Friday, January 21, 2011

Look what crossed my path...

It's my turn to answer the question: What we are reading and what story lines we'd love to find on the shelf but won't write. Let me start off by saying there's not much I won't write if the muse bangs me over the head. Turns out she's just a paranormal, fantasy, shifting loving hussy! And she has no qualms about who or what is doing the loving--only that they love! *grin* I like my muse.

What would I like to see more of on shelves--something I don't know if I could be good at doing. Multi-author stories. Not anthos. Books that one author writes the first story, another author writes their story with different characters, and sometimes you even get to meet those from the first book. There is usually a common thread like, they all "live" in the same neighborhood, galaxy, or wherever.

I'm going to tell you about two I just read from the town of Draven's Crossing. Selena Illyria and Diana DeRicci are building a wonderful world around vampires, werewolves, dragons, and more! To use their words: It's a decadent paranormal series of erotic novellas... and, boy, have they started off with a bang!! Both novellas are available now: Purple Sword Publications.

Tempestuous Crossings by Selena Illyria:
Welcome to Draven’s Crossing, where fantasies and nightmares walk among us…


Vampire Mayor Draven desires mortal Rose. Her rebuffs excite him. When she finally gives in to his advances, their coming together is explosive, and their passion is more than he could’ve anticipated.

But a serial killer divides his attention. Can he keep his town safe from this mysterious menace and convince Rose that they belong together despite her reservations?

As a new resident of Draven’s Crossing, all Rose wants to do is her job. Draven could be a distraction she can’t afford, but she can’t ignore him or her arousal.

In the first book, I met Draven and Rose. The suspense alone would have kept me turning the pages. I was sucked in immediately by the town, it's machinations, the inhabitants and, in particular, the romantic involvement of the hero and heroine. The scenes between them are full of fire and passion. By the time they came together, I was so enthralled with them, and their world, I had to have the next book because--I'd fallen in love with [Draven]'s Crossing. I felt involved in their lives! Didn't hurt any that Draven, a vampire, is strong, intelligent, and sexy as hell.

Mind Games by Diana DeRicci:

From out of the darkness, a voice calls, luring one man into a battle of the unknown.


Jackal has lived a well-guarded secret his entire life. A being of immense power, he understands and accepts the loss and emptiness of never finding a soul to love, yet endures because it is his only path. Eternal life means none who walk the earth could comfort him for long.

The only one who could understand his plight has lived for just as long: a vampire. Taken by surprise and tortured, Kristof’s agony pulls Jackal to him in the dream realm, forging a bond that is unexpected and unexplained.

But now that they’ve connected, will the darkness that hunts all para-kind in Draven’s Crossing destroy them?

Jackal and Kristof...yummy! I felt their pain, their loneliness, their love, and when they did come together, I felt their joy. Jackal was totally unexpected! *big grin* Two very different beings, yet they find in each other something that pulls them together, and I enjoyed the whirlwind-ride along with them.  Each page drew me further into their world, into Draven's Crossing, and the lives of everyone there.

There's one character I'm not going to talk about, *ahem* hot, mysterious, tough, hot, furry, hot...did I say hot...

In both I found romance, suspense, wonderful dialogue, and an awesome story with all the eroticism I crave. Two authors, two great voices, and I'm looking for more of this to put on my cyber shelf. I'm dying for the next book already. I don't know which of them is writing it, but my eyes will be peeled at Purple Sword Publications... waiting... waiting...


Growl and roar-it's okay to let the beast out.-© J. Hali Steele

9 comments:

Diana Castilleja said...

Okay, so did you want that payment in chocolates or CBs, Joann?

ROFL!!

That is truly awesome that you enjoyed them so much. We love the town.

The irony is I dragged Selena in on this one, but she did such a wonderful, bang-up job launching the series, it blows me away.

To date, we've concocted enough loose threads for a total of fifteen books, and there's no telling what will fall in the betweens.

I can't wait to see what pops out of the woodwork either. Rumor is a vampire is the next book and his mate is a *staticgarbledsnowstatic*. And I can't wait to introduce her!

Wendi Zwaduk said...

Looks like i've got to add to my TBR pile. Great little reviews.

Joann said...

CBs, please, and with bite!! lol

Glad you pulled her in on it, you guys work well together. Can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to more of Draven's Crossing--so keep 'em coming! I keep banging the comp trying to clear up *staticgarbledsnowstatic*--getting nothing! What a tease you are.

Wendi, you won't be disappointed. I tell you, I didn't want either to end!!

Anne said...

I hadn't heard of Purple Sword (???) Publications. Thanks for the tip, I'll be checking it out.

Joann said...

Anne, take a look, they've got some gems over there, nice site too!

Rebecca Royce said...

They do!! I love their work over there. They're by invite only right?

Joann said...

I believe you're right, Rebecca. :(

Selena Illyria said...

Thank You so much for post about the series. I'm so glad you liked it. I had so much fun writing and can't wait to work on my next book for the line.

Joann said...

Hi, Selena *waving*. You already know I can't wait to read it! Hurry...hurry...