Sep 1, 2015

{Release Day: Excerpt + Giveaway} The Foxglove Killings by Tara Kelly


The Foxglove Killings by Tara Kelly 
Release Date: 09/01/15
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Gramps always said that when the crickets were quiet, something bad was coming. And the crickets have been as silent as the dead. It started with the murdered deer in the playground with the unmistakable purple of a foxglove in its mouth. But in the dying boondock town of Emerald Cove, life goes on.

I work at Gramps's diner, and the cakes―the entitled rich kids who vacation here―make our lives hell. My best friend, Alex Pace, is the one person who gets me. Only Alex has changed. He's almost like a stranger now. I can't figure it out...or why I'm having distinctly more-than-friend feelings for him. Ones I shouldn't be having.

Then one of the cakes disappears.

When she turns up murdered, a foxglove in her mouth, a rumor goes around that Alex was the last person seen with her—and everyone but me believes it. Well, everyone except my worst enemy, Jenika Shaw. When Alex goes missing, it's up to us to prove his innocence and uncover the true killer. But the truth will shatter everything I've ever known about myself—and Alex.


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To most people around here, even before the rumors started, I was what Amber called me—Diner Skank. The cheap kind of pretty. Boobs too big for my frame, skinny legs, and what Josh Byers called blow me lips. He’d sit behind me in Trig every day, whispering it over and over. I could still feel his hot breath on the back of my neck, his chewed-up pencil eraser poking at my spine. I was that cliché girl destined to grow old waiting tables, hoping to catch some Sugar Daddy’s eye. Fuck that and fuck them. I was the girl destined to prove them all wrong.

About the Author
Tara Kelly adores variety in her life. She’s an author, one-girl-band, graphic designer, editor, and photographer. She lives in Sin City with her beloved guitars, sound design master husband, and a fluffy cat named Maestro.

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Aug 26, 2015

{Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway} of Beauty and the Werewolf by Kristin Miller

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
GENRE: Paranormal
THEME: Romance, Fantasy
RECEIVED: Tour

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This lone wolf falls hard...for his enemy.

Unmated werewolves don't normally live past three hundred years old...and billionaire Jack MacGrath is cutting it close. Sure, he has almost everything-the respect of his peers, a mansion in San Francisco, a private jet, and fast cars. But without a mate, Jack's in trouble. Then he sees her. Gorgeous, proud...and his enemy.

Isabelle Connelly is good at hiding things from her father. Like her success as a painter, or the incredibly intense attraction she has to Jack MacGrath. After all, she's royalty and falling for anyone lesser-to say nothing of a rival pack-would be, er, unseemly. Now she must choose between her duty to her family and her pack...or her perfect fated mate.

REVIEW:

I turn into such a softy when it comes paranormal romances; they are definitely my kryptonite, especially if they have werewolves. This reminded me of a take on Romeo and Juliet, two people from rivaling families who falls for each other, well in this case need each other to survive. I loved the werewolf culture that Miller created, and I was able to easily step into this world without having read the first book.

Jack is the ultimate alpha, he’s over 300 years old and has the respect and money to feel accomplished. But being 300 without a mate isn’t exactly great, he’s a lone wolf and doesn’t have much time left if he doesn’t find her. I loved that he enjoyed art, a swoon worthy thing for a man to have an eye for something beautiful. However he doesn’t realize he loves the art of a sworn enemy and his true mate. I loved the concept behind their connection, plus the great banter Jack has with his enemy Isabelle Connelly. The bidding ware against him and Isabelle’s painting is just the beginning for them. Jack was easy to connect to and I totally would of fallen for him.

Isabelle was a bit harder for me to connect too. Her persona was a little too stubborn at times but I cant blame her. I felt terrible for her because he life has always been about the pack, since she is the alpha only daughter. Her father is sick and she wants to get the last of her paintings to show him, hoping that her father will understand her love for painting. As the future alpha she has a lot riding on her shoulders, but I didn’t like that her family would rather her mate from within her pack, pretty much choosing her true mate or choosing to lead her pack.

Overall I loved the romance, conflicts and family ties. I always love reading someone else’s take on werewolves and Miller does a great job in her world building and showing just how complicated it is to exist as a wolf. This was a quick but fun read for me, the writing had a great flow and I couldn’t put it down. I can’t wait to continue this series and will definitely be reading the first one now that I have read this one.

