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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

P & E Novel of the Year Nominee for 2012

Greetings Loved Ones,

Well I must say I'm pleasantly surprised and honored to announce that The Pauper Prince has been nominated for Novel of the Year in the category of All Other Novels on the Preditors & Editors Readers Poll of the best Novels of 2012 on the Critters Workshop.


Their poll honors both print and epublications published during 2012. Giving credit in many categories, like the well known categories of Romance, Fantasy and Erotica as well as some lesser known categories such as Steampunk and Short Stories. Voting opened for all categories on December 24 and will remain open until January 14. Please go check them out and support your favorite novels, authors and artists.

It is not the fastest site out there so have some patients as it sometimes seems to take a while to load.

Vote here for Pauper Prince - (Its in the second half of the grouping) http://critters.org/predpoll/novel.shtml

Here is the link to the main page for a listing of all the categories so you can show your support to all your favorite authors. http://critters.org/predpoll/

Wishing you Love and Butterflies,
Sui Lynn~~

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop


Greetings Loved ones!

Welcome to The Next Big Thing Blog Hop! This blog hop has been going on for some time and I am coming in at the end of it. Many great writers have already participated and I felt it was time to join the fray. This hop is designed to showcase an author's next big thing. Well as many of you know I've got couple of different pans in the fire right now.  So without further ado I'm going to jump right into the questions.

What is the working title of your book?

Right now I have a few that I am working on. I have the 3rd book in the Elements of Love series which is entitled "Gabe's Song". I also have the 3rd book in the Changing Moon series which has a working title of "Blood Ties". There are also a couple of stories that those of you who read my blog will recognize. I am hoping to have "The Downtown Bus" which was a weekly running blog story completed as a novella and ready to publish in 2013 as well as "The Hand of Death". I am also working on a sci fi/romance entitled "Light in the Dark" which I hope to finish in 2013.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

My ideas come from many places. The Elements of Love story came from my love of Japanese YAOI. "Changing Moon" began in high school and has been evolving slowly ever since. "The Downtown Bus" came from a picture I saw and drew inspiration from. "The Hand of Death" came from the innate struggle between perceived good and evil, yin and yang, opposites attracting. "Light in the Dark" actually came from the title of another story I'd read. The story is completely unrelated but the title sent my mind reeling and this story was where it landed.

What genre does your book fall under?

All of my stories are M/M Romance or Gay Romance as the main theme, but I join that genre with the paranormal, action, horror, sci fi and just about anything else that strikes my fancy. You see, it's all about the story and where the characters lead me. I've learned to really only plan my story lines in the barest of bones in order to keep the facts of the story straight. The rest I leave to the characters to weave as they tell me how their lives and stories came to be.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie?

This is almost an impossible thing for me to imagine. To me my characters are individuals and an actor, even the best actor, will always give their portrayal of your characters as they see them. Which is not wrong, even as readers we all see the characters through our own eyes and experiences. Which is why you often will have people say that a movie was better or worse than the book written by an author. It's all about the portrayal of the characters. It would be a long hard process and would take much deliberation before I could make any real decisions. So I leave it to you... imagine them as you see them in your own minds eye.

What is a one sentence synopsis of your book?

All of my books can be summed up as adventures of and for the heart.

Will your book be self published or represented by an agency?

My current publishers are always given first crack at my books... therefore look for them to be first and foremost with either Silver Publishing or Dreamspinner Press.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

This depends on the manuscript. Elements of Love, the first two books took about 6 to 9 months each. Changing Moon has been a work in progress for years, but it is nearly complete, so no worries. Other stories it really varies depending on what is happening in my life at the time and how driven the characters are to have their story told.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I try not to compare my work with others. Not that I think my work is better or worse. I know I'm a relatively new author and I have a long way to go before I'm proficient at my craft, but I want my style to be my own. With that in mind, I try not to make connections or write to the style of others.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

I have to say that my high school creative writing teacher, who was also my one time substitute algebra teacher in high school encouraged me to write. I was horrible by any known standard of the written word. He was patient and always had a kind thing to say even when it was obvious he had to really look for it. Thanks Mr Moore and I know I still probably owe you a square pi ... would you like that in lemon meringue or chocolate cream?

What else about your book might interest the reader?
 
I like to think that my books appeal to a wide array of readers. I try to incorporate a bit of suspense, action and character growth to keep things interesting. I also like to mix good and bad, so things that people automatically assume would be good isn't necessarily the way things are. 

As I look around in the world today, that seems to be a theme we see everywhere. Some of our leaders who should be a force for public good seem corrupt  Places that should be safe holds for youth and life are far from it. All we as people can do is make our way through the mine fields of our lives as best we can. If we can grow and learn as individuals along the way, wonderful. If we happen to find the ultimate love of our lives, we must take hold with both hands and refuse to let go for as long as possible to enjoy the little happiness that life offers us. These are things I hope my characters in all their damaged splendor show as they grow and find love in the circumstances of the story they are in. 

