Thursday, September 27, 2012

Goddess Fish Blog tour: Redemption of the Hypnotist

A demonstration of erotic hypnosis leads to two relationships, one inspiring and creative, the other abusive and destructive. 
Darren Braid was a respected psychology professor until a student accused him of trying to hypnotize her into sexual slavery. The accusation was recanted, but the university dismissed him anyway. Feeling betrayed, Darren retreated into seclusion. But the FBI believes that his exceptional skill with hypnosis and his tainted personal history make him the perfect undercover agent to infiltrate a sex slavery ring. 

Latoya Douglas works for the studio that’s fronting the slavery ring. She is a beautiful black woman and one of L.A.’s hottest rap producers. Latoya will do almost anything to support her artists. She decides to 'manage' Darren, and remake him into an evil mind-controlling genius. She becomes his lover and muse. She inspires and helps Darren produce a hypnosis program to make women eager for sex with her rappers, and she helps find women to test the program. After three years of solitude, Darren finds the relationship more inspiring and rewarding than anything he imagined. But he doesn’t know if he can trust her. Is she part of the slavery ring, or trying to find her missing sister? 

Marisa Martinez is a hotheaded young FBI agent. She asks Darren to hypnotize her to act submissive and obedient so she can get close to the slavers. But the hypnotic programming works too well. Marisa is in danger of losing herself to the submissive role and becoming a mindless sex toy. Can Darren restore her mind before she’s actually sold into sexual slavery?

"In fact, we're conducting a market focus group right now. If you're interested, I can ask Darren if you can speak with the focus group. You … "

"No need to trouble yourself. I'll just surprise him." He stood and left the office as if she didn't exist. 

Latoya rushed after him. "Mr. Breaux, you can't just walk in on a hypnosis session. You should let me check to see if the ladies can be questioned at this time." 

She didn't give him a chance to reply, but rushed on to the conference room. She opened the door quietly. Darren was talking casually with the three female agents. They were standing very close, as if the women were just barely resisting the desire to touch his body. 

Latoya mouthed the phrase "he's here" and waved for the ladies to move in tighter. Then summoning as much false indignation as she could, "Mr. Braid! This is a place of business, what do you think you're doing?"

Darren dived into a chair and the three ladies scrambled into position around him; one on his lap, one rubbing his shoulders, and one kneeling at his side caressing his arms. 

"Mr. Braid," Latoya continued. "I know your stories can arouse intense sexual desires. But you must control yourself here. You can't take advantage of these women." The girl on his lap unbuttoned her blouse just before Breaux stepped up behind Latoya. 

"The ladies are just helping me with the market research," Darren smiled like a flamboyantly arrogant rock star. "Aren't you ladies?"

My name is Daniel, though I use the name Hypnotic Dreams as my 'brand' and my pseudonym. I hold a BS in Engineering and an MS in Technical Communication. I worked as a contract technical writer for 17 years, which gave me a broad range of experiences in several different industries.

 I began studying hypnosis in the 1990s and joined the online erotic hypnosis community in 1998. Redemption for the Hypnotist is my first full-length novel. I also have produced 19 hypnosis MP3s, which are available on my web site.

SLAVE's Review:

When I initially started this book, I was immediately taken aback, and turned off for what a thought was a blatant attack on women and I was only on page 2. That was definitely not my cup of tea so I put it down. After two days I had to tell myself that there was no way the publishers would promote such trash. I must have taken it wrong or something. So I settled in and gave it another try. And to my relief, this story was not about hypnotizing unknowing, unwilling girls, and making them your 'fuck toys', but about infiltrating a modern day sex slave ring.
Now with that being said, Redemption for the Hypnotist turned out to actually be a good read. The author meshed an FBI case easily within his story. Now, the only problem I had was the involvement of a citizen, Darren, the male lead, in such a dangerous case simply because he was the leading agent’s cousin who needed to get out of the house. But then why not, I guess.
Once the story got moving I enjoyed all the characters. Darren is the hypnotist. Though he longs for his solitude, he saves a few would-be sex slaves and has some major fun while doing it. The lead female, Latoya, was a thrill to read. I enjoyed that she actually likes to be hypnotized for the different sexual experiences. Marisa, the under-cover agent, I actually felt sorry for, because though she's a tough no-nonsense agent, she really takes to being hypnotized, and almost lost who she really was.
 I really enjoyed this story and was glad I gave it another try. 4 pens for this book by Hypnotic Dream and I look forward to reading more of this author’s work.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Goddess Fish book tour: Lakebridge: Spring, by Natasha Troop

