April 30, 2013

Cover Reveal: "Unbreak Me" by Lexi Ryan

BOOK AND AUTHOR INFO:
Unbreak Me by Lexi Ryan
Publication date:  May 27th, 2013
Genre: New Adult Romance
Cover designed by Okay Creations
Synopsis:
“If you’re broken, I’ll fix you…”
I’m only twenty-one and already damaged goods. A slut. A failure. A disappointment to my picture-perfect family as long as I can remember. I called off my wedding to William Bailey, the only man who thought I was worth fixing. A year later, he’s marrying my sister. Unless I ask him not to…
“If you shatter, I’ll find you…”
But now there’s Asher Logan, a broken man who sees the fractures in my fa├žade and doesn’t want to fix me at all. Asher wants me to stop hiding, to stop pretending. Asher wants to break down my walls. But that means letting him see my ugly secrets and forgiving him for his.

With my past weighing down on me, do I want the man who holds me together or the man who gives me permission to break?
 
RELEASE DAY BLITZ
Check out the release day blitz for Unbreak Me on May 27th.  Link will be live at midnight. http://www.xpressobooktours.com/2013/04/release-day-blitz-sign-up-unbreak-me-by.html
 
AUTHOR BIO
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Ryan writes romances with humor, heat, and heart. Her books are described as fun, flirty, and wickedly sexy. A lover of learning, Lexi has been in the classroom all her life and currently holds the title of assistant professor of English at her local community college. Lexi is a proud member of Romance Writers of America. She lives in rural Indiana with her husband and two children.

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Interview and Review: "Mumma Shana" by Dana Wolf

Hey everyone!  I am super excited to have as a guest today Dana Wolf - author of Mumma Shana.  I have for you an interview with Dana, plus my review of her novel.  Hope you enjoy!  Feel free to ask any questions you may have in the comments section - I'm pretty sure Dana may be lurking around here some time today.  :)


Q:  Where did you get the inspiration to write your story?
A:   I grew up in a predominately close knit Jewish neighborhood in Philadelphia. The description of the setting is pretty much accurate. As a child I loved to write poems and stories. My imagination would run wild and before I knew it pages were full of words. As I got older, I liked the idea of developing "real" characters for my stories - really getting into detail and trying to make the characters into people with problems and issues that others could relate to.
 
Q:  What was the main message that you were trying to get across with this story?
A:   When I started writing the book I really didn't know what the "message" was going to be. I just started to write and let it flow. Before I knew it Mumma Shana took on a life of it's own and I sort of became Dorie if you can understand that. The words came as though I was feeling this woman's pain in my own heart. I wrote and wrote and had no idea how I was going to end it.  That's when I realized there was a  message I could convey to people. The message is love and forgiveness and overcoming adversity with determination and faith.

Q:  Have you ever experienced a spiritual visitation like Dorie experienced with her Grandmother?
A:   I consider myself to be a spiritualist. Although I did not have the exact type of encounter with spirit as described in my book, I have had many others.  I do have a spiritual gift and I've been reading people for many years. Sometimes I use tarot to help me but sometimes I just "know" things. I'm also a Reiki Master. Reiki had become very popular over the last number of years.  It's a wonderful tool for spiritual healing and wellness. Spirit is real and is all around us. I talk to my angels and guides every day.

Q:  Explain your journey with writing Mumma Shana.
A:  I actually finished writing this book about 12  years ago. After countless query letters I was able to find a literary agent which was a huge feat. I was with him for about a year but he was unable to find a publisher to pick up my novel. I was encouraged because I received some great feedback from some of these publishers but none of them wanted to sell it. I put the manuscript in a box and let it collect dust. I was tired.  A couple of years ago, I felt like the book was "screaming" at me to take it out and do something with it. I ignored it for awhile but then it got to the point where I just couldn't anymore. It was occupying my thoughts constantly. I started the query process all over again but wasn't having much luck. That's when I discovered indie publishing. I had heard of authors self publishing in the past but 12 years ago there was a stigma attached to it and I wasn't really interested. With the explosion of e readers that all changed and indie publishing became the thing to do! So here I am! I truly feel that I was guided by spirit in this whole process. My book has a message for some. I know I was meant to write it for people to heal. One of my readers in particular has really taken some of my words to heart and made many positive changes in her life. If my writing only helps that one person I'm happy with that. On the other hand though, what writer doesn't want to see his or her work in the public eye? :-)

Q:  What are you working on right now?
A:   I'm currently working on my second novel. This novel is also largely based on one character. It's about a city girl who moves to a very rural area of the country. She experiences things that she had no idea existed in her concrete world. I think my readers will be amazed and what really happens in the dark little corners of the most beautiful parts of the country. The manuscript is just starting to take on life but I'm hoping to have it completed within the next year.

