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It’s 2013 in a Pretty Blue Bow!

Hi all,

It’s the last day of 2013! And this has probably been the busiest year of my life! (Not that I have lived long enough to have very many busy years, yet.)

I have some pretty great (and not so great) memories from 2013, but because I know there is a limit to how far people like to scroll on webpages, I’m going to share only my top ten. (Trust me, picking only a few was hard to do.)

1. I graduated with my Bachelor of Education and got my teaching certificate – I am now certified to mold young minds. (Epic army of Kindergarteners, here I come!)

2. I WON the Liebster Award for blogging! (Clear proof that I am actually as awesome as I think.)

3. I got to join Sabrina Jeffries’ Street Team. 

4. I was NOT chased by any perverted squirrels this year! (HUGE accomplishment in my book.)

5. I FINISHED and started my first round of edits on Dagger of the Sun. (I am now one step closer to fame and fortune.)

6. The year introduced me to some great music! JT made a comeback and Lorde is now one of my favourite singers.

7. I got three jobs, worked all of them at the same time, and lived to tell the tale.

8. I am halfway closer to buying myself a Porshe, which is awesome because I was dead broke at the end of August.

9. I took my class of Kindergarteners to a museum and we all walked away unscathed (aka, there was NO heist). 

10. I got a letter telling me that my FIRST EVER short story/essay would be published in February 2015.

And those are my highlights from 2013. Yes, most of them are more sentimental than tangible, but I really did have a great year – and somewhat insane – year.

Best of all, I SURVIVED!

And so what was the last book I read this year…

Drum roll please…

BLACK AND BLUE by Gena Showalter.

I really did love this one!

Rika Ashton 

(aka “I MADE IT TO 2014!)

P.S: Here’s the latest from Lorde…


Covers Done Right: Showalter’s “Otherworld Assassins” Series

When I first saw Gena Showalter’s Last Kiss Goodnight resting on the bookshelf at Chapters, it was coverlust at first sight! In a flash, I grabbed the book and ran with it to the clerks desk – this is hard to do when you take a shortcut through the children’s section, where toddlers cling to you like leeches. (Really, whatever happened to “stranger danger”? These kids have no trouble grabbing an arm or leg and plastering themselves like barnacles on a rock.)

Anyways, back to the point at hand. Saving myself from clinging kids made me forget that how much I wanted – nay, needed – to rave about the cover for Last Kiss Goodnight! The model’s flowing red dress that turns into tendrils of smoke is genius! And the man in the cage, plus the trees and moon in the background is gorgeous. It’s an interesting cover for a romance because it breaks tradition. We get a hint of male abs, but the cover artist isn’t relying on echanting male flesh to get the reader’s attention. Plus, the cover clearly puts the female in the position of power – she’s not the one in a cage.

Last Kiss Goodnight (Otherworld Assassin, #1)

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Gena Showalter ignites a thrilling new paranormal series with this breathtaking tale of a warrior enslaved by desire, and the woman who frees his soul.

The sweetest temptation…

Black ops agent Solomon Judah awakens caged and bound in a twisted zoo where otherworlders are the main attraction. Vika Lukas, the owner’s daughter, is tasked with Solo’s care and feeding. The monster inside him yearns to kill her on sight, even though she holds the key to his escape. But the human side of him realizes the beautiful deaf girl is more than she seems—she’s his.

The ultimate price…

Vika endures the captives’ taunts and loathing, hoping to keep them alive even if she can’t free them. Only, Solo is different— he protects her. But as hostility turns to forbidden romance, his feelings for her will be used against him…and he’ll be put to a killer test.

The story inside the cover was also a great read. Fast-paced, with action and characters that hold your interest. The heroine, Vika, who loses her hearing after recieving a brutal beating from her father, takes care of the hero – who’s imprisoned in her father’s circus of otherworldly creature, or “freakshow.” Vika’s also the primary caretaker of the other creatures, but knowing what it’s like to be imprisoned she secretly empathizes with them. Vika can’t leave the circus, she tried once – was found and returned to her father, hence the beating.

Solo, the hero, is bitter about being locked up and doesn’t trust Vika – so expect a few misunderstandings between the two. But Solo’s a classic alpha male who can’t resist “his woman” for long and so also expect explosive sex. 😉

The villain is Vika’s father, though he wasn’t always an evil man – was actually a good father once – so there’s more to his story as well. (Is it what you’ll expect? Maybe. Does he get what he deserved? Depends on who you ask.)

The fact that I immensely enjoyed the first novel had me anticipated the next, so when I saw the cover for Black and Blue it was a case of intense coverlust combined with wanted to know everything that was going to happen in the book – in other words, BOOKLOVE!

The sizzling second book in New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter’s Otherworld Assassin paranormal romance series.

He is every woman’s fantasy…

Corbin Blue is a man of many talents. One of the most powerful otherworlders ever born, he is wealthy, a professional football star, and a legend in the bedroom. But only a select few know he is also a black ops agent…and there is no better killer. When he and his crew are attacked and separated, he’s forced to turn to his boss’s daughter for help?a woman with even more secrets than Blue.

She becomes his only obsession…

Evangaline Black has always been wary, guarded. No man has ever breeched her walls. Until Blue. He has never been denied something he wants, and now, he’s decided he wants her. As he sweeps her into his double life of seduction, intrigue, and danger, he helps her see beyond the darkness of her own past. But as an enemy closes in, Blue will have to let Evie go to keep her safe – even though he’d rather die than live without her.

And this was the original art:

The cover artist for this series deserves a reward! I love the water motif in this one and, once again, the dress is beautiful! Can’t wait to get my hands on this book. 🙂

Black and Blue hits bookstores in October 2013.

What do you think of these cover? Am I the only one suffering from coverlust or have you fallen as well?

Rika Ashton

(aka Book Lover)

P.S: To see more work by the cover artist, Nathalia Suellen, visit her on Deviantart.