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The Werewolf Wears Prada
by Kristin Miller
San Francisco Wolf Pack #1
Publication Date: April 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Romance

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Synopsis: Melina Rosenthal worships at the altar of all things fashion. Her dream is to work for the crème de la crème fashion magazine, Eclipse, and she'll do much anything to get there. Even fixing up the image of a gorgeous, sexy public figure who's all playboy, all the time. Even if he's the guy who broke her heart a year ago...
Even if Hayden Dean is a werewolf.

Since his father's death, Hayden's the heir apparent to the San Francisco Wolf Pack—well, once he settles down. Hayden isn't interested in giving up his partying ways, except he's pretty sure he's found his fated mate, and the fact that she's a non-shifter is bad news. Now he must find a compromise between the traditions of his wolf world and his certainty that Melina is his...before fate (or another werewolf) bites them both in the butt.
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New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Kristin Miller writes sweet and sassy contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and paranormal romance of all varieties. Kristin has degrees in psychology, English, and education, and taught high school and middle school English before crossing over to a career in writing. She lives in Northern California with her alpha male husband and their two children. She loves chocolate way more than she should and the gym less. You can usually find her in the corner of a coffee shop, laptop in front of her and mocha in hand, using the guests around her as fuel for her next book.

Aug 25, 2015

{Blitz Tour: Promo + Giveaway} The Lemorian Crest (Cobbogoth #2) by Hannah L. Clark

The Lemorian Crest (Cobbogoth #2)
Release Date: July 2015

Summary from Goodreads:
After being raised from infancy in Boston, Mass., Noria (a.k.a Norah Lukens) has no idea what to expect upon entering New Cobbogoth, where she never would have guessed that paths of light can make you vanish; doors can lead to realms both near and far; myths and legends are actual history; a mere kiss can seal two souls as one; and, of course, a stone is never “just a stone.” Her Uncle Jack’s stories never could have prepared her for the magical and dangerous place her native realm is turning out to be.

When the Gihara’s promises begin to crumble, her best friend and soul-mate Jamus (a.k.a. James Riley) is in more danger than ever. Then when his father Lylend abandons her to search for an ancient relic called The Lemorian Crest and she is taken captive by the very people she’s risked everything to save, Noria begins to lose faith in the Cobbogothian gods and the mission they sent her home to accomplish.

Only when a series of new friendships and loyalties are forged in the most peculiar of places, does Noria dare hope again. Hope for Jamus’ safety, for their future together, and for the survival of the entire Cobbogothian race.

Book 1: Uncovering Cobbogoth was published in 2014 by Cedar Fort Publishing.

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About the Author
Hannah L. Clark lives with her husband and two children in the Rocky Mountains. She has always known she would be a storyteller. In 2006 she graduated from Utah Valley University with a bachelor's degree in English and immediately began writing her first novel.

Uncovering Cobbogoth was Clark's first book in the seven book Cobbogoth series based on her mythological brain-child, The Legend of the Cobbogothians. It was released in May 2014 through Cedar Fort Publishing. Book 2 in the series, The Lemorian Crest will be released in Summer 2015.

Clark loves running, mythology, singing while playing the guitar, herbal tea,
escaping into imaginary worlds, and being with her peeps. Like her heroine Norah, she also kind of believes that trees might have souls, but must clarify that she has never actually hugged a tree. The closest she has ever come to that kind of bizarre behavior was the time she hugged the pillars outside Harry Potter Land. Which, all things considered, is not bizarre at all if you take into account how exquisitely happy she was to finally be there. ;-)

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Aug 21, 2015

{Review} Wicked Fall by Sawyer Bennett

Wicked Fall by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

GENRE: Contemporary
THEME: Romance, Erotica, BDSM
RECEIVED: Bought

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Never in your wildest dreams could you begin to imagine all the filthy and depraved things that go on inside The Wicked Horse. Step inside and Woolf Jennings will make every one of your dirty fantasies come true.

