Sunday, 20 April 2014

Starstruck & Starcrossed by Brenda Hiatt

Title:  Starstruck
Series:  Starstruck #1
Author:  Brenda Hiatt
Published:  August 2013 by Createspace
Length:  328pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  YA SciFi
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★★


Synopsis from Goodreads:

Nerdy astronomy geek Marsha, M to her few friends, has never been anybody special. Orphaned as an infant and reluctantly raised by an overly-strict “aunt,” she’s not even sure who she is. M’s dream of someday escaping tiny Jewel, Indiana and making her mark in the world seems impossibly distant until hot new quarterback Rigel inexplicably befriends her. As Rigel turns his back on fawning cheerleaders to spend time with M, strange things start to happen: her acne clears up, her eyesight improves to the point she can ditch her thick glasses, and when they touch, sparks fly—literally! When M digs for a reason, she discovers deep secrets that will change her formerly humdrum life forever . . . and expose her to perils she never dreamed of. Yes, the middle of nowhere just got a lot more interesting!

My Review:

Hiatt develops the world surrounding this novel so naturally that even the most implausible situation seems not only plausible but completely and utterly possible. I was so wrapped up in this story that I could think of nothing else. At the same time, I had to take a step back, thinking ‘could you just imagine.’ And was my imagination ever running wild. This novel is written in such a manner that it is approachable to a teen audience but also won’t turn off older readers. Hiatt kept me guessing and kept me entertained throughout.

You really get to know the main characters in this novel inside and out. It’s quite a revealing experience and makes the novel much more personal for the reader. I also appreciated the fact that the characters were high school students written like high school students. There wasn’t some large discrepancy between what their lives should be and what they are, well, except for the Martian bit. The supporting cast was also quite intriguing. They were all such unique individuals that it made the cast seem like a real community.

As a whole, this was a brilliant introduction to the series. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next instalment.

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Title:  Starcrossed
Series:  Starstruck #2
Author:  Brenda Hiatt
Published:  January 24th 2014 by Brenda Hiatt
Length:  330pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  YA SciFi
Shelf:  Review
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Marsha Truitt’s life has changed dramatically over the past few months. Instead of a nerdy nobody, she’s the newly discovered princess of a secret civilization. Even better, she’s dating the hottest guy in school, who just happens to be her literal soulmate. But when a new boy arrives at Jewel High, everything M thought she knew about herself and her future is turned on its head. Will the very destiny that lifted her from obscurity now tear her away from Rigel and their happy ever after?

My Review:

Wow. What a trip. Hiatt picks up right where she left off in the first novel in the series and takes her readers on an even more unbelievable journey. That said, she continues with the same vividly brilliant writing style that we’ve come to know and love her for. The story is ground in reality, making it easy for the audience to immerse themselves in. at the same time suspense and intrigue are abundant, drawing you forward into this brilliant world.

I quite enjoyed getting to know the new characters in this instalment. They were very well developed and added quite a bit of intrigue and mystery to the novel. Not only that, but we got more of the characters that made us fall in love with this series. The main characters become even more loveable as they grow into their roles and fight for what they believe in. At the same time, the reality of being a teen in high school shines through clearly and realistically. Overall, everyone, old and new, melded together to create a brilliantly unique cast that will take you out of this world.

As a whole, this was an extremely enjoyable novel. I really appreciated the realism behind it and how Hiatt shows her readers the possibilities in our world today without losing the forward pace of the story. I, for one, can’t wait for the next instalment in this series.

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The Ocean by Cecilia Araneda

Title:  The Ocean
Author:  Cecilia Araneda
Published:  December 11th 2012 by FriesenPress
Length:  248pgs
Format:  paperback
Genre:  Literary Fiction
Shelf:  giveaways
Rating:  ★★★


Synopsis from Goodreads:

The Ocean follows the lives of three women through the growing modernization and political turmoil of Chile during the latter half of the 20th century, to their exile on the other side of the world in wintery, land-locked Winnipeg. These three women - Maria Soledad, Consuelo and Pilar - each live in different eras, yet are all confronted with changed personal and public histories that have a profound effect on their lives. Maria Soledad struggles with the restrictions placed on her because she is a woman; Consuelo fails to understand the dire and dangerous political climate she is immersed within; and Pilar is trapped in a body that she cannot fully control. The only one constant in their lives is the enduring presence of the ocean.

