Feb 04 2019

Runaway with this Erotic Choose Your Adventure #AtoZChallenge Book Review, Tour, and Blog Hop

First Annual #AtoZChallenge Book Reviews, Tour, and Blog Hop!

First Annual #AtoZChallenge Book Reviews, Tour, and Blog Hop! badge

There’s a Rafflecopter giveaway over at the Blogging from A to Z blog

It’s day one of this great event. This blog will have reviews and tour stops on February 4, 8, 18, 19, 21, 27, and 28.
Today I’m featuring one of my A to Z teammates, a friend, a fellow author:

J.R. Vincente

We’re talking about her book Runaway, which exists thanks to the A to Z Challenge. I’ve reviewed it on my blog before.
Check out this post by clicking here.

RunawayRunaway by J.R. Vincente
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Before I get to the review, let me recap a little conversation…
Me: I finished reading that choose-your-erotica book you mentioned.
“Friend” (note the quotes…) : Did you find secret scene?
Me: Secret scene? You mean the secret she has for most of the book?
“Friend“: No! There’s a secret scene from one of the choices. I found it. Didn’t you find it? Who did she end up with?
Me: The dog owner was texting her, but she ended up single and fine with it.
“Friend“: I can’t believe you missed the secret scene.
Me: I can’t believe how much I hate you right now.

I then reread the book, making different choices. And then… read it again. The scene! I found the scene!

Yes, this does make me cooler than the rest of you.

The cover of the book, by the way, is a bed (or mattress) that’s bondage ready. That cover should be your clue to how high on the heat scale this could be.

Some of the book takes part in my home state of PA. (I was looking for a book with a setting in my hometown for a reading challenge in 2015.)

I read the book three times (in my quest for the secret scene). I enjoyed all three read-throughs. There is a good amount of suspense, making it more like a mystery-thriller, in several of the choices. It’s easy enough to believe that this could be real; that the characters could exist, as could the scenarios. Runaway was as fun to read as every other choose-your-adventure book I’ve picked up. It might be hardcore, it might be softcore, there are some HEA and some not, or it might just be a suspense with some romance… the reader decides.

I read erotica when it is written by someone I know or recommended to me. (This book was a recommendation.) I was pleasantly surprised by how fun this was to read. Perhaps because I was able to decide her fate. The only problem I had was that I didn’t get that secret bonus scene on the first read, so I had to go back! Okay, that’s not a bad problem to have, and speaks more to my stubborn determination. It was a fun journey.

Runaway by JR Vincente

The book has a new cover since I read it. It use to be a bed, but now it’s sneakers.

Book’s genre: “Choose Your Adventure”/ Erotica

Book’s title: Runaway

Brief description of the book:

Join Aralyn as she runs from her past in this Erotic Choose Your Own Adventure novel. Aralyn leaves town when her life is turned upside down. Your blood will race as you explore a new town and new people with Aralyn. She might even get to explore a BDSM Dungeon! Make your own choices and find out.

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Join Aralyn as she runs from her past in this Erotic Choose Your Own Adventure novel. Aralyn leaves town when her life is turned upside down. Your blood will race as you explore a new town and new people with Aralyn.

Is this a diverse book? yes

EXCLUSIVE TOUR CONTENT: Scene / excerpt from the book
“Chilly,” she said with a shiver.

“I know,” he said with a smile. “We wouldn’t want the ice to melt too quickly, now would we?” She raised an eyebrow at him, but she wasn’t entirely sure she understood what he meant. “Can we play?”

“With the ice?” she asked.

“Yes,” he said.

“Okay,” she said, a little too eagerly.


Why did you take part in the A to Z Challenge the year that your book was “given life”?

A friend of mine recommended the challenge and I thought it would be fun! I loved the idea of the readers participating.

Jamie - friend to J and JR

Jamie – friend to J and JR

Yeah, we have that same friend.
Why did you start blogging?

Because of the A to Z Blog Challenge. Someone recommended it to me and I needed a blog to participate!

Yeah, that’d be our same mutual friend. LOL.
Any other books coming out soon?

Soon! I have written another book stemming from that A to Z Challenge I’m in the process of editing.

What other books do you have available?

I have two erotic novels that are not Choose Your Own Adventures. My debut novel is called Slave and my newest release is Y is for Yes.

Give us a #writetip

Take constructive criticism. Ask someone else to read what you write and listen to what they have to say.

Where did the idea for this book come from, other than the alphabet and the challenge?

As a writer, I was often gripped with indecision as to what decisions to make. This put the power in the reader’s hands!

What writing goal do you hope to accomplish this year?

I hope to publish B is for Blackmail and write its sequel.

As a reader, what most motivates you to buy a new book to read?
A catchy title or synopsis.

What motivates you to write book reviews? Or, if you don’t write them, what deters you?

I like to write reviews, but I always feel like I don’t know what to say. If I had a list of questions to answer, it would be really helpful.

(And hey look, now I do!)

What is one question or discussion topic which you would like the readers of this post to answer or remark on in the blog comments?
Favorite erotic groupings? (M/M, M/F, F/F, something totally different?) Tell me!

blog link: https://jrvincente.wordpress.com/
Twitter handle: https://twitter.com/jrvincente
Facebook: http://facebook.com/jrvincente/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jaydenvincente/
Goodreads author profile: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/63297099-jayden-vincente
Smashwords author page: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/jrvincente
NaNoWriMo participant page: https://nanowrimo.org/participants/jrvincente
Amazon Author Page: amazon.com/author/jrvincente


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  1. That’s one amazing friend you two have. I bet she’s awesome. And should be given 🍇🥓🍕🍿🍧🍪🍰☕ treats.


    Love you both!!!
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    1. LOL. Yeah yeah yeah. Eat your donut. Love you too.
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  2. Thanks for the great review! I appreciate it. 🙂
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    1. Anytime.
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  3. A choose your own erotica adventure book????? WOW! What a genre! With secret scenes! Sounds like a fascinating book! Thanks for the review
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    1. I don’t read much erotica, but I really liked it. And that was before I got to know the author, who is a pretty great person.
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  4. It certainly sounds different! Good luck with the book Jayden.
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