The Way You Love Me by Donna Hill – Review & Interview

 

 

The Way You Love Me by Donna Hill

The Way You Love Me by Donna Hill

 

 

 

Struggling law student Bailey Sinclair is working two jobs to make ends meet on the night a charismatic stranger walks into her bar. The attraction between them is instantaneous—and explosive. Until Bailey discovers that her anonymous hunk is none other than Justin Lawson, one of the richest, most hotly pursued bachelors in all of Baton Rouge.

Justin is thrilled to discover that the woman managing the bar at his family’s celebration at the Lawson mansion is the intriguing beauty he hasn’t been able to forget. Now all he wants is to lavish Bailey with gifts and his passionate attention. But she’s too proud and independent to accept his help—and determined to make it on her own. They may come from different worlds, but doesn’t Bailey realize there are no obstacles to love…if she’s willing to trust him with her heart?

“Yes, love you. And I don’t mean make love to you. I mean love you, the way a man loves a woman, the way I want to love you, totally and without reservation.” He paused and searched her open expression. “Let me.”

OK, seriously??? What woman does not want to hear those words from a man? Justin knows exactly what he wants and when he meets Bailey, he is determined to have her in his life. Bailey is headstrong, independent, and the very last thing she wants is a man taking care of her but little does she know that the “right” man takes care of his woman simply because he loves her.

The Way You Love Me has a realistic storyline and I think that is why I was drawn to the book. Hill has two flawed characters in Justin and Bailey but neither of them are over the top so their flaws do not distract from the story. Sexual chemistry, angst, and longing are all in this book and when relevant to the storyline it isn’t done in a vulgar manner. This book is a quick read and serves as a reminder that a GREAT love can happen when we let go of self and allow others in.

I am upset with myself because The Way You Love Me is the first book that I have read by Donna Hill and I have absolutely no idea why it took me so long to discover her. The writing is crisp, steamy, and emotional which means it is everything that a romance novel should set out to be. All romance lovers should take a few hours out of their life and meet Justin and Bailey because theirs is one love story you truly do not want to miss!

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of The Way You Love Me in exchange for an honest review.


Thank you so much for doing this interview. I greatly appreciate it.

Congrats on all of your years in the literary industry. What has been the secret(s) for your longevity?

I wish I could say that there was a secret for being in the literary biz for 25 years. What I can say is that it’s all about doing the work. Loving what you do and remaining relevant even as times and tastes change.Being aware of your readers and what they expect. However, that does not mean bowing to trends but rather what your readers have come to expect from YOU the writer. If you stay true to that and true to yourself, you can be around for a long time.

What has been the most surprising and upsetting part of your literary journey?

The most surprising thing I’ve seen on my journey I would have to say is the shift from paper books to electronic. When I first started there was no such thing as an electronic book and when they started popping up, many of us were horrified! LOL. Now, it provides options and a wider reach. Hey, who knew? As far as upsetting; what upsets me now more than anything IS the idea that simply because the technology is available that EVERYONE can write a book. That is so not true. Because the technology is easy does not mean that mastering the craft is easy. This, like most creative endeavors you must do because you love it, it’s a part of who you are, not simply to make a name for yourself, or follow a fad for a fast buck. Also, when new authors sell themselves short by offering up their work for next to nothing .99, 1.99 it waters down the marketplace. So when other authors sell their books at a true market rate 5.99 or even 9.99 etc., readers will not want to pay it. What we do must have value. It took months, sometimes years to complete a project and certainly it should be valued at more than a dollar. Imagine working for a full week and getting .99 for your efforts.

When you’re not writing, what authors do you enjoy reading? What are you currently reading?

When I’m not writing, I’m teaching and so I’m reading textbooks. In between I try to keep up with what’s out there. Most recently I read The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, The Secret of Magic by Deborah Johnson, Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson, The Tree of Hands by Ruth Rendell, and Discourse on Colonialism by Aime Cesaire.

If you had to write your life story, what would the title be? How does that title portray your story?

The title of my own personal story would be Living My Life Like its Golden. I think the title fits my life. Most of my career I wrote and held down a fulltime job, raised three kids, toured, lived on a shoestring, and tried to have a life outside of writing and work. On the outside it all looks golden and easy, but it’s not and has never been. Every day is still a struggle, but you put one foot in front of the other and try to keep moving.

What are three things readers might be surprised to learn about you?

Hmmm, three things readers would be surprised to learn about me: I am painfully shy I struggle everyday with the reality of where I am in my life and I’m not rich.

Why do you think your writing matters?

I HOPE that my writing matters, at least to someone other than me! LOL. I think that it matters because readers read to escape the confines of their own lives and submerge themselves into the lives of folks they would like to know. I think that my novels provide those few hours of escapism, while tossing in a dose of the real world in a way that is not overbearing to the story, but by incorporating real aspects of life it helps the reader to feel that “hey, maybe some of this good stuff can happen to me too .”

What can your fans look forward to next?

