Poughkeepsie Begins: Book Review & Author Interview!

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Debra AnastasiaTo celebrate the release of Poughkeepsie Begins, I was delighted to be given the opportunity to cop a squat with Debra Anastasia and ask 5 questionsany questions. Not wanting to be a cliché, and being heavily influenced by large doses of cold medication, I decided to step outside my usual box of author questions and go for broke.  Want to know why Debra is one of my all-time favorite authors?  Take a peek at her responses.

1. Do you have a favorite curse word? If so, what is it? If there’s more than one, what are they? Please feel free to use them in a sentence or create a crazy insult you wish you could say to anyone who’s ever given you  a hateful review. 

swear-usageHa! I think I like to use any combination of the word fucker. Like, you cheesy vagina wearing cockbag fucker, I’m goin got dump a bag of dicks over your giant head! I do a lot of fake cursing here in my real world because I have kids. And it’s said in a mean vice but really, it’s a crazy bunch of boring words. Like diddle ficker. 

2. What do you consider a man’s most attractive feature – physically, and in terms of personality or other attributes? (If you have a favorite photo representing that physical feature, it would be a bonus.)

I’m all over eyes. I feel like a man can convey so much with them. And you tell a guy’s in love by the way he looks at a woman. It’s a good dick litmus test. How sparkly are his eyes? That’s your answer. This guy gives great eye: Vimeo
I would have him play Blake in a movie in a heartbeat.
3.  What is your position on the current fashion trend, the man-bun? (The one on the head, not the other set…)
ManBunHaha. If he can get his nut hair in a bun, we are all scared. I’m fine with it, I like when someone tries a new style. Now if they start french braiding like Elsa I might not love it.

4.  Of all the books you’ve published (or even in a work-in-progress) – which character are you most fond of, proud of…and why?  What inspired the creation of that character? Is it based on someone in your own life, or are certain aspects of the character like you in some way? Who would you cast as that character in a movie or series based on the book? I know that’s a bunch of questions…I love detail. 

Charlie-HeadShotI love that you love detail. Hmm. I think the character in my next paranormal might be my favorite. She’s a superhero that’s after the man that killed her family. She’s so bad ass because she’s numb, but them she has heartbreaking flashbacks. I adore her. It’s title is The Revenger and it should be out by February. It is sort of a response to the anger I’ve felt as a mom when trying to keep my kids safe. I think all women are capable of getting to that primal place if they have to, and I think it’s not highlighted enough. Angry women are amazing. I think Emma Stone could act the fuck out of it.

5. Do you have an all-time favorite literary character – contemporary or classic? If so, who is it and why does the character resonate with you? If not, what attributes do you look for in characters that stay with you long after you read their story?  If there’s more than one – feel free to list.

A Time to KillI think I would have to say my favorite book of all time is John Grisham’s A Time to Kill. It really highlighted how a book can change a mind. I think in order fora character to stay with you, you have to have empathy for them. Something has to strike a chord in your imagination. 

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Book Review – Poughkeepsie Begins 

Poughkeepsie Begins (Poughkeepsie Brotherhood, #0.5)Poughkeepsie Begins by Debra Anastasia
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“For a few heartbeats, three teenaged boys raged at their childhood. They hollered at fate. They screamed out of pure need. It was the sound of Peter Pan fucking dying, the ghost of dreams that would never be…”

Hauntingly beautiful. Stunning. Breath-taking. Terrifying. Erotic. Tragic. A perfect beginning – or ending. If you haven’t read the Poughkeepsie series, start now and don’t stop until you’ve read every last word. You can thank me later.

