The Book Gourmet – Halloween Edition
First Course — The Amuse Bouche
The Tamer (by Susie Daniel) – It was hard to tell who was more shocked when Wiley ended up over Steven’s knee for a spanking.
Captured by Time (by Alta Hensley and Carolyn Falkner) – Though he found her in a brothel bed, Jude knew from the get-go that she was special.
Kelly Dawson is a new-to-me author, whose most recent book is The Ways of the West. As you might guess, it’s an historical western. You might not guess, however, that it’s a spanking romance, too. Published by Stormy Night Publications, it’s an erotic novel about a city girl who meets a cowboy under dire circumstances. They embark on a bit of an adventure, and find themselves tied to a cattle drive. Yes, poor Jessica has to deal with more cowboys, but her hero, Johnny, is always there to protect her. Sometimes, that protection includes a spanking, but that’s not so bad. Or, it wouldn’t be so bad if her stubborn, citified ways didn’t end with her across Johnny’s lap so much.
Kelly’s story is a fun one, well-written and exuberant. The historical setting is terrific, and the sexy parts are hot. Take a look at the book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, All Romance eBooks, or Kobo, and try a sample. You’ll likely enjoy it.
How do you feel about Halloween? When I was younger, I used to enjoy it very much. I dressed up every year, and often had parties with my friends. As I’ve moved around, those parties became fewer, and dressing up passé. These days, I live in a condo building which has no children, so even seeing kiddies dolled up for the occasion isn’t a factor. I kind of miss those days.
I’ve never been into the horror aspect of Halloween, however. I don’t like scary movies, and except for select Stephen King and Dean Koontz novels, I’ve never gotten into scary books. I think the scariest book I ever read was It by Stephen King. Who isn’t afraid of murderous clowns, for goodness’ sake? I think it’s a classic among horror books. Dean Koontz also wrote many thriller-style horror books, and I think my favorite of them was By the Light of the Moon, which puts a musician, his autistic brother, and a female standup comic, in a terrifying situation. Koontz’s best books, however, are more macabre than horrifying, and they’re the Odd Thomas books, starting with the aptly named Odd Thomas: An Odd Thomas Novel.
I would recommend any of these books if you want scary, suspenseful Halloween reading.
Fourth Course — The Dessert
I have a new Romantek book coming out on November 18. It’s called, My Vacation in Rio: Romantek Book 4. You might remember I’ve mentioned it here on the blog before. It takes up a few years after Charlotte & the Pirate: Romantek Book 2, and tells the story of Amber Tachibara, Asst. Cyber-security Chief for Romantek, and Sergio Corvino, Romantek’s Chairman of the Board. They have a suspenseful adventure, trying to catch a murderous cyber-terrorist, while keeping Sergio safe from the terrorist. This is the same terrorist who tried to sabotage Romantek in Charlotte’s book, but now he’s bent on murder. There are spankings, of course, and some BDSM (light), and it all takes place in Rio de Janeiro at the turn of the millennium, 2000. It’s a sci-fi, kinda-sorta time travel, erotic, spanking romance. You don’t need to have read any of the other Romantek books to understand this one, although, as with all series, reading other books in the series adds to your enjoyment.
I’ll reveal the cover here on the blog in the coming weeks, and will, of course share the release with you.