Saturday, January 31, 2015

Setta Jay's Release

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Happy Release Day to Setta Jay for Piercing Ecstasy!
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*Erotic Paranormal Romance* After a hellish month of searching, Immortal warrior Jax and his brethren, the Guardians of the Realms, are nowhere near finding the sleeping God who was stolen by their enemy. As if that isn't problem enough, after millennia, other Guardians are dropping like flies to the mating frenzy. Jax never dreamed he could be next. After all, he’s too flawed, his sexual appetite too insatiable to ever be completely fulfilled by one being. Could a lone female even handle his needs let alone quench his never ending desire? Ileana lives a solitary life in the shadows, a ghost thirsting for vengeance. A warrior Ailouros, half cat, whose sheer existence has been kept secret by a special ability no one can know exists, she is closed off and trusts no one. After thousands of years spent in near isolation while hunting her prey, she has finally found a clue leading to the location of her enemy. Revenge is at hand. When a fantastically hot Guardian unknowingly puts himself in the middle of a deadly intrigue, nearly ruining her careful plans, Ileana is forced to make a choice. Her one chance at finding vengeance will hinge on hurling them both into piercing ecstasy. Warning: This book is intended for an adult audience. There are dirty talking Guardians with bad language, some violence, and explicit scenes hot enough to give you cat scratch fever.

About the Author:

The sad truth is that I'm not nearly as entertaining as fiction. *Wink* I am a thirty-seven year old stay at home writer, thanks to my incredibly supportive husband. We've been together for thirteen years and I still love waking up next to that sexy man. We lost our furry child recently, so we are childless at the moment. Our whole world revolved around her. Needless to say, I love animals, especially dogs. Okay, maybe not all animals, I'm not a super big fan of monkeys. Any animal that throws their feces kind of eeks me out. I may, or may not, have a problem with candy. I love any research that leads to Neiman Marcus' online shoe department. Spreadsheets give me way more happiness than they should. I love to read, the dirtier the better. It all started with the naughty historical romances by Judith McNaught that I devoured as a teenager. I love reading about hot, sexy alpha males and heroines that are smart enough to live.
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Friday, January 30, 2015

Book Tour and Giveaway: The Brother's Keeper by NLB Horton

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Publisher: Ridge Route Press (November 17, 2014) 
Category: International Suspense, Mystery/Thriller 
ISBN: 9780991401734 
Tour Date: January/February, 2015 
Available in: Print & ebook, 314 Pages 




  A friend's deception. A family's dilemma. While cataloguing looted antiquities in Brussels, archaeologist Grace Madison discovers that her daughter has vanished in France, and her son's bride has been attacked in Switzerland. After the Madisons unearth a relic whose taproot pierces the Ancient Near East, they realize that before they can save themselves, they must rescue an old friend. If he'll let them.? They sacrifice hearts and lives in a race against eternity on a four-thousand-year-old trail crossing three continents. Because choosing what's right is all that's left.



1st Arrondissement, Paris

(Author’s note: Protagonist Grace Madison’s son, Jeff, has narrowly avoided being killed by an oncoming Peugeot. During his drop-and-roll, he damaged the relic the family hopes will lead to the rescue of Maggie, his sister and Grace and Mark’s daughter. They’re across the street from the Tuileries Garden that abuts the Louvre. Grace narrates.)

“There’s something wrong with this cuneiform.” Jeff’s pocket pulsated as he fondled the clay tablet, then pulled only half to the folded edge.
“It’s broken,” his dad said.
Thank you, Mark.
“We know,” the three of us stated loudly.
“I mean it’s strange. Where can we look at it privately?” Jeff turned to his dad. “We can’t stay here.”
“Follow me.” Mark pivoted to the rue Saint-HonorĂ© and from the Tuileries Gardens. 


