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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

No Master Blog Tour and Interview

@riptidebooks #blogtour

Hello, my name is Christine d’Abo! Thank you so much for having me here on the blog today.

There’s something special about the last book in a series. In the case of my Bounty series, I wanted to explore a character that held more power than some of the previous characters. Korbin, the Admiral of the Black is the de facto leader of the space pirates; a dangerous man who is not to be trifled with. The only man to come close is Zain, the Admiral’s second in command and the one person who knows all of his secrets.

Too bad for Korbin, Zain has more than a few secrets of his own.

I loved playing with the master/slave dynamic with these two men. The power exchange in their professional lives becomes confused when they must take things to the next level. Zain’s past as a freed sex slave makes every interaction with Korbin painful when they are forced to pretend to be master and slave. It forces them to confront their feelings for one another, something they wouldn’t otherwise have done.

Not to mention the sex.

Did I mention the sex?

Yeah…it’s pretty hot. J

I hope you enjoy the final tale in the Bounty series.

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INTERVIEW with Christine D'abo

La Crimson Femme: Given a choice – do you prefer happily ever afters or dark bittersweet endings in a books you read?

Christine d’Abo: Personally, I need to have my happily ever afters when I’m reading a romance. There is so much hardship and negativity in the world right now, I need that little boost of positivity, of love and optimism that I get from reading a romance. 

La Crimson Femme: A little sweetness can go a long way.  Speaking of sweet, which tastes better to you?  Gelato or Custard ice cream?

Christine d’Abo: Oh…I have to pick? Umm…I’m going to have to go with custard ice cream. Now don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with a nice gelato after a big meal. It can be refreshing and a great palette cleanser.  But if I’m going for a straight up dessert, then it will be the richest ice cream I can find. Which I will then pay for because I can’t really have dairy LOL!

La Crimson Femme: Mmm, custard is rich and creamy.  I confess, it is hard to pick just one.  When writing kinky scenes and you get stuck, what do you use for inspiration to “get over the hump”?

Christine d’Abo: This might be a bit of a boring answer, but I will normally go back and watch a movie that has high-sexual tension. For me the kinky scenes are only as erotic as the tension that is built between the characters. A ruler can be more erotic than a paddle in the hands of the right person saying the right things. So I go back and study the actors who I feel really nail that erotic attitude and do my best to try and capture their expressions and tone of voice.

La Crimson Femme: Wow, that does not sound boring at all.  So, who is the sexiest actor (male or female) you would want to spend a weekend with and why.

Christine d’Abo: This might not be the most popular choice, but I would totally want to spend a weekend with Mads Mikkelsen. There’s just something about him…

A nice bottle of wine, some discussions heavily laced with innuendo. Yeah, that would be a good time right there. 

La Crimson Femme: I can see the appeal of Mads Mikelsen.  It is a bit dangerous if he decided to “be in character” in the show he’s most famous for…  *winks*  Last question - what is one place you’d like to visit on your bucket list and why?

Christine d’Abo: I’ve been lucky enough to travel to several cool places around the world. One place that I haven’t hit yet is Iceland. My husband went five years ago, and hasn’t stopped talking about it since then. Once my kids fly the nest, we plan to go for a trip.

La Crimson Femme: Nice!  This is also on my list!  Thank you for stopping by and answering a few questions.

About No Master

No man in the galaxy inspires more fear than Korbin, the Admiral of the Black. His life as leader of the biggest pirate band in space leaves little room for trust, so when Korbin’s second-in-command disappears without a trace, he suspects the worst.

Zain Strand has left his life as a sex slave behind and risen within the pirate ranks. But he abandons it all to rescue an old friend from recapture by the slavers—even if that means a suicidal confrontation with his old master. He doesn’t expect Korbin’s arrival, doesn’t want Korbin’s help . . . but Korbin gives Zain no choice.

Posing as master and slave to infiltrate a slave auction, Korbin and Zain embark on a journey of lust that rapidly reveals their deeper feelings. When Zain’s old master discovers their ruse, Korbin must do everything in his power to save both their lives and their newfound love.

Publisher’s note: While books #1 and #2 in the Bounty series should be read in order, this book stands alone and can be read without the first two.

This title is an edited second edition, previously published in 2011.

About Christine d’Abo

A romance novelist and short story writer, Christine has over thirty publications to her name. She loves to exercise and stops writing just long enough to keep her body in motion too. When she’s not pretending to be a ninja in her basement, she’s most likely spending time with her family and two dogs.

Connect with Christine:

·Website: christinedabo.com
·Twitter: @Christine_dAbo


To celebrate the release of the Bounty series, one lucky person will receive a $50 gift certificate to Riptide. Winner will be selected from across all three book tours (No Quarter, No Remedy, No Master) and as such, the contest is open until midnight, Eastern time, on July 2, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Comment to enter, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Brief hiatus

I will be taking a short break from blogging. I should be back by the first of July. 

Friday, June 24, 2016

Review: Wet and Wired

Wet and Wired Wet and Wired by Zenina Masters
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Water fae have arrived in a wave of ecstasy!  These are the shifters and fae I have been eagerly looking forward to read. Ms. Master delivers with a beaver and a merman. Yes, the dirty jokes that come to mind are just being held back by a very weak mental dam. The puns that could be squirted out with these two characters will probably fall flat. I digress.

Leda is a the proverbial busy beaver. She works the crossroads and is the specialist for all electrical work. Her traits of being a beaver carrying over to human now has me hearing her whistling all her words like some cartoon beavers on TV. Her most amusing animal trait for me is her need to constantly chew on different wood-like sticks to make sure her teeth do not overgrow. Leda is an industrious shifter who is direct and commitment shy. Altion on the other hand is the epitome of sexy water fae in the shape of a merman. He dances erotically in the water to entice Leda to join him. She may pick up on his flirting but she is having none of it. Altion is looking to find his mate and just like water, he wears down Leda's resistance in a gently manner.

What I like about this series is that most of the stories have no major conflict that is heart breaking. Instead, these are tasty episodes featuring the life and times in a shifter/fae world. Readers get to experience a magical world and each book reveals a little more about this place I wish I could visit. Sometimes, I wish it really existed so that I could work there instead of my real day job. Ms. Masters creates a fabulous world where hard work is necessary but the benefits are all magical. In this one, it is even more appealing to me because I am a water lover. Everything described in the book has me salivating for more. I can visualize each place since it is described so clearly. This new water arc is going to be a blast. This short paranormal romance is recommended for water lovers who love happily ever afters.

* Provided by Manic Readers

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Review: Flogged By The Ferret

Flogged By The Ferret Flogged By The Ferret by Caitlin Ricci
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A ferret is a cute and adorable pet, right? For a shifter to shift into a little cute furry rodent, how can they be threatening? Well, first of all, ferrets are not rodents. They are part of the weasel family and they can be ferocious. Nero is a ferret shifter who works in law enforcement. He is used to being the one who protects. So it is natural for him to also be a dominant. When he is alerted to a possible kidnapping of Lady Leo's son Amani, Nero is the shifter for the job.

This story is really too cute for me. I thoroughly enjoyed Nero's character. He is steadfast, protective, patient and a lovely dominant. Amani the lion cub is so adorable too. He plays at being all big and wild but he really is a sweet kitty. The dynamic between these two characters is so smooth. They fit together well with their personalities and desires. It is fun to see Amani's misconceptions be busted up by Nero.

The conflict of this story is a bit dark, with Amani kidnapped and being held as a sexual slave to a man he doesn't like or want. This story still isn't what I would classify as dark because authors Ricci and Marcus balance it out so that it is palatable. They don't gloss over the kidnapping, but they show it in a way where it isn't so depressing or frightening. It's hard to describe. I'm not sure exactly how they did it either, but it is well done.

The kink in this story is spot on. Well, with shifters and all. The flogging is delicious and it just goes to show, one never knows who is a dominant and who is not based on body size. Nero possesses a wicked throwing arm and he puts Amani into happy land.

The world building continues in this story. The sharks play another dastardly part. It will be interesting to see what Lady Leo will do next. I'm hooked on this series and can't wait for the next one to be published. This paranormal romance is recommended for m/m readers who enjoy breaking stereotypes.

* Provided by Manic Readers

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Review: Top to Bottom

Top to Bottom
@DelDryden @riptidebooks lovely piece of erotica where two women find each other again through D/s 

Top to Bottom by Delphine Dryden
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The Romance Review

Lovers reuniting can be sweet or it can be trying. Drusilla aka Dru is recovering from a blow to her heart. Broken up with the loss of her wife, Dru leaves the place which reminds her of too many happy and wistful memories. Starting fresh again, and determined to carry out the dream she had with her wife, Dru returns to her hometown to open up Escape. There is another kink club already, but Dru's is catering to a different crowd. Surely there is enough room for both, right?

Ms. Dryden creates plausible and all too realistic conflicts in this story. As someone in the lifestyle who has watched a community torn apart when a new club comes into town, this story moves me. Dru's fresh start is constantly hampered by an old lover and hidden rivals. Dru's ex-lover, Amie, is a bit disappointing. For those who read the book prior to this one, Amie is the one who is being taken advantage of by her play partner and ex-lover. It seems Amie is taking a page out of her book and screwing with Dru's head.

The dynamic between Amie and Dru is jarring and shaky. Whilst Dru's growth and maturity is evident, Amie in comparison is still juvenile. The conflict is shown so well as Amie makes assumptions and doesn't try to learn how Dru's life has been in the years they have been apart. It is as if Amie believes no time has passed and she can just pick Dru off the shelf, dust her off and play with her again. This is infuriating for Dru, as it should be. Ms. Dryden does a good job of showing the complexities of lovers getting reacquainted and starting fresh.

The kink in this story is lovely. There are so few f/f erotica, let alone romances. Ms. Dryden's erotica is written with women in mind. This isn't a male fantasy of two women getting it on for him to beat off. This is a lovely piece of erotica where two women find each other again through domination and submission.

Whilst the romance is blooming, danger is striking by the filthy hands of the crazed saboteur. This is a kinky person's nightmare, being outed with their personal details. The heinous backstabber is a coward and a bane of the entire community, not just Dru's club. The way the disaster is cleaned up is amazing. I wish more communities would come together in this manner. This F/f erotic romance is recommended for kinky readers who enjoy lovers reunited themes.