He’s covered in a facade of deception. An enticing blend of multi-millionaire and hot-as-hell Wyoming rancher, those that think they know Woolf Jennings admire his abilities to preside as CEO of his family’s cattle and oil empire. But only a privileged few truly understand what fuels the glitter of depravity in those gorgeous blue eyes. Only a few know he’s opened up a sinfully erotic and private sex club named The Wicked Horse right at the base of the beautiful Teton Mountain range.

Sweet Callie Hayes has returned home to Wyoming and is looking forward to starting her life over again. After a night of impetuosity, she’s managed to put herself right in Woolf’s line of sight… the man who she foolishly offered up her virginity to years ago and was flatly turned down.

Now Woolf is seeing that Callie is all grown up and has a kinky side to her that leaves him as confused as it does turned on. Worse yet, both Callie’s dirty desires and sweet heart are getting under his skin, and making Woolf question everything he’s ever believed about himself.

REVIEW:

My love for the Cold Fury Hockey team drew me to the Wicked Horse series, because I knew if Sawyer Bennett was writing it, I would be hooked in a heart beat. I love how Bennett brings out the intense connection with her couples, not matter if its sports connected or a deep passion in looking for something different in romance. Wicked Falls is all spice and everything nice and an alpha male who knows how to heat things up.

Wicked Falls follows Woolf Jennings, the CEO of his family’s oil and cattle empire, which makes him a multi-millionaire catch for anyone who catches his eye. But Woolf has always had a sweet spot for his old friends sister Callie and when she comes back into town, all the memories and smoking hot connection are brought back to life. However Woolf has a secret and its hidden on his ranch in the form of a night club called Wicked Horse, behind the scenes is a dark more kinky side and he isnt sure how his sweet Callie is going to handle it.

Woolf isnt what I expected, I was expecting more a rich playboy who is swept off his feet by a ordinary girl. But no Woolf loves his work, respects what his family built, and opened his nightclub to keep his real passion going. Truthfully he is still looking for himself, he thinks he knows what he wants in the romance and kinky side, but in actuality he has always known the one girl who would fill that void. I liked that he wasn’t ashamed of his dark side and he had people in his life that enjoyed the same life and respected the business. I liked his relationship with his best friend Bridger, Bridger helps Woolf go in the right direction, he realizes his friend is having a hard time understand what he wants. Then there is Callie, she is a surprise for him and also someone who brings out the passion in him.

Callie was a little harder for me to connect too, I felt for her after her fiancé cheated on her. I think for me I felt that if she cared for Woolf so much and wanted to be with him, she should of opened up to him more. I liked that she enjoyed his world, but it wasn’t really what he wanted, as he was still looking for that special something. There are some really hot moments with Woolf, Bridger and Callie, and I can see how much Callie grows to understand Woolf.

Overall I loved the growth in the main couples relationship and that they both were able to find what they were looking for. In the end the secondary characters almost stole the show, especially Bridger and Caine, there is something about those alpha men, I know their books are going to be hot and yummy. I definitely cant wait and hope to read more on how Woolf and Callie progress.



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Aug 13, 2015

{Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway} of Truth or Beard by Penny Reid

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

GENRE: Contemporary
THEME: Romance, New Adult, Humor
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Beards, brothers, and bikers! Oh my!

Identical twins Beau and Duane Winston might share the same devastatingly handsome face, but where Beau is outgoing and sociable, Duane is broody and reserved. This is why Jessica James, recent college graduate and perpetual level headed good girl, has been in naïve and unhealthy infatuation with Beau Winston for most of her life.

His friendly smiles make her tongue-tied and weak-kneed, and she’s never been able to move beyond her childhood crush. Whereas Duane and Jessica have always been adversaries. She can’t stand him, and she’s pretty sure he can’t stand the sight of her…

But after a case of mistaken identity, Jessica finds herself in a massive confusion kerfuffle. Jessica James has spent her whole life paralyzed by the fantasy of Beau and her assumptions of Duane’s disdain; therefore she’s unprepared for the reality that is Duane’s insatiable interest, as well as his hot hands and hot mouth and hotter looks. Not helping Jessica’s muddled mind and good girl sensibilities, Duane seems to have gotten himself in trouble with the local biker gang, the Iron Order.
Certainly, Beau’s magic spell is broken. Yet when Jessica finds herself drawn to the man who was always her adversary, now more dangerous than ever, how much of her level-head heart is she willing to risk?

