Starting the Burn

Ignite You: A Second Chance Mafia Romance Book Cover Ignite You: A Second Chance Mafia Romance
(Cole Brothers Series, #1)
Diana A. Hicks
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Hicks Media Group, Inc. (2 Nov. 2019)
Publication date: November 1st 2019

Dom Moretti.
Former mafia hitman.
God’s gift to women.
Brilliant lawyer.

Those were just a few reasons why I hated Dom in law school.


I hate his panty-melting stare, his wicked smile, and that loose-hip stride of his.
I hate the way his biceps stretch the sleeves of his tailored suit.
I hate that after two years, I can’t stop thinking about the almost kiss in the library.

So when he sits at my bar, acting like he doesn’t remember me, I do what any woman would’ve done in my position.

I agree to a midnight hookup with the great Dom Moretti.

Ignite You is a steamy, slow-burn mafia romance that can be read as a standalone. It is book one in the Cole Brothers series. Previously released as Love Over Logic

I have read this book now twice but I still found it less interesting than the rest of the series.

I think it is because of the scene setting that is done for the Cole Brothers and their backgrounds.

For me, Diana Hicks is one of those authors whose writing gets better the further into a series she goes.

And also, I guess, Mafia Doms are not in my ‘hit’ list!

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Hanna explains her beat

My Pulse Book Cover My Pulse
Town of Broward Book 1
Hanna Dale
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
November 26, 2019

For single mom Tristan Maddox, moving to the small town of Broward, Georgia is the opportunity she needs to provide her daughter with a better life. A bigger house where they can each have their own bedroom, a backyard to play in, a place where they can put down roots and be part of a community, are all part of the reason she chose Broward as their new home. Nowhere on that list was her sexy next door neighbor, Owen, his adorably affable dog, Huck, or his crazy family. 

Owen Gallahanger is perfectly content with his life the way it is. He has a job he loves, a family that he can count on, even if they drive him crazy most of the time, and his loyal sidekick, Huck. He isn’t looking for anything more, but after meeting Tristan and her daughter, he quickly realizes exactly what he is missing.

But not everyone is happy that Tristan is in Broward. As an unknown threat continues to escalate, Owen has to fight to protect the woman he loves, and their future together, or risk losing everything.

  1. Can you tell your readers something about why you chose this particular topic to write about? What appealed to you about it? Why do you think it is different and your approach is unique? I’m a sucker for a good romance, at least reading one or watching one on the TV or in a movie. In real life, coming home to find my husband has started dinner is romantic! A lot of books I’ve read have dealt with the insta-love angle, and in nearly all of them, the characters all just fall in line. I believe in love at first sight, but I also believe in taking a beat and making sure it’s real and true.
  2. How long do you think about a topic before deciding to write about it? Do you have a set of notes or a note book where you write down topics that appeal before making a decision as to which topic this time? I’m like the worst plotter known to man. I fly by the seat of my pants, change directions halfway through, and then again three-quarters of the way through. It’s all about the way the story unfolds as I’m writing it. Since I was serious about publishing this book, I did take the time to put together a very basic outline. I didn’t follow it, but I did put one together!
  3. How long does it take to research a topic before you write? And for this book? There wasn’t a ton of research involved in this book, but it did take me several years to write it. That was more for personal reasons than anything else. I have several more books in this series that I want to write, and they will definitely involve a lot more research.
  4. How many times have you been rejected before your first novel was accepted or before this book was accepted? I self-published my book. I think the self-publishing and indie author boom in the last few years has given us a lot of amazing authors that we might not have ever been introduced to.
  5. If you could recommend a living author – who would it be? A dead author? I am madly in love with everything Lucy Score has written. I just discovered her, and I burned through all of her published works in no time at all. If you haven’t read anything by her – do it now!
  6. Do you have any pets? I briefly lost my mind and adopted three puppies….basically at the same time. I’m still not sure how it happened. So currently I have two pups that are two-years-old and one that is one-year-old and literally no sanity left.
    1. If so, what are they? We have one beagle, and two lab/hound mixes.
    1. And what are they called? Scout is our beagle, then we have Piper and Hobo.
    1. Do they help you write? They have a habit of trying to chew on my laptop, or the cord, or my feet, or anything they can get in their mouth.
    1. What is the funniest thing they have done while you are writing? Scout has a habit of closing my laptop, with my hands still on the keyboard.
  7. What, in your life, are you most proud of doing? Can I play the sappy mom card and say my kids? They astound me every day with how smart they are, but also how caring and loveable they are.