The wonderful thing about Poughkeepsie Begins is that no matter whether you read it first or last in the series – or even if you read it as a standalone and go no further, it is so powerful that it will stay with you forever. If you read it last – you’ll want to go back and read the rest of the series again, because it will put so many things in a new context. If you read it first, or as a standalone, you’ll be so addicted you’ll have no choice but to see what happens to this brotherhood – three young men, three lost souls, coming together as brothers – helping each other find their place in the world after a lifetime of staggering abuse and cruelty. The odds are stacked against them, and their choices are tragically limited by their circumstances. They are forced to do unspeakable, unthinkable things to survive, desperate not to let their past define their future.

Beckett is a defiant, irreverent, reckless, drop-dead sexy anti-hero. Clearly the leader of the brotherhood, his dedication to the other two members of the trio leads him to take deadly risks and sacrifice his own dreams of redemption in order to save them all. His devotion is put to the test when he falls in love with the girl of his dreams – a girl he knows is ‘too good’ for him – a girl that makes him question all of his beliefs about who he is and who he can be. Candy – a brave heroine in her own right – believes in him, loves him, and is willing to do anything to save him from himself. Their struggle is poignant – often funny, ultimately painful, but always full of the deepest kind of desire. Their chemistry is off the charts – bringing heat and heart to the story in more ways than one.

Blake is quiet, reclusive, a dreamer – a musician. He cannot bear the light of day – uses the darkness to escape his pain and fear. But he is far from weak – there is great strength in his lost soul. Ironically, he often brings the light they all need when they need it the most.

Cole has been taken to the edge of insanity by the trauma of his early childhood, at the hands of a mother capable of the worst form of abuse. He is the most vulnerable of the three, and the most broken. When all hope is gone, he escapes by losing himself, disembodying his pain and fear, giving in and climbing into the darkness. It’s frightening to witness. But with Blake and Beckett by his side, Cole is so much more than the tragedy of his past. He is a partner, a warrior for the two innocent little girls caught up in their world – in need of love and protection. Despite his past and his tenuous hold on the present, Cole is a remarkable young man and part of what makes this such a compelling brotherhood.

The reckless one. The quiet one. The broken one. An unbreakable bond.

Never alone.

You will love each one, feel their desperate need for each other, and experience the power of their brotherhood. Even when you know that their innocent childhood dreams may always be just beyond their grasp, even when they go so far there is no turning back, you will find yourself hoping for the impossible – that they will be fully healed of the pain they’ve suffered at the hands of others. That they will find love, acceptance, and redemption – and that they don’t die trying. In the end – which I won’t reveal – Poughkeepsie changes you. It changes your concept of justice in a cruel, dark world. It changes your concept of family. Hopefully, it changes the assumptions you make, the stereotypes you write off as “lost causes.” It pulls no punches, makes no apologies. It’s a gritty story that you NEED to read about three tragic souls you need to understand.

Debra Anastasia is an enormously talented author with an amazing range. Whether tragedy or comedy, she writes with a deep and abiding passion for her characters and their stories that you can feel. Whether haunting or hilarious, her characters are utterly unforgettable.

Poughkeepsie Begins will keep you on the edge of your seat. It will break your heart, but it will also feed your soul. Once you take this trip to Poughkeepsie, you’ll never really leave.

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Poughkeepsie Begins, Front CoverPoughkeepsie Begins: It ends with the beginning. This legendary, indie, cult-favorite series ends its tale with the story of the Poughkeepsie brotherhood before the tattoo. Before the train station, before the church, before a criminal empire there was a foster home and three teen boys who chose each other as family, because the ones they were born into didn’t exist

Still in high school, Beckett is already laying the groundwork for a grander life ahead, one where his brothers want for nothing and get some respect for once. But even as he plans, Beckett must decide if he’s ready to make that choice—diving in to a life that trades his chance at a future, his chance at something as simple as first love with a girl named Candy Cox, for their chance to find happiness.

Blake, Beckett, and Cole’s devotion to each other is forged by fists and the driving need to belong somewhere, to do more than just survive this life. Readers of the series know they each get there in the end, but before we count smiles, we must first shed tears. These early days of the Poughkeepsie brotherhood will play on your heartstrings before serrating them with a knife; they’ll lift your soul with music, only to leave you with nothing but a desperate prayer for hope.