Hearing no other suggestions, we followed him. Up the hotel steps, into the antechamber outside the men’s restroom next to the bar we left a couple of hours earlier. Becca and I stopped. He held the door. “Come on. No time to be girly.”
Jeff and Mark checked stalls, which were empty. God answers prayers. Becca pulled from her purse a multi-purpose tool that looked like an impulse buy from a rack at a Home Depot register. She ejected slim blades, popping them in and out of the lock until one stuck.
“Thank you.” I patted my daughter-in-law on the back. “Yours is an usual, but welcome, skill set, my dear.”
“Any time, Dr. M. And no, Jeff, you can’t have it.” After only months of marriage, she knew the Madison males’ genetic predisposition to tool obsession.
We clustered at the changing table, a politically correct addition to men’s rooms in developed countries. I moved two bitter-orange infusers in front of us, under the wide mirror. Jeff hovered over the cuneiform halves to inspect 
<spoiler deleted>
“May I see it?” I shifted under the light, pulled my jeweler’s loupe—I don’t leave home without it—to my eye. “It’s been opened. Recently. Erratic oxidation. Normally I’d say take it to a pro. Since Maggie’s missing, I say we do it. It’s soft.” I poked the artifact, feeling thin metal give under pressure.
“Semitic.” Jeff squinted at it now. “Possibly Aramaic, or Egyptian, on the reverse side.”
“Here we go.” Mark rolled his eyes and joined Becca, his frame dwarfing her petite self. Jeff and I stepped back as the restroom door rattled. Becca pushed the tool to ensure it held until matters outside became urgent.
Momento, por favor.” Mark called at the door. “Housekeeping.”
“We’re in Franccccccce,” I hissed.
Jeff continued delicately, murmuring to himself. “We’ll have questions once we see what’s here. Who opened it recently? Dr. Steele? Is this what makes the cuneiform special?”
I handed him the loupe as the noises became more insistent. “Quickly.”
“I’ve seen this before.” Jeff turned it this way and that.
“May I?” I asked. He laid the <spoiler deleted> in my hand. The language was beyond me. But I recognized the illustration. “Madaba?”
Yes.” His blue eyes twinkled victoriously. The rest of his face remained stiff. “The mosaic map of the known world. St George’s Chapel, Jordan. AD five to six hundred? Unless there’s a similar one still hidden somewhere, which I doubt.”
“So that’s where we’re headed?” Becca spoke to us, but her hand was against the thumping door. Animated French accompanied keys rattling in the lock as the tool tilted toward the floor. “What’s our story?”
“Nonsense.” Mark lifted the door lever. “We don’t need a story.”
Her hand was at her back now, and I clutched the <spoiler deleted> flat against my thigh through my coat pocket. Jeff stepped behind his father, in front of Becca and me.
“We’re in Franccccccce,” Mark teased. “They’re liberal- minded. I’ll bet women are in the men’s room all the time.” He opened the door and probably thought he was funny.
I did not.

Praise for When Camels Fly (Parched Series Book I):

"Page-turning international suspense--this writer is on her way up."-DiAnn Mills, Christie Award winning author

"An exciting novel of suspense, intrigue, and mystery. Very nicely done."
-Paul Johnson, Readers' Favorites? 

  "It's obvious from the writing that the author has spent time here."-
Ellis Shuman, Times of Israel 

  "The book was fantastic, and nearly impossible to set down. Highly recommended."-Kathryn Bennett, Readers' Favorites?

"A unique, totally out in left field, never been told story. I love that."-
Every Free Chance Blog

Advance Praise for My Brothers Keepers:

"The Brothers' Keepers, book 2 in the?Parched?series, delivers masterful international suspense driven by contemporary family dynamics. Light the late-night oil because you won't want to put this book down."-
DiAnn Mills, Christy Award Winner 

  "I thought Horton peaked with her first novel, When Camels Fly. I'll admit, I was wrong. The Brothers' Keepers is magnificent! The main characters from her first novel are beautifully developed in this sequel. This is a more accessible novel than When Camels Fly mainly because of the location -- Europe. She incorporates the history of the places her characters visit, and she weaves an incredibly feasible story around these events. The story is as complex as When Camels Fly, a good thing that requires close reading, but it is well worth the effort. I highly recommend reading When Camels Fly before this one and continuing journeying with the Madison family!-
Leigh Bennett, Reader