Coming soon is my next Lawson of Louisiana novel MY LOVE AT LAST due out in October. I have a novel coming from Brown Girls Publishing THE SOUTH BEACH CHRONICLES (gotta get it finished!!!) and I will also have a novel coming in late summer early fall under a pen name (for the first time in my career).

Thank you again for allowing me to interview you on Reading in Black & White. Are there any last words for those who are reading this interview?

Thank you so much for this and thanks to your readers for “listening” to what I have to say. If I could leave the readers with one bit of advice its support the authors. Support them by buying their books (not sharing) the week that the book comes out (that is so very, very important), by posting reviews on Amazon and B&N (it really matters) and coming out to support them when they come to events in your area. It’s all those little things that add up to big things.

 

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Donna Hill 25 years

Twisted Together by Pepper Winters Review & Giveaway

Title: Twisted Together
Series: Monsters in the Dark, Book #3
Author: Pepper Winters
Genre: Erotic/Dark Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 3, 2014
Tour Organized by: As the Pages Turn

Twisted Together by Pepper Winters

Twisted Together by Pepper Winters

“After battling through hell, I brought my esclave back from the brink of ruin. I sacrificed everything–my heart, my mind, my very desires to bring her back to life. And for a while, I thought
it broke me, that I’d never be the same. But slowly the beast is growing bolder, and it’s finally time to show Tess how beautiful the dark can be.”

Q gave everything to bring Tess back. In return, he expects nothing less. Tess may have leashed and tamed him, but he’s still a monster inside.

After surviving the darkness, a new dawn has begun. Twisted Together wades through black to grey, chasing the light of true love to banish the shadows forever.

Pain is a requirement, connection a necessity. But ultimately Q and Tess must face their demons, before they can embrace their future.

You know you are in the midst of brilliance when you find yourself extremely uncomfortable but for some reason or another you can’t stop yourself. That is how I felt reading the entire Monsters in the Dark series by Pepper Winters. And, Twisted Together might have been the most brilliant of the trilogy.

Tess and Q are back and with a whole new set of issues. To see their roles shift from strong to weak, from meek to assertive, and from victim to hero was a story that took me on one heck of a ride. Tess and Q’s story is unconventional in so many ways, but in the way that matters the most it is no different than any relationship.

While reading Twisted Together, I constantly found myself putting my kindle down and just staring into space because I had to process what was happening. When I finished all I could say was, “I have no words!” Pepper Winters is downright AMAZING!!! Monsters in the Dark is twisted, dark, unconventional, painful, a crazy romance, and by far one of the BEST trilogies I have ever read.

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of Twisted Together in exchange for an honest review.


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GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19015729-twisted-together

 

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Pepper Winters wears many roles. Some of them include writer, reader, sometimes wife. She loves dark, taboo stories that twist with your head. The more tortured the hero the better and she constantly thinks up ways to break and fix her characters. Oh, and sex… her books have sex.

She loves to travel and has an amazing, fabulous hubby (who speaks French—hot!) who puts up with her love affair with her book boyfriends. She loves to hear from her readers so hit her up at
pepperwinters@gmail.com.

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Website: http://pepperwinters.com/

Pepper is offering up the prizes below for grabs. Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM CST 06/22/2014.
1 x Signed set of Monsters in the Dark series
3 x Swag Packs
2 x Signed bookplates & stickers
2 x Ribbon bookmarks
5 x eBook copy of any Pepper Winter’s title (winner’s choice)

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Spotlight & Giveaway: Petals on the Wind by V.C. Andrews

Petals on the Wind by V.C. Andrews

Petals on the Wind by V.C. Andrews

On the heels of the successful Lifetime TV version of Flowers in the Attic comes the TV movie tie-in edition of Petals On the Wind, the second book in the captivating Dollanganger saga.

Forbidden love comes into full bloom. For three years they were kept hidden in the eaves of Foxworth Hall, their existence all but denied by a mother who schemed to inherit a fortune. For three years their fate was in the hands of their righteous, merciless grandmother. They had to stay strong…but in their hopeless world, Cathy and her brother Christopher discovered blossoming desires that tumbled into a powerful obsession. Now, with their frail sister, Carrie, they have broken free and scraped enough together for three bus tickets and a chance at a new life. The horrors of the attic are behind them…but they will carry its legacy of dark secrets forever.

Heather Graham as Corrine
Ellen Burstyn as Olivia
Dylan Bruce as Bart
Rose McIver as Young Cathy (played by Kiernan Shipka in Flowers in the Attic)
Wyatt Nash as Christopher (played by Mason Dye in Flowers in the Attic)

Go to the Pocket Books Facebook page beginning May 20th to enter the sweepstakes for a prize pack of Flowers in the Attic and Petals on the Wind, and the Flowers in the Attic DVD.  Visit right before tuning into Petals on the Wind late May for the sweepstakes giveaway (date to be announced)!

Pre-Order Here: http://amzn.to/1nNp5vG