June 30, 2012

Saving Sunni Virtual Tour: Guest Post & Giveaway

Welcome to Wickedly Bookish's first stop on the Saving Sunni Virtual Tour brought to you by Innovative Online Tours! I'm so excited to be hosting Kasi for her guest post that had me cheering! I too am getting sick of every fictional Dom being portrayed as a billionaire. Ladies, this is not what makes a great Dom. Please read on for insight from Kasi, an actual practitioner of the BDSM lifestyle and don't forget to enter the giveaway!

Not every Dom has a helicopter!

By Kasi Alexander

Don’t get me wrong: I like the fantasy of a hopelessly gorgeous billionaire Dom whisking me off in his private helicopter just as much as the next girl. But I’ve pretty much given up the idea of finding one like that.

So are there actual Doms out there who may not be billionaire helicopter pilots but are still exciting and sexy and thrilling? Sure there are. And what’s more, you might be married to one!

Most guys by the age of 35 or 40 are starting to lose interest in being romantic—or at least they seem like it. Life, career, raising kids, worrying about bills has gotten in the way of feeling like a charming, chivalrous lover who wants to take you out to dinner and then ravage you in the bedroom on a bed covered in rose petals.

But just because he’s lost sight of the stud he was at 20, that doesn’t mean that your guy wouldn’t be interested in a little power exchange or kinky role-playing. With a little encouragement, you might be able to persuade him to be a little more dominant in the bedroom. Most guys like to feel powerful, manly, and adored. If you can give him those feelings, then he’ll probably be willing to move heaven and earth to get you what you want in exchange. Try this: for one evening, put aside all of your normal expectations, grievances, and frustrations with each other. Treat him as if he’s the most admirable, strong, studly man in the universe. Play it up. Do it in a humorous way if he’s uncomfortable with a straight version. Be playful. Tell him how exciting he is. Give him (beforehand) a list of things he can do to dominate you in an erotic way, and don’t criticize while he’s figuring out how to do those things. If you can make him enjoy the experience, he’ll want to do it again. He might even get into reading scenes with you and acting them out.

Fiction is great and all, but you’re in a relationship for a reason. The more you can give him what he wants, the better chance you have of getting what you want in return!

About the Author
Reggie and Kasi Alexander are writing partners as well as real-life Master and slave. They live the lifestyles that they write about and are passionate about sharing information concerning these relationship dynamics. Their goal is to help educate and dispel common misunderstandings often held by the general public. They live in the Denver, CO area with their partner Eeza and are active in the local kink community. In addition to writing, they own and operate a family business making chainmail jewelry and clothing through their company Poly’s Pleasures (www.polyspleasures.com). They can often be found at writing conventions and fetish events around the country and love to talk with their fans.


Blog     www.kasialexander.com



Goodreads    http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4706667.Kasi_Alexander

Synopsis
Jessie Chambers—“Sunni” to the local BDSM community—needs to grow up. Her master, Sir Rune, has told her to get a job. Her sister slave sage is struggling through college, serious as ever. Sunni goes to the local goth/kink store, The Fringe Element, and is immediately embraced by its quirky owner as the newest member of her “little family.” But almost immediately things start to get complicated. Sunni’s ex shows up, claiming he’s found God and that God wants them to get back together. A video of Sunni and Sir Rune doing a scene at the club winds up on television and all kinds of trouble ensues. Sunni must figure out a way to restore her relationships, keep her master from getting deported, take over running the store, and stop everybody else from trying to “save Sunni.”

Giveaway details
One Lucky reader will win an ebook copy of Saving Sunni by Kasi Alexander and one reader will some win Saving Sunni swag.

Entries can be gained in a variety of ways as stated in the Rafflecopter. In order to be fair to everyone, all entries will be checked so please be honest! If I find an invalid entry, it will be removed from the giveaway. As following Wickedly Bookish is a mandatory entry, if I do not find your name in my list of followers, all your entries will be removed from the giveaway. I would much rather skip over this stuff and just get to the fun, but it has happened before, so I need to state it all before the entries are collected.
 
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6/27 Adventures of Frugal Mom /Interview
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6/30 Wickedly Bookish /Guest Post and Give Away
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June 28, 2012

Thursday's Dirty Little Secret #24

My favorite meme of the week! Dirty Little Secret is hosted by the lovely ladies of Under the Covers. This awesome meme challenges book bloggers to share a new dirty little secret each week.

To participate in the meme all you need to do is:

1. Be a follower of Under the Covers.
2. Create a post in your blog taking the meme image (code above) and copy instructions.
3. Answer the question we propose! This can be done in any way you like, post a video, write a post etc.
4. Then add your link at Under the Covers

Non-bloggers, leave your answer in the comments! 

