Sunday, August 12, 2018

BOOK BLITZ for "The Geek and the Goddess" by Allie Everhart

The Geek and the Goddess 
by Allie Everhart
Publication date: August 7th, 2018
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
People always say they wish they could predict the future. But not me. I already know my future. I’m going to lose my sight. I don’t know exactly when, but it’s going to happen. And it’s the reason I’ll never fall in love. 
At least that’s what I thought. Until one day a guy walks into my chem class and changes all that. 
I thought for sure he’d avoid me after he saw how people at school treat me. The teasing. The nicknames. Just being seen with me is enough to ruin his reputation, yet this guy still wanted to date me. And he wouldn’t take no for an answer. 
That’s how it began. How it ended is not at all what I expected. Ours is an unlikely love story.

Excerpt:

A guy appears at the door. He looks back at it, like he’s double-checking the room number, then says something to a girl up front. She nods and he closes the door.
Everyone looks up and stares at him. He’s tall and thin, wearing jeans and a button-up white shirt with a blue blazer over it. And he has on a tie that’s blue and green plaid.
Who dresses like that for class? A blazer and a tie? Maybe he transferred here from a prep school.
“Greetings, earthlings,” he says in a deep voice. He smiles and a few people chuckle.
“Wesley,” Mr. Henderson says. “Welcome.”
“Thank you,” he says in a cheery tone, not seeming to care that people are staring at him.
“We have a seat for you back here,” Henderson says.
He sees me and smiles. “Guess it’s my lucky day.”
Lucky day? What is he talking about?
Everyone watches as he makes his way to the back. As he approaches my table, I notice he’s carrying a briefcase. Like one of those hard covered briefcases men used to carry to work. He sets it down and opens the metal hinges. The briefcase pops open and inside is his laptop, a notebook, and some pens. He takes out the laptop, then closes the briefcase.
“Everyone, this is Wesley Deckle,” Mr. Henderson says. “He moved here last summer from Sacramento, California. Please welcome him to Wisconsin by introducing yourselves after class.” He walks over to his desk. “I want phones put away and books out. We’ll begin shortly.”
Wesley holds out his hand to me and smiles. “Hi. I’m Wesley. And you are?”
“Luna,” I say as I get a better look at his face. He’s kind of cute. His eyes are a swirly mix of blue that reminds me of those pictures of Earth taken from space. He has dark brown hair that’s a little long with curly waves that make it look messy but in a good way. And he has good skin. Not a single zit, which is rare for people our age.
“Luna,” he repeats, and I wait for him to follow that with whatever rude comment he’s going to make about my unusual name. But instead he says, “That’s the coolest name ever.”
I stare at him, skeptical of his words. It’s quite possible he’s being sarcastic. He looks like someone who uses sarcasm.
“Are you being serious?” I ask.
“Luna. Roman goddess of the moon,” he says, smiling. “You were named after a goddess. That’s cool, don’t you think?”
“Not really.” I look away from him. “I’ve never liked my name.”
“Why don’t you like it?”
“Let’s start by reviewing the syllabus,” Mr. Henderson says.
I open my laptop, not answering Wesley’s question. Because answering it means telling him the history of my name and how it’s been used to tease me, ridicule me, make me an outcast. There’s no need to explain all that. He’ll find that out soon enough.



       Author Bio: 
Allie Everhart writes romance and romantic suspense and is the author of the popular Jade Series, Kensington Series, Wheeler Brothers, and several standalone titles. She’s also a freelance health writer and has worked on several New York Times bestselling books. Allie's always been a romantic, as evidenced by her early years as a wedding singer, her obsession with dating shows, and the fact that she still watches reruns of The Love Boat. When she’s not writing, she’s outside running, which is when she gets her best book ideas. 
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Saturday, August 11, 2018

BOOK REVIEW for "The Drifting Gloom (Maddy Wimsey, #2)" by J.R. Rain & Matthew S. Cox

*****(5) out of 5 Stars!


SYNOPSIS:

Magical forces don't always play nice. In fact, they can be downright evil.

