Saturday, December 31, 2011

Whispers in The Dark by Maya Banks-Review

She came to him when he needed her the most

She came to him at his lowest point. The voice of an angel, a whisper in the dark. She's the only thing that gets Nathan Kelly through his captivity, the endless days of torture and the fear that he'll never return to his family. With her help, he's able to escape. But he isn't truly free, because now she's disappeared and he's left with an all-consuming emptiness as he struggles to pick up the pieces of his life. Did he imagine his angel? Or is she out there, needing his help as he'd once needed hers?

Now he rushes to save her before it's too late

Shea has been on the run from people who will stop at nothing to exploit her unique abilities. She never wanted to drag Nathan, who'd already suffered so much, into danger, but she doesn't have a choice so she reaches out to him for help. Finally face-to-face after having already formed a soul-deep bond in hell, their emotional connection is even more powerful than their telepathic one. Nathan refuses to consider ever letting her go again, but she worries they can never have a life free of the dangers that dog her every step. He'll protect her with his every breath, but can he convince her that they are meant to face these threats together

What can I say about book #4 in this series???
Fantastic, thrilling, I loved it!  
After having read the first 3 books in the KGI series, I was so looking forward to this one. I was not disappointed!
To be honest,when I first heard about it, I was unsure if I would like the "paranormal" twist in this story. But, again, after reading the first 3 (and loving them) I had to read this one too. It worked for me. I liked how it played out with the connection between Shea & Nathan.
One of the things I liked about this story/series is the connection the entire Kelly family has, the bantering between the brothers, the fight to make family first, even the way Mom & Dad fit into the story lines.
 I cannot wait for the next KGI book #5 Echos At Dawn ( Rio's story)

Please check out Whispers In The dark and the rest of the series too, if you like romantic suspense, hot guys, strong women, then you will love this series.

The Darkest Hour
KGI #1

No Place To Run
KGI #2

Hidden Away
KGI #3

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Happy Holidays!!!

Happy Holidays
Merry Christmas
Happy Hanukkah
Happy & Healthy New Year!!!!

Busy time of the year for all, i imagine. I know it's been crazy for me!
Not much time to read at all :(
But, more time to spend with the family, and that goes a long way.

For the past few weeks we have decorated the entire house-inside & out. The kids each got to decorate their own trees. A few years back I bought each of them a small 3 ft tree so they could each have one for their own rooms and add whatever they wanted to them.
I was secretly hoping they would then let Mom decorate the big tree all on her own. You see, I am OCD when it comes to decorating the tree. Ornaments, lights, etc have to be perfectly placed and co-ordinated or I end up having panic attacks (not really, but I try to convince the kids of this)
Every year I have a theme for my tree. usually it's a color theme. Back in 2009, our tree stood 9 ft tall,  it was in a stand that couldn't hold it and it fell over on Christmas eve. I lost many of my favorite ornaments that year. It has taken me 2 years but I have replaced what I could of those blue ornaments and now the tree has my favorite color theme again.


To celebrate my favorite theme this year I entered my tree into a contest being held by the Tree Farm where we order ours from every year.
YES! I did say order, every year for the past 10 years or so, we order our fralsam tree from
They cut our tree & within 24 hrs, box it up & send it to us via Fed Ex
(yup! Fed Ex delivers our tree)

So now I am campaigning for votes on my tree.
Please follow the link below and "like" my (Kerry Fraser-Pacious) tree??!
The contest ends at 5pm Friday 12/23.
Whomever gets the most "likes" wins a free tree next year!

Vote Here

What are some of your favorite Holiday traditions ?
Do you have any unusual traditions, like my kids having their own trees?
I hope everyone has  safe, healthy, happy holidays

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Move Me by Emma Holly-review

Move Me by Emma Holly
Move Me is the latest novella in Emma Holly’s “Hidden” series. An erotic paranormal series featuring Werewolves, Wereseals, and now a Fae Prince. I have enjoyed this series very much and couldn’t wait to be able to read this next story.
BELLE’s eccentric Uncle Lucky has left her his spooky house in the tiny village of Kingaken. Twenty years ago, her little brother disappeared here, never to be heard from again. Returning to the place for the first time in so long resurrects more ghosts than she cares to face. When it also summons a sexy faerie, with an agenda of his own, Belle had best pray her luck is better than her sibling’s

