Saturday, September 7, 2013

Featured Guest: Sabrina Devonshire and The Open Water Swimmer

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A Special Presentation for eXtasy Books author Sabrina Devonshire

Written by Sabrina Devonshire
Published by eXtasy Books
Cover Art by Carmen Waters
Contemporary Erotic Romantic Suspense
187 Pages

The Open Water Swimmer

The Open Water Swimmer—book synopsis from eXtasy Books

The elite swimmer Dana’s destined to fall in love with is also destined to die. Can she change his fate?
When children’s mystery writer Dana Thomas has recurring nightmares about a swimmer drowning in a race, she aims to change his fate. Her plan to remain objective makes a serious splashdown when she meets her “mission”, a towering blue-eyed man with the best cut set of pectorals she’s ever seen. Going incognito as a feeding station volunteer for FINA World Cup series raced, Dana travels to Greece, Portugal, Honduras, and Tunisia to try to protect him. When heat between the pair sizzles, Dana falls hopelessly in love with this man destined to die.

Elite swimmer and former Navy fighter pilot Jeff Dickson keeps dreaming he’s drowning. Recently dumped by his long-time girlfriend, who found him too competitive, Jeff believes his driven personality and international travel schedule can’t mix with love. When Jeff meets Dana, he’s instantly attracted to her voluptuous and mysterious personality. When Jeff learns she’s been stalking him for weeks at swimming races, he decides she must be psycho.

A series of fateful events before the final race lead Dana to believe her nightmare is about to unfold. Anticipating a dive-in and rescue scenario, Dana is shocked to discover that’s only the beginning. Can she change the fate of the man she loves and survive?

Book Review of The Open Water Swimmer

The Open Water Swimmer by Sabrina Devonshire isn’t your typical sports romance which is one of the reasons I loved this sensational novel. While the sport of open water swimming is definitely well understood by the end of the book, the author clearly put some thought into drawing the reader into her plot by building momentum with the appropriate development of a full-fledged romantic suspense.

A delightful novel with descriptive language, The Open Water Swimmer was written by an author who not only knows her sport, but also has a strong sense of place which she can convey to her readers with a deft hand. True to the sport and her story, Sabrina nails down the mechanics and vividly describes the events and her setting without sacrificing the budding romance. SabrinaDevonshire delivers a fast-paced romantic suspense while building a fiery chemistry between her hero and heroine, often a real task for writers when they’re writing so much action into a manuscript.

The verbal banter between the characters is often witty and always conveys a natural chemistry destined to win a romance reader's heart. There’s never a dull moment in this Sabrina Devonshire novel.  She takes us by the hand and leads us through a wonderful adventure.  Expect a few bumps along the way because her characters face challenges and all romantic suspense readers will enjoy watching the extreme measures Sabrina’s characters take to overcome them. You’ll enjoy every twist and turn. In the end, you’ll reach a satisfying conclusion that will keep you running back for more from author Sabrina Devonshire!  

~Reviewed by Destiny Blaine~

International bestselling eBook author Destiny Blaine loves to read her fellow authors’ books. To find out about her current projects, visit her blog at: For information on her upcoming writer's workshop, visit: 

Featured Guest: Sabrina Devonshire and Message from Viola

Romance Reviews Submitted by Authors Proudly Presents
A special presentation for invited guest Sabrina Devonshire
Review Written by invited reviewing author Cameron D. James

Written by Sabrina Devonshire
Published by eXtasy Books
Erotic Romance/Soft Science Fiction 
162 Pages

Message from Viola Mari

           Message from Viola Mari  book synopsis from eXtasy Books

The man who makes Marissa crazy is the only man she wants. But it’s a bad time to let lust call the shots when a comet cloud is careening toward Earth and Marissa’s the only one who can save everyone.

World-renowned oceanographer and meteorite specialist Marissa Jones uncovers evidence that a comet cloud will soon destroy Earth. When aspiring writer and her best friend Jennifer begs her to take a Saturday morning sci-fi writing class, Marissa reluctantly agrees. Writing her real-life story as fiction gives her an astonishing new perspective on the anomalous set of craters she discovered off the La Jolla Coast. But this favor for her friend stirs up more than scientific results…writing teacher Justin Lincoln goads her constantly and taunts her with his irresistible curly blond locks and steely physique he knows only too well make women drool. Marissa teeters on the edge of anger and raging attraction for this irritating man. But it’s a terrible time to let lust call the shots when the world’s about to end and Marissa’s the only one who can save everyone.

