Between the covers book club

Hello there, lovely ladies 🤗

On the last day of my holiday let me wish you a happy World Chocolate Day for Friday.  🎉 What I don’t understand is why the day isn’t celebrated with a public holiday?? Seems fair considering the joy chocolate brings! 😉

Then, I have some fun news to share. Firstly, if you follow social media, you might have witnessed the Twittersphere explode with news of Jamie playing golf this week. Doesn’t seem newsworthy until you take a closer look at the picture…

Oh my. Is that a golf ball in your pocket or are you just happy to see us? 😉 Thank you, Lissa and Sharon for brightening my day with this tidbit.

We’ve all heard the rumours of Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series being turned into a TV series, but that project has been taken off the table according to her site. However, Sharon found this….

Aftershock and Afterburn, another series from Ms. Day, is being made into a movie. Though I’ve read both books, mostly to while away the time as I waited for a new Crossfire novel, I’m having a hard time recalling the details of the story. Interesting that they would go with this particular range rather than her more well known books.

Lastly, for those of you with romantic hearts, check out these adorable doodles from Bored Panda illustrating a happy couple’s life:

Cute, huh? ❤️

Currently I’m reading:

Raw Need by Cherrie Lynn, book 2 in the Larson Brothers series. I haven’t gotten very far yet, so the jury is still out.

On my shelf I have:

Dirty Girl by Meghan March, book 1 in the Dirty Girl Duet series.

I’ll leave you with a little levity…

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Have a good one, girls. See ya’ next week.

Between the covers book club

Hello there, lovely ladies 🤗We’re having the most glorious weather here in the eastern parts of Australia. It makes me want to kick back and suck down a couple of cocktails! Summer is definitely on its merry way. Yay! 

And with the advent of October, we welcome the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Whether it’s touched you personally, or colored the life of someone you know, thinking Pink is part of every woman’s life. Keep those girls healthy, ladies 🙂

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With Fifty slowly simmering to a boil after the release of the Darker trailer, Coco De Mer has launched a stunning new range of delicates to tantalize in the bedroom.

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Beautiful, right?

Do you remember, a little while ago, I posted news of Golden Girl, Crossfire’s Brett Kline’s tribute to Eva being turned into an actual song? That sexy laudation now has its very own music video..

Pretty cool, if you ask me… 😉

Then, before we dive into my reading week, let me share something that made me look twice…

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No, your eyes are not deceiving you! B.O.B. in the the form of E.T.’s finger. And a glowing one at that. Oh my gosh! E.T.’s florid digit must be the very last way I’d want to see stars… 😂😂

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This week I read:

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Playboy Pilot by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland was a lovely read, absolutely in line with the delicious stories this duo is known for. I thoroughly enjoyed having some fun with the friendly Captain of the skies, Carter Clynes.

Currently I’m reading:

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Roman Crazy by Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci, book one in The Broads Abroad series. So far, I’m liking this VERY much.


Lady Luck by Kristen Ashley, book three in the Colorado Mountain series – thank you, Sharon 🙂

I got my favorite Goodreads email at the end of September, and it goes without saying that I went a little nuts pre-ordering everything I’ve been waiting for. You’ve gotta’ love ebooks! Here’s some of what we can expect to see in October:

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These screen shots are taken from Goodreads which means the links aren’t live.

As always, I’ll leave you with something to make you grin…

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On that note, happy weekend, girls. Let’s chat 💭

Monique kiss

Between the covers book club

Hello there, lovely ladies 😉

How are we all doing? How many times have you watched the trailer by now? I’ve seen dozens of posts dissecting every aspect of it, but this one by Elle Magazine was a fun read. Thank you, Susan for the link. 😘

Now that we’ve had a peek at Darker, it comes as no surprise that Fifty Shades fame, coupled with the trailer, broke some records – again. Not least of which is the dethroning of “The Force Awakens” as the most watched trailer in the first 24 hours of release. See The Hollywood Reporter post for more. #AmazingStuff

Another cool thing I found this week was an actual recording of Golden… Remember, in Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series, when Brett Kline came back into Eva’s life along with his band’s hit single he wrote about her? That song, Golden, is now a REAL one… Listen to it here. I’ve heard many rumors of a Crossfire TV series in the works, but I’ve seen no concrete progress. Perhaps this is it? Let’s hope…

And then, look at this very naughty statue! Wow, that’s some bedroom acrobatics!