Find Dana at Goodreads.



Mumma Shana by Dana Wolf
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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"Mumma Shana" is not the typical sort of book that I pick up to read, but the author sent me a free copy to review, so I thought I would give it a go. I'm really, really glad that I did! This book follows the life of a troubled Jewish girl named Dorie. She has a very dysfunctional home life that follows her every where she goes throughout her entire youth and adulthood. She has complicated and damaging relationships with everyone around her - including everyone in her immediate family. Even the grandparents that she is the closest to end up turning her away in her time of need. This story will break your heart and then put it back together one piece at a time as Dorie eventually finds her way. There were certain times in the book when I wanted to grab Dorie by the shoulders and shake her, or smack her across the face and tell her to stand up for herself - but this was about her journey, not mine. I wanted her to have more backbone and to fight harder for what she thought was right, but in the end she comes to the same conclusion in her own way.

This books deals with several very heavy topics: teenage pregnancy, abortion, physical and emotional abuse, religion, alzheimers, alcoholism, infidelity - but manages to do so in a way that feels real. Dorie just legitimately seems to always get the short end of the stick in every situation she is faced with. But that is kind of what makes this story so real. It doesn't have the typical "everything will work out" storyline. It doesn't gloss over all of the real problems that people and families face in the real world. Dorie reminds me of several people that I know in real life that just can't seem to catch a break.

Now for my criticisms. While I did really love the story and the messages that it conveyed, there were certain parts that kind of threw me for a loop. For instance, the title of the book "Mumma Shana" is referring to the name that Dorie's grandmother used for her meaning "beautiful little girl." And the real heart of the story is that after Dorie's grandmother passes away, she visits Dorie in visions and "guides" her in the direction she needs to go. However, the story did very little to build up the relationship with Dorie and her grandmother to really let me experience the connection that the two of them had. I know that they loved each other, but I just didn't really feel that they were close enough for there to be a justifiable spiritual connection. It just wasn't believable to me. I mean, there was even a time in the story when this same grandmother kicked Dorie out of her house so that she didn't anger Dorie's mom. Her grandmother didn't stand up for her the way that I think she should have - especially if they were so special to each other. And I really had a problem towards the end of the book with the way that Dorie's grandmother appeared to her in a vision and showed Dorie certain scenes between people in her life so that she would know what was going on and could fix the problem. It just all got a little bit too unrealistic for me. For instance, in the last vision Dorie has of her grandmother, her grandmother tells her to
"Plant roses of every color in your garden and build a cement wall around them. The roses will grow a little bit with every good thing that you do. With every act of kindness, with every act of charity and forgiveness, they will grow. Love a neighbor as yourself and they will grow. Your faith will nurture them and they will blossom. I will be on the other side of the wall and will come to smell the sweetness of what you harvest. That is how you will find me."
The story of Dorie's life and what she experienced was just so real, and so grounded in reality, that these visions seemed like a weird detour into the unbelievable. I just couldn't seem to "go" there with the author. It kind of threw me out of the story and made it hard for me to find my rhythm again.

There were also several parts where the story seemed to jump around very suddenly, kind of leaving you wondering what had happened - but I can understand this. I mean, the book was about Dorie's entire life. If some parts hadn't been fast forwarded the book would have never ended! Once I found my footing and figured out where we were in her life, I was able to keep on reading with no problems.

With all of that being said, I would definitely recommend this book. The "meat" of the story is beautiful, and Dorie is really a character that you can connect with. You can really experience all of the heartache and betrayal with her, and then turn around and rally, and root her on to get things back together. And you can do all of this knowing that she does eventually get her happily ever after, and it is just perfect.


