Monday, August 31, 2015

REVIEW: X by SUE GRAFTON


X by Sue Grafton
Published: August 25, 2015
Publisher: Marian Wood Books/Putnam
Genre: Mystery
Source: Publisher
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for an honest review.
NO monetary compensation for this review or time has been provided.
The opinions expressed in my reviews are my own
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SYNOPSIS
X:  The number ten. An unknown quantity. A mistake. A cross. A kiss.
X:
 The shortest entry in Webster’s Unabridged. Derived from Greek and Latin and commonly found in science, medicine, and religion. The most graphically dramatic letter. Notoriously tricky to pronounce: think xylophone.
X:
 
The twenty-fourth letter in the English alphabet.
Sue Grafton’s
X: Perhaps her darkest and most chilling novel, it features a remorseless serial killer who leaves no trace of his crimes. Once again breaking the rules and establishing new paths, Grafton wastes little time identifying this sociopath. The test is whether Kinsey can prove her case against him before she becomes his next victim.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

SPOTLIGHT POST: SAFE AT LAST by MAYA BANKS

FANS OF MAYA BANKS HER LATEST BOOK SAFE AT LAST IS NOW AVAILABLE.  GET YOUR COPY NOW! DON'T MISS OUT ON WHAT HAS BEEN DESCRIBED AS ONE OF HER BEST.


SAFE AT LAST by MAYA BANKS
PUBLISHED: June 23, 2015
PUBLISHER: HarperCollins
GENRE: Romantic Suspense

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Synopsis: 

The third book in the beloved #1 bestselling author's sexy, romantic suspense Slow Burn series…

They say young love doesn't last, but a girl from the wrong side of the tracks with unique abilities and the hometown golden boy were determined to defy the odds. For Zack Covington, Anna-Grace—his"Gracie"—was the one. Until one night forever alters the course of their future, when a devastated Gracie disappears without a trace, leaving Zack to agonize over what happened to the girl he loved. As the years pass, his desperate efforts to find her uncovered nothing.

Now working for Devereaux Security, he stumbles across a painting featuring a special place only he and Gracie would know. The image is too perfectly rendered for it to be coincidence. His Gracie must bealive. When he finally tracks her down, he is shocked—and heart-broken—to discover the wounded shell of the girl he once knew and still loves. Her psychic gifts are gone, and worse, she believes he betrayed her all those years ago.

Zack has enemies, and once his weakness is discovered, Gracie becomes a target for revenge. He'll have to save her before he can earn her trust and her love. And he vows they'll never be torn apart again.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Scarlet Hawthorne Tour


Author:  Scarlet Hawthorne
Title:  Between the Notes
Genre:  M/M Contemporary Romance
Release Date:  August 15, 2015
Cover Designer: Dawné Dominique

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When an underage groupie stows away on his tour bus to be near her idol, rock superstar Damon Frost suddenly finds himself facing serious charges and a federal prosecutor out for blood. He could easily prove his innocence but only by revealing the secret he has hidden in the closet for years, destroying his image as a sex symbol. 

Damon thinks a deal offered by US attorney Michael Rellman will save his reputation as a ladies man, but what will protect him from his growing feelings for the handsome prosecutor and the risk to his career?

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Scarlet Hawthorne began writing short stories at the age of eight, poems at ten, and wrote her first novella – a romantic tragedy – at twelve. Today she enjoys creating characters who discover integrity and their authentic selves through their sexuality. She has been a speaker at national conferences discussing how power exchange can enhance relationships and refuting the negative stereotypes of BDSM promulgation in the media.



An award-winning and bestselling author in a variety of genres under other pen names, Scarlet was a featured author at the 2014 BDSM Writers Conference in New York City and contributed an excerpt from her upcoming romantic suspense Retrograde to the first BDSM Writers Con Anthology.



Always eager to challenge herself as a writer, Scarlet utilized a “panoramic point of view” narrative style, rarely found in fiction today, in her erotic romantic suspense Deadline.



