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Brought To Life

Megan Hurst’s life has taken some unexpected turns: First she loses her heart to the dashing hero of a novel. And then she meets an amnesia victim who seems just like him.

The mysterious stranger needs her help to piece his past together, and the closer the two become, the more questions arise about his resemblance to a "fictional" character.

Megan’s romantic feelings and her bizarre suspicions bring her to an impossible question… Has she dreamed the Duke to life?

About the author:
Dara England has been writing fantasy for over seven years, and has only recently begun delving into the world of paranormal romance. She hopes to try her hand at historical fiction someday, but for the present is focusing on the mysterious and the magical. Her work has been featured on numerous webzines, and she is a member of several online writing groups, including Romance Divas,, and Absolute Write. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband Chris, two daughters, and a dog named Ajax.

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03/18/2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment


Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries

My Review:
Unpredictable. Action-packed. Makes a reader look forward to what is going to happen next. Story-telling quality is good. But the ending is a cliffhanger. The ending is the start of the next book, so you have to read the next book. The ending is the only reason this book did not garner a five-star rating.

Excerpt: The perfect killer has no friends. Only targets. For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art. And he is the city’s most accomplished artist, his talents required from alleyway to courtly boudoir. For Azoth, survival is precarious. Something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he’s grown up in the slums, and learned the hard way to judge people quickly — and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint. But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name. As Kylar Stern, he must learn to navigate the assassins’ world of dangerous politics and strange magics — and cultivate a flair for death.
Excerpt taken from the author’s website at : on 28/02/2009.

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02/28/2009 Posted by | book review, Brent Weeks, fantasy, Night Angel Trilogy, The Way Of Shadows | Leave a comment



This is the WW28 page for those new to WW28 and for those wanting to know about WW28.

Why Wicked Wednesdays? … because on top of it being a weekly meme which happens on Wednesdays, it is also an opportunity to showcase your favourties! A shameless and wicked promotion of your favourite books, author or series!! But, you only show what is in page 28 (theoretically).

Amendment (02/06/2010): Righty-yo, your fine with paging numbers if your ebooks are in pdf format. Any other, and your screwed. So, my suggestion is hit Location 450 to 500 or thereabouts for your sentence.

This “meme” is a variation from Tonya‘s Friday 56… you know, sometimes a book does not even reach page 56. I got quite a few short story books. And I do not want to exclude eBooks! I now read plenty of eBooks… so I thought I would scale it down to Page 28. Which is hoping to hit the first chapter really. And viola! We have: WICKED WEDNESDAYS! Or in short WW28.

So, what do you do with it? You steal it!

  • First you grab our Wicked Wednesday pic.
  • Then you grab a book. Turn to page 28. Take the first sentence. And then you post it in your site with a link back to WW28.
  • Come back to Cherry Mischievous – WW28 and give us the url of your post (in a comment at a WW28 post) so that other WW28 readers can find your WW28 offering.

Theoretically, it is suppose to be a random book. But you can tweak that anyway you like 🙂 And it is suppose to be only the first sentence of page 28… but it won’t be wicked if you don’t bend a little bit, now, would it?! So, after your “Page 28, 1st Sentence” (P28, 1S) post, you may post related thingies. I’ll let you decide what “thingy” is to you. Open to interpretation people…

And why Wednesday? You ask. It is midweek, nothing happens on a Wednesday… people are usually gagging for the weekend to arrive! So…. lets make something happen on a Wednesday… makes the wait for the weekend seem a little less longer.

If you participate in WW28, place your site name and url in the MrLinky below to promote your WW28 offerings:

See samples of WW28 offering at:

*Amendments: Slight changes on wordings and additional info added on 17 Mar 2010.

01/31/2009 Posted by | WW28 | Leave a comment

Decadent Deceptions by Keta Diablo

Decadent Deceptions by Keta Diablo

Decadent Deceptions was written by Keta Diablo ( and published by Noble Romance.

About This Book:
Decadent Deceptions was a 2008 Molly Contest finalist in the erotica category.

Laura Moreno from yougottareadreviews describes this book as:

"Simply an amazing book."

