Thursday, August 27, 2015

Salty Aftertaste - Reviewed by Trix

By Jason Lloyd
Ginge Publishing

Beaches, boys, and bad decisions...

In this nonfiction tale, Jason and his hilarious and crude motley cast of friends leave their mundane suburban jungles and flock to the mecca that is Rehoboth Beach, Delaware for vacation. They are in search of a little rest and relaxation; aka beach, bars and boys, lots of hot boys.

Jason is just looking for a little attention. He just wants to feel wanted and a little summer passion would not hurt either. Jason is the self-proclaimed hopeless romantic of the group. Will he find his summer love or is romance really scarce?

Kevin is the complete opposite of Jason. He feels that romance is only alive in stories. Kevin's love for a teenage drama goes too far and his obsession turns into more than he expected. Did Kevin finally stumble upon some romance or does his fascination finally get the better of him?

Bobby is looking for a connection. Any kind of connection. He meets a new guy every night and shares his bed every night with a different guy. What is really going on behind Bobby's bedroom door? Will he ever be able to fill this insatiable void for closeness?

Benjamin sneaks out every night. He disappears into the night and reemerges the next morning as if nothing had happened. He is quiet about his extracurricular activities. Where does Benjamin go? What is he doing?

In this beach oasis, where there is an endless sea of sexy men with perfect bodies, will Jason and his friends actually find love or just one night stands? One thing is for certain, it is an epic vacation that none of them will forget.

Trix’s Review:
3.25 stars

While the story takes place in the present day, it definitely evoked the feel of a lost '80s summer buddy comedy to me as I read it. Lloyd sets an authentic mood, and the bantering boys' frenetic search for Mr. Right Now in seemingly laid-back Rehoboth Beach is often lighthearted fun. On the other hand, SALTY AFTERTASTE also has a lot of the things that bug me about vintage teen comedies: namely, the ads would prepare you for a sexy time, but the raunchiness would emerge as gross-out humor (bathroom as much as bedroom) instead. (It's all basically guys talking a good game and joking around, but I definitely learned more about their bodily functions than I needed to know.) There's very little on-camera sex (not a good or bad thing, just something to be aware of), and no real romantic resolutions. The editing is an issue at times; verb tenses shift a lot, and sometimes the story feels a little bit stream-of-consciousness for my taste. A couple of red herrings had me fearing some major plot curveball at the end, but things generally stay breezy here. I'm not sure I feel the need to revisit SALTY AFTERTASTE, but Lloyd's wisecracking intrigues me enough to make me try another story of his. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Three Divisions: Leo SBB

Blurb:
A reverent touch to a set of suede-covered cuffs, and Jillian Dosh unwittingly takes the first step into a world that she never knew existed. Busted while she’s making a stealthy visit to Three Divisions Lifestyle Emporium, Jillian can’t believe she’s face-to-face with her fantasy lover. Much more potent up front and personal, Leo Straton’s commanding presence intrigues and scares her at the same time. Can fantasy become reality?

Recognizing the voluptuous Jillian as the perfect submissive for him, Leo begins a journey to pull her into his world of D/s. She’s innocent, imaginative, strong-willed, and dangerous to his heart. She’s his butterfly—stuck in the chrysalis of the vanilla world and ready to spread her wings. Overcoming her initial hesitancy, Jillian begins to blossom under his tutelage. But an innocent deception may bring this new love to a crashing halt.

Three Divisions, Book 1 ignites the senses, fires up your libido, and makes you crave to be owned by this Dom.


Excerpt:
Hurrying along the walkway, eyes glued to the window, Jillian finally discovered a ten-inch gap between advertisement posters. Cupping her hands against the surprisingly clean glass, she peered inside, stood on tiptoe to see past the shelving, and immediately spotted two men. A quick assessment told her that the one with the gray hair and wrinkled business suit wasn’t a local. The brown leather suitcase leaning innocently against his right leg still carried the airline terminal tag.

Jillian couldn’t help but snort when she glanced to the other one. He was a little younger, wore a wedding ring, and still clung to his glory days as life pulled him kicking and screaming into his forties. The severely faded and tattered USC College T-shirt had seen better days. She wondered how many times his wife had thrown it in the garbage, only to find it among the laundry items the very next day. That could very well explain the small Band-Aid on his left ear. She darted out of sight when the men’s profiles made an appearance.

Glancing down the relatively deserted street, Jillian was surprised to find that the fading sun had finally decided to hide itself, instantly bringing deep shadows to stretch ominously between each dim streetlight—a clear warning sign for the smart people to get their butts home. Only a few businesses across the roadway had yet to turn their exterior lights on, making the surroundings even spookier. She knew she needed to get this over with before the night dwellers burst out from wherever they hid during the harshness of the day and began filling the walkways.

