#Review: Tell Me a Story, by @TamaraLush

Title: Tell Me a Story (The Story episode #1)
Author: Tamara Lush
Rating: 4/5 stars

A flirtatious reading of erotica blossoms into something deep and tender in the steamy Florida heat…

Tell Me a Story…

Emma, a free-spirited bookstore owner in Orlando, keeps her business afloat with innovative ideas. Her most popular evening event is Story Brothel, where customers can pay writers to read aloud to them in a story-time for two, complete with cocktails. Despite the name, the event is usually tame. But things take a steamy turn when a handsome, urbane businessman hires Emma for a session in a private cabana. Daringly, she shares with him a reading of her erotica. Soon both of them are feeling the effects … and Emma’s wondering what kind of lover is underneath his expensive suit.

Caleb may be a billionaire real estate mogul, but he’s never been captivated by a woman as he is by the lovely, quirky Emma. Her rockabilly vintage dresses make him long to strip them off and do very wicked things to her. And her refusal to share her personal life only makes him more curious.

Soon the couple are spending every available moment together. But Emma’s building is in danger of being razed out from under her bookstore … and worse, Caleb may be behind her problems. Can she trust him with her life as she does with her body? Or will the prickly walls built during her harsh past keep them apart? (description from Goodreads)

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Tell Me a Story is the first episode in a five part serial. It’s been awhile since I’ve wanted to read a serial novel, and I’m glad I did. This one’s only five installments, and each are a reasonable length. Both are a plus. Along with them all being released at the time I discovered them helped even more.

Like most serials, there wasn’t too much character development in the grand scheme of things here. This aides in my wanting to continue onto the next episodes. There was just enough to get into Emma’s head and start to enjoy her. On the other hand Caleb is still very mysterious and has most to reveal later on. I’m still on the fence about him, as I’m sure the reader should be.

As for the story itself, I’m even more intrigued after reading it than I was starting. The story brothel event at Emma’s bookstore was a fun idea. I really like how that’s worked into the story outside the bookstore, too. I also thought it was great that the author didn’t make the bookstore life out to be glamorous, as I’ve seen done elsewhere. Emma’s facing real-world problems as a business owner and there are big consequences. Lush was able to bring a lot out in episode one, even if a few elements may have hurt because of this. That’s what the rest of the serial is for, after all.

I’m looking forward to reading more about Emma and Caleb. I’m also crossing my fingers a certain other set of characters gets their own story in the future.

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If you’d like to read this installment of the serial, you can find it (at time of posting) on:

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You can grab the complete 5-part serial novel on:

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About the Author:

Tamara Lush was born in California and raised in Vermont. She graduated from Emerson College in Boston with a degree in journalism. For her entire adult life, she’s worked as a reporter and is currently an award-winning correspondent in Florida with The Associated Press. She lives with her Italian husband and two bad dogs near the beach.

She was recently chosen as one of 24 writers for the Amtrak Residency program, and in 2017, she’ll be riding trains and writing romance novels.

Her most recent novel, a five-episode serial called TELL ME A STORY, has “an engaging voice, sexy heroes and heroines and a wry sense of humor,” according to New York Times bestselling author Beth Kery.

Tamara is a fan of vintage pulp fiction book covers, Sinatra-era jazz, 1980s fashion, tropical chill, kombucha, gin, tonic, beaches, iPhone photography, Art Deco, telenovelas, coloring books, street art, coconut anything, strong coffee and newspapers.

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$0.99 SALE: Tell me a Story, by @TamaraLush

Today until Wednesday (June 7th) you can grab the complete Tell Me a Story collection by Tamara Lush on sale. It was a originally a 5 part serial, but now you can grab it as a fully collected ebook and it’s only $0.99 for a few more days! What a deal?

I first heard about Tamara on a recent Smart Bitches podcast episode, and I’m glad I found her work. A recommendation from the women who run Smart Bitches is enough for me, but if you need more of a push, I’m halfway through the first installment of this serial now and really enjoying it. Can’t wait to see where it goes after this.

Now you’d probably like to know more about the book and where to get it, right? Well, continue on in this post to find out. Happy reading!

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A flirtatious reading of erotica blossoms into something deep and tender in the steamy Florida heat…

Pages turn and sparks fly when Emma, a bookstore owner and writer, meets a mysterious wealthy developer named Caleb at a literary event in Orlando. Daringly, she shares with him a reading of her erotica. Soon both of them are feeling the effects … and Emma’s wondering what kind of lover is underneath Caleb’s expensive suit. Soon the couple are spending every available moment together. Can she trust him with her life as she does with her body? Or will the prickly walls built during her harsh past keep them apart?

