Friday, December 02, 2016

RELEASE BLAST: IN MISTLETOE by TAMMY L. BAILEY


Never
make the first move.


Never fall in love.

Never take anyone to Mistletoe’s
Christmas Dance. 



COVER REVEAL: HIS CHANCE by SHEILA KELL

Does it count if you can’t remember?

Thursday, December 01, 2016

COVER REVEAL: SHADED WITH LOVE


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We are so excited to show you the cover of Shaded With Love: A Coloring Book for a Cause!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

THE HERO BY DONNA GRANT



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THE HERO’S HOMECOMING

Owen Loughman is a highly-decorated Navy SEAL who has a thirst for action. But there’s one thing he hasn’t been able to forget – his high school sweetheart, Natalie. After over a decade away, Owen is returned home to the ranch in Texas for a dangerous new mission that puts him face-to-face with Natalie and an outside menace that threatens everything he holds dear. He’ll risk it all to keep Natalie safe – and win her heart. . . .

Natalie Dixon has had a lifetime of heartache since Owen was deployed. Fourteen years and one bad marriage later, she finds herself mixed up with the Loughman’s again. With her life on the line against an enemy she can’t fight alone, it’s Owen’s strong shoulders, smoldering eyes, and sensuous smile that she turns to. When danger closes in, she holds close to the only man she’s ever loved…

Pre-Order Incentive Information:

There are TWO pre-order incentives going on now for Donna’s new military romance series!!

If you pre-order THE HERO you will be entered for some seriously cool prizes including the **entire** Dragon King series (Dark Heat – Smoke and Fire – including novellas) signed to you, winner’s choice of a bundle of books, Darkest Flame (signed) and some swag, and swag and a coveted DK t-shirt!

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Excitement or dread? She wasn’t sure she knew.
This wasn’t the first time she’d been on the ranch since her breakup with Owen. In fact, she’d been there several times since discovering Ragnarok, but this time was different.

This time, Owen could be there.
“I’m close,” Callie said.
The line disconnected. Natalie didn’t see the black fence that lined either side of the drive, or the cows and horses that grazed peacefully.

Her gaze was locked on the white house that drew closer with each second. By the time she parked in front of the two- story ranch home with its wide, wrap- around porch, all she could think about was the dinner she’d had the week before with Callie, Virgil, and Charlotte.
She put the car in park and glanced around. There was no sign that anyone else was there. Since she expected someone to come out at the sound of her car, she assumed Owen and his brothers hadn’t yet made it to the house.

Or perhaps, luck was on her side, and those choppers hadn’t been bringing the brothers.
She got out of her car, but it was more difficult than she imagined making herself go up the steps to the porch. She might be involved in all of this, but she’d never witnessed a murder scene firsthand.

Frankly, she didn’t want to.
But Orrin’s life was on the line. Everything she and Callie could discover only helped their chances of learning who took Orrin and where Ragnarok was.
She reached the front door. At least she wouldn’t have to see Virgil’s and Charlotte’s bodies.

They had already been taken away.
That was her last thought as she walked through the doorway and found herself fl at on her back. Natalie knew the instant the large hands grabbed her that it was Owen.
Her heart skipped a beat, even as she instinctively reacted and used her momentum to pull Owen over her head. She got up, but in the next heartbeat, he had her pinned to the wall.
The heat of him was the first thing she felt. Then it was his hard body trapping her. She felt herself softening, needing to feel him after all these years.

She thought he would threaten her. Instead, he knocked off her cap. His dark brown eyes widened in shock.
How she wished her heart didn’t feel like it was about to explode out of her chest. He was . . . breathtaking. She drank in the very sight of him. Sharp, chiseled features that looked as if they had been fashioned from granite stared back at her. Gone was any hint of the teenager she’d known. Before her stood a man in all his masculine glory.

