Thursday, August 22, 2019

BOOK BLITZ for "Tides of Time (The Legacy, #1)" by Luna Joya

Tides of Time 
by Luna Joya
Published by: City Owl Press
Publication date: August 20th, 2019
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
A “good girl” witch hiding secrets from her family… 
Cami wants a normal life. Or at least as normal as a life in a family of witches can be. She can’t tell her sisters about her violent ex. Or that she broke the first rule of magic to “harm none.” When her youngest sister asks for help unraveling the death of a 1930’s star abused by those she loved, Cami can’t say no. 
A reformed bad boy who doesn’t know his own family’s secrets… 
Sam lives for his restaurant and coveted screenplay expertise of Hollywood history. He avoids the entanglements of relationships since even his own parents didn’t want him. But when the enchanting Cami needs his help to crack an unsolved mystery, he can’t resist. The closer they come to finding a killer, the more they crave each other. But someone is determined to stop them. 
Can they solve the mystery before history repeats itself?

Excerpt:

The roar of a small engine combined with slaps of water came to her above the normal “whoosh” of the waves hitting the shore. Her head snapped up. A jet ski raced along the waves, encroaching on the surfers.
She stopped grabbing at her board and pushed the tangle of wet hair from her face. The rider zoomed dangerously close to Sam. Her breath caught.
The tall, lean man leaning over the handlebars had a cap pulled low over his forehead. She couldn’t see his face, and long sleeves covered his skin, but she could swear she saw twists of familiar blond hair beneath the hat. It couldn’t be. Her imagination zipped to memories of her last night at the beach with Neil.
How could the rider not see Sam where he sat astride his board? Panic swirled through her.
“Sam!” She jumped on her board and pulled fast strokes.
Sam paddled toward the shore, whipping his head around to the jet ski.
Too late. She judged the distance between them, climbing to her knees to wave her arms in desperation. She had to get the rider’s attention. She screamed Sam’s name again.
The jet ski edged so close she could see the plume shooting out the back as it skipped over the water. Sam paddled harder, his jaw set in a tight line.
The motor blared louder. The bastard was accelerating.
She’d never get to Sam in time, and he was no match for an engine. A wave swept over his head. He rolled beneath it. The spray from the jet ski arced over him as the rider banked.
Her hand flew to her face. Relief poured over her. The jet ski revved again and rolled into a sharp U-turn straight for Sam.
Fear shot through her, surging her elemental magic perilously close to spilling over. Thrusting one hand into the water, she shoved hard. Her mouth curved downward. She pulsed a wave between Sam and the jet ski. One to stop the danger.
Power thrummed through her, and another pulse created a second wave pushing Sam toward the shore. She should stop while she still could, but the connection and clawing need rolled through her. The third push brought Sam almost even with her, a fourth wave capsized the jet ski, and a fifth tugged the menace further from his ride. She could scare him as badly as he’d terrified them.
Hurt him. Pull him under, hold him there as he would do to you and yours. The same hunger she’d fought when she’d held Neil’s head below the tide tore through her. A heartbeat later, she could hear echoes of Ama teaching the first rule of magic. Ama’s sweet brown eyes filled with laughter as she sang lullabies and kissed her to sleep with whispers of, “May you harm none. I love you, mija.”
The water stilled beneath her fingers, rocking her tenderly. She wouldn’t break the rule. Not again. Not for this.
Yet, her elemental magic rushed through her, more thrilling than any ride on a board. The call devoured every part of her, wanting to reclaim her as its own.
“Sweetheart.” Sam reached for her. “You good?”
His hand brushed her waist, and the magic blazed. His fingers locked on her, and her magic blinked away to a calm, constant hum. She studied him, taking in every inch of him.
“Sam?” Her voice broke, and he gathered her close. She ran her hands over his head and down to his suit, checking for any injuries. Or at least she’d meant to simply assure herself of his safety. But magic had a price. An individual toll for each user to pay.
For Mina, it brought on hunger. For Delia, the power could send her into a blackout. For Cami, her magic had always craved affection, and right now, it wanted Sam.
She crawled from her own board until she’d practically climbed in his lap. He fumbled for a moment but adjusted to hold her against him. She brought his head down to hers and pressed her lips against his. Her kiss marked a claim, licking and teasing until the needs of her power subsided.
The demand for passion finally gave way to the catcalls and encouraging whistles from the other surfers. Cami ducked her head.
Sam snickered and bit his lips, clearly savoring the taste of her there. “Surfer girls are hot.”