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"The Queen of New Beginnings" by Erica James

The Queen of New BeginningsThe Queen of New Beginnings by Erica James

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

One word: boring. This book was extremely well written, had a good plot line, characters were well developed - it was just boring. There was no real excitement or drama that pulled me into the story. It was mainly just a recitation of a woman named Alice's life (past and present), and how it intersected with a down-on-his-luck writer named Clayton. Throw in the almost obligatory romance theme, and there you go. There were a few "twists" along the way, but I use that word lightly. None of them added any element of surprise or suspense to the book; I saw them coming from a mile away.
The only redeeming quality about this book was the character of George. She is an overbearing, brash, eccentric old lady, who had me laughing in just about every scene she was in. It was a shame that such a great character was wasted on a book like this.
I finished the book, but I hate to say it was really only because I am OCD about leaving no book unfinished once started. Unless it is just written horrendously, I WILL finish it.
This is the first book by Erica James that I have picked up, so I can't say that I will never try another one. She writes beautifully - this just wasn't the story for me.
Overall, I would recommend this book if you just want a simple, easy read to distract you for a couple of hours if you have nothing else to do.

April 29, 2013

Abbi Glines - The Sea Breeze Series Reading Order

1.)  Breathe
2.)  Because of Low
3.)  While It Lasts
4.)  Just For Now


Book Blitz: "Possession" by S.K. Falls

Possession by S.K. Falls 
Series: Fevered Souls, #1
Publication date: April 22nd 2013
Genre: NA Paranormal

Synopsis:
After I left for college, I thought I’d never see Eden again. But I found myself headed back four years later, destitute and unable to find a job anywhere else. Still, I was adamant nothing would keep me there for long.
Then I met the intoxicating Dax Allard. Copper-colored eyes, skin that emanated an exceptional heat, and a strange “dog” at his side… I was drunk on him.
But Dax’s past was darker than mine, teeming with ancient secrets. Falling for him could cost me my life.
I had two choices: walk away or deal with the perilous consequences.
It was no choice at all.

This is the first episode of a serial novel, and runs around 50 pages or 12,000 words.

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Read my Review here.

** Interview with S.K. Falls **


Q:  Where did the idea for Possesion come from?

A:  The idea for Possession came to me really atypically. Usually I think of a character—generally female—and know, instantly, a lot about her personality. But with Possession, I actually had this ravenous need to read about a male demon character. I’d never read a book about a character exactly like the one in my head, and I asked around to my other bibliophile friends to see if they had read anything like what I wanted. I got some great recommendations, but nothing quite fit the bill.

So then I began to wonder if I could write this male character. It was a pretty daunting challenge because (a) I’d never written a romance before and (b) I’d never written in the serial format. But when, after weeks, the idea wouldn’t let go, I knew I had to try.
So far it’s been a blast! I’ve been having so much fun getting to know the characters and listening as they unveil the story for me.

 Excerpt from Possession (Fevered Souls #1), by S.K. Falls:
Blood rushed to my face at his tone. “What…” I swallowed. There was no way I’d ask this if I wasn’t hopped up on whatever they’d given me, but I wanted to know. “Have I offended you in some way?”
For a moment, Dax stared at me, confusion coloring every facial feature. When understanding seeped in, his eyes widened. Seemingly unconsciously, he took a step closer to me. In spite of the giant fireplace roaring just a few feet away, I could feel his body heat waft out toward me. He was like a walking furnace. “You think…you’ve offended me?” He actually sounded astounded.
I stared up into his copper gaze, the effects of the drugs somehow melting away. I was completely hypnotized. There was no way I could’ve lied to him, not even if my life had depended on it right then. Nothing else existed in that moment but the two of us—Oscar, the room, even what had just happened to me in the forest fell away.
In a quiet voice, I said, “You act like I’m the most abhorrent person you’ve ever met. You refuse to come near me. And you don’t want me working for you. Why else would that be?” Ridiculously, I felt a lump in my throat, simply by speaking of his rejection.
A muscle tensed in Dax’s jaw, as if he was physically biting back what he wanted to say. His fists tensed into balls, thick veins standing up on his arms. “Ms. Beaumont,” he finally said. His quiet voice held a hint of a tremor. “Believe me when I tell you I am not in the least… offended by you.” He took a deep breath. “It pains me that you think so.”
“Then…then what is it?” I asked, still gazing into his eyes.
But he shook his head.
“Another secret,” I muttered. “You seem to have so many.”
He smirked, his gorgeous face transforming into something hard and bitter as he looked away, toward the windows and the woods outside. “Yes. And none of them are good. It’d be in your best interests to stay away.”
The fire crackled. I realized that sometime during our conversation, Oscar had slipped away. I looked down at my hands, fisted in the blanket. “What if…what if I don’t want to stay away?”
I couldn’t believe I was saying the words out loud. I had just met this man. But somehow I knew that he felt exactly the way I felt. I was beginning to suspect it was the reason he was so…strange around me. There was something between us that eschewed the traditional hesitant, “play it cool” attitude normal guys and girls our age displayed before they got to know each other.
I expected him to become furious or stalk away. It surprised me when he sighed deeply instead. “Then we’re in trouble,” he said, his voice barely a rumble. “Because I don’t want you to stay away either.”
Author Bio: 
A huge fan of spooky stuff and shoes, I enjoy alternately hitting up the outlet malls and historic graveyards in Charleston, SC where I live and imbibe coffee. My husband and two small children seem not to mind when I hastily scribble novel lines on stray limbs in the absence of notepads.
Since no writer’s biography is complete without mention of her menagerie of animals, you should know I have one dog that doubles as a footstool, a second that functions as a vacuum cleaner, and a cat that ensures I never forget that my hands are, first and foremost, for pouring cat food.