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Oh my…. ☺️

Before we start chatting about our book week, I wanted to mention one last thing. If you like to put a face to the name of your favorite book boyfriends (and girlfriends), check out this nifty board on Pinterest. This clever gal’ posts (unofficial) pics of the main characters in our genre. Pretty handy, IMO 😋

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This week I read:

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The Protector by Jodi Ellen Malpas, while certainly a classic in the overbearing bodyguard/vulnerable waif genre, didn’t deliver on the raw and fiery passion that we had with the delectable Mr Ward, Lord of the Manor. The bond between the two characters seemed shallow, built on physical attraction, and not much else. And while I enjoy a good “can’t-keep-my-hands-off-of-you” story, this one seemed to miss something. Pity. I was sooooo looking forward to more of the fireworks we saw in the This Man series. Also, when you go into a book with a certain expectation, it’s very hard to remain impartial when you want to offer a review reflective of the story. Keep that in mind if you’ve not read ANY of Malpas’s books before. But, if Jesse is a book boyfriend of yours, I reckon you’ll feel the same.

On my shelf I have:

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Tapping The Billionaire by Max Monroe, book one in the Billionaire Bad Boys series. The cover alone seems promising, right? 😉

Lastly, as I am a conscientious blogger, *wink, wink* I thought I’d share with you some valuable info – compliments of Sharon:

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Safety first! LOL! 😂

Have a great weekend, girls. Let us know what you’re reading 🤗

Monique kiss

Crossfire special edition book club

Hello, lovely ladies 🙂

My week of holiday has come and gone *sigh* How come times of rest never feel long enough? LOL! And before it slips my busy mind, thank you so much for all the well wishes. Thanks to laser surgery I’ve now ditched my spectacles! Yay!

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Let’s move onto movie news: this last week saw a lot of fresh pics from FSOG sets/scenes. I bet you remember when Christian naively lead Ana to Esclava for a haircut. Silly, silly man!

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See more from The Stir.

Then, the Laters, Baby site reported that Hugh Dancy landed the role of Dr Flynn:

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Personally, I think he looks a little younger than expected, but otherwise, he seems suitable.

Lastly, Susan shared this fascinating article: Unsloppy Seconds taken from Entertainment Weekly and posted by the Fifty Shades of Grey Fan site. I was particularly interested in reading about the high level of Erika’s control in the movie, and her vision to focus on the meat of Ana and Christian’s relationship rather than the steamy side. It made me feel VERY hopeful for Darker.

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This week I read:

NB: Please note that the review WILL contain spoilers from below the warning stamp.

DO NOT READ BELOW THE STAMP IF YOU’RE NOT KEEN FOR SOME POST READING INSIGHTS.

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I finished my re-read of the Crossfire series, book three and four, Entwined With You and Captivated by You by Sylvia Day. Though I STILL love the series, I maintain that book three, and especially book four, felt like long chapters rather than books that stand on their own merit. The stretching of the series, to me, made the writing feel just a little lazy. It’s also very interesting to note that she softened the intimate language over the course of all the books. My guess is that she wanted to make it more appealing to those readers whose first brush with the erotic genre was with FSOG and Erika’s “good-girl” language. Intriguing…

 One With You by Sylvia Day, book five in the Crossfire series was a loooong read. Not that I’m complaining. After the epic wait it was great to sink into something substantial. Also, it was jam packed with all the things that made Gideon and Eva so special, and, as ever, Sylvia’s beautiful writing style did not disappoint. I’ve always loved Gideon’s specific brand of Alpha. Overall I liked it, awarding it four stars on Goodreads, but it’s not without it’s issues. One of the main things we’ve been discussing through the course of the series were the loose ends, and though a lot of questions were answered, I was surprised to be left with some serious unanswered story lines, and even some new ones.

