Tiffany Reisz: Original Sinners

Hello girls 🤗

Because I’ve been asked this question so many times, I decided to do a blog post so everyone gets to see. Tiffany Reisz is one of my top ten favorite authors and the creator of the run-away success, Original Sinners. The series is LONG, but, as I’ve mentioned many times before, absolutely EPIC, with a capital E. When I initially started the range, I liked it, the writing was great, but I did not see the true scope of the story. It was certainly enthralling enough to continue to book two, but little did I know that I would become deeply enthralled by the world she created, invested in her creations like they were friends. By book three I began to get an inkling of the vast span of this saga and the incredible depth of her fascinating characters. Usually this level of detail and depth is reserved for the Sci-Fi genre with the likes of someone like Peter F. Hamilton, but Tiff’s done it in OUR genre. Not that it’s futuristic, but the facets of the many twist and turns, the implications on these people’s lives, and how it intertwines over the span of time, is simply mind boggling. How she kept the threads of this story straight I have NO idea. But she did, and did so believably. The kink is much harder than Ana’s gentle entry into BDSM, but so well written that you can’t help but be swept away by the tide.

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There are many books in the series and then novellas that make up series within the main series. It can get very confusing, but Tiffany sets us straight. This is for you, Lissa and Susan, and everyone who’s ever asked me:

These are the main books (full novels) and should be read in the following order:

The Siren (Original Sinners, Red Years #1)

The Angel (Original Sinners, Red Years #2)

The Prince (Original Sinners, Red Years #3)

The Mistress (Original Sinners, Red Years #4)

The Saint (Original Sinners, White Years #1)

The King (Original Sinners, White Years #2)

The Virgin (Original Sinners, White Years #3)

The Queen (Original Sinners, White Years #4)

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The novellas can be read in any order but I would suggest reading all the full novels first, and definitely The Red Years BEFORE the White Years. I personally read the novellas in the bundles they are usually sold, and I NEVER felt lost, but did so AFTER the main series.

The Original Sinners novellas are:

The Gift (previously published as Seven Day Loan) Daniel Part one

Little Red Riding Crop

Immersed in Pleasure

Submit to Desire

Daniel Part Two

A Christmas Maggie

Everything They Wanted

Something Nice

Christmas in Suite 37A

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The Mistress Files (novellas consisting of: The Case of the Acting Actress, The Case of the Diffident Dom, The Case of the Reluctant Rock Star, The Case of the Brokenhearted Bartender, The Case of the Secret Switch)

The Last Good Knight (novellas consisting of: Scars and Stripes #1, Sore Spots #2, The Games Destiny Plays #3, Fit to Be Tied #4, The Last Good Night #1.5)

The Teacher

The Confessions (of Father Marcus Sterns)

Night Swimming

The Metronome

The Teacher’s Pet

The Ingenue

The Theory of the Moment

The Sweetheart

Griffin in Wonderland

Happy Birthday Soren

Gauze

A Beautiful Thing

Rope

Jordan

A Better Distraction

Rectified

The Couch

Michael’s Wings

Many of these are short stories available for free from her site. Tiffany has said goodbye to the Original Sinners series with the re-publication of Confessions, but it seems it was just, “Goodbye for now”. This list – I hope – is not exhaustive.

**SPOILER ALERT**

And just to make it immeasurably more complicated, Tiffany will be publishing the main female character in the Original Sinners series, who just happens to be a writer, Nora Sutherlin’s books, starting with: The Red. I am one VERY blessed girl with an advanced SIGNED copy of this yummy treat  – all thanks to Sharon! ❤️ Watch this space…

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Happy day, Ladies 😉

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Between the covers book club

Hello there, lovely ladies 🤗 

Let me kick off by saying a hearty Happy Thanksgiving to all the US readers. I hope you had a precious day feeling grateful for the gifts life brings, not least of which are gripping books. Yay! ❤️

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As far as the movie is concerned, rumour has it that hottie, Lenny Kravitz, may be writing the soundtrack for Darker. Seems fitting, huh? See the Daily Mail for more.

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I found this cute little meme on Facebook. Darker: doggy-style…

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LOL! 😂

While we all love a good book, especially when they drip with panty melting lemons, not all love scenes are created equally. Susan shared this laugh-out-loud article from Buzzfeed featuring the Bad Sex Fiction Awards. You might still need to change your knickers after reading these, but only because you tinkled from laughing so hard. This is my favourite, terrible scene:

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WTF?? LOL! 😂😂

Then, how is this for a dream getaway? Sharon sent me this author’s cruise ad run by 1001 Dark Nights

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Wow!!! Imagine spending some quality holiday time with your favourite writers? Feel free to invite me along 😉

This week I read:

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Managed by Kristen Callihan, book two in the VIP series, was delightful. We met Gabriel in book one where he came across as a hard-nosed control freak, but WOW! The way she set this up, the depth of his character, and how he bloomed in this book, was nothing short of gobsmacking. I loved the roller coaster read of him falling hard for love, the tension-wrought build-up between him and Soph, and then the inevitable snap of his steely control. Good stuff! Here’s a little visual of how Gabriel became putty in Sophie’s hands…

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*sigh* 😍

Breathe by C. D. Reiss, book ten in the Songs of Submission series was the one novella I still needed to read to complete the round number. What can I say about this range that I haven’t already? Exceptional writing, white-hot loving, and complex, interesting characters. I STILL love this whole series.