He’d always been tall, his muscles honed at an early age from working on the ranch. Now, however, Owen filled out his wide shoulders. His light tan tee stretched tightly across his chest, molding to every ripple of muscle in his arms and shoulders. The shirt was tucked into camo pants she imagined were for the desert by their sand and khaki color. His hair was longer, the dark strands shoved away from his face in long waves.

Her surprise at having Owen against her was quickly hidden. Out of the corner of her eye, she spotted two more figures. How she wished she would’ve waited for Callie.
“Hi, boys,” Natalie said. It was the only thing she could think of. Owen frowned, the irritation clear in his sensual chocolate gaze. “What the hell are you doing here?”
“She’s looking for me.”
At the sound of Callie’s voice, most of the apprehension left Natalie. Now she wouldn’t have to face the Loughman men on her own.
She barely paid attention to anything going on around her. She was too intent on staring into Owen’s eyes. It was obvious that he was irritated to find her there, but he had yet to release her.
And she didn’t remind him of that fact.
Her allowing him to keep her pinned was an indication of how long it had taken her to get over him. And how she hated herself for it. After all she’d suffered, she should be shoving him away.
Her body had other ideas, however. With her blood burning through her and her nipples hard, she ached for his touch.
Yearned for it.
His eyes dropped to her mouth. Her breath hitched, caught in her throat. Yes! She wanted his kiss. It didn’t matter where they were or who was around.
Dimly, she heard Callie and Wyatt talking. Much to her annoyance, Owen released her. She was more hurt than she wanted to admit.
Perhaps it was for the best. She’d sworn off all men. Especially Owen. She quickly moved to stand beside Callie.
“Someone please tell us what’s going on?” Owen demanded. Callie shrugged. “I work here.”
Natalie looked at Owen and said, “I came to help.”
Owen’s breath locked in his lungs as he stared at Natalie’s long, brown hair streaked with strands of copper.
He wanted those deep green eyes of hers to land on him again, to fill with desire . . . again.
She was even more beautiful than he remembered.

The years had transformed her into a seductress who left him breathless and needy.
The girl had become a woman, and what a woman she was. He knew the weight of her breast in his hand, knew how it felt to sink into her body and hear her scream in pleasure.
And yet, the woman before him now held a hint of wariness that hadn’t been there before. What happened to her to take away that lighthearted girl he once knew?

Copyright © 2016 by Donna Grant and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Paperbacks.


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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Donna Grant has been praised for her "totally addictive" and "unique and sensual" stories. Her latest acclaimed series, Dark Kings, features a thrilling combination of dragons, Fae, and immortal Highlanders who are dark, dangerous, and irresistible. She lives with her two children and an assortment of animals in Texas.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: FEARLESS FOR LOVE by CLARA STONE




TITLE: FEARLESS FOR LOVE
AUTHOR: CLARA STONE
SERIES: LOVELLY
FORMAT: ebook
SOURCE: Author via Quirky Blind Date




Harrington Lovelly has always been the black sheep of his family. A spontaneous troublemaker with sarcastic charm and good looks to spare, he’s the wild card, the brother no one knew how to control. And he likes it that way. Now, on the cusp of turning twenty-five, he’s fighting for what he believes is right, fighting to save his best friend Fisher from the most notorious underground fight club in Florida. He’s fearless . . . in everything but love.

Twenty-three-year-old Jessica Owens is done throwing her life away for a promise she made to her deceased father. Leaving behind everything she’s ever known in the hopes of starting a new life is the single most daring act of rebellion she’s ever done, but she’s determined. This time, her past won’t haunt her. This time, she’ll get it right. This time, she might even fall in love.

Neither Jessica nor Harrington know what fate has in store for them, but when Harrington’s efforts to save his friend bring him to the very town Jessica escaped to, they’ll find their paths crossing in a classic case of being in the right place at the right time. And this time, they’ll have to fight hard to rise above everything standing in their way. Together.