I hope that this gives you some insight into my work. Feel free to click on the books listed on the right for more information about my books and links as to where to purchase them. Also, please stop in and read the blogs of my fellow bloggers who are participating in The Next Bit Thing Blog Hop...


Also, stop by and check out Shae Connor's blog next week at shaeconnorwrites.com, the day after Christmas, December 26th. I can hardly wait to see what she has to say! Don't forget to check out her new release with Dreamspinner Press, it's HOT (pun intended)! 

En Fuego by Shae Connor eBook

Wishing you Love and Butterflies,

Sui Lynn~~

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Review: Adam's Unicorn


Adam's Unicorn
Adam's Unicorn by Astrid Cooper

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



This has become one of my favorite stories. Not just because as a child I loved unicorns and had them everywhere in my room, but because this story gives a new twist to the mythos about unicorns.

Adam wants the love of his life. His past prevents him from going out and finding it. He's terrified he might just get his dream come true... and then be rejected, again. He impulsively makes a wish on his birthday for that missing love, because who actually gets their wish from blowing out their candles.

This is a story of acceptance and healing, of finding joy and holding on with both hands in the face of danger. This was a wonderfully uplifting story and one that will remain on my keeper shelf, to be enjoyed over and over. Great Job!





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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Review: Snow Bite, Blood Red


Snow Bite, Blood Red
Snow Bite, Blood Red by Jade Astor

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I read this believing I would not care for it much. As a general rule I like this author's work but when it comes to well known fairy tales being rewritten, I cringe with distaste. I like my traditional stories left alone and not used or abused. So I rarely read them, knowing my opinion is generally skewed from the get go. I tend to find adaptations of traditional stories written with a heavy hand and the new story becomes a bad mimicry or mockery of the original.

I am much relieved to be able to say that is NOT the case here. I enjoyed this story very much. Yes it is a rewrite of Snow White, but its been done respectfully, tactfully and in many ways more closely to the original Grimm's tale than many of other traditional adaptations of the story. Albion as Snow White is naive and to be honest a bit stupid about the world around him, which the character himself fully admits. King Jasper falls quickly for his young and trusting lover, as the two try to cure the king of his vampirism.

This is a unique and yet completely familiar and utterly captivating adaptation of the story. I would recommend it for all lovers of Snow White, vampires and romances with that perfect fairy tale happily ever after ending. Well Done!



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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Review: Return to Destiny


Return to Destiny
Return to Destiny by Vona Logan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



I have to say this was one of the best stories I've read in a long time. A fantasy in fairy tale style. A world where true love and time travel allow us to make corrections to lives lived in error and unhappiness. To see miserable characters who know they've mess up and missed their opportunity for true love and yet desire it so much as to be willing to do almost anything to retrieve that chance, to go back and make right what they did wrong. It swept me away.

This was well thought out and well written. Michael is a strong character and his willingness to recognize his own failings and grow beyond them to do what is necessary to make things right drew me in. I love the fact that these characters were flawed. They aren't perfect men with perfect hair and perfect bodies. They are men with issues, pasts that make them who they are. Wade is loving and caring, but a man in a shell. Afraid to make connections because they've gone bad before. Both men grown and evolve to make things right in this story where love conquers all, even time.

This story was heart wrenching and leaves you with the wonderful warm glow at the end. I'd recommend this to anyone who loves a good romance and a fairy tale ending of happily ever after. Well done and I expect more great stories from this author.



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Monday, November 12, 2012

Review: Best Laid Plans


Best Laid Plans
Best Laid Plans by Sandrine Gasq-Dion

My rating: 2 of 5 stars



This book has both a lot going for it and a lot wrong with it. It's ripe with errors, both in the story, character name mistakes and in general English.

The author took a chance and has 4 main characters here. This is not a menage but the story of 2 couples as the main central part of the plot line. To be honest its a mess. The whole thing read like 2 separate stories mashed together. You'd have one couple dating then the other couple dating... it was a series of repeats and a total bore.

The brothers, Grayson and Xander, who I'd previously enjoyed as mischievous and energetic male teens are adults in this story. But when they meet their mates they become effeminate and the story becomes disjointed mass of repeating events from each brothers point of view of the same events. The previously strong male characters are now reduced to pansy girls sitting in cars waiting for their mates to open the doors for them and being carried about the room. The sad part is the mates who are being carried were previously bad-ass strong male characters now reduced to chicks with dicks. The sex becomes a rolling set of events between first one couple then the other. The whole thing for me reads very choppy and irritating.

Now for good points. Even though the characters are girly and the romance is more suited to a M/F romance type than a M/M romance, there are moments of clarity. You do have moments where you can empathize with the characters and touch them.

All in all, even though I really did not like this book, I applaud the author for giving it a shot. It's a hard thing to do to run with this many main characters and have everything flow well. I think if the editing would have been stronger and there have been less repetition of events, this may have been an alright story.

I like this series and so I will go on to read the next one and see if things improve.