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  • Firstly, I struggled with the Cary, Trey, and Tatiana plus baby dynamic: is it his or not and is he and Trey going to patch things up?
  • Gideon’s mom: why does she refuse to believe/acknowledge his abuse? What’s the story there?
  • What about Corinne’s book? Will it still be published? And if so -naturally – we’d like to see the blowback of that.
  • There was also no resolution from the Landon’s. Did the GenTen blow away the competition? We also never found out if Landon’s wife, Angela, was genuine when she invited Eva to Fashion Week or if she was hiding some dodgy agenda.
  • One of the things that bothered me the most was the whole Hall thing. This was, in my opinion, the pivotal moment of the book, but she had SO MUCH going on that I don’t believe she brought the scene justice, needing to move on to the next thing to keep the book flowing and not growing too long (though, it has to be said, that a good book can never be too long). The whole scene was short and poorly explained. And the fallout?? What on earth happened to Anne as a consequence?? Considering Gideon’s tremendous resources, why the hell don’t we know more?
  • I absolutely loved the addition of Lucky, though I would have liked to see Eva’s thoughts on the matter and whether the puppy’s instincts was the actual reason she got him (that’s not what she told Gideon…) or was it all just a happy coincidence?
  • Lastly, and most confusingly, the ending with Eva’s mom’s secret background revealed, to me, seemed like a gratuitous complication. One that the book didn’t need to make it more riveting. There was more than enough brewing in the background, tension wise. Not only was the explanation unclear, but why take on the identity of an existing person, someone she knew and who knew her (and could possibly follow her movements/keep tabs on her)? Especially the daughter of the family she must hate. Why keep their name despite never hiding Eva’s dad’s identity? And if she had an affair with Eva’s dad in the course of that abusive relationship with her first husband, and considering the bloodhound cop instincts of Victor Reyes, would he not have known that the woman he loved was being assaulted? He does NOT strike me as the type of man who would let that go.

As a sidenote, and for those of you who REALLY like to nitpick, with Monica’s developing headache after Gideon’s talkshow interview, Eva offers her the guest bedroom, the one that was made up like Eva’s from her apartment, but in the previous book, that bedroom was cleared entirely for the swing… Huh.

Well, girls, that was a mouthful. Let’s discuss! Don’t you just love a big, juicy story? 😉

Let me leave you with this, the next dress I might invest in…

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Happy week, ladies!

Monique kiss

Between the covers book club

Hello, lovely ladies! 😉

Happy Easter! Have some hot cross buns….

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LOL! Thank you, Sharon for the cute share 😉

I don’t often get on my soapbox, but today is the day. I wish with all of my little heart that the writing world would get the following correct. Authors not knowing the difference between come and cum is my pet peeve.

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Share it far and wide, girls 🙂 

Then, for those of you who just loooove Jamie, here’s one you might like:

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I found this contemplative image on the Fifty Shades of Grey, Pictures, News and Stories Facebook page. 

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This week I read:

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Roomhate by Penelope Ward was disappointing considering how much I enjoyed Cocky Bastard. The back story was weak, the progression was extremely slow, and I found no real depth in the characters. Such a pity.

Beat by Vi Keeland, book two in the Stage series, was a good read. Sweet and entertaining. I enjoyed it.

A Necessary Sin by Georgia Cates, book one in the Sin Trilogy, was not for me. Sorry, girls. I’m not done yet, but I’ve put it aside for now. I’m not enjoying her writing style. It’s formal and sparse on emotion, almost mechanical in nature (though I concede that this is a personal preference for me, not necessarily something that will put everyone off), but the plot holes are second to none. I’ve said it many times before: our genre very often goes beyond plain fiction, straight into fantasy for all it’s OTT Alpha’s and the non-stop lovin’, and I understand that it should be read as such, but I still prefer my stories to be in the realm of plausibility. Perhaps I should continue to see where she goes with it, but it’s impossible for me to envision how she’ll manage to fix these massive gaps.

Currently I’m reading:

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Belong To You by Vi Keeland, book one in the Cole series.

On my shelf I have:

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Rock Chick Regret by Kristen Ashley, book seven in the Rock Chick series.

 This coming April sees a bumper month for new books, not least of which is the looooong awaited One With You, Crossfire book number five by Sylvia Day. Let’s take a look at my list thanks to Goodreads:

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As always, let me remind you that the above links aren’t live.

Here’s a few words hot off the Alpha creed:

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Hope you have a great rest and remember to share your best reads with us.

Monique kiss

Between the covers book club

Dear ladies,

Chapter 55 is kicking my ass! Call it writers block but Ana’s foray into the Red Room is a whole lot of blank screen right now despite me staring at it since Friday! As a result I’m having a little crisis of faith in my own abilities, I honestly have no idea what to do about it. I am not ready to post it. You know I hate doing this, I really don’t like letting you down, and I know you are waiting with bated breath, but there really is nothing I can do other than apologise profusely. And NO, I am not doing this to tease you, even I’m not that cliffie cruel. I don’t know when the muse will be back, maybe she’s on vacation?? If you have her, please send her back!!! I really do not want to commit to a  time, but I’m hoping that it’s soon!

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I’ve also been encouraged by so many of you kind and understanding readers to change my chapter posts from weekly to fortnightly in order help me cope with my new time constraints. Please understand that this is not a consideration I’m taking lightly, and as we are drawing near to the end of Meander, this is something I may have to do. I’m mentioning it only for the sake of managing your expectations. 