This week's question is:\

Half the year has gone by already! 
Tell us your favorite books so far! 
 
Great question! I'll give you four:

 
 All four of these just blew my mind! I wonder if anything else is going to top them this year? 

So, what's your dirty little secret?

June 27, 2012

Savi Sunni Virtual Tour: First Chapter Spotlight

Welcome to Wickedly Bookish's first stop on the Saving Sunni Virtual Tour brought to you by Innovative Online Tours! Today you can read the synopsis and sample the first chapter of the realistic BDSM novel written by a woman who actually lives the lifestyle. Enjoy and don't forget to come back Saturday the 30th for a guest post and giveaway with Kasi Alexander!

Synopsis
Jessie Chambers—“Sunni” to the local BDSM community—needs to grow up. Her master, Sir Rune, has told her to get a job. Her sister slave sage is struggling through college, serious as ever. Sunni goes to the local goth/kink store, The Fringe Element, and is immediately embraced by its quirky owner as the newest member of her “little family.” But almost immediately things start to get complicated. Sunni’s ex shows up, claiming he’s found God and that God wants them to get back together. A video of Sunni and Sir Rune doing a scene at the club winds up on television and all kinds of trouble ensues. Sunni must figure out a way to restore her relationships, keep her master from getting deported, take over running the store, and stop everybody else from trying to “save Sunni.”

First Chapter
Chapter 1

The Fringe Element was on a little side street right off Colorado Boulevard in Denver. I stood on the sidewalk and looked at it for a minute before I went in. Three mannequins stood in the front window. One was dressed in a short, sexy nurse’s outfit complete with a stethoscope and thigh-high stockings that ended just under the white miniskirt. The next one was in a latex bodysuit with a gas mask covering the face. The third was dressed like a dominatrix, in a leather bustier with a flogger hanging over one shoulder and shiny black boots that extended halfway up the thigh. I briefly pictured wearing that to my job interview and laughed a little as I opened the door and went in.

My owner, Sir Rune, had said I needed to get a real job, although he had also said it could be a fun one, and when my sister slave sage had heard through the grapevine that The Fringe Element, a local kink/Goth/punk store, was looking for some help, we all thought it might be a good option for me. I called the owner, Geri, and we set up a time for me to come in and meet her.

When I told the girl at the register why I was there, she silently pointed to a woman bustling around the back of the store. I guessed Geri was her late fifties, but trying her best to look like she was a carefree teenager. Her hair was dyed a mixture of colors, mostly black but with thick purple, red, and blue stripes that sort of matched the various articles of clothing that clung, draped, or floated in the vicinity of her body. I could hear her high, birdlike voice and the jingle of her jewelry as she flitted around giving instructions to the two boys who were hanging a display high up on the back wall. It looked like some kind of vampire stuff. sage would just sigh and shake her head at that. I smiled. She preferred real life to fantasy, and the whole vampire thing was completely beyond her.

The girl called to Geri, who seemed to ignore us. I leaned against the counter and watched for a few minutes as she alternately scolded and flirted with the boys, who paid almost no attention to her. She abruptly turned and almost skipped toward me, smiling and waving her hands as if she were about to take off and fly around the building. I had a feeling I might like her. Sir and sage were always so serious; this would be a really nice change of pace. If she gives me the job.
But there didn’t seem to be too much doubt of that after her first words.

“Oh, deary,” she crooned, nearly kissing me in her effort to scrutinize my face over her John Lennon glasses. “Please, please tell me you’re Jessie Chambers. You’re the first actual human to apply for work!”

I laughed. “Yes, I’m Jessie, but please call me sunni. That’s my scene name.” I wanted to say it was my slave name, since that’s what it really was, but not everyone appreciated the Master/slave dynamic, and I wasn’t sure what kind of kink Geri was into. From the looks of her it could have been just about anything.

She nodded absently, picking up a flyer from the counter and scanning it before slamming it back down. She whirled around to head for what I thought must be her office.

“Well, come this way, then, sunni,” she called over her shoulder. I resisted the strong temptation to swing my arms out and march in an imitation of her, not knowing if there was a mirror where she might catch a glimpse of me and get offended. I would be constantly tempted to make fun of her, although in a friendly way, and wondered how much she would catch if I did. I shot the girl a smile, but she was staring down at a magazine on the counter, not paying attention.

