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Review: Seven-Night Stand by Nicole Helm

Title: Seven-Night Stand
Author: Nicole Helm
Published:  February 2013 by Entangled Publishing
Source: Review Copy from Publishing Company

Reality TV scout Vivvy Marsh loves her job, but she’ll lose it if she doesn’t find a hit. When she’s sent to Kansas to scout a show, it looks like a bust…until she meets sexy pilot,
Nate Harrington. His family would make the perfect show to save her career.
Nate can’t deny his attraction to Vivvy, but no way can he let this show take off. The Harrington family is riddled with secrets, and she wants it all out in the open. For the next seven days, he’s going to stop at nothing to keep her out of his family’s business, even if it means keeping her distracted in his bedroom.

My Review

At first reading this was kinda iffy for me, I am not a big fan of reality TV shows, so why would I be interested in the process to make the show.  But then there is the girl in me who loves a pilot (there is this really nice small airfield down the road from my house and I can dream right).

There are alot of things I love about this book that really have nothing to do with the plot.  The Ivy Vines is just great with its creepy guy working the front desk and less than stellar accommodations.  Want to know why I will never travel by myself and not stay in a 5-star hotel this place is the place I would picture when I travel by myself and can not really afford to.  All the things that you envision when you hear "No-Tell Motel" is what I see in this place that she has booked for her stay in Demo.  Of course it is the only place to stay in Demo, so she really did not have much choice on the hotel unless you drive out of town.

Vivvy is great, she grew up traveling so she has no real "roots" anywhere she has never really felt attached to one place so when she feels this attachment to Nate Harrington and his business that is all his.  She has this protective feel of protecting what he loves and making it better.  Nate has no desire to do this reality TV show that was all his father's idea.  Just another way for his father to be surrounded by women that are not the one he is currently married too. 

And then there is Nate's brother Ryan.  Yes he is known to be in existence from the beginning to Vivvy but it is their first meeting which stands out in my mind.

The first time meeting the family should not come at that moment but the one thing I was getting from the whole thing was that yes Nate and Ryan are twins and now I can not wait to find out Ryan's story (which I have found will be book two in the series).

Yes this was a great story to read and I am ready for some more Harrington Field goodness to come from Ryan's story.

My Rating

Feature & Follow #3

We always talk about books that WE want. Let’s turn it on its head. What books have you given other people lately?

Well recently I particpated in a Book Swap from Chaotic Goddess Swaps, where I had to send out three books to one blogger.  This was a fun experience and you can see what I received from the swap HERE.  But you can also hop over to where I sent my books and see what I sent to Katie at Life with the D's.

I had fun particpating in this book swap, and I do plan to try and particpate again later on.  If you like to do swaps, I believe this is a fun way of doing one.

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Author Interview: Jess Macallan

Thanks so much for having me at The Bookish Diaries today! I’m celebrating the release of the second book in my Set in Stone series, STONE COLD REVENGE, and I’m thrilled to share it with readers.

Can you tell us about Stone Cold Revenge in your own words?

Jess Macallan
STONE COLD REVENGE is a continuation of Elle’s story as she reluctantly steps into the role of heir to her father’s twisted shadow elf empire. She’s coming into her powers and meets her unlikely mentor. Luna is short, sarcastic, and deadly with weapons. However, she’s no help when it comes to romance. Elle hasn’t had much time to sift through her feelings for Jax and MacLean, but she knows she has to make a choice between the gargoyle and phoenix soon. To make matters worse, her memories return with the knowledge that her father has been manipulating things from behind the scenes for far longer than she’d realized. Elle is soon faced with a devastating choice: use the powers she can’t quite control, or lose someone she loves.

What inspired you to write your first book?

My first attempt at writing a book was in the 6th grade and was a spin-off of Nancy Drew. She introduced me to strong, smart female characters. But with character names like Mr. Tan Jacket and almost a full page devoted to the description of a white picket fence, it was rightfully doomed to the bottom of a drawer. It wasn’t until I hit my early 20s that I tried again, discovered the wonders of editing, and sold my first erotic romance. I was inspired by my love of reading, and so many authors who are still on my auto-buy list. I’ll always be equal parts writer and reader, and still love to get lost in the magical worlds other authors create.

What if your favorite theme/genre to write?

Oh, that’s a tough one to answer. I write paranormal, steamy contemporary, non-fiction and middle grade, so I’m all over the place with genres. And I love them all for different reasons. Magic fascinates me, and the world-building involved with writing a book in the paranormal genre will always be near and dear to my heart. Steamy contemporary is fun because I get to deeply explore the relationship between two people. Non-fiction makes my left brain happy, while middle grade satisfies my love for adventure.

What book are you reading now?

I’m reading a few right now. I just started The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa (one of my all-time favorite series!) I’m also reading Infinite Possibilities by Mike Dooley because I’m a huge fan of inspirational and law of attraction books. And finally, I’m reading Into the Woods by Kim Harrison. I just feel better with a book in my hands. J

Are there any new authors whose books have gotten your attention?

I’m always looking for new-to-me authors, and recently picked up Wither by Lauren DeStefano on the recommendation of a friend. And I can’t wait to read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I’ve heard rave reviews about that book. However, most of my TBR pile is full of authors I’ve known and loved for years. If I had extra hours in each day, I’d use them to read!

Do you have anything that you would like to say to your readers?

Yes, I appreciate each and every one of you! Readers are truly the lifeblood of the writing industry, and I’m so thankful when readers spend their hard-earned money and time on my books. Also, I love to chat with readers, and hope you’ll connect with me on | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | JessMacallan |


Since it is my birthday this month, I would like to know if you have any birthday traditions.

