All posts by Jo-Anna W

#REVIEW – Mister Manhattan by Alexandria Sure

My Thursday afternoon meeting was a no show. Imagine my surprise when a drenched, flustered brunette slipped into the booth across from me, acting like she was supposed to be there.

When she slipped back out with a snappy goodbye, I never thought I’d see her again.

Until I walked into my Friday morning meeting.

At first, I didn’t recognize her—she was dry this time. But from the look on her face, she recognized me.

When she gave the worst pitch I’ve ever sat through, I thought my boss, and mentor, was going to show her the door—except he accepts the proposal and tells me we have to work together.

I didn’t anticipate I would like her, let alone be interested in her. Sure, she was hot and sassy.

But something about her rubbed me the wrong way.

And yet I couldn’t stop thinking about her.

So, when she leaves the room and her phone chimes with a new text, I knew I wasn’t supposed to look.

I also knew I wasn’t supposed to cancel her date for later that evening.

And I definitely knew I wasn’t supposed to delete the entire exchange, so she had no idea what I’d done.

But I did. And then I showed up at the restaurant, pretending like this was all a big coincidence.

When the date is over, I want more. I need more.

We start pretend-dating because she needs practice, and I tell myself, New York’s most eligible billionaire bachelor, that this is just a bit of fun.

What could possibly go wrong?

This book. Ugh, I loved it so much! It’s sweet, funny and definitely what I needed. With everything going on in the world, this book took me out of the craziness of life, even if it was just for a couple of hours.
Jurnee (I love this name by the way) was in way over her head when she decided to move from Michigan to New York to set up a café. I totally understood her fear. New York is a whole other world compared to most cities. I loved how she wasn’t into pop culture or didn’t google people first. She was down to earth and definitely someone I could be friends with. She was real.
Anderson is definitely a hero you could fall in love with. He was patient with Jurnee and fell for her fast.
While they had an unexpected encounter originally after Jurnee thought he was someone else, feelings surfaced neither of them expected to have.
Although I haven’t read the rest of the books in this world or even if the originals, I didn’t feel like I was missing anything. Alexandria wrote it in such a way, that it made me want to go back and read the others so I could see how Graham and Soraya met. I also like Anderson’s friends and would love to see them get their own stories as well.
This is by far Alexandria’s best work to date and I’m honoured she let me read an early copy!

#Review – Stella (Extended Cut) by Emery LeeAnn & L.X. Deveraux

I’ve been planning my revenge for almost a year now.

I was thoroughly abused.
I was beaten and left for dead.
They made me their victim.


The culprits thought I was weak, but now they will meet their maker.

Not one of them will be left alive, even if I have to forfeit my own life in the process.

*Part 1 of Stella was released in Scream Queens Charity Anthology – it will be included in this extended cut*

If you like revenge movies, read this book. If you liked “I Spit On Your Grave”, read this book. While of course this book is quite different than that movie, it definitely had the same raw, brutal, disturbing feel. And it was just as detailed too! If not more so, since this involves reading and using your own imagination.

The first version of Stella was released in an anthology that I myself was in as well. It was horror themed and packed with quite the punch! Then Emery added more to Stella and included a co-author as well. I remember messaging her when I finished the first version, wanting more!

This book is a continuation of Stella and how she gets revenge on the four guys who wronged her. And holy moly, does she ever get revenge! I think I read the whole thing with my eyes wide open! I do think one of the guys got off too easy if you ask me but she still got her revenge like she wanted. Pick up the book today to find out how!

#Review – Here Lies a Saint: A Dark Bully Academy Romance by C.L. Matthews

Being rich is great until you become the saint of Arcadia.
Gentleman.
Charmer.
All-star.
They call me a saint, but if they knew the lies, the fallacies,
and what truths I hide, I’d be labeled a proclaimed sinner.
I lie, do all the bad deeds, especially if it does right by her.
She’s the darkness but also the light.
He’s my downfall but also my redemption.
Two opposites, but somehow everything I’ve fought for.
Earning her, saving him, it’s all I can think of.
Saint or sinner, I’ll win her.
Death or life, I’ll protect him.
Truth or lie, I’ll save them.
Arcadia isn’t prepared for the war its wrought.
Good thing I’m a fighter.
No one said I’d bow down to an unworthy king.