Author Bio:
Award-winning author Luna Joya writes hex and sex in The Legacy Series, a witch family saga of romances about kickass heroines and the men who love them. 
Fluent in sarcasm and penal code, Luna prosecutes sex crimes and homicides by day and writes paranormal romance at night. She loves history, especially Los Angeles and Hollywood lore. A survivor of traumatic brain injury with steel body parts, she lives in SoCal with her combat veteran husband and their two-pound terror of a rescue pup. 
Her debut novel TIDES OF TIME releases from City Owl Press in August 2019. The next two novels in The Legacy Series will be released from City Owl Press with dates to be announced later this year. 
In 2018, her manuscripts won First Place Speculative Fiction in the San Francisco Heart-to Heart Contest, Second Place Paranormal Romance in The Cleveland Rocks Contest, Third Place Paranormal Romance in the 2018 The Catherine Contest, Third Place in the FF&P On The Far Side Contest, and Honorable Mention in The Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. 
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Monday, August 19, 2019

BLOG TOUR & BOOK REVIEW for "Best Fake Fiance (Loveless Brothers, #2)" by Roxie Noir

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Faking it is easy.
Resisting her?
Impossible.

Best Fake Fiance, an all-new 

sexy and hilarious single dad romance

from Roxie Noir, is available now!

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My life has room for exactly two women: 
my daughter Rusty and my best friend Charlotte — known to everyone as Charlie.
One is a feisty, tomboyish firecracker. The other is my seven-year-old. 
I can’t imagine life without either.
So when my ex springs a custody hearing on me, 
I find myself telling the judge that I’m engaged to Charlie.
The only problem? I’m not.
Time to fake an engagement.
Pretending we’re a couple will be no big deal.
We’ve been friends for years. We used to sneak cigarettes behind the bleachers. 
We turned cans of hairspray into flamethrowers. We got drunk on stolen malt liquor.
She’s beautiful, vivacious, spontaneous, and she loves my daughter to death. 
It’s the perfect answer: we fake it for a few months, then go back to our lives.
Until we touch, and sparks fly. Until I can’t take my eyes off her. 
Until I can’t stop thinking about what she’s got on under her coveralls.
It takes one kiss.
One touch.
One shared secret and suddenly, I’m not pretending anymore. 
I want her, I need her in ways I didn’t know I could.
But there’s a lifetime of friendship between us, 
and falling in love with Charlie could risk everything.

~ BOOK REVIEW for Best Fake Fiance ~

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

Daniel and Charlie have been best friends forever.  They shared one incredible kiss ages ago... but the very next day Daniel was informed that he had a one-year-old daughter he'd known nothing about whose mother had just lost custody.  So he's life became all about being a dad and raising a child.  Everything else was put on the back-burner.  Even Charlie.  Except... she stuck around and remained an intregal part of their lives, helping to raise this child who wasn't hers even though she wasn't around her all the time.  

It takes a fake engagement, and some real life kisses, to remind these two how they really feel about one another.  And once they start to let those feelings out, there's basically no turning back.  

Of course, Charlie is pretty much a screw-up, and she doesn't listen when Daniel tells her what he thinks is best, either for his daughter or otherwise.  And he's a little overbearing and protective.  But eventually they finally figure things out between them, and they even get their day in court.

There were some areas that I thought could use a bit more attention.  (For example, I really wanted to see Charlie tell Daniel the reason why she took Rusty to the floating rocks!)  But overall it was a well-written, delightful and entertaining read.

It was fun to see Eli and Violet again, in the little glimpses that we got of them, as well as the rest of the family.  This is definitely another great addition to the Loveless Brothers story, and I can't wait to read about Levi, Seth and Caleb.  

I received a free eBook copy of this title from Social Butterfly PR, 
and have willingly provided an honest review.

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Excerpt:

“This is an intervention,” Eli says.

“For what?” I ask.

“For kissing,” Seth says, taking his place next to Eli, mimicking his stance. “Y’all are terrible kissers.”

Several thoughts all trip through my brain at once. Heat flushes my face. I take a step back.