And when you reach the end of the beginning, you’ll be ready to start the series all over again.

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The Series…

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Poughkeepsie Begins, #1: Amazon

Poughkeepsie, #2: Amazon (.99¢)

Return to Poughkeepsie, #3: Amazon

Saving Poughkeepsie, #4: Amazon


Poughkeepsie Series: Amazon


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When she ducked under the bleachers, he was a dick, right off the bat. His buzz was wearing off, but he was still high and broken at the closeness of her. “You’re missing your boyfriend during his lawn ballet.” He assumed a stance—douche mixed with confrontational—that he knew stopped people. It set up his walls real nice. With everyone.

Everyone but her. She walked right up to him. She pushed him hard once, twice, until his back hit one of the supports. And then she slapped him.

He took the slap and rolled his eyes. “That all you got for me, pink princess?”

And then she was kissing him. Oh, God. Kissing him and palming him with the same ferociousness he felt. He grabbed the metal behind him to keep from attacking her and nailing her right on the concrete floor littered with cigarettes and chip bags.

She pulled away and slapped him again, growling, “Fuck you, Beckett Taylor. Don’t you ever do that to me again. I’m worth more than that, and you know it.” She stepped back, leaving cold space and his heated erection between them.

He swallowed, his pounding heart trying to beat some common sense into his brain again. It wasn’t working. He let go of the bleachers and advanced. “You have some fucking nerve. You’re the one up there prom-queening it with goddamn Ryler.”

She stood her ground as he came at her. And he knew he was intimidating. Shit, full-grown men stepped aside when he was coming. But Candy raised her chin. He was amazed at the fight in her, right there. He pulled her into a dip, just like fucking Pyler had, except he did it like a man who wanted a woman and knew what to do with her body. Candy needed to push him away; she needed to turn her head.

Instead she groaned and bit his bottom lip hard enough to draw blood. He put his hand between her legs and dragged it up to her breast, squeezing hard so she would feel it through her coat. She sunk her nails into the skin at his neck. She was a buried treasure. He was sure as fuck no one knew about this side of her. Only he could get her panting like she was. He spanked her bottom once.

“Ow.” She was shocked.

He stopped kissing and looked her in the face as he spanked her again, more forcefully this time.

Her “Ow” was quieter, and the hunger in her eyes far deeper than her years.

Again he spanked her. And this time she purred. Fucking purred. He began slow, circular caresses over the denim that covered her ass. He was desperate to see the red imprints from his hand.

“Fuck it.” Beckett picked her up and set her back against the metal support he’d tried to cling to before.

They weren’t alone. Red tips of cigarettes glowed, gentle murmurs of illicit behavior could be heard if you knew how to listen for trouble. Still, he held her against the pole and mimicked the motions he was desperate to do with her. He dropped his mouth to the zipper on her coat, which kept her safe from all his intentions. He used his teeth to pull it down to her cleavage. He buried his face, licking and nuzzling her sweet-smelling neck. He used his chin to move material so he could access more of her chest. She smelled like goddamn candy. His dick could pack gunpowder in a cannon it was so fucking hard.

After a moment, the murmurs added up. Too many. He glanced around and noticed the cigarettes being stubbed out. He let his prize slide down the metal gently. He leaned down to kiss her lips, then her forehead, right under the edge of her fuzzy hat before whispering, “Go. Cops are here. Go.”

And then Candy, sweet-smelling, homework-doing Candy, stuck her hand in his jacket’s hidden pocket and took the gun out. He pulled her hands and his gun close to make sure the safety was on before letting her tuck it into her bra.

“Anything else?” she asked.

And then he slipped the rest of the merchandise in his left pocket into her right one. She turned and left.

