Ridener Reviews: Final Hours by Cate Dean

5 out of 5 stars.

Review:

I really enjoyed this book. I read a teaser Cate posted at a party today for book 2 in this series, so of course I had to come snag up book 1! A very quick and fun read in my opinion. I’ve recently gotten into time-travel stories and she did very well with this book. I really enjoyed the sex scenes–which is not something I often say. She didn’t make it too crude and that’s just how I like them! Her sex scenes were sweet with just the right amount of steam. Well done, Miss Dean. I do wish I had a Jackson Kane. <3 I’ll be reading more of your work soon.

JACKSON KANE

And the best news is this book is FREE.

The Better Days: A Memory of Liam and Dimitri

WARNING: Proceed with extreme caution.  This is an event that took place before The Truth about Kadenburg.  Your feels will be stirred.  You will have an urge to hate the author–please don’t.  With that said, you may proceed.

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“You’re fucking with me, right?”

Glancing at the red cloak in his grasp, Liam lifted his chocolate eyes to stare at the redheaded male and a grin spread across his lips.  “What? You don’t like it?”

“I think you’re being as corny as hell right now.” Dimitri rolled his eyes.

“Aw, come on! You’d be the hottest Little Red Riding Hood I’ve ever seen.  Just try it–”

“Hell no!” Dimitri laughed and took a step away from him, doing an about face and walking away from him.  “I’m not putting that on, Liam.”

“Pleaaase?” Liam followed after him, catching him by the back of his shirt as he tugged his boyfriend against his chest.  His arm slid around Dimitri’s torso and he nuzzled his nose against the side of his neck.  Breathing him in, he released a gentle chuckle.  “You’ll look so damn sexy.”

     “I’m not sure if you remember this or not, but Red Riding Hood is a girl.  Pretty sure you’re more than aware I have a dick.”

“Oh, I’m aware,” Liam smirked, kissing over his skin.  “But I don’t know what else we’re supposed to do for Halloween.”

“I tell you what,” Dimitri turned in his arms, tilting his head back slightly to meet his boyfriend’s gaze.  “How about you play Little Red Riding Hood and I’ll be the big bad wolf?  I mean, technically, I fit that role a little better.”

“Ah,” Liam quirked an eyebrow and ran his tongue over his bottom lip in thought.  “What if I want to be the big bad wolf for a change?”

They both snickered before Liam placed the cloak onto a nearby shelf.  They had been at this all afternoon.  Finding costumes for Halloween was not as easy as they thought it would be.

“I know we’re both versatile in more ways than one, babe, but you can’t take my wolfiness away from me.” Dimitri’s hands slipped into the back pockets of Liam’s jeans as they embraced one another affectionately.  They didn’t get enough alone time together.

     “I would never try to take your wolfiness away from you,” Liam promised.  “That’s one of your qualities I enjoy.”

“Funny that.” Dimitri leaned in to press a quick kiss against his mouth.

“Funny that.” Liam echoed, capturing Dimitri’s bottom lip between his teeth.  Their seemingly innocent kiss turned sensual as his small nips elicited a groan of desire from his wolf.  Liam pulled him closer and probed his lips apart with the tip of his tongue, delving in for a taste of spiciness he’d never find anywhere else.

“Damn, baby,” Dimitri pulled back after a few seconds.  “We’re in public, y’know?  There are little kids roaming about.”

“At twelve o’clock on a Monday?  I doubt it, Red.  There’s a thing called school.” Liam leaned in for another kiss.

“Mmm. Right. I wouldn’t know too much about that, now would I?” Dimitri asked before Liam’s mouth closed over his again.  He fisted the fabric of Liam’s shirt between his fingers and allowed his eyes to close.  God, he loved kissing him.

“We’re working on it, aren’t we?” Liam murmured once they broke apart again.  “Read that.” Liam nodded towards a bright orange sign hanging above one of the Halloween displays.

Dimitri followed his gaze and frowned.  “I don’t know…”

“Come on, you can do it,” Liam nudged his shoulder gently.  “We’ve been practicing this.  Just tell me what it says.”

Releasing a heavy sigh, Dimitri pursed his lips together.  His eyebrows furrowed in concentration as his eyes slowly swept over each letter.

