New Release: Dirty Flirting by Ava Alise


Dirty Flirting: Part One by Ava Alise

“Sometimes one kiss is enough to change everything.”

Easy hookups, no commitments, kinky fun.
That’s my motto after what I’ve been through with men. I’m all about enjoying sex without any needy attachments. Been there, done that. All the romance and happily ever after mess? Maybe I’ll try again at 30.

But then this guy happens… DREXEL ADAMS

After a searing kiss, our little flirting game seems more like foreplay. He’s hot as F$&%, and he’s filthy in bed.

He’s everything I crave… until he asks for more.

Now what the hell am I supposed to do?


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The Beauty Doctor by Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard


The year is 1907. Women still wear their hair over layers of padding, they wear corsets and covers, which require a maid to help with dressing, they have no recourse when it comes to homeliness or when a small facial defect assumes huge proportions in a young woman’s mind. Make-up is minimal or non-existent in most homes. This is a prime time for the Beauty Doctor to move into your neighborhood.

Abigail Platford is about to flee the home of her soon-to-be in-laws and their son, her fiancé, leaving them far behind. These very wealthy people are smothering Abigail with their disapproval of both her and the upcoming marriage between her and their son. Arthur Hennessy isn’t truly interested in Abigail and she isn’t in him either. This is an easy way for Abigail to regain a home that was lost and for Arthur to cover his interest in a young man. The night before she is leaving, she meets Dr. Franklin Rome, a very handsome man, who causes a hot flush to creep over her face, as they introduce themselves to each other.

Abigail’s father had been a doctor and had encouraged her dream of one day becoming one, as well. Now, without the support of her father, she knows it is only a dream, but she does have a good start in the medical field, having worked with him. She must find employment immediately, if she is to survive. She thinks of Dr. Rome and, knowing where his current patient resides, she chooses to wait outside for him in the hope of him employing her.

It takes a little time for the doctor to decide he has just the job for her. He explains to her that he is a ‘Beauty Doctor’. He is the one who fixes a bump on a woman’s nose, injects her wrinkled skin with paraffin, and heals lesions on her face. He needs Abigail to attend parties or women’s gatherings, where she can basically advertise for him. Abigail, herself a beautiful woman, is unsure of the honesty of this ploy, but involves herself deeper and deeper in Dr. Rome’s medical practice.

As I read this book, I wondered if Dr. Rome is for real. He’s very good at his job, but soon he shows himself to be wholly driven by money. He does work hard to improve his skill, but that involves kidnapping people off the street. Abigail is so enthralled by him that she talks herself into accepting anything. Even a very questionable business venture involving other doctors.

I didn’t find Dr. Rome to be an empathetic character. In fact, I pretty much disliked him from the beginning. He’s a philanderer on a grand scale and Abigail is overly innocent when he starts to be interested in her. Abigail hasn’t any discernment; she hopes this is true love.

There were several characters you are meant to dislike. In fact, it seemed like almost everyone lacked any redeeming qualities. The book is well written without any shortcuts in the storyline. I do think that I should have liked Abigail more, but her turning a blind eye to the doctor put me off. Most readers will find this to be a very good story. It’s highly involved in right-and-wrong, good vs. evil.

The rating:

  • Genre and general reading age – I call this ‘historical’. It is not a romance in my opinion, and the reading age would be late teen and adult.
  • Level of sexuality – There was one scene that was a bit graphic. Other than that, it was tame.
  • Is there graphic language? Not a lot.
  • Did I cry? No.
  • Did I laugh? No.
  • Is this part of a series? No.
  • Level of character development – I was most interested in Abigail, as she is the main character. I was sorry for her predicament; it was go along or be back on the streets. However, I really didn’t think much of her. She gained strength as time went on. I just expected more from her.

I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars.

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The Cellar by Richard Laymon – Beast House Book 1


Donna Hayes is a sweet-natured woman with a monstrous ex-husband and an entertaining teenage daughter, Sandy. The day Donna finds out he is freed from prison she hits the road, taking Sandy and running as fast as she can. Roy Hayes truly is an undisguised horror, released upon the world and is now hunting his wife and daughter.