Life is going fairly well for Detective Maddy Wimsey. At thirty-five, she's an accomplished detective, practicing Wiccan, has a wonderful relationship with her long-time boyfriend, and even a much-needed vacation after dealing with a cursed gem.

Alas, her break doesn't last long.

A creeping darkness interrupts the solace of the woods with a supernatural vendetta against her coven. Maddy had opened a particular can of worms looking into the past, and the entity has decided to make her a target.

With a deadly supernatural entity on the loose, the last thing she needs is for her day job to get in the way, but a new murder case lands right in her lap at the worst possible time. A sadistic serial killer and no good leads guts Maddy's confidence. With each new victim she fails to save, her guilt grows.

Duty to her coven clashes with her oath to protect the citizens. Taking time from the case to fight a supernatural war means more innocents will die, but a worse foe than mortals or even shadow men stalks her: doubt.


REVIEW:

This second volume in the Maddy Wimsey series is just as enjoyable as the first.  Having already been provided the basics of the major players in her life in the first book, this time around we got a little more in-depth knowledge of several of them.  I found her interactions with Isabelle and Linda especially interesting.  Once again, Caius (the fiancé) and Rick (the coworker) both prove to be good partners for Maddy in their respective roles.  But, of course, it is her hair that is still my favorite character in the entire episode!

The cases that she faces in this tale – both on the job as a homicide detective and in her personal life as a wiccan practitioner – seem even more insidious than the prior ones.  The ways in which they track down and then combat both of them are quite ingenious and unique, lending a real quality of suspense to things.  It’s not until close to the end that we learn who was responsible for the rather random murders that Maddy and Rick are tasked with solving.  (Now, if they could just figure out the clown case…)

I highly recommend this book (and series) to anyone who is a fan of mystery crime and paranormal tales, but who doesn’t enjoy anything too graphic or scary.  There is a third volume that the authors have promised will be out soon, and I can’t wait to read it. 

I received a free eBook copy of this title from one of the authors, 
and have willingly provided an honest review.  

#MaddyWimsey  #TheDriftingGloom

Friday, August 10, 2018

BOOK BLITZ for "The Girl Who Sees (Sasha Urban, #1)" by Dima Zales


The Girl Who Sees 
(Sasha Urban, #1)
by Dima Zales
Publication date: August 7th, 2018
Genres: New Adult, Urban Fantasy
I’m an illusionist, not a psychic. 
Going on TV is supposed to advance my career, but things go wrong. 
Like vampires and zombies kind of wrong. 
My name is Sasha Urban, and this is how I learned what I am.


Author Bio:
Dima Zales is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of science fiction and fantasy. Prior to becoming a writer, he worked in the software development industry in New York as both a programmer and an executive. From high-frequency trading software for big banks to mobile apps for popular magazines, Dima has done it all. In 2013, he left the software industry in order to concentrate on his writing career and moved to Palm Coast, Florida, where he currently resides. 
Dima holds a Master's degree in Computer Science from NYU and a dual undergraduate degree in Computer Science / Psychology from Brooklyn College. He also has a number of hobbies and interests, the most unusual of which might be professional-level mentalism. He simulates mind reading on stage and close-up, and has done shows for corporations, wealthy individuals, and friends. 
He is also into healthy eating and fitness, so he should live long enough to finish all the book projects he starts. In fact, he very much hopes to catch the technological advancements that might let him live forever (biologically or otherwise). Aside from that, he also enjoys learning about current and future technologies that might enhance our lives, including artificial intelligence, biofeedback, brain-to-computer interfaces, and brain-enhancing implants. 
In addition to writing The Sorcery Code series and Mind Dimensions series, Dima has collaborated on a number of romance novels with his wife, Anna Zaires. The Krinar Chronicles, an erotic science fiction series, is an international bestseller and has been recognized by the likes of Marie Claire and Woman's Day. If you like erotic romance with a unique plot, please feel free to check it out, especially since the first book in the series (Close Liaisons) is available for free everywhere. 
Anna Zaires is the love of his life and a huge inspiration in every aspect of his writing. She definitely adds her magic touch to anything Dima creates, and the books would not be the same without her. Dima's fans are strongly encouraged to learn more about Anna and her work at http://www.annazaires.com. 
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Thursday, August 9, 2018

COVER REVEAL for "The Evolution of Man (Trust Fund duet, #2)" by Skye Warren

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The Evolution of Manthe stunning conclusion to the Trust Fund Duet by New York Times bestselling author Skye Warren, is coming August 28th!