Daring and desperate to win Morganʼs love, Olivia Breedlove embarks on a reckless folly. But everything backfires when Morgan remains one step ahead of her and the game ventures down a path of duplicity and murder.

A decade ago, Morgan was a heartbeat away from taking Oliviaʼs virginity. Her father, Thaddeus, intervened and threatened to meet him over pistols if he so much as looked at his daughter again. But now, Thaddeus is dead and Morgan has no intention of ignoring the ravenous hunger heʼs harbored for the blasted woman for ten years. One way or the other, he will quench this burning desire and make her his forever.

Category: Erotica/historical, Special Content: Explicit sex and voyeurism


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01/29/2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Shawn Lane talks about Stone of Wrath

Today I am going to talk a little about my November 2008 release from Ellora’s Cave, Stone of Wrath.

I actually wrote this short male/male romance in early 2008 as a themed birthstone book for EC. The themed stories for 2008 revolved around birthstones. By the time I thought or writing one of these stories myself many deadlines of the birthstones had already passed. But among those that were left, Topaz, caught my attention. I thought of a story where one of the heroes would be named Topaz and indeed had spent many years cursed by wrathful gods as a topaz stone. And thus Stone of Wrath was born.

Fortunately, my editor at Ellora’s Cave fell in love with my two heroes as much as I did and offered me the contract for Stone of Wrath.

I knew Topaz, who I invisioned as a hunky, muscular black man, would need to have a worthy hero, so I created Jedidiah Mason, a tall, dark, and handsome (and white) San Diego fireman. Jed finds Topaz as a stone in a burned buildings rubble and is unable to resist messing with the stone. Topaz forms and my two beautiful men begin a hot, steamy love affair. Or are they actually continuing a long-ago love affair? Is Jed Topaz’s reborn lover who was murdered by a jealous immortal many years ago?

Without going into too many details, as I hope male/male romance fans will seek to discover the tale of Jed and Topaz’s love themselves, Topaz will return to stone form by the end of the month if Jed doesn’t find the way to save him.

Anyway, that’s my tale of Stone of Wrath. Happy reading!




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01/18/2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 1 Comment


Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Acheron

My review:
I like things to make sense and I like my stories to tie up. But this book has so many loose ends, it made me think that, one, S. Kenyon is losing her touch. Or, two, she was under too much pressure to write this book. Either way, this book did not rate very high. I would not recommend this book to a new S. Kenyon fan or anybody who has not read her work yet. It would put them off.For one, in the basketball court scene with Sunshine, where Tory commented:

“The tall blond who can’t shoot hoops?”

How did Tory knew that Talon can’t shoot hoops, when the description or any mention about him being unable to shoot hoops, was made after the comment…. duh…It lost me there for a second while reading that part, until I came to the “explanation” that Talon can’t shoot hoops. It would have been nice to have that “explanatory line” before the comment so that the readers are not lost and the story lines make sense then. And, there isn’t any snag in the flow of the story.

There are many other loose ends like that, but I won’t give out spoilers. So, if you are a long time Dark Hunter fan already, borrow this book rather than buy. Not worth the money. On the positive side, it mentioned in the end, about Zarek and other Dark Hunters which went a long way into alleviating my ire.

Book info:

From the World of the Dark-Hunters comes the most anticipated book to date…Eleven thousand years ago a god was born. Cursed into the body of a human, Acheron endured a lifetime of hatred. His human death unleashed an unspeakable horror that almost destroyed the earth. Brought back against his will, he became the sole defender of mankind.Only it was never that simple…For centuries, he has fought for our survival and hidden a past he never wants revealed.Now his survival, and ours, hinges on the very woman who threatens him. Old enemies reawaken and unite to kill them both.War has never been more deadly… or more fun.

Above info was taken from the author’s website at:

Rating: 1 out of 5 cherries.


01/08/2009 Posted by | Acheron, book review, Dark Hunter, paranormal romance, Sherrilyn Kenyon, urban fantasy, vampire | Leave a comment

cover model


Ahh… here is a collection of hunks that will make you droll… or go to for more. These men are the faces of our favorite romance book covers. And here is something even better. We get to peak at the thoughts behind these handsome faces at Andrei’s blogs. Want to know what a gorgeous man is thinking? Quite interesting…..