Malcasa Point may not be the typical tourist stop, but it is not unheard of. How can it not be known, when its main draw is a place of murder, called the Beast House? There have been eleven mysterious killings since it was built, in 1903. Those few who have survived talk of a hideous beast with claws. The current owner, Maggie Kutch, left the house in 1931, after the murder of her husband and children. She makes her living by displaying the house to those who are curious and not overly disturbed by monsters and murder. She is a seriously creepy woman with a cold attitude towards death, uncaring of how her tour is perceived, and takes far too much enjoyment of her mannequins who mimic death. I didn’t care for her one bit; she is definitely an unsympathetic character. However, she is perfect for this story.

As Donna and Sandy drive away from their home, Donna prays she is leaving Roy Hayes far behind; he can’t possibly know what direction she has chosen. Unfortunately, it is at Malcasa Point that she loses her way in the fog and drives off the road. She and Sandy are okay, but the car is not going anywhere anytime soon. They find a hotel with the help of another creepy character, Axel Kutch. Donna discovers that the creep factor of Malcasa Point is off the charts.

When Sandy talks her mother into taking the tour of Beast House, Donna is fortunate to meet Judgment Rucker and Larry Maywood. She would be stunned to find out the real reason Jud and Larry are taking the tour. Jud’s calm demeanor provides the courage needed by Donna to pursue her interest in him and gives her strength when she finds his interest in Beast House has dragged her right through its door in the dark of night. Gradually, several people are drawn into the story of Beast House and they will never be the same.

At first, I wasn’t sure I wanted to read this book. Horror gives me the willies, which is the point of reading one. As I read, I was intrigued and completely drawn into the tale of ignorant people rushing headlong into danger and the fact that they truly thought they could conquer anything.

The rating:

  • Genre and general reading age – Horror for older teens and adults.
  • Level of sexuality – High.
  • Is there graphic language? Yes.
  • Did I cry? No.
  • Did I laugh? Not until the end.
  • Is this part of a series? Yes, the Beast House Series.
  • Level of character development – I thought the characters were well-developed and I enjoyed most of them and the parts they played in moving the story along.

I cringed every time Roy Hayes showed up. He is a totally evil individual and I hoped he’d drop dead, or meet some other detestable fate. I’ll leave that to you to find out, but his story heightens the tension in the book. The other characters are drawn to Beast House and the monster, which provides a terrific storyline. Overall, I really like the book, however, the ending was heavy-handed and earned ⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars.

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The Collar & Cavvarach by Annie Douglass Lima – Krillonian Chronicles Book 1


The collar around Bensin’s neck announces to all that he is a lowly slave, downtrodden, abused by owners, and sold as those owners see fit. There is no going out in public without a Pass from the owner. Clothing, used or very used, is at the discretion of the owner. Meals are also dictated by them. There are almost more rules than one can count. In fact, there is even a rule book on slaves for these owners.

Bensin’s sister, Ellie, is only five years old. They have always been together and he can’t imagine a life without her. They are purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Creghorn. Bensin works the yard, runs errands, and does housework. Young Ellie babysits their infant, which she is very good at, keeping Baby Creghorn happy most of the time.

When their mother died, Bensin promised her that he would obtain freedom for Ellie. Slaves are expensive to purchase and it will take years to buy her freedom. So, Bensin hatches a plan to set her free, even though he will still remain a slave. One night, they sneak out of the house, walk a long while, hiding behind cars and in alleys. Still, they are caught by the Watch officers. They’re hustled to a station, where punishment is meted out: thirty lashes for being a runaway. At fourteen, Bensin is used to being beaten by Mr. Creghorn, who is as short-tempered as a person can get. On top of his thirty lashes, he knows he will get more by his owner once he returns. Bensin realizes life is about to get even harder, but he knows he can take it if it means freeing Ellie from slavery.

Soon, Bensin discovers that the Cleghorns are selling him and he will no longer see his sister. They are both devastated at the thought, but his owners have run out of patience, dealing with a runaway, and want him gone. He is sold to Steene Mayvins, who coaches cavvara shil skills. Since he has been trained in this sport, Bensin hopes to make money for his new owner by winning matches. This is just the tip of the iceberg in the tale of Bensin and Ellie.

This story caught my interest immediately. Bensin is an engaging character with a strong personality, which must be hidden to survive in this life of slavery. Just when I thought he is an adult in disguise with all the answers, he does some ‘kid’ thing and I was reminded of his age and the strong spirit within. There is a lot that goes on in each chapter; never was I left with a ho-hum moment. I did find Ellie to be a little overly mature for her age; I have some difficulty seeing a five-year-old carrying an infant or managing to get him into his crib. Also, for being a slave, I thought she was rather unaware of the danger they were in when they tried to make a run for it.