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The Evolution of Man by Skye Warren
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publishing Date: August 28th, 2018
Cover Designer: Book Beautiful
Ambitious. Intense. Irresistible.
I never wanted to fall for man.
And definitely not two men.
They tear me apart until I don’t know how I’ll ever be whole again.
Until I’m not sure I want to be. How can I choose between two halves of myself?
THE EVOLUTION OF MAN is the second novel in the USA Today bestselling duet, 
which begins with Survival of the Richest.

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Pre-Order today!
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About Skye:

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Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author 
of dangerous romance such as the Endgame trilogy. 
Her books have been featured in 
Jezebel, Buzzfeed, USA Today Happily Ever After, 
Glamour, and Elle Magazine. 
She makes her home in Texas with her loving family, 
sweet dogs, and evil cat.

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BLOG TOUR & AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Allison Stowe for "Infamous"

Infamous
by Allison Stowe
Publication date: Sept 19th, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Enter the world of this YA thriller, where nothing is ever quite as it seems… 
It’s been five years since the high profile kidnapping case which turned Cassie Waterson’s life upside down. The aftermath led her to become a household name – for months, she was splashed across TV screens, appeared in newspaper headlines, and featured in the furtive whispers of the residents of her hometown. But why? She hadn’t done anything significant. In fact, she’d done nothing at all; merely watched, motionless, as a shadowy figure lifted her baby sister off her feet, and bundled her into the back of a station wagon. 
That single moment soon became Cassie Waterson’s life. Agonised by guilt, confused by the lack of punishment, scrutinised by the media circus… everyone claims to know Cassie now, but nobody does at all. The face she puts on for cameras, the voice she fakes for the talk shows… none of that is the reality behind the mask. Cassie is not the strong, confident girl who glares with certainty from the screen. Cassie doesn’t have her assuredness, or her optimism about her sister coming home. Cassie is someone else entirely, and the only person who knows is the one person she must avoid… at all costs. 
Every story has two sides, and the flipside of Cassie Waterson is Alexis Aldridge. Unknown, anonymous, kept hidden from the world by her fearful parents… Alexis is a conundrum, wrapped in darkness. While her and Cassie lead opposite lives, they both long for the one thing they miss: a sense of normalcy, and the freedom to be themselves. 
INFAMOUS is an unmissable YA mystery novel which will take you on twist after turn, and which provides suspense and surprises on every page.

~AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Katy Upperman~

1) What gave you the inspiration for the storyline?

I’m a bit of a true crime addict. Whenever a missing person’s case blew up in the papers, I’d naturally be all over it. I’d be checking news sites every day, searching for tiny details that hadn’t been released the day before. Infamous started with a question, which had sort of been lingering at the back of my mind while I read this stuff. What’s happening on the other side of the news story? How do people go from having these normal lives, to being grieving pseudo-celebrities overnight? I just thought it was a really strange dichotomy… this whole idea of becoming famous from something so traumatic. I thought it would be even more interesting to focus on a young girl — the abductee’s sister — because then this strange world of cameras and sadness might be all she knows. Funnily, at the time of writing Infamous, I had just finished my degree in journalism and was looking towards switching paths to psychology, so this story sort of brought together both of my interests.

2) Are there any hidden themes in the book that you hope readers will discover?

