Book Review: Cushion by Tamela Miles

***I received a free copy voluntarily for an honest review***

Natalie Kliebert finally has the perfect life she spent years dreaming of. She’s on the fast track to her fantasy-come-true career as a therapist. If she can help pop star Billy Chambers, it will be her greatest achievement and even sweeter than earning an “A” grade.

The last thing Billy Chambers wants is anyone’s help, especially when he doesn’t see a single thing wrong with his life. When bossy Natalie becomes his court-appointed personal therapist, sparks fly from day one. Annoyance was never so arousing. Hooking up should be easy, but an undercurrent of evil is coming for Natalie, which may force her to reveal her deepest secret.

The problems of their pasts are no match for today’s demons. Natalie and Billy must come together and be the allies they were meant to be in a supernatural fight that may cost them their lives.


I really enjoyed this supernatural romance novella. Billy and Natalie’s third person point-of-views switched throughout the book. The beginning was pretty intense and grabbed my interest right away. She was pretty bad ass, and I loved every second of it. I’d speak on it more, but I don’t want to give away the plot twist in the middle of the book.

My favorite lines: 1) “Good God, ghosts are real.” His voice was soft with wonder. 2) She couldn’t draw in a breath as she trembled, fighting back bitter tears. 3) She stared blankly into space for long moments, her mind spinning. The scratches on her arm were probably her own doing, but the wall…

The author did a great job with dialogue. I loved Billy and Natalie’s back and forth. Their sexual tension showed in their body language. Plus, there was a STEAMY love making scene to make any reader blush (in a good way).

I wish there would have been more to the scene of Billy and Natalie fighting the bad guy, especially considering who the monster was, but I really liked the drama from the situation once Natalie finally told Billy the truth.

It was cool how the nickname Cushion tied into the title. I loved the main characters as well as the supporting characters, especially Billy’s mom.

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby


Interview With Jewel E. Leonard, Author of Alight

Please welcome my special guest Jewel E. Leonard. She’s a paranormal romance and Steampunk author. I had the pleasure of sharing my Six Plus One script on her blog, so I thought it’d be fun to return the favor by giving her an interview on the release date of her new book! Please enjoy her insightful interview.


1.  Do you have advice for other writers trying to get published?

I think patience is a virtue that is especially important in this industry. If you’re aiming to get published traditionally, it could take a very long time and an awful lot of rejections before you get there (but you probably already know that).

On the other hand, if your goal is to be published independently, patience will serve you well to put out the best product you can. Indie books certainly have a reputation for being “thrown onto Amazon.” Patience with the process (a load of editing and proof reading prior to hitting “publish”) should certainly help an indie author’s book from having that “thrown onto Amazon” appearance. If enough indie authors did that, someday maybe that stigma will be nothing more than an ugly memory.

2.  Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

As far as the The Witches’ Rede goes: I really hope they enjoy the ride. The benefit to approaching a series like this one the way I did (here’s again where patience plays a significant role) is that I’ve planned the big things out thoroughly, beginning to end. I encourage readers who finish the series to start over with Alight. There are lots of what seem like throw-away remarks that are anything but–and you won’t know it until you get to the end.

As an aside, to those who enjoyed reading about Rhea and Surfer Boy: I haven’t forgotten about them, either.

3.  What are your thoughts on the fact that both trade and self-published authors have to promote their work?

The expectation publishers now have of authors to self-promote was actually one of many things that made traditional publication unappealing to me. I fairly well hate marketing. I’ve always been a bad salesperson, and not having to promote myself would have been a massive perk to finding an agent/publisher. But since trads are expected to do that, too, I kind of felt like…I’m having to put in the same amount of work as an indie author and split my profits? No, thank you!

4.  What genre do you write for? Your favorite aspect? Your least favorite aspect?

My work is polygenreistic (my word processor informs me this isn’t a word–well, it should be!). When I have to pigeonhole it, I call it either paranormal romance or Steampunk.

I love the combination and juxtaposition of science and magic in my world. As far as in other authors’ books, I think it’s the vampires/magic/werewolves fighting for the right to exist in worlds that often don’t accept them that appeals to me. As someone who feels like an outsider in everything she does, it’s a concept I can really relate to.

My least favorite aspect? I hate that the paranormal romance genre was declared dead. Its fans beg to differ!

