A Guest At Secret Cravings!

In October, I have a paranormal novella, Leesea’s Books and Babbles, coming out from Secret Cravings Publishing.   I am excited about this and can’t wait to share Leesea’s story with you all.  With that being said, I am guest blogging over at Secret Cravings today, so please stop by if you get the chance.

Introducing upcoming SCP author Ava Riley

http://secretcravingspublishing.blogspot.com/2012/08/introducing-upcoming-scp-author-ava.html

Happy Reading!

Ava Riley

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Triple Shot Release Day!

Today is an exciting day!  Release day for Triple Shot.  Get your copy at Amazon at or Barnes and Noble at  … get your copy today and spread the word.

From the back of the book:

Susan’s once carefree personality is put to the test with the complications of her mother’s disease and she finds herself failing miserably.  The turmoil in her life makes it difficult for her to find happiness, even after a night of passion with sexy Josiah Hunter.  When tragedy strikes Susan’s life, Josiah reaches out to comfort her, but the guilt she feels won’t grant him the access he’s looking for.  Only the separation of miles reveals to them both that what they share is real, no matter what life has thrown in their direction.

Happy Reading!

Ava Riley

Review of Once Burned by @Jeaniene_Frost … 5/5 Stars

Book one in the Night Prince series.

June 26th, 2012

She’s a mortal with dark powers…

After a tragic accident scarred  her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: terrifying powers that let her channel electricity and learn a  person’s darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of  solitude…until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out  with a telepathic distress call to the world’s most infamous vampire…

He’s the Prince of Night…

Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest  vampire legend of all—but whatever you do, don’t call him Dracula. Vlad’s ability to control fire makes him one of the most  feared vampires in existence, but his enemies have found a new weapon against  him – a beautiful mortal with powers to  match his own. When Vlad and Leila meet, however, passion ignites between them,  threatening to consume them both. It will take everything that they are to stop  an enemy intent on bringing them down in flames.

(Taken from Frost’s website)

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Oh my, my, my, my, my!  I will automatically start off by saying that if you have not read this book, run do not walk, to your nearest book store (or computer) and get your copy NOW!  I have absolutely loved all of Frost’s books (Cat and Bones are two of my favorite heroines/heros), but Vlad and Leila are AMAZING together.

Before I started reading Once Burned, I had read a few reviews on it (which I don’t normally do with authors I’m already familiar with because I don’t want to read any spoilers).  I saw some complaints about how the story was in Leila’s POV.  Let me just say this: I LOVED that it was her point of view.  She is a funny, intelligent, and strong woman.  I believe if she were anything less, then her POV wouldn’t work.  Also, we already know that Vlad is a badass, hello he’s the Prince of Night!  Seeing this story unfold from Leila’s perspective actually made me fall in love with Vlad even more than I already was (from seeing him in Frost’s Night Huntress series).  Add to it that she is sarcastic as hell and he can read minds added quite a bit of humor to the story.

We are taken on a rollercoaster ride of emotions with Vlad and Leila.  I found myself getting caught up not only in the danger they found themselves in but also in the love story as it unfolded.  Frost does an amazing job at showing how natural this relationship is.  Two very strong-willed people, with two extraordinary abilities doesn’t normally mean a successful relationship (especially when one is an arrogant vampire), but Frost made it work and made it work well.   To say Vlad is “sure” of himself and the fact that women (including Leila) would fall at his feet is an understatement.  Normally I am turned off by characters who are overly possessive or, but when it comes to Vlad, it absolutely works for him.  This sexy vampire and beautiful, strong-willed women heat up the pages in the bedroom (and other places) made this an exciting sexy read as well.  Every woman needs a Vlad in their lives!

When I got to the end of the book, I was both disappointed and excited.  Disappointed that it had ended and excited to know that this is not the only/last time that we will see Vlad and Leila.  Now I have to wait :(.  This is one of those books that will be added to my very short list of read again books.

I am giving Once Burned 5/5 Stars – this is a MUST read!!!!  If you have a huge To Be Read list, bump this one to the top – you will not be disappointed.