Vermont, picturesque and lovely, attracts visitors from across the country in search for the perfect picture, the perfect fall foliage or perhaps a taste of maple syrup. Stansbury is best known for the odd covered bridge that spans Stansbury Lake and goes nowhere, connecting no roads and serving no known purpose. The locals call it the Lakebridge. Very few know of its mysterious origins and fewer care to know more. Those visiting the town perhaps take a few snapshots and leave, their curiosity quelled by an uneasy feeling that they shouldn’t think on it anymore.

The tourists will eventually leave Stansbury, but its residents strangely linger, seemingly held captive by a force they barely recognize. They also do not think about the town’s mysterious artifact much except in passing, all but Gil, his father, Ben, and a few others. They know of the bridge’s dark history and understand that it is responsible for every horror that ever befell the people of Stansbury: the people who fear the bridge but will not speak of it. The bridge makes people do things – bad things – so that it can continue to love and care for them all. 


For a while, he thought he would take the Counter Girl. He had always taken the Counter Girls before when he could, but when he stumbled onto this Teacher Girl, he knew he had to have her, that she would make a much better addition to his project. She was so happy and so right. The Counter Girl, for as much as she smiled and made other people happy, didn’t really have that glow about her that the Counter Girls usually had. He figured it was because of her friends who were so damaged. She was damaged by association.

But the Teacher Girl. She was perfect. She could have been a Counter Girl, really. She was always so joyful, she made all the kids so happy, too. Everyone loved the Teacher Girl. He loved the Teacher Girl. When he loved them, he knew he had to have them.

She wrote on her board. She wrote her numbers and her letters and her handwriting was so neat. He wanted to let her finish so that when they came in the next day and she wasn’t there, at least they would have her numbers and her letters. So he waited and watched her. He was in her room and she didn’t even notice. She was too happy for her own good, she didn’t even feel the danger. He hated that he was her danger because he loved her so much and knew that she could never see how pure that love was. But, finally, she was done. She turned around and saw him and smiled.

Natasha grew up in Southern California and received her Bachelor’s degree from UCLA in Comparative Literature. She also holds Masters Degrees in both Secondary Education and Creative Writing. Natasha currently lives in the Phoenix area with her spouse, son, daughter and menagerie of pets, including a Basset named Moose and a very overprotective collie dog. Aside from writing, she spends her days teaching high school students to love theater.

LINKS:  Website  Blog  Twitter: @lakebridgecycle  Facebook  Amazon   Barnes and Noble 
Natasha will award one randomly drawn commenter with maple syrup and a stuffed moose. Stop by all her stops to add to your chances.   Natasha's tour

SLAVE's Review:
This book was very confusing to me. The way it began gave me the impression that it was going to be this epic type novel, kinda like knights fighting for honor and all that. That would have been cool, but then it changed. The knight-like guy passed a moose, like a ship in the night thing, and next thing  I knew we were in the moose's POV. I was like huh? The change threw me for a loop and quite frankly I couldn't get back into the book. Also, there were physical issues with the book's set up. Granted, it could have been the conversion to my Kindle, but nevertheless, it too was a distraction to getting into the book. To be fair, I would be up to reading the book in print to give it a fair chance, but for now I can only give it a solid 2 pens.


Monday, September 10, 2012

A Day on Plunderer's Pride, by Jaxx Steele

Life is hard but worthwhile on the pirate ship Plunderer’s Pride. Follow Captain Julian Hazard and his band of ruffians as they go about their daily business. As you endure their daily struggles and nightly rewards you may find that a pirate’s life may be for you, too.

