Sunday, November 17, 2013

Happy Hour in Hell by Tad Williams

Happy hour in Hell
By Tad Williams

This was an Advanced Reader’s Copy given to me by the author.

Amazon Blurb:

I’ve been told to go to Hell more times than I can count. But this time I’m actually going.

My name’s Bobby Dollar, sometimes known as Doloriel, and of course, Hell isn’t a great place for someone like me—I’m an angel. They don’t like my kind down there, not even the slightly fallen variety. But they have my girlfriend, who happens to be a beautiful demon named Casimira, Countess of Cold Hands. Why does an angel have a demon girlfriend? Well, certainly not because it helps my career.

She’s being held hostage by one of the nastiest, most powerful demons in all of the netherworld—Eligor, Grand Duke of Hell. He already hates me, and he’d like nothing better than to get his hands on me and rip my immortal soul right out of my borrowed but oh-so-mortal body.

But wait, it gets better! Not only do I have to sneak into Hell, make my way across thousands of miles of terror and suffering to reach Pan- demonium, capital of the fiery depths, but then I have to steal Caz right out from under Eligor’s burning eyes and smuggle her out again, past demon soldiers, hellhounds, and all the murderous creatures imprisoned there for eternity. And even if I somehow manage to escape Hell, I’m also being stalked by an undead psychopath named Smyler who’s been following me for weeks. Oh, and did I mention that he can’t be killed?

So if I somehow survive Hell, elude the Grand Duke and all his hideous minions and make it back to the real world, I’ll still be the most hunted soul in Creation. But at least I’ll have Caz. Gotta have something to look forward to, right?

So just pour me that damn drink, will you? I’ve got somewhere to go.

My favorite character:

I would have to say I still love Bobby Dollar; he becomes even more real to me in this installment. The things you do for the one you love can scary and amazing. The other two would be Gob, and Riprash, the slave trading demon. I was enthralled that even though they are in Hell you really have to wrap your brain around the fact that demons really can have human qualities.

My thoughts:
This installment starts from where it ends in the first book. This time he thinks up a plan to get into Hell to save the love of his life, Caz the Countess of Cold Hands.  The journey into Hell is very vivid and descriptive (like all of Tad’s work) and really immersed me in the story. I took my time reading this savoring the sights, sounds and smells of Hell. 

The other side line story of a Heaven conspiracy made you think when you read it. Theories abound and I’m interested to see how it plays out in the next installment. It’s really a love story underneath it all and touched me. The things you do to save the one you love can be terrifying and intense. 

References to Dante's Inferno really interested me. The thought there are many different layers of Hell is hair-raising and thought provoking. The denizens you see in Hell give you an provocative look into a person's soul.  This book has similar storytelling aspects to another one of my favorite authors, Clive Barker.


  I'm giving this 5 fairies because I really love the plot and storyline and I really connected with the characters of the book. Thought-provoking and riveting story that really appealed to me. It touched my heart strings and was nerve tingling at times. I look forward to reading the next installment.

Check out Tad Williams website for more information on his books.

Tad Williams

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

My first repost for BTS emag-Check it out



A little taste of the entertaining and informative columns in November BTS Book Reviews magazine.

See all 6 sexy books covered in Nikki's column.

Heat Diva

Sizzling It Up Indie Style

By Nikki McCarver


Many people are on the fence when it comes to indie publishing. I can’t help but ask them why. The indie explosion is quite fascinating and has opened so many doors for so many incredibly talented people to share their work. I say don’t knock until you try it . . . and the Diva has quite a few naughty nibbles for you to sink your teeth in. The great thing about indie publishing is that the rules don’t apply. You end up having a literal smorgasbord of raw sex scenes that will make your toes and other areas . . . curl . . .

Heat Level: 3 Flames

Hot, Hot, Hot Indie Paranormals.

Dead Sexy by Paige Tyler (Indie Book— available now)

My vote is that this lovely lady should go from Paige Tyler to Paige Turner . . . such is the way of her books. This unique and incredibly hot partial-zombie wonder is a masterpiece of love, suspense, and panty-drenching sex scenes. If paranormals are not your forte, but contemporary BDSM (bondage, discipline, dominance, submission, sadism, masochism) scenes are? Please take a look at some of her other books. They will absolutely make your nights more memorable.

Discover great tips on promotions from author Mary Manners. Read the full column for full details on "getting twitterpated".

Get Twitterpated

By Mary Manners

So, you’ve just signed a contract for your first book or perhaps even published as an indie author. Or, maybe you’re

on the journey to publication and looking for a great editor or agent while you’re hashing out the final edits. Whether a

seasoned author, a newbie author, or a wannabe author, how does one connect with other writers and readers who

share the same interests without losing an abundance of precious writing time?

One of the answers is Twitter. With a little practice and a bit of patience, navigating Twitter is fairly easy. Here are

the basics:

Set Up an Account

Choose a username that is as close to yours as possible, so others can easily find you. Avoid using underscores if

possible. If someone shares your name, you can add a numeral after yours. For example, my username is

marymanners1. Add a short bio that’s catchy and gives viewers a snapshot of who you are. Be sure to include both a

touch of professionalism and a tidbit of personal. Do you love dark chocolate? Consider flavored coffee a food group?

Hike the Himalayas for kicks and giggles? Let viewers know. A bit of humor goes a long way.

Find Friends and Colleagues

One way to do this is to start with people from your writing circle and see whom they follow and who follows them.

By checking out profiles, you should begin to easily build your follow group. Most people will acknowledge new

followers with a thank-you and are happy to follow back. Another way to do this is to search hashtags that highlight

your interests, such as #writing, #inspyromance, etc. This type of search will bring up others who share your

interests. You can subgroup your followers into lists so each may be located quickly and easily.

Compose Your Tweets

Also BTSemag was in a wonderful magazine here is the link...