I followed Geri into her office and sat down in the chair she pointed out. She fluttered around her desk for a minute, then plopped down and leaned forward to stare into my face some more. I laid my resume in front of her, the one Sir and sage and I had spent hours agonizing over, trying to make it sound like I had some practical work experience. She didn’t even glance at it.

“So,” she said intently, “Which side are you on?”

I’m sure my face went completely blank. I couldn’t imagine what she was talking about, although I could hear Darth Vader’s voice in my head growling, “Come to the dark side, Luke.”

My confusion must have shown, because she said impatiently, “Edward or Jacob?”

It still took me a minute, but then it dawned on me. She was actually starting my job interview by talking about vampires versus werewolves. I pictured Sir’s face when I told him and nearly burst out laughing.

“I… I don’t know,” I finally said, trying to sound as serious as possible. “I think there are benefits to both.”

She nodded, as if we were discussing something very philosophical and important. “What benefits?”

“Um, well, I like how wild and free werewolves are.” This was a really bizarre conversation, even for me. “And I must confess I do like doggie style.” Geri giggled and nodded vigorously. “But the vampires can make you immortal, and you don’t have to worry about your weight anymore. Although I have to say I would miss ice cream.”

She laughed approvingly. “I can see you’re the kind who looks at all sides of an issue. That’s not a bad thing. Tell me more about yourself.”

I looked down at the resume, trying to get my head back into a professional space, but she pushed it aside dramatically.

“I don’t care about your work history,” she stated. “A monkey could learn the job. What I want to know is how you will fit in with us here. My staff is like a little family, and I don’t want to hire people who wouldn’t be comfortable with us. Tell me who you are. In fact”—she pushed a piece of paper at me—“write down your birth date and place, and I’ll run a chart for you later. That will give me a good idea of your personality traits. But I also want to know about your life experiences.”

I blinked at her. I had spent the last few days practicing “interviewing skills,” but none of them had included an interpretation of my astrological chart. I fought down the giggle that was rising in my throat and tried to reorganize my thoughts as I obediently wrote down the information. While I did that she talked about the other employees, when they had come to her, and how much she loved each and every one of them.

“Well, I’m not sure what you want to know.” She paused and I hastily went on before she could start talking again. “I got married right out of high school but it didn’t end well. I never went to college, but I’ve tried lots of different kinds of jobs. I guess I haven’t found the right thing yet. I want something that will be fun and give me a chance to meet lots of people. I’m very social.” I ran out of things to say and was happy when she jumped in.

“What are your spiritual beliefs and political leanings?”

I stopped myself from pointing out that I was pretty sure that was an illegal question to ask in a job interview and instead said, “I don’t really believe in organized religion and I’m not particularly political. I’m curious about paganism but haven’t ever been involved in it.”

She nodded again. “Are you kinky, poly, or gay? I assume you’re at least kinky, since you have a scene name.”

It occurred to me that my next job interview, wherever it was, was going to seem awfully tame after this. “I’m not gay,” I said, “although I do consider myself heteroflexible. I am kinky and poly.”

“Tell me about it.”

“Well…” I wasn’t used to discussing my lifestyle with strangers, but I knew she was at least familiar with the scene, if not an actual part of it, so I took a deep breath and plunged in. “I am in a Master/slave household. My master is Sir Rune, and I am one of two slaves.”

Geri nodded. “I think I’ve heard of him. I haven’t been very active in the community for a while, but I do still have a lot of contacts, and of course a lot of them shop here. What kind of play do you do?”

I wasn’t sure if the conversation was getting too personal or not, but I decided to go with it for the moment. She probably had a good reason to ask.

“Oh, general stuff,” I said. “Wax play, fire play, knife play, flogging, bondage, that kind of thing. I’ve been getting into puppy play, too.”

She raised her eyebrows. “Puppy play? I’m surprised. That’s mostly boys, isn’t it?”

I shrugged. “Maybe, but I like it.”

“Why? What is it about puppy play that you like?”

“I’m not sure,” I admitted, leaning forward in my chair. “I think it’s the fact that I don’t feel any pressure to be human, or talk, or even think, really, when I’m a puppy. It’s like letting out a whole other side of myself that needs to play. It’s very relaxing for me.”

“How did you get into the scene?” She scribbled some notes on a thick legal pad, but I couldn’t tell if she was writing comments on what I was saying or if her mind had gone off in a different direction and she was making a grocery list or something.

“After I left my husband, I took a break from relationships for a while. I toyed with the idea of dating only women.” I hoped if she was a lesbian she wouldn’t be offended. “I didn’t find anybody I felt compatible with, but one girl I dated introduced me to the scene, and it felt natural to me. We didn’t go out very long, but she told me about Fetlife, and I set up a profile, met Sir, and decided I wanted to move to Denver to make a new start.”

