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Friday, January 31, 2014

STORE WARS by Vicki Batman takes its place with LADYBUG LIN and KITTY KAT in their HOT SEAT REVIEWS

What's in 
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STORE for Janie McNiel when she and her childhood friend, Tracey, decide to open their own store 

TWINKLE TOES? That's scary enough...BUT add into the mix they're opening it in the very same Historic District where the former Love of Her Life...that detestable snake in the grass...has returned from NY City, is helping his mom run HER competition store, and worse, he's a mucky-muck she must work with because HE'S a ranking member of the Historic District's committee?  

She'll crush him! Her store will make him turn belly up and weep for mercy. Maybe then he'll pay for all the years of...pain...he caused her back when she was a gullible, head-over-heels-in-love-with-the-snake-fool!

Vicki Batman is a brilliant maestro of short story orchestration.

This is my 4th Vicki Batman read and review, and each one is so well written it's a surprise for me when I reach the end. It seems like I've just been entwined in a full length novel with all the detail and richness such stories allow, not a coyly crafted short delight.

Short story telling is the toughest genré for ANY author to write, and not many can accomplish it with the panache Ms. Batman does.
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Another WELL-DONE story and 

FIVE STARS for STORE WARS.

Ms. Batman you are rapidly building a firm fan base...with me at the front of the pack. 

So what do you have in STORE for us next?

ULTIMATE MAGIC by James Hartley plops down in LADYBUG LIN and KITTY KAT'S HOT SEAT REVIEWS

Ladybug Lin here, with the latest update on 

James Harltey sightings....

I was trying to figure out how many stories I've read and reviewed by this whimsical weaver of magic and mayhem stories...but all I could come up with is a LOT...so I went back into the archives of my reviews....and I have only one word 

WOW!

Now I could take the time from this review and LIST every single James Hartley in what I would then have to name my BOY HOWDY ROUNDUP...(something for the FUTURE...maybe?)...but we're here to dive, head first, into a review of THIS James Hartley adventure...so let me put a 

padlock on the Giddyup Recanter to excellent reads within me, and get back on target here.

ULTIMATE MAGIC has an intriguing core story...a scientist working with 

wormhole technology in our time line gets snatched out of her laboratory and thrust into a time, and perhaps even a place...where magic is the alchemy of the realm, and is, unfortunately, mastered and then performed by those with less than honorable purposes.

How will our lost in the shifting particles of time and space scientist, find her way back to her/our time...?

As I stated earlier, this is ANOTHER James Hartley winner and as such I must give it its just due...

FIVE STARS and urge one and all to get on the James Hartley Bandwagon with me. It's quite a gratifying ride...EACH time!

Don't know who did the cover for Mr. Hartley's book, but WOW! Another winner and I, Ladybug Lin, applaud you for your talent and a cover I would happily praise until the cows come home...if, that is, the cows were allowed to go for a hike...but you get my drift. GREAT COVER to accompany a GREAT STORY...what a perfect symbiosis!

LOVE POTION #9.5 makes it's way into Ladybug Lin and KittyCat Kat's HOT SEAT REVIEWS.


The HUMPTY WALL. 

DRAKE the STONED, LOVE-CHILD DRAGON.

And MATILDA the FLATULENT SPELLING Witch!

These are just a few of the cast of characters populating 

Kat Holmes' magical, comical, stinky, passion imbued world known far and wide as the Fairyland Provinces in her short erotica book LOVE POTION #9.5.

As a frequent reader of award winning author Kat Holmes' sexy flights of delicious desires and misfires, vampires and frigidly endearing gods and queens...this book was a surprise...a charming surprise.
(It just won a Top Ten 2013 P&E Award.) Who'da thunk Ms. Holmes capable of writing sexual comedy, let alone sexual comedy THIS GOOD!?!

