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Unyielding by Ravenna Tate


Unyielding by Ravenna Tate
Tortured Love I
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (175 pgs)
Other: M/F, Spanking, Anal sex, sex toys
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Bittersweet

Graphic designer Lynda Shelton has agreed to marry Mergers and Acquisitions legend Merrick Dalton for one reason only. To save her family’s company. She’s warned this is a marriage in name only. Merrick will never love her. That’s fine with Lynda because she has sworn off men.

Merrick Dalton has wanted Shelton Energy for a long time, so when he’s asked to save the company, he jumps at the chance. He has vowed never to love another woman, but Merrick can give Lynda what he’s been assured she wants. Material comfort and social standing.

The one place where Merrick and Lynda connect is in bed. She has a penchant for his kinky tastes, and he stirs desire in her like she’s never known. But when their secrets surface, the reason they married turns into a dangerous game of illusions and lies.

Unyielding by Ravenna Tate hooked and intrigued me from the start. Two people standing at the altar that did not want to get married: why?

Sadly, though Ms. Tate’s writing is excellent and I could easily immerse myself in the story, the book is riddled with distracting editing errors that interrupted the flow.

Furthermore, Unyielding is marketed as Dark Romance, but I really didn’t think it fit the bill. Sure, the hero, Merrick, had a few secrets, but I found him mild compared to other books. However, his overall sexiness and personality (demanding, yet caring, stands up for his wife, etc. ), made me fall for him. He’s well portrayed and his reasons for doing things the way he does makes sense.

As for the heroine, Lynda, I struggled with her actions. At times, she appeared to be weak, like a maiden in distress that needed saving. This contradicted what Ms. Tate was trying to portray: a strong independent woman that had gotten over her traumas, and set up her own successful business, etc. Not to mention, I had a hard time coping with her decision to help her family after all they’d done to her. Perhaps, a little more insight into her would have helped me understand her motivations.

Nonetheless, Unyielding was an entertaining and hot book. The sex was well described and sizzling. I particularly loved the spanking scene between the characters. Having the heroine cry as a result, instead of simply achieving a magical subspace, made it very real for me.

In conclusion, Unyielding by Ravenna Tate was an entertaining read. I’ll be looking for the next book in her Tortured Love series.

LASR Anniversary: Ravenna Tate

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My Favorite Summer Memories
Ravenna Tate

When I was younger, we used to spend every moment possible at my maternal grandparents’ house, especially in the summers. They lived on a large lot in the city, on a corner, and they had two driveways. Such a novelty for us!

Both had been born in Palermo, Sicily, to poor parents who did all their own farming and sewing. They brought those skills with them when they came to the United States at the tender age of twenty-one.

In their large yard were fruit trees, an herb garden, and a vegetable garden featuring corn, tomatoes, green beans, cucumbers, lettuce, peppers, and even grapes. Yes, Grandpa made homemade wine, and of course we were allowed to taste it.

Aside from the incredible food available at Grandma and Grandpa’s house all the time, our summers included picking fresh fruit from the trees, admiring her beautiful flower garden, and watching Grandpa work next door in his shoe shop. There were advantages to having a shoemaker as a grandparent.

Not only was my grandmother an amazing cook, but she didn’t use recipes. A fact I wish I’d thought to take into account all those years ago. So many of the incredible things she made are lost to me because I’ve forgotten how to make them, and no one ever wrote them down. But I remember the tastes.

Among my favorites were homemade spaghetti sauce and pasta, lasagna, eggplant parmesan, every kind of imaginable cookie and baked good, homemade pizza, and roasted peppers and Italian sausage. I’ve tried many times to duplicate the tastes I remember, but I can’t even come close.

A few times, I spent a couple of weeks during the summer with them, just so I could have my own room to sleep in at night, and so I could watch her cook and listen to her amazing stories. She spoke in a thick, half-English, half-Italian accent, and was a gifted story teller. She also was an intelligent woman who could read people in a second. And she always right.

I learned a great deal from my grandparents besides gardening and cooking. I learned integrity, strength of character, and the value of hard work. But most of all I remember the summers at their home and in their yard. They’re among the best memories of my entire childhood.

Unyielding-evernightpublishing-JayAheer2016-finalcoverGraphic designer Lynda Shelton has agreed to marry Mergers and Acquisitions legend Merrick Dalton for one reason only. To save her family’s company. She’s warned this is a marriage in name only. Merrick will never love her. That’s fine with Lynda because she has sworn off men.