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Cover Reveal & Giveaway: "Follow the White Rabbit" by Kellie Sheridan

I am super excited to reveal to you the cover for Kellie Sheridan's new novel Follow the White Rabbit!  Not only does the synopsis sound amazing, but the cover is wicked.  It's creepy and beautiful all at the same time.  I am definitely adding this to my Goodreads list.  Enjoy!


BOOK AND AUTHOR INFO:

Follow the White Rabbit by Kellie Sheridan
Series: Beautiful Madness, #1
Publication date: May 21, 2013
Genre: YA Fantasy

Synopsis:
For centuries, Wonderland thrived as the domain of beautiful bedlam and unapologetic madness. It was a place like no other. All it took was one girl slipping in through the cracks of the universe to start chaos spiraling toward order. In the 150 years since Alice’s visit, the realm has become tainted—almost normal. Rabbits in waistcoats and playing card minions are little more than creatures of myth, and Wonderland is literally falling to pieces.

For Gwen, Rose, and Lucky, Wonderland is home, and yet they know little of its former glory. When the Alice prophecy resurfaces, they’ll have one chance to use Wonderland’s own legends to bring a little mayhem back into their reality. For she who controls Alice controls the fate of Wonderland.
AUTHOR BIO
Kellie Sheridan is a Canadian author and book blogger. When not reading books or writing, she also works with books. She is currently working with two small publishers on the marketing/publicity side of things, and is also Joan of ARCs at Spencer Hill Press. In her spare time Kellie watches way too much television and travels whenever she has the opportunity.

Kellie’s first YA novel, Mortality was released in March, and she is currently hard at work on future writing projects.

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April 28, 2013

"Possession" by S.K. Falls

Possession (Fevered Souls, #1)Possession by S.K. Falls

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this first installment of a serial novel by S.K. Falls! Of course, I'll go ahead and get out of the way the requisite whining about it being too short, and I wanted more, and blah, blah, blah. But it's true! I was just settling in good with my new best friend Cara (main character), and starting to build up an unhealthy attraction to Dax (sexy, secretive love interest), when it was all over.
The story started off fast and furious, introducing Cara and Dax and bringing their immediate attraction to the forefront.
"Invisible electricity crackled through the air in the five feet of space between us. I knew in my gut that if I crossed the room and grabbed his arm - his quite nicely muscled arm, my brain noted - the current between us would be strong enough to kill me."
Of course, to keep things interesting, Dax acts as though he has some aversion to Cara, and tries to get away from her as fast as possible. But as is want to happen in these pesky paranormal stories, strange events out of Cara and Dax's control throw them back together. Cara is attacked by a strange creature and Dax saves her life. Upon waking up after the attack, Cara is quick to realize that her sexy mystery man has a lot of secrets he is keeping from her. Numero uno being that he is not at all immune to the effect she has on him, but for some mysterious reason still wants to keep her at arm's length. After doing a bit of research at the local library, Cara thinks that she has at least figured out one of his secrets.
"Dax Allard was a demon. He was here to steal my soul. And I'd fallen in love with him instantly."
That was where the first installment of this serial novel ended. (I know, right?) All I can say is that I hope S.K. Falls is writing furiously at this very moment, because I can't wait to read more!
 