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And now we Provoke

Provoke You Book Cover Provoke You
Cole Brothers #2
Diana A. Hicks Publication date:
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
December 16th 2019

Provoke You Diana A. Hicks (Cole Brothers #2) Publication date: December 16th 2019 Genres: AdultContemporaryRomance Goodreads Amazon

Hotel heiress Ela LeBlanc is ready to take control of her life. Waking up handcuffed to a former marine and the news of her step-dad’s plans to sell the hotel is just the wake-up call she needs. With only thirty days to prove he has no claim on the property, Ela has to enlist the help of her sexy as sin bodyguard.When things take a dangerous turn, and Matt becomes the only person she can trust, she can’t help but wonder… can she trust him with her heart? Former Marine Matt Cole came to New Orleans for a fresh start, a chance to make amends. After accepting a job as the chief of security for a wealthy hotelier, he quickly realizes that life in the Big Easy is anything but. Matt’s greatest challenge is keeping his distance from the tempting Ela LeBlanc, his boss’s gorgeous and very off limits step-daughter. 

Surviving Ela is just the beginning. As things unfold it becomes clear that it’s not just his heart on the line, but their lives. PROVOKE YOU is book two in the Cole Brothers series. A new family saga binge reading experience: 5 brothers, 5 full-length novels in 5 months. Continue reading on December 16th, January 13th, February 10th, and March 9th. Don’t miss out on this suspenseful and seductive series. Note: This is a steamy romance with explicit sensual scenes, happily ever after, no cheating, and no cliffhanger.


I found this a much better read than book 1.

For 2 reasons.

1. The author was not constantly trying to give us the background on the Cole Brothers and the previous series in which they had been involved; and

2. The writing style had improved.

The storyline and content was much better as there was now room in the story to tell us about the characters we were interested in – the hotelier’s daughter Ela, and Cole brother #2 Matt.

I am not at all sure however, that if Ela really had been an alcoholic it would that easy for her to quit the first time and then the second time to actually drink a glass or 2 and then give up. This seemed unreal as the nature of addiction doesn’t work that way. We all wish it did! That way we could eat 1 square of chocolate and not the whole bar…

However, I liked the fact that she had gone to a Cordon Bleu cookery school and had come out baking scones and not fancy French pastries. That said, scones are an under-rated delicacy and can be flavoured in many ways and made with many different ingredients, from savoury to sweet and with alcohol too. Wikipedia does a round-up of different scones around the world, from buttermilk, to drop to Australia to Japan…

So, yes, I did like this book better. I think Diana could do better still and make this a true 4 star rather than a 3.5 rounded up.

About the Author

Diana A. Hicks is an award-winning author of steamy contemporary romance with a touch of suspense. Book two in her Desert Monsoon series, LOVE OVER LOGIC, won the 2019 Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal Winner in the Romance – Suspense genre

When Diana is not writing, she enjoys kickboxing, traveling, and indulging in the simple joys of life like wine and chocolate. She lives in Atlanta and loves spending time with her two children and husband. Connect with Diana on social media to stay up to date on her latest releases.

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Why to defy: Laura explains

Immortal Defiance Book Cover Immortal Defiance
Dulcea’s Rebellion, #1
Laura Maybrooke
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Laura Maybrooke
Publication date: October 10th 2019

Some things never die. Hope. Heroes. Defiance. Things take a strange turn for Dulcea, the elven enchantress turned war heroine and Dragonmistress, when a countryman’s betrayal lands her in enemy hands. As she awaits her execution, a stranger with mysterious powers offers her another chance at life. Will she die here or risk what sinister fate he has in store for her? Can Dulcea reclaim her rightful place and lead her army once more? Or does Krath, the man who travels the Realm of the Dead as one of its own, prove to be the obstacle that fells her rebellion? … Or will this immortal vampire warrior turn out to be the best chance she has of defying the ancient evil arising in the west?

Can you tell your readers something about why you chose this particular topic to write about? What appealed to you about it? Why do you think it is different and your approach is unique?

