Lust by Diana Raab - Audiobook Review

Lust

Author: Diana Raab
Format: Audiobook
Genre: Erotica, Romance, Poetry
Source: TLC Book Tours
Publisher: WordTech Communications
Published: February 1, 2014
ISBN: 1625490585

Description from Goodreads:


A passionate journey through private emotional moments, Diana Raab's Lust voices the pain of loneliness and the heart's yearning for love while transcending the depths of human desire.

In her fourth book of poetry, Raab employs narrative verse that is alive, titillating, and seductive. Lust examines the emotional and physical complexity of love, helping readers navigate the risks of intimacy as we move toward the realization that every experience enriches our lives, whether we perceive it as joy, pain, or out of the ordinary. Yet for all their psychological richness, the poems' simplicity and accessibility will resonate with women and men across all walks of life. Lust is a book you won't put down and won't soon forget.

My Review


I received a free audiobook version of Lust by Diana Raab from TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

Lust by Diana Raab is a collection of erotic and romantic poetry. Through these poems, Raab tells of how love, sex, and heartbreak affects a person's most inner being. This moving collection contains short, thought-provoking poems that delve into sensuality and love loss.

While listening to the audiobook narrated by Kate Udall, I discovered that many of the poems are tastefully passionate and not overly graphic. As Raab introduces us to her first poem, Painting, we learn about a husband and wife that through age and life grow distant while their love fades.

Raab's poetry speaks of tenderness and the delight of escape through flights of love, and yet there is a sadness that lurks beneath the surface of these erotic fantasies. It's like a loneliness that lingers after giving readers a glimpse into love and the disappointment of a relationship.

One of my favorites from this collection is The First Time, a poem about a woman who bears a scar from breast cancer on her chest. She is tempted and falls for the wrong man and learns never to travel down that road again. Through ecstasy and moments of closeness, these poems move readers along on a journey. And some of those paths end with sorrow, such as from the unfaithfulness of a lover.

Throughout the collection there seems to be a thread uniting these poems in the lessons love teaches us about bitterness and joy. From Painting to Where Else, the thread remains and makes this collection so touching that it gently plucks at my heartstrings, playing a fine tune that is so true to everyday life. That in the end, with love comes heartache.

The poem What Women Want is a prime example of how love is simple like a gift tied with a blue bow but a gift so complex that it can take a lifetime to learn its intricacies. Coping is another strong and moving piece of how love can sour and turn to betrayal. What I find most interesting about Raab's poems towards the end of her book is how she relates the ways a woman copes with a cheating lover by pouring forth her emotions and fantasies through creative writing. Coping is a short poem but it's my favorite due to its snappy wit.

Overall, this sweet collection of erotic poetry runs about 1 hour and 13 minutes as an audiobook with a powerful narration from Kate Udall. I can easily say all of these poems have left an impression on me and I would avidly recommend this collection.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars.

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About Diana Raab


Diana Raab is an award-winning poet, memoirist, and believer in the healing power of the written word. She began crafting poems at the age of ten when her mother gave her her first Khalil Gibran journal to help her cope with her grandmother and caretaker’s suicide. A few years later she discovered the journals of diarist Anaïs Nin and learned that, like Raab, Nin began journaling as a result of loss (the loss of her father). Much of Raab’s poetry has been inspired by Anaïs Nin’s life and works.

She is the author of four poetry collections, My Muse Undresses Me (2007); Dear Anaïs: My Life in Poems for You (2008); The Guilt Gene (2009); and Listening to Africa (2011).

Her poetry and prose have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including Rattle, Boiler Room Journal, Rosebud, Litchfield Review, Tonopah Review, South Florida Arts Journal, Prairie Wolf Press, The Citron Review, Writers’ Journal, Common Ground Review, A Café in Space, The Toronto Quarterly, Snail Mail Review, New Mirage Journal, and Jet Fuel Review.

She is editor of two anthologies, Writers and Their Notebooks (2010) and Writers on the Edge (2012), co-edited with James Brown. Both these collections have submissions from poets and prose writers.

Diana has two memoirs, Regina’s Closet: Finding My Grandmother’s Secret Journal (winner of the 2009 Mom’s Choice Award for Adult Nonfiction and the National Indie Excellence Award for Memoir), and Healing With Words: A Writer’s Cancer Journey (winner of the 2011 Mom’s Choice Award for Adult Nonfiction).

She is a regular blogger for The Huffington Post and writes a monthly column for the Santa Barbara Sentinel, “The Mindful Word.” She lives in Southern California with her husband, and has three grown children. She is currently working on her doctorate in psychology and is researching the healing power of writing and creativity.