 
** And I love the cover of this book!  It is amazing!

April 27, 2013

"Princess Miri: An Erotic Coming of Age Monster Romance" by Cerys du Lys

Princess Miri: An Erotic Coming of Age Monster RomancePrincess Miri: An Erotic Coming of Age Monster Romance by Cerys du Lys

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


This book was.....well, it was super naughty and kinky. Mostly WAY too naughty and kinky, at least for me. Don't get me wrong - I am not a prude in any way, shape, or form, and I do enjoy really hot and graphic sex scenes, but this was quite a bit out of my comfort zone. When I read the title and the descriptor "An Erotic Coming of Age Monster Romance," I imagined that it would be a twisted version of Beauty and the Beast. Yeah, the guy she's getting it on with is a Troll, but I figured he would still be portrayed as human - just maybe oversized and ugly. Yeah, not really. Thump (the troll) is described more as an animal than a human. Towards the end of the story Miri teaches him to speak, somewhat, but even then he gives off the vibe that he is still only an above average beast, or a severely mentally handicapped human. His physical "attributes" *ahem* run a little too closely along the lines of a farm animal, and then in the last chapter, Miri's enemy Fleur actually crosses that line into semi-bestiality when she is seduced by a centaur. Ermmmm, once again, not really my thing.
I can see where the author was trying to go with this - I think. It seemed as though it was supposed to be a story about an evil princess who looks past the physical appearance of a gruesome "monster", and sees the good underneath. She then falls in love with this "monster" and in the process discovers the good in herself and civilizes the beast. However, the story never quite achieved this goal for me because I kept getting sidetracked by the grossness of the sex scenes. I mean for eff's sake, she kept describing the yellowness of Thump's teeth, and the way he would drool all over Miri during sex. Yuck! Not exactly a hot mental image.
On the plus side (and the only reason I gave this book 2 stars instead of 1) it is very well written. A lot of times with Erotica, the story, grammar, punctuation, dialogue, is non-existent or so horrendously written that I can't even make myself read it. Cerys du Lys writes beautifully and tries to weave a story in between the sex scenes. Unfortunately, these said sex scenes just didn't do it for me.



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April 26, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday #3


Yay!  It's Friday again and time for Feature and Follow Friday, hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.
This is a weekly meme that let's all of us bloggers connect and follow each other. Super Fun!!
If you are new here this week, I ask that you please follow me via Twitter or Facebook, and if you are super "clicky" like I am, I also have buttons for Google+, Goodreads, Networked Blogs, and Linky.  Whew!  Anyway, thanks for stopping by, and make sure to leave me a link in the comments and I'll return your visit!

This week's question:

Q: Is there a song that reminds you of a book? Or vice versa? What is the song & the book?

A:  Surprisingly, I actually do have an answer for this question, lol!  I don't know if everyone will understand or agree with me, but the song "Sad" by Maroon 5 reminds me of Fifty Shades of Grey.  Particularly later in the trilogy when Christian and Anastasia are trying to figure out if they can be together for real, or if they need to just stay separated.  This song reminds me of how I imagine Christian must feel. (Plus, I just really, really love this song!) :)

 

 

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"Loving a Prince Charming" by Danielle Monsch

Loving a Prince CharmingLoving a Prince Charming by Danielle Monsch

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Gah! Danielle Monsch, are you ever going to write a story that I don't just absolutely love?? (I hope not!! Lol)

This is the third novella in Danielle Monsch's Fairy Tales & Ever After series, and in my opinion, it is the best one so far. I absolutely loved everything about it - not one thing to complain about - which if you read my reviews, you know is rare!