This series is insane! This book is insane! Just when I thought I knew what was happening and who was the bad guy and so on, boy was I wrong! I think the only person I trust is Colt.

When I started this series, I hadn’t read a lot of reverse harem type books. Maybe one or two but this series is hands down my favourite. And we still get three more books!

This is book 2 in the Here Lies Series and I definitely recommend reading the first book. I personally don’t think it should be read on it’s own, so grab book 1!

There is so much lies and deception in this book, it’s unreal! And can we talk about the hotness as well? I first started writing this review before I was completely done the book. I was actually going to say that book one has way more sexy times in it but…I think they’re both equal. There’s a scene close to the end of the book, in a woods that is beyond hot. CL Matthews definitely knows her way around a sex scene.

I find that the more questions that get answered, the more we’re left with unanswered questions just the same. Which I’m loving! There’s secrets, a kind of who-dunnit feel and you’re left not knowing who you can trust.

By the ending of the book, I was holding my breath through the last couple of chapters, trying to figure out what was going to happen and hoping for the best that nothing would happen to the characters I had fallen in love with.

Definitely an amazing read and I can’t wait for book 3!

#AuthorSpotlight – Daryl Banner

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself and which Twinsie do you know.

My name is Daryl Banner. I’m an author of primarily male/male romance, but I also write dystopian and fantasy fiction, and I’m also a composer. I know all the awesome Twinsies! 🙂

When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?

The ones that follow. It is a challenge to find new territory in an established series to explore that is both unexpected and new, yet familiar enough to not jar the readers.

What comes first? The plot or characters?

Characters! The plot is absolutely dependent on who is living the experience, and quite often changes in the process of fleshing out the story.

What author would you love to meet (Who is your unicorn author)?

Chuck Palahniuk

If you could ask that author three questions about their writing, writing process, or books, what would they be?

What was your most fulfilling writing experience? Which scene from one of your books still gives you chills when you think about its conception? Did you know in writing “Fight Club” that it would change the world?

What is harder? The blurb writing, naming the book, or naming the series?

Blurb writing is often the biggest struggle, though honestly all three of these things have given me substantial heartache. lol

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

The first time another author read one of my books and gushed over it. It was the amazing Madeline Sheehan, and the book was The Beautiful Dead.

What is your definition of success?

Feeling okay when everything is not okay 🙂

What are your social links?

“www.facebook.com/darylbannerwriter www.twitter.com/darylbanner www.instagram.com/darylbanner www.bookbub.com/authors/daryl-banner”

What are your buy links?

www.amazon.com/author/darylbanner

#AuthorSpotlight – Stefanie Spangler

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself and which Twinsie do you know.

My name is Stefanie Spangler, and I am the author of Dark Designs. Dee is my favorite Twinsie.

When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?

I know lots of authors who really hit their stride after the first hurdle, but for me, right after I finished the first book, life happened. So everything after the first one is definitely harder.

What comes first? The plot or characters?

For me, I have to start with the characters. Otherwise, I can’t quite see how the plot would go without knowing the characters first.

What is harder? The blurb writing, naming the book, or naming the series?

Usually, writing the blurb and coming up with the title is a team effort with a few people on the publishing team. Blurbs are just universally hard, I think.

What are your social links?

https://www.facebook.com/StefanieAuthor Twitter: @StefanieAuthor www.stefaniespangler.com

What are your buy links?

#AuthorSpotlight – Kelsey Elise Sparrow

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself and which Twinsie do you know.

Kelsey Elise Sparrow. I am a romance author who loves most versions of the genre. That means, I write under several subgenres. I’m also a teacher and mother. Some of my favorite stories have all left me wanting for more as well as thrown me for a loop. I decided I wanted the same to be found in my writing.

When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?

The ones that come after especially if there has been time or other works between works.

What comes first? The plot or characters?

Most of the time the plot comes first. On a very rare occasion, the characters give me the plotline and everything that comes with it.

What author would you love to meet (Who is your unicorn author)?

I have a few. JM Walker, Audrey Carlan, JR Ward. Top of my list would be Gena Showalter. I love her works and have for years.

If you could ask that author three questions about their writing, writing process, or books, what would they be?

1. Do you keep a notebook handy for all your notes on a particular book as you write? 2. Do you have a process or checklist from concept to publish? 3. Are you one to promote other lessor-known authors?