5.  What are your current/next projects?

Alas, I’m going to be working on The Witches’ Rede books for many years to come. The 2nd and 3rd novels are currently in varying states of doneness.

It’s a bit risky, I know, that until 2021, my new books will rely on readers having read–and enjoyed–my backlist.

I need to figure out how to write stand-alone novels! LOL!

6.  Do you prefer to work alone or with critique partners/beta-readers?

I actually write with a partner. My husband contributes so much to my books that his name really should be beside mine on my book covers. It is his decision that it’s not. He can deny it all he wants, but these projects to now are practically 50/50.

I have a wonderful alpha reader, whose opinions and feedback are invaluable to me.

I have a very small group of betas which I hope as time goes on, I can expand. I have yet to put out a public call for betas–or for ARC reviewers. This will likely change as well. I am the type of person who gets easily overwhelmed so I need to start small or I’ll succumb to the temptation to quit.

7.  How do you find time to write?

I don’t, really. I steal some time here and there–when my daughter naps, or between the time my work shift ends and my son comes home from school. I forego sleep as much as I can. Often when there’s quiet play (having Bob Ross on TV really helps mellow my son out!), I’m able to settle down and get some writing done with the family nearby.

Now that I have a new workspace in a bigger home, as our new schedules “gel,” I hope I might find more time for solitude to get those words out. They’re pretty seriously backlogged currently, and I have (self-imposed) deadlines to meet.

8.  Did you always want to become an author?

Oh yes, without a doubt. The desire to write and to have my words read by other people has always been inherent in me.

9.  Is there any writing rituals you complete before creating your manuscripts/drafts?

As a pantser, no, not really. I grab my notebook and pen, and just get to work when the muse bites. Planning (and lots of editing and revising) comes later. I admit it’s a bit backward, but it works best for me.

10.  Do you write the beginning/opening first or do you tend to write out of order (with whatever scenes interest you the most)?

My manuscripts are a mess. I generally write the scenes that are most clear in my head, or whatever I’m inspired to write at the time. One of my hubby’s greatest talents is for rearranging scenes into an order that makes sense.

For the sake of streamlining a process that most established writers wouldn’t recommend to their worst enemy, I’m making a valiant effort (going forward) to write chronologically. I got maybe 20,000 words into book 3 of The Witches’ Rede series before I had to jump ahead if I wanted to keep writing. So now I have to go back and start filling in the gaps.

11.  Have you ever hated something you wrote?

Hate is such a strong word.

And yet, it isn’t strong enough to describe how I felt about Possession, the book that follows Alight in my series. I wrote it during NaNoWriMo (and won, for what it’s worth) and when I attempted reading through it, I came dangerously close to throwing out everything related to it–the hand-written pages as well as Shift+Del’ing the computer copy.

My husband promised there was good in it, and that he would find it. He kept his promise–and then some!

It took a lot of editing to make it readable…and the next thing I know (many, many, many months and tears later), Possession is now my favorite of the books I’ve worked on in the series.

12.  Which is the easiest for you–novel, novella, or short story? Why?

Novel. Er, novel series. My worlds grow, my characters get complex–I really don’t know how to do novellas well or stand-alone books…at all.

13.  While you were writing, did you ever feel like you were one of your characters?

I’ve had dreams from my characters’ POV.

Lots of my characters share several of my traits…and one shares many of my life experiences. I guess in writing some of those scenes, I very much did feel like I was in her shoes (again).

In working out new ideas, my husband and I often “role play,” and create some of the more fun exchanges between my two main characters.

14. How did you come up with the title?

Alight has had 4 different titles over the years (excluding the inspired “Untitled” title, and the equally uninspiring “Naming Book 1 the Same as the Series Because This Wasn’t Actually Meant to be a Series” title).

Alight was another of my husband’s brilliant ideas, and I’m so grateful for it. It’s a perfect fit for this book and a great start to the series.

15.  What inspired you to write your latest book? What is the book about?

Well, my latest WIP is the 3rd book in the The Witches’ Rede series, and it follows the adventures of my main characters, Rafaele and Maeve, as they hunt down a prized possession that was feloniously taken from Maeve during the course of the 2nd book.

They encounter numerous road blocks along the way (including a literal one) and wind up in a fight for their lives against a charismatic Native American demigod on a fiendish mission from a higher authority.

16.  Any blogs, websites, social media you’d like to share?

Yes, absolutely!