Absolutely. There’s a theme around the human fascination with celebrity. It often comes across in the main character, Cassie’s, thoughts. She has a complex relationship with her status, and the attention that it brings. On one hand, she appreciates the public’s support, but she feels her fame is undeserved. It also leads her to be mistrustful of people’s intentions. There’s a theme around the quest to be “normal” and whether that’s actually an achievable destination for anyone. There’s also a theme around, what really is maturity? When you meet Cassie, she seems wise beyond her years. She’s independent and cares for her parents, who never recovered from Sophie’s disappearance. However, as you learn more about Cassie, you start to realise that the maturity is just a mask that she puts on to survive and feel safe. As the story progresses, she starts to ask herself some tough questions, and her composed life begins to get messy. Gradually, her maturity starts to shift from this surface-level image to something deeper, but the transition isn’t very smooth.

3) Are any of the characters based on real people you know?

I wouldn’t say ‘based on,’ but the teenage characters definitely have personality traits or quirks that are inspired by people I’ve known. Cassie’s best friend, Sara, for instance has the bubbly, carefree traits of my best friend from high school. This friend was someone who really cared. She was there for some of the worst times of my life. But during these times, I wouldn’t talk about my problems. We’d try to focus on a serious conversation, but two minutes later she’d find a way to make me laugh instead. It’s weird because I never sat down and thought, “Oh, I know! I’ll base Sara on my friend from high school,” but when I wrote her character, I was automatically filled with this memory of how I used to feel when we hung out together.

4) Who has influenced you most as a writer?

Probably some combination of J.K. Rowling and Joss Whedon. They both have this ability to create super relatable characters, and then place them in these extraordinary worlds in impossible circumstances. By relating to the characters, the worlds become real. I’ve always been driven more by character than storyline — if you can give me a character that I believe in, then I’ll care about their story. Otherwise, a plot is meaningless to me. 

5) If you could have any three literary characters over to your place for game night, who would you invite, what would you play, what would you serve, and why?

Oh man, I love game night. This is a tough question! I’ll start with Hermione Granger, even though I’m hesitant because 1) she’s super smart so might win all the games, and 2) she could use magic to cheat (although I’m sure she has more integrity than that). Next, I’ll invite Elizabeth Bennett. She’s fun, witty and free-spirited, and this is game night, so you want someone with that sort of energy. Finally, I’ll bring Simon Spier — such a funny and relatable character, and perfect for game night! I’ll have a full game agenda ready. Codenames is my favourite modern-classic party game, so we’ll start there. Then we will move into a couple of Unlock! scenarios, because I’m really into escape room games at the moment. Then, I’ll get my literary character friends to play TIME Stories with me, mainly because I can’t convince my real friends to get past the epic rule book. I’ll serve nachos and mini pizzas, because that’s about the extent of my cooking ability. They will be accompanied by margaritas (including virgin ones for my teenage guests). Agh, this question has really got me in the mood for game night!

6) Do you feel that you can ever have too many books?

Well, it might become a problem if your house turned into a maze of books, hoarders-style, to the point where you needed to navigate the paths with a map and lantern. But then, this could be fixed by renting a storage room or five. So… nope! No such thing as too many books! 

Author Bio:
Allison Stowe is the author of the YA novel, ‘Infamous.’ Raised in a generic Toronto suburb, Allison spent her childhood posting fan fiction online in hopes of influencing The WB’s writing rooms. She wrote her first novel at age 13. It was based on her favorite TV show, and upon submission she learned of copyright law. 
In 2010, she graduated with a BA (Hons) in Journalism from Ryerson University, where she was the Managing Editor of the online newspaper. During her brief journalistic career, Allison wrote for Chatelaine magazine and TV Guide Canada (essentially achieving a life dream). Shortly after graduation, she relocated to Brighton, UK, and refocused her attention on her second passion – helping young people. 
While studying for her MSc in Educational Psychology at UCL, Allison wrote Infamous as a way to fulfil her instinct to keep writing. When she isn’t writing about the lives of young adults, or watching prime time teen dramas, Allison mentors university students who’ve been diagnosed with mental health issues. She lives in London, UK, with her fluffy ginger cat, Sawyer. ‘Infamous’ is her debut novel. 
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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

BLOG TOUR & BOOK REVIEW for "The Right Fit" by Daphne Dubois

The Right Fit 
by Daphne Dubois
Publication date: April 12th, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
She’s sworn off love, he’s sworn off sex, but together they’ll score the goal of a lifetime. 
When Maxine Nicholls discovers her fiancé is cheating, she turns to fast food and nighttime soap operas, but her sister has a plan — unbridled rebound sex with a stranger. 
As one of Toronto’s hottest players, Antony Laurent tallies scores on and off the ice, but when the chiseled defense man hits a slump, rumors of a trade to the minor league send him to ambush a managers meeting at a posh club. 
That night a chance encounter ends up as an unforgettable evening of passion. But Maxine and Antony are about to discover a game of casual hook ups can lead to something neither one of them thought they deserved — the right fit.

