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Review: Only Scandal Will Do by Jenna Jaxon

August 31, 2012

Only Scandal Will Do 
by Jenna Jaxon

July 23rd 2012 by Lyrical Press

Amazon

Kidnapped and sold at auction in a London brothel, Lady Katarina Fitzwilliam squelches an undeniable attraction to the masked stranger who purchased her, pits her wits against him, and escapes him and the scandal that would ruin her life.

Unable to resist temptation in a London brothel, Duncan Ferrers, Marquess of Dalbury, purchases a fiery beauty. She claims she’s a lady, but how can she be? No lady of his acquaintance in polite society is anything like her.

Then he discovers she is who she says, and that this latest romp has compromised her reputation. He knows how that is. One more scandal and he’ll be cast out of London society, but he needs a wife who’ll provide an heir to carry on his illustrious family’s name. He seeks out Katarina, intending only to scotch the scandal, but instead finds his heart ensnared.

He’s betting their future he’ll capture her heart, but does he have what it takes to win the wager?

WARNING: A blade-wielding heroine who crosses swords with a master of sensuality.

***

→ Opinion | A simple, fast paced and sexy novel. It’s an incredible page turner with lively characters and interesting story.

It’s like we’re there, close enough to the hero and heroine to witness the events with them. Sometimes I wondered about some of their behaviour, how they could resolve their problems in a better way, and it made me doubt how real their reactions were.

I enjoyed the author’s tone but the writing itself could be improved. Overall, it was a great surprise.

Copy provided through the tour company in exchange for an honest review.

 

Jenna Jaxon is a multi-published author of historical  and contemporary romance who has been reading and writing historical romance since she was a teenager.  A romantic herself, Jenna has always loved a dark side to the genre, a twist, suspense, a surprise.  She tries to incorporate all of these elements into her own writing.

Jenna lives in Virginia with her family and a small menagerie of pets.  When not reading or writing, she indulges her passion for the theatre, working with local theatres as a director.  She often feels she is directing her characters on their own private stage.

She has equated her writing to an addiction to chocolate because once she starts she just can’t stop.

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Romance Releases AUG 28 – 31

romance fiction book releases for aprilSo I’ve been trying different formats for this feature during August. I believe this one is the best one so far, and I’ve ran out of ideas! So please, let me know bellow if this one satisfies you? =)

There are lots of new romances released by the last week of August, most of them yesterday so ENJOY!

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Romances Releases AUG 21-27

romance fiction book releases for april

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To Cast or Not To Cast by Amanda Arista + Giveaway

August 28, 2012

Playing Barbie in my head

By Amanda Arista

I’m an extremely visual person. I’m the kid from school who had drawings and charts and six different colored highlighters as we took notes in class. When I read, I see a movie in my head, and if I don’t like the way a writer described a character, I’ll change it in my head. My visual points of reference are mostly TV and movies; I watch too much of both.

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Author Amanda Arista

So when this phenomenon of Pinterest came round, I was like Hallelujah! This was going to prevent me from saving all those images on my computer in a file that my hubby lovingly called ‘Tiger Beat’. Yes, I know I’m dating myself with that reference, but there is no other word for the repository of pretty that my computer had become. I immediately put all my pictures of all the characters in the Diaries of an Urban Panther series in their appropriate boards.

coverNow, this prompted the question: to cast of not to cast. For me it was a no-brainer: I had to. It helped me move them around the movie set in my head and made it easier to figure out if they would saunter, stride or stomp across the yard.  It kept the characters fresh and dynamic in my head and I could look at them on my Pinterest page to find a smirk that I needed to describe or to pinpoint that one characteristic that the readers would remember. That’s something I actually learned from Dickens: give each character one characteristic so that the reader can remember them. For Violet, it’s her long legs. For Chaz, it’s the golden in his hair. For Tucker, it’s his puppy dog eyes.

So when I had a hard time wring Tucker’s tortured brother, Tyler, I discovered it was because I didn’t know what he looked like in my head. I couldn’t close my eyes and move him around like a Ken doll, because I couldn’t see him.

That’s when I saw this:

Then I heard Tyler in my head for the first time. I knew how he moved and that he was a bit of a smartass when Violet needed him to be.

I have a writer friend who doesn’t write physical descriptions of her characters, because for her, it’s all about the internal. It’s all about who they are, not what they look like. She feels that the reader should experience the characters and not see them. When she reads, she doesn’t even see the book as a movie in her head. So for her, the one descriptor for her main character is reactionary and her romantic lead is stubborn. Which unfortunately meant that as I’m reading this character, in my head I’m seeing the most stubborn person that I know. But maybe that’s just me.

So I’m constantly trying to figure out: Do readers like physical descriptions or so they want to picture themselves as the main character with a broad range of who the romantic lead should be? Did the casting of True Blood effect your reading of the Sookie Stackhouse series? I know that when Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files hit SyFy, I couldn’t read the rest of the series without seeing Paul Blackthorne as Harry. But again, it worked for me. In fact, you’ll find him on the Pinterest boards.

I will keep pinning pictures of interesting things and you can see the movie casting of all three books in the Diaries series. As well as my favorite clothes and home inspiration. http://pinterest.com/aarista/

Do you like knowing what the main characters were supposed to look like in the authors head, or would you rather picture whoever works for you?

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Leave a comment or ask a question and you will be entered to win a Diaries of an Urban Panther gift set at the end of the Nine Lives blog tour! The gift set contains all three books, a coffee mug and a gift certificate to Amazon/BN =)

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Nine Lives of an Urban Panther 
by Amanda Arista

Amazon

Violet Jordan’s Rule #3 of being a superhero: Family first, fur second.

Dear Diary,

With new supernatural creatures popping up at every turn (Ghouls?Really?), the city divided, and my long-lost cousin blazing into town, I’ve got a lot on my mind. Oh, not to mention I’m supposed to be planning a wedding. Chaz has got to be the best, most patient (and probably clinically insane) fiancé around.

But defeating my sworn enemy in a battle for the souls of Dallas is going to require more than just my full attention. It means learning to depend on everyone—especially Chaz—if any of us are going to make it out of this alive. Because if Plan A doesn’t work, I’m going to need them for Plan B. And Plan C . . .

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