She didn’t say anything, looking totally absorbed in what she was writing. I wondered if she had even been listening to me. When she looked up, I couldn’t tell by her expression if she liked me or was going to call me a freak and tell me to leave.

“Tell me about the other slave in your household,” she said, as if that was a standard interview question.

“sage? She’s pretty cool.” I tried desperately to think how to describe her. “We grew up in the same small town in Michigan. She’s been living here for a long time, but she joined Sir and me about a year ago. We’re…really different, but we get along pretty well.”

“Different how?” Geri persisted. I wondered if she was going to ask about our sexual relationship.

“She’s more serious than I am,” I said, trying not to make it sound like an insult. “She and Sir are both really smart. I am more…” I didn’t know exactly what I was trying to say.

“Virgo?” she prompted, glancing down at my birth date.

I nodded, shrugging.

“I guess so. That’s probably why I like being a puppy; I can kind of get away from all of the…thinking.” I stopped, suddenly embarrassed.

She smiled and I felt my face get hot, wondering how much of an idiot I sounded like, and if she was laughing at me. Instead, she said, “If this were your store, what kinds of things would you sell?”

It took me completely by surprise. Why would she be asking for business advice from someone who had just admitted she wasn’t very smart?

But she was waiting for an answer, so I glanced out the window in her door that showed the sales floor and took a deep breath. “I like what you do sell,” I told her, “but if I was going to add things, I think I would bring in more fetish stuff, like collars and harnesses. And maybe costumes too, like puppy ears, tails…things like that.”

I shrugged a little lamely, but she nodded and made more notes. Neither of us said anything for a minute or two, then she stood up suddenly, still looking down at the mess of papers on her desk. I stood up, too. Should I offer to shake hands or just walk out? It had been a really odd interview, and she hadn’t even given any indication of what kind of person she was looking for. I had the impression I was just too freaky, and she was rethinking her comment about me being the first human to apply.

I was just about to turn and open the door when she said suddenly, “When can you start?”

I froze, not sure I’d heard her right. I debated asking her to repeat herself, but I thought that would make me seem like an idiot. Hope bubbled up inside me but I kept my face neutral in case she had muttered something completely different than I’d thought.

“How about tomorrow?” she asked, staring intently at the papers as if expecting them to sprout fangs and bite her. She seemed to be unaware that she hadn’t formally offered me a job, and I hadn’t accepted. We hadn’t talked about salary, or duties, or hours, or anything, and she was asking if I could start tomorrow?

“I guess so,” I said, and hastily added, “although I’ll have to ask Sir if it’s okay.”

She nodded, as if her employees always had to check with their masters before agreeing to their hours. “I’ll try to work with your schedule preferences as much as possible, if you can work with the others on theirs,” she said in the most businesslike tone I’d heard her use. She rooted through several stacks of papers before finding a bright pink one that she handed to me. It was titled “Working at The Fringe Element.”

“Here,” she said. “I never remember all the details to tell people. If you have any questions after reading this, we can discuss them tomorrow when you’re filling out your forms. Welcome to our family.” And then, surprising me even further, she jumped up and raced around the desk. Throwing her arms around me, she hugged me ferociously.

“I feel like we’re going to be best friends,” she said as she let go of me, opened the door and swooped out of the room.

I stuck my head out and called after her, “What time tomorrow?”

“Ten, if you can make it,” she said, disappearing into a door in the back. “Or whatever time your sir can spare you.”

I shook my head as I gathered up my instruction sheet and purse and wandered toward the front door, absently touching the clothing on display as I went through the store. This was going to be an interesting experience.

About the Author
Reggie and Kasi Alexander are writing partners as well as real-life Master and slave. They live the lifestyles that they write about and are passionate about sharing information concerning these relationship dynamics. Their goal is to help educate and dispel common misunderstandings often held by the general public. They live in the Denver, CO area with their partner Eeza and are active in the local kink community. In addition to writing, they own and operate a family business making chainmail jewelry and clothing through their company Poly’s Pleasures (www.polyspleasures.com). They can often be found at writing conventions and fetish events around the country and love to talk with their fans.