Immortal Defiance is a slow-burn paranormal fantasy romance, where the lines blur between heroes and villains, and where things are far from what they seem. In its heart is an elven heroine who finds that not all heroes are good… or even alive.

The story of Immortal Defiance is a story of friendships, love, valor, and courage against the backdrop of a freedom war, set in a medieval-like world. There’s magic, elves, talking dragons, vampires, ancient castles, and a cure that may be deadlier than the poison.

I wrote Immortal Defiance and its sequels (it is the first book in a trilogy) because I wanted to explore a soul-reaching connection between two unlikely people. Dulcea and Krath’s story is a story of overcoming conflict. On the surface, these two people, an elven lady and a vampire, are as dissimilar as can be, but they may yet discover that differences are often only skin deep.

I feel the approach is unique, because I’ve not yet read a book with elves, vampires, and dragons, questioning whether something perceived as evil can be good or neutral. Also, I wanted to explore a more realistic way in how our mortal elven heroine might overcome her prejudices and see the man who our vampire truly is (and he is no Mr. Nice Guy), and yet still come to appreciate him for exactly who he is.

Enemies to best friends to lovers is one of my favorite tropes, and one you’ll find for this series as whole.

What do you read when you are ill in bed?

The same as on any other day – whatever I am currently reading on my Kindle. Or these days, my Kindle App on my smartphone. More likely than not, it’ll be something from my favorite genre (see answer below).

What is your favorite genre?

I read a lot of fantasy. Serve it to me with a side of slow-burn romance, and I am a happy camper. I also like suspense and thrillers and historic romance, but the fantasy genre is my favorite.

If you could recommend a living author – who would it be? A dead author?

For a living author, C.J. Sansom and his splendid Matthew Shardlake series. For a dead author, I struggle between J.R.R. Tolkien and Jane Austen, and… let it be undecided. May each of you make their own decision, based on the genre you more prefer.

What have you done with the things you wrote when in school?

Rewrote them time again. I have been writing since my early teenage years, for about 25 years now. Immortal Defiance, the slow-burn paranormal fantasy romance now releasing, is based on writings began during those days. To my memory, it took about twenty years and four complete rewrites to come to this situation, to the release of the first book in the trilogy.

I have spent a long time with these characters and know them like the back of my hand. I have grown up and matured along with their story, rewriting it to suit my current level as a writer.

Do you have an unusual hobby?

I would call it anything but unusual these days, but growing up in a small northern European town, it was an oddity. Like… 25 – 30 years ago. I am talking about gaming. Us gamer girls were a little odd back then. I am still an avid gamer; I love playing RPG games. They often have excellent stories; some of them could easily compete with many other forms of entertainment.

If you could be any fictional character, which would you be? And why?

Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice. She is one of my favorite heroines. She is bold, smart, and loves to read! But she can also admit to her mistakes and learn from them.

If you could choose to live in another country/town – which would you choose? And why?

I have long loved Scotland. The image of its highlands appeals to me on a deeply spiritual level. I have visited the country before and hope to do so many times still in the future.

What would you take on a desert island to read if you could only take 3 books?

For my love of romance, Pride and Prejudice. For my love of fantasy, the Lord of the Rings. And for my love of mystery/suspense, any of C.J Sansom’s Shardlake novels.

Would you like to add a jpg of yourself? Or something that is important to your writing? Why is it important? Does it have an emotional impact?

I am pleased for this question. I have long also been an artist, for over 20 years. I find that my writing and art hobby support each other. Art allows me to bring my characters and scenes to life in a way that nothing else can.

I would like the show your readers a piece of my artwork featuring the leading lady Dulcea, together with her friend and dragon guardian, Amparo Darksun; both enjoying a rare moment of peace.

In case anyone is interested in seeing more, I post a lot of my artwork on my twitter account ( and also at:

Author Bio

 “I live in my own little world. But it’s ok, they know me here.” (Who besides me has this fridge magnet; raise your hand!)

 That’s sometimes what it feels like. Who says stories aren’t real? I live in the land of the Midnight Sun and Polar Nights, together with my husband and daughter, and a cast of fantasy characters running around in my head. It’s busy here. Care to stay and chat a while?

