#Review: Sealed in Blood – Jenna Fox

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Sealed in Blood by Jenna Fox

109 pages

Published: 2014

Genre: Erotic suspense

Blurb:

**Contains sexually graphic descriptions and is intended for readers aged 18 and up**

Determined to forget her ex-fiancé, and gather the remains of her betrayed heart, Charisma Claiborne scrapes together her hard earned pennies for a dream trip to Las Vegas. On her first day in town, she has an accident with an eccentric casino owner. Enthralled by his good looks, she falls into his bed for a steamy one night stand.

But Hunt Blackwater is more than a mysterious, gorgeous casino owner. Rumors of a Native American curse and a string of inexplicable deaths follow in his wake. But the most terrifying is his ability to reach right into Charisma’s soul and make her want the things she’s convinced herself she can do without.

Unwilling to get in over her head, Charisma cuts her trip short and returns home, but trouble seems to follow her. With remembered whispers of curses in her ears, and the lingering smell of death in her nose, she wonders if she is his next victim. Things go from puzzling to harrowing as Charisma comes face to face with the greatest betrayal she could ever imagine.


Review – 4 stars!

I was introduced to Jenna Fox during an event on-line. It was her personality that enticed me to purchase this book. I don’t regret spending one penny on this wonderful steamy novel.

Her female lead, Charisma doesn’t trust men except for her bible-thumping daddy. Rich Conway has a sick and twisted infatuation with her, and a dark plan.

Hunt is everything we look for in a hero, tall, dark and handsome. He also happens to be wealthy. When Hunt and Charisma meet, the heat between them threatens to scorch the planet. The pull between them is so strong it’ll pull you from your chair.

This was a well written erotic piece, the first I’ve read from this author. I’ll definitely buy more of her books. She does a nice job writing heat into her sex scenes while keeping them from crossing the line into vulgar.

I’ll tell you this much – I need a smoke!

Buy Links:

Amazon

Smashwords

Where to find Jenna:

Twitter  Facebook

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#Amazon Listens to its Authors?

Yes, yes they do!  In my last post, Clash of the Titans: Amazon v. Hatchett, I talked a LOT about a lot of things. But to shorten this up for you – I said Amazon could sweeten the deal.  I talked about how Amazon wanted to involve us (the little guy) in their battle against Hatchett but offers the big publishing houses features we don’t have, such as the pre-order button.

Guess what? Four days later (tonight) I get a letter from Amazon. Guess what I now have at my disposal? A PRE-ORDER BUTTON! That’s right – Amazon listened. Someone there is paying attention. This might be why Amazon has become as large and successful as they are. Someone there is paying attention and listening to their content providers.

Don’t misunderstand. It’s not just because Kim Mullican said this – other authors were blogging something similar. It made a difference.

Victory.

Clash of the Titans: #Amazon v. #Hatchett

First – I must warn you: This is one of the longest posts I’ve ever written.

Whoa. I get an email from Amazon then BAM! My email inbox fills up with my author friends all looking to each other for advice.

For those not in the know: The letter from Amazon straight to it’s authors asks us to argue on their behalf. More specifically, to let Hatchett know how we feel about their behavior and then CC Amazon. **facepalm** This is exactly what Hatchett is doing.

We have a bunch of A-List Hatchett authors speaking out publicly on behalf of their publisher. . . a publisher that has been caught red-handed colluding with the other major publishing houses to keep eBook prices high. What? For Real?  Yep – for real. To the tune of $166 Million in restitution. That’s right, what they did was so horrendous their penalty was in the amount of $166 MILLION. I can’t even wrap my head around that kinda dough.

And their authors sound like morons when they, themselves – the rich and famous – are defending Hatchett’s desire to keep the price of eBooks at $14.99 to $19.99. Let me educate you one damned minute…in most cases, these are as expensive or MORE expensive than print. And it costs roughly $5-7 (for a person like me, cheaper for a big house like Hatchett) to print an 80,000 word novel ….your average good sized novel. An eBook? Well, once it’s been edited, formatted and uploaded, the only cost is to Amazon. They must maintain the computing ability to store each and every eBook, distribute it and track sales for reporting to the authors, publishing houses etc.  Then they have to be certain that their reporting is accurate and that monthly distributions are going out on time and are 100% accurate. So the cost…is all on Amazon’s shoulders and Amazon is the one saying the prices should be lower. How in the hell does this make sense to argue against?

So again, we have rich and/or famous people defending the need to charge you more for the eBook with relatively zero cost to produce (in comparison). To the person who isn’t rich and famous, they sound like idiots. They sound like pompous assholes and they sound like they’ve been given a poorly written script by their publisher to defend their illegal activity while smearing Amazon. I’m silently protesting by not buying any books by Hatchett ever again. If I miss out on a great novel…well too bad. I’ll live with it. There is a sea of great books to read I don’t need yours. Thank you very much.

Amazon has IMHO taken the high road until now. Now they’re reaching out to the little guy – those of us who don’t get the same exposure as the very people they’re fighting against and asking ME to fight THEIR battle? They’re asking me to contribute to crashing Hatchett’s email server! Why? Why would I do that?

Amazon didn’t offer me anything for being an author; to thank me for staying self-published. I don’t get a pre-order button, an Amazon representative, more exposure now that I have more books published with them. They just said – Do this. Well, I don’t like being told what to do. And now, I have a conundrum. Do I want to do it anyway? I mean, if all the authors are hopping on this bandwagon, painting their faces blue and gold screaming about freedom as we right off to battle atop our horses, do I want to be stuck in this battle?