Blog     www.kasialexander.com
Goodreads    http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4706667.Kasi_Alexander

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6/24 Just Heard, Just Read, Just Seen /Interview
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6/27 Wickedly Bookish excerpt and spot light
6/26 Books, Books, and More Books /1st Chapter and Give Away
6/27 Adventures of Frugal Mom /Interview
6/28 T B R /1st Chapter
6/30 Wickedly Bookish /Guest Post and Give Away
6/30 Understanding Shae's Story /Review and Give Away
7/1 Soliloquy /Review and Give Away
7/2 Stressed Rach/Review and Give Away
7/2Purple Penguin Reviews /Review
7/3 Redheads Review It Better  Review
 
 

June 26, 2012

Teaser Tuesday #22

A big thank you to my favorite model Robyn Watson for not only taking this gorgeous picture, but also for allowing me to use it here on my blog! You are amazing girl!

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at Should Be Reading where we book bloggers give you lovely readers a tantalizing taste of whatever it is we are reading right now. To play along:
  
•  Grab your current read
•  Open to a random page
•  Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
•  BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
•  Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week's teaser is:
Morningstar
Darcy Town
Morningstar Series #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
 "What do you like?'
"I like your eyes. I like the way you talk. I like your laugh. I like the way you dance. I really like these cookies; I have never had them before. I did not come for the cookies, but I will add them to my list of likes."
 19%

Morningstar is a sexy and humerus paranormal romance about fallen angels and focuses on Lucifer and his lost love who was reincarnated as the human Dahlia. In this teaser above, Dahlia is getting to know Lucifer and he shows how adorably ignorant of the modern world he has become after centuries of reclusion. I'm really loving some of Lucifer's lines in this book. He can be frightening one moment and then adorably clueless the next.

What's your teaser this week?   

June 25, 2012

And The Winners Are...

And The Winners Are...

Indie Authors Giveaway Hop
Winners of an ebook copy of Somebody Tell Aunt Tille She's Dead are...
  Jennifer Spence Mill-Irving
April Alvey
Kelly Caratenuto Reci 

Congrats ladies! I have sent your email addresses to the author and you should expect to hear from her shortly. :-)  

Lovestruck Giveaway Hop 
 Winner of the pre-order of Moonglow by Kristen Callihan is...
Crystal Broyles!

Congrats Crystal! I have sent you a notification email to your inbox! Please claim your prize within 48 hours. 

Thank you to everyone who entered! <3 <3 <3

June 22, 2012

Review: Leaving Mundania

Leaving Mundania
Lizzie Stark
Genre: Non-fiction, Nerd Culture
Rating: 4

Leaving Mundania is a non-fiction, in-depth look into the world of live action role playing and the people who have made it a lifestyle. 

If you are a regular on my blog, then you know I am nerdy and proud. Now although I'm an avid gamer, I can't say that I've delved much into the world of LARP. I mean, I have cosplayed at anime conventions, but I don't really consider that to be the same thing. I did play table top RPGs with my high school buddies a couple times, but it just wasn't something I got into. Now years later in my adulthood I have found a sudden interest in this subject. While I don't expect to go jumping into a LARP convention anytime soon, I do see the experience in a whole new light. I picked up this book out of curiosity and came out intrigued and endeared thanks to the wonderful compilation of stories and information that Stark has put together.

I love that this book doesn't just seek to dump information into your lap about a subject you probably know little about. Stark informs her reader through the telling of her actual personal experiences and the often heartwarming and comical stories of LARPers she has interviewed. I didn't feel like I was being talked down to by some self-important expert on the subject. I felt like I was being led, hand-in-hand, through the entire process of starting up to becoming a part of the community. I think people interested in the subject will find Leaving Mundania a lot of fun.

Another thing that I found interesting while reading this book was that LARP may very well be a great device for authors. How you may ask? Well, as explained in this book, LARPers explore the characters they have created during each session of gaming. One of the most important things an author needs to do before they even put pen to paper is to get to know their characters. What better way than to actually put themselves into their characters' shoes and see how they would react in a plethora of improvised situations? I could see this process truly immersing an author into the characters they wish to write about and allowing them to reach an entirely new level of development. I could just be nuts, but it's at least something to ponder I think.

The Final Verdict
Leaving Mundania is a fun and informative read that will satisfy your curiosity and quench your thirst for nerd culture.

FTC Disclosure
I was provided a review copy of this book by Netgalley and Chicago Review Press in exchange for an honest review. I received no compensation for my review. All opinions are my own.

June 21, 2012

#WWreadathon Thursday Totals

Wicked Wildfire Read-a-Thon
Thursday Totals
 Yay! I finished my first book of the read-a-thon today and made a little progress on my beta project and Lover Reborn. I also entered the Cover Lover challenge where we had to guess the book title based on a teeny snippet of the book cover. Lots of fun!

Lies Beneath: Page 120 - 315  195 pages read COMPLETE!
Woo Hoo! My first book of the read-a-thon finished! I really enjoyed this one and am looking forward to posting the review!

