Thursday, February 25, 2016

Dark Devotion : Out Now

Beneath Rhys’s skin lies a legendary and feared beast. Rhys is tormented by his daily struggle to contain the ruthless, cold-blooded creature sharing his body. But when his best friend Galen disappears, Rhys’s careful restraint and self-control are finally broken. Fueled with a desire to find Galen, Rhys strikes an unlikely alliance with the only god who knows the truth about his dark past.

Taer has found her revenge, yet she’s still not happy. There’s something missing from her life, but still she fights what her heart is telling her. It’s only when the incredibly infuriating and dangerously sexy Aubrey goes missing that she can admit her true feelings for him. Taer’s racing against time to rescue Aubrey, but when will she finally allow him into her heart?

Perfect for fans of Gina Showalter and Patricia Briggs.

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Other titles in this series:

Dark Deceit (book #1) 
Dark Desire (book #2)

About Lauren

Born in South Africa and raised in Sydney, Lauren Dawes is an urban fantasy/paranormal romance writer and the author of the Dark Series.

In 2009, she quit her full-time job teaching English as a Second Language to finally begin writing “that book”, letting her over-active imagination pour out onto the digital pages, much to everyone’s horror. The catch phrase “I didn’t know you had such a dark imagination” only fueled her to write more, where her love for Norse mythology and gods finally got the spotlight.

She currently lives with her husband and daughter in whatever city they happen to be posted to, and her cat, Oscar, who has inspired more than one character quirk or scene in her books.

To find out more, visit

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Just FYI...

In four short days, Dark Devotion - book 3 in the Dark Series - will be released. I cannot tell you how excited I am about this book. The entire series was a complete labor of love, and although I wanted to throw in the towel sometimes, I'm glad I pushed through with my characters and their story.

If you haven't read the first book in the series to see where it all started, you're in luck! Dark Deceit is currently free on Amazon. To get your copy click here. 

If you have read Dark Deceit, I'd love to hear from you. Reviews are an authors bread and butter. Without them, people would probably not take a chance on our books and read them.

You review doesn't have to be long, it just needs to be honest and constructive. If you didn't like something about the book (POV changes/characterization/writing style), that's okay. Writing this in a review in a constructive way will give potential readers a heads-up; they can make their minds up from there. 

If you loved Dark Deceit and want to find out what happens next, Dark Desire is on sale via for 0.99c also.

And don't forget you can still pre-order Dark Devotion
Some of my other titles include:

Half Blood Series

Half Blood
Half Truths
Half Life
Half Cast (coming soon)

#werewolves #PNR #vampires #alphamales #urbanfantasy

#DarkDevotion : Coming Soon - Teaser #10

Monday, February 15, 2016

Currently free on Amazon

Book Review: "Ashes and Bone" by Stacy Green

Just when Jaymee Ballard’s life seems to be on track, a massive derecho attacks the Delta Crossroads sowing destruction in its path. Her boyfriend, investigative journalist Nick Samuels, comes up missing, and she fears the worst.

Nick’s abandoned car contains evidence of his involvement uncovering a controversial case mired in political power and greed. While her friend and local detective, Cage Foster, heads up the inquiry into Nick’s kidnapping, Jaymee finds it impossible to sit back and do nothing.

Enlisting the help of her best friend, Dani Evans, Jaymee discovers a trail leading to the dangerous and secretive Dixie Mafia. Facing a fraudulent Confederate artifact scheme, dark local history, and a powerful enemy lurking in the shadows, the two friends find themselves holding the key to not only Nick’s disappearance, but a shameful town secret someone will kill to protect.

Genre: Psychological Thriller
Length: 306 pages

This is the final book in Green’s Delta Crossroads Trilogy, and just like the first two books, Ashes and Bone doesn’t disappoint. Right from the beginning, the reader is sucked into the world Green has created. In this story, all the main players are brought back into play, working together to follow the trail of breadcrumbs left behind by Jaymee’s boyfriend, Nick Samuals. His disappearance may have seemed random at first, but the more Jaymee digs, the more she finds out about the story Nick had been chasing.