Scarlet lives with her two dogs and their Master in a lakeside community in the New Orleans area. When not devoting herself to writing or what Erica Jong refers to as the requisite “zitzfleisch,” Scarlet spends her free time drinking wine and eating cheese, taking long candlelit bubble baths, and playing with her dogs around the lake.







Tuesday, August 25, 2015

TEASER TUESDAY (24)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of MizB of A Daily Rhythm.. 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 teasers today are from

X

by

SUE GRAFTON


X (Kinsey Millhone, #24)

BLURB 

XThe number ten. An unknown quantity. A mistake. A cross. A kiss.

X:  The shortest entry in Webster’s Unabridged. Derived from Greek and Latin and commonly found in science, medicine, and religion. The most graphically dramatic letter. Notoriously tricky to pronounce: think xylophone.

X:  The twenty-fourth letter in the English alphabet.

Sue Grafton’s X: Perhaps her darkest and most chilling novel, it features a remorseless serial killer who leaves no trace of his crimes. Once again breaking the rules and establishing new paths, Grafton wastes little time identifying this sociopath. The test is whether Kinsey can prove her case against him before she becomes his next victim.




TEASER 1

When it comes to work, it isn’t so much what we do or how much we’re paid; it’s the satisfaction we take in doing it.


TEASER 2

When I passed the front desk on my way out, Kim Bass, Receptionist,was nowhere to be seen. This was fortunate, as I was so irritated with the way she’d treated me, I might have bitten her on the arm. I’d been a biter as a kid and I can still remember the feel of flesh between my teeth. It’s like biting a rubber bathing cap, in case you’re curious.




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IMMORTAL MATCHMAKERS by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff


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IMMORTAL MATCHMAKERS, INC.
Immortal Matchmakers #1
Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
Released Aug 24th, 2015



BECAUSE…dysfunctional
immortals need love, too.

ANDRUS
Once the most powerful immortal
assassin ever to exist, this demigod now spends his days pining for the girl
who got away: Helena. Doesn’t help that he’s also Helena’s full-time nanny
slash bodyguard. But now that the apocalypse is over and her husband, the
vampire general, has returned home for good, it’s time to move on.

But can Andrus let go of the woman
he secretly loves?

Cimil, Goddess of the Underworld and
owner of Immortal Matchmakers, Inc., knows the solution is finding another gal.
The right gal. But getting a woman to date this callous, unrefined, coldhearted
warrior will prove to be the biggest challenge of her existence. Good thing
they’re in L.A.

When aspiring actress Sadie Townsend
finds herself one week away from being thrown out on the street, the call from
her agent is like a gift from heaven. But when she learns the job is teaching
the world’s biggest barbarian how to act like a gentleman, she wonders if she
shouldn’t have asked for more money. He’s vulgar, uncaring, and rougher around the
edges than a serrated bread knife. He’s also sexy, fierce, and undeniably
tormented.

Will Sadie help him overcome his
past, or will she find her heart hopelessly trapped by a man determined to
self-destruct?

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling Romance
author, host of the radio talk show, Man Candy, on Radioslot.com.


When San Francisco native Mimi Jean went on an
adventure as an exchange student to Mexico City, she never imagined the journey
would lead to writing Romance. But one MBA, one sexy husband, and two rowdy
kids later, Mimi would trade in corporate life for vampires, deities, and
snarky humor.

She continues to hope that her books will inspire a
leather pants comeback (for men) and that she might make you laugh when you
need it most.


She also enjoys interacting with her fans
(especially if they're batshit crazy). You can always find her chatting away on
Facebook, Twitter, or saying many naughty words on her show MAN CANDY on
Radioslot.com !

Find out more about Mimi and upcoming books at www.mimijean.net.


Monday, August 24, 2015

DIANNA HARDY -SERIES BLITZ

The erotic,
paranormal fantasy, werewolf series that's got everyone hot under the collar:
first book FREE.





IMPORTANT NOTE
Although this series deals with romance, it is not written to
be a standard romance. Its focus is on the theme of man vs. beast, and higher
consciousness vs. baser needs. Although humorous in places, this series is also
highly erotic, dark, and contains violence and scenes that may disturb some
readers.