Currently I’m reading:

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Her Naughty Holiday by Tiffany Reisz, book two in the Men at Work series.

As you know, I usually adore getting my Goodreads email touting the new books we’ll see in the coming month, but the December new releases seem a little thin. 😳 Nevertheless, here they are:

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Please note: these are screenshots taken from my Goodreads page, thus voiding the links.

The truth about going for drinks – at least for me…

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LOL! 😉

Have a beautiful weekend, girls. See ya’ soon!

Monique kiss

Between the covers book club

Hello there, Lovely Ladies 🤗

Christmas seems to be in full swing here. Do you think retailers start earlier and earlier every year, or is it just me? Regardless, I LOVE the season and am looking forward to some serious holiday time. Yay! 🎉

Also, I’ve noticed, this time around, a LOT less Fifty hype with the advent of Darker. I wonder why. Yesterday, I posted the TV spot that was aired during the Latin Grammy Awards, but it seems to me that ALL sources of movie news are on the thin side. However, one fun thing we WILL be able to enjoy through all three movies is the virtual reality tour.

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Sign up to Fandango to get the alerts for the Darker experience.

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This week I read:

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A Place in the Sun by R. S. Grey was a delightful little read reminiscent of Alice Clayton’s recent, Roman Crazy. This standalone is just the right thing to enjoy when you’re coming down from a book hangover. Thank you, Susan 😉

Sacking the Quarterback by Samantha Towle is part of James Patterson’s Bookshots concept. Supposedly they are “Stories at the Speed of Life” which basically translates to shorts. I understand the need for novellas, and who doesn’t like a fast-paced, action packed book? But if it’s to the detriment of the story, the pace so swift that there’s no meat, you’ve lost me. If you’ve read Samantha before, then I think you’ll agree, this one reads like a summary rather than a fully developed tale.

Unsuitable by Samantha Towle was an interesting departure from her usual vein. This had a much darker tinge, but (fortunately for me) not too dark. Parts of it reminded me of Fifty, and the buildup was awash with expectation and lots of ping-ponging emotions for the characters. Thank you for the rec, Katherine 😉

Currently I’m reading:

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Managed by Kristen Callihan, book two in the VIP series. I LOVE this author, so I’m stoked to be back in her world.

Ha! This one made me laugh out loud!

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😂😂😂

As always, it was lovely chatting with you. Don’t be shy to share your latest and greatest with us, girls.

Monique kiss

 

 

New Trailer….

Hello there, girls 🙂

Just a quick one… It’s Friday night and as I’m sipping my wind-down glass of wine, I spy an email from Kereny, alerting me to a new trailer for Darker. This TV spot was featured last night at the Latin Grammy Awards! Just what we need to ring in the weekend, huh?

Not much in the way of new scenes, but it’s nice to simply see MORE…..

Thank you, Kereny! 

Between the covers book club

Hello there, lovely ladies 🤗

This week, as we remembered those who died in battle, fighting for liberty, our Sydney Opera house was lit up with the blood red blooms that typically mark this day. 

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A stunning visual to show that we will never forget, isn’t it? ❣️

Then, in response to the excitement and incessant social media posts concerning the US elections, here’s a change of subject…

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LOL! 😂

We’ve had some glorious rain this week, but with the deluge of water comes the muggy stickiness. Oh dear…. it’s never just right, is it? 😝 

Not that I should complain. Those of you who’ve been with me for a while will know that we lived in the northern tip of Australia for a bit. And hot is not the word for the off-the-charts humidity there, so I should be used to it. The other thing you might recall is an offbeat practice that helped shape the Northern Territory’s (NT for short) reputation as the black sheep of Aus. The local broadsheet is known for it’s wild, eye catching headlines. I’ve posted a few of these in the past, and if you want a laugh, check out The Territory News. But most recently, they’ve added to their quirky (and by quirky I mean NAUGHTY) sense of humor by setting the Twittersphere alight with their new tourist ad campaign. The “See you (in the) Northern Territory” slogan/logo has raised eyebrows for obvious reasons…

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LOL! 😂😂 Only in the Top End! See the ABC News site for this gasp-worthy marketing ploy.

Sharon shared this, the ideal place to keep your spare change… Imagine whipping this out at the supermarket! It’ll certainly be a conversation starter – a handmade vajayjay purse. You can even choose your preferred hairstyle!  

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Check out The Berry if you want to get yourself one of these… uhm… Hairy Mary baggies. *Winks to Katherine*

Storing tampons in a vajajay, no matter how cute, is a tad too literal for my sensibilities! LOL! 😂 There isn’t a smiley blushing enough for this!  