 Laura Maybrooke is an 80s’ child, who works too much and writes too little, but who’ll never say no to a thrilling romance, a high fantasy adventure, or a cookbook full of delicious treats she’d like to bake

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Let’s go skiing

Snow - Kissed Love Book Cover Snow - Kissed Love
[box set] #1
Violet Vaughn
Adult , New contemporary
Sugarloaf Press
(3 Sept. 2018)

Craving for Love
Determined to get over Jason, Casey moves to Breckenridge, Colorado. Landing a job skiing every day, Casey finds Blaine - a wish come true. A hunky surfer turned ski instructor, he checks off every requirement on her list. Except for the one she forgot to add.
Blaine has a secret. A secret so big it keeps intimacy smoldering when Casey needs fire. No matter how hard she tries, the embers won’t ignite. Can she live without passion to get the family she craves? When Jason comes to town, Casey questions everything she wished for. Their consuming love threatens to explode, leaving her with the choice between a family and the love of her life.

Lease on Love
Skater Lori was USA’s golden girl, headed for the Olympics and destined for a medal. But when her coach's abuse forces her to give up the opportunity, her world spins out of control. Their perilous love affair is discovered and plastered all over the tabloids.
Three years later, Lori is ready to move on. New to skiing but determined, she reinvents herself as a ski instructor and moves to Breckenridge. Driven to rebuild her life Lori isn’t prepared for the likes of sexy Kaleb. One look from the sensitive snowboarder unchains her heart and she explores love without fear.
When the past returns to haunt her, Lori's new found freedom is at risk. What’s lurking in the shadows is worse than she could have imagined. She fears for more than her safety when she realizes Kaleb is in danger too, and they may end up paying the ultimate price.

Rush for Love
Olympic hopeful Gretchen doesn’t do love. Men exist for sex and a good time. Snowboarding is her main priority and a clingy
boyfriend will only get between her and a spot on the Olympic team.
Dark and dangerous Derrick is all for the physical approach. His carefully guarded heart likes it hard and fast. Meeting an adrenaline junkie like Gretchen suits his sexual needs just fine.
But when a steamy relationship races out of control toward love, tragedy is inevitable, and hearts aren’t the only collateral. Their accidental love threatens Gretchen’s chance for gold, and the destruction changes everything.

Fierce in Love
Ex-model Dannika knows she’s spoiled and when her brother abandons her, she’s desperate for another man in her life. Flirting for keeps, she gets one. The wrong one. While the guy who challenges her in every way keeps her in the friend zone.
Financial whiz Christian moved to Breckenridge to escape the rat race and mend his broken heart. Intent on a year as a ski bum and casual dating, everything changes when he meets Dannika. Suddenly he’s back in business, with a girl that that tempts him to be more than a professional partner.
A family death makes Christian rethink his move and leave Colorado behind, along with Dannika. Forced to fend for herself with a prosperous business, but not the guy, Dannika learns to trust herself. When Christian returns she must decide if he’s worth trusting too.

Ready for Love
Ruby swore off men after her high school relationship with a reckless ski racer ended in an unplanned pregnancy. Heartbroken, she buried herself in her fashion design where any mistake can be recycled and torn-out stitches easily replaced.
But then sizzling hot entrepreneur Neal enters her life with a business proposition. He wants a partnership to launch her clothing line -- but he has a reputation for intimate proposals too.
After years on the race circuit, Trevor moves to Breckenridge to teach skiing and settle down. He stumbles on Ruby -- the one who got away. Even discovering she kept their child a secret can’t make him forget their steamy connection. But is he in love with the woman Ruby has become?
Ruby can’t resist the pull of past when Trevor’s pursuit reminds her of the dreams she once had and the wounds she thought would never heal. But Neal’s invested in her in more ways than she believed possible if she’s ready to take a chance on love.

A nicely written story with plenty of twists and turns and mis-understandings. Straight forward romance, but not cozy.

The Colorado mountains certainly have lots of snow so if you are a skiing fanatic like those in the story, then it is a great place to live, otherwise…

For me the skiing seemed authentically described, but as I am unfamiliar with this sport and very much not a fan of the cold, I’ve never been. Though I did once visit a snow resort – in the summer!

Just a thought though – why doesn’t she use foot deodorant? There is plenty around and inners for shoes with anti-smell. If not fungal, foot smell is always optional.

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