SLAVE’s Review
This story is short but it takes you on a big journey of what life could've been like on an actual pirate ship. We join our heroes as they're taken a little time off from plundering other folks ships at an aptly named place called the Drunken Dog Tavern. Indulgences and decadence are the norm at this place. I’d like to visit there one day. Here the captain’s first mate, Nigel, is given an urgent request for his captain, Julian Hazard.
From there this story takes off on the high seas of love, lust, passion and adventure as they capture another ship along the way. This story brings a whole new meaning to shiver me timbers. LOL The great thing about Plunderer’s Pride is all takes place in a single day. What I liked most about this story was its stunning eye for detail. It wasn't the tired listening to the calm waves of most sea stories.  So, grab your cutlass, your eye patch, some scented oils for the captain and set sail with this marvelous tale aboard Plunderer's Pride which I give 4 pens.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Part of the Posse, by Jaxx Steele

Les Browning traveled with his trusted group of men for years. As the company made a cattle run from Texas to Kansas Les met Colt, a young cook looking to find his way in the world. They hit it off immediately, but Les couldn’t get too close to Colt until the men in his party gave the okay for Colt to travel with them. Can Colt ultimately prove himself worthy to be a part of their clique so that he and Les could be together?

SLAVE's Review
 Though coming in at a little less than what I've come to expect from Jaxx Steele, Part of the Posse was still a pretty good read. We follow Colt as he tries to fit in a closed group of cattle riders while trying to figure out if what he felt for the leader of the posse was real or just the result of a one night stand.  I give this one 3 pens

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Goddess Fish Book Tour: Star Crossed, Kele Moon

Heavyweight UFC fighter, Romeo Wellings comes from the hard streets of New York where his family ties to the mafia cause him nothing but pain. His life takes a surprising detour when he crosses paths with the twin sister of his long time enemy. After a steamy one-night stand, he faces the fight of his life, but it’s not in the cage. The secret relationship that blooms between Romeo and his real life Juliet has him battling his family and a dark past rather than let her go.

The only lawyer in her hometown of Garnet, Jules Conner is also a volunteer Sheriff’s deputy and co-owner of a successful MMA training center. Strong and dependable, Jules is always there for those who need her. Until one forbidden night in Las Vegas with Romeo leaves her feeling so alive she can’t stop reaching out to the sexy, bad boy of MMA, even knowing the forbidden love affair could jeopardize everything.

As the tide rises against them and the people they love work at keeping them apart, Romeo and Jules hold onto a dream for a better life together and vow to go down fighting rather than accept a tragic ending.

Kele will be awarding a $25 Amazon GC to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

Follow the tour and make a comment. The more you comment, the better your chances are of winning. Follow Kele's tour here:  


A freckle-faced redhead born and raised in Hawaii, Kele Moon has always been a bit of a sore thumb and has come to enjoy the novelty of it. She thrives on pushing the envelope and finding ways to make the impossible work in her story telling. With a mad passion for romance, she adores the art of falling in love. The only rules she believes in is that, in love, there are no rules and true love knows no bounds.
So obsessed is she with the beauty of romance and the novelty of creating it, she’s lost in her own wonder world most of the time. Thankfully she married her own dark, handsome, brooding hero who has infinite patience for her airy ways and attempts to keep her grounded. When she leaves her keys in the refrigerator or her cell phone in the oven, he’s usually there to save her from herself. The two of them now reside in Florida with their three beautiful children, who make their lives both fun and challenging in equal parts—they wouldn’t have it any other way.

SLAVE's Review:

Wow, what more can I say bout STAR CROSSED by Kele Moon, that hasn't been said before in a previous book, tales or conversation...but I'm getting ahead of myself. For me, a long time fighter in myself, the book was somewhat realistic, but so filled with clich├ęs that it pulled me out of the story. The names, the reasons how he decided on his path, how perfectly compatible his girl was… It all was a bit fairy-tailish to me.
The hero ROMEO is an MMA fighter who got into the sport due to watching the Karate Kid as a child. He’s supposed to be this fierce fighter, but he throws as many fights as he wins because of his 'Maifioso Family' tells him too.
JULIET, our heroine, was an U.S Olympic Judo fighter when she was younger but gave it up loftier ideals. Then we've got Romeo’s loyal half brothers, Casanova and Valentino.
It seemed to me that the author worked so hard trying to convince me that these guys were this standard hot, gorgeous, Italian Mafioso type men, but in the end it was just felt very stereotypically to me and I really had no clue if they're from Jersey, Brooklyn or just an unknown place. For someone who didn’t grow up in New York personally knowing people that she spoke of this may have worked, but I did grow up there I’m very protective of my people and my home.
This wasn’t a bad story, but, like I said, there were too many cheesy names and stereotypical descriptions pulling me from the meat and potatoes of the read. They were like small holes on an otherwise smooth surface. Yes, they were small, but I had to force myself back to the story every time I got pulled out.
2 pens