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Things to Do, Places to Go!

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Today I was over at the Risky Regencies blogging about Regency era Ottoman Empire. Check it out!

Also, here’s part of a great review of My Forbidden Desire by Lori Sears at The Romance Reader’s Connection

4 1/2 stars!

Ms. Jewel has another winner with this latest release and I can only hope that there is more to come!

Oh, yes!

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Release Day! My Forbidden Desire

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Cover of My Forbidden Desire by Carolyn Jewel

My Forbidden Desire

Check out my website page for My Forbidden Desire where you’ll find lots of great information, links to reviews, my book trailer, an excerpt, links to various places to buy and more information about the characters in the book.

Oh, and you should know, too, that My Wicked Enemy is available as an eBook for $1.99 — from Amazon, Fictionwise etc, so if you haven’t read it, here’s your chance to get your feet wet for a very modest investment.

Reviews

4 1/2 stars and a Top Pick from Romantic Times

Jewel’s darkly perilous and sizzling world is back in a second installment that pits mortal enemies against each other. Her excellent characterization makes each of the players intriguing, which adds richness to the exciting plot. Brava to Jewel for delivering pure and exhilarating entertainment.

Janine, at Dear Author: B+
My Forbidden Desire is a sexy, engrossing read, one that I really enjoyed. The action is fast at times but not so fast that there aren’t also some wonderful slower moments in which Xia and Alexandrine become intimate, and I don’t mean just physically.

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My Forbidden Desire – June 2009

Friday, May 1st, 2009

Here’s the Romantic Times review for My Forbidden Desire

MY FORBIDDEN DESIRE

by Carolyn Jewel

RT Rating: 4 and a half stars – Top Pick!
Category: PARANORMAL ROMANCE
Publisher: FOREVER
Published: June 2009
Type: Paranormal

Jewel’s darkly perilous and sizzling world is back in a second installment that pits mortal enemies against each other. Her excellent characterization makes each of the players intriguing, which adds richness to the exciting plot. Brava to Jewel for delivering pure and exhilarating entertainment.

Summary: Witch Alexandrine Marit has never had much power, so she’s intrigued when she’s given a mysterious amulet and hopes it boosts her abilities. For the last decade, Alexandrine has thought her brother Harsh was dead, so she’s shocked and angered when he suddenly reappears and demands that she accept the demon Xia as a bodyguard.

That her sexy bodyguard wants to kill her just adds another layer of danger to Alexandrine’s out-of-control life. Her amulet is not what it appears, and a dangerous mage intends to take it back. But not if Alexandrine has anything to say about it! (FOREVER, Jun., 384 pp., $6.99) HOT

–Jill M. Smith

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Review of My Forbidden Desire

Friday, March 20th, 2009

My Forbidden Desire by Carolyn Jewel

Alexandrine Marit has just found out that her brother is pretty much back from the dead. She’s not seen Harsh in 10 years, all of the sudden he shows up with a very hunky, muscled, leather-clad biker that he says will stay and protect her. From the get-go Alexandrine and Xia don’t get along, but the more time and action they spend and face together, things start heating up. Xia can’t take his mind off the naughty things he wants to do to the little witch, but he’s a fiend, and has a total hatred of witches. There’s a first time for everything right?

Between fighting off the magehelds, running from her father that wants her Talisman, and her on again off again magic, Alexandrine is getting to know the good side of her protector. Her Talisman is very important, and Xia must do the only thing he knows how, to get rid of it. From that moment, things start to get a little strange; and Alexandrine sees Xia in his true form. Talons and all, she still gets all hot and bothered.

My Forbidden Desire by Carolyn Jewel is a great paranormal romance novel. You can really get into the story a definite page turner. There was so much action, heat, and bit of sarcastic banter, that made My Forbidden Desire an additive read. 4.5 Hearts

Release Date June 2009 by Forever
ISBN# 978-0-446-17824-2
Crystal Adkins www.bookreviewsbycrystal.blogspot.com

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Review for Scandal

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

From Romantic Times

Jewel plays readers’ emotions like a virtuoso, ensuring they will eagerly follow her characters into dramatic, intensely passionate and gripping love stories that will steal your heart and make you beg for more. She grabs you at the first word and never lets go.