You can find me on…

Thanks again, Jewel, for being a guest on my blog. It’s awesomesauce that you’re an old school writer like me and still write in notebooks! I thought I was the only one LOL. Good luck with your new release 🙂

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Excerpt: Hell Hath No Fury by Tamela Miles

In celebration of Women’s Horror Month, please welcome my special guest Tamela Miles, author of the Hell On Heels series. Today, she’s sharing her excerpt from Hell Hath No Fury, book 3 of the series, and sharing her thoughts of how femme fatales make horror awesome. Please enjoy.

Horror and Femme Fatale

by Tamela Miles

What is a good horror story without a femme fatale? It makes for dry writing for me if I don’t have a murderous villain with evil in her heart, wearing a pair of 5 inch heels. Cascadia, one of my darker villains, is just a baddie to the core and I had a blast creating her scenes as she torments my beloved Elle, the good hearted but tough demon hunter from my Hell On Heels series. Anyone expecting Cascadia to change her wicked ways is in for major disappointment. She’s bad to the bone, as are classic femme fatales, and that’s what makes her so much fun. Enjoy the read!

Excerpt from “Hell Hath No Fury” (#3 in the Hell On Heels series) :

~Dusk had come to Los Angeles, and Cascadia groaned in agitation, her overwhelming need to feed keeping her from fully concentrating on anything else. She was holed up in one of Pyro’s larger homes, high
above Sunset Boulevard in the Hollywood Hills. No one but he and the human evening nanny he had hired knew she was there, guarding the hunter’s child. She considered draining the nanny once she arrived and
leaving the body floating in the massive pool just outside the patio door to show Pyro that she had her limits.

She glanced dispassionately at the baby, sleeping in the carrier on the plush sofa next to her. She noted the child was still breathing before returning her attention to her cell phone. A dead baby would spoil Pyro’s plan, and she solely would be on the receiving end of his wrath. She tapped the screen, relieved that the call didn’t go to voicemail. He answered immediately. She put a touch of venom in her tone. “I’m hungry and tired of babysitting duty. It cried for an hour straight, and I was tempted to suck the life out of it. Where’s the night nanny?”

“That would be a costly mistake, my sweet. I need the child alive for my plan to fall into place. Once the nanny arrives, you’re free to satiate your hunger. Not a moment before.” He ended the call abruptly, and she
fought the raging urge to break of one his priceless art pieces. She would quietly bide her time in a subservient position, waiting for Pyro to make a mistake.~


Buy Links:

Hell Hath No Fury (Hell on Heels Series)

Heart of a Hunter (Hell on Heels Series)

Dark Deliverance

Author Bio:

Tamela Miles is a California State University San Bernardino graduate student with a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development and a former flight attendant. She grew up in Altadena, California in that tumultuous time known as the 1980s. She now resides with her family in the Inland Empire, CA. She’s a horror/paranormal romance writer mainly because it feels so good having her characters do bad things and, later, pondering what makes them so bad and why they can never seem to change their wicked ways.

She enjoys emails from people who like her work. In fact, she loves emails. She can be contacted at or her Facebook page, Tamela Miles Books. She also welcomes reader reviews and enjoys the feedback from people who love to read as much as she does.



Book Review: The Devil’s Third By Rebekkah Ford

***I received a free copy in exchange for a book review***

The Exciting Continuation Of The Beyond the Eyes Trilogy.

If you could have the power to control evil, would you want it?

In a rainy, misty town filled with moss-covered trees and dwarfed by wooded mountains, Astoria, Oregon, holds many secrets and eighteen-year-old Paige Reed is one of them. She’s immortal, has magical abilities she’s discovering, and harbors King Solomon’s power inside her. With his incantations, she can control the dark spirits who lurk among societies in soulless humans.

But her problems are mounting.

Her best friend slips into a coma, and Paige must tap into her newfound powers—powers she’s unsure of—to save her.

Through this ordeal, Bael who once commanded a legion of black souls, forces Paige to make a pact with him, causing her to abandon the ones she loves. When she finds out where Solomon’s spells are and tells Bael, she begins to have second thoughts about her agreement with him.

Will she risk everything to claim the spells that hold the power to control the dark spirits so she can enslave him? Or will her one true love find her before she makes a horrible mistake that could damage her for life?

And most importantly, what does the Devil’s third mean and what is Bael really up to?