“Neither of us is kissing you, Seth,” Daniel says, also crossing his arms over his chest.

“Don’t speak for the lady,” Seth says, suddenly grinning.

Next to me, I can feel Daniel’s whole body go rigid.

“The lady’s not kissing you either,” I say before Daniel can say anything.

“No one is here to kiss Seth,” Eli says, shooting him a look. “We’re here to help you kiss each other, because I’ve seen puppets kiss more convincingly than you two.”

A quick flutter of anxiety moves through my chest, waving through me like wind through a wheat field.

“What puppets have you been watching?” I ask, after a second.

“You can find some real weird stuff on the internet,” Daniel offers.

“Spoken like an expert,” says Eli.

“He’s not the one who brought up puppet porn,” I say. “Apparently, you’ve been watching—”

“Everyone quit talking about your perversions and focus,” Seth says, raising his voice. “No one is kissing anyone, except that you—” he points at Daniel, “are kissing her—” he points at me, “because you need people to think you’re actually engaged.”

The flutters are only getting faster, stronger, a gale force wind through the wheat fields because I really do want to kiss Daniel and I really don’t want to do it in front of his brothers, presumably while they shout helpful make out tips at us.

“They’re Eli’s perversions,” I say. “I’ve never even seen—”

“No one is leaving this room until you stop talking about puppets fucking and start kissing,” Eli says, firmly planted in front of the door.

Daniel just sighs.

“Is this because of yesterday?” he asks.

Despite being trapped in an attic and being told to kiss me or else, he’s somehow the calmest person here right now because of course he is. Daniel’s always the calmest person around.

“Yes,” Seth says.

“Obviously,” Eli confirms at the same time.

“I’d be the world’s shittiest brother if I saw that travesty and didn’t do something about it,” Seth goes on. “You,” he nods at Daniel, “have somehow gotten yourself into a ridiculous situation where you need to convincingly make out with her,” he nods at me, “to keep custody of your daughter, and you,” he nods at me again, “have inexplicably agreed to this farce. I agreed to do your taxes, by the way.”

“Thanks,” I say.

“And by God, Daniel, I’m not letting Rusty move to Colorado with the progeny of a demon and a swamp beast, so you better shut up and kiss Charlie.”

“No one kisses normally in front of cameras,” Daniel says. “Look, we kiss just fine. Yesterday there was a photographer saying something, practically everyone we knew was there—"

“Is it just me, Seth, or do those sound like reasons to practice?” Eli says, turning to his brother. “Call me crazy, but maybe they should get better at kissing in public instead of just hoping it never happens again.”

“I do believe you’re correct, Eli,” Seth says. The two of them are talking like they’re in an infomercial, and it might be the most irritating thing I’ve ever heard. “And since they’re not leaving this room until you and I are satisfied, they may as well get—”

“Fine,” Daniel finally says, then unfurls his arms and looks over at me. “Sorry,” he says, his voice softer, gentler.

“They do kind of have a point,” I say, even as my insides twist. “Yesterday wasn’t great.”

Finally, Daniel half-smiles, and he smiles at me, not his dumbass brothers, runs one hand through his hair in his nervous-and-trying-not-to-show-it gesture.

“It was pretty bad,” he admits.

“You jammed your nose into my eye,” I say, laughing.

“You bit my chin,” he teases.

“You—”

Eli clears his throat obnoxiously.

“Come on,” Seth says, spinning a finger in the air in the universal can we get a move on gesture.

I take a deep breath, turn to Daniel, quiet the flutters, and look up into his sky-blue eyes for a split second.

Then we kiss.



About Roxie

I love writing sexy, alpha men and the headstrong women they fall for.

My weaknesses include: beards, whiskey, nice abs with treasure trails, sarcasm, cats, prowess in the kitchen, prowess in the bedroom, forearm tattoos, and gummi bears.

I live in California with my very own sexy, bearded, whiskey-loving husband and two hell-raising cats.
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Friday, August 16, 2019

BLOG TOUR & AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Aimee O'Brian for "Steal My Heart"

Steal My Heart 
by Aimee O’Brian
Published by: Tule Publishing
Publication date: August 5th, 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
When a fantasy turns into a cold reality 
Lexanne Harris had a plan down to the last sexy detail. Never did she think her attempt to spice up her love life with her boyfriend would involve her in a burglary with a sexier than sin thief whose emerald eyes and serious between the sheets skills are impossible to forget. As a police detective she is expected to stand on the side of the law and fight for justice. But what happens when the lines of justice blur and what’s wrong becomes way too tempting? 
The situation might be challenging but Lexanne is determined to get assigned to the case, recover the jewels and catch the culprit. 
The question is: What will she do with her sexy cat burglar when she catches him?

~AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Aimee O'Brian~

1) What gave you the inspiration for the storyline? 

Some years back, a friend shared with me her sexual fantasy. It involved her boyfriend breaking into her home in disguise in the suburbs. I remember thinking: What if something goes wrong? What if it isn’t her boyfriend? And then one day, remembering and pondering this highly unlikely but delightfully alarming possibility, this story took shape in my mind. And, oh, what a fun, sexy romp it turns out to be.

2) Are there any hidden (or not so hidden) themes in the book that you hope readers will discover?

Obvious themes in my stories include wine and art. The wines named in the novel are real and range from what I consider affordable for a lovely bottle of wine, such as a ZD Cabernet, to sky-high prices for Chateau Lafite Rothschild that I could never justify for myself in real life. If you don’t know about wine, don’t worry, the references won’t detract from the story, but if you do, there’s a bit of added humor.  The same is true about the art. A pink mansion is a perfect setting for a cupcake painting by Wayne Thiebaud, and I believe a cat burglar would appreciate the magic realism of a physics-defying Michael Parkes painting.

A subtle theme specific to Steal My Heart is super heroes. I make a number of comic book, super hero references throughout the novel. I personally like super hero movies and find such cultural references relatable.  

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

None of the characters in Steal My Heart are based on real people. They’re all completely fictional. I sometimes use a trait from someone I know and combine that with a trait from someone else. Lexanne’s girlfriends are a conglomeration of women I’ve known and admire: women such as Cassidy who excels in woodworking, and Mia who can sew. They’re supportive and there for Lexanne when she needs them, much as my own friends are for me. One of my best friends took a woodworking class and built me a clothes hamper that I’ve used for years. Another friend taught me the basics of sewing. As much as I tried, my skills never came close to hers.

I will add that when my heroes make particularly clever statements, they’re quite possibly quotes from my husband.

4) Who has influenced you most as a writer?

Victoria Holt, Philippa Carr and Jean Plaidy are all the same author writing under different pen names. I devoured all her books growing up and still love to go back and revisit them. I loved how she could write different types of stories under different pen names. I’m currently a debut author with one book out, but I dream large. I would love someday to have varied stories under different pseudonyms. What a thrill that would be! 

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?

I would invite both Joe Morelli and Ranger from Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novels and Roarke from J.D. Robb’s In Death Series. We would drink RARECAT Champagne and play the party game Twister becausedamn.         

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

Too many books? Sacrilege! No, never. I love physical copies of books although digital is much easier to store. I will say that I don’t keep most of the eighty physical books I read in a year. I’ll keep hard covers because I like how they look on my shelves, although I occasionally have to buy another bookcase, but since I love furniture, that’s just fun! I’ll keep a few books that are part of a series I think I might read again, but the others I pass on to my friends or donate to the local library for their book sales. I’m a big believer in supporting your local library. I know that I’ll have another eighty books to read the following year, so I never feel deprived of the printed word.

Author Bio:
Having lived in both California and Texas, Aimee O’Brian now resides in the beautiful wine country. With her three children grown and experiencing their own adventures, she and her husband are free to explore the world. When she’s not reading, writing, or planting even more perennials in her garden, she can be found stomping through ancient ruins and getting lost in museums.


