Book review: The Tabu Series by Ava Bell

 Ava Bell is an Independent Author who writes Erotic Fiction and resides in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

 

[Writers note: I interviewed Ava Bell after I read her series of book. To read the interview click here, Q and A with Ava Bell – Author]

  

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 The Tabu Series

Joe’s Rating : 5 out of 5 stars

 

 The Tabu series consists of three books: 1) C/curious, 5 out of 5 stars, 2) A/awakening, 5 out of 5 stars, and 3) S/submit, 5 out of 5 stars.

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Emma is a dedicated mother to a couple of teenagers, Maddie and Luke, along with being a wife to Daniel, who is any woman’s dream husband. However, Emma is lost; she no longer knows who she is or her purpose in life. After noticing one of her friends reading mommy porn, she decides she too can write books of that nature. With Daniel’s approval and encouragement she starts on the path to becoming an author. Emma wants her book to be realistic about the alternate lifestyle of the BDSM community. Once she starts her research her world begins to change and she finds out she may not be who she thought she was. Will Markus, a man she met on a BDSM social site, be her mentor and give her the answers she needs to write a story that is both fictional and true to the lifestyle?

The characters in this series are strong with distinct personalities, and they guide each other through the twists and turns of heartache, passion and forbidden pleasures. I love the way book three, S/submit, ends with the phone buzzing. I found the conclusion to be appropriate and surprising.

This series is excellent as it gives the reader a glimpse into an alternate lifestyle that few can understand and fewer dare to talk about. Ava pretty much nails it. This set of books reminds me a lot of the series by Penelope Syn, one of my favorite authors, Reform School Sex: The Collection – not the stories, as the plots between the two are totally different, but in the regard that in each series you can pick up any one of the books and it stands alone. There is no need to read the others as each has a beginning and a definite end. However, with Ava’s books, trust me, you will want to read all three to get the big picture of this type of lifestyle.

Video Book Trailer for C/curious

All of Ava’s books can be found on Amazon.

You can connect with Ava on the following social media sites:

Facebook

Goodreads

Twitter

[Writers note. This is an excerpt of the book review: The Tabu Series by Ava Bell that was posted to Joseph Clay – Author Official Blog on March 19, 2016. Once IIA was formed the review was moved here. This excerpt contains the book review only, for the complete blog follow the link above in this note.]

 

Blog edited by Clare Diston at Human Voices.

Book review: Miles From Home by Ava Bell

 Ava Bell is an Independent Author who writes Erotic Fiction and resides in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

 

[Writers note: I interviewed Ava Bell after I read her series of book. To read the interview click here, Q and A with Ava Bell – Author]

 

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 Miles from Home

Joe’s Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

 

The characters in Miles from Home are strong and believable. The plot is strong, and the story flows along at a good pace with only a few dips in the action. The ending is spectacular.

Miles from Home is a tale of two young people, Maggie and Sam, escaping their pasts in pursuit of a brighter future. One is headed north to purse the dreams of becoming a musician, the other is headed to the east coast to a prestigious school in hopes of becoming a ballerina. They meet by accident, before either gets to far, on a stretch of lonely highway. The story esculates from there.

Just when you think you’ve got it figured out, something else happens to one or the other. The dreams of one come true but at a cost, while the other has to give theirs up. This story will pull at your heartstrings to the point of making you tear up. The sexual content is added at the right times and is appropriate and steamy. Don’t let the book being categorized as erotic fiction turn you away from reading a great book, written with feeling that will touch your soul.

Video Book Trailer for Miles From Home.

All of Ava’s books can be found on Amazon.

You can connect with Ava on the following social media sites:

Facebook

Goodreads

Twitter

[Writers note. This is an excerpt of the book review: Miles From Home by Ava Bell that was posted to Joseph Clay – Author Official Blog on March 19, 2016. Once IIA was formed the review was moved here. This excerpt contains the book review only, for the complete blog follow the link above in this note.]

Blog edited by Clare Diston at Human Voices.

Q and A with Ava Bell – Author

Ava Bell is an Independent Author who writes Erotic Fiction and resides in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

 

After reading Ava’s four books, I reviewed them, and you can read my reviews here: Miles from Home & the Tabu series – 1) C/curious, 2) A/awakening and 3) S/submit. I enjoyed the books so much I contact Ava to see if she would be interested in doing an interview, to my surprise she agreed. I composed twenty off the wall questions and sent them to her. Hang onto your hat, get ready, set, here we go.

 Q: First off, Ava, thank you for agreeing to this new adventure of mine and for being my first independent author to interview. Let’s get all the naysayers out of the way; the four books I read and reviewed were purchased by me and not given to me by you. Also neither one of us has been paid to conduct this interview, which means the reviews that can be found on this site are my opinions and not influenced by you nor any party connected to you. Is that correct?

 “That is correct, Joe.”

Q: In the author bio of C/curious it states that in high school you wrote several short stories, but never shared them with anyone. Was this when you knew you wanted to be an author?

“No, I really didn’t give it much thought back then, even though I always had a story of some sort in my head. I think I really started getting interested in writing when I discovered the world of indie authors.”

Q: Not counting the short stories in high school, was Miles from Home the first book you wrote, or the first one to be published?

“Yes, Miles from Home was my first published novel. I knew when I started it that I had to see it through; it was my own personal mission.”

Q: How long did it take to write Miles from Home and what was your inspiration for the storyline?

“The story had been in my head for years; it slowly evolved as I started writing it. I started it in July of 2014 and finished it in January of 2015.”

Q: How long did it take to write the Tabu series and what was your inspiration for the storyline?

“The Tabu series didn’t take me much time to write. Some of it is fiction and some is not. My inspiration would be Markus, who in fact does exist.”

Q: Did it start out as a series?

“Yes, I wanted to break it up into three novellas because I felt each one deserved the full attention of the reader. Some things get bogged down in a story when actually they are vital parts.”

Q: Why do you think most writers of erotic fiction are women?

“Probably because we aren’t afraid to express ourselves, whether it’s sexually or emotionally. But I think that’s all changing now; there are some wonderful male writers that are very good and very popular.”

Q: Does it bother you that your books, which have such strong storylines, are classified as erotic fiction? I can understand the Tabu series, but Miles from Home? Heck, if wasn’t for sex none of us would be here.

“No, I just want the reader to have an escape, whether it’s erotic or otherwise. Sex is a wonderful thing! Couples who have sex regularly live longer. The health benefits are amazing.”

Q: I believe the word “kinky” is suggestive. What may be kinky to one person is the norm for someone else. Your thoughts?

““Kinky” is a word a lot of people associate with “abnormal or unnatural”, but actually I think we all have a little bit of kink in us. It doesn’t have to be extreme to be considered kinky, just different. There are several things that I think are kinky that I would probably never do, but I’m sure there are things I’m comfortable doing that someone else would not. My kink is not necessarily someone else’s kink.”

Q: Out of the two lead characters in your books, Maggie and Emma, which of the two is most like you?

“Emma, most definitely.”

Q: Are any of your books in print, and if so where are they available?

“No, not at the moment. But I’m planning on printing some this summer through Amazon.”

Q: Do you have another book in the works?

“Yes, I actually have two. One is a full-length novel, the other is a novella, both erotic.”

Q: Let’s switch gears and ask a few questions that may help the author that is just starting. Do you have a place set aside to write and a schedule of when to write, and/or a goal of how many words you need for a day?

“I try to write every day. Sometimes it might be paragraph, while other times it’s 2000 words or more. I like to write in the living room so I can be with my family, but if I need a quiet place to concentrate on something I’m having trouble with I use the home office or my bedroom.”

Q: There are a couple of things I hate about writing but deal with because I love to write. The biggest one: I hate to outline the book. Do you use an outline and stick to it?

“I have never used an actual outline, unless you count forming it in my head. That’s what works for me – sometimes my brain will switch gears and change things.”

Q: Have you taken any courses dealing with creative writing, and if so would you recommend a new author to take such a course?

“I haven’t taken any courses, but I have read several things online that have helped me in certain areas.”

Q: I’ve noticed that you mention your PA in a couple of posts on Facebook. Could you explain what a PA is and what their job is?

