We Have a Winner!

  

 

Thanks to everyone who entered the Triple Shot Giveaway.  I appreciate you all taking time out of your day to do so and to spread the word.

Our winner is Viki Sloboda…Congratulations Viki.  An email has been sent to you.

Happy Reading!

Ava Riley

Review of Heart of the Flame by Lara Adrian – 5/5 Stars

Six months in an enemy’s dungeon might have broken a weaker man, but former Templar knight Kenrick of Clairmont has emerged from imprisonment with an unyielding determination, and consumed by a single daunting quest: to find the Dragon Chalice, a mystical treasure said to grant its bearer unlimited power. It is a dangerous chase, one that pits Kenrick against foes skilled in dark, deadly arts. But no obstacle will prove more treacherous–nor more seductively lethal–than the fiery beauty called Haven.

Caught up in the battle for the Chalice, Haven survives a night of terror that leaves her wounded and near death. Her memory scorched by fever, Haven awakens to find herself in the care of the forbidding, handsome Kenrick, who offers his protection in return for her alliance. A tenuous trust is formed between them, which soon ignites into a fierce passion neither can deny. But Haven’s memory of her past is slowly beginning to surface, and it will threaten the fragile bond she and Kenrick share–and embroil them in a fight for their very lives. . . .

(Taken from Lara Adrian’s Website)

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I’ve tweeted this, but it is worthy to be noted again…The problem I have with Lara Adrian’s books, is that once I start reading them, life as I knew it ceases to exist until I am at the end.  I know that it may seem as though I never give her books a bad review, but in all honesty, I have yet to read a book of hers that I didn’t find myself enthralled in until the end and saddened that there was an ending.

This holds true for Heart of the Flame!  After reading Heart of the Hunter, I didn’t think that my emotions could be wrung out any more than from that story.  So wrong was I!  Kenrick and Haven’s story took me from wariness to  joy to an unbelievable clenching of my heartstrings.  Kenrick is a formidable warrior and scholar who has not been swayed from his purpose to thwart the evil that seeks the Dragon Chalice, that is until Haven stumbles into his life.  A broken woman who is uncertain of who or what she is finds herself in the care of Kenrick and no matter how hard she fights the attraction to him, she cannot deny her desires for him, nor can Kenrick deny his desires for Haven.  This is a beautiful story, not only about fate and love, but also about the unselfish sacrifice of one person for another.

The element in Heart of the Flame that I found most endearing, was not so much that two people who were attracted to each other found themselves in each others arms, although those scenes play out quite nicely…translation = hot, steamy, and you’ll need a damp cloth to cool yourself down.  The element that I found most endearing is that of sacrifice.  Sacrifice of one’s own desires, wants, and even life itself.  This made the characters real, lovable, and worthy of a cheering section.  No matter what transpired between Kenrick and Haven or what “secrets” were revealed that would have made a sane person run, I found myself silently yelling at them, “It doesn’t matter, you love each other.”  This is what made this book great, because I wanted things to work out for them and I genuinely cared for each character.

I also enjoyed that Braedon and Ariana continued to have a presence in the story.  Too many times I’ve seen characters fade away from the story and I really wanted to see these two still play a part in the quest that Kenrick still found himself on.

I am giving Heart of the Flame 5/5 Stars!  This series just keeps getting better!

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 Happy Reading!

Great News for Triple Shot…

Got great news from my publisher Lazy Day Publishing.  They have picked up my third book – Triple Shot for publication.  It is scheduled to be released in August.  For those who have read A Lifetime to Find Love and Sacred Surrender, this is Susan’s book.  This is actually possibly one of my favorite stories I’ve written and I think all you Erin haters will be pleased with how Susan handles her.  Cade and Tessa make an appearance, as does Rowan and Madison.  Susan’s love interest is Josiah, a college buddy of Rowan and Cade and the sexy cowboy does not disappoint.

I am looking forward to the release of Triple Shot.  As soon as I have a cover for it, I will be posting it.

Happy Reading!

Ava Riley 

Great News – New Release!

I found out some fabulous news on Monday.  Secret Cravings Publishing has picked up my first paranormal novella – Leesea’s Books and Babbles.  It is set to release in October of 2012.  I’m very excited and honored that they have chosen to publish it and I look forward to its release.

This is a story about Braeden McGrath, Vampire Prince of Camric and Annalisa Rees, a 24 year old bookstore owner.  They have been separated by centuries, but now united by destiny.

As the release draws near, more information will be shared.

As always – Happy Reading!

Ava Riley

Lucky 7: Peek At A New Story

The Rules:

  1. Go to page 77 of your current MS.
  2. Go to line 7.
  3. Copy down the next 7 lines/sentences, and post them as they’re written. No cheating.
  4. Tag 7 other victims …er, authors.

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So this is a story I have been working on since that latter part of last year.  It is completed, but not revised or polished.  I need to go back and work on it more but here is my contribution to the Lucky 7!

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She had no clue how she was going to get out of this predicament, but she sure as hell wasn’t letting some crazy ass woman get in the way of her happiness.  She had a life waiting for her that she planned on starting with Braeden and it certainly was not going to start chained up.

 Annalisa gave her chains one more tug.  Pain shot from her wrists up to her shoulder and hit her straight in the teeth.  All the tugging she had done rubbed her skin raw and the metal binds were cutting into her wrists.  The physical pain she felt was nothing compared to the thought of never seeing Braeden again.

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Now for the next Lucky 7!

Happy Reading!

Ava Riley

Today was a good day!

This week is Read An Ebook Week!  So get online and download a great ebook or two (cough, cough…A Lifetime to Find Love & Sacred Surrender) and enjoy a good book on your PC, SmartPhone, or Ereader!

Today has been a very productive day.  I got my outline done for a Mythology paper done, I re-vamped my philosophy paper (which is due tomorrow) and I got to write for an hour on TripleShot (2,008 words).

I have come to (slowly) realize that if I don’t write at least 30 minutes a day of what I call “pleasure writing” then I am extremely stressed out and I find it hard to focus.  I must make it a habit to find at least 30 minutes daily, even if I have to use the old fashion was of writing (pen/paper) to do it.  Writing is good for my soul and my sanity.

Well, I am off to do some reading for Mythology!  This is a necessity and although I love The Odyssey, I would much rather be writing.

 

Happy Reading!

Ava Riley