Gritty, action-packed, and breathtaking, Fearless For Love brings a darker edge to the series, while still keeping the signature, heart-wrenching emotion of its predecessors. A story at once akin and completely unlike that of the first two installments, it asks the question: how do you love, when love is what you fear most?

*This book is a standalone within the Lovelly series and is not intended for readers under 18, due to language, violence, and subject matter



I have read several books in the romantic suspense genre, and what I have found with most of them is that most of the focus is on the suspense element, and not much attention is given to the emotional aspect of the story. This was not the case with Fearless for Love by Clara Stone. The author ensured that there was a perfect blend of romance, drama and suspense.

The characters came to life. I was privy to their past and current issues, which made it easy for me to establish a connection with them. They all evoked a variety of emotions within me. There were some that were easy to love, then there were those that I was dying to see them get what was coming to them.  However, out all the characters my favourites were the protagonists,  Harrington and Jessica  .

Harrington is trying to escape the demons of his past. He was considered the black sheep in his family.  Reeling from the loss of his mom, he began engaging in reckless activities. He managed to turn his life around, but he never gave up on living dangerously. As such when his best friend's sister came to him, seeking his help to find her brother he did not hesitate. He was fearless for almost everything except when it came to matters of the heart. This was the one thing that scared him, and his fear intensified the day he met Jessica Owens.

Jessica is a strong and independent woman. She had endured her share of pain, both physical and emotional. She had been to hell and back, but she was a fighter. She was not one to allow her past to cripple her and prevent her from pursuing her dream.  She was not afraid to enter uncharted waters to achieve her goals.  I loved her fighting spirit. She was not the reckless type, but when her back is against the wall she was not afraid to fight back.

The romance was sweet, warm and tender. This was not an insta-love connection. They took their time getting to know each other. There were moments when doubts and insecurities from the past would rear its ugly head. I could not help but to cheer them on and kept hoping that all would go well.

The pacing was well balanced.  The suspense element was nerve wracking. The author had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I was waiting for all hell to break loose at every page turn. I was scared for both Harrington and Jessica.  When the moment I was anxiously waiting for finally came, it was intriguing to watch the entire scene play out. Even at that point I was nervous as to what the outcome would be. I loved the way Jessica handled herself during that intense moment.

Although I enjoyed the story, there were some aspects that I had an issue with. I was hoping that there would have been a lot more interaction between Harrison and his family. This, however did not take away from my enjoyment of the book.

It should be noted that this is the third book in the Lovelly series, but it can be read as a stand-alone. I never read the previous books in the series and this is my first time reading the author's work.  Now after completing this installment, I am compelled to complete the series.

If you enjoy heartwarming romance, that's tinged with drama and suspense then you will enjoy Fearless for Love.




I received a copy of this book as part of the Quirky Blind Date with a Book. This has no bearing on my review, which is a honest reflection of my opinions of this book.

Monday, November 28, 2016

BOOK TOUR: DECEIVING BELLA by CATE BEAUMAN


Ethan Cooke Security and their bodyguard team return to action in Deceiving Bella – book eleven in Cate Beauman’s Bodyguards of L.A. County series.

With over 7700 reviews and a 4.4 rating for the entire series, see why the Bodyguards of L.A. County is a multi-award winning series.


Monday, November 21, 2016

RELEASE BLAST: CONSOLATION PRIZE by LINDA KAGE

REVIEW: SOMEWHERE TO BEGIN by MIKA JOLIE





TITLE: SOMEWHERE TO BEGIN
SERIES: POISON &WINE
AUTHOR: MIKA JOLIE
FORMAT: Ebook

PUBLISHED: September 20, 2016
SOURCE: AUTHOR



There are wounds that never show on the body.

For twenty-nine years, Colbie Bennington does as expected with an eternal smile stained on her lips. The biggest chances she’s ever taken can be counted on one hand, three fingers to be exact—her battered red chucks, painting her toenails a vibrant blue, and her wedding dress. Always the dutiful daughter and a Stepford fiancĂ©e, she has never acted on impulse, never been in love. She’s never lived.