As always, Green’s love of history and the south comes through in her books. The amount of detail and dedication to getting all those little features historically correct means that the reader can see just how much research she has put into her book. I found that the more I read, the more I was trying to guess which suspects were guilty and which were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Green weaves a seamless tale, and it’s her characters that carry it forward and help it to develop, help it to become believable. The only thing that detracted from the story for me was the number of characters. Sometimes I found it difficult keeping up with who’s who as the tangled web of intrigued slowly unravels. 

The plot is really well-paced, with no part of it that could be considered either too fast or too slow. Green keeps the reader in suspense, letting more and more details of the backstory trickle into the storyline, keeping you guessing with clues and red herrings to lead you to draw one conclusion when it’s really another.

I’d highly recommend this book to anyone who loves suspense novels with just a hint of love and romance thrown in. Green’s characters are well-rounded, the world she creates is enchanting and the overall plotlines of all three books will keep you guessing.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Book Review: Into the Fire by Claire Boston

Piper Atkinson uses the truth as a weapon, but her latest interview candidate is more than just a headline.

Piper wants to be the kind of journalist who makes people sit up and take notice of the issues, and in Houston, Texas, there are plenty to go around. In the city's high-end restaurant world, reclusive Native American chef Taima Woods is discussed in reverential whispers, so when the opportunity to interview him arrives, Piper jumps at it.

But getting to Tai is tougher than she expected. He has a deep mistrust of reporters, and a private life he'd prefer to keep hidden. There are two passions in Tai's life – his cooking and his tribe – and he means to keep it that way. But the closer Tai gets to Piper, the closer he comes to conceding a third.

Through Tai, Piper discovers a world she knew nothing about – a damaged and ostracized community in need of a voice. But the more Piper wants to help them, the more Tai understands that to love Piper is to turn his back on his people. ​

Will Tai reject the one woman who's ever understood him? Or can Piper show him that hardening his heart helps no one?

This was the first book I’ve read by Claire Boston, and when I finished it, I wondered why I’d been hiding under that rock for so long. “Into the Fire” is a contemporary romance with substance, with a message and it is delivered beautifully.

It’s told from the point of view of Piper—a truth-seeking force of nature determined to make the world a better place through her writing—and Tai—a reclusive chef who works tirelessly both in and out of the kitchen. Although they come from completely different worlds, their story—their love—comes from their mutual desire to make the world a better place. 

Both of these characters, along with their long-standing supporting characters, were well-rounded, likeable and insightful. They aren’t your cookie-cutter characters that could be found in any number of contemporary romance books; rather they had their flaws and their baggage, and they have their struggles to overcome preconceived notions and prejudices. 

Boston’s writing style is very easy to read, and I found that I didn’t want to put my kindle down at all. If I’d been able, I would have stayed up and read the whole thing in one hit. It was clear from the story that Boston has done a lot of research into the culture she was focusing on, and she touched on the sensitive issues carefully and respectfully. 

I’m the kind of reader who likes to have a little more detail when it comes to the more intimate scenes so that was one thing that I found lacking in Into the Fire, but in saying that, there are plenty of people out there who don’t want to read every detail, but rather want to use their imaginations instead. 

After I finished reading, I decided that I would have to get the first three books in the series and catch up on what I’ve been missing. This really is a story that grabs you by the lapels of your leather jacket and pulls you onto the back of Tai’s motorcycle.

“Into the Fire” is a great read, especially if you like authors like Brandi Kennedy and Colleen Hoover.

About Claire... 

Claire Boston was a voracious reader as a child, devouring anything by Enid Blyton as well as series such as Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, The Baby-sitters Club and Sweet Valley High. Then one school holidays when she’d run out of books to read her mother handed her Hot Ice by Nora Roberts and Claire instantly fell in love with romance novels.

The love of reading soon turned to a love of writing and she struggled to keep within the 1500 word limit set by her teachers for her creative writing assignments. When she finally decided to become serious about her stories she joined Romance Writers of Australia, found her wonderful critique group and hasn’t looked back.

When Claire’s not reading or writing she can be found in the garden attempting to grow vegetables, or racing around a vintage motocross track. If she can convince anyone to play with her, she also enjoys cards and board games.

Claire lives in Western Australia, just south of Perth, with her husband, who loves even her most annoying quirks, and her two grubby but adorable Australian bulldog.

Claire loves to hear from her readers. You can find her at her website, on Twitter, @clairebauthor and on Facebook You can also join her reader group at