“Hall…o…ween….”

“That’s right.” Liam said excitedly, lacing his fingers with Dimitri’s.  He squeezed his hand reassuringly.

“..Spesh…spesh…shul?”

“Special.  That’s good, baby! What’s the rest of it say?”

Dimitri felt the corner of his mouth twitch which meant he was already growing impatient.  He was ashamed that he couldn’t just look at something and read what it said at the drop of a hat; Liam had been a saint about it, thankfully.

“Buy one….get one….fuh…fuh-ruh…”

“You can do it,” Liam whispered, his lips dangerously close to Dimitri’s ear.  The heat of his sweet breath caused a shiver to run down the wolf’s spine.  “Just concentrate, Dim.  Take your time.”

“Fuh-ruh…eeee,” Dimitri blinked as the letters connected in his mind.  “Free?”

“YES!”

He felt his feet leave the floor as Liam picked him up, spinning him around like they’d just won the lottery or something.  Dimitri couldn’t help it that happiness gushed through his veins as Liam dusted kisses all over his face.

“See?  I told you!” Liam said excitedly, placing his feet back on the floor but keeping his arms locked around him.  “You’re smarter than you give yourself credit for, Red.  I knew you could do it.”

“You always say that,” Dimitri murmured as his face heated up.  Damn.  He wasn’t one to blush, but Liam had a way of getting under his skin like that.  He cleared his throat and lifted a hand to rub at the back of his neck.  “You have to say that.  You’re my mate.”

“I don’t have to say that,” Liam argued as his gaze softened.  “But I am your mate and don’t you forget it.”

“I won’t,” Dimitri leaned in to kiss those soft, warm lips, feeling the air leave his lungs as Liam began to kiss him back.  “You’re mine as I am yours.”

“Forever and for always,” Liam promised.  He brushed his fingertips over Dimitri’s jaw and smiled.  “Are you sure I can’t talk you into wearing the cloak?”

“Not a snowball’s chance in hell.” Dimitri grinned.

“Damn.  So close,” Liam sighed.  “All right.  Well, let’s break for some food, huh?  I’m starving.”

“When are you not?” Dimitri laughed and allowed his boyfriend to pull him out of the department store. The chilly September air immediately bit at him, but he wasn’t bothered by it.  Weather rarely bothered him these days, especially when he was with his mate.  Liam had a way of making him feel warm all the time.

“Hey, if you think I’m a pig then wait until you meet Lorcan, okay?” Liam glanced at him over his shoulder and Dimitri’s heart nearly lost its ability of beating.  Damn, he was beautiful.

“I can’t wait to meet him,” Dimitri replied.  “I can’t wait to meet your family.”

“I can’t wait for you to meet them either,” Liam stopped on the sidewalk and pulled Dimitri into himself again.  “They’re going to love you.  Just like me.”

Dimitri felt the threat of tears lingering in the back of his throat as they gazed into each other’s eyes.  How easy it was to get lost in those brown orbs.  He swallowed hard and nodded.  He hoped Liam’s family would love him in spite of their differences.  It’s all he could ever ask for.

“I do love you, Dimitri.” Liam whispered, resting his forehead against his boyfriend’s.

“And I love you,” Dimitri promised, closing his eyes.  “I’ll always love you.”

“Good,” Liam pulled away suddenly and tugged at his hand.  “Now come on.  I’m hungry and I need to find a Captain Shivers.  I know one has to exist around here, somewhere.”

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The SONG that inspired it.

Get book 1 of the Kadenburg Shifters Series HERE.

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©Copyright T.E. Ridener, 2014 

I said hey, what’s going on?

Ugggggggggggggggh.

Sorry. I had to get that out.  I’ve got quite a few ughs saved up, but that one had to go quick, fast, and in a hurry.  Sometimes you just have to ugh because there just isn’t another word to describe what you’re feeling/thinking.

I am frustrated.  I am annoyed.  I want to cry.  I’d like to scream into a pillow, but that’s not going to help me.

What’s wrong? Well, I can’t write.

[Then what are you doing right now, dummy?]

You know what I mean.  When it comes to writing on my stories I’m like a drug addict itching for a fix.  I have to have it.  I have to do it and when I can’t, well, it gets pretty ugly.