Pushing quickly inside her targeted establishment, Jillian cringed upon hearing the tinkling of bells over the doorway. She reached up and silenced them before they could finish waking up the dead. Crap! Didn’t see that coming.

Dodging to the side of a tall, metal structure, Jillian chanced a quick peek past the edge to see if she’d been discovered or if any other bodies were milling about the interior. Satisfied she only had the two oblivious browsers to contend with, Jillian slithered around several displays and two more short cabinets before she was ensconced behind a thick bookshelf with ample space between shelves to peek out.

Bravado growing by the second, she moved on silent feet along the narrow aisle, eyes locked onto the two men continuing to keep a respectable distance from one another. She quirked a brow. You both might as well have a bulls-eye tattooed on your backs. Not once had they made eye contact, much less taken the time to glance over their shoulders to spot her lurking close at their rear.

Jillian couldn’t help but shake her head as she slid her hand out of her purse, cupped it with the other, and rested her grip on the smooth wood to steady her arms. Maneuvering the red laser dot from one skull base to the next, she considered her targets the proverbial “innocent bystanders” mentioned in every news article about the increasing murder rate in this crazy town. They were oblivious to their surroundings, content in the false knowledge that nothing bad would ever happen to them. Things like that only occurred to other people—a typical last thought of hapless victims.

Oh, well. Reality time.


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Author Bio and Links:
Celeste was born and raised in a small town between Dallas/Fort Worth and Austin. Wanting to see more than her small Texas town, she joined the Marines, which satisfied her craving to see more of the U.S. and her drive to see if she could be one of the few and the proud. A firm believer in educating the mind, Celeste has achieved several advanced degrees, the latest being a master’s of science.

Her true love is writing erotic romance about men who know how to treat their women right. Celeste is also the author of the award winning FUELED BY LUST series. All currently released books in the series have made it into the Top 5 Bestseller Lists at Bookstrand.com within days of release as well as making it into the Top 10 Hottest New Releases in Erotic Science Fiction on Amazon.

Celeste would also like to give a shout out to the scrumptiously delicious Dustin Sherer, the cover model for Book 1 of this new series. You can find him on Facebook at Dustin Sherer: Fitness Model and Athlete.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Kiss of the Incubus SBB

Blurb:
An incubus who feeds off the sexual desires of others, Roth de Lis has never been denied the pleasure of a woman’s body...until now. Lilah, once a warrior maiden in the service of a goddess, languishes on Earth after being cast out from the slopes of Mount Olympus.

Lilah will do anything to return home to Olympus, including betraying Roth. As she spins her web of lies, Roth begins a slow, wicked seduction that eventually threatens to consume them both. But when Lilah’s deceit comes to light, will their torrid love affair be able to overcome a pact with the darkest of gods?


Excerpt:
The moonlight made Lilah hum with power, giving her abilities a much-needed boost. She glanced at Roth, still out on the ground. She didn’t want to reveal her bow and arrows to him, lest he guess where she got them. Anything that gave him any insight into her past was a threat to her future. But there was no other way out. Lilah stilled and summoned her bow. It sprang from her grasp, a wisp of silver growing into the curved tips and taut string. It resonated with power in her hands as she pulled a similarly effervescent arrow from her quiver.

The fury’s wings, translucent and covered in a fine black fur, flapped to keep her hovering above the ground. Lilah noticed the fury examining the markings on her neck. She pointed at Lilah and said, “Not you, servant of Artemis. My master wants the incubus.”

“The incubus is mine. If you want him, you’ll have to go through me first.” The glow of the moon and her instinct made her ready, spoiling even, for this fight. It had been far too long.

“So be it,” the fury rasped before splaying her claws and diving for Lilah. Its battle cry pierced the night.

Lilah rolled to the left and let her arrow fly, punching through the creature’s wing and soaring off into the night. The fury let out a shriek that had blood running from Lilah’s ears. But she didn’t care. She was in her element.


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Author Bio and Links:
C.J. Harwin is an author of steamy romance novels that spring from myth and imagination. Accompanied by her family and an embarrassing number of pets, she lives in a Southern town watched over by the god of the forge. An attorney by day, she spends her nights crafting tales of ghouls and gods, mortals and minions, and heroines and the heroes who love them.

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Reaper Mine Review and Giveaway


As the Reaper over Violence, Victor doesn’t do warm and fuzzy. He definitely doesn’t do damsels in distress. Apparently Dante didn’t get that memo when he assigned him to answer the call Elle sent out. And Elle was most defiantly a damsel in distress.

Now if only he could keep her alive long enough to find out who wanted to kill her? And why the hell did the Tribunal want her so badly?

Elle was a demi-goddess. A cursed demi-goddess, and one who had accidentally bound her soul to the Reaper over Violence in order to save her butt from a Freak trying to kill her in a graveyard.

Elle was having a really bad day. And where the hell were all these Freaks coming from anyway?