My Review:

This novel definitely puts things in perspective for the reader. Araneda tells an emotionally gripping tale of three women while also maintaining an accurate social and historical context. Everything weaves together so seamlessly that you find yourself drawn to Chile and Winnipeg. I could easily picture the locale that I’ve never actually seen. Even though the writing style itself becomes a bit dry at times I found myself intrigued and coming back due to the vividly realistic images that this author creates. This author does pack a great deal into this novel, but the timeline itself remains fairly easy to follow.

The characters in this novel are developed well enough to carry the story forward. That said, I don’t feel that I got to know any of them very well. They are developed only in the ways that directly relate to the story which means at times the characters seem slightly flat. This wasn’t to the extent that it detracted from the story, however further development would have added to it a great deal.


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Saturday, 19 April 2014

Dash of Peril by Lori Foster

Title:  Dash of Peril
Series:  Love Undercover #4
Author:  Lori Foster
Narrator:   Jim Frangione
Published:  March 25th 2014 by HQN
Length:  480pgs/14hrs
Format:  paperback
Genre:  romantic suspense
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★★★


Synopsis from Goodreads:

A no-nonsense female cop reluctantly teams up with the one man who makes her lose control in a deliciously sensual new novel from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster...

To bring down a sleazy abduction ring, Lieutenant Margaret "Margo" Peterson has set herself up as bait. But recruiting Dashiel Riske as her unofficial partner is a whole other kind of danger. Dash is 6'4" of laid-back masculine charm, a man who loves life—and women—to the limit. Until Margo is threatened, and he reveals a dark side that may just match her own.

Beneath Margo's tough facade is a slow-burning sexiness that drives Dash crazy. The only way to finish this case is to work together side by side…skin to skin. And as their mission takes a lethal turn, he'll have to prove he's all the man she needs—in all the ways that matter.

Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.

My Review:

This is an immensely charged novel on so many levels. Foster mixes sexy and hot with an incredible plotline to create a story you won’t forget. It’s intimate and charming while remaining fast paced and suspenseful. I thoroughly enjoyed the contrasts within the stories and the characters as well. I didn’t just read this novel I devoured it!

Roles are reversed from the stereotypical creating a stand out pair of main characters while maintaining a natural and approachable balance. Each of them fights against their nature to be who they are expected to be. It was excruciatingly touching to watch them become their selves with each other. It was also very touching. Foster also proves that her male lead doesn`t need to be in law enforcement or the military to be an Alpha with a capital A. Dash is a little bit of everything. And Margo is brilliant in her own right as well. There are so many facets to these two characters that you can`t help but love them. their complexity is what makes each of them real. I also loved seeing the characters we’ve met in the previous novels in the series. Foster definitely proves the adage that `loyalty makes you family` with this one.

Being the author that we’ve come to know and love we expect certain things from Foster’s work. She definitely doesn’t disappoint with Dash of Peril. To be honest, she exceeded my expectations. This novel was brilliant on multiple levels. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone at all, regardless of their preferred genre and I definitely can’t wait for her next release.

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C, D,& E from the ABCs of Erotica by Lexi Maxxwell

Title:  Cheated
Series:  ABCs of Erotica #3
Author:  Lexi Maxxwell
Published:  January 20th 2014 by Lexi Maxxwell
Length:  178pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  erotica
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Cheated Revenge is a Dish Best Served Sticky

Delilah had it all: tried and true friends who she'd been through everything with, and a gorgeous man who was absolute dynamite in the sack. Then one day everything changed, and Delilah lost everything. But moping after a lost love can only last so long, and soon Delilah became obsessed with revenge. Sweet, sexy revenge.

Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.


My Review:

This is definitely another hot and racy novel for Maxxwell. She’s off and running from the first page. Her usual in-your-face writing style, that we’ve come to know and love, brings this story to your mind’s eye in vivid clarity, making it next to impossible to put down. Maxxwell’s latest main lady takes us on a uniquely thought provoking yet immensely hot journey of self-discovery and plotting. The intricate story line balances well with the off centre couplings that we find throughout. My biggest issue with this novel was the fact that for the first ¼ of the book I felt like I was missing a key piece of information. Everything was revealed in the end, but up until them I was left wondering what in the world started this. It is definitely a brilliant read for someone looking for racy revenge and a quick, hot read.