"Loving a Prince Charming" is Danielle's twisted retelling of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale. Prince Charming (Seth) has been betrothed to Rosamund (aka Sleeping Beauty) since they were children. They both know the curse is coming and that the only way to break it will be true love's kiss. The only problem is, Seth has it bad for his personal bodyguard, Kira. However, in true Prince Charming fashion, Seth is determined to keep his vow to Rosamund, so he fights his growing feelings for Kira vehemently.
And if he told her that, if he gave voice to the deepest murmurs of his heart, then the action of making it real, giving it substance would make it happen. His heart would be hers. He would be helplessly in love with her and only her. And Rosamund would be damned.
And Kira knows that even though she loves him with all of her heart, she can't put him in a compromising position. His integrity, honesty and loyalty are the qualities about him that make her love him so much. If she makes him abandon those traits, she knows he will no longer be the man she loves.
"In the morning, you are going to go to Rosamund and fulfill your promise. And me? I'm going to go far, far away. I have to, because I can't stay here and be close to you while you live and love someone else - I'll either become a bitter old woman who hates everything, or I'll try to make you something I despise, and that is a man who will not honor his word. And I don't want either of those things to happen. So I need to go, and you need to let me."
But things aren't always as they seem, are they? Especially not in a Danielle Monsch fairy tale! This story has several twists, all in just the right spot at just the right time. I couldn't put this down until I had swiped the last page on my e-reader.

Bravo, Danielle! I loved it, and give it a very big, sparkly, set of 5 stars.


April 25, 2013

Spotlight: "Princess Miri: An Erotic Coming of Age Monster Romance" by Cerys du Lys

"Princess Miri:  An Erotic Coming of Age Monster Romance"
by Cerys du Lys
Erotica/Erotic Romance (Medieval Fantasy-ish)
Date Published: 3/10/13
Synopsis:
Princess Miri is a bitch and the heir to the throne and she might have accidentally fallen in love with a monster.  It's common knowledge that everyone hates Miri, which is why it surprises her when her rival gives her a pet troll servant for her eighteenth birthday. Thump, as Miri names the husky monster, will do everything she asks. Or that's what she thinks.  When her demands lead to experimentation and sexual teasing, Miri realizes this isn't quite the case. One disobeyed order ends with a bang, literally, and her and Thump in an unclothed, carnal mess atop her now broken bed. 
A troll coupling with a human? Disgusting! 
She should be furious! Irate! And maybe she is, but she's curious, too... 
She never thought she could open up to anyone before, always believed she needed to act harsh and stern in order to ascend to the throne. Unfortunately for Miri, while she discreetly explores her taboo sexuality with Thump, someone's plotting to exploit her shameful secret and ruin the Princess's reputation... 
Alluring, erotic, and playful. This provocative story of a Princess and her troll will delight you, entice you, and keep you excited long after you're done. 
***This book is intended for mature audiences.

This is a guest post written by Cerys du Lys, the author of "Princess Miri: An Erotic Coming of Age Monster Romance"  She is an erotic romance and erotica author, who is currently writing "The Billionaire's Paradigm" series.

I've talked to a lot of people about this, and some people don't entirely understand it.  I understand why they don't understand, because it's a little strange, but I'd like to take a moment to discuss why monster romance is totally a thing.  You'd be surprised at the many misconceptions I've heard in regards to this amazing sub-genre of romance.  (This is, perhaps, more silly and tongue-in-cheek than anything else, but I stand by my reasoning!)
Anyways...

5 Reasons Why Monster Romance is Totally a Thing:

One!
Monster romance has existed for centuries.  I'm completely serious.  Lots of people don't even realize it.  First, we've got Beauty and the Beast dating back to 1740.  If you've seen the Disney version, the Beast is more of a werewolf-looking fellow, but there's an illustration done by Anne Anderson that paints him as quite a bit more grotesque and not too werewolfy.  And, going closer to current times, there's Shrek.  The most recent Shrek movie is from 2010, so that's at least 270 years of woman becoming romantically involved with monster men.  That's a lot of years.

Two!
Ew!  Kissing!  (Or, more than kissing, ooh la la?)  But, hey, monsters can be sexy, too!  Haven't you ever dreamt that your boyfriend who won't shave his extra long beard(for whatever reason) might actually be Bigfoot in disguise?  And isn't that really hot?  No and... no... ugh.  Work with me here!

