for her, she always makes a point to make sure I have what I need first.
    She’s something so special to me now that I don’t know what I would do if I lost her.
Review
4.5 pennies
4.5 out of 5 Pennies
     This is the third book in the “Touched” series and give Emma’s background story.  Emma always believed in love and family values, and did her best to make her marriage with Keith work, choosing him over a relationship with her own brother.  However, a series of incidents force her to face the truth, to see her husband for what he is, and while not exactly standing on her own two feet, she at least leaves and goes to Boston to live with her brother Riley and his group of friends.
     It is at this point that the reader can really appreciate T. H. Snyder as a weaver of stories.  For here in Boston she brings together all of the characters from the first two books of the series.  It is like meeting old friends if you have followed the series.  But she gives just enough information so new readers can pick this up as a stand alone.  If you follow the series, you already know that Emma meets Pete, who works with her brother Riley.  Here, in Emma’s book, you learn all about how their relationship evolves.
     Emma and Pete are in similar circumstances, both in their thirties, both burned by previous relationships, both a little awkward and hesitant about starting over.  Once Pete is introduced into the story, the chapters are told in alternating POV’s, but again, very well done, because it is not a rehashing of the same scene but a continuation of a scene – one character drops the thread and the other picks it up.
     The dialogue is humorous and very natural .  The characters are very likeable and believable, and the addition of the other people from the earlier books, Riley, Derrick, Char, and Chloe, just adds to the story.  I can’t wait for the next book – looking forward to the resolution of three relationships!
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t. h. Snyder was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania. For six years she worked in the field of higher education while earning her Bachelor and Master Degrees in Management from University of Phoenix. She’s a single mother to two children. She became an avid reader in spring of 2012 and since has read over 250 books.    Her genre of interest ranges from Romance to thrilling Paranormal. This is more than just a hobby for her, it’s a passion to read the words of great authors and bring life to their stories with her reviews and character castings. She started writing her first novel in June of 2013 and is anxious to see where this journey takes her!!
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What I’m Reading ~ Invisible by L. A. Reminicky (Penny Deb)

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Invisisible by L.A. Rememicky

Publication date:  January 31, 2014

Book SynopsisThey found each other. Then the killer found them.
Detective Jackson “Jax” McKenna walks into a psychologist’s office and finds that the doctor bears a striking resemblance to his first love, Lainie, who disappeared ten years ago after their disastrous first date ended in violence.

Dr. Elizabeth Parker is really Elaine Wilson, Jax’s Lainie. She’s been in hiding since the night that changed both their lives. Jax discovers the truth when the killer lets Lainie know he’s found her. When Jax and Lainie go into hiding to keep Lainie safe, old feelings resurface as the killer threatens their lives. Can Jax save Lainie and help her stay Invisible?

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4 out of 5 Pennies

The title of the book really tells the whole story. As a high school senior, Lainie wears baggie clothes, big glasses, and no make-up to stay off the radar and be left alone – invisible to her classmates and to avoid the attentions of her druggie step-father. Jax, “Jackson the jock”, is full of swagger, using his popularity so his sweet side stays invisible to others. That is, until Lainie is assigned to tutor him and they find the real selves that each has hidden away.

But fate steps in and Lainie is forced to become invisible by changing her identity and beginning a new life to elude her step-father. The story switches between the present, when Lainie and Jax find each other again, and ten years prior, when they first fell in love. It is also told in alternating POV’s. Together again, they go on the run to hide from the step-father who has finally caught up to her after ten years. This is more than just a love on the run story, for Lainie is determined not to be invisible any longer and wants to be seen as a strong woman unafraid to show the world who she is, before she can move on with her life.

This is a fast-paced, intriguing story. My favorite quote, referring to Jax, “He tasted like wine and dreams.” And yes, ladies, even with that, Lainie is able to resist. The question is, for how long?

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L.A. Remenicky has always been an avid reader and admits to being a big Stephen King fan. She is a forty-something wife and mother of three fur kids.   She reads all genres, but her favorites are romance and horror. Like many of us, she started out with Nancy Drew and moved on to adult romances, with her admitted  favorite being “Moonraker’s Bride” by Madeline Brent.  She has only started writing recently after thinking about it for years.

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Amazon Buy Link:  http://www.amazon.com/Invisible-L-Remenicky/dp/1495218538/

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What I’m Reading ~ Saving Cassie by L A Remenicky (Penny Deb)

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October 4, 2013

Recommended for 18+.
Everyone has secrets. Sometimes secrets can get you killed.
After ten years in the big city, Cassie Holt is moving back to her hometown to take over the bookstore left to her by her beloved Gram, vowing to live her life alone. To her best friend, Sheriff James Marsten, Cassie seems to be the same girl that left Fairfield Corners to go to college but Cassie has secrets and one of those secrets could get her killed. When one of her secrets becomes a threat to her life, James turns to his new deputy to help him keep Cassie safe.
Deputy Logan Miller has been burned by love and is not looking to get involved with anyone anytime soon. When he is thrown into close quarters with Cassie, the sparks begin to fly and he begins to see through the walls Cassie has built around her heart. As the threat gets closer, can Logan protect Cassie and protect his heart?

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4.5 pennies out of 5

When this story began, it had the earmarks of so many other books we’ve read – Cassie is leaving New York after breaking up with her abusive fiancé and going back to her roots in a small town. But this book was surprisingly different.  So different, in fact, that I had to stop reading at night because I was too scared and had to wait for the sweet light of day to finish.

Yes, this is a book with a paranormal twist. Cassie’s parents were murdered when she was only six, and she was raised by her grandmother.Cassie moves back into her grandmother’s house not long after her grandmother’s mysterious death.Strange things happen. Doors fly open.  Picture frames are moved. Keys keep disappearing. Harmless enough until the message in the mirror, “Cassie must die.”

Luckily, Cassie finds protection in the form of childhood friend and now town sheriff James. He assigns his deputy, Logan, to watch over Cassie, and the fun begins because they hate/love each other on sight. Logan has known since he was a boy that he was fated to meet and protect Cassie. I don’t want to give away too many details, so let’s just say demons and possession are involved.

Cassie is tough and funny, and she does not give in easily to Logan’s alpha ways. This well-written book was fun and scary, and a four and a half penny read for me.

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I am a forty-something wife and mother of three fur kids.  I’ve been an avid reader as long as I can remember.  I used to disappear with a book when it was time to do dishes or clear the table.

I read all genres, but my favorites are romance and horror.  I started out reading Nancy Drew and quickly graduated to adult romances.  My favorite romance is “Moonraker’s Bride” by Madeline Brent.  For some reason that story has stuck with me.  My absolute favorite author is Stephen King – I just love how he can weave a story and characters together.

I only started writing recently after thinking about it for years.

Saving Cassie is my first novel.  I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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