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REVIEW: The King by J.R. Ward

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The King by J.R. Ward
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is great! I enjoyed every word. It was so nice to check in with the two that started it all. Wrath is still just as hawt as ever and the new developments in this story will make you smile, frown and keep reading until the end. Love the story of Wrath's parents. Love love the development of the relationship between Wrath and his Shellan. Love everything about this series! If you haven't read any of these books, and you love urban fantasy... these are the stories for you.

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Let me take a moment to promote a little project I’m working on…… Wolf Claimed

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Witches hold on to those pointy hats!!! Wolf Claimed (Book 1 of the MagKaen) , my new paranormal romance serial novel is here!!! Wolf Claimed is 10 Episodes of fun, fantasy and sexy werewolf hijinks. We are up to Episode 3, and the next one will be released in just a few short days. All episodes are available in several formats on Barnes and Noble , Amazon, Smashwords, and Kobo, and are all absolutely FREE. Read on for a short synopsis and info on where you can get Wolf Claimed!Michaela Mune’Dust hates werewolves. Harthen knows she’d give her left boot to be completely free of the mangy beasts from now on. It’s just her luck that her job, the full moon, and that stupid little thing humans like to call biology are absolutely determined to force her into close personal contact with the last male she’d ever choose. Talk about un-luck-ee. Even worse the pinheaded lycan just can’t seem to keep his muddy paws to himself! Okay, so maybe he’s sort of cute when he gets all growly and gruff, bu…

REVIEW: Hers To Cherish by Patricia A. Knight

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Hers To Cherish by Patricia A. Knight
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My favorite story yet!! What a fantastic story! I loved Her's to Cherish, and I really can't express that enough. Now adding Patricia A. Knight to my awesome-as-sin authors shelf. My goodness.

This book has a great female protagonist. Steffania is strong but vulnerable at the same time,wonderfully complex, and very likable. Next we meet the male protagonist. Ramsey is strong, oh so hawt, honorable, and tortured by a dark and difficult past.

These two together add up to an engrossing story line that is well spiced with sexy sexy bondage scenes. The sense of intimacy building between Steffania and Ramsey is palpable. They both struggle internally and externally and it helps to make the story that much more engrossing. All around a great read by a great author that delivers time and time again.

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In The Pages of a Good Book Blog Hop - Topic Friendship!

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Welcome Hoppers!! In celebration of In the Pages of a Good Book's One Year Anniversary I'd like to present this post to the blog hop! 
Welcome to Mercy's World, the blog about all things romance!!! I hope you enjoy your stay.


What's better than a story about hot steamy romance??? A story about girl pals that stick together through thick and thin, and then find romance! 

Far be it from me to devalue a great steamy romance read. But what could be better than a story about friends sticking together? I've listed a couple of books below by one of my favorite authors. Other than being funny and an all around great time, these books feature one common theme. Girlfriends! Reading about the great relationship that these ladies had made the story that much more interesting. It just goes to show that secondary characters can make up the difference between regular and spectacular. Not that these books aren't hunk-tacular like all good romances should be... Cause they are! B…

Mercy Talks Sex: Creating Intimate Moments

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The key to making sex scenes romantic is portraying a sense of intimacy between the characters. Give them their moment of aha! This is different than its ever been before. This is special. But how do you do that? There are many complex feelings and emotions involved in the situation as it is, but how do you show the intimacy without overwhelming the reader with description? Or worse killing the sexy?1. Show the intimacy with touch. A slow gentle touch to a non sexual area during a love scene can go a long way to display the intimacy between two characters. Let your alpha male caress his female’s jaw. Let him run the back of his hand down her cheek. Have him hug her close without the tension of arousal between them. These are all ways to show that your characters are about more than just sex. One of the main complaints for new romance writers is that there is no sense of a developing romance between the main characters. At the end of the story it just seams that the I love you’s come o…

REVIEW: Tempting His Mate by Savannah Stuart

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Tempting His Mate by Savannah Stuart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really like this series, but this book is my favorite so far! The characters in this story are more developed, and therefore oh-so-much more love-able. This is a quick and light read. Very entertaining, and very sexy as well. Can't wait to see what happens in the next one!