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Thursday, August 15, 2019

BLOG TOUR & BOOK REVIEW for "The Nanny Rules" by Melynda Price

The Nanny Rules 
by Melynda Price
Published by: Entangled: Brazen
Publication date: August 12th, 2019
Genres: Adult, Romance, Sports
Don’t touch the nanny. It’s one rule I’m most certainly going to break. 
Since becoming a single father, I have two things that keep me sane—my daughter Lily and playing football for the NFL. But when my meddling sister hires a nanny without my knowledge, I’m not thrilled to come home and find the woman has taken over my house. Our instant attraction is one more complication I don’t need in my life. 
But my daughter loves Amelia, and I will do anything for that tiny munchkin. Even if it means walking around with blue balls most of the time. Why does the nanny have to be so sweet—and drop dead gorgeous? She’s driving me crazy. Never in my life have I wanted a woman more. 
I just need to make it through this season. I can do that. Hands free, of course. But then there’s that moment, and I know she’s thinking what I’m thinking and, well, yeah. Screw the rules…

~ BOOK REVIEW for The Nanny Rules ~

***(3) out of 5 Stars!

This was a good, easy, erotic, romantice read; perfect for a day at the beach, but nothing spectacular.  The plot was almost nonexistent, other than the two main characters having the hots for one another.  

Brody is a cold and distant person, pretty much with everyone (except for Lilly), and seems to be especially standoffish with Amelia.  Okay, so he is supposedly trying to refrain from getting close to her, but he doesn't end up trying very hard.  Although, granted, she isn't the typical nanny.  Besides her advanced education, and not being as young as one would expect, and she also happens to be a friend of Brody's sister, which basically puts her in a whole other relationship category.

Amelia is a total anomaly.  She supposedly has a Masters in Child Psychology, but she mostly acts like a child herself, or at least a petulant teenager.  And here she is with an advanced degree, but working as a nanny?  I mean, I know she was supposedly waiting for the right permanent job to come along, but this is nearly as bad as her flipping burgers.  She claims to be able and willing to take whatever Brody has to offer, even if it is just sex, but she pretty much instantly falls in love with him, and then starts making demands that obviously put a strain on their relationship.  

Basically, the two created most of the drama between themselves by not being honest with one another.  Honestly, it's mostly just annoying and also somewhat tiring.  "Emotional whiplash" is mentioned in the book, and there is definitely a lot of that, with how the two push and pull, fighting their relationship and each other, pretty much at every turn.  

The story-telling itself is fairly decent and at least mildly entertaining.  There is way too much reference to how Brody and Amelia are physically attracted to one another, from hard-ons to excessively pebbled nipples.  It was just a bit much at times; okay, most of the time.  There's also an over abundance of telling, rather than showing, that occurs in the narrative; along with a lot of topics or situations that are just dropped and never surface again or not until much later.  And there was definitely a lot of happy sappy feel-good prose that was just not in keeping with the tone of most of the rest of the tale.  

Despite all the things that bugged me, it was still a nice, light story.  The main characters were mostly sympathetic, some of the side characters were rather interesting and quite enjoyable.  And the sex scenes were definitely hot.  As long as your expectations aren't too high, it is good for a quick, fun read!


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

Author Bio:
Melynda Price is a bestselling and award-winning author of contemporary romance. Her novels have finaled in and or won many awards such as the RONE, USA Today BBA, Golden Quill, National Readers’ Choice, Write Touch, and New England Readers’ Choice. 
What Price enjoys most about writing is the chance to make her readers fall in love, over and over again. She cites the greatest challenge of writing is making the unbelievable believable, while taking her characters to the limit with stories full of passion and unique twists and turns. Salting stories with undertones of history whenever possible, Price adds immeasurable depth to her well-crafted books. 
She currently lives in Northern Minnesota with her husband and two children where she has plenty of snow-filled days to curl up in front of the fireplace with her Chihuahua and a hot cup of coffee to write. 

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COVER REVEAL for "Sin for You (Rocktown Ink, #2)" by Sherilee Gray

🔥🔥 Check out Sherilee Gray’s hot cover! 🔥🔥
Sin for You (Rocktown Ink, #2)
is releasing on September 5th! 
See links below and preorder today!! 


My best friend's sister is back in town, and while she’s here, she's under my protection. Quinn Parker had her heart broken, and I'll make sure no one hurts her again.

But when she starts looking around for a hot, no-strings distraction, I can’t stand back and do nothing. No one is touching this vibrant beauty...but me.

She’s the woman of my dreams, but Quinn wants a good time, not a long time. We play by her rules: no one finds out, no one gets hurt.

I have to keep it casual because an ex-con like me can't offer her forever…even if I want so much more.
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If you haven't read Book #1 in the series, Beg For You
check it out here: https://www.sherileegray.com/beg-for-you.html.

