Spotlight, Review & Interview: For the Longest Time: The Harvest Cove Series by Kendra Leigh Castle

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For the Longest Time: The Harvest Cove Series by Kendra Leigh Castle
Publication Date: July 1, 2014
Reviewed by: Reading In Pajamas/ Cori
Rated: 4.5 Stars

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For Samantha Henry, it took a ten-year absence to appreciate the close-knit New England town with an appeal all its own….

After a perfect storm of events leaves Sam high, dry, and jobless, she has to head home to Harvest Cove to regroup. Growing up, she was the town misfit, and a brief high school romance that resulted in heartbreak made her realize she was never going to fit in. But now with the support of her mother and an unexpected circle of allies, Sam starts to wonder if she’s misjudged the town all these years.

Life’s been good to Jake Smith. He transitioned from popular jock to town veterinarian without any trouble. But Sam’s homecoming makes him question his choices. The sharp-tongued beauty was never a good fit for the small community, but he’s never forgotten her—or how good they were together. While she makes it clear she’s not about to repeat the past, Jake’s determined to convince her to give him—and Harvest Cove—a second chance.

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I loved For the Longest Time! This is the first book in Kendra Leigh Castle’s new contemporary series, The Harvest Cove Series. I’m a fan of Ms. Castle’s paranormals and when I saw she was coming out with a contemporary series I grabbed it. I was not disappointed. For the Longest Time is fun romance with great characters and a great storyline. I loved the interactions between the eccentric and sarcastic artist Sam and the sexy town veterinarian Jake. Jake broke Sam’s heart in high school and while she has her guard up I like that she was not afraid to risk it again. They had great chemistry that heated up the pages. Their banter had me laughing. The story flowed easily and made this a great romance to read. Great summer romance to pick up and read by the pool or beach this summer! There were several secondary characters that I’d love to see get their own books as well. I loved the book and can’t wait for the next book in this fun new romance series.

*Review copy provided by Berkley/NAL in exchange for an honest review.

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Reading in Pajamas Interview – FOR THE LONGEST TIME by Kendra Leigh Castle
Cori’s Interview With Kendra Leigh Castle

1. What are you currently working on? Anything else planned for 2014 and 2015?
Oh, I’m always working on something! For the Longest Time is my only release for the rest of 2014, but the sequel, Every little Kiss, will come out in March 2015. That’s finished, and I’m writing the third book in the series, which I’ll turn in this October. I’m also hoping to write a connected novella in the coming months. We’ll see if I manage it!

2. You write both contemporary and paranormal romance. Do you have a favorite?

I thought I would, but I don’t. I love the fantastic element of paranormals, where I can create worlds and supernatural creatures out of thin air. But it turns out that I also love the warmth and realism of contemporaries, and the way I can really focus on the characters’ relationship and bring my sense of humor more fully into the story. It’s been lovely to stretch my writing muscles and try something new, and I have to say I really enjoy both subgenres.

3. I love to read anything that falls in the romance category. Do you have a reading preference? Favorite author?
My favorite romance author is Nalini Singh. Her Guild Hunters series is just amazing, and I’ve already pre-ordered the next book in it. My reading tends to be all over the map. I love romance, but I also read fantasy, horror, general fiction…anything that looks interesting. Mainly I just like to read!

4. Where do your story ideas come from?
I wish I knew! They just sort of arrive. According to my parents, I always had an active imagination.

5. Do you know the full story when you sit down to write a book or do the characters lead you down a different path as you write their story?
No, I never know the full story. I know where it starts, and roughly where it finishes (though the ending has turned out to be a bit different than I expected often enough), but the middle part is an adventure. Every writer works differently, but for me, I think knowing exactly what was going to happen would take all the fun out of it. I like not knowing, and I love the moments where the pieces click together and I discover something new about my characters and the story I’m telling. Those “A-ha!” moments are the best.

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Kendra Leigh Castle is a RITA award-nominated, multi-published author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Raised in the far and frozen reaches of Northern New York, where her love of curling up with a blanket and a good book came early, she penned her debut novel as a Navy wife living in the Nevada desert. Since then, she has managed to continue working in her pajamas while moving around the country. Kendra currently makes her home in Maryland, where she lives with her husband, three children, and a menagerie of pets. She drinks too much coffee, stays up too late, and loves to hear from her readers, who make this crazy job worthwhile.

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Website: http://www.kendraleighcastle.com/
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REVIEW & INTERVIEW: Born of Fury (League Series) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

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Born of Fury (League Series) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Publication Date: July 1, 2014
Reviewed By: Reading In Pajamas/ Cori
Rated: 5 Stars

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The war is on…

Counted among the fiercest Andarion warriors ever born, Hauk is one of the five founding members of the Sentella: an organization that has declared war on the League. They rule the Ichidian universe with an iron fist and terrify it with an army of well-trained assassins. Hauk’s enemies are legion, but he fears nothing and no one. He will do whatever it takes to survive and protect his Sentella brethren.

Sumi Antaxas is one of the best assassins the League has ever trained. In her world, failure is not an option and she has never met a target she couldn’t execute. So when she’s assigned Hauk, she believes it’ll be a quick and easy mission.But nothing is ever as simple as it seems, and Hauk is far better skilled than any she’s faced before, in Born of Fury from #1 Bestselling Author Sherrilyn Kenyon.