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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Gabe's Song - In Rough Draft

Greetings Loved Ones,

Okay okay, I'm telling. Yes the next book in the Elements of Love series is going to be about Sammy and Gabe. No, I won't tell you which element we are dealing with... it's a secret. XD


I gotta say that this book is a pivotal book in this series. A lot is going to happen here, as well as there will be some heavy emotions for Sammy to deal with. I'm sure if you are reading this series you know that Sammy is a very tortured character. The man has so much baggage he should be opening a luggage store. He also has no clue who or what he is. There are some background characters that will step forward and support our rather abused young man as he struggles to discover where he belongs in this world of magic, mayhem and hypocrisy. 

Because of the emotional tension and heavy issues that are going on in this book, I am taking a bit more time working on getting this story just right. There will be some passages that some readers may not be completely comfortable with as Sammy does need to deal with the betrayal in his life before he can move forward. Then of course there is the church, the merging of the magical and human world and ... oops!  Can't give away everything here. 

Truly I just wanted to let everyone know that I am working on the book. It is happening and coming together and when its finished I hope you will deem it worth the wait. 

Wishing you Love and Butterflies!
Sui Lynn~~

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Review: Esau


Esau
Esau by Bailey Bradford

My rating: 2 of 5 stars



I don't know how many times I've said this about this series and I find it incredibly frustrating. The sex is over the top. Every time you turn around the characters are humping. This book was a bit of a turn off even further as the characters were having sex in their complete animal forms. Let me say this, I'm all for a sex scene or two, maybe a hand job or a blow job mixed in but this is excessive. I'm not talking short romantic interlude here, but extensive in depth sex over and over.

There was hardly any story here. Don't get me wrong, the story line that was present was touching, but it was extremely hard to finish this book. I got to the point where I was flipping pages, skipping over the sex. I'd flip a couple of pages and read a bit... nope still at it and flip a couple more, waiting for the story to pick back up and then get disgusted when I'd only have a couple paragraphs of story before they were off fucking again.

Seriously too much sex and not enough story. The only thing that kept this from being a 1 star was the little bits of story that was here was good. But this is turning into a series of sexual encounters for characters and no real progress with the story line. It almost felt like the series should have ended with the last book when the main bad guy was killed. But she had a couple of loose ends so... lets through together another story just to tie up them up, but there really wasn't enough to make it a full novel so just fill in the word count with sex.

Not sure if I even want to pick up the next one... if there is another one. The author has introduced a number of interesting side characters who could have their own stories told. But if the main story line doesn't get more attention than the sexual escapades I will not be wasting my time.



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Sunday, October 14, 2012

50 Authors for 50 States - South Dakota - Sui Lynn

Greetings!

I'm Sui Lynn and I'm from the great state of South Dakota. Where we don't carve statues from mountain rocks but we carve mountains into monuments. I live in Rapid City, about 30 miles north of Mount Rushmore, on the edge of the Black Hills National Forest. Most of the year, I love it here, but the weather can be a bit unpredictable at times.
For the most part, South Dakota is a rural state, our main industries being farming and ranching. We also get a portion of our revenue from tourism of the Black Hills, Mount Rushmore, the Badlands and much more. If you want to see what we have to offer, I'd recommend visiting the South Dakota Tourism website. On a personal note, I'd recommend coming in the fall of the year, after Labor Day. The weather is more stable, most of the tourists have gone home and the Black Hills National Forest becomes a kaleidoscope of fall colors as the trees begin to change.

Being a South Dakota Native, many of my books are centered around the area or places I've visited, not because I write what I know, but because I truly love it here and believe that feeling comes through in my work. In one place you have pine forests, grasslands, canyons, and open skies. What more beautiful backdrops could I chose to write from. 

I write M/M Romance. Something about two strong men growing emotionally and overcoming obstacles calls to me as a writer. I can't get enough of it, both in my reading choices and my writing. I don't write everything from here in South Dakota, but most of my work either has the characters starting out from here and branching out. Kind of like I did in my own life, only to return to the place I call home.

The Changing Moon series, The Pauper Prince and A Royal Bind, both take place in the Black Hills. This series is a gay paranormal romance between two shapeshifters, add in some born vampires, some drone vampires, a police chase, a few misunderstandings, attempted murder and you've got a couple of busy stories. If you are interested in more, check out my blog, 2 Cents, for the blurbs and excerpts from the stories, or go to Silver Publishing for purchase.


My other works span the mix from M/M Contemporary romance, Dark Chocolate and Raspberries, to M/M Yaoi Romance, Blue Rose with Dreamspinner Press. These two stories were the first and gave me the courage to expand into my true writing love, paranormal and Fantasy.


My M/M Fantasy Romance, the Elements of Love series comprised of Adel's Purr and Nico's Fire was soon to follow and I couldn't be more proud of my work.



Feel free to check them out and let me know what you think. I love hearing from the people who read my work.

Wishing you Love and Butterflies,
Sui Lynn~~
Sui.d.lynn@gmail.com

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Review: Gilbert


Gilbert
Gilbert by Bailey Bradford

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



This book is a 3.5 and since I believe in rounding up, I gave it a 4. I have mixed feelings about this story.