Happy Birthday! We don’t have specific traditions in our family, but instead let the birthday boy or girl decide the meals and activities for the day. On my birthday, I get a break from my regular mom duties and indulge in dark chocolate with sea salt that I don’t have to share. It’s very low key, but sometimes simple is good.

About Jess Macallan

Jess lives in the Inland Northwest with her husband and three children. She thrives on creative chaos. Curiosity drives her to try new things as often as possible. When not writing or chasing trouble, she teaches yoga, writing classes, reads, experiments with new recipes, and gardens. The only things she takes seriously are chocolate, tea and world domination. But mostly chocolate.

If you would like to purchase Stone Cold Revenge

or Stone Cold Seduction

Books 'n' Bloggers Swap: The Books

Lets start this post by saying taht upon recieving thise books I went into work and within two hours I was miserable.  And had you followed me on twitter you have seen this tweet:
I went to the doctor and was given antibiotics which partly helped but looking at my computer just caused the pressure of my sinuses to be so much worse.  Of course the only thing I really wanted to to was sleep and that is all I really did, and I am a college student, I do not have time to sleep all the time.

So onto the Swap:

I recieved my books from Sarabeth @ Chronicles of Sarita (the first time I read this I thought it was Santa, may have been the being sick).

Book Sarabeth Loved: 

Vicki Lewis Thompson
Werewolf in Manhattan by Vicki Lewis Thompson

This series has actually caught my eye before as I have read books by Vicki Lewis Thompson before.  They are currently all classified as TBR on my goodreads account because I wanted to make them all easy to find when I was packing up my books to move and they have not become unpacked.

Book she has not read but thinks I will love:  

Lilith SaintcrowNight Shift by Lilith Saintcrow

Something tells me that this book will be read while I am working an overnight at work and I will never want to leave my house ever again at that time of night, but I have to agree with her statement that the cover really does draw you in to the point that it went into my purse for reading first chance I get.

Book selected from my wishlist:  

Maggie Stiefvater
Linger by Maggie Stievfater

So this was a book that my brother's cute as a button girlfriend said I would love, and when a sweetie like her tells you to try something you do, but first now I have to go and steal the first book in the series from her since she owned that one (this one she did not, she had borrowed it from another friend that I do not know).

So I have to think that Sarabeth did a great job on choosing these books, I am really interested in Night Shift and have plans to start it as soon as I am caught back up on my reading that I was too sick to mess with and posting of reviews since some of them are sitting with lots of notes and nothing ready to post.

Word to the wise go and get yourself a FLU shot if you have not it is not fun to have it and I am still sick just not really reading this as I type.

Book Tour: Victoria Vane Author Interview with Giveaway

Can you tell us about Treacherous Temptations in your own words?
The story of Treacherous Temptations is, in a sense, my homage to the popular novels written in the 18th century, in which virtue vs. vice, and the seduction of an innocent were popular themes.
Treacherous Temptations shares a number plot devices with Les Liaisons Dangereuses (1782), a French epistolary novel by Choderlos de Laclos, that has been adapted several times over the centuries to stage and screen. The best known is the 1988 film, Dangerous Liaisons, starring John Malkovich, Glenn Close, and Michelle Pfeiffer.

For those unfamiliar with this story, it is very dark with a plot steeped in seduction, revenge, and intrigue. Without going into plot spoiling details, the main characters the Marquise de Meurteil and the Vicomte de Valmont enter a conspiracy to seduce and ruin two innocent women as Meurteil desires revenge for a perceived slight. Valmont is successful in conquests but unexpectedly loses his heart in the process. Hadley experiences the same struggle in his seduction of Mary.

What inspired you to write your first book?
One day at 44 years old I woke up with a story in my head - a tale of passion, retribution, and horseracing that simply wouldn’t go away. So I wrote it. It took fourteen months during which time I did extensive research on virtually every aspect of horseracing and Georgian England. When I completed The Highest Stakes, I was fortunate to find a publisher who loved my story.
It was released in April 2010 by Sourcebooks and I haven't looked back! I've now written three full length novels (the first two as Emery Lee) and six novellas as Victoria Vane, and have many more projects in development.

What is your favorite theme/genre to write?
Anything historical, although I am now writing my first contemporary romance – something I never thought I would even attempt.

What book are you reading now? Or What was the last book you read?
I am currently reading several books simultaneously as an RWA Rita judge, but I am not allowed to name them. The last three books I read and loved were the contemporary romance, About Last Night by Ruthie Knox, an erotic historical romance, A Lady's Pleasure by Robin Schone, and a great romantic historical set in 18th century Africa, The Wild Heart by Gina Rossi.

Are there any new authors whose books have gotten your attention?
Yes, the one I just named by Gina Rossi. It kept me captivated.

Do you have anything that you would like to say to your readers.
Yes. You can always expect something unexpected from me!

Since it is my birthday this month, I would like to know if you have any birthday traditions?
Our family has a favorite birthday restaurant. Although it's almost two hours away in Atlanta, we love Maggianos- fabulous Italian food and desserts to die for. The last time we went we took a picture of the slab of chocolate cake because it was almost as big as my head! This is some amazingly good cake! Here's a Youtube video you must check out:

Maggiano's Chocolate Zuccotto Cake:


A lover of history and deeply romantic stories, Victoria combines these elements to craft romantic historical novels and novellas for a mature reading audience. Her writing influences are Georgette Heyer for fabulous witty dialogue and over the top characters, Robin Schone, Sylvia Day, and Charlotte Featherstone for beautifully crafted prose in stories with deep sensuality, and Lila DiPasqua for creative vision in melding history with eroticism.

Twitter: @authorvictoriav

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