Friday, October 24, 2014

Shadows Remain by Emerald O'Brien ~ Giveaway

Title:  Shadows Remain
Series:  Darkness Follows #2
Author:  Emerald O'Brien
Published:  October 8/14
Length:   232pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  NA suspense
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

This time, she has a choice. Leave the past behind, or face it head on.

Ryanne Patrick survived her summer in Dersten, but not without scars. When she is pulled back to the place that haunts her dreams, she is greeted by familiar faces, and unresolved feelings. She wants to run, but when the murder of a local rocks the town, she is forced to make a decision. The past and present collide, and the safety of her friends and family depends on her choice. As an ice storm cloaks the town, Ryanne knows one thing to be true.

Second chances can be deadly.

My Review:

O’Brien does it again with this original and creative novel that really makes you stop and think. Her smooth style and captivating voice will keep you hooked while you go on an original and haunting adventure with the main character. There is a feeling of darkness that underlies this novel, creating a chilling backdrop for this intriguing novel.

I thoroughly enjoyed the manner in which O’Brien continues to develop the characters that we’ve previously met. No one remains stagnant throughout the novel. At the same time, none of the characters undergo a magical shift in personality or beliefs. She also introduces us to some new characters that we get to know quite well. All of her characters are so unique yet realistic that you can’t help but want to get to know them better and to see what happens to them next.

This was a captivating read that I thoroughly enjoyed. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to others, although, this novel does follow quite closely after the first novel in the series so I would suggest reading the series in order.

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And now, enter this awesome giveaway with author Emerald O'Brien.

Prize 1 - $10 Gift card & an ecopy of Darkness Follows & Shadows Remain by Emerald O'Brien
Prize 2 - an ecopy of Darkness Follows & Shadows Remain by Emerald O'Brien
Prize 3 - Winner's choice of book 1 or 2

Entries are open until 11:59pmEST Nov 4/14
Winners will be announced Nov 5/14
Winners have 72h to claim their prizes or another winner will be drawn

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Snowbound in Montana by C.J. Carmichael

Title:  Snowbound in Montana
Series:  Carrigans of Circle C #4
Author:  C.J. Carmichael
Published:  October 23/14 by Tule Publishing
Length:  115pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

When Eliza Bramble signs up for a Christmas mountain ski adventure with sexy mountain guide Marshal McKenzie, she’s looking to escape the attention of a two-timing charmer and find some inner peace. Instead, a blizzard traps her in a remote mountain hideaway with Marshall and two other families in need of their own Christmas miracles.

Christmas is looking like a write-off, until Marshall suggests they make the best of what they have, and work together. The avid outdoorsman has a special touch with people…and with Eliza in particular. Soon she realizes Marshall isn’t just fixing Christmas — but her broken heart, too.

My Review:

This is definitely a one of a kind Christmas romance. I loved how Carmichael highlighted the spirit of the season, and it flows through the story. Carmichael’s breathtaking descriptions not only show you the beauty of Montana at Christmastime, but also put you right in the middle of a blizzard with no escape. Combine this with her intriguing storyline and you have one that you won’t soon forget. Just like in real life, the wonder of this novella is in the little things: a look between two characters, the light shining off of a Christmas tree, the star of wonder appearing on Christmas night.

I found these characters to be unique and inviting. It was quite intriguing to see their personal insecurities come to light. They affected the entire story. Not only were the main characters very well developed, their pasts coming to light and showing how far they’ve come, but they are the type of people that you want to know. I’ll admit, the miraculous mood swings of all of the supporting characters on Christmas day made me giggle, and only worked because it was Christmas day.

This was a quick, one of a kind tale that will remind you where romance comes from and the spirit of Christmas.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Geek Bearing Gifts by Milly Taiden

Title:  Geek Bearing Gifts
Series:  Paranormal Dating Agency #2
Author:  Milly Taiden
Published:  September 21/14 by Latin Goddess Press
Length:  182pgs
Format:   ecopy
Genre:  paranormal erotic romance
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★★★


Nita Islas wants to find love. She’s tired of the superficial relationships and is ready to give true romance a try. She uses the Paranormal Dating Agency and hopes they can help her where all others have failed. What she didn’t expect was to find her date flat on his back in nothing more than a towel.