"I am once again became enthralled by the exploits of an intelligent, older woman and her family whom I first got to meet in When Camels Fly. It's so rare to find a heroine that the more mature amongst us can relate to on some level. I look forward to learning more about Grace, Mark, Maggie, Jeff and Becca as they become embroiled in yet another adventure after Maggie goes missing and an attempt is apparently made on Becca's life whilst she and Jeff are honeymooning in Switzerland."-
Anne Rogers, Reader


About NLB Horton:



Winner of 'A People's Chioce Award' in fiction, 
NLB Horton returned to writing fiction after an award-winning career in journalism and marketing as well as earning her Masters of Biblical Studies degree from Dallas Theological Seminary.
She has surveyed Israeli and Jordanian archaeological digs tossed a tarantula from her skiff into the Amazon after training with an Incan shaman, driven uneventfully through Rome and consumed gallons of afternoon tea while traveling across five continents.

Horton is a member of the venerable Explorers Club, based in New York City and founded in 1904 as an international multidisciplinary professional society of explorers and scientists. 

From her home in the Rocky Mountains she writes, cross-country skis gardens and researches ideas for her next novel. 

Horton's first novel in the Parched series, When Camels Fly, was released in May 2014. The Brothers Keepers is the second, with the third installment available in fall 2015. 

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GIVEAWAY

Comment on this post for a chance to win a print copy (US/Canada) or an 
e-copy (International) of The Brother's Keeper. Indicate in your comment where you are located and state your email address so you can be contacted in the event you are a winner.
 The giveaway will stay open until February 6.

GIVEAWAY IS OVER

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  Cassandra M's Place Jan 6 Review & Giveaway 
  Victoria Simcox's Blog Jan 6 Excerpt 
  Confessions Of A Reader Jan 7 Guest Post & Giveaway 
  Paranormal Romance Jan 8 Review 
  Pinky's Favorite Reads Jan 9 Interview & Excerpt
  Rockin' Book Reviews Jan 14 Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway 
  Lightning Chronicles Jan 15 Review & Excerpt
  Butterfly-o-Meter Books Jan 15 Guest Post, Excerpt, and Giveaway 
  Back Porchervations Jan 16 Review 
  Deal Sharing Aunt Jan 19 Review 
  Miki's Hope Jan 20 Review 
  Devoted Mommy of 3 Jan 21 Review 
  Totally Addicted to Reading Jan 30  Excerpt, & Giveaway 
  Reading To Distraction Feb 2 Review & Interview 
  Open Book Society Feb 5 Review 
  Inspire to Read Feb 9 Review & Excerpt 
Celticlady's Reviews Feb 10 Review & Excerpt 
  Curling Up By the Fire Feb 11 Review 
  Bound 4 Escape Feb 12 Review 
  What U Talking Bout Willis? Feb 13 Review, Excerpt & Giveaway 
  Teddy Rose Book Reviews Feb 18 Review 
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  Lily's Reviews Feb 26 Review & Guest Post 
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Thursday, January 29, 2015

VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR: BLOOD ASSASSIN by ALEXANDRA IVY






Blood Assassin
The Sentinels # 2
By: Alexandra Ivy
Releasing December 30th, 2014
Zebra
Source: Netgalley

They are the outcasts of humanity. Blessed with power. Cursed by fate. Driven by passion. The Sentinels have returned…

OUT OF THE SHADOWS

At six-foot-three and two-hundred-fifty pounds, Fane is a natural born guardian. A flawless mix of muscled perfection and steely precision, he has devoted years of his life to protecting a beautiful necromancer. But after she found love in the arms of another, Fane has been a warrior adrift. He swears allegiance only to the Sentinels. And no woman will ever rule his heart again…


INTO THE FIRE 


Not only a powerful psychic, Serra is that rare telepath who can connect to minds through objects. When the daughter of a high-blood businessman is kidnapped, Serra agrees to help. But when she stumbles onto a conspiracy involving secret sect and ancient relics, her life is in mortal danger—and Fane is her only hope. Is the warrior willing to risk his body, his soul, and his heart, for Serra? Or will one last betrayal destroy them both?