Lucy Mixernight is the official, (she inherited the title), potion maker for all of Fairyville and its many nearby lands. Matilda is one of Fairyville's aging, slightly senile, PMSing witches.

Matilda drops the dreaded gas-bomb spell and unrelenting flatulence spreads to all of Fairyville, one butt at a time. Trouble is Matilda can't remember what she actually said to start this adult version of Telegram...or in this case "Pass The Toot!" so it falls on Lucy to scramble like a mad woman to find the cure.

Into this mix meanders the proverbial TRAVELING SALESMAN who has more in his Ware's Case than a key to what Lucy needs.

LOVE POTION #9.5 

I'm afraid to give it FIVE STARS...if I do, what will Ms. Holmes aspire for with her next Fairyland tale? Yep, this is BOOK ONE in this engaging Series. 

BUT to give LOVE POTION #9.5 less than five stars would not award Ms. Holmes and this story it's righteous accolades.

So like the wise voters over at the 2013 P&E Awards, I award this story...

FIVE STARS.

Thanks for making me laughing so hard, I ALMOST didn't notice I was getting all hot and happy at one and the same time, Ms. Holmes.

Now...as has become the Ladybug Lin custom...when I get to review a book and the cover blows me away, I also award the Cover Artist a stellar acknowledgement for a dynamite cover.

LOVE POTION #9.5 is one such cover...so to Muse It Up Cover Artist LEX VALENTINE...CONGRATULATIONS.

Please step forward and accept your award.

SAN DIEGO OR BUST by Vicki Batman skids into LADYBUG LIN'S AND KITTY CAT KAT'S HOT SEAT REVIEWS

Mr. Right...
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Why do we let Mr. Wrong convince us he's the 

Mr. Right we really want...right now...simply because he possesses all the gorgeous trappings of supposed perfection? 

Okay he does have that magical III following his name telling one and all, his family are...scions of excellence...but still...perfection does not get passed just because a son and a great-grandfather, three generations apart, share the same basic names.

Jill Grant doesn't really NEED the very snooty David Griffith Swansen, III but she's a bit blinded by the sheen off of his golden pedigree so misses the fool's gold that is the real source of glitter lighting up his pristine. 
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SAN DIEGO OR BUST

I am always astounded by the amount of story Ms. Batman packs into her short stories...and this one, a coming of age, where Jill wakes up to the difference between the beauty of 

pyrite and the subtle but more endurable patina of 


pewter, is no different.

Five Stars and a BIG 

THANK YOU, Ms Batman. LOVE your writing voice!

Also LOVE the cover done by Suzannah Safi for this book too. A definite addition to the growing list of covers I, Ladybug Lin award my own best cover award to.

DARK LIAISON by J.D. Brown is poised to drop into LADYBUG LIN'S AND KITTY CAT KAT''S HOT SEAT REVIEWS

Urban fantasy is a BIG genre in today's entertaining medias. 
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Cliff Hangers...

now I KNOW I have said this before....I'm not a BIG fan of them...I like to finish a book and not have to grab my pacifier to gnaw on while waiting for the resolutions of all threads left undone in this book until the next. 

I mean, think about this...I could be six foot under tomorrow...what a terrible tragedy for me to die not knowing what J.D. Brown has in store for her star vampyre. 

ETERNITY IN THE AFTERLIFE...IN THE DARK about Ema? It does not bear thinking about!

J.D. Brown is a grand mistress at weaving tales from the darker side of the urban underbelly, and this, 
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DARK LIAISON, book two in her .......Ema Marx Novels series is no different. 

Ema Marx is back...life is not getting any less complicated...and she's still a vampyre.

This is a raw, action packed book that as much as I hate cliff hangers, has me primed and eager for book three. 

SOOOO it would be less than honest if I denied Ms. Brown the full impact of her writing skills...

FIVE STARS...

Now Ema, oh Ema hurry back. Your fans are gnawing the gel off of 

our pacifiers while waiting for you to come and stir us up again!