~BOOK REVIEW for "The Right Fit"~

****(4) out of 5 Stars!

This was a charming contemporary romance tale of an unlikely couple falling in love, totally against both their better judgement.  Maxine doesn’t want a relationship because of a recent painful break-up that she can’t seem to get past, and Antony has been on a self-imposed sabbatical from sex in hopes to somehow improve his hockey performance. 

Maxine is an amazing character who I really admired and enjoyed.  EXCEPT for the endless times that she complained about her size and whined about her loser ex-boyfriend, even just to herself.  (Seriously, I wanted to jump into the story and throw away the box in the closet myself a few times!)  That Antony helped her overcome many of those hang-ups, simply by truly loving and enjoying her, was one of my favorite things about him.    

I wasn’t entirely sold on Antony – at first.  Just as the author obviously intends, I thought he was simply another lying jerk who comes off as a cheating spouse.  His true story, however, was much more complicated than the assumption.  That situation certainly made him a much more sympathetic character.  Okay, and his sexy accent didn't hurt either!   ;-)  

The peripheral characters were great!  I absolutely loved Stuart, Carmine, and (late in the game) Kayla.  All of them were delightful, witty, personable and fun.  Max’s siblings were a enjoyable lot too, as were (some of) Antony’s teammates.  Marc was a total jerk (albeit understandably so to some extent), who I just wanted to throttle through most of the story.  Thankfully, he too finally seemed to get a clue and be a decent guy. 

The meet-cute between Maxine and Antony was great!  And the way they kept being running into each other (both by accident and design) seemed to bring a bit of kismet to their involvement with each other.  That neither of them was looking for anything, but both totally fell in love with the other, was wonderful.

There were a few things that I didn't like about the story.  In addition to Maxine's whining, I thought the revelation to her of Antony's status was pretty dumb.  Why any rational adult would possibly think that would be the way to explain it to her was beyond me.  The couple of other items that irked me (Max's introduction to Marc, Carmen's ending) were just plot items that I didn't personally like, but at least they made sense and contributed to the storyline.

Of course, there was drama and conflict in Maxine & Antony's lives (some necessary and some decidedly less so) that ultimately invaded their relationship, but thankfully it was resolved in the end and they were allowed their happy ending.  This is definitely a book that I recommend as a good, light, romantic read.  I even hope there might be some follow-up to the story, possibly by way of tales about other members of their group.  

Author Bio:
Daphne Dubois writes contemporary romance and believes the right book at the right time can make all the difference. When she's not putting her characters in compromising positions (ahem), she works as a registered nurse. A member of the Writer's Federation of Nova Scotia, she lives in Eastern Canada, the most romantic place in the world. 
You can also find her writing for teens as B.R. Myers. 
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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

COVER REVEAL for "Three Mages and a Margarita" & "Dark Arts and a Daiquiri" (The Guild Codex: Spellbound, #1 & 2) by Annette Marie


Three Mages and a Margarita 
(The Guild Codex: Spellbound, #1)
by Annette Marie
Published by: Dark Owl Fantasy Inc.
Publication date: Sept 14th, 2018
Genres: New Adult, Urban Fantasy
Broke, almost homeless, and recently fired. Those are my official reasons for answering a wanted ad for a skeevy-looking bartender gig. 
It went downhill the moment they asked me to do a trial shift instead of an interview — to see if I’d mesh with their “special” clientele. I think that part went great. Their customers were complete dickheads, and I was an asshole right back. That’s the definition of fitting in, right? 
I expected to get thrown out on my ass. Instead, they… offered me the job? 
It turns out this place isn’t a bar. It’s a guild. And the three cocky guys I drenched with a margarita during my trial? Yeah, they were mages. Either I’m exactly the kind of takes-no-shit bartender this guild needs, or there’s a good reason no one else wants to work here. 
So what’s a broke girl to do? Take the job, of course — with a pay raise 
Note: The three mages are definitely sexy, but this series isn’t a reverse harem. It’s 100% fun, sassy, fast- paced urban fantasy.

