Reader, you’re review is more than just a bunch of words put together to make a sentence….

Authors always have a hard time with critics. Some of them can be so merciless they tear you down and leave nothing but skin and bones of your once strong confidence. Other reviewers are just mean and others are vindictive, who want to feel better about themselves by destroying someone else. I read once on a book description where an author warns his readers not to read the reviews because a rival author had created numerous Amazon pages to just bash his books. I mean really? What exactly drives a person to that extent?

Another person went to the extent to make a video mocking the author and the book.

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I’m not saying there aren’t bad books out there, because many do exist, I’m just saying be cautious of the reviews you read.  I’ve learned to always read all the reviews including the one stars. Now, the one stars, if anyone else has noticed have a swaying decision of whether or not you’ll buy the book. If there is just one or two stars I read them to find out why they didn’t like the book. To make sure I don’t fall victim to someone’s vindictive campaign, I click on that reviewers handle and checkout his or her other reviews. If majority of their reviews are one star then I completely ignore them and follow the other reviewers opinion.

It’s sad how some authors can get bullied by reviewers especially by that one person out to get him or her and have no power to stop them and if they even try to voice the injustice they are ridiculed for not being able to take criticism.

Because of this, it usually makes my day and cancels out all the negativity when I get reviews like this one.

Row of columns (Italy, Vatican)Amazon Review by Dema H.

What a fantastic book!!

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This book took me on a great journey of love, hate, tears and laughter!
And even though I haven’t read the first book, it was not a problem because everything just flowed and was explained probably ..

<< Time out for me to fangirl a little >>

Reno… O.M.G!!!

Through out the whole book I was sighing every time he opened his mouth! (Except for a little period you’ll figure out when you read this amazing book!)

And then came:
Allan ..
Followed by:
Ruiz ..
And:
Mathew ..
Sheeeesh! Could you say HOT+Romantic guys overload!!!

But nothing could have prepared me for Tyler!! He’s my favorite guy in this book!! 😉

<< Fangirl rant over >>

This book had a story so captivating that I could put it down! When I checked the clock because I couldn’t keep my eyes open anymore, it was 5 A.M!! I kid you not!!!

The mix of Romance, Suspense, Action, and Humor was so well done that one minute I was crying

The next I was laughing out loud!

I loved the back stories… at times I was like:

I loved how both the H and h didn’t have an easy life but they both fought to be happy ..

I loved how strong welled and sure of what she wants Lori was .. Because I read lots of romance novels .. after a while the h taking what the H said at face value and interrupting it in a bad way that always ended with them taking offence, angry, taking off or fighting with the H gets old..not that I don’t love the drama but it was so refreshing to see that Lori had a good head on her shoulder and that she’s fighting for what she wants ..

There were a couple of times while reading this book that I expected her to storm out or slap Reno .. But she never cease to surprise/Amaze me!

And getting a glimpse of the other characters stories made me want to know more about them … and with Christina OW Amazing writing style I’ll be sure to pick up the other books in her series and whatever else she has out…

I didn’t want to include any part of the story in fear of revealing too much but let me say this … the blurb??!! Doesn’t even begin to cover it!

Finally, I recommend this book to all Romance-novels-lovers, the people who love the In-Love-With-Sister’s-Best-Friend theme and to anyone who’s interested in reading a great book …”

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I have a few reviews like this and I will confess I keep writing for readers like Dema H. It’s better to write for that one reader who enjoys and understands your work than many who don’t understand your writing and tear it down for their amusement.

Readers, your reviews are more than just a bunch of words put together to make up a sentence that join other sentences that express you’re opinion. Write your review but do it in a way that helps the author correct his or her mistake. Do not be an instrument of derision that stunts growth and kills an author’s love for writing.

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Newsletter Alert! Get $50 worth of Amazon And B&N Gift Cards!