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Happy Reading!

Ava Riley

Review of Heart of the Dove by @lara_adrian…4/5 Stars

From the back cover:

Everything Randwulf of Greycliff loved was torn from his grasp in a night of fire and terror. His wife and child slain, his manor destroyed, Rand now lives for one thing alone: revenge on the man who ordered the attack. Armed with a part of the legendary Dragon Chalice–the object his enemy most desires–Rand embarks on a deadly voyage to trap his foe. He will avenge his family . . . and let no one stand in his way.

On a stormswept shore in the wilds of northern England, a gentle maiden discovers a man lying on the beach, shipwrecked and in need of care. But helping him is forbidden. Serena has the gift of Knowing: with a mere touch, she can see all the secrets in a man’s heart. It is a gift that has kept her secluded from the outside world, wary of those who would use her powers for their own gain. But Rand’s wounded heart beckons, and his passionate nature draws her to him–daring her to surrender to a dangerous seduction that could destroy them both. . . .

(taken from Lara’s website)

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When we were first introduced to Rand in Heart of the Flame, I felt so bad for him.  He lost everything and all that he had left was a pressing sense of revenge against the man who took all that mattered from him.  I had hoped that we would see him go from a tortured soul to a man with a purpose (outside of avenging his family).  I was not disappointed with Rand found himself in the company of Serena and her mother.  When Serena came into the picture I honestly thought, “dear lord, she is going to be one of those women that is all fragile and needy.”  But of course, Lara did not disappoint as all her heroines are strong women!  Even though Rand is an overpowering male, not to mention incredibly sexy, Serena takes on his pain and it is she who breaks past that hardened shell of Rands.  I really enjoyed this story (not as much as the first two, but definitely enjoyed it).  This story is a beautiful love story that not only reveals the strength of a woman (Serena), but also that proves that no matter what life throws at someone, love and salvation can be found.

I am giving Heart of the Dove 4/5 Stars only because for me, it moved a little slow in the beginning.  Otherwise the story of Rand and Serena is a fabulous read and you won’t be disappointed in picking up and spending time in their world.

Happy Reading!

Ava Riley

Triple Shot Cover Revealed

When I submitted Triple Shot to Lazy Day Publishing, I was extremely excited about Susan and Josiah’s story being told.  On Friday, my editor Staci sent me over a sample of the cover and I have to say I was (and still am) blown away.  The cover completely captures the essence of the story and it is sexy and sensual.  I absolutely LOVE it and am so pleased with the outcome.  Hope you all like it as well.  We have a release date of August 8th for Triple Shot!

Upcoming Release ~ Triple Shot!

I am extremely excited for the release of Triple Shot next month from Lazy Day Publishing.  The story of the gang from Long Beach continues with Susan and sexy Josiah Hunter.

From the back of the book:

Susan’s once carefree personality is put to the test with the complications of her mother’s disease and she finds herself failing miserably.  The turmoil in her life makes it difficult for her to find happiness, even after a night of passion with sexy Josiah Hunter.  When tragedy strikes Susan’s life, Josiah reaches out to comfort her, but the guilt she feels won’t grant him the access he’s looking for.  Only the separation of miles reveals to them both that what they share is real, no matter what life has thrown in their direction.

Just a snippet: 

Susan spun on her heels when her toes touched the hem of the blanket and pushed her index finger into his chest.  “I’ll have you know a lesson in mounting is the last thing I need.  I’m perfectly capable of mounting anything on my own without your aid,” she said without a single thought of what she spoke.  Josiah pushed his chest into her finger then had the audacity to lick his lips tucking his lower lip between his teeth.

“Your mounting skills are something I would very much like to see at some point,” he said with a cocky grin on his face.

Susan snatched up her towel and began drying herself off before his words registered in her mind.  “Maybe that could happen…hmmm…never,” she said grabbing her bag and stomping her way in the direction of Rowan’s house.

Happy Reading!

Ava Riley