I loved this book. It followed Carrie, Nathan, Tree, Paige, and Brayden’s adventure in keeping Paige safe. A secret discovered–she was a skeleton key. The villains wanted to kidnap her for their own agenda, making their way to Africa inside the cavern where the incantations were. The story was written through Paige and Nathan’s first person point-of-view accounts. My favorite style to read.

My favorite lines: 1) “And when I wasn’t watching her…I thought about her. Feeling like a roguish, filthy stalker, I began questioning my sanity.” 2) Carrie rolled her eyes. “You’re such a dork.” 3) “Why me? I don’t want this.” 4) “Of course you don’t know, but you know what? Brayden does.”

Besides action, this book also had drama and romance. I liked Anwar, so I was sad with his ending. I wished him and Nathan could have buried the hatchet. Plus, seeing what Paige’s family went through was also a tear jerker. I’m always a fan of the underdog in a love triangle. Since the first book, I’ve been rooting for Paige and Brayden. I guess he’s just one of those characters that can’t do anything wrong in my book. Don’t get me wrong, I liked Nathan too. He’s the mature one of the group. In this book, I liked that Nathan was less controlling and possessive of Paige. He trusted her judgment more.

The story really picked up when Carrie was in a car accident. She was in a coma. I really felt for Tree and Paige; they were so worried for her. Paige did a spell to enter Carrie’s dreams. Inside her dreams were my favorite scenes. I liked the darkness surrounding the clue that Paige received.

I loved the cliffhanger–how The Devil’s Third tied into Carrie, Paige, and Tree’s friendship.

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

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Yawatta Hosby




Book Review: Rakashasa: Shadowfall By Alica Knight

***I received a free copy in exchange for a book review***

To face the rising sun is to have shadows fall behind you. The sun is bright, and my shadow is long.

Katelyn won’t wake up.

Summer has passed and it is winter now in my dreams. Our shared place, our heart, is covered in a thick layer of ice, a barrier the heat of our love cannot warm.

Hope exists in the form of an immortal prophet, but leaving my home has risks, too.

Prophecy and visions, the living and the dead, the sun and the moon. Now I know of the end, and what it will cost me to save us all.

Part IV of the Rakshasa serial.


 “Rakshasa” is a Paranormal Romance serial with a hint of spice! Each episode is approximately 10,000 words. The episode schedule is as follows:

 Book One

Rakshasa – 31st of October, 2012 (Now available!)
Rakshasa: Aurora – 7th of November, 2012 (Now available!)
Rakshasa: Tigerheart – 21st of November, 2012 (Now available!)
Rakshasa: Shadowfall – 28th of December, 2012 (Now available!)
Rakshasa: Eternity – 20th of January, 2013 (Now available!)

Book Two

Rakshasa: Moonlight – 20th of February, 2013 (Now available!)

Rakshasa: Conflagration – 10th of April, 2013 (Coming soon!)

17379634I enjoyed this 5 chapter book. Since the dream world was empty and cold, there were no steamy moments between Aurora and Ishan. In fact, this story was full of drama. Katelyn has been in a two month coma, which if she woke up, who knows what the tribe would have done to her because she knew too much.

New characters were introduced. Sergeant Thomas had interviewed people when he thought Aurora was kidnapped. He was back in the picture because Jacquis was missing. Plus, Cinder may be able to help with the dilemma approaching.

As a reader, I appreciated the set-up to the dilemma. It sounds like it’ll affect everyone, and it could be fatal. It made me anxious for what’s next to come, especially for Ishan.

My favorite lines: 1) No matter what happened, we couldn’t let her free. 2) “It’s possible that…it’s because when the moon covers the sun, I’m going to die.”

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

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Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby


Book Review: Dark Spirits By Rebekkah Ford

***I received a free copy in exchange for a book review***

Now immortal, Paige is emotionally and physically stronger than ever. She must find the location of the ancient incantations to prevent mass genocide. But the war against good and evil is spawning another war–a battle between the dark spirits themselves. Paige is saddled in the center of both growing revolutions and is ready to take on the dark forces. But Nathan’s overprotectiveness prevents her from taking action, and he’s hiding things.

Paige’s personal life gets more complicated when Brayden arrives back in town and offers the equal partnership she desperately craves from Nathan. Then there’s Carrie and Tree, her two best friends and only family she has left. Unfortunate circumstances thrust them into Paige’s dark world, giving her no choice but to allow Nathan to arm them with combat techniques in hope they’ll be able to protect themselves.