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This week I read:

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Rush by Maya Banks. As I mentioned last week, this is an author that I’ve heard wonderful things about, and have been meaning to try for the longest time. I was not disappointed. Hot and well written, a great read with a strong male lead. I will definitely be reading the whole series.

On my shelf I have:

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Breathe Me In by Cherrie Lynn, the prequel to Leave Me Breathless and Fever, book two of the Breathless series by Maya Banks.

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Then onto some FSOG movie news:

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According to the Laters Baby FSOG fan site, The List (UK) reported that Cara Delevingne  has had an audition for a “strong secondary” role for the film…. Like Crissy from the Laters Baby site, I too suspect  it is to play Kate.

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I know at least one reader that will be thrilled to hear that Devin Paisley’s name is popping up to play Christian. I’ve used him as inspiration for Chris’s rocker piano teacher. What do you think ladies? Could this be our CG?

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According to Enstarz, Leighton Meester may be another contender for our long awaited movie.

Source: http://latersbaby.net/?p=2978#sthash.lUMvObh0.dpbs

I’ve heard this rumour before, but it’s official. Lionsgate has acquired the TV  rights for Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series, so we can dive right into speculating about who will star as Gideon Cross.

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Thanks to the Super Hot Translators, I’ve posted chapter 13 and 14 of the Portuguese translation of Meander.

I hope you have a good week ladies, and again, I’m sorry!

Happy reading!

Monique x

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Happy birthday Meander!

Exactly one year today, I posted Fifty Shades Meander on the Fan Fiction site!

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Since then I’ve written 268 489 words (excluding the one-shots) which equate roughly to FIVE BOOKS, if you follow the industry genre standard! 

So – from me to you – thank you so much for your support and your encouragement, for taking a chance on a story I know starts in a very bad place for the couple we adore, the reviews and the books, the trailer links, the music, the suggestions, the fixes, but mostly thank you for your friendship 😉

To celebrate this very happy event I’ve written a Crossfire one-shot (Gideon’s POV) because so many of you have asked for a love scene between Gideon and Eva. Find Gideon Meander in the sidebar.

But that’s not all… if you call now…. LOL! 😀

Seeing that so many of us are still on a Real high, the author, Katy Evans was kind enough to grant me an interview to celebrate Meander’s birthday! Cool right? And between me and you, let me tell you, she is as lovely as her book! It’s so refreshing to find a writer that keeps in touch with her fans the way she does.

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These are the questions I asked her…

Boys – athletically lean or Remy-style bulging muscles?

I love both, actually!

Ice-cream or chocolate?

Chocolate!

Name one food you would never eat.

Mushrooms.

What do you think about when you’re folding the washing?

Plots and characters!

If you could pick anyone, who would you like to have a dinner date with?

My husband.

If you weren’t a writer you would be…?

A nutritionist or an athlete.

What is your favourite children’s book?

The Hungry Caterpillar.

Who is your favourite author?

So many! But I think the ones I grew up reading are the ones that have stuck with me through the years. Julie Garwood, Jude Deveraux, Judith McNaught. Love you!

If you had to pick just one, which song would you pick for Real?

Iris.

Is Remy based on someone real?

No. But he’s as real as it gets to me.

According to Goodreads we can expect a total of five books in the Real, Raw and Ripped series, do we really have that much of Remy to look forward to? 😉

Well, they are not all about Remy and Brooke. Remy and Brooke get REAL, MINE and REMY (his POV story) and then Melanie gets her own book, and the last one is a surprise. 🙂

Following the success of Real, are you more or less nervous about the release of Mine (book two in the Real, Raw and Ripped series)?

I’m hopeful that you will all love it as much as you loved Real! My goal is to be as true to what Remington and Brooke as I was in the first book, so I’m trying to be faithful to them and to what they want to say.

When is Mine scheduled to be released?

Nothing is set in stone, but I’m hoping at the latest by fall 2013.

Is Remy baby-ready or will he be concerned about passing his condition on to his offspring?

Not sure, I haven’t talked to him about that.

How much research did you do into Remy’s condition and is the blue to black eye color change a genuine possible part of this disorder?

Yes, the eye color change is a genuine possible part of this disorder. It is not common, but is has been researched and documented and occurs (or has occurred) in many people with BP. As for research, I’ve personally been exposed to people suffering with mental illness, and I admire them very much. Warriors! I also stocked up on my reading.

Check out Katy’s website: http://www.katyevans.net/

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