Ky Stone has been in love with curvy and funny Nita since they were in High School. When she moved away, she took his heart with her. Then one day Ky wakes up to find her leaning over him. He’s sure he’s died and gone to heaven. He has no idea what she’s doing there, but he’s sure as hell not letting her leave.

Fate, meddling family and the PDA have brought them together again. The chemistry between them is explosive. But there’s problems with Ky’s neighboring clan and he’s keeping secrets from Nita. He needs to find a way to open up to her or lies and unexpected danger could tear them apart...forever.

Reader Warning: This book contains lots of scorching sex (dirty dirty dirty sex), adult language (hanky panky with no dirty talk is no fun), and violence. If this is not the kind of stuff you like to read, skip this book. However, if you like dirty, raunchy sex with a hot bear on one curvy sarcastic girl, then this is right up your alley. Enjoy!


“So you see, I want a man that will be interested in me as a person. Not just for sex. Not for money, which I don’t have. Not for whatever he might think he can get out of me. I want to be wanted for the woman inside. And I sure as hell want to be wanted sexually too.”

Mrs. Wilder cocked her head to the side, staring at her with her soulful eyes. “Darling, there are many sides to you. Your beauty, your body, your wit, your abilities at work. What do you want to focus on if anything in particular?”

She leaned back on the sofa, the seat dipping under her butt. The leather squeaked with the weight of her body. “I want more than sex. Don’t get me wrong, sex is great.”

Mrs. Wilder snorted, her eyes turned bright with amusement. Her lips twisted in a smirk and a

small dimple showed on her right cheek. She appeared even younger when she smiled. “Sex is amazing when done correctly. Especially if he can figure out how to be all alpha and make your legs shake.”

Oh, damn! She choked on the cookie she’d taken a bite of, chocolate spewing from her lips with each cough. She picked up a napkin and tried to clear her throat. Mrs. Wilder was a freak.

My Review:

This is a decadently sinful story. I devoured it in a single sitting. This was a vividly graphic and all too real story that captures your heart and your mind. Her fantastic views on dating in the shifter world are one of a kind. The author made me laugh, she made my pulse race and my heart stutter, all the while, commenting on society and how we treat one another. Taiden works her literary magic to create a one-of-a-kind gem with this one.

The comical and inviting main character is easy to identify with. I felt like I really knew her, getting to know her past and what she wanted now and in the future. I appreciate that she is larger and is (usually) ok with it, and that she doesn’t magically become skinny when she mates with her shifter. This novella is all about being true to who you are, both inside and out. Now, the male lead is no slouch either. Taiden spends just as much time and effort developing him. The peeks at his past let readers know what his secret is, allowing you to have an inside scoop on the whole story. The main characters’ outrageous yet to the point statements not only make you giggle but make them seem extra real. Taiden developed the relationships between the main characters quite well, as well as the bear-shifter persona and all that went with it.

This novella is touching yet sexy as anything. It’s a quick, easy, steamy read easily savoured.

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Hi! I'm Milly (AKA April Angel) I love to write sexy stories. They're usually either paranormal or contemporary with a large dose of heat. My paranormal stories can be anything from wolf-shifters (my favorites) to witches, demons and anything in between. I was born the prettiest part of the Caribbean known as the Dominican Republic. Currently, I live in New York City with my hubby, the bossy kiddo and our little dog "Needy Speedy". Don't ask.

When I'm not working some really long hours at the day job, or hanging out in the awful life-sucking invention known as Facebook, messaging my bestie in the UK or shopping with my sis Julie, then I can be found watching scary movies. Buuut when I'm not doing that, I'm usually writing because the voices won't shut up.

I am addicted to shoe shopping, chocolate (but who isn't, right?) and Dunkin' Donuts coffee.

Come by and visit me! I love to meet new readers!

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And, don't forget to enter the tour wide giveaway.

And now, for a super secret surprise today, take a peek at my review of Twice The Growl, the 1st novel in Milly Taiden's Paranormal Dating Agency Series.