Merrick Dalton has wanted Shelton Energy for a long time, so when he’s asked to save the company, he jumps at the chance. He has vowed never to love another woman, but Merrick can give Lynda what he’s been assured she wants. Material comfort and social standing.

The one place where Merrick and Lynda connect is in bed. She has a penchant for his kinky tastes, and he stirs desire in her like she’s never known. But when their secrets surface, the reason they married turns into a dangerous game of illusions and lies.

About the Author:Ravenna Tate lives in the Midwest where it’s cold six months out of the year, but inside her stories you’ll find plenty of heat. The sex is hot, the men are alpha, and the women give them a run for their money.

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A Covert Conquest by Ravenna Tate

CONQUEST
A Covert Conquest by Ravenna Tate
The Weathermen Book 7
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense
Length: Short Story (124 Pages)
Other: M/F, BDSM, Spanking, Anal Sex
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Sorrel

When Rissa Kerry overhears harmful gossip about the CEO of the company she works for, she makes a phone call to Barclay Hampton. What follows is the adventure of a lifetime for Rissa as she becomes Barclay’s assistant in data recovery from a laptop that might reveal the hackers of The Madeline Project.

But she never counted on falling in love with the CEO along the way. Will she become his next flavor of the month, or this is the real thing for Rissa and Barclay?

Barclay is part of a group of friends financing the efforts to put a stop to The Madeline Project. The program now has a mind of its own, thanks to a virus called Tommy Twister. These men have power, resources, and money, but they’re as ruthless and possessive as the storms ravaging Earth.

“He’d cave one day, too, after the rest of them did.”

This is my first Ravenna Tate story and I loved it.

It has been some time since I read a science fiction story, and this was one that I couldn’t put down.

A Covert Conquest is the 7th book in the Weathermen Series, though it did not feel like this at all. It can definitely be read as a standalone.

This is not an over the top science fiction. The story is set in the future. Barclay is part of an elite group of men who wants to put a stop to the Madeline Project as soon as possible so they can go back to the life they had years ago.

When Rissa overhears a conversation that she thinks the CEO of her company, Barclay, should know about and will appreciate knowing about. It may at first seem that if she hadn’t informed Barclay about this conversation they would never have fallen in love. But I think if she had not informed about that conversation Barclay would have eventually found a way to meet her or be with her. They were meant to be together.

Rissa and Barclay have passionate chemistry, but that’s not only thing between them. Barclay understands her and how good her work is.

The only thing that I did not like was it was a little too short. It felt the beginning was a little rushed but at the end it did not matter at all. The story more than made up for it. This is a short story with a mystery and suspense that becomes a highlight at the climax. The Weathermen are closing in on the hackers. It’s a good time to join them on the hunt.

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Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (137 pgs)
Other: M/F, Anal Play, Spanking
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Reporter Julianne Wallis hasn’t stopped thinking about Kane Bannerman since she seduced him to get a story five years ago. Now she’s back for a second story, but this time she wants more than sex from Kane. She wants the secret he is hiding.

Kane is part of a group of friends financing the efforts to put a stop to The Madeline Project. The program now has a mind of its own, thanks to a virus called Tommy Twister. These men have power, resources, and money, but they’re as ruthless and possessive as the storms ravaging Earth.

They call themselves the Weathermen…

It’s 2124 and due to cataclysmic weather events most of the world lives underground. Kane is one of the Weathermen – a wealthy and powerful group trying to do research to help above-ground Earth become inhabitable again. Julianne is a reporter – one who has burned Kane years ago in the past. Even with their rocky history Kane has never forgotten Julianne, so when she turns up again he’s determined not to make the same mistakes twice.

I found this to be an interesting and complicated read. Despite the fact it’s book 4 in a series (and I haven’t read any of the previous installments) I picked up both the plot and world logistics fairly easily. I was surprised and impressed that having no prior knowledge of the Weathermen world didn’t hamper my enjoyment of this story at all. The plot is interesting and somewhat complex, I enjoyed the twists and turns and found it refreshing that a sexy book didn’t rely only on sex and a token piece of conflict. It’s clear to me that Ms. Tate has spent plenty of time and effort both on her world building and the plot.