And what happens when their idyllic relationship faces the ultimate test?

This is the story of Emma and Caleb’s journey.

Tell Me a Story: The Complete Novel is a modern-day fairy tale of lust, love and temptation, and also of marriage, memory and destiny.

This is the boxed set of all FIVE e-book episodes: Tell Me a Story, Tell Me a Desire, Tell Me a Lie, Tell Me a Secret and Tell Me a Truth.

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Grab your copy of this book over on:

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About the Author:

Tamara Lush was born in California and raised in Vermont. She graduated from Emerson College in Boston with a degree in journalism. For her entire adult life, she’s worked as a reporter and is currently an award-winning correspondent in Florida with The Associated Press. She lives with her Italian husband and two bad dogs near the beach.

She was recently chosen as one of 24 writers for the Amtrak Residency program, and in 2017, she’ll be riding trains and writing romance novels.

Her most recent novel, a five-episode serial called TELL ME A STORY, has “an engaging voice, sexy heroes and heroines and a wry sense of humor,” according to New York Times bestselling author Beth Kery.

Tamara is a fan of vintage pulp fiction book covers, Sinatra-era jazz, 1980s fashion, tropical chill, kombucha, gin, tonic, beaches, iPhone photography, Art Deco, telenovelas, coloring books, street art, coconut anything, strong coffee and newspapers.

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#NewRelease: The Devil’s Host MC, by @ShariSlade

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When a big scary biker shows up at Jimmy’s Diner fifteen minutes before the end of my shift—covered in tattoos and looking at me like I’m on the menu—I should flip the open sign to closed.

But I don’t.

I’m too used to doing what I’ve been told. Too used to working and struggling and surviving to do anything different. A closed sign wouldn’t stop him anyway. He’s here to collect a debt. And I’m the only one left to pay.

Meet the dangerous enforcer of The Devil’s Host MC in this complete bundle!

Includes the following previously published installments:
Ride Me Hard
Break Me In
Drive Me Wild
Hold Me Down

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You can grab a copy of this book from

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About the Author:

Shari Slade

Shari Slade is the USA Today bestselling author of sexy new adult and rock star romance. She’s a snarky optimist. A would-be academic with big dreams and very little means. When she isn’t toiling away in the non-profit sector, she’s writing gritty stories about identity and people who make terrible choices in the name of love (or lust). Somehow, it all works out in the end. If she had a patronus it would be a platypus.

Frequently found in a blanket fort, you can also find her contributing at Wonkomance, on twitter, facebook, or tumblr. For new release updates, sign up for the newsletter.

#NewRelease – @Chel_C_Cam’s Deep Surrendering serial is complete!

It’s been a long journey, but it’s coming to an end. Here’s the twelfth episode of Chelsea M. Cameron’s first serial, Deep Surrendering! I’ve linked each episode below, as well, for anyone who still need to grab some episodes. And for those looking to start from the beginning, the first episode is currently free. Great way to start if you ask me.

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Deep Surrendering Episode 12

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Fin and Marisol have been through hell and back. It’s time to start their happily ever after. But will everything finally fall into place for the couple? Or will the challenge of combining two separate lives be too much?

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Here’s the latest, and last episode of Deep Surrendering, episode twelve:

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Episodes 1-11 can be found at the following:

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About the Author:

Chelsea M CameronChelsea M. Cameron is a YA/NA New York Times/USA Today Best Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world’s worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.

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#Review: Heartless (Episode 1), by @RealJSterling

Heartless Ep 1Title: Heartless (Episode 1 of 3)
Author: J. Sterling
Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Elizabeth Lyons has one rule for herself: No Distractions.

No distractions basically translates into No Men; which definitely means HELL NO when it comes to Daniel Alexander.

After a chance meeting at a professional function Daniel is not interested in letting Elizabeth go. No matter how much Elizabeth tries to stay away from Daniel, he’s not the kind of guy who lets something he wants walk out of his life. The question is, will she let him catch her?

This is a SERIAL ROMANCE told over 3 episodes. The first episode is approximately a 90-minute read. (description from Goodreads)

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Because this is the first of three episodes for Sterling’s Heartless serial, what the reader gets in this installment isn’t a full story. Though, to the author’s credit, she was able to bring the story to a good cutoff point. There’s enough in this episode to hook the reader and to be interested in continuing. I don’t feel like it was an abrupt cut, like I’ve found in many other serials. I’ll be one of the readers grabbing the next installment when it’s released.