Hi!
A number of you have been asking us to start a Newsletter, this way they don’t miss out on our new releases, giveaways and promotional discounts and freebies. After a lot of thought and lazying on the subject we finally decided to get one out there.
Now, I know you’re first thought must be “Finally! Thanks for making our reading lives a lot easier.” I’m sure the second one is “Why the collaboration?”
I’m not sure some of you know that we are sisters. But most don’t know that we are twins! We don’t look very much a like but we’ve gotten the art of impersonating each other down to a T.

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The Newsletter will be quarterly issue starting 15th January 2015 with an attachment of 100 pages of two novels, one from each of the authors. However there will be mini Newsletters depending on new releases links, book deals, promos etc.  Also you stand a chance of winning 2 Gift Cards worth $25 each from B&N and Amazon (Only the quarterly ones).

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HVA Top Rated!!!

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YEEEEESSS!!

Her Venice Affair got Top Rated from Romance Novels in Color! I’ve always coveted that spot on their reel at the top of their page and I finally got it. Here is the review that got me there.

If you have never read a book by Christian OW consider starting with Her Venice Affair, the first book in the series, The Albury Affairs. Readers, you will experience an array of emotions from beginning to end, but it is well worth it. Her Venice Affair is a page turner that will leave you wanting to read more of the author’s work.

Riana Albury and Allen Sinclair are from different social circles; however, the life lesson they experienced left both with apprehension about loving others. It was witty how the author conveyed how men and women respond differently when faced with an obstacle. Riana made her presence known to her boyfriend and roommate after watching them degrade her bedroom; her emotional stance was typical for a young woman in her first real relationship. The day she met confident, blue eyed, handsome Sinclair, Riana finds herself trying to protect him from finding out about his girlfriend’s extracurricular activities. When things couldn’t become more awkward, Allen offers Riana a trip to Venice.

Italy brought out the best and worst in the undefined duo; Riana withholding important news and Allen’s fears resurfacing, causing humiliation towards Riana. Jealousy, selfishness, and hatred left the hero and heroine fighting for life, serenity, and happiness.

The characters Ms. OW created are those readers will be able to connect with; every scene is developed with perfection. As much as I tried to contain the water works at the end, I lost the fight (grab a tissue or two). Her Venice Affair is highly recommended. You will not be disappointed! By the way, Book 2, His Bahamas Affair, is also available.

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So far this has been my best selling book ever with 50 #5stars and 10 #4stars reviews and all I can say is thanks and make sure to read the entire series, you don’t want to miss out on the crazy love stories of the Albury siblings.

Advance Review Copy of His Paris Affair

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 His Paris Affair

Ruiz has had enough of secrets and lies from the woman he loves. But what will she do when dangerous secrets and lies from his past invade thier present?

Ruiz Albury went to the Bahamas for one reason, to get back what was his as the rightful heir of his father with rage and resentment that has been festering for years. But once he gets there, he’s treated as part of a family, shown love and care he’d only dreamed about and all his carefully laid plans are forgotten. In fact, they are buried deep in his mind when he meets Melody Sinclair.

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Melody Sinclair thought she’d found one of the good ones. She loved Ruiz and trusted him enough to make him a part of her life, only to have it shuttered when she finds out his secret. Heart broken and distraught, she gets drunk and decides to get over him by getting under someone else, only for it to turn out to be the worst mistake of her life. Trapped, with nowhere to turn, Ruiz sweeps in like a knight in shining armor ready to battle her dragon.an might not live long enough to see that happen

Book Genre: Erotica romance

Formats Available: PDF

Reader Age Range: 18+

Unlimited copies of His Paris Affair are available only in PDF format as the book is yet to be published. If interested please enter your email and the amount of time you will need to complete and write a review on Amazon (etc)on the 16th of June 2014 in the comments.

*The first 10 to like my Facebook Page will receive Trial Of Love to read and also review.