11/16/2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment


Dark Lover by JR Ward

My Take On This Book:
I’ve read this book a long time ago, so this is a retrospective reivew. This used to be my most favouritest of all time vampire series until they released Lover Enshrined. Dark Lover is the first of the Black Dagger Brotherhood (BDB) by JR Ward. If you love hero vampires and romance then you would love this series! However this particular book is not so fantastic. Don’t get me wrong, it is a good read, but, it is not the best book in the series. Dark Lover is not the worst either. The greatest endorsement that I could say for this book is that it is the start of the Black Dagger Brotherhood! Overall, this book is just a 3.5 out of 5.

JR Ward has a website where you can get BDB candy at : Miss Ward is also in MySpace at :

Cherry’s Rating: 3.5 out of 5 cherries

Caption At The Back Reads:

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deathly turf war going on between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other – six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Yet none of them relishes killing their enemies more than Wrath, the leader of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

The only purebreed vampire left on the planet, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But when one of his most trusted fighters is killed – orphaning a half-breed daughter unaware of her heritage or her fate – Wrath must usher the beautiful female into the world of the undead…

Racked by a restlessness in her body that wasn’t there before, Beth Randall is helpless against the dangerously sexy man who comes to her at night with shadows in his eyes. His tales of brotherhood and blood frightens her. But his touch ignites a dawning hunger that threatens to consume them both…


10/14/2008 Posted by | Black Dagger Brotherhood, book review, JR Ward, urban fantasy, vampire | Leave a comment

Visual representations: Heroes so much better…

Visual representations: Heroes so much better…


It is so much better if the heroes in the books that we read about gets to have a face, don’t it? That is why I tend to buy the book with the handsome guy on the cover. Specially if faced with choices where I do not know the authors. If I know the authors, then the cover does not matter much anymore. Look I bought Jim Butcher’s Dresden files where the cover is so, so plain, I do not know what the publisher was thinking!! After I’ve read Butcher’s Alera series. But if I haven’t read the Alera series first then I would never pick up the Dresden files at all.

It sounds very superficial, I know. But look at it this way… it is a matter of art. I simply appreciate beauty. So the more handsomely presented the cover the more I would look at it twice and possibly buy it.

My point here is, visual representatations of the heroes is important…

Here are some visual representations you can pin on the heroes :


08/07/2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

In-Between Good Books (IBGB) Period

I haven’t read any really really good books lately. This is what I call IBGB. Some people go through a period of in-between jobs. I am now in-between good books (IBGB). It’s times like this when one really appreciates having lots of good writers out there. That there is room for more really. Can’t wait for JR Ward’s Lover Enshrined and Kenyon’s Acheron to come out. In the mean time, it’s IBGB for me.
I am currently reading Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman’s second book in their DragonLance Chronicles series. It is good. But not riveting. I only finished the first book out of sheer boredom. There is simply nothing else to read. I bought Dragons of Autumn Twilight Book 1 and Dragons of Winter Night Book 2 of the DragonLance Chronicles just to try it out as I’ve never read anything by these authors before and the fact that it got the word “dragon” in it and it got a nice picture in the cover of dragons and people in armour. Only shows to prove that looks can be deceiving.
It follows the adventures of a group of heroes battling evil. However for a fantasy adventure books, it has the tendency to skip chunks of their adventure and just tells about it retrospectively. It confused me a couple of times when they talked about something that never happened yet and then a few pages later tells you that they’ve been on this adventure or that. I just felt that the book has defeated some of its purpose. A fantasy adventure book should tell the tale of the protagonists’ adventures and that is how the author spins the tale. Not tell the readers about it retrospectively in a reminiscent manner. It leaves the reader out of the adventure experience. Other than that this series would have been good. As it is I would give it a score of 5 in a scale of 0-10.
It is not a masterpiece and I would only recommend it to other readers who are bored to tears for the lack of nothing else to read.


05/04/2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment