Reena Jacobs is just your typical writer who loves to see her words in print. As an avid reader, she’s known to hoard books and begs her husband regularly for “just one more purchase.” Her home life is filled with days chasing her preschooler and nights harassing her husband. Between it all, she squeezes in time for writing and growling at the dog.
Regina’s looking to spice up the marriage… with the introduction of another man. Brandon’s willing to do just about anything to please his wife, but can Regina convince him the more the merrier?
Seven psychological thrillers to make you think twice about committing that next crime.
Not meant for bedtime reading, children, or the guilty.
Rated M for intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content, strong language, and enough offensive content to make a man clench his knees tightly together.
Two stories in one.
Brandon's Story: When his wife starts throwing him hints about bondage and masochism, he's sure she's flipped. In the end, Brandon must decide which lines he's willing to cross for the women he loves.
Regina's Story: Armed with a riding crop and a whole lot of attitude, she's determined to bend Brandon to her will.
Their duty is to protect us.
We've trusted them to do so.
When they betray that trust,
Who protects us from them?
In 2011, TSA installed Backscatter X-rays in airports. The media suggested the imaging scanners were to provide added security for the airport patrons. For Reena Jacobs, it was far from the case. This is Reena's true story of when the system failed to protect her as a citizen.
Regina's at it again, but this time she's in charge... or so she thinks. Armed with a riding crop and whole lot of attitude, she's determined to bend Brandon to her will. Find out just how far Brandon's willing to let her go in this midday romp.
Short Story: 4700 words
CEO Eric Randall’s plan is simple—fix the mess his researchers have created in Malaysia, experience the pleasures the country has to offer, and hightail it back to the comforts of America. Then again, simple plans always have a way of going awry. All it takes is one beautiful aborigine, and Eric finds himself stranded in a world of Malaysian myths and legend.
Brandon is an overworked husband with a wife who wants a little too much. Sex, that is. When his wife starts throwing him hints about bondage and masochism, he's sure she's flipped. In the end, Brandon must decide which lines he's willing to cross for the women he loves.
Approximately 3341 word Short Story, plus excerpt of Shadow Cat.
on Aug. 16, 2010
I started this book with a bad attitude because of thoughts of BSDM and slavery. I can’t tell you how surprised I was when I couldn’t put it down. I devoured this book in one sitting, page after page after page. Comfort Foods was so good, it made my "2010 Favorite Reads" list, which only includes three books at the moment.
My biggest disappointment about the entire experience was reaching the end and finding Kitty Thomas has yet to publish another book. Please Ms. Thomas, don’t make us wait too long!
Full review at http://reenajacobs.com/blog/2010/08/novel-review-comfort-food-by-kitty-thomas/
Hush Money (Talent Chronicles)
on Nov. 15, 2010
With Hush Money, I never knew what would happen next, so I just kept turning the pages. Pretty much each scene ended on an ‘OMG! I can’t believe that just happened’ moment. Then we get to the place where a lot of books have what folks call “the saggy middle.” In the case of Hush Money, this was where all hell broke loose. I didn’t even have time for a breather. This book was super fast pace and so intense, it left me exhausted. The only thing I hated about the plot was not being able to read it fast enough.
Read complete review on my blog: http://reenajacobs.com/blog/2010/11/novella-review-hush-money-by-susan-bischoff
My Lord Hades
on Nov. 28, 2010
Ms. Beman did a great job giving each of her characters a distinctive voice. Hades was burdened yet honorable. He was a break away from the gloomy Guses who are popular in many works today. Of all the characters, I'd say he was the most tenderhearted. Yet he was caring in a way which didn't detract from his masculinity.
Persephone reminded me of a butterfly or Snow White. Picture the scene where Snow White or any of the Disney Damsels who sing, dance, and just enjoy life. That was Persephone. I worried I'd grow tiresome of her frolicking, but as the plot unfolded, so did other facets of her personality. By the end of the story, there was definitely character growth.
Plot wise, Ms. Beman took liberties weaving this story. Much is the same, so that it had a Greek Mythology feel, but the few deviations here and there really added a flare. It kept me on my toes, since I wasn't sure how the storyline would differ from what I've read of Hades and Persephone in the past.
The characters were well-fleshed. The plot was interesting and fresh. Overall, I enjoyed it. Not bad for a debut novel.
Complete review available on my website: http://reenajacobs.com/blog/2010/11/novel-review-my-lord-hades-by-stephannie-beman/
on Oct. 22, 2012
The style: Mr. Carpenter can be my Game Master any day. The novel mixed the futuristic world with the gaming world. Basically, Gabby’s life was a game of racking up points in order to reach the next level. Talk about your rat race.
It totally took me back to my EverQuest addicted days. The game talk, the leveling, the never-ending pursuit to acquire more, whether it be points, gear, etc… I was there. But it was a bit more, especially in the final raid. It took me out of online roleplaying and plunged me into paper DnD.
The plot: The story was well-paced. Once I got into it, I had a hard time putting it down, even going so far as taking it to the bathroom with me. Is that TMI? One thing I will say is Gamers seemed more like the beginning of something big. The major players were introduced but it didn’t have a sense of finality to it. It was more as if it set me up for the end of one adventure while opening the door for a whole new adventure. I haven’t read the full trilogy yet, but I definitely would say Gamers isn’t the book to stop on.
Okay… I really want to ruin this book for you with sentences that start with “like this one time…” But I know you’ll hate me for it. So… let’s talk about…
Characters: The novel was told from Gabby’s POV. She started out very much a part of the system, very focused on the end game, which in her case happened to be getting into the grand university. She reminded me a lot of the AP straight-A students I’d encountered while working in the high school. She knew what she wanted, how to do get it, and didn’t slack in reaching her goals. Yet she never acted like she was better than everyone else. She was just a regular kid (except for being a super genius) with typical problems…. well typical until the poo hit the fan. I liked her.
The other characters were rather fleeting. They didn’t take up much of my time, but each played important roles which pushed the plot forward or gave insight to an aspect of Gabby’s character of the total story. To be honest, if you quizzed me, I wouldn’t remember a single name. That doesn’t say a lot though. I’m horrible with names and even had to read the blurb to remember Gabby’s. Still, I love the cohesiveness the characters brought to the entire story. Each was rememberable (not so much the names for me but the personalities definitely). I’ve snapped a photograph of each of them in my mind’s eye.
Final thoughts: Gamers had a few loose ends which gave the first book a cliffhanger feel to it. You all know how much I hate cliffhangers. Yet at the same time, I was satisfied with the ending, especially knowing the next two books are already available.
My score? 4.5 – 5 out of 5 stars. HIGHLY recommended for RPG-ers.
I received my copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.