Genna Donaghy's Blog

December 24, 2014

Originally posted on velvetpanic Heloise West:


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Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (Advent Calender 2014 ���Celebrate!���)



This is a jewel of a winter holiday story, a quick read but one that lingers in the imagination long after the last line. Rowan, a young man from a family of witches, is the least magical of them, but he is tapped by the earth forces of Yule to bring on the rebirth of the year. Aided by a sexy taxi driver, Martin, he must bring a beautiful but fading phoenix to Stonehenge before it���s too late.



I loved this story, but mostly because I love the author���s ability to blend fantasy and myth with reality. Rowan is earthy and genuine, as is the lover their shared adventure brings him.



Here���s to hoping we see more Genna Donaghy stories in 2015 :D



Buy Links: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=5859




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Published on December 24, 2014 18:22 • 9 views

November 30, 2014

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(I was provided an ARC for an honest review.)


Blurb: ER physician’s assistant Hunter guards his heart carefully, but that doesn’t stop him from falling for Shawn, the front desk clerk. He keeps his distance from relationships for a reason, but just can’t help himself when it comes to Shawn.


Shawn is on the run from the law and love to protect himself and anyone else involved. One man is dead because of him, and his life now is simple and easily thrown into a bag at any hint of danger��� until he meets Hunter and he no longer wants to run.


Forced into a hostage situation, buried passion explodes in the aftermath, and sex in the supply closet brings their hearts back to life. Tentatively, step by step, they begin to explore a relationship together until the past catches up with Shawn.


Review: Let me tell you, this book hit all my buttons. I love plot, hot sex, and realistic characters acting in an adult way. Hitting Black Ice had all this in spades, and more. I hate to give more away than what’s already in the summary, but there are some fabulous twists and turns. Hunter has a past that haunts him, but the author manages to handle his backstory with a deft hand, writing his baggage in a way that adds to his character, not subtracts from it. That is SO HARD to find.


As a love interest, Shawn is hot, alluring, and darkly mysterious by turns. There was enough to him in the beginning that i could see why Hunter fell head over heels, yet ��enough held back that kept up the tension in the plot really, really well (without coming off as convoluted).


I mentioned this above, but what impressed the hell out of me was how the author placed the characters between a rock and a hard place, and had them handle it like you’d realistically expect someone to do. Nothing was overblown, or underplayed. Nothing tore me out of the pages or made me think, “Hey, a real person doesn’t actually��react like that.” And there were some really intense, fun, action scenes.��The adrenaline junkie in me cheered a lot.


The dialog was snappy, and the minor characters… well. Not to give anything away, but a certain FBI agent stole every scene he was in.


Finally, while the ending itself was satisfying, there was definitely room for a continuation. I will definitely check out a book two, should one be published. (HINT.)


So as you can tell, I really enjoyed this read. This book made my afternoon, and I give it all the stars.


Hitting Black Ice will be available from Loose ID Tuesday December 2nd.


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Published on November 30, 2014 09:56 • 9 views

December 15, 2013

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Interested in reading, but Christmas shopping putting a crimp in your wallet? Enter here for your chance to win a copy of Second Skin, hosted by Book Reviews and More by Kathy.


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Published on December 15, 2013 09:01 • 34 views

December 13, 2013

That’s right! Second Skin has been officially released into the wild. As usual, I’m a mix between proud and anxious and… hungry? Huh. Anyway, though this is the second book I’ve had published, it’s the first I wrote. I’m proud to say that I took a lot of chances with the plot and the concept, and I think it works.  I’ll let you be the judge. :D


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Shane Kalman has looked forward to exchanging military life for a civvy job where he could freely be out of the closet, but the position he lands is nothing like he imagined.


He didn’t plan to work undercover for a corrupt detective agency, much less gathering dirt on the city’s most dangerous crime boss. And he sure as heck didn’t expect to have his mind temporarily switched with a tabby cat in order to do it.