Lover Reborn: Page 86 -124   38 pages read

Super Secret Beta Project: 
Pages Read: 12

Wednesday Total Pages Read: 243
Thursday's Total Pages Read: 245
Total Read-a-Thon Pages Read: 488
Books Completed: 1 
Challenges Entered: 1
 

Thursday's Dirty Little Secret #23

My favorite meme of the week! Dirty Little Secret is hosted by the lovely ladies of Under the Covers. This awesome meme challenges book bloggers to share a new dirty little secret each week.

To participate in the meme all you need to do is:

1. Be a follower of Under the Covers.
2. Create a post in your blog taking the meme image (code above) and copy instructions.
3. Answer the question we propose! This can be done in any way you like, post a video, write a post etc.
4. Then add your link at Under the Covers

Non-bloggers, leave your answer in the comments! 

This week's question is:
What book would you recommend to to heat up your summer! 

Sure the cover leaves a lot to be desired, but the contents will satisfy your urges for the ultimate alpha male. This was my first Kristen Ashely read and may I say I will definitely be coming back for more! Sure Knight is super dominant and maybe a tad bit crazy, but honestly I was totally down. This first volume in the Unfinished Hero series has some of the hottest sex scenes I have ever read and left me wanting more, more, more! I have a full review to come, but I think this is the perfect place for me to give a shout out to this exceptional erotic novel.


So, what's your dirty little secret?

June 20, 2012

#WW Read-a-Thon Wednesday Totals

Wicked Wildfire Read-a-Thon
Wednesday Totals

Lies Beneath: 120 pages 40% complete

I'm really enjoying this one so far! While there are definitely your general YA elements involved, the fact that it is written from a guy's perspective and comes off much darker than you would expect has really drawn me in. Murderous Merpeople? I'm intrigued!

Lover Reborn: 86 pages 15% complete

So glad to be back with the Brothers! I'm having fun catching up with everyone and digging into Tohr's story. What does the Warden have in store for us this time? Can't wait to find out!!

Saving sunni: 37 pages 15% complete

An ARC I will be reviewing Monday the 25th written by an author who actually lives the BDSM lifestyle. I love that she is writing from experience and I feel like I am getting a true look into a world that most just speculate about. Well written and with likable characters I am very interested to see what Saving sunni has to offer. I will also be hosting Kasi Alexander for a guest post and giveaway on June 30th!

Wednesday Total Pages Read: 243

No challenges for me today! I have extra work this week and wasn't able to get to a computer today in time to participate. I am pretty happy with my reading progress though! I plan on finishing Lies Beneath tomorrow and tearing my through Goddess Interrupted. I also have a little beta project I am working on for a dear friend and may decide to include a page count  towards my progress, although I will keep the details of the project top secret. Sorry guys! More on this closer to publication and with the author's consent. 

Looking forward to another great day tomorrow!
 

#WW Read-a-Thon Start-Up Post

 Wicked Wildfire Read-a-Thon
June 20th - 24th

   I can not tell you how much I look forward to these wicked seasonal read-a-thons! I not only get to plow through my tbr pile, but I also get to chat up new friends and participate in all the fun challenges!  Here is how I did last time for the Wicked Winter Read-a-Thon

Challenges: 2
Friday Pages: 154
Saturday Pages: 204
Sunday Pages: 204 (weird lol)
Total Pages: 562
Completed Books: 1.75

Now I didn't get as much done as I would have liked last time, but I have high hopes this time as we get two extra days!

 Here is what I am looking at reading this time around:


 My goal is to finish these four books, but it would be neat if I could finish more! If I can I would like to start...

We shall see! Well, I guess I better get my booty reading! If you are participating, please leave a link to your start up post in the comment section! I'd love to see what you are all planning on reading!

June 19, 2012

Teaser Tuesday #21

A big thank you to my favorite model Robyn Watson for not only taking this gorgeous picture, but also for allowing me to use it here on my blog! You are amazing girl!

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at Should Be Reading where we book bloggers give you lovely readers a tantalizing taste of whatever it is we are reading right now. To play along:
  
•  Grab your current read
•  Open to a random page
•  Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
•  BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
•  Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week's teaser is:
Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter
Seth Grahame-Smith
Genre: Historical Fiction, Horror
 "I finished reading the last page, looked over my shoulder to make sure I was still alone, and turned back to the first. I had to read it again. Right now, before reason turned its dogs on the dangerous beliefs that were beginning to march through my mind."
pg. 2

As you can see I just started this one, but already the author's writing style has captured my imagination. Very excited to read this and then go see the movie! 