This week I read:

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The Goal by Elle Kennedy, book four in the Off-Campus series was a delightful little morsel. This book didn’t follow the normal path of boy meets girl/fall in love/fight/break up/then make up-style. Instead, it was a lovely, touching journey of making things work despite the lemons life sometimes throws at you. I adored the focused, patient hottie hockey player who knows his own heart AND his own mind. 

Mr President by Katy Evans, book one in the White House series, left me with mixed feelings. On the one hand, the background story featuring the US political machine at work was a refreshing change, one that lead to steamy stolen moments between the two protagonists, and the buildup of said moments were exceptionally well timed. Personally, I adore a book with a tension wrought lead-up to the inevitable fireworks. But, conversely, the first half of the book felt extremely stilted, as if an editor went to town on the words, slashing away all the internal dialogue and feelings that would give the character’s struggles depth. Strangely, that same editor, seemed to have missed some vital edits concerning grammar. Considering Katy’s status on the best seller’s list, I expected better editorial care. Nevertheless, from my rating, you can see I gave Matt and C for Charlotte my thumbs up. On a closing note – it has to be said – **SPOILER ALERT** the book ended on a helluva’ cliffie. Bring on Commander in Chief!

Entrapment by Aleatha Romig, book four in the Infidelity series, was good, but not great. As with book three, I’m still struggling with the massive plot holes. With a fifth and final book coming, there may be scope for explaining some paths, but honestly, I don’t see that happening. I will finish the series, it’s pretty epic, and has some merit, but so far, nothing that will put it on my Favorites list. **SPOILER** And if I thought Mr President ended on a cliffie, this one took the cliffie-cake!

Currently I’m reading:

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A Place in the Sun by R. S. Grey. Thank you, Susan 😘

Here’s a little something many of us can relate to…

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The dreaded droop! Ageing sucks, yeah? LOL! 😂  

That’s it from me, girls. Let’s chat. I hope you have a brilliant weekend. 

Monique kiss

Between the covers book club

Hello there, lovely ladies 🙂

What a week it’s been! Thank goodness for weekends, right? Luckily I’ve had the comforting company of great reads. What would we do without the distraction of fabulous books and the Alphas that accompany them?

Naturally, with my obvious love for Fifty, I’ve been outspoken about the sad (and sometimes misguided) misrepresentations of our Shady couple on social media. On one occasion, when Erika suffered yet another blast of ridiculous tirades centering around abuse, I felt compelled to speak out, posting the following open letter to her.

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The controversy of opposing poles is a very attractive bone for the media to pick over, often times being deliberately provoking. I understand this trend, their aim is to sell publications and to start conversations, no matter how banal or pointless. But, on the Fifty Shades of Grey News Facebook page, I came across someone taking a clear and truthful stand. How very refreshing. From the Odyssey site, read “The Truth About Fifty Shades”. #GoodStuff

This week I read:

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Sing, Coda, and Dominance by C. D. Reiss, books seven, eight, and nine of the Songs of Submission series, was exactly what I expected for the grand finale from this polished writer. I’ve adored this series, thoroughly enjoying sinking my teeth into something hearty. What a pleasure it’s been! Though heavily reminiscent of Fifty, there is a freshness to the story that’s gripping. Also, the exceptional writing doesn’t hurt one bit. The BDSM aspect is a LOT more edgy, more real, and the overall story is more intense than the fragile love blooming between Ana and Christian, but it makes for one helluva’ good book. Like I did with the first set of books, I happily bestow my BOB award on the full range of Songs of Submission.

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As a side note, the book order at the end is a little confusing, and made more so with the extra shorts that the writer has listed on Goodreads. As I understand it, originally, the shorts; Jessica & Sharon (both to read after Submit), and Rachel (to be read after Burn) was published separately, but then later compiled together in Dominance, which was marketed as book 8. However, too may questions remained and the author published Coda as book 9. But Coda is actually the epi, technically the actual book 8 – order wise. See? Perplexing, right? Monica (to be read after Sing), was included in Coda as an insight into how she was handling her new life. Though I loved reading Coda and Dominance, and I was thrilled for the closure especially Coda bought, these two books, IMO, lost this five star series half a star. The jumping around from scene to scene AND through time was, on occasion, difficult to follow. That and the needless chopping into various novellas that should have been whole books always gets my goat.

Her Halloween Treat by Tiffany Reisz, book one in the Men at Work series, was just what I needed after the intensity of Submission. A well-rounded story with all the yummy bells and whistles we love. I so admire a writer who can create a vast world like in the Original Sinners series, painted in the finest of detail, and then, go on to write such a down-to-earth romance as this. What a gift. I loved it so much it went straight on to my Favorites pile. My only objection? What’s with the cover?? LOL!

Currently I’m reading:

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The Goal by Elle Kennedy, book four in the Off-Campus series. You can never go wrong with a hot jock who knows EXACTLY what he wants 😉

On my shelf I have:

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Mr. President by Katy Evans, book one in the White House series. So far I’m hearing good things… Yay!

This little joke because….. Yoda. LOL!

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Well, that was a mouthful from me! I hope you’re having as much reading fun as I am. Don’t be shy to share the very best on your bookshelf with us, girls 🙂

Monique kiss