On her wedding day, Colbie ends a toxic relationship, drops the fake smile, and says, “I can’t do this anymore.”

Navy SEAL Zander Serrano returns home broken and burdened with a volcano of remorse. Too trapped in a mental war to be at peace and too damaged to be at war, he shuts the world out. The last thing he expects is to feel, especially for a runaway bride with her own baggage.

Two empty hearts marred in different spots find themselves drawn to one another. Each with their own scars. Some, the world can see. Others, unseen to the naked eye.

They say two broken people should not be together. But for Colbie and Zander, their attraction is undeniable, unexpected.

Can two souls with fractured parts be the best cure for each other’s wounds?

Starting over is never easy, but sometimes in life, everyone needs somewhere to begin.





Somewhere to Begin by Mika Jolie is the type of story that speaks to your heart. It had everything that I look for in a story. It was sexy, addictive, emotional and well written. You will not come away from this story feeling that you have lost precious time. Instead, you may come away wanting more of Colbie and Zander’s story.

Colbie Bennington was born into a wealthy family.  Her life, however, was not one that was filled with happiness. She never knew what it was like to receive affection from her parents. She grew up feeling unloved and unwanted.  She tried to gain their affection by kowtowing to all their demands. When this did not achieve what she desired she went looking for affection elsewhere, which would prove to be a mistake as she ended up becoming a punching bag.  She never once stood up for herself until her wedding day, when she made the decision to run from her miserable life and the people who were the centre of it. With no idea where she was going and what she was going to do she set out on a journey of re-discovery. Her only desire was to escape her demons and start afresh.  What she never counted on was that her journey would set her on a collision course with true love. In the process, she would discover that escaping her demons was not the answer. She would have to face them head on if she wanted to enjoy her new lease on life.

Zander Serrano has seen his fair share of horror while on tour of duty in Afghanistan. He returned home bearing the physical and emotional scars of his time spent on duty. He was a shell of the man he once was, but that would change the day Colbie literally crashed into his life.

When I started this book I had no idea what to expect as the author is new to me.  Now that I am at the end, I can honestly say she has found a new fan in me. This story evoked a variety of emotions within me. It made me cry for the pain the protagonists were feeling. I laughed at the rapport between Zander and his siblings. I was frustrated with Colbie and her refusal to deal with her situation head on and I was angry with the way her family treated her.

It was a joy watching these two damaged souls recognizing that their journey to recovery was based on their willingness to accept that they had issues and that only they alone can take that step to save themselves from self-destruction. The support of family and friends is what makes the process bearable. I loved the way they supported each other which contributed to the healing process. I admired Colbie’s inner strength and determination. Starting over is never easy, but if we put our minds to it, we can achieve success, because whatever the mind can conceive it can achieve. Colbie was the perfect example of this.

Somewhere to Begin is a story about love, loss and second chances. It’s about finding the courage to start over when things seem hopeless. This was a beautiful story and one which I highly recommend.



FAVOURITE QUOTES

“The thing is I’m not looking for someone to save me,” she continued, her face to the ocean. “I’d much rather have someone stand by my side as I save myself.”
“You must understand that fear has two meanings. Forget everything and run, or face everything and rise. The choice is yours.”


CAMEO BLITZ: A BOOKBOYFRIEND ANTHOLOGY

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READERS CAMEO BLITZ: Between The Pages- A BookBoyfriend Anthology

20 Authors have gotten together and are giving readers the opportunity to become part of their fictional worlds by appearing in their stories with a cameo role. Isn't that cool? Check out your BookBoyfriends and the writers who created them for your reading pleasure.



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Friday, November 18, 2016

RELEASE BLAST: FOLLY AND FOREVER by KIMBERLY LOTH


He
presents a proposal that can fix both their problems—get married. 
Will she say
yes?