This story contains hot sex, a mysterious missing brother, really hot sex, a ghost, a special Christmas surprise, and did I mention really really hot sex -  in a compact car?!
Belle comes back to her home town after her Uncle passes away and leaves her his house. The property is full of memories both good and bad. Not sure if she is going to stay or sell, Belle decides to hire a handyman to help fix the place up a bit. In walks ‘John’, not quite the curmudgeonly handyman who just lost his wife & kids, that Belle was expecting. But, with a body like that who cares if he’s good with a hammer!
 I am not big on writing out the whole story line in a review. I believe a review should be my opinion only. So, here it is….
I loved this latest story in the “Hidden” series. Although it is a part of a series, Move Me is a stand-alone story, reading the others is not required (but highly recommended) there seems to be some hints towards more in this series. I truly hope so! The storyline worked, the characters “gelled”, the sex scenes were hot, and there was a HEA of course. Check it out you won’t be disappointed!
Check out the other stories in Emma Holly's Hidden series

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Black Ops inc (B.O.I.s) series by Cindy Gerard

Within the last couple of months I have become interested in a - new to me - genre of books.
Suspense, Thriller, Romantic Suspense, call it what you will, I will call it a new addiction! Lucky me, most of this genre is written in series ie: more to feed that addiction!

Examples of the series I have been checking out are
This last series on my list, Black ops Inc by Cindy Gerard is the focus of this post/review. I picked up the 1st book in the series, "Show No Mercy" on the Monday before Thanksgiving (11/19) and didn't stop reading until I finished the last book in the series (that is available), "With no remorse" today (11/30)! That is 6 books read in 11 days! Ok throw in Thanksgiving & Black Friday & the fact that my kids had a 4 day weekend, we can knock it back to 6 books read in about 6 days!

I could not put these down!

Now, I am not going to go into the detail of each & every book in the series, but, I will give you an overview. Black Ops Inc is a group of guys (very hot guys) who worked together on "ops" for "Uncle" around the world. Each of the guys come from different military backgrounds and were put together as a team. During one "op" a team member was killed, this brought them all closer together, like brothers.When the military decided their services were no longer needed, they went to work for their former "CO" as a private "contracting" company, & Black Ops inc was formed.
Although each of the books in this series are about the individuals that make up the team, I like the idea that all the team members are featured in all the books. Their camaraderie, brotherhood, friendships are continued throughout the entire series. It is this camaraderie that I enjoyed the most, the way they interacted with each other throughout the series was fun and exciting. As I read each book, I felt like I got to know the characters personally, which in turn made me want to read the next book to find out about their HEA! Each individual book was full of suspense, thrills, chills, and of course love.
I have to mention there are a couple of novellas that are connected to this series. I have not had the opportunity to read these, yet, but you can bet I certainly will ASAP! Please take the time to check out this series. If you enjoy romantic-suspense as much as I now do, you will love this series.


                                    And now on to Cindy Gerard's "Bodyguard" series, while I await the release of the next
book in the Black Ops inc series (come on February!!)and the next in the K.G.I./Kelly series, and the next in the Edge of Honor series....Well you get the idea, I am hooked on this genre.
I selected this post to be featured on my blog’s page at Book Blogs.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

SBBG...And the winners are.....

First let me say THANK YOU to Reading Romances for the opportunity to be a  host for this great event.
Next a great big THANK YOU to all those who participated. I enjoyed your comments & hope you'll stick with me for future posts & fun.

Without further adieu...

The first winner will choose 13 items from the prize list + US$10 gift card
Entry #1045J.C. Martin
The 2nd will choose 12 items after the 1st winner has chosen + US$10 gift card
Entry #1004angel
The 3rd will get 11 items after the 2nd winner has chosen +US$5 gift card
Entry #927Velvet Hubler
And the gift card winners are…
US$10  OR Barnes and Noble
Entry #694Dinky
Extra winner: US $5
Entry #1480Miranda Sherman
Congratulations to all the winners!!

Don't forget my contest to win a signed copy of "Untamed Highlander" by Donna Grant is still open until November 30

Friday, November 18, 2011

Small Blogs Big Giveaways 5 & review of Jaci Burton's Heart of a Killer

Hi everyone!
I am happy to be a part of Small Blogs Big Giveaways 5,


The Biggest International Bookish Giveaway Online

36 books split between 3 winners + 6 Gift Card Giveaways!