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Title:  Divorced
Series:  ABCs of Erotica #4
Author:  Lexi Maxxwell
Published:  January 20th 2014 by Lexi Maxxwell
Length:  230pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  erotica
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Zach and Sam have a good marriage, or rather, they had. Love, respect, honesty, and hot, sweaty, headboard-banging sex. But change is never easy, and nothing lasts forever. With more emotional ups and downs than any of her previous titles, Divorced is a bittersweet, touching journey of one couple on the way out.

Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.

My Review:

This one took me a little bit to get into, but then I was hooked. This is a very touching novel, while still remaining hot and racy. Emotions are the center point of this novel. It is charged on many different levels, leading to a real experience. Maxxwell really conveys the characters’ emotions to her audience, drawing you in close for one heck of a ride. I quite enjoyed getting to know the characters over a period of time. You not only saw where they came from but how they got where they are now. The characters themselves are a little hard to connect with at times, but they are quite well suited to the story itself. Based on their characteristics it’s easy to see why things happen the way that they do. My biggest peeve was actually the ending. I almost felt like the author was trying to give the reader some sort of a HEA, which really didn’t fit with the rest of the story for me. Sure, it was later in life for both the characters, but bringing them back together like that was just awkward for the characters.

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Title:  Engaged
Series:  ABCs of Erotica #5
Author:  Lexi Maxxwell
Published:  January 20th 2014 by Lexi Maxxwell
Length:  159pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  erotica
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★


Synopsis from Goodreads:

Liza Elway wants to be with Richard forever, but on the morning after he asks for her hand, Liza’s man makes a second request: To revisit her old lovers so she has no doubt in her mind that he’s the one. From her first boy to her very last girl, Liza must safeguard her best possible future by reliving the sexiest parts of her past.

Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.

My Review:

This novel is well and eloquently written while still portraying Maxxwell’s usual in-your-face writing style. She definitely had me saying WTF and wondering where the story was going, while at the same time keeping ploughing forward to find out what’s going to happen next.

This novel is definitely firmly placed in the erotica category. That said, even in that genre I need to get to know the characters. Those presented in this novel are extremely superficial. Yes they have attitudes and beliefs but there’s nothing more to them than the storyline itself. You do get to know them a bit better throughout the story, but there’s never any real connection with the characters.

Overall, this was a captivating and very hot story. It was an enjoyable read.

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Friday, 18 April 2014

Ash to Steele by Karen-Anne Stewart



Title:  Ash to Steele
Author:  Karen-Anne Stewart
Published:  February 13th 2014
Length:  342pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  NA Romance
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★★


Blurb:

Emma
Who I am and all I believe is marred with just one glance into angry, steel blue eyes. He seems to control my air, my ability to breathe. He makes me crave everything I know is a sin. Pure becomes tainted and lines are blurred. It's my fault; I'm the one who isn't strong enough. I've been damaged...broken. Breck's words haunt me...'There's a consequence for every choice you make.'

Breck
I've had so many women I can't even remember over half of their names, but none of them are mine; I make damn sure of that. I take what I desire and never look back. I don't need or want anyone, ever...not until I met Emma. Those eyes bore into what's left of my soul and her touch sears me, weakens me. I want to hate her for that. She is my ruin...my sweetest hell.

Disclaimer: Intended for readers 18+ due to strong language, mature scenes, and some violence.


My Review:

The vivid realism of this novel combined with the extremely accurate yet personal descriptions make everything pop for the reader. Stewart is definitely a visual author. I could picture both the cornfields and the cities. It was breathtaking. Although the descriptions are phenomenal they overpower the story at times. The plot gets a little lost. This seems to get sorted out by about a third of the way through the book, then I was hooked. Stewart mixes heart wrenching moments with real life situations and some very real and steamy scenes to create a whole that will blow you away.

The crash of two worlds and moral codes that Stewart depicts in this novel create an extremely unique cast of characters. Everyone and everything meshes perfectly together. This author takes her characters to the extreme while keeping them real. It was definitely a trip getting to know them. I`ve got to say, however, that I never managed to figure out why Jess was so convinced that Breck could never be happy.

This is one of those stories that took me a bit to warm up to but once I did I couldn`t put it down. This novel is shockingly emotional and will leave you reeling yet with a warm fuzzy feeling. It was definitely a worthwhile read.
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About the author:

Karen-Anne Stewart has always adored reading and has now fallen in love with writing. Her written works are The Rain Trilogy: Saving Rain, Healing Rain, and After the Rain, and the newly released stand alone novel, Ash to Steele. Her debut novel, Saving Rain: The First Novel in The Rain Trilogy, was a nominee for the Book Junkie’s Choice Awards and is a nominee for the RONE Awards to be held July 2014.