Nope. Plain and simple Amazon. I appreciate how easy you make it for me to sell my books on your platform. I appreciate the fair 70/30 split you give me. I appreciate having an Amazon Author Page so that people who are interested can see ALL of the books I’ve written and learn more about me. But give me the same tools you give the big guys if you want me to fight them. Stop letting people serial return books. Give me a pre-order button. Put my book next to a Hatchett Book or Random House etc. Because we’re not on a level playing field. It’s difficult for us to get to the point to sell our books – to reach new fans. Your marketing goes to the very people who tried to bully you. Yeah – fight your own damned battle. You have the means, the staff and the money. I’m no one’s monkey. I’m not a puppet. I don’t like feeling obligated to contact anyone.

It’s not that I don’t appreciate your position – I completely and totally support what you’re trying to do. But…leave me out of it. I’m not making enough money at this to even pay a mortgage or car payment. I implore you, do not do what Hatchett is doing. Do not ask your authors who are already overworked and underpaid to fight for you – to speak for you. I don’t want to look as stupid as Hatchett’s authors do at this point in time.

Revolution Machine, Chapter 1

Sounds like a book, right? How could an author not love this title for the first installment from this Rockband located in “The Region.” For those outside my geographical area, “The Region” is Chicago and all surrounding areas, including Northwest Indiana.

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Do you love rock-n-roll? You know, the way it used to be with heavy hitting riffs and lyrics you could sing? Do you like to understand the dude singing? Then THIS is the rock for you!

How three dudes sound like a 5-piece band, I’ll never figure out. But the sound is full. I’ve seen them jam live and they achieve this sound without the technology of the studio. Mark my words – these guys are going to be everywhere soon. I’ve caught word there might even be a European tour in their future! INSIDER KNOWLEDGE! YEEEHAWWW.

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You can hear the influences of Iron Maiden, Dio, Led Zeppelin, and Alice in Chains. But who would I be if I expected you to take my word for it? Go see for yourself.  Here’s where you can find them.

Website

Facebook – Come on…give ‘em a like!

Spotify

Reverbnation

Twitter

Thicker Than Water – Now Available!

Thicker Than Water

I’m always in love with my latest book. I like it more than the previous installments. This book was fun to write. I loved the characters and each of their stories.  It’s now available on Amazon and soon in print.  I am experimenting with this title and solely publishing on Amazon to use some of their marketing tools. So for now (and maybe forever) it will remain only for sale on Amazon. You can see it HERE.

Thicker Than Water via Amazon

Blurb:

Blood may be thicker than water, but family isn’t necessarily who you’re related to. In this suspenseful mystery with a romantic twist, we follow Private Investigator Michelle Mott on her most exciting case to date.

Wisecracking Mott has been a loner since her parents died. When Daniel Cardinale walks into her office with her most interesting case yet, his world threatens to turn hers upside down. He needs her to find out who is sending him anonymous money and what the truth is behind his dead fiancé’s demise. If his case weren’t complicating her life enough, local crime lord Gino Salito has taken an interest in Mott.

Mott’s empty life begins to fill up with an unexpected and rag-tag group of people, and she’s afraid her dangerous life will take them away, leaving her alone once again.

In truth, it’s Mott’s life that may be the one at risk. She’ll have to hope that blood isn’t always thicker than water.

First Lines:

I am about to die. I don’t mean in the Sylvia Plath-we’re-all going-to-die-sometime sort of way. In mere moments, the meathead behind the barrel of the handgun held to my temple will pull the trigger. The hammer will come down, igniting a tiny explosion that will send a lead ball tearing through my cranium. My brains, bones and blood will spray on the area beside me. I won’t even hear a click. I won’t feel a thing. Idiots. This is the least creative way to murder someone.

And the suicide note they had me write sounds nothing like me. No one is going to believe I committed suicide. If they watched one episode of one crime show they’d know I needed gun powder residue on my hands, not duct tape residue on my wrists. This has to be the worst faked suicide in history. That’s what you get when you hire steroid induced freaks with the IQ of a cannoli.

I should have known this would happen. Wrong guy in your bed, you get a little nosey and this is where you wind up. Cold barrel pressed against your temple by some guy who doesn’t even fully understand why his boss wants you expired. Nor does he care. He doesn’t even care that his boss is too much of a puss to pull the trigger himself.

I should be crying or begging for my life. But I’m not. I’m sitting here like a limestone statue: cold, calm…it’s sort of creepy, actually. Fear and panic should be knocking at my door. Instead an unexpected feeling of calm was all I had. Maybe I knew this was a possibility.

Coming Soon! Thicker Than Water

Oh my, it’s been a busy year thus far. As my alter ego, the publisher released all three books. I worked diligently on edits, then marketing and bleh… I just wanted to write. So I did.

My latest piece of work turned into a fever. I wrote furiously for up to 12 hours a day. I read and re-read. And now, it’s with editors and beta readers, getting polished up for the book shelf.  So I introduce to you… Thicker Than Water.

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Blood may be thicker than water, but family isn’t necessarily who you’re related to. In this suspenseful mystery with a romantic twist, we follow Private Investigator Michelle Mott on her most exciting case to date.

Wisecracking Mott has been a loner since her parents died. When Daniel Cardinale walks into her office with her most interesting case yet, his world threatens to turn hers upside down. He needs her to find out who is sending him anonymous money and what the truth is behind his dead fiancé’s demise. If his case weren’t complicating her life enough, local crime lord Gino Salito has taken an interest in Mott.

Mott’s empty life begins to fill up with an unexpected and rag-tag group of people, and she’s afraid her dangerous life will take them away, leaving her alone once again.

In truth, it’s Mott’s life that may be the one at risk. She’ll have to hope that blood isn’t always thicker than water.