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HOSTS, Feat. Authors & Other Giveaways

Organized by: Reading Romances

Can't Put It Down  
Close Encounters with the Night Kind  
How Many Days In A Year     
Beck Valley Books  
Romance Around the Corner              
I am a book addict...and proud of it  
From a Book Lover 
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Thank you to our featured authors:
Want to be the first to be contacted when the sign ups start? Leave your info here and you'll receive the information about the 5th edition: January 20 - 27.
BOOKS (36):


Other Giveaways:

- Ends Nov 18th: $25 Gift Card

INT ; November 18 -20th:
ebook copy of For Queen and Country INT, Nov 20- Dec 21st:ebook copy of 
Jealous And Freakn' by Eve Langlais INT; Ends Nov 30th: a $50 Gift Card INT.

 - Nov 16- 30th:
Vampire Shift T-shirt and a book from the Kiera Hudson series of their
choice (Vampire Shift, Vampire Wake, or Vampire Hunt) INT

Nov 8 - 23rd & 18-20th  : Cash Giveaway

Nov 27 - 30th: Untamed Highlander by Donna Grant (signed paperback) - US & Canada

Nov 19 -30th: ebook copy of Destiny Redeemed / Nov 23- 27th : ebook copy of The Demon Side INT

November: 3 copies of Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson paperback  (UK) 

November: Multiple Giveaways

Nov 8th - 29th: featuring 90+ prizes including a brand new Kindle courtesy of Noble Romance; Weekly Giveaways (ongoing) - subscribe to *by email* for a chance to win a $10 gift card to Noble Romance or a $5 gift card to Amazon (winner's choice, INT);  Nov 14 - 25th;  win a $5 Amazon gift card and ebook copies of UNFORGIVEN and HAWTHORNE (INT)

 Back cover blurb:

The Heart of a Killer
Book One in The Killer Series
No one said coming home would be easy. But for Dante Renaldi, it's murder.
Before the Special Forces hero has even unpacked his bags from twelve years of active duty, he's embroiled in murder—corpses bearing the brutal trademark he's seen only once before—on the worst night of his life.

The last time Detective Anna Pallino saw Dante Renaldi, they were in love. Now, he's part of the connection to a string of fresh homicides and a horrible assault Anna only survived thanks to him.
More than anything, Anna wants to trust Dante. But as the bodies and the coincidences stack up, Anna will have to decide, and fast: Is the man she owes her life to the very same one who wants her dead?


I tried not to put this book down, but life got in the way....imagine, my kids actually wanted me to cook dinner & help with homework, the nerve of them!!
This book had it all, multiple murders, suspense, secrets, sexy bad boys, and of course love. I was pulled into the story right from the begining. I loved all the charecters, when I can picture each person in my minds eye, I know the author has hit it right on.
The interaction between Dante and Anna was hot! (not erotic) Bold! Even when they were teens, you could feel their connection. The way Dante helped Anna through her panic attacks was perfect, he didn't coddle her, or blow it off.
The twists in this story had me guessing for quite awhile. I like that! I really wasn't sure of the answers, until the end. For me, that's great. I don't want to read a suspense story and know it all right from the begining.

There was nothing about this book I didn't like!
I want more......

I have never written a review, so this a first for me. Please, do yourself a favor, and check out
Heart of a Killer by Jaci Burton for yourself. I don't think you will be disappointed.


Don't forget to check out my post, origins of a book addict, the contest for a signed copy of Donna Grant's Untamed Highlander is still going on. The last day to enter is November 30.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Tuesday is the best day of the week..

As a book addict, I look forward to Tuesdays every week. Release day is a day I spend going through my lists of favorite authors to see what may be coming out.

I am so obsessed with getting the next in a series or a new series by a favorite author, that I keep a spiral notebook on my desk. The notebook is filled with authors, series, notes on possible release dates (we all know this can change). I also keep post-its everywhere with the same info, they are in my Kindle, on my desk, stuck on my laptop, and around the monitor to my PC! Of course there is always a wish list too, I have one on Amazon & B&N. I check out authors FB pages and Twitter too all in hopes of getting the date correct for the next release! Let's not forget my TBR list on Goodreads.....

There has to be an easier way!!