When Karen-Anne isn’t writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking, and visiting new places. She fuels her addiction of creating new stories by her only other addiction, caffeine, and listening to a myriad of musical genres. Tucked away near the Blue Ridge Mountains, Karen-Anne lives with her husband, daughter, two dogs, and their cat. She plans on writing new adult romance as long as her fingers maintain dexterity.

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Wind and Shadow by Tori L. Ridgewood

Title:  Wind and Shadow
Series:  The Talbot Trilogy #1
Author:  Tori L. Ridgewood
Published:   June 2013 by Melange Books
Length:  230pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  paranormal romance
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:


Rayvin Woods, photographer and natural witch. She just wanted to start her life over again after a series of misadventures. She didn't count on rekindling a lost love when she came home to Talbot...or battling a malevolent vampire and his coven for her life.

Grant Michaels, police officer. He thought Rayvin was a murderer. He will do whatever it takes to protect the community he loves from danger...but will he learn to trust his heart, and the word of a witch, before it's too late?

Malcolm de Sade, cunning vampire, imprisoned underground for a year by Charlotte Fanning and Pike Mahonen ("Mist and Midnight", Midnight Thirsts). His accidental release unleashes his hunger and ambition on a small, sleepy town…

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Facing the past can be a nightmare. It's worse when a vampire is stalking you.

My Review:

This novel is intricately and captivatingly written. Ridgewood draws you in with her fantastic writing and keeps you there with the imaginative story. This is a quick read that will keep you hooked both intellectually and emotionally. Not only that, but Ridgewood is one of those rare authors who tells a unique tale that will appeal to many age groups without talking down to anyone or talking over their heads. The language used fits perfectly with the story at hand and the characters involved. She tells a story that unfolds on many levels at the same time, holding information back until it is relevant and creating suspense for the audience while also weaving a fetchingly hot romance between two characters.

The characters in this novel were well developed. I appreciated the way that they fit together while still standing alone as individuals. It was the best of both worlds. You got to know them as couples, families, and communities, but also got to know all of the major players individually.

This is definitely a one of a kind novel. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and can’t wait to see what happens next in this series.

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Thursday, 17 April 2014

Lady Blues by Aaron Paul Lazar

Title:  Lady Blues:  Forget-me-not
Series:  A Gus Legarde Mystery
Author:  Aaron Paul Lazar
Published:  March 4th 2014 by Createspace
Length:  286pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  Mystery
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★


Blurb:

Past and present collide when an Alzheimer’s patient’s fragile memory holds the key to solving mysteries dating back to World War II—including a long lost secret love affair.

Music professor Gus LeGarde is just doing a favor for a friend when he agrees to play piano for church services at a local nursing home. He doesn’t expect to be drawn into a new friendship with an elderly Alzheimer’s patient dubbed “the music man” or to stumble across a decades-old mystery locked inside the man’s mind.

Octogenarian Kip Sterling doesn’t know his own name—but he speaks Gus’s language, spouting jazz terms like “cadence” and “interlude” and “riff.” He’s also obsessed with “his Bella,” but nobody knows who she is.

When Kip is given a new drug called Memorphyl, he starts to remember bits and pieces of his life. Gus learns Bella was Kip’s first and only love, but their relationship was shrouded in scandal. Intrigued, Gus agrees to help search for her. Could she still be alive?

Horrified when the miracle drug suddenly stops working and patients begin to backslide, Gus panics. Can he help Kip find his beloved Bella before his newfound memories disappear?

My Review:

Lazar’s mellow voice carries the audience through this interesting tale. He is a visually descriptive author who lays the scene out clearly before the audience, allowing them to picture each and every aspect in detail. That said, I found this novel slightly harder to really get into than I do most of Lazar’s work. The storyline was intricately crafted and well thought out. The novel is well put together. For me, however, it was difficult to make that connection with the story and the characters.

As is the norm for Lazar’s work, the characters in this novel are larger than life. They are well yet uniquely developed to suit their roles perfectly. These individuals are developed in such a manner that they can all easily stand on their own and readers chan identify with them. They are firmly set in the time period in question. Also, for Lazar there is no such thing as a minor character. Everyone is important in their own right, even if they aren`t main characters.

As a whole, this is another uniquely captivating novel from Lazar.