Series Description:
Everyone in Green Valley, Tennessee knows that the six bearded Winston brothers have been imbued with an unfair share of charm and charisma… and are prone to mischief.

Truth or Beard is book #1 in the Winston Brother’s series. Each book is a standalone, full length (110k words), contemporary romantic comedy novel, and follows the romantic exploits and adventures of one of the six Winston Brothers.

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Holy moly I have so been missing out! Penny Reid has a gift, I love the humor and flow of her writing, plus her characters are fantastic. This may be my first introduction, which it was a wonderful one, but I know these characters have been introduced in her other series, so I will have to schedule a reading fest to catch up.

Truth or Beard follows Jessica James who runs into the guys she crushed on since she was young. But her crush and hero Beau also has a twin whom she’s always clashed with. But since the years have passed she has a little mistake in identity at whom she actually runs into at a party. But it’s Duane, and a connection he has held on for starts to spark. In the end Jessica has a dream, traveling the world and seeing all that’s out there, where Duane wants to stay in place.

Jessica comes back to her hometown after college to save up money for her future travels, working now as a math teacher. She has a restless spirit and is now struggling with what he goals are and now the mystery spark she cant deny from Duane. I love the twin confusion, how she has always adored the two Beau who was always the sweet one, but her connection to Duane the moody one that played pranks on her, is a bit of a surprise. Even though I love the idea of travel and adventure, I’m the type to settle and I love small towns so I couldn’t see why she wanted to escape so bad. Of course the readers will get closer on that, but when you have a hot rugged man like Duane who wants you, I wouldn’t totally think twice. The readers will love her sassy attitude and her family was entertaining.

Then there is Duane, ohhh Duane how much I love this guy. He is a charming and sweet man, who loves cars and knows what he wants in life. Duane is one of the six Winston brothers that live in Green Valley. They are all hilariously entertaining and I love every one of them. I cant count how many times I laughed in this book. Duane and Jessica have a great connection right from the beginning, their bickering was the best and boy can they build up some steamy scenes together. I think every person who reads this will fall head over heels for Duane, his devotion towards Jessica is so darn sweet, you just have to root for him to win her heart.

Overall I loved every minute, I may not of been a fan of men with beards before but I’m so digging the scruff now. There are lots of twist and turns the main couple goes on, including a sticky situation with a motorcycle club. I cant wait to read more about the rest of the brothers including Beau and Cletus! So be prepared to have a smiling on your face from beginning to end, because this book is going to entertain the heck out of your cheeks from laughter and steaminess.

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SEX! It all started with sex, between my parents. Personally I don’t like thinking about it, but whatever works for you is a-ok with me. No judgment. The sex happened in California and much of my life also occurred in that state until I moved from the land of nuts (almonds), wine, silicon… boobs, and heavy traffic to the southeast US. Like most writers I like to write, but let’s get back to sex. Eventually I married and gave birth to 2 small people-children (boy-6, girl-4 as of this writing).

By day I’m a biomedical researcher with focus on rare diseases. By night I’m a knitter, sewer, lino block carver, fabric printer, soap maker, and general crafter. By the wee hours of the morning or when I’m intoxicated I love to listen to the voices in my head and let them tell me stories. I hope you enjoy their stories.

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Aug 12, 2015

{Review} Breathe by Kristen Ashley

Breathe by Kristen Ashley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GENRE: Contemporary
THEME: Romance, Mature, Mystery
RECEIVED: Bought

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There's nothing like the first time . . .

In Carnal, Colorado, Faye Goodknight is the town's quiet, shy librarian. She may also be Carnal's last remaining virgin. For years, Faye has had a crush on Chace Keaton, but the gorgeous cop has always been unattainable. She's resigned to live contentedly with only her books for company-until Faye suddenly meets Chace alone in the woods . . .

Chace doesn't think he's the good guy everyone believes him to be. He's made a lot of choices he regrets, including denying his feelings for Faye. Through his choices, he's come to believe the pretty librarian is too good for him, but after their time in the woods, Chace realizes that she may be his last chance for redemption. Soon, their long simmering desires grow to a burning passion. Yet always casting a shadow over their happiness is Chace's dark past . . .