Dual Release Day


The StoryTime tri-annual event from Glass House Press is hosting the release day of two novellas: Tell Me My Name by Mary Fan and Slam by Tash McAdam. The purchase of these novellas will have all the proceeds donated to the SDDAS Spirit Fund, a nonprofit society dedicated to giving homeless animals the medical care they need.

Tell Me My Name by Mary Fan



About the Novella


In Mary Fan’s second novella from Glass House Press, a teen girl wakes up in an icy cell, alone and frightened. She has no memory of who she is or how she came to be there.

She does know that she must get out, at all costs. And that escape must start with remembering the simple things – her own name. Her place of origin. Her possible powers.

When a group of dark magicians reveal themselves to be her captors, she finds herself in the clutches of those who will stop at nothing to uncover the secrets locked within her lost memories. With her life fading under their merciless spells, the need to escape becomes dire.

But can she get out when she doesn’t even know who she is? Can she count on one unlikely ally for help? Or is it already too late for her, a girl without a name?

Tell Me My Name introduces the main characters in Mary’s new fantasy series, Fated Stars, with the first book, Windborn, due in late 2015.

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About the Author


Mary Fan is a hopeless dreamer, whose mind insists on spinning tales of “what if.” As a music major in college, she told those stories through compositions. Now she tells them through books—a habit she began as soon as she could pick up a pencil.

Flynn Nightsider and the Edge of Evil follows a well-received debut novel, a space opera titled Artificial Absolutes (2013), and is the first in the Flynn Nightsider series. Mary would like to think that there are many other novels in her bag, and hopes to prove that to the world as well.

Mary lives in New Jersey and has a B.A. from Princeton University. When she’s not scheming to create new worlds, she enjoys kickboxing, opera singing, and blogging about everything having to do with books.

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Slam by Tash McAdam



About the Novella


Telepaths, torture, mindwipes ... the Institute has it all, and they use each of their brainwashed children as weapons, the way they see fit. To control society, repress its people. To make certain that they stay in power, no matter the cost. Serena’s baby brother Damon is one of those children, and these days he’s so altered that he doesn’t even recognize her.

When it comes to getting Damon away from those who kidnapped him, there's nothing Serena won't do. Even if she has to kill him to save him. First, though, she must prove to her father that she has what it takes to be a soldier against the insidious threat of the Institute. Her first mission has to be perfect.

But with inaccurate intelligence, unexpected storms, and Gav Belias, people’s hero of the Watch, on the prowl, will she even survive? If she doesn't succeed, they'll never let her go after her brother.

And that would be unthinkable, when it was her fault that he was taken in the first place.

Slam is Tash McAdam’s first work with Glass House Press, and serves as a prequel to her series The Psionics, with the first book, Maelstrom, due in 2015.

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About the Author


Tash McAdam’s first writing experience (a collaborative effort) came at the age of eight, and included passing floppy discs back and forth with a best friend at swimming lessons. Since then, Tash has spent time falling in streams, out of trees, learning to juggle, dreaming about zombies, dancing, painting, learning Karate, becoming a punk rock pianist, and of course, writing.

Tash is a teacher in real life, but dreams of being a full-time writer, and living a life of never-ending travel. Though born in the hilly sheepland of Wales, Tash has lived in South Korea and Chile and now calls Vancouver, Canada home. Maelstrom, the first book in The Psionics, is Tash’s first published work. Visit the website or facebook for news, gossip, and random tidbits about Tash’s adventures.

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Two Faced by Melissa Pearl - Release Day


Today is the release day of Melissa Pearl's newest novel Two Faced. This is the second book in The Masks series.


About the Book


Caitlyn Davis has an unusual gift. She knows exactly how people feel. Everyone wears a mask, but she sees the hidden truth. This ability has changed her life, both for the better and worse. She can choose to ignore what she sees...but what happens when it involves the guy she loves?

Eric Shore knew getting involved with a girl who could read people was risky, but he couldn't help himself. Caitlyn is gorgeous and he loves being with her. Their relationship is going great...until she tells him that his step-brother and star basketball player, Connor, is doing drugs. Having looked up to the guy for years, Eric just can't buy it. Things only get worse when Caitlyn questions the true nature of Eric's favorite teacher.

The first year at college is supposed to be amazing, but theirs is off to a rocky start. As masks are peeled away, secrets will be exposed, dangers will be revealed, and both must decide out of the people closest to them, who is telling the truth...and who is being two-faced.

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About the Author



Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan... not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. "Best. Year. Ever!!" She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November 2011.

Since then she has continued to produce a steady stream of books. Recently she signed with Evatopia Press and her first Evatopia book was released in February 2014 - True Colors, The Masks Series #1. She is very excited to be trying out new things this year while continuing to publish under her own name as well. She has six books releasing in 2014 and is excited about writing each and every one of them.

"I am passionate about writing. It stirs a fire in my soul that I never knew I had. I want to be the best writer I can possibly be and transport my readers into another world where they can laugh, cry and fall in love."