There’s also plenty of conflict and tension between Kane and Julianne too. They have quite a history and even though they’re both still seriously attracted to each other nothing between them is easy. I loved the sex scenes, I found them smoking hot and filled with delicious chemistry. Kane and Julianne are well matched and deeply attracted to each other. I also thought there was a good balance between the sexy scenes and progress with the plot. The author did an excellent job with the pacing and at no stage did I feel like either the plot or the romance dragged.

A great read, one I thoroughly enjoyed and feel that sci-fi fans and post-apocalypse readers should really like. With plenty of romance and steamy sex thrown in this is a sure fire winner for a broad range of readers.

Creating Characters by Victoria Roberts – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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Creating Characters
It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.
—Walt Disney
As a writer, isn’t that statement the truth? That’s one of my favorite quotes by Walt Disney.

Imagine my surprise when I finished my first manuscript in September, submitted a full to an editor in October, and then received an offer for a Scottish historical romance series from a traditional publisher right out of the gate. Believe me, I was an exception to the rule. That rarely happens to anyone. A friend of mine submitted her manuscript through the slush pile and landed a deal with the biggest publishing house in the United States her first time out. And yes, that rarely happens to anyone. But as Walt Disney said, “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”

Since the writing business is all subjective, that’s what makes our efforts so darned hard. What I think of your writing style, what your family thinks, what your critique partner thinks, is not necessarily the way the publisher, editor or agent thinks.

So how do you survive the ever-changing tides of the industry?

Follow your gut. Do you remember the books you’ve read that have literally blown your mind away? I’m sure you do. Now think back to the doozies that you’ve read and try to figure out why the story didn’t work for you. What would you have done to fix the pages from within?

Characterization and plot elements are extremely important when penning your novel or short story. A few weeks after my first novel was released, I received several e-mails from readers who told me they were so wrapped up in the story that they actually cried. That moved me, and apparently my characters moved them. If we can touch a few readers with our words, isn’t that the reward we seek? That’s every author’s dream.

Determining how we can make readers fall in love with our hero and heroine can be a grueling task, but the answer may be a lot closer than you think.

What are some characterization strengths that you would list to define a hero?

If I break down the hero from my first book, his characterization strengths would be as follows: (I’ll list five to keep it short and simple.)

1. Highland laird who has a duty to his clan above all else
2. Protector, defender, provider
3. Natural leader
4. Compassionate
5. Honorable

Those are some pretty admirable strengths of character. You may find the task of writing character conflict to be a lot simpler if you take the strengths and test your hero’s resolve. After all, that’s what makes us human. Think about the strengths of our hero and how his character would react/change when placed in a conflicting situation.

1. Our hero is a Highland laird who has a duty to his clan above all else, but what happens when the neighboring clan forces him to break the king’s command?
2. Our hero is a protector, defender, provider, but what happens when he has to leave his younger reckless brother in charge of the clan in his absence?
3. Of course our hero is a natural leader, but what happens when things don’t go according to plan?
4. Oh, this guy’s compassionate, but what happens when he can’t wed the love of his life?
5. Our hero is honorable, but what happens when he offers to escort a woman to the northern Highlands and then realizes he doesn’t want to let her go?

Those are examples of how outside influences impact characterization.

Remember when I wrote that determining how we can make readers fall in love with our hero and heroine can be a grueling task, but the answer may be a lot closer than you think?

Don’t rule out family dynamics. We all have them. Use them. Family dynamics play a large part in all my books. After all, falling in love is easy. It’s all the outside influences that drive characterization. Who didn’t love the Starks from Game of Thrones? And who didn’t cry when they were massacred? I felt for every single one of them. Make your characters realistic in actions and behavior. If your characters are somewhat “off the wall,” let us know why they act the way they do.

There are no guidelines that will tell you what kind of character strengths and conflicts will make a successful novel or short story. But whatever genre you write, get into the heads of each of your characters and experience what they experience. How would you act in a certain scenario? What would you say? The hero from my second book had me so angry at times that my blood pounded, my heart thumped, and my fingers couldn’t keep up on the keyboard. You want that love/hate relationship with your characters. Keep it real.

One of the hardest things to accept is the fact that not everyone will love your work. Our stories are like people. You care for some and do not care for others. What I firmly believe is to stay true to your path. Whether you write poetry, science fiction or historical fiction, write your passion. Do not let anyone tell you differently. If you put your heart and soul into your words, readers will feel that too.

I’ll leave you with another one of my favorite quotes.

All dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.
—Walt Disney
I’m living proof of that fact. If my words meant something to one of you, I’ve done my job.

Happy Writing!