Summary: The Earl of Banallt takes pride in his status as a rake, but even a rogue can fall in love, and he does — with his friend’s wife, Sophie Evans.

Unconventional, smart, witty and yet filled with quiet reserve, Sophie takes his breath away. But she won’t fall into his arms even after her husband’s death. Banallt is determined to prove to Sophie he’s a changed man. He no longer thrives on debauchery, but he has no idea of the secrets Sophie hides nor the deep passion he awakens in her and the longing she denies. If she surrenders, Sophie fears she’ll lose her independence and her very soul.

— Kathe Robin

So really, come on. Can you resist? Places to pre-order

Still not sure? Read Chapter 1.

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Cause for Glee plus a Secret Marriage

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

I’m blogging early because I suspect I’ll end up too tired later tonight. So, it’s an early post.

In writing news, Scandal is being moved to February 09 from January which I am actually happy about. A February release is better. Holiday sticker shock is wearing off and there’s Valentine’s day. Romantic book for a romantic month. That totally works.

I have another review for My Wicked Enemy The reviewer picked a very intense scene as an opening excerpt– No WAY am I showing it to anyone at work! — but here’s the review part:

Wow. This is powerful stuff and I don’t like many paranormals. I may not understand every bit of it, for authors of paranormals tend to make up the rules as they go along (and why can’t they list these rules and enlighten us?), but it held me captivated from the first page to the last. There are some pretty amazing characters in this story and I am hoping that we can read more of them in the future. Good going, Carolyn Jewel!

Donna Doyle, Romance Reviews Magazine

This will post in the August 2008 issue, so I can’t give you a direct link yet. But that’s a good review.

No, I am not performing stupid web tricks. My publisher sent the review to me.

In other writing news The List desperately needs a new name. There’s no list in the story whatsoever. And speaking of new names, I changed some more names. My heroine’s name is now Sabine. And my hero’s late wife is named Camilla and before she didn’t have any name at all. She was just, you know, dead.

Book Title, Book Title, Who’s Gotta Book Title?

Not me. But the best title, the one I really like is The Philosopher’s Daughter only that’s never going to make it past marketing. But maybe I should just call it that because I like it.

What do you think?

Oh, and here’s my current favorite line so far:

"If she’s married, Foye,” Crosshaven said, "I hope to God her husband is a neglectful ass and that she hates him soundly."

The reason it’s my favorite so far, aside from being new and shiny cuz I wrote it today at lunchtime, is Crosshaven is talking to my hero, Foye, about the heroine, and Foye just happens to be married to her, which nobody knows. It’s a secret marriage story!!

It’s quite possible it won’t be by the end, but it is right now, and speaking of which, I need to go write it.

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Other Stuff that Happened Today

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

  • Got the RT review for My Wicked Enemy (see previous post)
  • Didn’t make it to the gym this AM because 4:30 was too early for someone who stayed up too late the night before. Came out of a dream at 5:15am–
  • The dream was one of those dreams where I am observing as a commentator in case my dreaming self is too stupid to get the significance of dreaming about the characters in my book —
  • Dream-observer Carolyn said something to the effect of: You DO realize that this is exactly the backstory that’s missing from your book, right? Your h/h get married in Anatolia.
  • Dream-observer appears to be right.
  • Celebrated my son’s 13th birthday. He acted just like a pre-teen, too. He was supremely uninterested in hanging with the family. He and his cousin disappeared into his room and performed Satanic almost-a-teenager rituals, I’m sure.
  • Talked with siblings and in-laws.

And now I’m going to bed airquotesearlyairquotes. The sad thing is, that’s exciting for me.

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Review! And Other Cool Stuff

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

Romantic Times Review of My Wicked Enemy

Unless you’re a Romantic Times subscriber, you won’t be able to access the complete review with summary until you get your hands on the August issue. But here’s the bit that counts:

Magic and its sensual pull lie at the heart of this super-sizzling paranormal adventure. The transformation of this heroine from victim to powerful witch is exciting and sexy. As heroes go, Nikodemus is tough to beat, and the secondary characters are dangerously fascinating. If you like your paranormal steamy, this is the book for you!
– – Jill M. Smith

And, I’m in very good company as a spotlighted author. If you’re a subscriber, you can check this out. That’s me!! Yippee!