What's your teaser this week?   

June 17, 2012

Shadow Visions Virtual Tour: Interview with Gabriella Hewitt

Shadow Visions Virtual Tour
Welcome to Wickedly Bookish's second stop on the Shadow Visions Virtual Book Tour brought to you by Innovative Online Tours. Earlier in the week, we had a great guest post with Gabriella about Aztec culture and how it compares and contrasts with modern culture. Now, Gabriella is back for an interview and answers all our questions about collaborative writing, the Shadow Warriors series, and all things nerdy. Please give a warm welcome to the writing duo who behind Gabriella Hewitt, Sasha Tomaszycki and Patrizia M.J. Hayashi

Interview with Gabrielle Hewitt

First off, Gabriella I wanted to thank you for taking the time to stop by Wickedly Bookish and talk to us!

Thank you for having us. We’re excited to be here.

According to your author bio, Gabriella Hewitt is actually the pen name of two authors, Sasha Tomaszycki and Patrizia M.J. Hayashi. It's always fun to see two writers collaborate, but what made you two decide to publish under one pen name?

Our names aren’t exactly the easiest to pronounce or to remember. Also, when we got together it wasn’t as common to see two authors’ names on a book. You see that a lot more now. So, given all that, we figured we should come up with a name that readers could latch onto. Thus, Gabriella Hewitt was born.

I've always been interested in the collaborative process. How do you two tend to write? Do you each write a section and then switch off? How do you blend your two writing styles into a single collective one?

We’ve been getting this question a lot lately and we’ve also been seeing more and more writing teams out there. But if you asked this question to each team, you’d probably get a different answer each time. In our case, we don’t divvy up the work. One of us starts and the other will pick up from where the first one left off. We might go back and completely rewrite what the other did. We definitely go back and layer. We write over each other so much that it’s completely one voice in the end. We’re constantly chatting and batting ideas back and forth. We fill up each other’s Inbox every day with emails. Every now and then we’ll IM to get through some sticky point. It’s a formula that works for us. ( :

I have many writers and aspiring authors in my readership. Do you have any words of wisdom or tips for them about writing and getting published?

If you truly want to make it in this industry, don’t give up. Study the craft, keep on writing, query your project, then get back to writing. Very few writers grab that gold ring on the first try. The market is changing rapidly, which means there are more and more opportunities for writers to succeed.

From your guest post published here earlier this week, we can see that you heavily researched Aztec culture in order to write Shadow Visions. How much time would you say you spent on research alone? Do you particularly enjoy this part of the writing process?

Once we hit on our shadow warriors concept we knew that we had to build the Aztec aspects of the story. We’ve done a lot of research into Aztec mythology and even language. It’s a fascinating civilization and it’s been a lot of fun figuring out how to fit the mythology into our stories. Since there is much still not known about the Aztecs, it gives us leeway to adapt the gods and goddesses to our storyline. Honestly, research is a lot of fun. It’s very easy to get caught up in what we’re researching about and lose time!

Readers can check out a synopsis right after this interview that describes the dangerous and sensual journey they will take while reading Shadow Visions. However, Shadow Visions is book two in your Shadow Warriors series. Can you tell us about a little bit about the series as a whole?

Imagine a world in which the Aztec gods still exist. They no longer have the power they once had because humans no longer believe in them. They retreated to their pantheon to live. But not all gods are happy with this outcome. They want the power they used to have and they want humans to fear them and revere them as they once did. The only ones standing in their way are a group of elite warriors, men fallen in battle whose souls have been pledged to the sun god, Huitzilopochtli. They fight the demons the gods use as evil soldiers and even fight the gods themselves. All the while, they know that their days of existence are numbered. Unless a shadow warrior finds his spirit mate, he will lose his last trace of humanity and succumb to the animal spirit that resides within him.

Should the Shadow Warriors series be read in order, or can readers pick up with book two and still understand what is going on?

Each book is stand alone, so there is no problem starting from book 2. Out of the Shadows (book 1) is a short novella that introduces the Shadow Warriors. Carolina is struggling to run a ranch on her own and protect a generational family secret. Tomás is sent to discover why demons keep attacking this area of Arizona. He never expects to meet his spirit mate, the one woman who can save his soul.

Nerdy Confessions

Nerdy Confessions is an interview segment here on Wickedly Bookish where we ask the author to reveal their nerdy side. We know you have one! 

This time around, my nerdy confession is that I'm an avid gamer. My hubby and I own nearly ever major video gaming console released in the United States and over 130 classic and recent game titles. I personally also play many casual games on my PC. How I balance gaming and reading is honestly even a mystery to me!