See my 5 Star review of "Beg For Youhere.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Sherilee Gray is a kiwi girl and lives in beautiful New Zealand with her husband and their two children. When she isn't writing sexy, edgy contemporary and paranormal romance, searching for her next alpha hero on Pinterest, or fueling her voracious book addiction, she can be found dreaming of far off places with a mug of tea in one hand and a bar of Cadburys Rocky Road chocolate in the other.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

BLOG TOUR & AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Vicky Skinner for "We Are The Ghosts"

We Are The Ghosts 
by Vicky Skinner
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: August 13th, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

After her estranged brother suddenly dies, a girl embarks on a road trip to rediscover who her brother really was in Vicky Skinner’s contemporary YA novel, We Are the Ghosts. 
When Ellie’s estranged brother, Luke, dies in a car accident, she’s not sure whether to be devastated that she lost the person who was once her best friend or enraged, still, that he left without a word a year ago. 
Now, the only people who seem to understand what she’s going through are Luke’s best friend and his ex-girlfriend, who she bonds with over their desire to figure out where Luke went when he walked out of their lives. 
As she gets closer to them, and closer to Cade, a boy who seems determined to get to know her better, she realizes that she’s not the only one with reasons to be angry at Luke. And when Ellie makes a discovery that changes everything, she and her new friends hit the road, hoping that following Luke’s trail will bring them answers about the life Luke was living away from them.

~AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Vicky Skinner~

1) What gave you the inspiration for the storyline?

A friendship breakup and a death that took place in 2013 that changed my entire life. I wrote this book in order to sort through all of my own feelings.

2) Are there any hidden (or not so hidden) themes in the book that you hope readers will discover?

I suppose there aren’t any hidden ones, but the theme of this book is meant to be that you can love someone even if they mess up, even if you’re angry at them, even if they hurt you.

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

Yes! I can’t say who, but Ellie’s brother, Luke, who passes away before the story opens, is very much based on someone in my life.

4) Who has influenced you most as a writer?

My queen, Sarah Dessen. When I first started writing novels, I always looked to her for inspiration and guidance. I still do.

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?

Hermione Granger, Gansey (from The Raven Boys), and Sherlock Holmes. We would play my favorite game, Taboo, and I would serve pizza because what’s game night without pizza? Sherlock, I’m certain, would be horrified.

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

I’m probably supposed to say no, but I’ve moved five times in eight years, and moving around my collection has been exhausting, so I’m going to say yes. Please don’t throw tomatoes at me!

Thank you for having me!



Author Bio:
Born and raised in Texas, I don’t act like much of a Texan. I like cold weather and hate country music. I have a gorgeous husband, two dogs, and a Literature degree from the University of Texas at Dallas. If I’m not at home reading a book or doing laundry, I’m probably at the bookstore, nannying three rambunctious boys, or stuck on the side of the road with car trouble. I’m a reader, a writer, and a bit of a crazy person.

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Monday, August 12, 2019

BLOG TOUR & BOOK REVIEW for "Sonata (North Security, #3)" by Skye Warren

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Sonata, the highly anticipated conclusion in the North Security Series
from New York Times bestselling author Skye Warren,
is available now! 

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Who is Samantha Brooks without her violin? Fear lives in the silent spaces. Love does, too. There's a battle being waged in her heart, and Liam North is determined to win. 
He'll use every weapon in his arsenal. His body. His heart. 
Except the spotlight puts her in the crosshairs of dangerous men.
Samantha fights to compose her own ending, 
even as the final notes rise to a heartbreaking crescendo.

SONATA is the third and final book in the explosive trilogy 
with Samantha Brooks and Liam North. 
It should be read after OVERTURE and CONCERTO.

~ BOOK REVIEW for Sonata ~

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

Some things have changed and others stayed so much the same, as this third installment of the North Security series opens. Liam is recovering, despite his best efforts otherwise; he and Samantha are hiding out in Europe, in tiny towns where no one would look for them. But they are together in only the most literal sense, not as in experiencing the relationship she had hoped for. Eventually, it is decided that the only way to keep her safe is to kill the people who tried to kill her. And the only way to identify them is to lure them out of hiding, using Samantha as bait. So once again a tour is scheduled.

We aren’t together, but we really aren’t apart either.

