Gracie C. McKeever is an author from the Bronx. Aside from several side trips along the way she's lived and worked her entire life in the Big Apple (most of it two train stops away from the House that Ruth built...Go Yanks!)
She has been writing since the ripe old age of seven when two younger brothers were among her earliest, captive audience for various short story readings and performances.
An eclectic and voracious reader whose audience has grown outside of the supportive family members, she's had the great fortune of being able to incorporate two of her favorite passions and talents - reading and writing - as a book reviewer for several online e-zines both as a regular staff member and freelancer.
Her short stories, novellas and poetry have seen exposure in various lit and art magazines and other venues - online and in print. Of particular note, her short story LEAP OF FAITH can be found in Zane's anthology, Caramel Flava 2: Sensuality. Also, heard over the airwaves on KFJC's morning show, Dancing In The Fast Lane With Ann Arbor (Unbedtime Stories) out of Los Altos Hills, CA (NEW LIFE INCOGNITA was the story of the month for March 2000.). She's also proud to be a member of the ("Worlds' Oldest Active Homeless Paper") Street News family and has seen numerous articles, poems and novel excerpts published within its pages as well as having had a poetry reading on Pseudo On-line Network (Street News Review).
In 2001 Gracie caught the erotica bug, sinking her teeth into her first erotica e-book for a review, and hasn't looked back since, an instant affinity for the genre spawning her first erotica title, BENEATH THE SURFACE, published in 2006 by Siren Publishing, Inc.
EJ Vega never stood a chance. Not that he wanted to, anyway, after meeting Tabitha Lyons. It doesn't take long for him to figure out that his matchmaking older sister Angela, who just happens to be psychic, has somehow finagled a plot to throw him in frequent intimate contact with the beautiful fashion consultant. But he isn't complaining about the match - the moment he lays eyes on her he realizes they are destined to be together. The trouble is going to be convincing the skittish Tabitha of that fact.
Tabitha Lyons is used to being alone, even comfortable with it now. After growing up in foster homes and a disastrous relationship, her life is better that way. All she needs is her work - until she meets the sexy author EJ Vega, that is. A few minutes with him and she knows he is trouble, bound to shake up her orderly world and leave her changed forever.
Until this month, I had not read any of Gracie C. McKeever's work, but I quickly devoured both of her books I received for review this month. After reading the other book first, I immediately turned to The Matchmaker, Book 1: Beneath the Surface. As much as I loved the other story, I adored Beneath the Surface!
I have to say, I wasn't sure quite what to expect after reading the blurb for this one, but it just knocked my socks off. The paranormal element is ever present, and a key part of the plot, but it never feels like a paranormal story. It feels very realistic, with the familiarity of a story that is strictly contemporary, lending the psychic talents wielded by EJ and his sister more credibility.
EJ Vega is the perfect love interest for the withdrawn Tabitha.Read more ›
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Eric James (EJ) Vega was an ad executive that left the hustle of his nine to five behind for a career as an author. He's excited and ready to exhale in doing what he loves best, writing. EJ has a publishing deal with Renegade and a book that is generating its fair share of buzz. With his impeding success, EJ's sister Evelyn somehow convinces him he needs a new wardrobe and fast. He is going to have to do book tours and he has to look his absolute best. So, Evelyn hooks EJ up with fashion stylist Tabitha Lyons.
Tabitha Lyons owns her own company Lyons Style, Inc and she is a successful fashion consultant who is at the top of her game. When she first meets Eric James Vega she knows the man is trouble with a capital T. He's too sexy and too cocky all of which serve to turn Tabitha on. Eric James has the power to effect Tabitha's libido like no other. As much as she tries to resist him and his charm, she finds herself more and more intrigued by the man. Even though the two of them seem like night and day they still make a great pairing.
Beneath the Surface is book 1 in The Matchmaker series. The story is a phenomenal start to the matchmaking talents of Angela Calminetti, EJ's sister. Angela wants all her siblings and family happy and in love. She uses her telepathic abilities to make sure that this happens.
EJ and Tabitha, they have to struggle to make it to happiness, the two are stubborn and try to best each other. But they are miserable without one another. EJ knows Tabitha is the one because she reminds him of his first love Sinclair. Sinclair committed suicide when EJ was much younger and he has never really trusted his heart to another woman. Tabitha is different, for the first time in years EJ wants to tell her the truth about his telepathic abilities.Read more ›
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New York Times bestselling author, EJ Vega, needs a wardrobe makeover for all his book signings and appearances and his older sister Evelyn, sets him up with a professional shopper, Tabitha Lyons. Although EJ is generally opposed to his sister's idea, he goes along with it. When Tabitha shows up, the sparks immediately begin to fly between the two and the attraction is something neither of them can ignore - even though they want to. EJ is a player with many women, while Tabitha is carrying baggage from her unhappy childhood. What she doesn't know is EJ possesses his sister Angela's psychic ability also and he knows Tabitha is blocking him out but he just doesn't know why.
To add to the mix, EJ's old girlfriend, Jade, accosts them on the sidewalk in front of his building and she and Tabitha get into it with EJ refereeing. After the ugly confrontation, Tabitha is too angry to even speak to him again. EJ, determined to have this woman, goes to her house and as he begins to soften her up, in walks a tall, handsome black man who Tabitha introduces as her brother. EJ is beyond angry and the battle is on again. Will they ever share their secrets with each other and make a go of it? Or will they continue to fight and hold each other off?
BENEATH THE SURFACE: The Matchmaker by Gracie C. McKeever is a hot, steamy, love story of two people who care for each other but who are never on the same page. It is the typical story of boy meets girl, boy loves girl and girl has too many issues. Tabitha is portrayed as an irritating, anal retentive, control freak who can work your nerves with her need for perfection. The characters are well developed and it is an interesting story of the ups and downs of love, with wild sex thrown in for color. If you like erotica, then this is the book for you.
Reviewed by Alice Holman
of the RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
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