REVIEW:

I swear I can read any Kristen Ashley any day everyday, The Colorado Mountain series is definitely one of my favorites of hers. Sadly I skipped book four and read five and six, I didn’t realize what I was missing. In the end you don’t need to read all of the books in this series to know whats going on, but there was a continued mystery from the pervious book that was concluded in this one.

Breathe follows Chace Keaton, who is going through a major dark period in his life. His wife whom wasn’t liked in town, nor did he love but was blackmailed into being with, was murdered. His relationship with his family is tense and connected to his manipulative wife. Now all he thinks about is why someone would murder his wife and will the murderer strike again. That’s when the sweet librarian Faye Goodknight opens up a soft spot in Chace closed off moods and brings a little happiness into his life. But when a young injured boy catches Fayes eyes and she wants to help, it set her up for danger that Chace wants to make sure she is kept safe.

Chace, like many of Kristen Ashley’s heroes has a tough past and a tough exterior. An alpha male to the max and also being a cop and hero in the town gives him some authority. But he also has such a big heart when it come to Faye, even though he tries to push her away, she sticks to him and helps him realize the good inside. Chace goes through a lot of ups and downs, the town has his back but he is targeted by a group of people that know his weakness, including Faye. It’s a constant battle for him.

Faye is the shyest and most innocent out of the women in this series, I adored her nerdy aloof persona. She loves books and anything science fiction, and actually reminded me of myself with her battlestar galactica references. She also has had a major crush on Chace, but has never really had the chance to show him that she cares and is interested. She didn’t understand what happened with his wife but believes he is a hero and someone who needs some happiness. Faye’s family and friends are her big support, including some friend from Ashley’s other series, that sneaks in there.

Overall I love the mystery that ties the couple together, the series always touches on darker and very scare subjects but makes up for it in the couples sweet connections. Ashley also introduces the next alpha male in the series, and I was happy to see a different perspective of him. Once again, kudos to Kristen Ashley for keeping me on my toes with her mystery and romance plots.


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Aug 10, 2015

{Limited Sale} 3 Must Read Titles on Sale!


Fighting Fate by Scarlett Finn is on sale for a limited time only. 
 
 
To celebrate the reveal of Risk It All by Scarlett Finn, book one, Take A Risk, will be on sale the 9th-15th. We would also love for you to join the reveal party for Risk It All here.
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Wanted by Eliza Gayle is now available for $0.99 until Monday! Amazon

Aug 4, 2015

{Book Blitz: Blog Fun + Giveaway} Scratched by Marie Long

Scratched by Marie Long
(The Anderson Brothers, #2)
Publication date: August 4th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:
Twenty-four year old Kevin Anderson lost the opportunity to end his senior year at the University of Washington as the Huskies’ all-star point guard, and sought out one last opportunity to put his extraordinary basketball skills to use: by training for a chance at the pros.
But when he’s not on the court, Kevin has only two things in his life that gives him happiness: spinning records at the local clubs, and Trinity Brown.
Trinity attends almost every one of Kevin’s deejay gigs, but Kevin is uncertain if her love for him is genuine or a fangirl’s simple admiration. Kevin takes that chance and hopes that she will see beyond the celebrity persona. But when fall classes start up again, their busy schedules press their relationship.
Kevin doesn’t want to give up on her–on them. He hopes the happiness they had will rebound once more.
But when he learns the truth about Trinity, Kevin must decide if it is worth everything–and everyone–he cares about to save her, or forfeit this exhausting game of love.


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Marie Long is a novelist who enjoys the snowy weather, the mountains, and a cup of hot white chocolate. She’s an avid supporter of literacy movements like We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) and National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).

Marie has shared a fondness and interest in the New Adult genre since its popularity boom in 2009. And now, as both a reader, and debut RWA author of New Adult fiction, Marie dreams to keep this fascinating genre going strong.

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What’s in my Beach Bag?

Back in May, I received a newsletter from Harlequin books that had a fun, summer-themed feature with some of their authors: “What’s in our bags?” Well, with summer in full swing, I thought it would be fun to share what’s in my bag, too!

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My summer beach bag necessities include my Vera Bradley towel, a bottle of water, SPF 50+ suntan lotion, my favorite pair of Corona beach sandals, and lots of Romance and New Adult reading indulgences in ebook and paper format.

What are you packing in your beach bag this summer?