Title:  Twice the Growl
Series:  Paranormal Dating Agency #1
Author:  Milly Taiden
Published:  August 29/14 by Latin Goddess Press
Length:  110pgs
Format:   ecopy
Genre:  paranormal erotic romance
Shelf:  bought
Rating:  ★★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Talia Barca needs a date. Badly. She uses the services of the Paranormal Dating Agency hoping for a decent guy to take to a family wedding. A wedding her ex-husband has wormed his way into as a guest.

Connor and Theron want Tally to complete their Alpha triad. She's sexy, curvy and funny. But she's human. And they're not sure she'll go for a relationship with two men at the same time.

As if deciding to give two men a shot wasn’t difficult enough, Tally will also need to deal with a threat from the pack. She'll either prove she's strong enough to be an Alpha mate or find herself at the mercy of a vicious opponent.

Reader Warning: This book contains lots of scorching sex (including a threesome so hot it will make your ereader sizzle), adult language (hanky panky with no dirty talk is no fun), and violence. If this is not the kind of stuff you like to read, skip this book. However, if you like dirty, raunchy sex with some sarcasm and two hot men on one curvy girl, then this is the book for you.

My Review:

This novella was so hot that my pulse is still racing and I’m pretty sure my ereader overheated. I laughed so hard at times, and Taiden even brought tears to my eyes once. She mixes the sweet and the sexy so well that I fell hopelessly in love. Not only that, but Taiden creates a completely vivid world that readers can escape into. It’s impossible not to picture the scenes that this author creates, they are so full of life. I also enjoyed the way in which she brought forth the concept of shifters. It was extremely well done, with the assumption that they exist, allowing readers to use their imaginations.

What strong and individually appealing yet collectively awesome characters. Taiden introduces you to them in a manner that makes you feel as if you’ve always known them, allowing for great interpersonal interactions without dwelling on intricate character development and allowing the story to move forward at a rapid pace. I thoroughly appreciated the hidden, underlying message that these characters bring forth. Even if you feel that the rest of the world doesn’t appreciate you, there is always someone willing to stand for you and with you.

My final thoughts? How do I get in touch with this paranormal dating agency?

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Enslaved by the Ocean by Bella Jewel

Enslaved by the Ocean
Series:  Criminals of the Ocean #1
Author:  Bella Jewel
Published:  October 14/14 by Montlake Romance (1st published December 6/13)
Length:  204pgs
Format:   ecopy
Genre:  romantic suspense
Shelf:  Netgalley
Rating:  ★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Indigo is running, she has no other choice. She's done something bad, and the only way to escape it, is to flee her home, and her country. She sets out on a luxury Yacht, to take her to another country with her best friend Eric. But she runs into a problem.

The Yacht catches fire.

She ends up stranded in the ocean, terrified, and scared of the uncertain. Until they show up. The pirates. Terrified, Indigo and Eric have to face the reality that this might be the end for them. These are pirates, they are the criminals of the ocean. What chance have they got of surviving this nightmare?

Then she lays eyes on Hendrix. He's the Captain, he's gorgeous, rugged, and mean. He's planning on keeping her to repay his debt to another man, by selling her. Now Indigo has a crazy ex after her, as well as a pirate she can't seem to get out of her head.

Come on this heart wrenching, dark, angsty and dangerous adventure as two people so opposite, find something so beautiful.

My Review:

This was definitely a different kind of novel, yet it had a bit of everything. There was romance, adventure, and a great deal of controversial topics. Jewel’s voice definitely fit the storyline to a T. I really enjoyed her writing style. This novel was definitely up and down for me. There were parts I really enjoyed, and others that kind of left me reeling. I found that Jewel stretched reality a bit too far a couple of times, without ever actually stepping out of the realm of the real world.

The characters in this novel were quite well developed. I found myself rooting for them. Jewel ensures that you always understand why the characters do what they do and where they came from. Now, that doesn’t mean that I always agreed with them. There were quite a few times where I was left quite perplexed as to why a person (any person) would take that option, but then again, all people are individuals.