My original plan was to get at least one more manuscript finished for the year before RAoC started up, but I really do not see that happening.  I’m a firm believer in not forcing a story.  It’ll let me write it when it’s ready.  I don’t want to put out a piece of crap that people can tell was forced.  I never want to do that.

But…but…but….

^Then that mentality starts to set in and I don’t like it one bit.  I bring myself down hardcore and that is depressing in itself.  I get super anxious and I begin to wonder why I can’t write.  I’m a writer, aren’t I?  Writing is what I do.  Writing is what I love.  Why is it so hard to do sometimes?

I have three series that are so close to being completed it’s ridiculous. Kadenburg is almost there.  The story is in my head, but I can’t get it to come out.  The same goes for The Ice King’s Heart.  That book is literally about 20% away from being finished and it. won’t. budge.

Don’t even get me started on Blood Resurrection.

It’s all a big mess.  I envy anyone who can sit down and crank out 5k a day because I can’t.  I can’t even manage 500 words right now and that is killing me on the inside.

Being unable to connect with my babies and finish their stories makes me very unhappy and I know I’m not the only author to feel that way.

I’ve tried watching tv.  I’ve tried reading.  I’ve even walked away and left my stories alone to brew for a while…and nothing is happening.

Maybe I finally broke my brain.

And what’s truly upsetting is the fact this blog post is nearing 500 words already. THAT is easy to do, so why can’t writing on any WIP be the same way?

Ugh. Grr. Blegh. UGH.

This has been a post.

Why you shouldn’t get tired of my RAoC and Giftapalooza ramblings.

I am aware that many people are probably tired of my posts about Random Acts of Christmas and Giftapalooza already, but you need to understand that I want to get the word out there for families in need.  A lot of people still haven’t heard about us and we will more than likely receive the same message we’ve gotten countless times three days before Christmas:

“I wish I had known about you all sooner.  We tried to get help through our local INSERT CHARITY NAME HERE, but their cutoff date was in October.”

That makes me feel so bad.  Like, dang.  That’s all I can say about it.

Each year we have hundreds of new families registering with us because something unexpected happened and they just couldn’t make Christmas happen.  That’s why RAoC exists in the first place.

We’ve had stories of parents being sick, laid off, dying tragically too soon, or simply not being able to make their paychecks last.

That’s why we exist.

We are the Christmas miracle a lot of families pray for and don’t really expect to receive.

I truly get it.  My posts become annoying and you may roll your eyes when you see one pop up, but I don’t want families in need to miss out on this.

RAoC opens up in a little over a month.

NO!!!! The Author Edition.

I know I’m always talking about how we’re supposed to present ourselves in a professional way so I’ve created a visual for anyone who doesn’t understand what I mean.  Maybe it will help you.  Maybe it won’t.

#1. Someone posted a bad review about my book!  I’m going to comment back and tell them why they’re wrong!!!

#2. I’m gonna randomly friend other authors and immediately ask them to like my author page!

#3. That bad review left by such and such really ticks me off.  I’m going to give them a piece of my mind.

#4. I seriously despise that author.  I’m going to make a post so people know not to support her/him.

#5.  Well everybody else hates her so I’m going to stick my nose where it doesn’t belong and make her life hell.

#6. I know it’s none of my business but everybody else is joining the witch-hunt.  Where’s my pitchfork?!

#7.  I don’t know if she’s innocent or not, but I’m going to repost this so everybody knows she MIGHT be guilty.

Giftapalooza 2014 FAQ for ‘Santas’

So you want to make a difference for a child in need, right?  BRILLIANT!  I hope I can answer your questions below.

Where do I find the wishlists for children in need? Starting on November 14th I will begin posting wishlists for children in need from RANDOM ACTS OF CHRISTMAS.  You can follow the links to an Amazon wishlist to purchase a gift.

How much do I have to spend?  You may spend as little or as much as you wish.  The goal with Giftapalooza and RAoC is to gift as many children as possible.  Even if you only buy one toy for $5, you will still receive an ebook as a thank-you for getting involved.

