All I can say is - fantastic, but I already knew that before I bought the book. LJ Shen is an amazing author. Why? Because no one else can make you visualize emotions like her. She doesn't describe, she doesn't tell, she shows and she lets you taste. Her metaphors are extraordinary. I admit, I always fall into a pit of depression after reading her books because I know I'll never be able to even COMPETE with what LJ manages to bring on paper.
Midnight Blue was a fantastic read, and I loved every word. The only thing that confused me a bit was the similarity to VICIOUS - Alex is Vicious in so many ways, Indie is like Emilia with colorful hair and weird dresses, she also has a family member that's sick, and there's Lucas who is like Dean, Alex' best friend but also the enemy because he hits on her first. So basically, Midnight Blue is the rocker version of Vicious, but really, it doesn't make the book any less good - just wanted to point it out :)
Anyway, thanks LJ for the gorgeous read - you made my weekend!
Nicole Locker - one of my first "friends" in the self-publishing business, an amazing romance author, and my personal proof reader - wrote this great article about romance books and their impact on women. Our goal as authors in this genre is not only to write about love & sex, it is about strong women who are true to themselves and fight for their words, and it's also about showing our female readers that each of us is perfect in their own way. Last week, a girl contacted me via Instagram and told me that I motivated her to write her first book because she wasn't expecting such a good book from a newbie like me which gave her the needed self-confidence to try her luck. I was so honored!
Anyway, you should definitely check out this blog post from Nicole Locker - love her work!!!
I'm an avid romance reader, although I'm usually not really into the contemporary stuff. This book however, was one hell of a read! Granted, I chose it because of that gorgeous cover... Really, I think I stared at it every day before opening my kindle to read ^^
Then I read the blurb and thought I should give it a try. I wasn't disappointed.
K.L. Kreig drew me already in with the first paragraph. She has a real talent for writing down emotions, using beautiful words and metaphors without getting too complicated. Omg how I wish I could write like this! This author is the reason I'm frustrated every time I work on my own books because, damn it, mine really, really pale in comparison to what this writer can put on paper...
The story was intriguing. I could totally relate to Maverick. The great thing about reading this book is, you don't know the ending until the very ending ^^ Well, at least not until you read three-quarters of the story.
There was one point though (attention SPOILER) where I was maybe, just maybe, a tiiiiiny bit disappointed because I thought that Killian was the one who shot Kael in the end. This would have given the whole story another huge boost ^^
But who am I to correct this great author – the story was f****** great.
@ K.L. Kreig: If you have a lifesize poster of your cover, please send me one :D
So excited to share this news with you - Book#2 in the Jaylior series is finally live! Wanna know if Dylan Dwight will overcome his insecurities regarding his precious Natural Haylie Bryceland?
"I swear, this book so far is like the perfect cross between Cassandra Clare’s Clockwork Prince Series and the Divergent Series" - Nicole Locker Romance Author
"I didn’t think matching the greatness of book 1 was possible, but Elodie has done it and beyond!" - Alisha, Amazon reviewer
This book deserves 5 stars. It’s not my typical genre as I’m usually more into the suspenseful/action/scandalous stuff, but Jessica has a talent to write about simple things and bring them straight to the point. The language she uses is simple and sweet, and there’s no unnecessary beating around the bush. The story has quality and depth, and everything is about how Sadie feels and how it changes her throughout the book. You empathize with her and can follow her thinking, wondering all the time if you would act the same or not. I don’t know if I can describe the ending as satisfying – it’s a happy ending for the heroine but as Jessica made the reader love both guys, they might be a little disappointed that Sadie has to let one go in the end, which we knew from the beginning, of course ^^
I have huge respect for the story Jessica wrote as a love triangle is a touchy subject in the book world (I know, because I also have a book out there where a love triangle is included). Sadly, there are readers who find affairs in books offending, even if the authors don’t approve of it either and try to make it right throughout the story, but I, personally, don’t have an issue with that. I mean we read about murder, rape, and other questionable things all the time, and no one complains, but apparently, it’s handled differently here. Anyway, I think it’s great Jessica took up this topic considering it’s a problem a lot of people have to face in their lives, and she did it professionally. Awesome work!
This book is vicious. And not just because of the title. I warn you, this book has nasty side effects, like hurting your thumbs from holding your kindle for too long, or making your eyes bleary because you can’t set it aside, or making you forget that you’re an author, too, and should spend the time writing your own book instead of diving into another one, one that will make you miserable page after page because you realize you’re not nearly as good as the author who wrote this – not by a long shot.
This book is one of the best I’ve ever read. I love the voice LJ uses – simple, personal, yet beautiful. She knows how to get to the point without losing herself in senseless words no one needs. She knows how to keep tension. She knows how to write – really, I think you’ll find a perfect quote on every page. I can’t believe how damn brilliant this author is! And the best part – even if this is an Erotica book, it’s not about sex. In fact, the story goes way deeper which makes the book so much better.
Enough bubbling, just read the damn book, ladies!!!
I started reading this book early in the morning and finished it 4 hours later. Usually, I'm not into dark erotica, but this book caught me from the beginning. The author knows how to lay out internal conflicts, something only a handful of authors have a talent for. Even if Rafe is an ice-cold bastard, he's the good guy. Even if Alex is seriously f*****-up, you can relate to her. And the most important part, the ending... No spoilers, don't worry, but the ending caught me completely off guard. It made me happy, it made me mad, it was brilliant! Can't wait to read the next book :)
A FLARE OF HOPE, Book#1 in the Jaylior series finally made it into the book world. It's a really emotional day for me because the Jaylior series were the first books I've ever written.
It took 2 years to polish Book#1 in this 4-book slow-burn paranormal romance/urban fantasy series, 2 years to overcome my insecurities and publish it. If you wanna meet sexy-as-hell Fighter Dylan Dwight, continue reading :)
"I loved this book!! I would give it 6 stars if possible. This not your regular love story, but a whole new refreshing difference.” - RJ, Amazon reviewer
"I found myself really, truly crying in the first chapter." - Alisha, Amazon reviewer
It's a special day for me! Today, Hit Me, Book #2 of The Heed Me Novellas went live. I still can't believe it that this is already the third book I've published considering 1) I've published my first book 2 months ago, 2) I've written the first words of this book 4 months ago, and 3) I'm an English native and always thought that it was absolutely impossible to compete in this business. Yet, here I am, a German native living in Austria with 3 books published and 7 in the making. I can't wait to get them all out into the world and share them with you!!!!!!
... I quit my job because my boss was a, let's say, not so nice person (mildly put). I was without a job for 4 months, and I got bored, so I sat down in front of my computer and started writing the first romance story that came to my mind. I didn't have ANY thoughts about publishing or becoming an author back then, but after I had 100K words on paper 8 weeks later, I thought "okay, maybe you should do something with that". Yeah, easier said than done with being a non-native. It took me another 6 months to gather the courage to take that leap of faith. Unbelievable, now here I am getting a bunch of books out to the world :)
So, lesson learned - never let your insecurities get the better of you!