As a whole this was a unique, enjoyable read. Jewel has created a complex story that will leave you thinking.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Christmas With a Seal by Tawny Weber

Title:  Christmas with a Seal
Series:  Uniformly HOT!
Author:  Tawny Weber
Expected Publication:  November 1/14 by Harlequin
Length:  224pgs
Format:   ecopy
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  Netgalley
Rating:  ★★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Subject: Navy SEAL Lieutenant Phillip Banks

Mission: Resist one saucy redhead's attempts to de-Scrooge him and seduce him!

Silversmith Frankie Silvera has lost her creative mojo. And she knows how to get it back—by getting her sexy on with a certain hot sailor. Just the thought of Phillip's hard, Navy-trained body against her, and everything goes molten. He's the "inspiration" Frankie needs for the holidays!

Navy SEAL Phillip Banks is the prince of protocol. But after his last mission went horribly off-course, all of that control has dissipated. Now he's at the mercy of one very determined female who is pulling out all the stops on Operation Christmas—including red-hot lingerie and the promise of oh-so-wicked delights… But does giving in mean giving up everything he's worked for?

My Review:

What a fantastically festive and romantically infused story. Weber steps quietly to the background in this one and allows her story to take readers for a ride. I appreciate the way that her writing style shifts minutely depending on which character she is talking about at the time. You can really feel their personalities. At the same time, her intricate and playful descriptions bring the entire story to life in a very vivid manner.

I loved that this novel was about so much more than simply romance at Christmas. The complex characters that Weber has created have a great deal of personal (and professional) issues that they have to work through before they can fully come together. Getting to know them as individuals while they get to know one another, and discover parts of themselves that they didn’t know existed, definitely put a smile on my face.

As a whole, this was a unique & quick read that left a smile on my face. Weber had me wanting to grab a glass of eggnog, and that special someone to go trim the tree. It also had me wanting to go wander around my neighbourhood to look at Christmas lights.

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Her Mistletoe Cowboy by Alissa Callen

Title:  Her Mistletoe Cowboy
Series:  Montana Born Christmas #3
Author:  Alissa Callen
Published:  October 20/14 by Tule Publishing
Length:  122pgs
Format:   ecopy
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  Netgalley
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Corporate analyst, Ivy Bishop, intends spending Christmas holed up in an isolated Montana ranch house with only an abandoned puppy for company. When the festive season ends her broken heart might just have had just enough time to heal.

Ex-rodeo rider, Rhett Dixon, has put his playing days behind him. He has something to prove. Despite being the first son in three generations of ranchers, he is determined to succeed in ranching on his own merits.

But when Rhett’s new neighbor proves to be far-too-pretty and far-too-compassionate, his single-minded focus deserts him. And the more time Ivy spends with the workaholic, blue-eyed cowboy next door the more she realizes her heart isn’t actually broken – yet.

My Review:

This is a very insightful novel. Callen takes what could be an ordinary Christmas romance and transforms it into something more, while keeping all of the magic and romance of the season. She brings Marietta to life in a vivid manner that will draw you into the heart of the tale. Her down to earth narrative combined with vivid descriptions will plunk you down in the middle of this ranch and you won’t want to leave.

I loved getting to know the characters in this novella. Callen takes the time to develop both as individuals with complete pasts and hopes for the future. We’ve met Rhett in previous stories from Marietta, but I was so happy to see him in so much of a better place in this one. Getting to know him as an individual, and getting to know his background better made everything so much more clear.

Overall, this was a sweet, funny, & emotional Christmas novella that I thoroughly enjoyed. I can’t wait to read more from this author, or from this series.

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Fall for New Reads Multi-Author Giveaway

Ten New Adult and Young Adult authors team together to bring readers some hot new reads this fall season. So while the weather’s cooling down, your e-reader is just warming up! Enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to WIN a $10.00 Amazon gift card and an eBook prize pack from one of the featured authors. The eBook prize packs are showcased next to each author's bio. Enjoy, and good luck!  

Featured authors:

International Bestselling Author Mary Ting/M. Clarke resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Get updates from Mary Ting by signing up for her newsletter here. GIVEAWAY eBooks: FROM GODS, CROSSROADS, SOMETHING GREAT & MY CLARITY.