Dark Arts and a Daiquiri 
(The Guild Codex: Spellbound, #2)
by Annette Marie
Published by: Dark Owl Fantasy Inc.
Publication date: Nov 16th, 2018
Genres: New Adult, Urban Fantasy
When I found myself facing down the scariest black-magic felon in the city, practically daring him to abduct me, I had to wonder exactly how I ended up here. 
It all started when I accidentally landed a job as a bartender — but not at a bar. At a guild, populated by mages, sorcerers, alchemists, witches, and psychics. Good thing this lame-o human is adaptable, right? 
Then my favorite guild members — three sexy, powerful, and intermittently charming mages — asked for my help. Did they want access to my encyclopedic knowledge of cocktails? Oh no. They wanted to wrap me up in a pretty ribbon and plunk me in the crosshairs of a murderous rogue to lure him out of hiding. 
So that’s what we did. And that’s why I’m here. About to be kidnapped. Oh, and our grand plan for safely capturing said murderous rogue? Yeah, that completely fell apart about two minutes ago. 
Why did I agree to this again?


Author Bio:
Annette Marie is the author of Amazon best-selling YA urban fantasy series Steel & Stone, its prequel trilogy Spell Weaver, and romantic fantasy trilogy Red Winter. Her first love is fantasy, but fast-paced adventures and tantalizing forbidden romances are her guilty pleasures. She lives in the frozen winter wasteland of Alberta, Canada (okay, it's not quite that bad) with her comparatively sensible husband and their furry minion of darkness—sorry, cat— Caesar. When not writing, she can be found elbow-deep in one art project or another while blissfully ignoring all adult responsibilities. 
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Saturday, August 4, 2018

BOOK BLITZ for "Resisting the Rancher (Hills of Texas, #2)" by Kadie Scott

Resisting the Rancher 
(Hills of Texas, #2)
by Kadie Scott
Published by: Tule Publishing
Publication date: July 30th, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
First comes marriage, then comes… 
Rusty Walker has spent her entire life trying to earn her tough, ranching father’s respect and approval by learning the business inside and out. But now her uncompromising parent has decreed she must marry if she wants to inherit. Worse, her husband has to be someone who can help her run the business. As if she needs it! 
Williams Hill kissed Rusty in a bar in an act of temporary insanity, and lost his heart to her on the spot. Despite the complications to his own rodeo stock business, he agrees to marry the feisty red-head, hoping to woo her once they’re hitched. But she only views him with suspicion and resentment. 
Can this soft-spoken Texas cowboy convince his proud wife, who’s never known unconditional love, that she is everything he wants?

Excerpt:

The announcer came on almost immediately. “And she does it, folks. Rusty’s time is 17.40, moving her into first place. That was the winning time last year. The other riders are going to have to stretch it to beat her.”
The crowd clapped and cheered. With a grin, Rusty waved to them, acknowledging their support for what had been a masterful ride. Holly had made a fantastic choice when she’d picked this woman to ride her horse. No question Rusty Walker knew exactly what she was doing.
She trotted Mischief back through the gate. Will hopped down from the fence and headed her way. Before he caught up to her, she dismounted and lead Mischief back the way she’d come earlier, right toward him.
“Nice ride, Rusty,” another dark-haired girl getting ready to make her own run called just as Rusty was drawing up to where Will waited.
She turned and waved. “Thanks, Maggie. Go get ’em.”
Rusty was smiling when she turned back around, a genuine smile, and Will could see a pair of deep-set dimples that were downright sexy. Again, that distinct stirring of interest ignited inside him.
“Ma’am?” he called.
Mischief turned his head at the sound of a familiar voice only to be turned back forward by a light tug on the reins.
“Excuse me, ma’am?” Will tried again as he got closer.
Deep brown eyes snapped to his and widened in surprised recognition, at least, he thought that might be recognition. Then the surprise was replaced by a blank wall of cold indifference. The smile vanished, replaced by lips closed tight. She kept walking.
Strangely amused by her attitude toward a total stranger, Will ignored the chill in the summer air, fell in step with her, and held out a hand. “I figured I should introduce myself. I’m—”
“Someone I have absolutely no interest in knowing.” She glanced at the hand he still held out, but didn’t take it, and didn’t stop walking.
Will dropped his arm to his side. “I don’t think you understand. I’m—”
“Not getting it. I’m not interested. Quit while you still have some pride, buddy.”
Wow. He couldn’t remember the last time he’d been shut down that harshly, and he wasn’t even asking her out. All he’d wanted to do was share his relationship to Holly since Rusty was riding her horse.
He held up his hands in surrender. “All right. Great run. Enjoy the rest of the rodeo.”
He tipped his hat and stopped walking, letting her move on alone, Mischief following along like the lamb he was, though the horse turned his head to peer at Will a few times in a confused horse kind of way.
Will ignored the animal, his gaze pulled to Rusty’s retreating figure and the sway of her hips. Despite her total rejection, desire tightened in his gut, which brought on a frown.
What was wrong with him? What kind of guy found a woman attractive who’d effectively slammed the door in his face before she was even asked? Besides, it wasn’t like him to respond so immediately to a pretty woman. Usually, the personality was what attracted him.
A low chuckle had him turning to find Chase not far away. Will raised his eyebrows in question.
“You’re not the only one to receive that treatment,” Chase commented.
“Yeah?”
They both gazed after Rusty’s retreating form.



Author Bio:
Award-winning contemporary romance author, Kadie Scott, grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. She attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by earning a degree in English Rhetoric (Technical Writing). However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it. 
No matter the genre, she loves to write witty, feisty heroines, sexy heroes who deserve them, and a cast of lovable characters to surround them (and maybe get their own stories). She currently resides in Austin, Texas, with her own personal hero, her husband, and their two children, who are growing up way too fast. 
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Thursday, August 2, 2018

BOOK REVIEW for "Bound Spirits (Restless Spirits, #3)" by Jean Marie Bauhaus

*****(5) out of 5 Stars!


SYNOPSIS:

When her dad and his annoying girlfriend announce their engagement, Chris Wilson isn’t exactly thrilled. As if getting roped into bridesmaid duty for a future step-mom she can’t stand isn’t bad enough, Chris is stunned when Marsha accuses Chris’s deceased mother of trying to ruin the wedding.

Certain their mother moved on to the Great Beyond long ago, the Wilson sisters investigate who — or what — is really out to get Marsha. With marriage fever making everyone crazy, can the sisters get to the bottom of this haunting in time to save the wedding? And do they even want to?


REVIEW:

Another great volume in the Restless Spirits saga! 

The best part of these stories for me is always the interaction between the characters.  As in previous episodes, the main cast members return, some minor players are expanded upon, and some new additions are introduced.  The interaction between Chris and Ron in this volume is even more sharp, witty and fun than in the previous stories.  Not to mention how darling are their relationships with their fellas, Derek and Joe.  Their dad, however, is a complete jerk, and I just wanted to smack him through most of the book.  Surprisingly, Marsha somehow turns into a real person by the end of the tale, rather than the fake ditzy Barbie persona she espouses for much of the story. 

The danger in this volume is probably just as real as in the first two novels, but it didn’t seem quite as scary since it wasn’t exactly directed at Chris this time around.  The fact that it was such a powerful force from beyond the grave was quite disconcerting.  But the stories behind the mystery were unique, surprising, and masterfully woven together.

This is probably my favorite book yet in the Restless Spirits series.  They just seem to keep getting better and better.  I do hope the author has a few more stories up her sleeve for us with the Wilson sisters!