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About the author:

Aaron Paul Lazar writes to soothe his soul. The author of three mystery series, Lazar enjoys the Genesee Valley countryside in upstate New York, where his characters embrace life, play with their dogs and grandkids, grow sumptuous gardens, and chase bad guys. Visit his website at lazarbooks.com.

Promo Blitz ~*~ Diane Escalera





Still Hot For You and The Right Temptation - PROMO Blitz
by Diane Escalera

Contemporary Romance
Date Published: March 25, 2014 *Re-Release*

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Desperate times call for desperate measures. And Shay LaCosta is pretty desperate. She's wrecked her blissful marriage of five years by demanding she and her husband Dylan have a baby. What the hell was she thinking? She knows she was wrong and she’s ready to set things right, if only Dylan will let her. Bet he can’t shun her Booty Camp offer: delicious, white-hot sex in exchange for what’s going on inside his brain.

Dylan may be macho and stubborn, but he really does miss his wife. A little of Shay's pushing gets him past their estrangement and into her web of seduction. She seems to have an erotic week mapped out to perfection, and who is he to complain? Their marriage is meant to be, so they'll fight with each other, and they'll fight for each other.

WARNING: Racy Language, Hot Sex, Seduction



The Right Temptation
by Diane Escalera

Contemporary Romance
Date Published: March 25, 2014 *Re-Release*

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Kayla Martinez has recently landed an RN position at a prestigious hospital in her hometown. The new job is everything she’s hoped for, especially when one hot specimen shows up in the ER. She hasn’t seen her childhood crush in years, and considering how much hotter he’s gotten over time, she almost ends up needing resuscitation.

The last thing Nico LaCosta needs is a broken arm. Now his pal’s kid sister wants to soothe his pain, but he’d rather keep his distance so her big brother doesn’t break his other arm. Kayla’s no child anymore, though. She’s one hot-blooded woman, determined to remind him of a mind-blowing kiss back when they were teenagers. Leave it to Kayla to drop by his house unannounced and play Nurse Seductive. A guy has to follow the buddy code, or face the consequences. Still, sometimes giving in to temptation is worth it…

CONTENT WARNING: Racy Language, Hot Sex, Lusty Latin Lovers

About the Author:

Born and raised in the Bronx, NY, Diane Escalera makes her home in coastal North Carolina. The sultry surroundings are a steady source of inspiration for her hot love stories. Diane is married, has two children and a super cute dachshund she can’t get enough of. She writes contemporary romance and is published with Kensington Publishing and Lyrical Press.


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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Guest Post with author Michelle Scott

Hey all,  today I'm handing things over to Michelle Scott.
Enjoy!


Last week, I did the kind of thing I’d only do to make my daughter happy: I joined a gym.

For some strange reason, God blessed me – a nerdy, book-reading, rather lazy individual – with an athletic kid. As in she actually enjoys playing sports. As in she loves to exercise every day. As in she wants everyone else in the family to exercise alongside her. Hence the gym membership.

I write about hell in my books, and I’ve envisioned it as a gloomy, dingy office building with endless corridors leading nowhere. But the first time I got on the elliptical machine, I discovered an entirely new kind of hell. After five minutes on the machine, I had sweated through my t-shirt and was panting like I’d run a marathon. It then occurred to me that, rather than the depressing office building, hell would really contain a stadium full of ellipticals. (I’m going to work on that for the next book in the series!)

After a while, however, I fell into the rhythm of the exercise and when I did, an amazing thing happened: I started to unwind. Mentally, I mean. There was me, my music, and the machine, and everything else kind of faded into the background. It was strangely Zen-like.

See, writing it hard work. Obviously not physically difficult, but definitely mentally stressful. Trying to come up with plot threads that will keep readers engaged or trying to figure out how a character can get out of her contract with the Devil takes a lot of thought. It can boggle the mind.

So working out has become a way to keep my body in motion while at the same time letting my mind relax. Yes, it’s easy to focus on the pain, but it’s also easy to let my mind float free. When I’ve finished an hour at the gym, I’m physically exhausted but mentally alert. It’s like my mind has been power-washed of all its niggling concerns and stresses, and I walk away from the gym feeling refreshed.

Plus, as an added bonus, I’m also able to eat more chocolate since I’m working it off. Next to exercise, chocolate is the writer’s best friend.

About Michelle Scott:

Michelle Scott received her MFA from Wayne State University. Her stories have appeared in such places as “Tales of the Unanticipated”, “All Possible Worlds” and “Realms”. Straight to Hell, the first book in her Lilith Straight urban fantasy series, was released from Carina UK. Michelle lives in southeast Michigan with her husband and three children.