“A PA is a personal assistant. They are such a huge help when writing is not your full-time job. Paula helps keep my takeovers lined up and she is awesome at helping me brainstorm events and storylines.”

Q: When you begin a new project do you solely use your computer or do you write it out longhand?

“I always use my computer. In fact, I got a new one for Christmas.”

Q: When you read do you use an e-reader or do you prefer physical books?

“Both, I enjoy holding an actual book, but I like the convenience of my Kindle.”

Q: As authors we have always been told to read, and I have to agree that it has helped me a lot. What genres do you read?

“I like most all genres, but I tend to stick with erotic, mostly because it helps me in my own writing.”

Q: That wraps it up, Ava. Once again, thank you for agreeing and taking your time to answer the questions. In closing, is there any more advice that you would like to give to the upcoming author?

“I’m still so new at this, I guess my only advice would be to write what you know and read a lot! And never give up.”

Books by Ava Bell:

All of Ava Bell’s Books can be found on Amazon.

  • Miles From Home

The Tabu Series (3 Book Series)

  •  C/curious,
  • A/awakening
  • S/submit.

You can connect with Ava on the following social media sites:

[Author’s note. Ava was the first person I interviewed. This  interview was originally posted to Joseph Clay -Author The Official blog on February 29,2016. Once IAA was formed the interview was transferred to this site on 3-20-2017.]

Book review: Promise Me Always by G. Michelle

G. Michelle is an Independent Author who writes contemporary romances and resides in  Middle Tennessee.

 

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G. Michelle – Author

 

G. Michelle is unapologetic about giving her characters not only a happily ever after, but also snarky comebacks, playful banter, sexy males, and hot, steamy action.

G. Michelle states that she, herself, is an avid reader of ‘smutty’ romance and likes to include a little in her books. What’s a good read without it, right? She gleefully admits her addiction to coffee, depressing indie music, and Netflix. When she’s not at her daytime job working as a Family Counselor—or, if you prefer, being a responsible adult, you can find her driving her family crazy with promises that she’ll only be ‘a few more minutes’ at the computer!

As you can see in her photo above she is strapped in for the ride. Trust me you too should buckle up as well and hang on when you read this tale, as the romance is a steamy trip down a bumpy Bayou road.

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Joe’s rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Promise Me Always is the first book in G. Michelle’s Bayou Romance Series, with two more to come. I’m being totally honest when I say I can’t wait to read them.

Promise Me Always is love story of two people, Gabe and Evie, with an excellent and tight plot. The tale is set in New Orleans, Louisiana, and you can feel the humid air, smell the magnolia blossoms, and sense the passion and deception from chapter one. Was the deception intentional or was it by mistake? It could be that one character felt that deception was the only way to keep the truth hid. To them it was the right thing do and necessary to protect all involved, never thinking about the devastation it was causing those near and dear to them. Will the truth ever come out and if so will it be too late to mend the broken hearts left in deceptions wake. Yes this story is filled with twist and turns that will keep you guessing till the final page.

The sexual scenes are steamy to say the least and are scattered throughout the book. When the tension reaches its peak between Gabe and Evie, along with the readers, ‘BAM’ G. Michelle drops a sex scene in just at the right time. Not only are the love scenes tastefully done but are believable and told from each characters point of view.

Gabe and Evie or both strong characters and G. Michelle masterfully brings their flaws to the surface as well as their strong points. The supporting cast is also full of colorful characters which makes the book more believable, as in the south family is everything, and that theme shows throughout the book. The dialogue is right on point for this part of the country and is filled with wit, wise cracks, southern humor and charm.

 There you go as you can see I feel this book is worth the dough. You will find the links below to bring home, in paperback or to your Kindle, Promise Me Always. G. Michelle has also agreed to answer Joe’s Twenty off the Wall Questions, where we find out more about G. Michelle than is listed in her bio. Be looking for it soon.

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Promise me Always Paperback

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Promise me Always eBook

Connect with G. Michelle on Facebook

[Writers note. This is an excerpt of the book review: Promise Me Always by  G. Michelle that was posted to Joseph Clay – Author Official Blog on February, 2017. Once IIA was formed the review was moved here. This excerpt contains the book review only, for the complete blog follow the link above in this note.]