Book Review of Message from Viola Mari  

Message from Viola Mari was an unexpected romantic sci-fi delight. I should preface by saying I’m a huge sci-fi fan and have become incredibly picky over the years when it comes to the genre. I know what I like in sci-fi and I know what I don’t like—and I have no patience for the stuff I don’t like. So, I was understandably hesitant when I read the blurb for Message from Viola Mari and realized it had sci-fi elements.
As I dove into the book, I was completely taken by the sci-fi aspect. There are craters on the ocean floor that occasionally disappear and reappear later. And people start going missing. Oh and there’s that impending comet, that will end all life on earth. With all of this sci-fi doom that Marissa knows is coming, no one believes her because, well, it sounds ridiculous.  And because she’s a woman.

But, as this is a romance book blog site, you probably know there’s some steamy love and hot sex in there. Author Sabrina Devonshire does not disappoint. Marissa, at the urging of her best friend, signs up for a sci-fi writing class and immediately falls head over heels for her professor. But, being the strong, independent woman that Marissa is, she fights him every step of the way. The sparks that fly between them and the words that are tossed across the room are fun to read and experience.
Marissa is a strong female protagonist that won’t let a man push her around—and during a fight scene later in the book, she kicks some serious ass—so it takes her a while to lower her defenses and let Justin, the professor, in. Their relationship gets off on a bit of a rocky start, but soon thrives. That is, until, well…you’ll have to read the book to find out what happens.

Message from Viola Mari was a pleasure to read—a nice blend of romance and science-fiction. It has a quick pace and fun characters that keep the reader flipping pages, and both the romance and sci-fi keep you gripped until you reach the end.

 ~Reviewed by Cameron D. James~

Cameron D. James is an author of gay erotic romance. He loves books, coffee, chocolate, and cute Starbucks baristas. You can find out more about his novel, Autumn Fire, and free short story, Go Deep, on his website, as well as find links to his WordPress, GoodReads, smutty Tumblr, non-smutty Tumblr, and Twitter.

Friday, September 6, 2013

We’re celebrating the grand re-opening of Romance Reviews Submitted by Authors!

First introduced at this time last year as a site where authors could submit a sample of their writing by reviewing their fellow authors as well as submitting their articles of interest and other goodies, this site quickly became a labor of love and remains so to this day. However, the format has changed. 

Authors, you are invited to submit your articles, interviews, news, and reviews. With the aforementioned, if you read a good romance book and you’d like to submit your review here, please do so. Email anytime you have a submission and as always, you’ll receive a byline and promotion.

Additionally, if you’re organizing blog tours and need a review for one of your stops, you’re welcome to contact us. Due to the volume of email already received, we can’t be added to the mass marketing lists but we welcome direct emails if you need a romance review for one of your authors. We don’t do cover reveals at this time. If you’d like to review one of the books we have in our backlog, contact us at:

We also have some exciting news! We’re now a paying market for new and seasoned authors! Below, you’ll find our current call for submissions. Please note: Follow the guidelines. We won’t pay for junk. Properly formatted submissions and quality work is desired. You won’t make your first million with us but you might make an extra $15 here or there and gain some good PR in the process.

Current Call for Submissions: We’re currently purchasing a limited number of articles on industry-related topics. Industry-related topics may include any article of interest for authors and readers. Paypal payment upon publication will be in the range of $5-$15 for articles of 300-750 words. You’re welcome to submit photographs but you must own all rights to the images provided. No exceptions. Formatting: 12 pt. Arial with space between paragraphs. Include with your submission a cover letter in the body of an email with your writing experience and credits. Preference given to those who have submitted reviews to us in the past. No query. We’re simply looking for well written articles written by industry professionals on topics geared toward the writing industry and romance readers. I can't give you topics because by the time we flesh them out together, I could have a few tasks completed on the to-do list. This is your opportunity to shine. Let's put the spotlight on you!