A war is brewing; the Tribunal wants to possess her. Forces beyond their control keep pulling them apart. And Victor will give his very soul to love her.

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My Review:
3.5 stars

I greatly enjoyed this story. I was drawn in right away, and the book held my attention all the way through. There was a great mix of action and romance and the story absolutely drew me in.

I also liked the characters, though Elle annoyed me a lot in the beginning of the book. However, once she started standing up for herself, I found myself rooting for her throughout the rest of the book.

My biggest complaint about this book was that it desperately needed an editor. Grammar errors, missing words, incorrect punctuation, confusing sentences and more were in the book. All the mistakes drove me up the wall, as they kept dragging me out of the story. This could have been a 4 or even a 5 star read for me if not for all the mistakes that should have been caught through editing.

This book is part of a series, and didn’t have a recap, so some of the terms and background information were lost on me as well. Therefore, I would recommend reading the other books in the series first before reading Reaper Mine in order to get the most out of the story. Nevertheless, you can still read this book without reading the others, but I wouldn’t recommend it.


All in all, the author created a very interesting world in this book that I would love to learn more about. However, I’m not sure if I would want to read the other books in the series if they show the same lack of editing as this book. But, if you can get over the editing (or if the author fixes it) I would highly recommend this book as it is a fun short read.

*I received this book in exchange for an honest review.*



The author has also generously donated two copies of Reaper Mine for one lucky winner. Simply leave a comment with your email address to be entered to win. 

Friday, August 21, 2015

Magnifying Glass Dome and Paperweight By Jacarte Review


The box it came in.
Designed by Jacarte, this is a great magnifying glass to enlarge your text and maps to make them easy and enjoyable to read.

Jacarte has been commissioned to create crystal and glass for The New York Times, The Getty Museum, The Harvard Club and many more. They trust Jacarte Fine Crystal Glass and you can too.

The difference is in our glass. Forget acrylic or low-grade glass. Real optical crystal provides the clarity, durability, and affordability that our customers treasure. Our magnifying glass is made of the same K9 Crystal that's used in prisms, lasers, and high-end chandeliers. It provides greater clarity and durability than lesser materials.


Our product comes in a unique gift box with luxurious satin cloth. It's the perfect gift for any desk and the box doubles as a useful display case.


Me using this to help read one of my textbooks.
My Review:
4 stars

This is a great gift idea. The dome is both simple yet elegant, as well as useful. The only reason I took a star off is because it is a bit pricey than other domes, but the price has gone down since I got it.


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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Wellness Wednesday - Stress Relief

I am currently preparing for my college move coming up this Saturday, which means a lot of packing, paperwork, and planning. As well as lots and lots of stress. Now, I’m betting that I’m probably not the only person stressed out, so to make hump day better, here’s some great stress relief. I'm a big Doctor Who fan and I absolutely love this Comic Relief skit. Enjoy :)


Saturday, August 15, 2015

Oleavine Therapeutic Soap Review


Oleavine Therapeutic Soap helps wash away and defend against stubborn fungus, bacteria and yeast from the skin surface responsible for body odor, athletes foot, ringworm, acne, toenail fungus, yeast, and other common foot and skin irritation.

Our 100% natural plant based cleanser is made using traditional European techniques from ingredients rich in skin conditioning 0megas and essential fatty acids. Powerful natural ingredients include a proprietary blend of essential oils such as tea tree oil and botanicals such as neem oil.

Who is Oleavine Soap Right For?
-People suffering from embarrassing bacteria related foot and body odor, acne, and skin rashes caused by sweating.

-Athletes or active individuals at high risk of being where bacteria can easily be picked up from gym equipment, mats, locker rooms, and public showers.

-People looking to support and protect healthy skin, feet, and nails.

-No questions asked 90-day money back guarantee. If you are not happy with your purchase for any reason, please just let us know and give us the opportunity to make things right. Customer service is our #1 priority.


My Review:
4 stars


After having surgery on my feet, which messed with my sweat glands, I have issues with foot odor. Nothing I had tried had succeeded in getting rid of the smell for long. However, after using this soap on my feet every time I showered, I noticed that not only did the soap get rid of the odor, it helped keep it away. Not only that, but I noticed that I had fewer issues with my feet after using this soap. For that alone, I would keep using this soap.

I wasn't a huge fan of the smell, but it was okay. Now I don't know how effective this is on athlete's foot or fungal infections since I didn't experience either. My only issues with this product were the viscosity and the price. I received an email recommending using a pouf when using this product since it doesn't have any thickening products in it, making it very easy to overuse and waste the soap which I had a problem with. The price is also a bit high for such a small bottle. I think if you commonly suffer from feet problems such as athlete's foot, fungal infections, or in my case, messed up sweat glands, than the product would be worth the price. All in all though, this was a good product that I would recommend giving a try.

*I received this product in exchange for an honest review.*