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REVIEW: Dual Desires by Shyla Colt

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Dual Desires: A Red Hot and BOOM! Story by Shyla Colt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What an unexpected treat! A great story. I really liked both main characters. Demon is the prime example of the Anti-Hero while Ardy was sweetly feminine. This book was a well-rounded steamy-steamy Harley ride! I feel a fascination with motorcycle dudes coming on tout de suite. Dual Desires combines unique characters with an intriguing story line that kept this reader turning pages until it was done. I only wish it had been longer.

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Review: Under His Protection by Stephanie Morris

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Under His Protection by Stephanie Morris
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This story is a must read for classic romance fans!! Loved it. The characters are sweet and wholesome in a way that is refreshing, but still manages to be, not only sexy, but downright hawt! This book delivers in all the right places and ways. A secure nod to contemporary romance,with just the slightest hint of suspense. I'm adding it to my leaves-me-with-a-good-feeling shelf!

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Mercy Talks Sex: Is BDSM right for you?

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With books like The Secret Sex Life of a Single Mom, and Fifty Shades of Gray on the hot lists, it might have occurred to some of you that BDSM might be for you. Or maybe you’d like to jump on the erotic bandwagon and write a BDSM story of your own. Either way check out the following 5 Sexy topics.1. You don’t have to be a masochist to enjoy Dominance and Submission role play.The first thing to learn about BDSM is that there are many different topics and activities that fall under the umbrella. You might join a BDSM social media site and be scared out of your little pink panties by some of the stories that are posted there. The great thing about these types of sites is that they provide a non judgmental forum to explore your intimate needs. Before you jump into the deep end, make sure you know what your boundaries are. If you experience pain as pleasure, or enjoy being humiliated by your partner then you might lean more towards the S & M side. If what appeals to you is the offer o…

Mercy Talks Sex: Writing Realistic Love Scenes

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Sometimes it is nice to read a story where the characters are larger than life. Ok..Ok so it always is, but there is a threshold between realistically enhanced and well…just too much.We’ve read countless stories where the male hero was hugely endowed, and possessed superhuman endurance. Add to that the trend of female characters that are hypersensitive and more responsive than a hundred boomerangs at an Australian picnic.  Enough is enough. We like our love scenes sensual and sexy, but they are even better if they remain within the realm of attainable. Romance is about the fantasy of perfect love, the beauty of unadulterated union, and endless passion. We sell this dream to the readers. But let’s not do them the disservice of selling them something they can never experience. Read on for four key guidelines of realistic love scenes. 1. Write checks your  heroes can cash.Its good to build the tension between two characters. Its not so good to build the tension so high that when the deed…

Mercy Talks Sex: Revving up the Romance!

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Why do romance readers read romance? Why do they choose this genre over any other genre? Why is this one of the most popular types of book on the market? I’ll tell you why! Romance sells. Notice that you didn’t just read the phrase “sex sells”, though it does. The truth about romance stories is that romance sells. That impossible ideal that there is someone out there for everyone is alive and well. Keep hope alive by giving people generous examples of love. You can do that in your stories, look for it in the books you read, or even do it in your own story (that is the story of your life). Keep reading for a few ways that you can rev up the romance!

1. Play up the Peek a Boo!
No, no, no gutter minds. Not that type of peek a boo! Though that might be interesting…. But we’ll save that for another post. You play up the peek a boo by holding a little back, then giving that perfect tidbit at the right time. Give the impression of untapped depths behind the character’s emotions and motives…

Mercy Talks Sex: What makes a great love scene?

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How much do you read? Have you ever wondered why some love scenes have that extra Um..Hm… and some others are mostly Uh Uh? As an admitted Romance addict I’ve compiled what I think is a list of the key ingredients for making your writing steam up the page. Prepare to be scintillated readers!!! Read all the way to the bottom for some links to a few books that I found irresistibly sexy! 1. Romance I’m just woman enough to admit that sex for the sake of sex gets a little boring after a while. Have you ever read a book where there are 250 pages of sex and 50 pages of story? I like a good sensual love story just as much as the next romanti-file, but enough is enough people. For the sex to be sexy there must be some connection to the plot. That is, the sex must serve a purpose. Usually that purpose is romance, or connection between two characters. It signifies a deepening of the relationship and progress towards intimacy. Sometimes it’s the climax of the romantic plot, and other times it’…