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Slayed on the Slopes by Kate Dyer-Seeley - Cover Reveal


Check out the cover reveal of Kate Dyer-Seeley's new mystery Slayed on the Slopes. This is the second book in the Pacific Northwest Mystery series and will release towards the end of March 2015. You can also get the first book, Scene of the Climb, which is available now.

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About Slayed on the Slopes (Book #2)


After talking her way into a job writing for Portland's Northwest Extreme magazine, Meg Reed may now really be in over her head. Actually, about 8,000 feet over her head...

She's at Mount Hood's remote Silcox Hut, covering the seriously hardcore Ridge Rangers—Oregon's elite high-altitude rescue team--during their four-day winter training. Sure, Meg beefed up her outdoor skills over the summer... but she's still hoping to cover the event with some hot chocolate by the cheery fireplace. Then, during a sudden blizzard, she swears she hears gunshots. No one stranded in the hut believes her... until self-absorbed Ridge Ranger Ben Rogers is found outside in a pool of frozen blood. Meg's now got to find this killer quickly... before cabin fever does them all in!

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About Scene of the Climb


Meg Reed bluffs her way into writing for 'Northwest Extreme', passing herself off to editor-in-chief Greg Dixon as an outdoor adventure enthusiast. Never mind that Meg's idea of sport is climbing onto the couch without spilling her latte. So when she finds herself clawing to the top of Angel's Rest - a 2000-foot peak - to cover the latest challenge in a reality TV adventure show, she can't imagine feeling more terrified. Until she witnesses a body plummet off the side of the cliff. Now Meg has a murder to investigate... and if the climbing doesn't kill her, a murderer just might.

Praise for Scene of the Climb


"A splendid overview of the greater Portland and Columbia River Gorge region, perfect for travel buffs. Her protagonist shows promise with her determined attitude and moxie." --Library Journal

Includes Adventure Guides!

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About Kate Dyer-Seeley



Kate Dyer-Seeley’s work has been featured in a variety of regional, national and international Scene of the Climb, was released June 3, 2014 and is now available at bookstores and online publications. She writes the Pacific Northwest Mystery Series for Kensington Books. The first book in the series.

Kate also wrote a memoir Underneath the Ash (published in 2011) that chronicles her experience becoming a mother for the first time while losing her mother to young-onset Alzheimer’s.

Additionally, Kate writes and co-produces a monthly online magazine Broadsheet360. The magazine has a steady readership from all around the globe. She lives in Vancouver, Washington with her husband and son.

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The Stark Affair by Skylar Cross - Cover Reveal


Today I have the cover reveal of Skylar Cross' newest book, The Stark Affair. This gritty erotic romance is set to release on October 22nd, so make sure to mark your calendars.

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About the Book


The Stark Affair (Book One): Heat

Colton Stark is filthy rich. A billionaire playboy who drives fast and plays hard, he enjoys an endless stream of party girls... at his mansion, on his yacht, and in his private jet. He's also top of Miami-Dade Police Department's list of suspected narcotics traffickers.

Tough girl cop Sofia grew up on the mean streets of Miami, unafraid to kick anyone's ass. When asked to investigate Colton, she doesn't even consider it a challenge. Until she comes face-to-face with Colton Stark's penetrating blue eyes.

After a steamy meeting at his South Beach club, Sofia finds herself playing a dangerous but sexy game with her own principles. As evidence mounts of Colton Stark's dirty dealings, together they spark a bonfire of passionate heat.

Mature content. 18+ only.

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About The Cage Sessions


Annika is a reporter for MiamiImproper.com, a struggling web magazine. Damien Cage is rock star frontman for the Platinum-selling band Eon Sphinx.

When her boss sends Annika to interview Damien at his Biscayne Bay estate, she can't believe it. Now 22 and trying to find her path in life, Annika is trying to let go of her strict religious upbringing. She yearns to be sexually free, enjoying all that life has to offer.

Just turned 30, Damien is surrounded by beautiful girls. He trains them in the "Deviant Arts of Pleasure." But none of them are on his level. Disillusioned and jaded with the music industry, he has quit his band in search of something more meaningful out of life.

When Annika and Damien meet, sparks fly. The steam between them is hotter than the Florida sunshine.

Damien makes an offer to Annika. Neither realizes it yet, but it's an offer that will fill their lives with both deep meaning AND sizzling passion... starting at one of Damien's infamous Friday night parties full of decadence and debauchery.

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About Skylar Cross


I love dark, mysterious, and deviant. Powerful dominant alpha males with troubled pasts who find strong but unfulfilled submissive women. Both need to escape the "rules" of society (just like me... haha.) Together they make hot steamy delight and fill in each other's damaged parts. This is me. This is what I write. Hope you like it.

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