Blood Assassin is my debut read for Alexandra Ivy and it will not be my last.  I have heard so many good things about this author and I was glad for the opportunity to receive a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Being an avid fan of all things paranormal, I am always looking for stories in that genre, which will keep me on the edge of my seat and have me yearning for more.  Blood Assassin did that and more.  The story was so intriguing that I went and bought a copy of the previous book in the series.  (NB Blood Assassin can be read as a stand-alone).

The story centres on Fane, (a sentinel) and Serra (a psychic and telepath). These two have been in love with each other from the moment they met.  However, Fane was determined to keep his distance as he felt that giving in to his feelings would complicate his duty as a sentinel.  Serra tried everything to get him to admit his feelings, but he refused to budge.  His determination to keep his distance led to his decision to leave Valhalla. However, his plans for departure were disrupted when Serra was forced to help save a kidnapped child. What followed is a story of intrigue, action, drama sprinkled with some hot and sexy romance.

The characters in their own way were awesome, but the ones that stood out for me were Fane and Serra. Fane is the strong, silent type. Fane was raised under a strict and stringent regime which taught him to keep his feelings under control.   This, however, did not stop him from loving Serra.  His love for her is so profound that he will gladly give his life to keep her from harm. I like stories where the female heroine is portrayed as being strong and independent with a sweet and sexy side.  As a result, I was immediately drawn to Serra. She is not afraid to go after what she wants and this includes Fane.

The romance was hot and the action non-stop.  
The story is fast paced it held my attention to the end.  The story ended well, but based on events it’s clear that there is next book in the making and I can’t wait to get my hands on it when it is released.

Overall, I felt it was an enjoyable read.  If you are looking for a unique paranormal story, then I recommend that you read this series. 


DISCLOSURE:


 I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.




Buy Links:  Amazon | B&N | iTunes | Kobo

Author Info




ALEXANDRA IVY graduated from Truman University with a degree in theatre before deciding she preferred to bring her characters to life on paper rather than stage. She currently lives in Missouri with her extraordinarily patient husband and teenage sons. To stay updated on Alexandra’s Guardian series or to chat with other readers, please visit her website at www.alexandraivy.com.

Author Links:  Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads





Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Five Stages of Falling In Love Release Day Blitz

   
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Elizabeth Carlson is living in the pits of hell- also known as grief.
Her husband of eight years, the father of her four children and the love of her life, died from cancer. Grady’s prognosis was grim, even from the start, but Liz never gave up hope he would survive. How could she, when he was everything to her? Six months later, she is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life and get the kids to school on time. Both seem impossible. Everything seems impossible these days. When Ben Tyler moves in next door, she is drowning in sorrow and pain, her children are acting out, and the house is falling apart. She has no time for curious new friends or unwanted help, but Ben gives her both. And he doesn’t just want to help her with yard work or cleaning the gutters. Ben wants more from Liz. More than she’s capable of ever giving again. As Liz mourns her dead husband and works her way through the five stages of grief, she finds there’s more of her heart to give than she thought possible. And as new love takes hold, she peels away the guilt and heartache, and discovers there’s more to life than death.    
About Rachel Higginson
Rachel Higginson is the creator of The Star-Crossed Series, Love & Decay Novella Series, The Starbright Series, The Siren Series, Bet on Us and the soon to be released, The Five Stages of Falling in Love! She is also the co-creator of the podcast "Zach & Rachel Take Over the World." She was born and raised in Nebraska, and spent her college years traveling the world. She fell in love with Eastern Europe, Paris, Indian Food and the beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka, but came back home to marry her high school sweetheart. Now she spends her days raising four amazing kids. In the few spare moments she has to herself, she is either reading for hours on end or writing her own stories.  

TEASER TUESDAY # 1

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teaser:

"This has nothing to do with working together," she muttered,
 moving towards the phone set on a smoke glass table. "If I have 
ninety-six hours  left to live I'm not eating horse food."


 Blood Assassin by Alexandra Ivy

My Tease from 20% in the eBook.
What are you reading now? Do you have a TT to share ?

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your ‘teaser’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!