I really liked the story but the author almost ruins it for me by adding in unnecessary and painfully repetitive sex scenes every time a character turns around. You don't need to put in a sex scene every couple of pages to keep your reader interested. It's tiresome and boring. I find myself flipping pages to get past the sex to continue where the story left off. The characters care about each other, as a reader I don't need that beaten into my head by yet another scene of grunts and moans as the characters have sex. It's unnecessary. In the span of a few hours the characters had sex before running through the woods, during running through the woods and after running through the woods. Really... is this entirely necessary? Once would have sufficed.

On the other hand, the story line here was very nice. I like the fact that the snow leopard shifters are discovering more about their world and we get to learn along with them. I like the new avenues that we are learning about as more shifters of different species are being added to the mix. The characters are well rounded and you come to care about them as individuals as they grow and become stronger. I think the author could have given his characters a bit more time to heal from his forced sexual encounter, but at the same time, the character had been dealing with having been raped for a year before he ever met his mate. So the fact it didn't take pages of angst for the character to grow beyond his suffering is plausible. Although as a reader, I personally felt it deserved a bit more. Still overall the story line is good and I look forward to the next book.



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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Review: Taming The Lion Tamer


Taming The Lion Tamer
Taming The Lion Tamer by Caitlin Ricci

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



This is a nicely crafted fantasy/wet dream. Yes it has a few brief moments of reality, but overall this story has all the hallmarks of a fairy tale. Quinn and Charlie both have some social issues.
That is until they find each other, then all bets are off.

Its a very fast paced case of instant-lust followed by instant-love story. This is not a reality story and shouldn't be mistaken for a realistic/contemporary romance. It's a contemporary fantasy and requires a suspension of belief to be fully enjoyed.

I generally am not one to read contemporary stories as I like the perfection of fantasy and this story has that component. If you are looking for a serious contemporary romance, this isn't the story for you. The love is too fast and the relationship too sweet. The characters don't necessarily overcome any obstacles or grow. If you're looking for a beautifully crafted contemporary fairy tale of love and romance, complete with a lion tamer and cream cheese frosting than this is the story for you.



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Saturday, September 15, 2012

A Royal Bind - Changing Moon 2

Greetings Loved Ones!

At long last, Changing Moon 2, A Royal Bind is available for purchase from Silver Publishing. I've received emails and notes on facebook and goodreads asking about it and Today is the day! I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did writing it. Lance and Andrew are always fun to write and of course there will be more to come.

Blurb:
Lance Fitz and Andrew Reed are a mated pureblood shifter pair. But being mated does not mean all their problems are solved. Assassins are trying to kill Lance and there are so many suspects that the enemy could be friend or foe.

Lance wants to free Andrew from his master vampire, Stephon. Andrew thinks of the vampire as family, but when Stephon mentally attacks, Lance wants to rip the vampire apart. As he defends his lover and new family from the vampire's vicious assault, he vows to free them all.

Will the pair be able to free Andrew before they are attacked again?

Who knows what can happen under a changing moon.

Excerpt:  (This is the Adult Excerpt.)
Prologue

"It is confirmed, Master." The sniveling voice practically whimpered into the phone.
"Did you kill him?" the harsh male voice ground out over the connection.
"No, Master. The assassins are dead. I have confirmation from my contact that the DNA blood tests came back conclusive. Lance Fitz is a pureblood—of the Royal line, no less."
"How did this happen! That line has been decimated. They couldn't produce a pure heir even if they tried inbreeding. Hell, they're practically human."
"My contact seems to believe it is a member of the family who is more animal than human and lives as a beast. But we are unsure if that is even possible. All we know conclusively is that he is a Royal Pureblood Shifter."
"I want you to get close. Use your contacts, play your part. Get him to trust you. I want this animal brought under control before he can do any more damage. It would be best if you could kill him… quietly… make it look like an accident if possible. Just make sure he is dead before the shifters realize who he is. Once the Royal Family and the Shifter Nation as a whole discover what they have, he'll become a martyr and war will begin again. With our numbers as they are, we will lose. Even against these worthless half breeds."
"I won't fail you. I'll—"
"You will do as you are told! I'll make the arrangements. You just get close to him, get him to trust you."
"Yes, my Master," the voice whimpered as the connection went dead.