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Owning my One-Stars

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Gulp. But thank you SciFi author John Scalzi. Really. This was good for me.

Bad reviews happen and well, I have to just suck it up. Going on to Amazon and looking at these reviews was actually a surprisingly uplifting experience. I know that seems odd, but it’s true. I’ve taken to not looking at reviews at all. The bad ones depress me and the good ones don’t seem to uplift me as much as the others depress me. So I don’t look. Well, because of Mr. Scalzi, I did and I discovered a few things. One is that people seem to have strong reactions to my writing. I knew that. But A Darker Crimson was particularly polarized that way. (Although I can’t help but note that two people gave two stars when they meant to give 4.) ‘Nuff said.

Also, some people seem to have read a different book(s) as they refer to things that just didn’t happen or wildly misstate what did happen, though, one imagines that if they hated the book(s) that much, at some point they stopped reading closely. OK, one last little whine — there were also a lot of rave reviews. But I own these, too, dammit!

I own my one stars:

The Spare – historical romance

1.0 out of 5 stars Could the hero be any more unlikable????

I do love a great regency/historical book. That being said, I dislike more than I like. I guess I am particular. But one thing that has to be strong in any book is a desire to finish! And one needs to be interested in the characters. Sebastian Alexander is perhaps one of the most unlikable hero’s (and I use that term loosely) I have ever read. Sure, handsome, but there was really not a facet of his personality that came across as likeable so unless our feisty spinster Olivia has a martyr complex, why be interested? And yes, Sebastian spent 12 years at sea but geeze, sorry, having zero manners does not make that much sense. I found him creepy is his coldness. And the murder mystery just did not hold my attention.

Warning Buy USED, not NEW !

By A Customer

I was so disappointed in this book! I had high hopes after reading the author’s first work – Lord Ruin. It truly was a jewel. However, she falls so far off the mark with this one, that I cannot in good conscience even justify the expense of buying the novel new. I feel cheated out of a good story and six bucks! The book is 352 pages and the only sex scene occurres somewhere on page 330…that should give you a fair example of what you’re getting…pages and pages of endless dialogue. The plot meanders so far off the path that by the end you are left reading in disbelief as the author tries to neatly solve the murder mystery and send the hero and heroine off to happy-ever-after land. It just doesn’t work on so many levels. The heroine is likable but the hero is not – because readers never get to know him. And while switching the point of view from male to female is a trait of this author, this time around she did not use it to advantage. In all, I would say buy it used, you’ll be less likely to be disappointed.

A Darker Crimson

1.0 out of 5 stars Not really crimson, more puce

What can I say about this book? It was a tragedy. I have enjoyed all of the other Crimson City books, but Jewel’s addition left a bad taste in my mouth.

From the first pages of the book I found it to be choppy, and disjointed. This sensation was partly created by the author’s overuse of simple sentences, which produce the choppy effect, as opposed to complex sentences which contain clauses and conjunctions and, when used occasionally, enhance the flow. The book also lacked any solid descriptive writing, which left the book with no sense of time or place to ground the reader. The plot was forced. Events either happened too quickly, with no foreshadowing, or they dragged on too long, further adding to the disorientation on the part of the reader.

The dialogue was quite bad. If the heroine had said, “Yeah right,” as her snappy comeback one more time I think I might have actually torn that page from the book. Granted, the trite responses and complete lack of wit on the part of the heroine is more realistic in a crisis, however if I wanted to hear realistic dialogue, I would eavesdrop on teenagers in a mall, not purchase a romance novel.

The characters were shallow, and lacking in any discernable motivation. The heroine was motivated by the kidnapping of her daughter, but I could not quite feel that her emotions were real because she seemed so false, like a prop on a stage. The vampire was a stock character from a vast repertoire of vampire romances available today, the demon appeared out of nowhere too late in the book to actually make sense, the only truly frightening villain is killed too quickly, and the heroine’s daughter has approximately one appearance.