This book is about a youngster learning a life lesson: be patient, persevere, work through your fear, and do your best. Bevin has some struggles, but he always returns to his goal of freeing his sister. Once he is owned by Steene, he becomes even stronger through the adult guidance he receives. As he is coached to physically prepare for competitions and mentally prepare for his adversaries, he becomes an admirable boy that I took pleasure watching become a mature athlete who sometimes made the right choice, and occasionally the wrong. I believe most readers will enjoy this book.

The rating:

  • Genre & general reading age – YA fantasy, but readers of all ages will appreciate it.
  • Level of sexuality: None.
  • Is there graphic language: Very little.
  • Did I cry? No.
  • Did I laugh? No.
  • Is this part of a series? The Krillonian Chronicles book one.
  • Level of character development – I enjoyed all of the characters, even the ones I thought of as ‘bad’. They were very well presented.

I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars.

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Featured Author: Michael McLellan



Michael’s love of books began with Beverly Cleary’s The Mouse and the Motorcycle when he was seven years old. Later influenced by the works of John Steinbeck, Harper Lee, Stephen King, and Cormac McCarthy, Michael developed his style of storytelling. A self-proclaimed blue-collar writer, he draws on his experience and observations to bring relevant and compelling topics to life.

Michael lives in Northern California and when he’s not writing, he can usually be found wandering around the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges.

His body of work includes the 2014 novel After and Again, the 2015 novel American Flowers, and the shorts In the Valley, Joe Price, and Anywhere But Here. Michael’s newest novel, In the Shadow of the Hanging Tree, was released April 2017 by Sweet Candy Press, and is available now at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and other book retailers.

1. When did you start writing?

I’ve been writing songs, music, and poetry since I was in my early teens. Through the years I also accumulated a binder full of half-hearted attempts at novels; most of which were only a handful of pages and not very good ones at that. Finally, in 2011 I had what you might call a life-changing experience. Shortly after that, the floodgates opened.

2. What is your inspiration?

Definitely social issues. More specifically, how human beings treat each other.

3. How did you come up with your stories?

They just appear. I have new ideas all the time. Mostly the ideas fade away after a few hours, or days, but sometimes the ideas stick, and the story will start piecing itself together while I go about my daily routine.

4. Where is your favorite place to write?

I have a nice easy-chair with my butt imprint in it. It faces a window where I can look out at our fruit trees.

5. Do you plan your stories before starting?

(Laugh) Nope. I couldn’t write an outline to save my life. I’ll chew over an idea until I’m certain it’s not going to go away, then I’ll sit down with my laptop and start telling myself the story. That’s my process. I wouldn’t have it any other way because it’s exciting not knowing how things are going to unfold until they do. Sometimes I’m every bit as surprised as a casual reader when something unexpected happens.

6. When did you first consider yourself an author?

After my second novel, American Flowers. I stopped feeling like an imposter.

7. Do you see writing as a career?

Absolutely. It’s the path I’ve chosen, and I don’t foresee myself doing anything else.

8. Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Keeping stories fresh is always the most difficult challenge—at least for me. Pretty much every conceivable topic has already been written about. Sometimes every idea that pops into my head just makes me roll my eyes and think: Well that’s been beaten-into-the-ground a million ways already. I finally decided my quest isn’t to break new ground. It’s simply to tell a story in a unique voice and, hopefully, from a unique standpoint.

9. What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Research. I feel that good fiction shouldn’t feel like fiction when you’re reading it, so I go through a lot to make sure that details are accurate.

10. Can you share a little of your current work with us?

I’m currently working on two novels. One is based on a post-apocalyptic short story I wrote last year. You can read the short here: The second is a contemporary drama about a fourteen-year-old named Sean Pennington, whose parents both die in tragic accidents, less than three years apart. Sean is sent to a group home because he has no other family except for a grandfather he’s never met, and who no one can reach. The book follows Sean from his comfortable, semi-affluent life to his troubling experiences in a broken social services system, to his desperate attempt to strike out and find his only living relative.

11. Do you have advice for other writers?

Be wary of advice from other writers;) Just write.

12. Do you have anything specific you want to say to your readers?

Yes. Thanks to everyone who has read my books. I’d be lying if I claimed to write strictly for myself. I’ll leave that to others. Because for me, touching someone else’s life, even for a moment, is what makes it all worth it.


Read our review of In the Shadow of the Hanging Tree by Michael A. McLellan