Chapter One

I sat in the late afternoon sun up to my elbows in clay. Gwen had told the twins the last time they'd stopped into the Pottery Hut that my stoneware had been selling almost as quickly as she could put it in the window. She only had a couple pieces left and had asked that I make more. I'd never had my work requested before, so there I sat, red clay piled before me, kneading it to the proper consistency. Andrew had gone down to the ranch; he had chores to catch up on.
Two weeks… It had been two weeks since Andrew had claimed me… mated me. Before that, saying my world felt like it was falling apart really would have been an understatement. Everything seemed to be happening so fast I couldn't catch my breath, but we are one and it's been bliss. The man loves me and I, having grown up not knowing what it was to be loved, am reminded by his constant presence in my mind how much he cares.
You know that old saying life is crazier than fiction? They must have been talking about me. If only my life were fiction, it'd be… well, I suppose it'd be on the Horror shelf—I am a monster after all. Top of the food chain. Well, almost. Everybody keeps telling me that the vampires are on the top of the food chain and we pull a close second. Personally, I've met a couple vampires. Granted, they were drones and not born vampires, but still, I'm pretty sure they aren't above me on any food chain when it comes to monsterliness. I know it's not a word, but you know what I mean. There's no way on this earth that a drone could beat me in a fight. In fact, I've already killed two of them and they were warriors. I'm assuming that born vampires are much stronger because Dr Tim—who I really like by the way and hope to never fight—despite his hundreds of years of life, is also no match for my wolf.
I guess I should be grateful. If you ignore the insanity that brought me to this point and what that might mean for the future, things are pretty good. Though I can't decide if I'm in the eye of the hurricane or if it's just the lull before the storm. If we discount my own feelings at having learned of a whole world I never dreamed was real and my personal issues as to how I got there as being insignificant to the big picture, then I would guess it's the lull before the storm.
As unbelievable as becoming a shape shifter once felt, I've become accustomed to my animal spirit's voice. I call him my wolf, though it's much more than just one animal. I'm capable of becoming many different animals. The wolf was the first, then the black falcon. The animal spirit is one and many creatures at the same time. They are all the beast within.
Dr Tim Carlson, my family's—yes, I'm thinking of Andrew's family as my own, isn't that a shocker—doctor seems to have confirmed my status as the one and only living pureblood shifter. And as if that wasn't enough, my bloodline is not only pure, but also royal. Somewhere, Fate has to be just rolling on the floor, laughing her ass off. I mean really, a street brat nobody wants and now I'm royalty—me, of all people. Yeah, it's a mind fuck. I'm still getting used to it.
It seems as if I come by this crazy life naturally. My mother was seriously messed up and I think she must still be, if I understand what everyone's telling me. Somewhere out there in the wild, among the real animals, my parents are alive and living as beasts. Mommy dearest couldn't live with her broken heart after her vampire lover died. But because her mate was a vampire and not another shifter, she couldn't bond fully with him and therefore wasn't allowed death after a single animal lifetime. I guess even the love of a child wasn't enough for her because she abandoned me like yesterday's trash in a world she had to have known I might never survive. But who knows how much of her mind is still human. She's lived as an animal for over three hundred years, since the beginning of the war between shifters and vampires. I can't judge her for her love. If knowing that my love for Andrew would start a war, would I continue to love him? Without any doubt or hesitation, my answer is yes. Simply because my love for him isn't really a choice. I just do. Not saying I want to start wars or anything, but I refuse to give him up for any reason. I guess that makes me selfish, but I won't apologize for having love in my life. After growing up the way I did, without so much as a caring parent, I think I deserve whatever love I can find, and Andrew is one of a kind and he's all mine.
With a deep breath, I reached down into the bowl beside me, scooping up some water to add to my clay; the consistency still wasn't right.
"Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference." I mumbled the mantra which has become a truism in my life. "What can I possibly change?" I know I can't change who my biological parents are, so I need to come to terms with this royal pureblood thing. I can't control other's reactions to who or what I am, but I don't want some stupid title to come back and bite me in the ass. Ultimately, the only thing I can control is myself. Beyond that, I may be able to influence those around me, hopefully in a positive manner. Even a royal pureblood only has so much power in a world where vampires rule and the one holding Andrew's life in his hands—Stephon.
I looked up and there was Andrew coming toward me from across the meadow, the warm fall sun making his golden skin glow. He wore a cowboy hat, the rim casting a shadow over his eyes. His powerful arms bare, the sleeveless western shirt only half buttoned, worn dusty blue jeans riding low on his hips, hugging his body in all the right places, the man's a vision.
He must have finished his chores at the ranch, and here I'm still sitting with the same pile of clay I've had since before he left a couple hours ago. I looked about me and shook my head at what little I had done. The sun was already sitting low over the horizon and it was apparent the day had slipped away from me. I hoped he'd gotten more done than I had.
Missed you, Leannan. His voice, soft as velvet, was like a caress as I heard it in my mind. He always called me that, Leannan—beloved.
The sound of his voice, even if just in my mind, settled my restless thoughts. Andrew was ruggedly handsome. His high cheek bones and straight nose hinted at some Native American blood, but the way he spoke with just a touch of an Irish lilt and those deep blue eyes indicated he descended from the Emerald Isle. He came around the table and I found myself surrounded by him. Just being there in his arms calmed me. I couldn't let anyone hurt him, but since there was no way to prevent the future consequences of my past actions, we'd just have ride things out and hope for the best.
Not going to happen. I'm not going anywhere and we are united. Not even Stephon can change that now.
I felt a mental zing shoot through Andrew's mind. It'd been happening more often than I liked. This is our time. There is time for us to deal with him later. It isn't a problem right now and I want our time to be ours. Andrew's voice eased the raw edge developing in my mind. I knew from the memories Andrew had passed to me in our bonding that the mental sting was Stephon calling. And the more Andrew ignored him, the more persistent the vampire would become in his mental demands—the more painful the contact.
"He's not going away." I leaned back against Andrew's chest.
"No. I'm afraid he's as permanent a fixture in my life as my parents are. The only difference is Mom picks up the phone when she wants to talk to me and Stephon… well, he reaches out and touches my mind." Andrew kissed the top of my head.
"I hate it. Nobody should touch you—any part of you—but me!" My wolf growled at the irritation caused by Stephon's presence in our lives. I was growing to hate the vampire and the hold he had on my mate more and more each day.
"I know, but he has always had a hold of a corner of my mind. It's just the way things are. Maybe if we can convince Stephon to release me, then who knows… you may end up being the only one in my mind. To be honest, I don't even know if the mental bond is possible to break. It's been there since shortly after my birth."
"I don't have to like it though. It pisses my wolf off and I guess I've gotten possessive. You belong to me and I belong to you. No one else should have a part of you." My wolf snarled, I held him back from mentally sniffing around in Andrew's mind. He wanted to hunt down the bond between Andrew and the vampire and shred it. I was afraid of what that might do to Andrew so I forced the wolf to wait.
"Come on, let's get you cleaned up. We have company coming." Andrew gave me a squeeze before releasing me.
"Are we even remotely ready for this?" I whispered with a slight shake of my head.