What do you do to keep track of these things??? Are you as obsessed about the next release as I seem to be?

My wallet and/or credit card may not like Tuesdays but I sure do!!

Don't forget to check out my previous post, origins of a book addict, the contest for a signed copy of Donna Grant's Untamed Highlander is still going on. The last day to enter is November 30.

Happy reading!!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The origins of a book addict & contest

Hello my name is Kerry and I am addicted to books!

Noun: The fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance, thing, or activity.

Well, that says it all doesn't it?

What are the origins of my addiction? That's hard to pinpoint exactly but, here goes. I have always been surrounded by books and the women in my life have always been readers. Both of my grandmothers were readers. One was an extreme reader, like myself, she had hundreds of books throughout her house. The other was a first grade teacher and spent a lot of time at our local library. My mother couldn't/can't go anywhere without some type of reading material in hand.

My addiction began really early on, about age 3 or so. The grandmother, who was the teacher, taught me to read about this time. I took to it like a duck to water as they say, and haven't stopped since. I still have the first book I ever learned to read by myself...."Dick & Jane"

I am dedicating this first post to my grandmother, the teacher, and the wonderful world of books she introduced me to. More about this later.

I started this blog to share my thoughts, opinions, and just plain love of books. I want to feature authors and their books that I am excited about. I am new to this so please be patient and allow for my learning curve.

To start off this first post on the right foot, I want to feature a wonderful author and help my local elementary school win a grant to transform their library, as a tribute to my grandmother, the person who inspired me to read. How do I accomplish this? With your help, of course.

First, the featured author: Donna Grant. (from her website)

Donna Grant is the award winning author of more than twenty novels spanning multiple genres of romance – Scottish Medieval, historical, dark fantasy, time travel, erotic, and paranormal.

Donna was born and raised in Texas but loves to travel. Her adventures have taken her throughout the United States as well as to Jamaica and Mexico. Growing up on the Texas/Louisiana border, Donna's Cajun side of the family taught her the "spicy" side of life while her Texas roots gave her two-steppin' and bareback riding.
Her childhood dream was to become a professional ballet dancer and study under the amazing Mikhail Baryshnikov. Though she never got to meet Baryshnikov, she did make it to New York City and performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Later, Donna’s love of the romance genre and the constant stories running through her head prompted her to sit down and write her first book. Once that book was completed, there was no turning back.
Donna sold her first book in November 2005 while displaced from Hurricane Rita, a storm that destroyed portions of the Texas Gulf Coast. Since then, Donna has sold novels and novellas to both electronic and print publishers. Her books include several complete series such as The Druids Glen, The Shields, The Royal Chronicles, the Sisters of Magic, and the Dark Sword series.
Despite the deadlines and her voracious reading, Donna still manages to keep up with her two young children, three cats, and one long haired Chihuahua. She's blessed with a proud, supportive husband who's learned to cook far more than frozen chicken nuggets.

I am offering a chance to win an autographed copy of Donna Grant's book Untamed Highlander.
Enter to win below.

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The Dark Sword series reins in the magic, passion, and fury of Scotland’s legendary warriors—for whom love is always worth fighting for...
Druid-born and magic-blessed, Isla is one of the deadliest she-devils ever to serve the forces of darkness. As an immortal Highland warrior, it’s up to Hayden Campbell to destroy her and her kind. But for Hayden, Isla is more than a sworn enemy. She is temptation...
Taking Isla captive, Hayden hopes to avenge his kinsmen who died by Druid magic. But when he looks into Isla’s eyes, he sees the secrets of her past. When he touches her skin, he feels the passion in her soul. And soon Hayden comes to realize that this beautiful, beguiling woman is not his enemy at all—she is his destiny. And, even as the forces of darkness conspire against them, their love will conquer all...

Now the Roosevelt elementary school and the grant to help update their library.

Teachers and parents give students the building blocks they need to learn and grow, but sometimes they can use a little outside help. As school budgets nationwide continue to shrink, The Clorox Company’s Power A Bright Future grant program steps in to help fund new or ongoing programs that allow children to play, create and explore. The Roosevelt elementary school has been nominated for a chance to win this $50,000 grant. With the grant money, the Roosevelt would like to transform their school library into a 21st century learning commons. Read more about it here. 

What better way to celebrate the love of reading and books!!