To keep up with Lilith and the other members of the Straight to Hell cast, visit Michelle’s blog, Urban Fae.

A bit about Straight to Hell:  

Straight to Hell, the first book in the Lilith Straight series, is available at Amazon and Amazon UK.




And now, enter the phenomenal giveaway with Michelle Scott and her urban fantasy Straight to Hell.
Enter to win 1 of 2 Amazon copies of Straight To Hell between April 16 & April 24.
This giveaway is open internationally & winners will be announced April 25/14.
Winners have 72hrs to claim their prizes or a new winner will be chosen.

Promo Blitz ~*~ Hearing Love by Katie Lee




Hearing Love - Release Blitz
By Katie Lee

Contemporary Romance
Date Published: April 16, 2014

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Ella James, the beautiful, feisty Director of Operations at Coopers’ Treats finds herself immediately at odds with Alexander Shepard, CEO of SBS, Inc. Alex’s company is looking to merge with the financially shaky Coopers’ Treats, but from the moment they met, Alex had this way of getting under Ella’s skin. Alex’s plans for the merger would require Ella to uproot herself from her safe, quiet existence in the bucolic suburban enclave of Brookside and move to the bright lights of Manhattan. For Ella, who lost her hearing at a young age, change wasn’t something she embraced or welcomed freely. She was also reluctant to leave Chase Kramer, her on-again, off-again boyfriend, even though they were currently in the “off-again” phase.

But a merger with the more financially stable SBS, Inc. would mean ensuring Coopers’ Treats continued existence, so Ella packs up and heads for the Big Apple, hoping that giving Chase the chance to really miss her might clarify his feelings for her. When Ella gets to Manhattan, she is charmed by both the big city and Alex. Despite her feelings for Chase, she finds herself hopelessly drawn to Alex and the chemistry between them is sizzling. They embark on a passionate, fun, whirlwind affair. Ella is surprised by her intense feelings for Alex, even though she is still haunted by dreams of chasing after an elusive man, dreams that she started having when Chase first broke off their relationship.

As the merger deadline approaches, Ella finds herself caught between her feelings for two very different men. As she works to see that the merger is completed successfully, her muddled feelings for both men threaten to jeopardize everything she holds dear. Will she finally be able to hear love and make the right choice?

Excerpt:

“What happened to Alexander Shepard?”

“I kicked him out,” Ella James answered, her voice dismissive.

“You what?” Cynthia asked with a gasp.

Ella was surprised by the distressed expression on her assistant's face. “What?”

“I-I. . .” Cynthia stopped, shaking her head. “You really kicked him out?”

“Cyn, what’s going on?”

Cynthia took a deep breath before answering. “I saw Mr. Cooper while I was in the bakery and he told me that he forgot to tell you that someone named Alexander Shepard would be coming in to meet with you. He said to tell you that he’s the CEO of the corporation and that you’d know what that means.”

Ella bolted out of her chair as panic gripped her. “Oh my God!”

As she fought to contain the rising panic, Ella's mind went back to her meeting earlier that day

 photo DenverBar_zps81c40bb7.jpgAbout the author:

Katie Lee has had a lifelong love affair with books. She fell in love with her first book in the second grade and hasn’t looked back since. She first took up writing as a hobby, wanting to craft her own magical adventures, and through the love and encouragement of family and friends, decided to get serious about writing and share her stories with the world.

She currently resides in Maryland in the United States. She works for the government during the day, and her spare time is devoted to writing. She gains inspiration from all sorts of things, but mostly from the fun and adventurous trips she takes when she can.

Her debut novel, "What Endures" was published in August of 2013 and is available on Amazon.

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Guest Post with Author Kimber Leigh Wheaton

Today I'm handing things over to Kimber Leigh Wheaton.

Enjoy!



Three Things You Didn't Know About Shadow Fire


1) Shadow Fire started out as a "Choose Your Fate" novel. In the beginning Ashlyn got to choose between two wickedly hot mercenaries to escort her on her quest. As the story progressed, I had so much sadistic fun torturing and killing the characters in creative ways. But once the manuscript reached 180,000 words and had so many convoluted plot lines it looked like an inner city road map, I had to scrap the idea. But don't worry—the sexy mercenary I dropped from Shadow Fire has a starring role in the second book, Stolen Moon coming August 2014.