"We may not be ready, but we're strong. You can't anticipate everything. Ultimately, we don't know how people are going to react, but together we can face anything. And you know I'll never leave you." Andrew took my hand, tugging me up onto my feet.
"Okay."
Andrew glanced down at the red clay that now clung to his arms and hands. "I think we both need to get cleaned up." Sighing, I followed him into the cottage.
I let Andrew lead me through the house to the bathroom. I stared as he stripped out of his clothes and stepped into the shower. My own actions seemed sluggish by comparison, as if the thoughts weighing on my mind slowed my limbs as well, but I did eventually make it, stepping into the hot spray. I just wished I could focus my attention to the beautiful, golden-skinned god before me, but knowing someone wanted you dead was a real buzzkill. Andrew pulled me in front of him and began to wash the red clay from my hands and arms, pressing himself against my back. By the time he dragged his hands across my chest, the combination of the slick soap and hot water, along with Andrew's touch and scent had the blood pooling in my groin. Any thought not centered on him vanished from my mind.
Andrew's hand rubbed across my stomach, down to my groin and he took hold of the base of my cock. I couldn't have kept the groan from escaping my lips if I wanted to. Andrew ran his hands up my sides to my arms, guiding them up and around his neck.
Hold on to me. His mental voice whispered in my mind. I obeyed, one hand cradling the back of his neck, while the fingers of the other buried themselves in his thick hair. My knees felt like rubber as his hands stroked back down over my arms and to my pecs, stopping to tease my nipples. I widened my stance, allowing his cock to slip between my thighs. Andrew groaned, my balls bumping him as he ground himself against my ass.
"Andrew," I gasped, my breath catching with each twist of my nips, his touch was like an electrical current, lighting up my body. His desire burned through our bond, his fingers tingling as he caressed my slick wet skin. Turning my head to the side, I stretched for his kiss. He didn't disappoint, his lips lightly gliding across mine, brushing gently back and forth. My tongue slipped past his lips and I tasted him—so masculine, with a touch of coffee he must have had while at the ranch—tantalizing my taste buds. Taking my mouth, he plundered it, sinking his tongue deep, demanding my response.
A growl rumbled inside him. The vibrations from his chest tingled across my back, making me arch into him, pushing my hips back against his. He shifted his hold, one arm across my chest, the hairs on his forearm brushing against the sensitized flesh of my nipples as his other hand slid along my abdomen. When he reached the short curls on my groin, his fingers moved in slow circles amongst the hairs, teasing and enticing me. His touch was so gentle, yet it held such passion, driving all thoughts from my mind, along with the air from my lungs.
"An-Andrew!" I cried out as he released my lips and I felt his teeth nipping at my jaw. I instinctively tilted my head to the side, giving him more room. I loved the feeling of his lips on my neck.
"You're so strong." Andrew bit down on my neck, not breaking the skin, but hard enough to feel the burn as he released and licked at the abused flesh. "Thinking… you're always thinking. That brain of yours only slows down when I've got you like this. You work yourself into circles, vacillating between the things you don't know and the things you fear." The pinch of pain behind my ear and the feeling of his hand tightly gripping my erection had me digging my fingernails into his skin. My hips thrust my cock forward into his grip, while his own rubbed between my ass cheeks.
"Please Andrew… I need…" I begged incoherently, as I humped at his fist.
"I know what you're thinking. Your wolf's getting all protective of me… of our family." My knees quaked, I could barely stand as my balls began to tighten and draw up. Andrew felt it too. He took a firm grip at the base of my cock and squeezed, not letting me come.
"Ahhh—" I screamed, being denied my release.
"Not yet. I'm not finished with you," he whispered and nibbled on my ear. My arms quaked as shivers of my denied release flowed through my body. "You don't seem to understand love. You've been alone so long, I guess it makes sense that love would be a mystery to you. But I'm going to love on you until you get it."
As the trembling from my denied orgasm slowed to a simmer, Andrew began to stroke my erection again. His tight fist slid down the length then slowly back up to circle the glans, fisting the head with a twist of his rough callused hand. I swear I could feel each groove and line on his work-hardened skin as he stoked the fires of my passion. "We are one. That means whatever's coming, it isn't just you who has to face it. You. Are. Not. Alone." He punctuated each word with a tug on my shaft and a nip to my neck that I was sure would bring up a bruise.
"Andrew…" I panted, my lust rising, the thrust of my hips becoming erratic.
"Say it, Leannan. I need to know you understand."
"Say…" I shook my head, understanding coming slowly through the haze of need. He expected an answer from my lust-fuzzed brain.
"Lance, lean on me. Together we're strong and we can be anything. You just have to let me help. Stop trying to take on the world alone."
"God, Andrew… I can't think when you're…" His attentions had my body feeling like it was turning into Jell-O. I leaned back into his arms, knowing he wouldn't let me fall. My brain was mush, but I could feel his underlying need.
"That's it. Trust me. I'll always be here to catch you." Andrew growled his approval as my body automatically understood and gave my mate what he needed. I'd forgotten—he was the alpha, my big strong man who needed to take care of me just as much as I wanted to take care of him.
"Please, Andrew…" I gasped. How stupid, to be working on plans to keep us alive, but not tell him. Of course he knew what I'd been doing because of our mental connection. He could hear me mulling over the issues and my self-doubt.
"You need to understand, Lance. It isn't just you anymore. We're in this together and you need to talk to me."
"Yes. I trust you." My words, barely panted, seemed to ease the frustration I could feel coming off him in waves. "Love you. Need only you."
He began to jack me in earnest, playing with my balls as he did. I rocked my head from side to side on his shoulder, trying to hold off my orgasm, knowing I needed to wait for him to let me come. Andrew required my obedience, my submission, and I gave it willingly… gratefully. I craved his control, his power over me. It centered me as nothing else could. I wanted him to make the decisions—not because I couldn't, or was afraid to—but because some part of me desired to be cared for, coddled even. Andrew wanted to take care of me, and I needed to let him do it.
"Come now," Andrew growled, as his teeth sank into the flesh of my shoulder.
"Andrew," I screamed as the overwhelming bliss of my orgasm rocked my body and cum shot over his hand and the shower wall. Andrew howled. He released my shoulder and pulled back just a little, allowing his hot spunk to cover my back. His breath sent aftershocks through my body as he milked every drop from my softening cock. Never once did his hold on me waver, or was I afraid that passion would rob him of his feet. He was my rock, so steady and sure. I understood.
I love you so much. Even my mental voice sounded soft and sated. I felt Andrew's deep chuckle against my back, in the very core of my body.
You are my life. So share it with me. He kissed my temple and with a free hand grabbed the body wash from a shelf in the shower. I turned in his arms as a soapy cloth slid along my skin removing the remnants of our loving. By the time my muscles were beginning to obey my commands again, Andrew was gently leading me from the shower and wrapping a towel around me. He vigorously rubbed the moisture from my body before seeing to his own needs.
"Tim called while I was at the ranch. He's gathered the vassals and they're coming to meet you."
"Great… just what I need… more vampires." I couldn't prevent the troubled sigh that escaped me.
"I won't let anything happen to you. Tim says he trusts these two and it's important for us to have some support from the vampires. Have a little faith." Andrew handed me a comb before heading to the bedroom for some clothes.
He was right. We needed the vampires. The more support we could gather, the better. But faith in others was hard for me to give, even with Andrew guiding the way. After a lifetime of rejection and abandonment, trust wasn't handed out lightly.