Tarot of Inspiration: The World

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Sometimes we reach a point in the story where we aren’t sure which way a character needs to go to reach her destination. Maybe a little divination is in order! Mercy say what??? That’s right! Let the divine guide you when you need a push in the right direction. The World brings peace and harmony to your character’s life. The story is nearing its end, the circle turned to completion. She’s achieved all her goals, triumphed over adversity and now can bask in the balance of the spirit and the feeling of success.This card also signifies the beginning of a new cycle, which means the setting of new goals. Maybe it means the beginning of a new story in a series. Or the addition of a new narrative to the mix.  Drawing the World card might mean that your story has reached a short peaceful respite. Quiet moments can lead to higher climaxes later in the plot. All things are looking up, all trials have passed, and your character has reached their goals. Where does she go from here? What are her p…

Guide to the Kingdom of Nareth

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Your introduction to the Kingdom! Enter Mercy’s world. Experience the immersive experience that is the Kingdom of Nareth Series.Genre: Erotic Romance, Sensual Vampires.Definitions (for the un-initiated):
Todesgeist: Members of the Kingdom of Nareth. Vampires like you’ve never seen before. Long lived, strong, powerful, and Oh so Hawt!!
Reticine: Trusted Protector. More closely defined as Keeper. As Todesgeist require the full satiation in order to survive upon coming of age, it is customary for females of the Noble Kuspit to be appointed a keeper. This is to keep the coveted females safe, but also to prevent them from having to scavenge to survive. The Reticine is responsible for meeting his mistress’s every need.
Blood Den: Noble sanctioned feeding house for unmated Todesgeist.
MorderBan: Mid Class Blood Den located in Southern California. See Lusten.
RedMorder: High class Blood Den located in Nevada. See Blood Mother.
Satiation: Todesgeist feeding ritual whereby all three hungers are fed…

MagKaen Spotlight: Phi

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Definitions (for the un-initiated):MagKaen : (m-ae-g-kine) The magic, paranormal, supernormal universe including all supernormal beings as defined by the human standard. This includes elves, werewolves, giants, vampires, witches, gnomes, shape-changers, brownies, mages, and just about every other entity from human lore (and nightmare).Phi: (Fee) Persnickety, shape changing, human bashing tree sprite that lives in trees and large bushes. Ever been in a park, or hiking on a trail and suddenly been attacked by a case of the clumsies? You just might have met a Phi! These guys delight in making trouble for humans. Phi are lower elves, that are (luckily) not that powerful, but that doesn’t make them any less annoying. They like to live in trees and large bushes and can change color and shape to blend into their surroundings. She may look cute, but she’s no Tinkerbelle. Phi survive by sipping the residue of magic from the air. For this reason it isn’t uncommon to find a gaggle of Phi living …

Tarot of Inspiration: Judgment

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Sometimes we reach a point in the story where we aren't sure which way a character needs to go to reach her destination. Maybe a little divination is in order! Mercy say what??? That’s right! Let the divine guide you when you need a push in the right direction.

This card is an emotive one. The image alone provokes feelings and mental sensations that might give you some insight into your character’s inner motivation. The angel raises his hands in supplication. Releasing himself to the flow of life. Figures dance below him in various poses that represent the trials of the past. This is a card of resurrection. The connection of the divine with the individual. Liberation from the past, and inspiration for the future.

If your character draws this card, she might be in for a wakeup call. The endless cycle of destruction and rebirth are at hand, and the day of reckoning has arrived. The time to face the demons of the past has come. Reveal your character’s inner struggle with things that ha…

MagKaen Spotlight: Nibelung

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Definitions (for the un-initiated):
MagKaen : (m-ae-g-kine) The magic, paranormal, supernormal universe including all supernormal beings as defined by the human standard. This includes elves, werewolves, giants, vampires, witches, gnomes, shape-changers, brownies, mages, and just about every other entity from human lore (and nightmare).
Nibelung: (Nee-bi-long) Cave dwelling , treasure hoarding dwarves of Norse Origen.