How about you two? Are there any nerdy hobbies that you enjoy?

Sasha: Yes, I have a nerdy side. I play Wii and collect Skylander figurines which helps us play the game. I go hunting with my boys to find the latest character to be released.

As for hobbies, I am an avid gardener. This year I planted two peach trees and an apple tree. I have many potted herbs that I use in my dishes and like to dry them and bottle them. This summer, I am growing tomatoes and tried my hand at sweet pepper plants. Good grief these take forever to grow but the yield will be high and I hope to cut them up freeze them for the winter. I planted various grape varieties and am training them to spread out along my back fence, in hopes that next year I can cultivate some young grapes. Yummy! My dream is one day to have a sustainable garden.

Patrizia: Books. I am a hoarder when it comes to books. It doesn’t help that I live in an apartment in Tokyo or that my husband collects manga. He has complete sets of manga from way back when he was in elementary school. I couldn’t drag my school books with me to Japan, but over the years, I’ve hung on to every book I buy. I have to admit, I am seriously grateful to Amazon for coming out with the Kindle. I already have some 500 books on that. I’d have to rent another apartment if I had to store them for real!

Again, thank you so much for being with us today and sharing! It has been a pleasure to have you.

Thank you for having us. We hope to be back again in the future.

Gabriella Hewitt is the pen name of creative writing talents Sasha Tomaszycki and Patrizia M.J. Hayashi. Together they weave tales of romantic suspense and dangerously sensual paranormals. Check out the website www.GabriellaHewitt.com to find out about upcoming releases and events on their blog.
 
Gabriella Hewitt online:
Twitter  @GabriellaHewitt

Synopsis
SHADOW VISIONS (c) 2012 Samhain Publishing

Manuel has been tracking down a demon bent on sacrificing women with hummingbird tattoos. He is in danger of losing his humanity to his eagle spirit until he comes across Ixa Reyes, a beautiful San Diego Detective working on the same case, who also bears the mark of Huitzilopochtli. She is his salvation and redemption from a past filled with failure. Only she wants nothing to do with him or her heritage.
When a demon kidnaps her grandfather, the wind god, they must work together to save him and all mankind. He has twenty-four hours to help her control her elemental power over wind, that is if he can control his own desires to claim her body and soul. Because if he should fail, then the god of war will bring in a new era filled with blood and destruction.

When the last Shadow Warrior falls, so will humanity.


Don't miss out on more Shadow Visions content at these scheduled stops!

5/6 I Just Wanna Sit Here and Read!, Bio/Excerpt/Synopsis
5/7 A Soul UnsungGuest BlogThursday
5/10 Ramblings of an Amateur Writer, Interview, Give Away
5/11 Bodice Rippers, Femme Fatales and Fantasy, Review
 5/16 Simply Ali, Interview
5/18 Tea and Book Guest Blog
5/20 TBR Bio/Excerpt/Synopsis
5/21 I Just Wanna Site Here and Read, Guest Blog Give Away
5/25 Books Reviewed by Bunny, Interview
5/25 Sapphyria's Book Reviews Bio/Excerpt'/synopsis
5/29Redheads Review It Better /Bio, excerpt, synopsis
5/29 Reviews by Molly Review
5/29 My Secret Romance /Bio, excerpt, synopsis
5/31 Adventures of a Frugal Mom, Excerpt
5/31 Good Choice Reading Guest Blog Give Away
6/5 Journey with Words, Guest Blog, Give Away
6/5 Understanding Shae's Story Review
6/7 Ramblings from this Chick, Bio/Excerpt/Synopsis, Give Away
6/7 Reviews by Molly Guest Blog
6/11 Storm Goddess Book Reviews & More Review
6/11 Wickedly Bookish, Guest Blog
6/13 Miraculous, Spot Light
6/13 Fictional Candy Bio/Excerpt/Synopsis
6/13 Adventures of a Frugal Mom, Review,
6/16 A Soul Unsung, Bio/Excerpt/Synipsis,
6/16 Indie writers review, Review
6/17 Wickedly Bookish, Interview
6/25 Words I Write Crazy /Review
6/27Reviewing Shelf /Review
7/1 Ramblings From This Chick /Bio/excerpt, synopsis, Guest Blog
7/1 Red Headed Bookworm /Review


7/1Lissette E. Manning /Review
7/1 The Lucky Ladybug /Review and Give Away
7/3 vampires, werewolves, and fairies, oh my! /Guest Post & Give Away
7/3 Reader Girls /Guest Blog