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I hope you enjoyed this piece of A Royal Bind. Wishing you Love and Butterflies,

Sui Lynn~~




Sunday, September 2, 2012

Review: Razor's Edge


Razor's Edge
Razor's Edge by Lisanne Norman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Okay liked this book better than the last. You get more of the relationship between Kaid's father and his Leska link as well as their third Jo. There's still a lot of political stuff going on that drags the story down, but things are starting to heat up and towards the end events are really rolling. Things have gotten better between Carrie and Kaid (wanted to shake that boy for awhile). And I would have liked to see more of the relationship between Kaid and Kusak. I felt a bit short changed there as even though they could be lovers, the author shied away from it at the last minute. Shame on you author for not following through with what sword brothers really are.

All and all, it was a good book with a cliff hanger ending. The beginning drags a bit but pics up speed and interest towards the end.



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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Review: Fire Margins


Fire Margins
Fire Margins by Lisanne Norman

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



There was a lot of world building in this book. I didn't enjoy it as much as the first ones in the series. It was more about the politics and religion that formed the world than the interpersonal relationships of the characters. It was hard to keep focus and there are sections that it took everything I had to keep reading. The story line is great but I could have done without all the unnecessary politics. It slowed down the story and really drew me away from the characters I've grown to love. Still a good story and I'm still going to read the next book but I hope it moves better than this one or I'll be skipping ahead from sheer annoyance.