Preorder ‘His Bahamas Affair’

Finally the editing is done and His Bahamas Affair is ready for release. I’m so excited!!! 🙂 And the best part of this is ARCs are available! So if you are interested in being an ARC reviewer, please add your name and email in the comments below before the 12th of February. Also please have your review ready a week after you receive a copy and blog, tweet, facebook etc about it, share with your friends.

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I would like to thank all the ARC reviewers of Her Venice Affair for all their help because they helped HVA shoot to top #1000 at one point. Thank you very much! Now, how about we do the same for HBA?

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Excerpt

“Crazy Lori, what brings you to my neck of the woods?”

Loraine wasn’t sure exactly what kind of reception she would receive from Reno. More than disgust, she dreaded being pitied and it truly surprised her when he spoke to her like that night never happened. She was speechless, watching that come hither smile play on his lips like they were back to their seductive banter.

The man should have been an actor, not even his eyes gave him away.

“Ah, Melody has some business with you and I thought I’d tag along for a free vacation.”

Reno nodded, looking behind her for a moment before his eyes settled on her again. “Did she tell you why she’s here?”

Loraine wasn’t sure how Melody wanted to handle brokering the subject with Reno so she thought best to keep that information to herself and be as vague as possible.

She shrugged. “Something about a business proposition for you.”

He nodded. “You want to take a walk with me?”

Loraine blink a few times, a little confused at what was going on. “Ahh, sure?”

He pointed to her feet with his chin. “Take you sandals off.”

“Why?”

His brow rose. “Do you always have to argue? Just do it.”

Loraine fought the urge to stick her tongue out at him and slid off her sandals. “Fine.”

“Now, come closer to the water—don’t you dare ask me why or I’ll dunk you!”

Loraine would have asked why just to annoy him but the look in his eyes told her he was serious about his threat. She stepped closer to the water and closer to him with a patronizing smile. “Is this close enough?”

He chuckled, shaking his head and began walking away, leaving her behind. “Do you need me to tell you to follow too?”

“No!” she yelled, jogging to catch up with him. “I can take the hint.”

“Yeah, you’re just slow in processing it.”

She punched his shoulder as hard as she could and yelped at the pain from the contact.

“Ouch,” he said with a boring dry tone, not even bothering to look at her. He didn’t even flinch!

Loraine rubbed at her knuckles. “Yeah right, you didn’t even feel a thing. Do you eat rocks for brunch because you shouldn’t be that hard, it’s just not normal?”

He laughed and the sound made the butterflies in her belly flutter.

“No, I don’t eat rocks.” He took her injured hand and massaged her knuckles. “You should be careful next time. Here let me kiss your boo boo and make it better.”

“I’m not a child…” she began to grumble when she caught his darkening eyes as he lifted the back of her hand to his lips.

Breath caught in her chest as she watched his lips lower to her knuckles. When they came in contact, her eyes fluttered shut and she sucked in a breath. He kissed it lightly, running his lips then the tip of his tongue over her knuckles before he planted another soft kiss.

“Better?” he whispered huskily.

Loraine nodded, unconsciously moving toward him until her chest touched his. He wrapped his free arm around her waist, as the other hand weaved her fingers through his and held them both to his chest. Her head cantered to the side as he lowered his to nuzzle at the nape of her neck. Her body shuddered, pushing closer to his.

“Reno…” she whispered softly, turning her head into his.

“Mmhmm,” he responded, brushing his nose and lips up her cheek to her temple.

Loraine felt her toes curl in the sand, a quiver in her chest as her breaths grew heavy. “Thank you.”

When he stopped what he was doing, she thought she’d ruined the moment by bring that night up, that is if he knew what she was referring to when she thanked him. She hoped he didn’t.

He kissed her temple and began moving in a circle, in a slow dance. “You’re welcome.”

She nodded, blinking back tears. She went on her tip toes and pressed her soft cheek to his rough one. He tightened his hold on her waist and lifted her up, supporting her.

She felt his breath on her ear before he spoke. “Any time you need me Lori, I’m right here. Don’t ever forget it.”