5_4 book cover kilts and daggersEver since Lady Grace Walsingham discovered her uncle and sister are spies for the Crown, she has yearned for adventure. She’s counting the days until she can leave barbaric Scotland behind, even if she must endure Highland captain Fagan Murray’s company for weeks.

Fagan has a simple mission: escort the haughty Lady Grace back to England. But nothing is ever easy. The sharp-tongued woman needles him at every turn. But when a menacing threat follows them on their journey, Fagan’s grudging tolerance for Grace turns to respect…and into a perilous attraction that could seal their fate.

Enjoy an excerpt:

“Mister Murray, I don’t feel at ease discussing these subjects with you.”

“Then call me Fagan. Mister Murray was my father’s name anyway.”

Grace looked around and then softened her voice. “Now is that truly appropriate?”

“I told ye before. Ye’re a long way from England, lass. Lest ye forget, ye’re in the Highlands now. We do things differently here.”

She lifted a brow. “How could I forget?”

“Ruairi said ye’ll be staying with us for a few weeks. More to the point, I already call Ruairi’s wife Ravenna.” He turned up his smile a notch. “Ye and I are practically like family. Ye will call me Fagan, and I will call ye Grace, or I could always call ye bhana-phrionnsa. I’ll be kind enough to give ye a choice.”

“Ravenna may permit you to call her by her Christian name, but I certainly do not, Mister Murray. Although you do make me laugh, I’m afraid you and I are far from family.”

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When Grace’s eyes smoldered, Fagan knew he shouldn’t get too close to the flame for fear of getting burned. There was still enough time to take his leave. Otherwise, he’d be verbally sparring with a lass in the middle of the great hall. Ruairi would no doubt have his head for causing mischief with his kin so soon after the wedding.

Fagan slapped both hands on the table and casually stood. Instinctively, he took another step back in case the lass suddenly had a strong urge to reach across the table and throttle him—or worse. Nevertheless, once she heard what he was about to say, the table wouldn’t provide enough space between them.

“Verra well then. I think bhana-phrionnsa suits ye quite nicely.” When Grace’s cheeks turned scarlet, Fagan smiled. “Donna say I didnae warn ye. Remember I did give ye a choice.” He winked at her and then turned on his heel.
“Wait!”

He had a hard time trying to mask his smile. He turned around slowly and lifted a brow. “Aye?”

Grace flew to her feet, walked around the table, and closed the distance between them. She lifted her head, and by the way she was unsteady on her feet, he swore the daft lass was standing on the tips of her toes in a futile attempt to look him level in the eye.

“England and Scotland have been warring for centuries, Mister Murray, yet somehow Scotland has never won.” Lifting her skirts, she brushed his arm with her shoulder and took a few steps away from him.

That was until he called after her and stopped her dead in her tracks. “Cuine a chì mi a-ris thu, Grace?” When will I see you again? He made certain he said the words as though he spoke to his lover, which obviously had the desired effect because her whole body stiffened, and then she left him without a backward glance. Fagan’s mood was suddenly buoyant. He wasn’t exactly sure why he loved to unnerve Princess Grace, but he had one hell of a time doing it.

About the Author: Victoria Roberts writes sexy, award-winning Scottish historical romances about kilted heroes and warriors from the past. Prior to ever picking up a single romance novel, she penned her first young adult novella at 16 years old. Who knew her leather-studded motorcycle hero would trade in his ride and emerge as a kilt wearing Highlander wielding a broadsword? Victoria lives with her husband and their two beautiful children in western Pennsylvania.

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Teaser Tour: My Highland Spy by Victoria Roberts – Excerpt and Giveaway

8_21 VictoriaRoberts-BlogBadge4It’s wonderful to be here today at LASR, the fourth stop on the My Highland Spy Teaser Tour!

My Highland Spy is the first book in my new Highland Spies’ series, and I hope you enjoy the story as much as I enjoyed writing it. We left off yesterday meeting Ravenna’s tenacious younger siblings.

 

 

 

 

 

Excerpt Four/Chapter One:

“Uncle Walter, what a pleasant surprise. I’m so glad you’re here with us on such a lovely morn,” said Ravenna, pulling out her chair.

He swallowed his oatmeal and smiled. “I have to meet with His Majesty later this morn and I thought to pay you girls a visit.”