Meanwhile, Paige is having visions and discovering abilities she was unaware of. When Anwar comes to visit, his weird behavior alarms her. Could he be turning to the dark side?

Time is running out. Paige not only needs to find the incantations but also to untangle the bands around her heart and make a decision that could leave her with a life worse than death–a life of betrayal from the ones she trusted most.

17359526I loved this 30 chapter book. It was told through Paige’s first person point-of-view as well as Nathan’s first person point-of-view. They rotated chapters. I liked that the same characters from the first novel in the series were included in this one too. The author had a brilliant talent with characterization. Everyone, including the supporting characters, had an important role in the novel, and they weren’t one dimensional. The villains had some positive, interesting qualities while some of the heroes had some don’t-mess-with-me-or-you’ll-wish-you-were-dead qualities. It was very cool that even though Brayden, Nathan, Carrie, and Tree were on the same page of keeping Paige safe, they butted heads because of the conflicting reasons. Even the villains (especially Aosoth) wanted the same goal, but couldn’t work together.

I like Paige and Nathan together, but there’s something about Brayden (her ex) that I can’t help keep rooting for. Maybe it’s because in love triangles, I always pick the underdog to win. My favorite scenes included Nathan and Brayden’s fights and arguments. I love tension and drama.

My favorite lines: 1) I didn’t spend my whole summer training with Anwar and him on a deserted island in the Baltic Sea to stand here and do nothing. 2) I hated all this: the mystery of myself. 3) “You know what scares me?” Nathan asked, breaking the brief silence. I looked up to a sad smile on his face. “You think I’m a monster.” 4) What in the hell did he mean by that? My mind searched for an answer to that question, and when two correlating things popped into my head (the Ouija board she played with when she was dating Matt who was really the “old one” and the salt in front of the door), I gasped.

Some questions raised in the first book was answered in Dark Spirits. I liked knowing who was responsible for killing Paige’s family, the side effects for a dark spirit possessing Carrie’s body for a little while, and Anwar’s motives. There were many twists and turns throughout the story that kept it interesting, a page-turner for me. It seemed like everyone, except Carrie and Tree, were being manipulative and calculating to end Paige and Nathan’s relationship. Can they make it? You’ll have to read to find out.

Rebekkah Ford was also great with setting. She described things in a way that I could see, hear, smell, and touch everything in the novel, especially when she mentioned the outdoors. Her imagery was beautiful without being purple prose.

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

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Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby


Book Review: Rakshasa: Tigerheart by Alica Knight

He took Katelyn.

My best friend is missing, taken from me, her life in the hands of a killer. The Rakshasa are strong. We’re confident. We’re powerful. But the Champawat Tiger has found a weakness, a crack in the armour of our kind; our attachment to humans, to those  we care about.

Our friends.

The killer casts a wide net and I fear for Katelyn’s safety, but there are worse things coming for Ishan and I, things that pain me more than words can say.

The shadow is coming. With it, the end of everything I know.

51r+XBhH5bL._AA160_I enjoyed this 6 chapter book. It was told through Aurora’s first person point-of-view. My favorite line: “That’s the thing isn’t it,” said Vriko, an eager grin forming over his face, “see we know it’s a trap, and Eclipse knows that we know it’s a trap, but what Eclipse doesn’t know is that we know that he knows it’s a trap, but we’re going to spring our own trap on him.”

I liked the mention of old characters and some events that happened in the earlier books to tie everything together. In the last book, Hailstone threatened Aurora to stay away from Ishan. It was nice to get a name with a face. And the guy who helped out in Book 1 was named Vriko.

The two tribes are still enemies but decide to work together to save Katelyn from the Champawat Tiger. In this book, he was also referred to as Eclipse, which is a clue. At the end of every dream, Aurora always witnesses an eclipse. I loved the reveal of the human form the Champawat Tiger took over. I wasn’t expecting that.

Not only was the villain ruthless, but he’s also patient and intelligent. His scheme focused on the bigger picture–he wants all of his kind dead so he can steal their powers. But were they smarter than him? You’ll have to read the book to find out.

The cliffhanger was interesting; it motivated me to read the last book in the series. And I think her first dream may tie into it. Before the dream was steamy, everything felt wrong. It was dark, cold with snow fall. In the past, it has always been sunny.

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

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Yawatta Hosby