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Thank you for your confidence in Romance Reviews Submitted by Authors. Please tell your author friends about us. If you’ve read a book recently and liked it, then check out our current format and submit a review along with your byline. Once again, we have a backlog so we’ll be more than happy to send you one of our PDF files to review.

In the meantime, come on back tomorrow and check out our FEATURED AUTHOR. No, I won’t reveal her identity tonight but she is definitely a need-to-know name and an author who should be on your must-read list.

We’ll be back tomorrow morning with more.

Destiny Blaine

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Book Review: Beyond Fate by Jackie Weger

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Written by Jackie Weger
Published by Liquid Silver Books
Contemporary –Sweet Classic Romance
166 Pages 

Some people hurl themselves against life.
Still others lie down and let life have its way over them.”


Beyond Fate—Book Synopsis

Fletcher Maitland, perennial bachelor, falls in lust and love with the beautiful new arrival in Big Mama’s fish camp. All he asks for is a cup of coffee. What he gets is more … much more.

Cleo Anderson lives her life in the shadow of her mother’s sin. As Cleo begins to fall in love with Fletcher Maitland, the demons in her past rise to taunt her, and she must choose between a life lived in guilt and shame or a future beyond fate.

Book Review of Beyond Fate

Beyond Fate by Jackie Weger is a an emotive novel written in such a way that readers everywhere can only consider Weger’s Beyond Fate a literary masterpiece.  Profoundly moving, Beyond Fate has a cast of loveable supporting characters as well as an engaging heroine and charming hero.
Big Mama, Ward, Marilyn, and especially little Katie contribute to this novel with the individual's independent characterization adding great depth to the pages of Weger’s novel.  Even the heroine’s inner voice insists on taking the stage at just the right time and place.
In Beyond Fate, Cleo is camping alone, but not for long. Due to a chance meeting, she is introduced to Fletcher, an eligible bachelor with a newly released book  For Men Only: 101 Ways to Stay Married. The book’s title and fine print command appropriate attention, but Cleo isn’t immediately impressed. Thanks in part to her inner voice and a torrid past, Cleo avoids Fletcher. In fact, she dodges him.
Weger’s hero won’t take no for an answer. He not only pursues Cleo, but he instantly recognizes there is something different about her. In fact, Fletcher soon sees his future with this woman. Cleo, however, isn’t exactly convinced, but she is intrigued. Adding to her interest, Cleo discovers Fletcher is surrounded by supportive friends. At the heart of their family is Katie, a little girl with heartwarming ideas about how she’d like to deal with her own personal challenges.
Jackie Weger’s Beyond Fate is a tender sweet romance that reminds each of us that it only takes one person, perhaps one special moment in time, to turn a person’s life around. In that one second or minute, we’re all believers again and when the time is right, we can embrace the idea of “Romance is what makes the world go around.”
There are so many other underlying lessons to be learned and ideas a reader can cherish locked between the pages of Beyond Fate. As a reader, I held fast to a number of well written lines like: “Maybe he was all he could be; maybe he was locked in” and was drawn to tears on one page while thrust into fits of laughter several paragraphs later.
Jackie Weger’s Beyond Fate is a must-buy for contemporary romance readers. While not an inspirational romance, by genre, this novel is a most inspiring work of art. As always, Jackie Weger has a way of making this writer want to focus on improvements, not just as a writer, but also as a human being. There’s just something special about a Jackie Weger book. Her words warm the soul and soothe the heart.

~Reviewed by Destiny Blaine ~

International bestselling author Destiny Blaine writes in all genres under several pseudonyms. Her pen names have earned bestselling stats at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Bookstrand, and All Romance Ebooks. You can find her on the web at or follow her on Twitter at

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Book Review: Franco's Fortune by Cara Marsi

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Redemption, Book Two
Written by Cara Marsi
Published by Carolyn Matkowsky
Romantic Thriller/Suspense
97 Pages

"When a female bodyguard is hired to protect a rich playboy, she finds saving his life is easier than protecting her heart"

Franco's Fortune (Redemption Book 2) By: Cara Marsi
Franco’s Fortune—Book Synopsis

When the past and present collide...