In all seriousness, though, monsters open up the opportunity for things that just don't(and can't) exist in real life, which can be really sexy.  Some women like taller men, so what about a ten foot tall monster of a man?  Who can pick you up and dominate you in bed (by kissing you.  We're trying to be classy here).  Or is he super intelligent?  Not super intelligent?  Loving and caring and goofy and not worried about what people think of him, because, hello, he's a monster?  Men are great.  I have nothing against them at all, but sometimes they're confusing and a good monster would serve as a more admirable partner. 

You might think this is a stretch, but have you seen the 2005 King Kong movie?  King Kong was pretty monstrous and he was also awesome.  He just wanted to relax in his jungle and be a big gorilla and do big gorilla things.  All Ann had to do was spend time with him for a little while to realize how awesome he was.  He was a little misunderstood, but other than that he was a really sweet monster monkey man.

Three!
How does this even work, you ask?  Monsters aren't made to... do these things... Well, maybe.  I don't know?  I don't see why not, though.  I think monsters need friends, too.  If they didn't, they'd be perfectly happy on their own, right?  Except, in most movies and books, you always hear about how sad they are.  Why are they sad?  Because they have no friends.  And what's better than a friend?  A best friend.  And best friends make the best lovers, right?  You see where I'm going with this?

If monsters need friends, then monsters need love and partners and more than friends, too.  So it only makes sense to me that they can(and should!) get romantically involved with someone who's willing to be friends with them.  Whether that be another monster(except I don't think that ever works out) or a human, it's something that needs to happen.  Love, they say, is like oxygen, and it's all we need.  As long as monsters breathe the same air we do, they need love just as much.

Four!
But monsters are evil!
I think you'll find that a lot of monsters aren't all that evil.  They're more misunderstood than anything.  I mean, this is a common thing even outside of monsters.  Fifty Shades of Grey?  Christian is kind of "evil" at first and he doesn't seem like such a great person.  He's not bad, though.  He's pretty nice, actually.  I loved those books.

Now, some monsters might be evil but some humans are evil, too.  Mostly, as a monster, I think they're prone to being confused as evil more than anything else, though.  Monsters are just misunderstood and so what if they do things differently?  I live in the northeast of the United States and almost no one here has ever heard of grits or chicken and waffles, but I don't think Southerners who enjoy these foods are evil.  And, actually, I think grits are amazing and they should sell them everywhere(but they don't sell any good ones up here, sadly.  Argh!).
So, if people who eat chicken and waffles can be fine, wonderful people, I think monsters can be, too.

Five!
It sounds weird, but monsters and romance are one of those strange combinations that goes together so great that you'd never think of it at first.  You're going to say that this is a cop-out answer for number five, but I disagree.  I have seen many things in my life, and most can't compare to how good monsters and romance fit together.

This isn't a peanut butter and chocolate kind of thing, but more like peanut butter and bananas.  There's really no good reason why peanut butter and bananas are good together, but once you make a sandwich(maybe with some Fluff), you'll recognize how wonderful they are.

It's an unquantifiable relationship, really.  You can't understand how monster romance can be a thing until you read a story where monster romance is a thing.  You need to try it and experience it and enjoy it and bask in the wondrousness of it all.  It is a special experience.

I think this is where I pitch my newest novel to you, but I'm not going to do that.  If you haven't read a monster romance book yet, there's lots to choose from.  Even Twilight is kind of one, but different.  There's all sorts and I think you should try one out and see how you like it.  If you haven't read one before, I bet you'll be pleasantly surprised!
Author Bio:
Cerys has charted on numerous best sellers and hot new release lists internationally with multiple books.  She lives in the Greater Boston area in a small town in New Hampshire. She spends her days writing, reading, learning, and working. And maybe sometimes she flirts with the mailman. Some of her most favorite activities involve understanding and learning about emotions and relationships.
She adores pondering sexuality and sensualness. Most of her writing delves into this in some way, exploring reactions and relationships between different people. While she enjoys writing erotica and erotic romance, her goal is to also keep a certain literary appeal to the writing instead of something purely pornographic. Every story she writes has a delightful plot along with the more devious and delicious scenes we all want to read.
She prefers romance settings, with the occasional monster or fairytale. Her secret kinks include reluctance, interesting paranormal creatures, romance(even with monsters), and fun. She loves writing about all of these things, though very strongly acknowledges that fantasies are fiction and nothing more.
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