I received a free eBook copy of this title from the author, NetGalley & Xpresso Book Tours
and have willingly provided an honest review.  

#BoundSpirits  #RestlessSpirits

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

BOOK BLITZ for "Fragments of Ash (A Modern Fairytale, #7)" by Katy Regnery


Fragments of Ash 
(A Modern Fairytale, #7)
by Katy Regnery
Publication date: October 1st, 2018
Genres: Fairy Tales, Romance,
Young Adult
From New York Times bestselling author Katy Regnery comes a dark and twisted retelling of the beloved fairytale, Cinderella! 
My name is Ashley Ellis… 
I was thirteen years old when my mother – retired supermodel, Tig – married Mosier Răumann, who was twice her age and the head of the Răumann crime family.
When I turned eighteen, my mother mysteriously died. Only then did I discover the dark plans my stepfather had in store for me all along; the debauched “work” he expected me to do. 
With the help of my godfather, Gus, I have escaped from Mosier’s clutches, but his twin sons and henchmen have been tasked with hunting me down. And they will stop at nothing to return my virgin body to their father… dead or alive. 
**Due to profanity and very strong sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.**
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Fragments of Ash is part of the ~a modern fairytale~ collection: contemporary, standalone romances inspired by beloved fairy tales: 
The Vixen and the Vet (Beauty & the Beast) – available now
Never Let You Go (Hansel & Gretel) – available now
Ginger’s Heart (Little Red Riding Hood) – available now
Dark Sexy Knight (Camelot) – available now
Don’t Speak (The Little Mermaid) – available now
Sheer Heaven (Rapunzel) – available now
Fragments of Ash (Cinderella) – coming October 1, 2018
Swan Song (The Ugly Duckling) – coming soon
Special pre-order price of $2.99 for a limited time only!
Excerpt:

My mind skitters to her face—her beautiful fucking face—and the way she stared at me with those wide eyes and her lips lightly parted. Those lips. She has Angelina Jolie lips. Scarlett Johanssen lips. Liv-fucking-Tyler from the “Crazy” video lips. Except this chick doesn’t look like Liv. She’s got blonde hair and a perfect pout like Alicia Silverstone. I remember the beginning of that video when our girl, Alicia, climbs out a bathroom window in her Catholic school uniform, her skirt riding up to show her black lace panties…and ahhh, yes, I feel my cock twitch just picturing it.
Fuck my life.
Shit. Shit. Shit.
Because yeah, I was yelling at Jock, but she was standing behind him, and I didn’t miss the tight lines of her teenaged body under a pair of new jeans and a long-sleeved T-shirt. Her rounded tits strained just a little against the fabric of her top. Not enough to be dirty. Just enough to hate her. Because no guy alive—least of all me—has a right to want someone like her. Or sure, we can want her, but we’ll never have her. Not in a million years.
She looked to be about Noelle’s age—somewhere between eighteen and twenty, and ridiculously young to suddenly arrive alone in the middle of nowhere, put up in an old farmhouse by a couple of aging queens.
How in the fuck is this her best option?
Who is she?
And what exactly is her deal?
I grimace because the headlines of her story—the easy parts—start materializing as I think about what I know about her. I didn’t do all that training for nothing. Plus, I have good instincts. I could practically smell it on her—the fear, the desperation, the way she wouldn’t meet me eyes except to insist that she was an adult.
God, what a joke. If she’s an adult, I’m a French poodle.
Then something occurs to me: it was Jock’s boyfriend, Gus, who gave away the most important part of her story away.
She has nowhere else to go.
And then something else occurs to me, and I wonder, Is she in hiding?
This girl—what’s her name? Amber? Audrey?—is in trouble. Big trouble. The kind of trouble that gets other people in hot water when they were just trying to live their lives and mind their own business. And she’s been dumped on my doorstep. Literally.



Author Bio:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Regnery started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract, and Katy’s first novel was published in September 2013. 
Katy’s books are available in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Turkish. 
Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, two dogs, and one Blue Tonkinese kitten create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home. 
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