Somebody wants rich playboy Franco Callahan dead. When security expert Josephine Fortune arrives on his doorstep thanks to his sister Doriana, Franco finds it hard to refuse. He's had a secret attraction for the diminutive bodyguard since they met at Doriana's wedding five years before.

But attraction is all it is. Combat boot-clad Jo is not the kind of woman Franco usually loves and leaves. Which makes the ruse that Jo is his new live-in girlfriend just that until Jo gets a makeover. Suddenly seduction is on his mind and Franco has all the time in the world to pursue it—and Jo.

Martial artist Jo can take down men twice her size without blinking, but Franco's appeal outmaneuvers her emotional defenses. Jo's tough exterior hides a dark past, and Franco seems determined to learn her every secret. But he has secrets of his own.

The more Franco gets to know Jo, the more he realizes he needs her in his life, and not as his bodyguard. But as the threats to Franco escalate, Jo must use every one of her combat skills to protect him.

Can Jo keep both Franco and her heart safe, or will they pay the ultimate price for love?

Book Review of Franco’s Fortune

From the start, readers are tossed right into the action in Cara Marsi’s Franco’s Fortune. Page after page of intense drama, thrills, and excitement await the reader who craves suspense in an enduring love story. Fans of romantic thrillers will find Marsi’s books stocked with edgy action destined to hold and keep their attention.

In Franco’s Fortune, Jo Fortune is hired to protect playboy Franco Callahan. From the start, the chemistry between Franco and Jo sizzles off the pages, but the hangar of danger looming over our heroine and hero is always clear and evident.

Even though Jo Fortune can’t deny her attraction to the wealthy businessman, she knows his type and she doesn’t fit his stereotypical mold. Franco Callahan has a reputation for breaking hearts along the way and Jo doesn’t have the first inclination to add to his list of conquests. Desperate to keep business and pleasure separate, Jo finds Franco more and more irresistible as the story unfolds.

Assuming the role of his live-in girlfriend only complicates matters, particularly since those around them find it so easy to believe that Jo and Franco are the perfect duo. As the budding intimate relationship blossoms, damning risks are always present,
threatening to tear the couple apart.

Cara Marsi nails down another captivating novella
with strong characters and an engaging plot.
Verbal sparring ignites the flames of passion long
before the hero and heroine give into their carnal desires.
This talented author instills an insatiable urge in her audience.
Read one Cara Marsi title and you'll quickly become a fan. 
Cara Marsi books deliver each and every time.  

~Reviewed by Destiny Blaine ~

International bestselling author Destiny Blaine writes in all genres under several pseudonyms. Her pen names have earned bestselling stats at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Bookstrand, and All Romance Ebooks. You can find her on the web at or follow her on Twitter at

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Short Story Review: Beyond Forever by M.W. Davis

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Written by M.W. Davis
Published by Champagne Books
21 Pages

“Everyone needs resolution”

Beyond Forever - ebook 
Beyond Forever—Book Synopsis Provided by the Publisher

Hanna’s organized life has been fractured by one mistake, one incredible night with a stranger, and now her world has descended into unbearable solitude. Days burning sunlight in a mind numbing haze, nights staring into the black void enveloping her empty bed, until a peculiar man lost within his own shadows, offers a path to resolution. To purge the memories that hound her thoughts and block her return to a normal existence, she must circle back to where it all began.
 Book Review of Beyond Forever

Beyond Forever by M.W. Davis was a surprising treat. Entranced by the vivid imagery throughout, this reader couldn’t wait to read the next line. Beautifully written, Beyond Forever is passionate and romantic yet the intense love scenes aren’t there which made for a refreshing read.

Davis penned an exceptional short story that could stand on its own or lead to an incredible series.
I found the story within the story captivating as I was teleported to The Lodge at Peaks Valley. Readers will pull up a chair as Mrs. Johnson explains the particulars surrounding the heartwarming legend of Peaks Valley while encouraging two young lovers to explore the possibilities discovered by embracing and understanding the past.
Beyond Forever by M.W. Davis is award-winning material.
~Reviewed by Destiny Blaine ~

International bestselling author Destiny Blaine writes in all genres under several pseudonyms. Her pen names have earned bestselling stats at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Bookstrand, and All Romance Ebooks. You can find her on the web at or follow her on Twitter at