Combining fast-paced action, dark humour,
with elements of romance and horror, the Eye Of The Storm series takes
us on a journey alongside werewolves and their enemy, The Tridents, beginning
with Lydia – a twenty-five-year-old waitress trying to find her way, who has no
idea what she is, or who she's destined to be mated to.

Sex, secrets, lies, and the dawning truth
of what really matters, come to the fore as every phase of the moon brings a
new surprise. With four books already out, and two more to be published, it's
looking like things are going to get rough and dangerous before a climatic
conclusion is reached. Full information about the series can be found here: http://www.diannahardy.com/eye-of-the-storm-series.html

~*~




Releasing The Wolf, the first book in the series is available FREE from most sites. Have you sunk your fangs in yet? 

Lydia Martin
has always had dreams, the weirdest and hottest of them all involving a
faceless, muscle-bound man that speaks like sin and smells like sex. Like any
sane person, she always put the dreams down to an overactive imagination,
coupled with a higher than average libido.



One night, however, instead of their usual, erotic encounters, she finds him in
her dream, chained to a wall and screaming in pain. Not only that, but she
thinks she recognises the building he's being held captive
as in in                                                   one that's just a few streets away.



Awaking with an irrepressible need to save her fantasy lover, Lydia decides to
humour her dream self and head on over to where she thinks he's imprisoned.



What unfolds is beyond even her wildest imaginings, as she's sucked into a
dangerous and deadly world she never knew existed ... and it turns out that the
man who inhabits her darkest fantasies, isn't the only one that needs
releasing.

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Lovers of this series should note that book
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Reading Order:
1. Releasing The Wolf
2. Cry Of The Wolf
3. Heart Of The Wolf
4. Return Of The Wolf
5. Rise Of The Wolf
6. Reign Of The Wolf



Dianna Hardy is
combines a titillating mix of contemporary and paranormal romance, as well as
urban and dark fantasy, into her writing, to bring you stories that are
action-packed, fast-paced and not short of heat, with the focus on both
character development and the plot. She writes full-length novels and short
fiction, and to date her books have hit the top 20 of Fantasy and Romance
charts in various countries around the world, on both iBooks and Kindle.






Friday, August 21, 2015

BLOG TOUR - FATES WARRIOR by Screaming Mimi











Title

Fate's Warrior (The Fate Series Book #3)


Photographer  

Screaming Fotog


Cover Design

Stacy Pritt


Cover Models

Joel Bryant and Brandi Thomason






Former Army Ranger Martin Damien has only ever been able to trust his battle buddies, everyone else has failed him. From his parents who sold him for drugs to the foster care system that didn’t protect him to the women who used him, they have failed him. 


Even after Alexis’s prince charming turned out to be a toad in tin foil she still believes in happily ever after she just has to convince Martin it’s possible.  She’s stubborn, full of spirit, and willing to do whatever it takes to win the battle for his heart. When the past comes back to haunt her Martin is willing to do whatever it takes to protect, even if that means his own life.


Will her Warrior fight fate or will he submit to it? 
















Submitting to Fate - The Fate Series Book #1





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Conquering Fate - The Fate Series Book 2







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Screaming Mimi lives in Texas with her husband, two girls, and two dogs. When she's not writing she's a domestic goddess who... dabbles in photography. She grew up as a military brat and went on to become a Army wife. She's loyal to a fault and cusses like a sailor when the fancy strikes her. She loves hearing from fans so email her at authorscreamingmimi@gmail.com













COCKY BASTARD BOOK TOUR




Meet Chance in COCKY BASTARD!
A standalone Contemporary Romance novel by
New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Authors
Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland

NOW AVAILABLE



Read Chapter One of Cocky Bastard HERE:  http://bit.ly/1MCrJk9



Blurb
He was someone who belonged in my wildest fantasies instead of a rest stop in the middle of Nebraska.
A sexy, cocky, Australian named Chance was the last person I expected to run into on my cross-country drive.
When my car broke down, we made a deal. Next thing I knew, we were traveling together, spending sexually-tense nights in hotels and taking unplanned detours.
My ordinary road trip turned into the adventure of a lifetime. It was all fun and games until things got intense.
I wanted him, but Chance wouldn’t make a move. I thought he wanted me too, but something was holding him back.
I wasn’t supposed to fall for the cocky bastard, especially when I knew we’d be going our separate ways.
All good things must come to an end, right?
Except our ending was one I didn’t see coming.