How do I prove I’ve purchased a gift?  Please take a screenshot of your receipt and send it to me so I can verify it.  You will then receive a thank-you gift.

How do I know that I’m buying for a real kid?  RANDOM ACTS OF CHRISTMAS works incredibly hard to verify every child entered into our database.  We have all of Mom and Dad’s info (address, email, etc), and we’ve got a picture of that child though some of the parents wish for those to remain private.  We want you to feel comfortable in giving to these families!

I don’t have Amazon Prime and I know that means free 2-day shipping.  Can somebody help with that?  Believe it or not, but we’ve got an excellent buddy system when it comes to Amazon PRIME.  If you find a PRIME eligible item you’d like to send to a child, let me know and I will help make that happen.

Can I send a child something that isn’t on their wishlist?  Maybe a Christmas card or a stocking?  Yes, but I’d have to speak with their parents first and put you in contact with them.  I cannot give out addresses for obvious safety reasons.

When will I receive my thank-you gift?  Only a few of the donations are being sent to me personally.  The rest of those are with the authors/bloggers/models who donated them, so I will be sure to get your information to give to the correct party.

Can I do anything else to help?  Yes!  We have a teespring campaign and a thunderclap campaign that I would love for you to share.  Sharing is caring. Tell your friends what’s going on and invite them over.

If I missed any questions you’d like answers to, please feel free to ask in the comments or contact me on facebook. 

Giftapalooza 2014 FAQ for Donations

When does Giftapalooza start? Giftapalooza will open on November 14th, almost two weeks after the official date for RAoC.
When does Giftapalooza end?  Giftapalooza will end at the same time RAoC does.  We always run until the 22nd of December before we put a hold on gifting.  Amazon PRIME has been such a Godsend for getting out those last minute presents for children.   Note: I may extend the end date until January 1st so I can post thank-you pictures for you all to see as well.  Trust me when I say seeing the pictures of Christmas morning is my favorite part. 
Who is my donation going to?  It’s not a kid, right?  There has been so much confusion about this.  Please let me clear it up for you: The books, gift cards, and swag you have offered is going to go to an adult who gifts a child in need.  I promise no children will be reading erotica!
How does this work?  When I post an RAoC wishlist, people will go to them and buy gifts from those lists (toys, clothing, games, movies, etc).  They will send me a screenshot of their purchase and in return they will receive an ebook, paperback, gift card, or swag as a thank-you for helping make a difference this Christmas.
How will you determine who gets what?  Currently I am working on a point-based system.  Anyone who buys at least one gift will most definitely receive an ebook.  I’m still working out the details, but I am thinking that signed paperbacks will go to those who purchase 5 gifts or more.  The goal of Giftapalooza is to gift as many children as possible, so I don’t think this is a bad idea.  Swag, gift cards, and anything else will be in between. 
Is there anything else I can do to help? Yes!  I have a thunderclap campaign that I’m trying to reach a goal of 100 for.  If you can share this link on your page I would appreciate it SO much.  I’ll post that link at the bottom of this email.
The young reader and young writer gift basket:  You may have seen my post about this.  Every year I try to give out a gift basket for a young reader (usually two booksets of whatever is REALLY popular at the moment.  Last year we gave the Harry Potter series and Percy Jackson), and a young writer (Flashdrives, notebooks, journals, dictionary/thesaurus set, pens/pencils, etc).  I have a teespring campaign in which the proceeds will go towards these two gifts.  And yes, these do go to two children in need, usually ages 13-17. I’ll include the link to that, too if you’d like to share it.
Can I gift a child in need?  Absolutely.  You are more than welcome to purchase a gift for a child in need and you will receive a thank-you gift, too!
Do I have to do a takeover? No, you don’t have to.  I will do 100% of the work and you will get 100% of the credit for your contribution.  I’m just here to match up your donations with loving homes while checking another child off the list of needing Christmas presents.  You are more than welcome to come in and say hello though!
What if I can’t give anything more than an ebook? Trust me when I say that is completely okay.  When I first began RAoC, I had nothing more to offer than my time.  No matter how small you think your contribution is, it’s going to make a big difference for a child out there.  Whether you just share our event link, the teespring campaign, the thunderclap, or donate an ebook…you are doing a wonderful thing and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.