Friday, February 17, 2017

Featured Author: Heidi Joy Tretheway

Way back when, at a time when the Bookish Bitch was just emerging as a connoisseur of fine romance and sexy, steamy stories, we discovered Heidi Joy Tretheway and read her first book, Tattoo Thief. We were in love by the end of chapter one, and we're still going strong. We particularly love seeing her at author events; she gives great hugs!

One of the great things about Heidi, in addition to her sparkling personality and her generous nature (she's been known to spend an hour or more on the phone with an aspiring author or two, and has on more than one occasion gone out of her way to help a new writer get some attention), is that she continues to grow as a writer and to get better and better, and every book promises to be better than the last.  The fantastic thing about this is that her books were very, very good to begin with.

Heidi's Tattoo Thief series is the story of a bunch of rockers looking to make it big, verging on that breakthrough, and realizing that it's not all there is in life. They find love, and it complicates everything while making their lives so much better. From the tortured lead singer who runs away to find himself and ends up falling in love with the house sitter, to the man whore guitar player who finds satisfaction when he meets the right woman, to the cuckolded drummer who finds a truth and a love that combine to set him free, to the bass player who stands by the target of a revenge porn scandal, these stories are romantic, hot enough to melt your Kindle, and romantic as hell.  You owe it to yourself to give them a try; you won't be sorry. OOOH!  The best part?  A new installment of Tattoo Thief is due out this year!  We can't wait to read Skip a Beat.

Heidi Joy Tretheway is also the author of the Grace Colton stories. Grace, left widowed and childless in an episode of gun violence in Oregon, has become a member of congress, hoping to make change happen. She is approached to run for Vice President on an unlikely ticket, and along the way she discovers that life - and love - can change in an instant.  She discovers a few other things, too, and all of it makes for a great story. Two books of this trilogy are currently available, and while we don't know when book three is due, we're waiting with bated breath for it!

There are other books, too. We love A Handful of Gold, which takes your typical princess story and turns it on its ear. If your child needs to see a strong little heroine on a grand adventure, who is smart, kind, helpful, and victorious, this is the book to get. We love Audrey and we love this story.

What do classic fairy tales tell children? Too often, women are valued for their beauty, they must be rescued by princes, and a girl’s highest aspiration is to attract the eye of the prince. 
A Handful of Gold was inspired by classic fairy tales, but it reveals a fresh, spunky character who needs neither her beauty nor a prince to bravely battle bandits. Audrey is an unlikely heroine who is always willing to share, to help and to have an adventure. 

Remember when we mentioned Heidi's generosity? Well, how about this: Bookish Bitch is doing a giveaway on our Facebook page, and Heidi has donated a signed book (or maybe two) for that purpose.  And as we know, signed books are always better! For a chance to enter the giveaway, click her to go to the Bookish Bitch Facebook page and like, share, and tag on the appropriate post. It's that easy. 

Whether you win or not, check out Heidi's books. We've reviewed a few of them here, too. (Some were reviewed long ago and were lost in a revamp of the blog.  Sorry, Heidi.)


And on NOOK!

Other Reviews on Goodreads

Author pages and buy links:

We love and adore Heidi and her stories. She's talented, her heroines are strong, her heroes are sexy, and her romances are hot. The stories are meaningful and relevant, and the settings are real. You're gonna love Heidi's writing, and her take on life and love. Since the first one's free, what's stopping you from starting today?????

Monday, February 6, 2017

Featured Author: Kendall Grey

Kendall Grey is incomparable as a writer. She writes for the sake of writing, going so far as to give away some of her work, just so people can read it. (More on that later.) And she writes well, whether her stories are about riotous rock stars or dystopian anti-heroes, or oversexed eco-warriors, or presidential candidates, her books and characters are amazing. She could write instructions for using toilet paper and make it great.

But beyond making you laugh, or snort-laugh, or swoon or groan or even get horny, Kendall Grey makes you think. Because behind the filthy language, the over-the-top sex, the libertines and rockers and repressed types, there is an intellect at work.  Every Kendall Grey book contains two stories: The one you read, and the deeper meaning behind it.

Yes, the language would make Lenny Bruce blush, and yes, the sexual situations are insane, and yes, the entire story is just nuts. But that's not the actual story. That's the frame for the picture of the real thing Grey is trying to show you. Because Kendall Grey is trying to change the world, one reader at a time. That, or she's trying to make us all engage in some pretty questionable activities. Could be both, I'm not sure about that, but if she is, I'm all in.

I cannot heap enough superlatives on this woman's work. She's brilliant, and, as so often happens, an artist of this magnitude is not always appreciated in her own time. The Bookish Bitch wants to change that.  So, here are links to some things. Her Facebook and Amazon author pages. Her Wattpad page and her website.  Which you really ought to do, by the way.

Oh, and remember the giving away free thing? Well, currently, she's serializing the latest in her insane Hard Rock Harlots series, BANG!, for free. On Wattpad. As in GRATIS! And it's fantastic, although I'd suggest reading Strings, Beats, Nocturnes, Love Notes, and Rock before starting Bang. Because it helps, and because you need these lunatics in your life. 

We've reviewed a few of Kendall's books here, and elsewhere, too.   

Strings    Beats     Nocturnes   Rock   Love Notes  

Ghosts   Ghosts (again) 

And we've pimped her before, as well. (Please note: The giveaway on that page is over.) 

On the up side? We're doing it again!!!!!! All you have to do is:

1. Like Bookish Bitch on Facebook 

2. On the post titled Giveway!!!, tell us if you've read a Kendall Grey book before 
     If you have, tell us which character you like best
     If you haven't, tell us which one you'd like to read
3. Like the post, and tag a friend who might like it, too

Somewhere around the 12th of February, a random commenter will be chosen to win a Kendall Grey book of their choosing.

Bookish Bitch LOVES Kendall Grey, and we're not ashamed to say it. Give the girl a chance to win your heart, too!