2) I started writing Shadow Fire several months before the hype about The Hunger Games began. After reading the book and seeing the movie, I worried readers might think Ashlyn was too similar to Katniss. I decided to rewrite Ashlyn's background and took away her years of hunting, along with her amazing archery skills. But that was such an integral part of who Ashlyn was, and the story fell flat without it. So I went back to the original. Really, archery skills and determination are the only things Katniss and Ashlyn have in common.

3) The pirate, Taranis, was not in the original outline or planned in any way. Frankly I don't know what happened. The fool popped into my head one day and wouldn't shut up. I ended up writing him in about two thirds of the way through the novel. In the end, he turned out to be one of my favorite characters. He will star in the Light Chronicles 1.5 and will have a featured role in Light Chronicles 3.

Three Things You Didn't Know About Kimber Leigh Wheaton


1) I am a video game addict, have been for years. One of my favorite things to do in high school was go to an arcade and trounce all the guys who thought girls couldn't play games. Each person in my household has their own game console because we don't share well with others. My favorite games are RPG and strategy. I own enough video games to open a second hand store (that is if I was willing to part with them). There are two things I don't leave the house without: my Kindle and my 3DS.

2) I love to sing, and it's an integral part of my life. Singing elevates my mood and makes me flourish. I suppose it's like living with Snow White for my poor family. Yes, I do sing constantly when at home. I've also been known to sing or hum in inappropriate places such as Target. While I haven't had much in the way of formal training, I did train with two former members of the New York Metropolitan Opera once a week for a couple months. I learned more in those few lessons than I did from years in musical theater.

3) I love cars! My dear husband puts up with my obsession quite well. My cars have always been my babies. My first car was a Mustang that I loved dearly. After that, I went through a Daytona and a Camaro until I was forced into a family car. I got a copper Murano which featured the 350Z engine—we called it the pumpkin carriage. Man, I loved that SUV. For a mom-mobile it was hot. My latest baby is truly my best, though. Two years ago I got the 45th Anniversary edition Camaro. I named him Sesshomaru after InuYasha's older brother because he's beautiful on the outside but a beast on the inside. Here's a link if you'd like to see a picture: 45th Anniversary Edition Camaro

Thanks for having me, Jonel!

About the author:

Kimber Leigh Wheaton is a YA/NA author with a soft spot for sweet romance and is a member of Romance Writers of America.

She is married to her soul mate, has a teenage son, and shares her home with three dogs and four cats. No, she doesn’t live on a farm, she just loves animals. Her house is filled with dragons, though she does lament that they are the porcelain, non-flying variety.

Kimber Leigh is addicted to romance, videogames, superheroes, villains, and chocolate—not necessarily in that order. (If she has to choose, she’ll take a chocolate covered superhero!)

Her debut novel, Shadow Fire, is the first book in The Light Chronicles series. Watch for book two, Stolen Moon, a standalone sequel, coming soon.

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A bit about Shadow Fire:

Ashlyn – a free-spirited teenager whose peaceful life is shattered when the village elders honor her with a perilous quest to recover a stolen relic.

Zane – a jaded mercenary, torn by his undeniable desire for Ashlyn and the dark secret that could make her hate him forever.

Delistaire – a malevolent sorcerer driven by an insatiable lust for power.

All three are bound together by an ancient relic supposedly infused with the power of a Goddess.

Shadow Fire – adventure, passion, secrets, and betrayal

As Ashlyn and Zane race to stay one step ahead of the evil lurking in the shadows, their passions are ignited and their bond strengthens. But will they find the relic before Delistaire? Or has their entire quest been orchestrated from the very beginning by a madman in pursuit of ultimate power?

Each installment of the Light Chronicles is a standalone story.

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Promo Blitz ~*~ The Chosen by Annette Gisby





The Chosen - PROMO Blitz
By Annette Gisby

M/M Fantasy Romance
Date Published: 6/15/2013

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The neighbouring kingdoms of Oscia and Arcathia have been at a tentative peace for three years after centuries of warfare. Prince Severin of Arcathia has been brought up to put duty before all else and as the only son of the King and Queen, it is his duty to marry and produce an heir. His parents want him to marry an Oscian princess to cement that tentative peace. Unfortunately Severin isn't interested in princesses. Now, if he had his pick of princes that would be another matter.

Havyn has been a slave all his life. When his aptitude for wizardry is discovered, he finds himself purchased and freed by Prince Severin and apprenticed to the royal wizard, Ildar. His duty is to stay chaste to keep his powers strong, but his feelings for Severin sorely test his resolve.