Preorder HBA here!

Do you want to preorder book #2 of the Albury Affairs series?

Hi guys!

I’m so happy about the feedback I’ve gotten from the first book of the Albury Affairs series. It’s my best selling book yet and that’s thanks to you! I couldn’t have done it without you so Asante Sana (thank you very much)!  😉

If you haven’t gotten your hands on this book yet, here is the Amazon link, these reviews will help you decide and I bet you’re going to buy it once you read them, then love it once you read it and leave your own review to entice other readers and your friends.

Row of columns (Italy, Vatican)I know most of you would like to preorder the second book in the Albury Affairs series, but I’m not sure it can be done this early (i’ll ask the publisher and let you know) as His Bahamas Affair has a February 2014 release date. So I’m going to do something as good.
If you are interested in getting a reminder to buy the second book, leave your email address here by commenting and I’ll email you personally on the date it drops.
And to those who asked, yes His Bahamas Affair features Reno and Loraine but their love story isn’t as instant as Riana and Allan’s. They go through a number of tests and trials before they get to the I Love You part.

Blurb: After his joke of a marriage came to an end when his wife ran off with a guest from his resort, Reno Albury decides one night stands are more his speed- especially if they were blonde and blue eyed like his wife. So he was jaded, at least he was having some fun. Until he came face to face with a blonde and blue eyed girl  at his sister’s wedding he couldn’t play the fast game with.

Loraine Larson has a secret that nobody knows thanks to her father’s money and high powered friends. She’s spent years trying to forget the hell she went through in Paris. Wanting to test her new found strength she goes back to the scene of the crime only to come back with more nightmares. She can’t sleep without seeing that monster’s face, but she dicovers a shield for that in the arms of her bestfriend’s brother, and now she’s determined to stay in them no matter the cost.

Stay tuned for the cover reveal of my first ever Regency romance book, #1 of the Slave Bound Series, Trial of Love and of course #2 of the Albury Affairs Series His Bahamas Affair.

Great reviews for Her Venice Affair

Row of columns (Italy, Vatican)It’s only been out for four days and so far it’s doing great! #4,211 Paid and #23 Multicultural & Interracial Romance. I’m so proud of this book and glad that the public is taking it so very well. Success like this is enough to boast an author’s cofindence in her/his writing and it reminds us just why we do what we do– not just to hush the voices but to entertain. Thank you so much for your support. Without you readers authors are just weirdoes who talk to different people in their heads everytime you meet them.
Now how about we push it to top #100? Read, review and share it with all your friends and get them to do the same.

Here are some reviews from Amazon I would love to share with you.

“This book was AMAZING! I love how the love between Allen and Riana wasn’t rushed. The storyline was well thought out and well written. And it had emotion, and you never find that in other books anymore, what Allen went through when he thought he lost her I cried with him. I just hope that we will be getting more stories from Allen and Riana.”

“OMG…two thumbs way up for this book. It was so good I just couldn’t put it down. It had strong passion and love. It also had me reaching for tissues through the emotional parts.
I definitely recommend this book to the next avid reader.”

“This was a REALLY GREAT BOOK!! loved the writing and character development. You won’t go wrong buying this book. I would love to see what happens with her best friend Loraine.”

“This book took me on n emotional journey! It was sooooo good! I have my fingers crossed that she will make a sequel to this before she decides to write a story about Allan’s sister or Riana’s brother. Best IR I’ve read in a while!”

“This book was AMAZING! I love how the love between Allen and Riana wasn’t rushed. The storyline was well thought out and well written. And it had emotion, and you never find that in other books anymore, what Allen went through when he thought he lost her I cried with him. I just hope that we will be getting more stories from Allen and Riana.”

“I loved this book! Allen had my heart from the start and Raina was a good girl gone bad but in a good way, lol. This was my first read by this author but it won’t be last, great job!”

