Thursday, May 31, 2012

Donya Lynne Spotlight post - AKM series & Giveaway


Donya Lynne's Bio:

Donya resides in Indianapolis, Indiana, with her husband and a small zoo of cats and dogs. In fact, her writing buddy, Lucky, serves as her writing assistant most days, staying right by her side and distracting Donya with her adorable-ness when needed. Because, hey, every author needs a distraction once in a while.

 As a little girl, Donya always had a book in her hand. As she got older, the books became pens and notebooks, which she filled with stories and poetry. For as long as she remembers, she has been writing and studying the writing craft with the goal of being published one day. She is passionate about providing readers with what she calls an experience. She wants readers to be able to sink into her stories and escape reality for just a little while, and every word is written, and every sentence structured, with that goal in mind.

 Donya loves music and often finds inspiration for her stories in the wide range of music she listens to. But occasionally it's a movie, a book, or just a drive around town that inspires her work. She constantly reads new material, new authors, and different styles of writing as a means to improve her own, and believes the writing process is one an author should always strive to perfect, even though perfecting it is an impossible feat. It's the thrill of the chase and the challenge that keeps her from getting stagnant in her own work.

 She has several projects planned and in progress, including eight more novels and two novellas in the All the King's Men series, as well as several stand-alone novels, another series, and several short stories and novellas. She would love to share her journey with you in this exciting venture.

Donnya Lynne's Series to date. Her AKM series.

In the streets of Chicago exists an uneasy, centuries-old truce between vampires and their distant cousins, a race of shifters called drecks.  Vampire enforcement agency, All the King’s Men (AKM), is charged with maintaining the truce, but when volatile enforcer Micah Black loses his mate and falls into the biological agony that results from the broken bond, he tests the boundaries of the truce by seeking out Apostle, a leader in the dreck community.  Micah wants Apostle to kill him, a request Apostle is more than happy to fulfill. 

When ex-Army medic Samantha Garrett inadvertently disrupts the plot and saves Micah’s life, a chain reaction sets Micah’s heart on a collision course with Sam’s, but he will have to protect her from Apostle and her obsessive ex-husband, Steve, if they will have a chance at forever.  Can Micah hold his emotions together to keep Sam alive? 


Severin was born to be a warrior. Conceived as a mixed-blood when his vampire father raped his dreck mother over two centuries ago, Severin retained the power of iron skin inherent to newborn drecks. However, Sev keeps this secret closely guarded. If it's discovered that inferior dreck blood flows in his vampire veins, it could destroy his life. And to make matters worse, his father suddenly wants to make amends for his transgressions. Sev wants nothing of his father's apology, especially now, as he contends with both an assassin who has marked Sev for blood vengeance and his obsessive attraction to his teammate, Arion.

Arion is the son of King Bain's liaison, Gregos Savakis, who had Ari's course plotted before he was even born. But what Ari's overbearing parents wanted for him wasn't what Arion wanted for himself, and a lifetime spent fighting through one relationship after another with females from all walks of life has left him weary in his search for a mate. After a startling and erotic encounter with Sev, Ari has begun to realize why. He's gay. And now he can't stop thinking about Sev. Arion suddenly realizes he's been forcing himself to be with females because that's what his parents expected. But what he wants is a male, and not just any male. Arion wants Severin.

Can the two overcome the secrets, prejudice, plotting, and the threat on Severin's life to find happily ever after with each other?

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Book review - Wicked Allure by Leslie C Ferdenand.