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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

My Friend JR Loveless is running a contest! Check it Out!



Greetings Loved Ones!

As a way to celebrate her upcoming trip to Tennessee and her newest upcoming novel, His Salvation, and to mix up the ordinary, JR Loveless is going to have a bit of a contest between now and September 1st. All you have to do to enter is 'LIKE' her author FaceBook Page J.R. Loveless FaceBook Page . How easy is that!? Just click the link and then click on LIKE. ^.^  The easiest contest in the world right?

Want to know what the prize will be? Well why don't you decide on that? You can choose from:

  • A cell phone charm - your choice of charm (cowboy hat, snowflake, unicorn or feather) and color. *Refer to previous posts to see charms*
  • A pair of custom handmade (by yours truly) earrings - your choice of charms (cowboy hat, snowflake, unicorn or feather) and color. *These will be made with glass beads of your color choice and the charm of your choice. Similar to the cell phone charms except doubled with earring wires*
  • A J.R. Loveless poster featuring the hot silhouette of a gorgeous man. ;) 
  • A beige canvas tote bag with the J.R. Loveless book cover of your choice ironed on.
  • A handmade Bottle Cap Necklace with the J.R. Loveless book cover of your choice
  • OR!   Your choice of any eBook copy of one of my novels! 
Now how many authors give that sort of choice? :)  So hurry over to her page on FaceBook and click on Like now for your entry into the contest! Link: http://www.facebook.com/authorjrloveless

Saturday, September 2nd, she will choose the winner and notify by mail.*NOTE*: As she's leaving September 4th for her retreat to Tennessee and will not be returning home until September 10th, she won't be shipping any of the physical prizes out until after returning. If you choose the eBook copy you will receive your prize immediately.

Happy 'Liking', everyone! :D



Sunday, August 12, 2012

Review: Fang Tango


Fang Tango
Fang Tango by Astrid Cooper

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Another excellent volume in the Monsters Ink series. I really love this series and the editing was better in this volume than I've seen in the past. I found the idea of a kangaroo shifter priceless and loved every minute of the building love between Radan and Andrew. I have to admit, I didn't expect Andrews issues or the reasons for them. It was a nice twist. I can't wait to get the next volume. If you are looking for a good paranormal story where the characters are out of the ordinary, their issues are heart felt and honest, then I whole heartedly recommend Monsters InK.



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Saturday, August 11, 2012

A Royal Bind - Changing Moon 2

Greetings Loved ones,

I'm so excited! I got my artwork for A Royal Bind today. Reese Dante really did a wonderful job. I'm thrilled and I think the models are very handsome. It is available for pre-sale now and will be released September 15, 2012.

Here's the blurb for the story. I'm in the middle of edits on this work now, so as soon as I am able to post an excerpt I'll have one up and ready for you. 

Blurb:

Lance Fitz and Andrew Reed are a mated pureblood shifter pair. But being mated does not mean all their problems are solved. Assassins are trying to kill Lance and there are so any suspects the enemy could be friend or foe.

Lance wants to free Andrew from his master vampire, Stephon. Andrew thinks of the vampire as family, but when Stephon mentally attacks, Lance wants to rip the vampire apart. As he defends his lover and new family from the vampire's vicious assault, he vows to free them all.

Will the pair be able to free Andrew before they are attacked again?

Who knows what can happen under a changing moon.

Wishing you love and butterflies,
Sui Lynn~~

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Review: A Lion's Heart


A Lion's  Heart
A Lion's Heart by Crymsyn Hart

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



This was a different take on both 'demigod' books and shape shifters. I really enjoyed it. The characters are well written and even though I'd have liked a bit more depth or understanding in why Ra was so against their relationship it was still a good story. It seemed a bit superficial that Ra is so angry and forcefully against the relationship. There is a hint that it might have been jealousy but nothing is ever really gone into great detail. The story is told from the point of view of Reseph and as the human in the relationship and a priest to his god, he doesn't seem to question his gods motives too much.

I think it could have been fleshed out a bit more, but for a short story, it was very good. I enjoyed it a lot.



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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Review: Rock Hard


Rock Hard
Rock Hard by Vona Logan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



This is a great short story. Aidan and Matt are truly hot together and I can't wait to read more. Vona Logan succeeds in having a well paced short story that starts the reader off, literally hanging on a cliff and ends in a satisfying warm feeling of happily ever after. It could have been longer and it moves a little fast, but then it's a short story and I've grown to expect that in a short story format.

I'm looking forward to some great reads from this author in the future.



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Monday, June 18, 2012

Review: A Cat on a Hot Tin Roof


A Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
A Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Astrid Cooper

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I so love this series. The story line is unique but still has that 'love at first sight' and 'forever mates' true love that I adore. In my opinion this author far outclasses many out there writing similar stories with much less care and skill.

There are no cookie cutter characters here. They are strong men with issues and needs. They grow and care, healing each other along the way. I have to say Monsters InK is one of my favorite series and I am eager to read the next installment.

Well done!



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