I enjoyed Elizabeth’s voice and her character. She’s strong and knows what she wants. She also knows what she doesn’t want and is very conscious about her decisions. What threw me off in this story is the few sections that were from Daniel’s point of view. I don’t mind a dual POV story, sometimes this is the only way to get a better look at what’s going on. My issue was Daniel’s voice in his sections. When it was Elizabeth’s POV, she told the story as well as what she was thinking. For Daniel, I felt it was too much of him trying to convince the reader that he wasn’t a bad guy, and wasn’t trying to get into her pants. At this point of the story, this didn’t add anything to the story. It only threw me out of the flow Elizabeth had set up. Daniel wasn’t saying anything that we didn’t see from Elizabeth’s POV. If his POV did more to drive the story forward, I could excuse his obsession with getting us to think he’s good, even though he admits he’s thinking with the wrong head for the most part.

I’m hoping that in the next episode, Daniel’s attitude will tone down a bit, and we’ll get to see who he actually is and whether or not he has more in mind than having sex with this woman he just met. Either that, or just less of Daniel’s POV and sticking to Elizabeth where I felt the story had more strength.

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You can grab a copy of this first episode of Heartless from:

Amazon | Kobo | B&N

Coming Soon…

Episode 2 – 10/27/14

Episode 3 – 11/03/14

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About the Author:

I got fired from my last job. It’s true. I know you’re sitting there thinking “Jenn, how could anyone in their right mind fire someone as amazing and awesome as you???” And i’d love to give you a good reason, but the truth is- being this awesome is clearly very scary to other less awesome people.

So I said screw them and started writing my first book. And you know what I realized? Writing books that mean something to me is a million times better than working for my ass off for someone who doesn’t really care about anything other than the bottom line.

My soul feels more satisfied.
My heart, more full.

So thank you for reading, loving and recommending the stories I write.
I appreciate it more than you know. 🙂

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#Review: Life After – Episode 1, by @JJHoldenWrites

LA- Ep 1Title: Life After – Episode 1 (of 20)
Author: JJ Holden
Rating: 4/5 stars

“Note: This is the first episode of Life After.

The ultimate fight against an American dictatorship is about to begin…

Following a civil war that left the United States in ruins, the remaining few who managed to escape the Imperialistic Army and the horrors of their death camps must unite and fight to reclaim their country.” (description from Goodreads)

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I’m not a reader who always jumps at the idea of a serial novel, but at times I do. Life After sounded like a good concept that could work for the serial form, so I took a chance with the first episode.

For being about 7k words long, I feel that the author was able to establish just enough of the world and a few characters to keep me intrigued to keep going in the novel. So far it doesn’t sound like there’s much to call unique about the story compared to many of the dystopic, near future in America stories/novels out there, but I don’t have much to base a solid opinion on yet. It seems like a good start, and has the potential to expand into a great novel.

I’ll have to see if I can get my hands on episode two (or debate on getting one of the many bundles available) and see where this story goes.

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About the Author:

J.J Holden lives in a small cabin in the middle of nowhere. He spends his days studying the past, enjoying the present, and pondering the future.

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#NewRelease: Episode 2 of Deep Surrendering, by @Chel_C_Cam

Deep Surrendering Ep 2

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When Fin ran out on Marisol, leaving her naked on her couch, she swore she was done with him. There was no way she would forgive him, let alone see him again. But fate, or something else, had different ideas, and she ran into him again the very next day. 

Instead of hating his guts and wanting him to die, Marisol finds that’s she’s still attracted to Fin. She just can’t get him out of her system. Maybe if they had one night together? Just one night and she could get over him. But will that be enough?

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Want to grab a copy of this episode of Deep Surrendering? you can grab if from:

Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iTunes
(links will be added as book goes live in each store)

EPISODE ONE available at:

Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iTunes

Still haven’t jumped into the Surrendering Saga novels? The first two are out now!

Sweet Surrendering

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Surrendering to Us

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About the Author:

Chelsea M. Cameron is a YA/NA New York Times/USA Today Best Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world’s worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting (this one time, she was tweeted by Neil Gaiman). She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.

Her New Adult Contemporary Romance titles include My Favorite Mistake, which has been bought by Harlequin along with a sequel, Deeper We Fall and Faster We Burn (April 20, 2013)

Her Young Adult books include Nocturnal, Nightmare and Neither, the first three books in The Noctalis Chronicles. The fourth and final book, Neverend will be out in 2013. Whisper, the first in The Whisper Trilogy is also available, with the second book in the series, Silence and the final book, LIsten coming out in 2014.

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