What Does A Man Say to the Woman He Betrayed But Never Stopped Loving?
Three years ago, Zachary Steele refused to entertain thoughts of permanency with any woman. A hedonist at heart, he didn’t want to corrupt the much younger, Madigan DeLeon, by continuing his affair with her. With the hidden scars of his past, he didn’t believe in happily-ever-after. By the time he realized how much Madigan meant to him, he’d driven her away. Then, one night, after being clean for a number of years, Zach briefly falls off the bandwagon. He believes his lovemaking to Madi is a drug-induced hallucination. The resulting consequences tell another story.
What Does A Woman Do When the Only Man She’s Ever Loved Hurt Her So Deeply She Feared She’d Never Recover?
Three years after her affair with Zach so abruptly ended, celebutante, Madigan DeLeon, is thrust back into Zach’s life by her mother’s machinations. Brought home under the false pretenses of repairing her damaged relationship with her mother, Madi instead finds herself running a private sex club called Wicked Allure. Forced to confront her anger at his betrayal and grief at the loss of what might’ve been, Madi faces the realization that she’s never stopped loving Zach.
Can Two Broken Hearts Set Aside Anger and Betrayal to Find True Love Once and For All?
Searching the deepest recesses of their hearts, in a place where pride and pain has no room, Madi and Zach must decide if their bond is strong enough to take a second chance at love. Or if resuming their sexual relationship is an irresistible wicked allure and the ghosts of their former relationship will finally, and forever, sever all ties between them.
** My thoughts ** 
Wicked Allure is an erotic romance about forgiveness , moving on and second chances.  The things the rich do to stay in the limelight even if the information portrays the rich as flawed and scandalous. A bit of publicity can get them everywhere !
Deceit, betrayal and lies and undying love.
I really enjoyed this story; it’s filled with smoking hot sex scenes, characters rich in character, and a love that defies all obstacles.  Even the ones thrown in the way to stop the love from moving on.
Zac and Madi shared a past – a past that Zac wasn’t all willing to move forward with, after a turn of events, Madi flees and leaves Zac behind and tries to move on..
Three years later her mother draws Madi back, not knowing her mother is up to her old tricks again convinces and   leaves Madi in charge of creating a ** F>>K club**. Zac only agrees on the deal to keep an eye on Madi and hopefully woo her back. Zac knows that he doesn’t deserve Madi after everything -  but he wants to show her that the love they have is made of second chances. Zac works for Madi's mother - her motives Madi is unsure about but in time this all comes out in the wash.
After a hot dream – Zac is drawn to Madi again and vice versa they both think they have had dreams, but after a night of hot passion and love rekindled they both cant stop thinking about each other.
The lovin scenes are smoking hot – the sex they share is smouldering but is there more to the relationship then just hot sex ?  Madi want more – but is Zac willing to give all that it takes to keep the woman he loves including that happily ever after ??

Wicked allure is filled with lots of drama, the drug scenes are very minimal and by no means made me feel like the book was related around this issue.  A few words thrown in here and there - by all means I didn't find offensive but for those who don't like the F... word thrown in for that added extra than the language you may not like.  Me I personally didn't mind, its erotic and the context in which its used blends in within the story.
Being an erotic romance expect lots of steamy bedroom scenes maybe even an office scene thrown in as well. ** waggles eyebrows.**

I enjoyed the characters – Zacs brother was certainly a hotty – he was witty and funny and held a torch for Madi – If it was me I tell you the temptation would be just too great... ** snickers **
Zac was sinfully sexy - there's nothing quiet as sexy as a dominant man who knows what he wants !! He was certainly a love machine and had the sex appeal any reader will enjoy in a steamy erotic romance. Zac came across forward , romantic and smexy as ! Yes smart and sexy in one ** grins ** ohh and rich !!! geesh what a combination !!

This story puts forth and focus's also around the rich and popular. The things the rich do to stay in the limelight even if it may give the public false information. What rich money can buy, and who you can pay to do your dirty work and what money can certainly do for you to benefit.. Even to get revenge ?
The only thing I’d like to have seen more of – would be how the sexy rooms at the new establishment came about – maybe a little tango here and there. We were given general descriptions, but deep down I’d hoped to have seen a little more action. ** Wicked I know **.
Wicked Allure will certainly allure you in, have you reading briskly, your breathe baited and your toes curling. Heartfelt moments where present. 
A  mother whom I could’ve bitched slapped; she was one person I didn’t like what so ever. Her motives self-centred and selfish...
Madi was an engrossing character, filled with love and forgiveness and a wonderful natured character. I enjoyed the ending but would love to have seen a little more into that to. ** I know I want so much ** but romance is my all-time favourite genre! The sexy bits just added extra ;)
Be wicked and grab your copy today – its filled with lots of wicked moments, where I'm sure you will be sheepishly grinning and it will  have your pulse a racin...
I rated this book 4/5 .
Author Bio:
Leslie C. Megahey and Shirley H. Ferdinand have been writing together since 1991. Under their Christine Holden pen name, five books were released by Berkley/Jove between 1998 and 2001. Their last book, Dearest Beloved, had a foreign edition in Dutch. They’ve appeared in New Orleans Magazine, the Times Picayune, RT Book Reviews, the Fort Bend Herald, Fort Bend Lifestyles, and the Natchez Sun. They were also included in Kathryn Falk’s 1998 How To Write A Romance For The New Markets and Get it Published and May McGoldrick’s Marriage of Minds: Collaborative Fiction Writing in 2000. They’ve made appearances on television stations in New Orleans, Lake Charles, Lafayette, Beaumont and Toronto. Leslie has also made an appearance on the Rachel Ray Show and is founder of Inside Rose Rich Magazine. They currently have literary representation with D4EO Literary Agency. This is the team’s first erotic romance.