Book 2 His Bahamas Affair will be available in February 2014, Book 3 His Paris Affair in June 2014

Get your own copy here: Secret Craving Publishing, Smashwords, Amazon, All Romance Ebooks

Thank You and Happy Reading!!

It’s Here! Her Venice Affair is now available.

It’s finally here. It’s been a long journey with this series and I’m glad book 1is finally out. I so love the cover, don’t you?

I love this series and I’m happy to announce book 2, His Bahamas Affair is finished. I just have to do some editing before handing it in to the publisher. Book 2 will be available in February 2014. ( 😦 It’s not that far away. the months will fly by and Feb will be here before you know it!)

To my ARC reviewers, thank you for your support, your feedback is encouraging. If you’d like to be an ARC reviewer for the entire series, leave your email under comments.

Without further adieu, I present…

Her Venice Affair

Riana and Reno Albury came to America with their mother Cora Davis who ran away from her New Providence home after she was confronted by her lover’s wife.

After their mother’s death and Reno’s deportation, Riana is left alone in NYU. Life seems to only gets worse when she finds her roommate and her boyfriend having sex in her bed. Distraught and tired of always been the good girl, she takes a billionaire up on his offer to go to Venice with him.

What could possibly go wrong?

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Allan and Dante began walking towards them as Mr. Torino stopped at a large table in the exclusive corner set out for important guests. He pulled out a chair for Riana and she took it. Her slit parted to expose her leg right up to her thigh and Allan groaned loudly.

How was he supposed to sit next to her and eat with that leg taunting him?

Dio mio!” Dante exclaimed next to him.

“What?” Riana looked from him to Dante as she pulled the dress to cover her leg. It stayed put for a while before it fluidly slipped off her leg like water against marble rock.

Oh damn!

Mr. Torino chuckled, and Dante groaned his eyes riveted on her leg.

Allan cursed, quickly taking the seat next to her teasing leg and placing the napkin from the table to cover her thigh.

She looked at him with a quirked brow before she smiled that ‘oh, not so innocent’ teasing smile and said, “Oops!”

“Yeah right, little witch!”

Dante took the seat next to him laughing. “Remind me to send Guliana a thank you gift basket.”

“Remind me to send Guliana a pink slip,” Allan grumbled.

Riana giggled and cupped his cheek in her hand. “No, you won’t. She was going for a specific reaction from you, and I think she accomplished it. Her master piece was a success.”

Allan leaned in close and whispered, “Her master piece is about to be ravished under this table if she doesn’t quit teasing me.”

Riana’s eyes widened and she dropped her hand quickly picking up the menu. “Let’s order!” she squeaked.

Mr. Torino laughed taking the seat at Riana’s other side. “Yes, let’s order. I don’t believe my children will come.”

Riana held his hand. “Don’t worry, we’ll keep you entertained.”

Just then, a waiter walked to the table with a bottle of wine, “Signorina, this is for you, our most expensive bottle. Compliments of the gentlemen’s table over there.” He pointed to their right and the entire table of five men waved at her.

Allan fumed. What right did they have to send his girlfriend a bottle of wine? He should go over there and beat them with it!

She waved back, smiling. “Gratzie, but please take it back.”

The waiter’s brows furrowed. “Signorina?”

Riana placed her hand on the inside of Allan’s diner jacket and rubbed his chest as if she were trying to calm him. It calmed him all right but she notice it also quickly turned him on as her soft touch teased his peck. She knew he wouldn’t make it through dinner without turning into a caveman and dragging her off if she kept this up.

“I really do appreciate it, but if I took that bottle the saying ‘don’t shoot the messenger’ will not apply to you.”

Scusi?”

“Take the bottle back or I’m going to beat you with it!” Allan gnashed out. He kept his voice cool and low enough to deliver the threat in a way the guy would receive it loud and clear.

The waiter took a giant step back, the bottle held tightly to his chest his eyes wide with shock as he stared at Allan. Yes, he got the message.

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