Don’t let those big innocent eyes fool you. The Nibelung are much tougher than they look. Yeah I know the guy in the picture looks pretty scary, but he isn’t of the Nibelung. Nope sorry, it was the best I could do on such short notice. Dwarf he is, but Nibelung? No. Take away the battle armor. Make the eyes about two sizes larger,and the muscles a little more normal sized. Change that metal hammer to rock, and that helmet to stone, and poof! Nibelung. See…easy.
These guys worship in the ways of water and pack some powerful earth magic. They can form rock like clay, and m…

8 Ways to Lose a Werewolf

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A short guide to self preservation for the Self-Respecting Witch. By Mick Mune’Dust, Wolf Claimed.8. Don’t get caught. I know this might seem a bit redundant, but I think it’s worth saying. You wouldn’t have to lose a double W if you never get caught by one in the first place. 7. Run, run, run, As Fast as you Can.If you can’t avoid getting caught, RUN, at the first opportunity and stay gone. If you’re lucky he’ll realize he didn’t like you much anyway and you won’t see him again. 6. Get on his Alpha’s Bad side.There isn’t much that can stop a Werewolf from getting the woman he wants. The one exception to this is his Alpha. All werewolves have to obey the alpha no matter what. It’s almost physically impossible for them to deny his call, so plan to be your most obnoxious self whenever you come in contact with his pack mates. If the Alpha hates you, then you’re home free. 5. Deny Deny Deny.You’ve been tackled, kissed to within an inch of life, and fondled to ticklish abandon. Still want …

MagKaen Spotlight: Domovoi

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Definitions (for the un-initiated):
MagKaen : (m-ae-g-kine) The magic, paranormal, supernormal universe including all supernormal beings as defined by the human standard. This includes elves, werewolves, giants, vampires, witches, gnomes, shape-changers, brownies, mages, and just about every other entity from human lore (and nightmare).
Domovoi: (dome-o-voy) Highly powerful Under Elf of Slavic origins, affectionately called the house spirit.

He may only be 18 inches tall, but this is one MagKaen that will having you palming your jaw more often than not. (Eh hem, to pick it up off the floor!) He’s a Slavic Under Elf of the most powerful kind. This intensely loyal caretaker swears fealty to beings he deems worthy to live in his house. If you should be so lucky, be ready. He will protect your children, feed your dog, and even lend a hand the next time you have to do your duty. He is oh so perfectly proportioned in his natural state, often with a short well groomed beard, and muscles in pl…

The trouble with Giants.

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So you’ve been kidnapped. Well…it happens, and things could definitely be worse. I’m betting that when you oh so morbidly imagined yourself being kidnapped it never occurred to you to cast two of the most terrifying, and strangely adorable creatures for the role. And when I say adorable I mean that in a really dumb but definitely homicidal sort of way. Giants are extinct. Or are they? No one has seen one in 500 years, but hey that doesn’t mean much these days. If I were a 30 foot tall, chronic over eating, dim witted  biped, I think I might find a good hide out and stay there myself. Just sayin’. Boy I bet you wish you’d paid attention in that extinct species class in college? Well for those of us who prefer doing rather than studying, I’ve compiled a little list of interesting facts.
1. Giants are not Extinct. (obvious I know but worth saying again.) 2. Giants will eat anything that you put  in front of them, as long as it is meat. (Eh hem. That means they will eat you. Sorry for t…

6 Reasons Werewolves do it Better.

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6. Big Muscular Shoulders It gives the phrase ‘A shoulder to cry on’ a whole new and incredibly sexy meaning doesn’t it? His is not only extra strong but extra dependable as well. These things come stock on your werewolf boyfriend. Am I the only one who’s excited????
5. His Kisses Actually do make it better. They will heal your heart and your bruises or scrapes. All your hurts gone in one hot lusty shot. Now that’s a 2-for deal I’d like to buy. 
4. His bite is better than his bark. His idea of getting nippy involves soft touches and intimate parts of your body. Leg locked prudes beware! Even you will be begging for his bite within minutes of meeting him.
3. He’s the marrying kind. Here’s a male who knows exactly what he wants and will stop at nothing to get it. Once he catches you, there isn’t anything that will make him let you go. He’s in it for the long haul and has the stamina to keep it going.
2. He’s not afraid to work up a sweat. Have you been kidnapped? Attacked? Threaten…