“And don’t you ever talk to me again, Taylor. I have a boyfriend!” She stormed away as the resource officer stepped up next to him.

“You have a way with the ladies, son.”

“I’m not your son.”

“That’s the truth right there. ’Cause if you were, you’d be on that field kicking footballs instead of selling at my school.”

When Beckett was let off with a warning due to lack of evidence, his one thought was of her. Candy was so perfect for him it hurt.

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Joseph, Kings of Guardian, by Kris Michaels – A Military Erotic Romance



Book: Joseph: Kings of Guardian (Book 2)

Author: Kris Michaels

Genre: Military Erotic Romance

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Ember Harris has sworn to save lives. Joseph King is an assassin. Death is their common ground, only they stand on opposing sides. Thrown together they find that in life, like death, everyone needs a Guardian.

A dead man’s plea pushes Ember headfirst into a swirling mire of drugs, death and political corruption. Chased by a murderous drug cartel, she runs straight into the arms Joseph King, a former Navy Seal turned assassin.

Protecting Em is Joseph King’s last mission and this time he’ll risk anything, including his life, to keep her safe. As a matter of fact he’d stroll through the sin-stoked fires of hell and gut the devil himself.

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Guardian 1Victoria Marshall didn’t cooperate by dying in the Afghani hell-hole like the CIA expected. Defying all probability, a privately-funded black ops group led by a handsome, sexy-as-sin southerner pulled her out of the warlord’s prison cell and brought her home. Even half out of her mind with pain Tori knew this man was special. She made a date with the commander to meet one year later at a restaurant of his choice. Keeping that date was the best thing she ever did.

Jacob King found little physically attractive about the woman he saved from the warlord’s camp, though it was hard to see what lay under the filth and suppurating wounds she suffered from countless beatings. He admired her brave humor in the face of her agonizing injuries. This kind of tough-minded woman was someone he’d like to know as a friend. He never expected the leggy, blond bomb-shell in the red dress who showed up for their date.

But then he never expected she would save his life, either. In a world of shadows, smoke, and dangerous covert missions, where people routinely vanish and living one more day was never a given, Tori and Jacob fight to build their happily ever after.


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Kris Michaels is the alter ego of a happily married wife and mother who loves to write erotic romance with a twist of military flavor. A chance meeting and immediate friendship with an established author propelled Kris into a world where her lifelong fantasy of publishing romance novels came true! Her vivid imagination and erotic fantasies evolved into the Kings of Guardian Series – now under contract to be published with Troll River Publishing.

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About Krissy V
I am a mother to two young children, who in turn keep me young. I live in Dublin, Ireland but, I’m originally from South Devon in the UK. I work full time in a pharmacy and write in all my spare time: in my lunch hour, when watching TV at night and anywhere. I have always been interested in reading from a young age and then 2 years ago I was given a kindle as a present and it was the best thing that happened to me. I was able to read lots of books ever week and then I started to write reviews for all the books I read. I took this one step further and started my own facebook page – Sparkling Pink Bookshelf. I intended to upload all of my reviews for the books I read. This was purely for pleasure and then I answered a post on Facebook for someone to read for reviews and thought I had died and gone to heaven. I was reading about 7/8 books a week, the kindle made this achievable. I would read at any opportunity I could, even staying up til the small hours to finish a book. I loved it. Then one day I was asked to beta read a book – I loved this side of it, it was so exciting. I have worked with a number of indie authors and have remained loyal to a few select authors and I beta read all their After a year or more of doing this, I thought maybe I could write some of the stories that were in my head and I just decided to write and see what happened. I wrote about 70% of a story and then saw a post for the NaNoWriMo competition – to write 50,000 words in 30 days, I decided that this was a challenge I wanted to take and the Til Death Us Do Part series was born.
I am always thinking of situations that can be turned into a story and have started a few stories, which in turn will be completed and released to my readers. I love to hear what my readers have to say about my work and please find my links below.
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