 

EXCERPT

A knock at the door made me jump.
With a huff, I got out of bed and stood on my tiptoes to look out the peephole.  Why were those things always so high on the door anyway?  I was surprised to find no one standing on the other side.  Maybe I’d imagined it.
Another knock.
I flicked on the lights. The sound wasn’t coming from the entrance door.  It was coming from an interior door I hadn’t even noticed before.
Chance’s door.
I unfastened the top lock and cracked it open just enough so I could see what he wanted.  And there he stood.
Shirtless.
Wearing only dark gray boxer briefs that hugged him like a second skin.
It took a minute to understand what he was doing there, even though he was holding up a toothbrush in question.
“I thought we had established I wasn’t a serial killer already.”
I opened the door wider.
He smiled.
Oh lord.  Stop that.  Right now.
“I must have left my toothpaste in my saddlebag in the car.”
I swallowed hard.  “Uh huh.”
He cocked his head to the side, and his brows dipped in.  “Can I borrow yours?”
“Oh.  Yeah, sure.”
He walked past me and let himself into my bathroom.  I waited at the door.
“You got an awful lot of girly crap in here for one night,” he said with a jumbled mouth full of toothpaste from the bathroom.  “Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia.”
He was reading my Estee Lauder perfume bottle.
I heard him rinse and spit.  Then there was a gargling sound.  He used my mouthwash, too.  Sure, help yourself.
He walked out and flicked off the bathroom light.  “Is tuberose a rose?”
I shook my head, still confused by the whole situation going on.
“That’s why,” he murmured.
“Why what?”
“I couldn’t figure out what you smelled like all day.  Not sure I ever smelled a Tuberose before.”  He shrugged and walked back into his room but not before turning back.  “Even those little black lacy underwear smell like tuberose.”
My eyes bulged.  I’d taken off my bra and panties and left them on the bathroom counter.
“You…you—”
“Relax.  I’m teasing.  Do I look like an underwear sniffer to you?”
Yes.
No.
Maybe?
“Night, Aubrey.” He graced me with a dimple and disappeared.
AH-BREE.  Damn him.
I locked the door and checked it twice, unclear if it was for my safety or his.  His voice saying my name was on audio replay inside my head, getting softer and softer like a soothing lullaby with each breath as I drifted off to dreamland.
Until the knock came again.

 

About the Authors:
Vi Keeland



Vi Keeland is a native New Yorker with three children that occupy most of her free time, which she complains about often, but wouldn't change for the world. She is a bookworm and has been known to read her kindle at stop lights, while styling her hair, cleaning, walking, during sporting events, and frequently while pretending to work.  She is a boring attorney by day, and an exciting smut author by night!

Additional Books by Vi Keeland

Life on Stage series (2 standalone books)
Beat


Throb
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1zk882K

MMA Fighter series (3 standalone books)
Worth the Fight (MMA Fighter Series, Book One)
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1alpVES
Smashwords - http://bit.ly/1is0zNX

Worth The Chance (MMA Fighter Series, Book Two)

Worth Forgiving (MMA Fighter Series, Book Three)


The Cole Series (2 book serial)

Belong to You (Cole Series, Book One)

Made for You (Cole Series, Book Two)

Standalone novels
Left Behind (A Young Adult Novel)
First Thing I See
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1JWFo21



Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 10-year-old girl with autism and a 9-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.
         

Other books from Penelope Ward
Stepbrother Dearest

Gemini

Jake Undone (Jake #1)

My Skylar

Jake Understood (Jake #2)



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