Lord Walter Mildmay, her mother’s brother, had been appointed the Walsingham family’s guardian, but their situation was more pretense than anything. Uncle Walter had his own estate and family, while he permitted Ravenna and her sisters to stay under their own roof. At twenty-five years old, Ravenna handled all the accounts, managed the servants, and had served as a mother figure to the girls since the deaths of their parents.

Uncle Walter, with his dark hair and tanned skin, was the complete opposite of Ravenna’s fair-skinned mother. No one would ever think they were of the same relation, especially because his hair was as black as night. Ravenna always thought the man looked like a bloody pirate.

Ravenna’s father, Lord Francis Walsingham, had been Queen Elizabeth’s principal secretary until his death. Little did anyone know that her sire had also been the queen’s spy. Given that Ravenna’s father had handled all of the royal correspondence and had determined the agenda of the council meetings, he had been a very influential man in his time, which fortunately now worked in Ravenna’s favor.

In short, she was a spy for King James and the Crown, the same as her father had been under Queen Elizabeth’s reign. When Ravenna was old enough to show an interest in political matters, her father had educated and conditioned her to one day take his place. She lived in a man’s world, but that’s why she was so proficient at doing what she did—a mere woman was the last thing anyone would expect. Her family meant everything to her, and she was deter¬mined to keep her siblings sheltered and protected for as long as possible.

Especially from unsavory establishments like the one last eve.

After everyone finished their meal and polite conversation, Ravenna and Uncle Walter excused themselves and met behind the closed doors of her father’s study. With the dark wooden furnishings, the large desk, and her father’s books lining the wall, the room always reminded Ravenna of her father. At times, she could swear she even smelled his scent, almost as if he wanted her to know that he still watched over her.

“What did you find out?” asked Uncle Walter, tapping his fingers on the desk.

Ravenna sat in her father’s chair. “I followed Lord Cobham into the Devil’s Tavern. The man he met with was Charles Paget. I thought he was still in Paris.”

Her uncle sat forward, his eyes narrowing. “I suppose it should come as no surprise. His Majesty gave Paget back his manor of Weston-on-Trent and his other homes in Derbyshire, but we’ll be sure to keep an eye on him. As usual, I’ll pass along the information to the king’s advisors. You did well, Ravenna.”

“Grace is questioning my sudden disappearances, and I don’t know how much longer I’ll be able to keep the truth from her.”

“You know as well as I do that it’s better she doesn’t know what you do. Perhaps we should start thinking about arranging a marriage for her.”

Ravenna rubbed her fingers over the bridge of her nose. “I really want to give her some time. She doesn’t show an interest in anyone at the moment, and I’m not quite ready to force her into a marriage.” She paused. “Let me think about it.”

He bobbed his head. “There is another assignment from His Majesty.”

“So soon? I just completed this one.” She sat forward, frowning. “What is it this time?”

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8_21 highland spyThis Highland Laird won’t bow to the Crown

Laird Ruairi Sutherland refuses to send his only son away to be educated by the English. And he most definitely will not appear in Edinburgh to pay homage to a liege who has no respect for Scotland. So he does what any laird would do—he lies to the king. The last thing Ruairi expects is a beautiful English governess to appear on his doorstep.

But this lady spy might make him…

Lady Ravenna Walsingham is a seasoned spy who is sent to the savage Highlands to uncover a nefarious plot against the Crown. Playing the part of an English governess—a job easier said than done—she infiltrates the home of Laird Sutherland, a suspected conspirator.

If she doesn’t betray him first

Ravenna soon discovers that the only real threat Sutherland poses is to her heart. But will the proud Highland laird ever forgive her when he discovers the woman he loves in an English spy?

“An exciting Highland tale of intrigue, betrayal, and love.”

—Hannah Howell, New York Times bestselling author of Highland Master

“Roberts’ newest features a surprise-laden, quick-paced plot, replete with unconventional and fiercely independent characters. Her lyrical prose grabs readers’ attention, and the high level of emotional tension simply adds to the depth of the story. This book begs to be read and reread.”

—RT Book Reviews

About the Author: 8_21 victoria

Victoria Roberts writes sexy, award-winning Scottish historical romances about kilted heroes and warriors from the past. Prior to ever picking up a single romance novel, she penned her first young adult novella at 16 years old. Who knew her leather-studded motorcycle hero would trade in his ride and emerge as a kilt wearing Highlander wielding a broadsword? Victoria lives with her husband and their two beautiful children in western Pennsylvania. Visit her at www.victoriarobertsauthor.com.

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