What is harder? The blurb writing, naming the book, or naming the series?

Oh gosh. I absolutely loathe writing the blurb for my novels. The series names and titles come easily but the blurb makes me want to bawl my eyes out every time.

What is your definition of success?

Success is when you have readers who are just as passionate about an author’s characters as the author themselves. The characters are loved and the readers want to know what’s going on in their lives.

What are your social links?

“Website: http://kelseyelisesparrow.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kelseyesparrow/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kelseyelisesparrow/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/kelseyesparrow Amazon Profile: https://amazon.com/author/kelseyelisesparrow Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/kelsey-elise-sparrow Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/cYDXE9 Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/kelseyelisesparrow YouTube: https://goo.gl/HUhyyk Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/authorkelseysparrow/”

What are your buy links?

The Works of KES

#AuthorSpotlight – Jesse Lane

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself and which Twinsie do you know.

Hi! My name is Jessie Lane and I am super blessed to know Twinsies Angie and Melinda the best. They have been a blast to have as friends and readers through the years and I cherish them a great deal. Especially Angie because she has absolutely no problem verbally kicking my butt to get it in gear.

When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?

For me, the books after the first are the hardest. I feel that readers have these expectations of what I should or should not do with the characters, and I struggle with staying true to my vision versus making readers happy.

What comes first? The plot or characters?

Honestly, that’s a toss up. I could go through every book and answer this question and it would end in a 50/50 scenario for plot or characters. I’m always open to the creative ideas or characters that come to me and I just go from there.

What author would you love to meet (Who is your unicorn author)?

Wow, this one is hard because I have been insanely blessed to meet some of my unicorn authors such as Lora Leigh, Jeaniene Frost and JR Ward. However I would absolutely love to meet Karen Marie Moning and Kresley Cole.

If you could ask that author three questions about their writing, writing process, or books, what would they be?

“If I could ask Karen Marie Moning and/or Kresley Cole three questions they would be: 1) Do you plan on starting more new series in the future? 2) Do you read as much as you write? 3) What is your favorite supernatural/paranormal species?”

What is harder? The blurb writing, naming the book, or naming the series?

The blurb! How in the hell do you summarize an entire book in two paragraphs without giving it all away? It drives me nuts sometimes.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

Honestly, it’s a mash-up of meeting all my readers. I’m constantly humbled by how many people have read my books and want to come meet me in person. I’m just little ol’ me, and it blows my mind that other people like what I write.

What is your definition of success?

Success is completing a mission and feeling gratification from it. Whether that’s cleaning my house, writing a book or not killing my kids when they drive me nuts. Sometimes life is about big wins, but mostly it’s about cherishing those everyday little wins.

What are your social links?

“Want to keep in touch with me on social media? Come here to stalk me everywhere: https://jessielanebooks.com/follow-me-links/”

What are your buy links?

“All of my books descriptions and buy links can be found on my website here: https://jessielanebooks.com/all-books/”

#AuthorSpotlight – Aviva Vaughn

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself and which Twinsie do you know.

Hi ladies! I’m Aviva, I write diverse, slow burn, contemporary romance. I love food, travel, and books (in no particular order) and those passions all show up in my stories! I’ve published eight books and my readers often say they “feel like they are right there with my characters” in whatever city or country the story is set. I am currently working on three series, one of which is a project with Penny Reid’s Smartypants Romance (slated for release in 2021). I don’t know any Twinsie yet…I was referred to you by Naomi and Tonya of Love and Devotion.

When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?

The first book, because you need to lay the foundation (backstory) while still keeping the plot moving. You also want to lay some clues so that careful readers start to wonder/guess at what is coming next.

What comes first? The plot or characters?

For me, the plot comes first. Or maybe I should say that a question comes first. For instance, for my series BECKONED I wondered what it would be like if two people were meant to be together, but they met at the wrong time. That question birthed six books and spanned five years.

What author would you love to meet (Who is your unicorn author)?

Living or Dead? My first choice is Jane Austen, however, for living authors I’d say Talia Hibbert or Stephenie Meyers.

If you could ask that author three questions about their writing, writing process, or books, what would they be?

I’m going to go with Jane Austen for this because the least is known about her. I’d ask her how close to the first draft her final published works were, why she only wrote standalones, and what the heck happened with the hot mess that is Northanger Abbey.

What is harder? The blurb writing, naming the book, or naming the series?