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Oh my goodness I loved this book so much! This series just keeps getting better and better! I’ve have always loved Hauk and couldn’t wait for this book! He ends up with the perfect woman for him. She kicks butt and protects her male. Loved Sumi! Their story is full of action, danger, emotion and romance. Sherrilyn Kenyon puts so much into her stories that the reader experiences the world of The League Series and you take the journey with her characters. The reader experiences such a full range of emotions. I’ve received some comments from other readers about being reluctant to try the series because of the space setting and I wanted to let everyone know that if you love Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter Series you will love The League Series too. It’s not really about the setting for me. It’s about Kenyon’s dynamic characters and their stories. They’re just incredible and there is not another author like Kenyon. I love them all!

*Review copy provided by St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review.

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The #1 New York Times bestselling author, Sherrilyn Kenyon, who is proud of her mixed Cherokee heritage, lives a life of extraordinary danger… as does any woman with three sons, a husband, a menagerie of pets and a collection of swords that all of the above have a major fixation with. But when not running interference (or dashing off to the emergency room), she’s found chained to her computer where she likes to play with all her imaginary friends. With more than twenty-five million copies of her books in print, in over one hundred countries, she certainly has a lot of friends to play with too.

In the last few years, she has placed more than 65 novels on the New York Times list in all formats including manga. This extraordinary bestseller continues to top every genre she writes. Her current series include: The Dark-Hunters, The League, and Chronicles of Nick.

Her Lords of Avalon novels have been adapted by Marvel, her Dark-Hunter novels are a New York Times bestselling manga published by St. Martins. and the Chronicles of Nick manga are published by Yen Press. Chronicles and Nick and Dark-Hunter are soon to be a major motion picture and the Dark-Hunters are currently being developed as a television series.

Join her and her Menyons online at SherrilynKenyon.com and http://www.facebook.com/AuthorSherrilynKenyon

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CORI & DONNA’s INTERVIEW WITH SHERRILYN KENYON:

1. I just finished reading Born of Fury (I loved Hauk and Sumi) and went back to read Born of Ice (Devyn’s book) because the kids were so cute in Born of Fury I wanted to read about some of them as adults. Who’s next in The League Series? One of the a kids of The Sentella or one of their adult friends?

Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Answer:
Aww thank you, sweetie!! That means a lot to me.

I will, for the most part (and this will make sense later) do only the parents until we run out, LOL. And then return to GEN 2 for The League. I’m trying to go in chronological years, though Born of Defiance will go back in time to start and then catch up to present day in the series by the end of the book. There’s a ton of info about Cairistiona, Nyk, Aros and many others in it (it starts right before Born of Night begins).

But, the next League book is Born of Betrayal, which will be Fain and Galene and then Born of Defiance, which is Galene’s son Talyn and his Felicia (you will LOVE them in BOB).

Both Born of Betrayal (May) and Born of Defiance (Nov) will be out in 2015.

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2. Any chance The League series has been talked about for TV rights? I think it’d be great on the SyFy channel! I can’t wait for CON and Dark-Hunter movies and TV shows!

Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Answer:
I can neither confirm, nor deny that at the moment 🙂

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3. In the Dark-Hunter Series do you know who’s coming next and in what order or do some characters demand to be heard first? I’m always thrilled with whoever you chose to write about but we’d love to know when some of our favorites will get a book. Savitar, Remi, Jaden, Thorn, and Solin are some characters I’m dying to read more about. I picture a giant timeline on your wall or something.

Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Answer:
LOL, I got lots of OTHER stuff on my walls (mostly to scare my children away so they won’t bother me while I’m working). But no time lines. I try to control them, but they’re like herding cats.

The next one up though, is Thorn’s little brother (Cadegan) and the Devereaux sister’s fave cousin (Jo). The neatest thing about it is you learn a lot about Thorn and Max (the Sanctuary dragon) and it’s tied to the Lords of Avalon series. I can’t say anything more without a massive spoiler though 🙂

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4. You have stated on many occasions that your characters speak to you or remain silent like Remi. Do you ever force them to tell their story to get where you want the story to be? I remember reading that you didn’t want to hear what Styxx had to say but he kept demanding to be heard. It’s amazing writing when you can cause readers to love a character we hated when you tell their story. I was emotional mess when reading Styxx and my little dog kept trying to comfort me when reading it.

Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Answer:
I’m so touched. I know, I hated Styxx, too, and now I love him, lots and lots.

No, I can’t force them to do anything. It’s like trying to get my cat off the printer. Any attempt to do so is not only futile, but results in me wrapped up in Band Aids and bleeding.

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5. Do you have a clear roadmap for your characters that you stick to or do they morph as the story progresses? Example: In the Dark Hunter’s One Silent Night there is a brief glimpse of compassion from Medea that leaves the door open for her to rid herself of the distrust and hatred of humans.

Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Answer:
I let the characters fly. I’m telling their story and it’s all theirs and not mine. I never interfere and the whole reason I write is so that I can see where they’ll take me.

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✦Link to Frequently Asked Questions on Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Site:

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