This book was a waste of my money and my time.

1.0 out of 5 stars barf

This is quite possible the worst book I’ve ever read. The plot is horrible, the characters shallow and there is an icky feeling that you are actually reading a bad Jerry Springer episode. The only characters I liked were the daughter and her pet. The bad guy is hate her/love her and dies way to easy. The good guy doesn’t care that it was less than a day and a half since she was forced in mind if not body to “mate” with the bad guy before he “mates” with her. The whole thing ends with guess who the daddy is for her new baby. The only thing missing to make this story any more tacky is a dna test and a chair throwing fight. I recommend this book if you need a door stop or perhaps some kindling. To bad zero stars isn’t an option!

1.0 out of 5 stars Seeing Red!

I was so angry with this book! I didn’t even finish it I was so disgusted. I took it back the day after I bought it. As much as I love this series, this book was a total stink. I loved the first three books but this one just made me beyond mad. Not to disrespect the writer’s style in any way, but did Carolyn Jewel even contact the other writers or read the other books before she did this book? It had hardly nothing at all to do with the other books except that it had vampires and demons in it. Another thing, I couldn’t keep up with her. It was like trying to keep up with a jackrabbit with a hawk on its tail. I know the writer has a love for detail. That much is apparent. I can understand giving the man and woman a conlift, but what in the name of Grimm was she trying to do? There was nothing romantic or appealing about this book, not even the vampire stud-muffin she falls for, much less her demon life mate that basically rapes her and leaves her for dead. Which I have to say was a mockery to the paranormal romance connisour. There is nothing romantic about rape in any form, be it mock rape, mind rape or other. I could see it in a S&M erotica novel, but not in a novel like this. Trust me, I wasn’t plesantly surprised.

The characters were shallow, trite and dry with no life,(even with all the detail, which I felt was nothing but filler for a lifeless book) no virve or anything. The only thing interesting that happens in this book is that the daughter, Holly, gets kidnapped. Yeah, the main character is a cop, but after knowing Eve Dallas in J.D Robb’s ‘In Death’ series, she’s a still-wet-behind-the ears rookie.

Respectfully, better luck next time Carolyn.

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Rant Alert! Reviews

Sunday, February 18th, 2007

Boy oh boy. I’ve been seeing a lot remarks lately about reviews. On loops, in blogs, on websites. Since I’m an author I have a fairly author-centric view of the issue. Here’s a few of my views:

Any review that trashes a book because of the heroine’s name is not a review that should be taken seriously. Such a review is not about the book, it’s about the reviewer showing off her nasty chops. Hey, go for it, show off all you want, but readers and authors, don’t confuse that with a review that has something to do with literary merit or the enjoyability of the read.

A review is not feedback for the author to take to heart for the next time around. A review is a response to a completed work of fiction. By the time the book is in the reviewer’s hands it’s too damn late for feedback. And any reviewer who thinks he’s providing the author a free critique is too self-involved for polite words.

Authors do NOT have complete control over who reviews her book. Publishers send out ARCS without consulting the author. Please, don’t assume that every reviewer got the book from the author.

Not all books are good. Some books are just plain bad. I have myself read books I thought were bad. The same is true of reviews. Not every review is based on a thorough reading of the book. That, my friends, is glaringly obvious. I have read reviews (of my own books and others) in which the characters names are misspelled, and sometimes not misspelled but just plain wrong. Some reviews are based on such a cursory read of the book that the reviewer has failed to grasp (or just didn’t read?) key events in the story. Some reviewers confuse their books and review events that happened in some other book. And, I have also read reviews that have been written by someone lacking any knowledge or awareness of the rules of grammar or punctuation.

Authors are a highly neurotic group. They agonize over everything. And their books go out into a world where some readers are guaranteed not to like their book. And, authors don’t get to rebut reviews. Don’t be all-surprised and annoyed if authors do a little moaning about reviews.

For myself, I try not to read reviews anymore. Good or bad, they upset me and/or distract me from the work in progress. The absolute worst thing any author can do is write to please reviewers. That way lies a really bad book.

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