BLURB WRITING FOR SURE. It’s hard to sum up 100,000 words into three perfectly perky paragraphs.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

I’ve had so many special moments. Having my work touch someone is incredibly gratifying. I printed out and taped up the first time a reader emailed me. That was special. Anytime someone tells me they’ve read my books more than once blows my mind. Also, my mom is a big fan, and she’s never liked anything I’ve done so that was a shocker (not kidding).

What is your definition of success?

Being creatively fulfilled while having enough to share with others. The freedom to live/work anywhere. Impacting readers positively.

What are your social links?

“AvivaVaughn.com Facebook.com/AvivaVaughnAuthor amazon.com/author/avivavaughn goodreads.com/avivavaughn bookbub.com/profile/aviva-vaughn Instagram.com/AvivaVaughn Pinterest.com/AvivaVaughn Twitter.com/AvivaVaughn”

What are your buy links?

amazon.com/author/avivavaughn

#Review – Resisting (Men of Inked Novella) by Chelle Bliss

I belong to no one.

It’s the way I’ve chosen to live. Master of my own destiny, finding my way through this bullshit thing called life.

I learned from a young age how to get my way. Being a woman isn’t a weakness. It’s the opposite. I’ve spent my life being surrounded by four overbearing brothers, but I’ve never been a wallflower. Independent and unwilling to be tied down, I grabbed life by the balls and lived it to the fullest.

I was enjoying myself, minding my own business at my brothers wedding. Then WHAM.

Ever have a man walk into your life and alter your entire universe? My answer would’ve been no before he tempted me into his bed.

I’m talking about the big damn bang.

Everything that I thought was right, suddenly spins on its axis and bitch slaps me in the face.

Holy hotness! Wow. This little novella is definitely the hottest book of the series so far!

Suzy and City are finally tying the knot and this novella shows Izzy’s point of view on what goes down.

You see mostly everything in Throttled, Suzy and City’s novella but what you don’t see, is the delicious man who Izzy spends the night with the night of her big brother’s wedding.

Izzy is head strong. Like beyond head strong. So she needs a man who can match her and bring her down a peg or two. In walks James and he’s the perfect man for her. Alpha, rough, cocky, knows what he wants and that’s her. She’s not expecting him to be the way he is and it scares her. But she shoves those feelings aside and has a night of fun.

I didn’t realize that this novella should be read before Resist Me, so don’t make my mistake. Read this one first to get all the details of James and Izzy’s first night together!

#AuthorSpotlight – Heather Savage

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself and which Twinsie do you know.

Hey! I’m Heather Savage and I write under the Pen Name H.R. Savage. I like to write novels that take place in magical or apocalyptic worlds with some suspense and steamy romance. I live in the sunny SoCal and have three kids, a supportive hubby, and a cat named Korra.

When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?

Definitely the ones after it. The second and third book can be KILLER. Because not only am I hoping to give the characters the same juiciness as the first book, but I’m also trying to cross-reference the first book to make sure I’m not missing any key details, or contradicting something that happened.

What comes first? The plot or characters?

For me it’s the plot. Then I build the characters who therefore change the plot entirely LOL.

What author would you love to meet (Who is your unicorn author)?

Oh gosh. Probably between Stacey Marie Brown and K.F. Breene.

If you could ask that author three questions about their writing, writing process, or books, what would they be?

“1. What is your plotting process, if you plot at all? 2. How they make secondary characters SHINE! 3. What inspiration they use for writing”

What is harder? The blurb writing, naming the book, or naming the series?

OMG All of the above! I think I have a panic attack every time. For Captured I went through so many titles, and then the series I kinda just threw together. It takes a lot of tears and me bugging my Critique Partner, Ella Burns LOL.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

Getting a message from someone who just stumbled on my books. Not a friend. Not an ARC reader or Beta. But someone who just picked my book up and thought it was amazing. That really makes my heart feel whole and drives the confidence to be able to write.

What is your definition of success?

My definition of success is being able to have a great community of readers that is supportive and fun, while still making enough of a profit to keep writing!

What are your social links?

“Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorHRSavage Facebook Reader Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1629457934010857 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hrsavageauthor/ Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/H-R-Savage/e/B01G4NCJYQ”

What are your buy links?

Here is my Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.com/H-R-Savage/e/B01G4NCJYQ