His fellow agent, Jamison Rees, is a charmer and sometimes a German shepherd, but Shane doesn’t need animal instincts to know that he’s hiding something. When the job goes south and Shane’s brother becomes a target for the crime boss’s wrath, all evidence points to a mole in the detective agency. A dog may be man’s best friend, but is he a cat’s? Can Shane trust Jamison at all?


 


Order it here:


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 If you are a reviewer with a blog and would like a reader’s copy, please get in touch with me using the contact form.


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Published on December 13, 2013 12:14 • 41 views

November 27, 2013

Here it is! Kelly Shorten, the cover artist at Musa, has done a fine job with the cover for Second Skin. I’m excited to show it off, so here it is!


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Shane Kalman looked forward to exchanging military life for a civvy job where he could freely be out of the closet, but the position he lands is nothing like he imagined. He didn’t plan to work undercover for a corrupt detective agency, much less gathering dirt on the city’s most dangerous crime boss. And he sure as heck didn’t expect to have his mind temporarily switched with a tabby cat in order to do it.


His fellow agent, Jamison Rees, is a charmer and sometimes a German shepherd, but Shane doesn’t need animal instincts to know that he’s hiding something. When the job goes south and Shane’s brother becomes a target for the crime boss’s wrath, all evidence points to a mole in the detective agency. A dog may be man’s best friend, but is he a cat’s? Can Shane trust Jamison at all?


Second Skin will be available from Musa Publishing December 13th.


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Published on November 27, 2013 13:21 • 27 views

November 26, 2013

Thanks to this year’s NaNoWriMo, I’ve finished the first draft of my still untitled dragon shifter story. I have several titles in mind, none of the especially good, so I’ll probably post a poll later and let the power of the crowd decide. Anyway, it’s going to be a long novel — the current estimate is at 65-70k  — and I swear it’s as much of a love letter to Yosemite as a love story between the two characters.


Arrest Me Not is at 15k and rising. Untitled Dragon Shifter took over my head for most of NaNoWriMo, but Grant’s story is coming along. Unless a promising subplot hits me, it’ll probably end up around 35k, which is a little shorter than Touch Me Not. But hey, it’ll be less expensive too. :)


In other, OTHER great news, Second Skin’s awesome cover will be debuting tomorrow. Stay tuned….


 


 


 


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Published on November 26, 2013 10:09 • 17 views

November 23, 2013

Weekend Sale!


Good news, everyone! Touch Me Not is on sale for 3.99 through the weekend!


(Click on the ridiculously large picture to be taken to the sale!)


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Published on November 23, 2013 10:03 • 20 views

November 21, 2013

Reblogged from velvetpanic:


The novel is called "Shoes and Ties" and Loose Id is the publisher. This is Jena Wade's first full-length effort. The sequel is "Lumbar and Law," and if you like sassy and sweet love stories, Ashten and Jesse have just the story to tell you. :)


What was the first Romance novel that you read? Did you love it or hate it?


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She writes smokin' sex scenes, too....
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Published on November 21, 2013 09:19 • 26 views

November 1, 2013

Reblogged from Fetching Figment:

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NaNo is officially here!


To help you find new NaNo buddies, I interviewed a few friends that were participating this year.


These WriMos work in various genres and levels of experience, so be sure to read their interviews to find out which is best suited for you and your project.


I am so lucky to know these guys and I'm glad to have an opportunity to introduce you to them:


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Follow me and others on our NaNo journey! :D
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Published on November 01, 2013 09:26 • 28 views

October 22, 2013

Reblogged from The Blunt Instrument:


Like a little heat in your kitchen? Bring this book with you. A young, passionate chef and a high-powered business executive--a recipe for spice and excitement!


Blurb:


Ashten Brody is a chef fresh out of college. He lands his dream job working as a personal chef to Trent Cole, local luxury hotel owner. As it turns out, Trent is also his dream man.


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Well written and sexy as hell, I absolutely recommend.
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Published on October 22, 2013 15:13 • 46 views