Bella's motto has always been that you can choose to watch life pass you by or your can be the one spinning the world. You have to get out and live, life won't come to you! Bella has always seen things in the world with a different view and has been an avid story-teller. She is enjoying putting her crazy musings into print for others to enjoy. To her, one of the most exciting parts of writing is getting a chance to interact with readers. To stay current on new releases please consider joining Bella’s mailing list here. GIVEAWAY eBooks: The INK Series. 

 Amelie Howard grew up on a small Caribbean island where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or being a tomboy running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees and dreaming of adventure. 22 countries, surfing with sharks and several tattoos later, she has traded in bungee jumping in China for writing the adventures she imagines instead. She isn't entirely convinced which takes more guts. Stay connected to Amalie and receive current updates by “liking” Amalie’s Facebook page here. GIVEAWAY eBooks: SEA MONSTER & THE ALMOST GIRL.

Kristie Cook is a lifelong, award-winning writer in various genres, from marketing communications to fantasy fiction. She continues to write the Soul Savers Series, a New Adult paranormal romance/contemporary fantasy, with the first five books, Promise, Purpose, Devotion, Power and Wrath available now. Besides writing, Kristie enjoys reading, cooking, traveling and riding on the back of a motorcycle. Keep uptodate on Kristie’s books and news by “liking” her Facebook page here. GIVEAWAY eBooks: The Book of Phoenix Series.

Raine Thomas is the award-winning author of bestselling Young Adult and New Adult fiction. Known for character-driven stories that inspire the imagination, Raine recently signed with multiple award-winning producer Chase Chenowith of Back Fence Productions to bring her popular Daughters of Saraqael trilogy to the big screen. She's a proud indie author who is living the dream. For more updates on Raine and her books, sign up for her newsletter here. GIVEAWAY eBooks: The Ascendant Series: books 1 & 2.

From an early age, Trisha Wolfe dreamed up fantasy worlds and characters and was accused of talking to herself. Today, she lives in South Carolina with her family and writes full time, using her fantasy worlds as an excuse to continue talking to herself. To keep in touch and receive updates on sales and new books, sign up for Trisha’s newsletter here.
GIVEAWAY eBooks: THE DARKEST PART & LOSING TRACK: first & second novels in the Living Heartwood NA Contemp series.

Allie Juliette Mousseau writes sexy, emotionally-charged New Adult and Adult Romance in a variety of genres and temperatures. Allie Juliette also creates captivating YA worlds through the magic of ink. She can always be found writing, playing in puddles with her children, hiking with her husband, or adventuring somewhere in the world. Stay up to date on Allie’s new releases by signing up for her newsletter here.

I write fiction for teens and adults and teach writing and literature at a university in San Antonio, where I live with my husband, three kids, and two dogs. I'm also an avid reader. I've always said I never want to give up reading for writing or vice versa. I want to do both. Keep in touch with Eva Pohler and receive updates on new releases by signing up for current updates here.
GIVEAWAY eBooks:  The Gatekeeper's Saga & The Purgatorium Series Book 1 & 2.

Cambria Hebert is a bestselling novelist of more than twenty books. She went to college for a bachelor's degree, couldn't pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair. She currently resides in North Carolina with her children (human and furry) and her husband, who is a United States Marine. Besides writing, Cambria loves a caramel latte, staying up late, sleeping in, and watching movies. Get updates of Cambria’s sales and new release by signing up for her updates here. GIVEAWAY eBooks: Take it Off Series.

Alexandrea Weis is an advanced practice registered nurse who was born and raised in New Orleans. Having been brought up in the motion picture industry, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her award-winning novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story memorable. A permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured wildlife. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans. Stay connected to Alexandrea and get current updates on her books by “liking’ her Facebook page here. GIVEAWAY eBooks: THE BONDAGE CLUB & COVER TO COVERS.

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The Quidell Brothers

If you're looking for some heat & romance take a look at Kris Austen Radcliffe's Quidell Brothers series.

Ashley Stoyanoff

Ashley Stoyanoff is the author of The Soul's Mark and the Deadly Trilogy.

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