With kingdoms at war, the throne hanging in the balance, magic in the air, and outside forces trying to keep them apart, can the two men find happiness together, or is duty more important than love?

Excerpt:

“No? You turn down the best offer of marriage you’ll ever have and you say you have nothing to be sorry for?”

“I don’t want to get married!” protested Severin. “I already told you that.”

“You’re twenty-one years old, and the only heir to the Arcathian throne! What happens when I’m gone and you’re left a bachelor? There’ll be bloodshed if you don’t sire a son and soon. Do you want to bring us back to the brink of civil war? That’s what it will come down to. Leave us,” Faran commanded the falconer. The man bowed and hastily made his retreat, the birds squawked when he did so.

“Chayal told me what happened at your initiation,” said Faran in a much gentler tone. “That you were not pleased by any of the eligible women. There is no shame in it for them or for you, Severin. The prince’s first chosen is an honour and one not lightly bestowed. But why didn’t you go through with it?”

Severin blushed, and mentally made a note never to speak to Chayal again. The man was supposed to be his friend. Then he realised that being the head of the Raven Brotherhood, Chayal’s first loyalties were to his king. They were his father’s bodyguards, not his.

“Have you lain with anyone at all? Perhaps you preferred to keep it private between the two of you?”

“No, Father. No one.” Heat crept into his cheeks as he spoke.

“But don’t you see? This is even better. Anyone offering for you will have to offer a much higher dowry since you’re a virgin, which is unusual for Arcathian males. You could have your pick of princesses,” said Faran, trying to coax him.

Why couldn’t his father understand? Severin didn’t want his pick of princesses. The idea of lying with a woman didn’t interest him. He didn’t dislike women, in fact, Kelandra was one of his best friends, but the thought of being intimate like that with any of them wasn’t something he had ever wanted.

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About the author:

Annette Gisby grew up in a small town in Northern Ireland, moving to London when she was seventeen. Being a very small town there were no bookshops and a small library. When she'd devoured every book she could get her hands on in the library, she started writing her own stories so she would always have something to read later.

When not writing she enjoys reading, cinema, theatre, walks along deserted beaches or wandering around ruined castles (great places for inspiration!) New Zealand is her favourite place and she hopes to travel back there one day. She's a fan of Japanese Manga and Anime and one day hopes to learn Japanese.

She currently lives in Hampshire with her husband, a collection of porcelain dolls and stuffed penguins and enough books to fill a small library. It's diminishing gradually since the discovery of ebooks but still has a long way to go.


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Monday, 14 April 2014

Preacher Man by Laurie Larsen

Title:  Preacher Man
Author:  Laurie Larsen
Published:  October 3rd 2008 by White Rose Books (first published January 1st 2005)
Length:  236pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★★★


Synopsis from Goodreads:

Regan Samuels is newly single and doing her best to raise her teenaged son in the city. She gives the adult dating world a go, but finds she'd rather trade in her stiletto heels for fuzzy slippers. Will she ever find love again, and if so, after the disaster of her first marriage, would she know what to do with true love if it ever found her? Josh Gregory is a pastor who longs for the loving family that his parents never provided. Because he grew up in a broken home, he's always been ultra-careful about the women he dates. Besides, in his profession, a carefree dating relationship is a bit of an oxymoron. When he wins a date with Regan at a Charity Auction, he never expects to fall in love with her. After all, she's not really preacher's wife material. But God has a different idea.

My Review:

What a phenomenal novel. I can’t stop thinking about this one! And I definitely couldn’t put it down.

Larsen makes you laugh at the all out realism of the situations the characters find themselves in. I found myself thinking ‘I’d so have done that’ and giggling over it more than once. This is one of those novels that subtly changes the way you think about certain rides while taking you on a sweet and sometimes spicy journey of a lifetime. Larsen is one of those rare authors who can bring the good kind of tears to your eyes while telling a story.

I found myself really feeling for the main character from the first chapter. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t feel sorry for her, rather I felt right alongside her. Her life wasn’t the easiest or smoothest but she made the best of it without living in an ongoing pity party. The rest of the cast was realistic and approachable as well. They also aren’t static characters.

Overall, this was a fantastic novel that I couldn’t put down. Larsen infuses it with both emotion and a subtle intensity that won’t let you go. This may have been my first foray into this author’s work, but it definitely will not be my last.

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