There are some old and new friends, acquaintances and enemies in this volume. Bethany and Romeo reappear, as does Joshua, we’re introduced to Frans and Isa as well, all of whom have their own demons and stories to tell. (We also meet my favorite character, Wolf, who makes an all too brief appearance!)

Unfortunately, there’s a lot Liam doesn’t tell me.  

Although there is much emotional and relationship drama to be had, the suspense and political intrigue takes center stage in this tome. We learn a lot more about why Samantha is being targeted. And yet… For one thing, the ending just seemed rushed. One minute Liam is still fighting his feelings for Samantha, afraid to consider that they have a future together… and the next he seems to jump headfirst into a sort of union with her. On the intrigue side of things, the near ending produces a situation which is extremely hard to believe would occur in the ranks of a professional security firm. And then things just seem to be over, with us missing out on much of the true drama that unfolds, only hearing an abbreviated version second-hand. It just seemed a bit lacking; it doesn’t seem like enough was accomplished to guarantee Samantha and Liam’s safety.

Taking care of you wasn't a loan.  It was a privilege.

Nonetheless, this was a good, solid ending to a long, sad, convoluted, emotionally exhausting tale. The author writes in such a way to make you want to devour the prose of her words, even when you don’t enjoy what is being said. But, luckily, despite many sad, scary, and depressing moments throughout the story, it does appear that Samantha and Liam will at last get to enjoy their own happily-ever-after.


And I am very much excited to read the spin-off, Audition, featuring Joshua and Bethany!

I received a free eBook copy of this title from Social Butterfly PR, 
and have willingly provided an honest review.


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Friday, August 9, 2019

BOOK BLITZ for "The Tracker (The Dregs, #1)" by Leslie Georgeson

The Tracker 
(The Dregs, #1)
by Leslie Georgeson

Publication date: February 16th, 2018
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
I’m a trained killer. An expert tracker. 
I’ve done despicable things. My soul is damaged. My body impaired. That’s what happens when you are a soldier for The Company. I was discharged a year ago. Now I am a dreg. Worthless. With a bounty on my head. I’ve become a creature of the night, hiding in an underground maze during the day. Because I’m not ready to die yet. 
She comes to me one night, needing my help to find her sister. The moment I see her, I want her. Her goodness calls to me, makes me yearn for the impossible. She brings life back to the deadness inside me. I’m no good for her. I will do nothing but corrupt her. But I’m a callous bastard. I can’t resist her. 
I try not to care for her, but somehow she slips under my skin. She makes me weak. And there is only one thing in this world I am afraid of. Weakness. 
I’ll never be good enough for her, so I have to finish this job and send her on her way. 
Before she destroys me.

Excerpt:


I don’t think a man had ever looked at me with such an intense perusal before. It was unnerving. It made my pulse race. Made me extremely aware of my femininity. When he looked at me, what did he see? He obviously had better night vision than I did. It was so dark in the corridor that I wouldn’t be able to see a thing without the flashlight.
A chill crept down my spine. Was he even human? Should I ask him?
Don’t be stupid, Jess. That might insult him.  
He let out a soft grunt. “It will be harder to track her without a photo. But I haven’t told you what I require for my services.” He paused in front of me. “Since you didn’t bring money, you’ll have to give me something equivalent to my normal fee.” His gaze raked down my body and back up. He was trying to frighten me. And it was working. “You might not like what I want from you.”
I bravely lifted my gaze until I was looking into those silver eyes. My voice shook as I whispered, “I’ll give you whatever you want. I promise. If you want me to die to find Eliza, then I’ll give you my life.”
He let out a soft snort and walked around me again, this time stopping behind me. “Nothing as dramatic as that. Killing you will give me no pleasure.”
I breathed out a sigh of relief. That was good. At least I wasn’t going to die.
What would give him pleasure? I wasn’t sure if I really wanted to know. But I was doing this for Eliza. I would endure whatever I had to for her.
“Then what do you want?” I squeaked.
He walked around to stand in front of me again, his movements slow and deliberate. He slowly scrutinized every inch of my body, his perusal making my heart pound as he stripped me bare with his eyes.
Oh God.     
“I want you.” That low, gravelly voice sent a shiver of fear down my spine. “For as long as I want. You will do whatever I say, whenever I say, whatever I want, whenever I want it. Do we have a deal?” His brow shot up expectantly, his hard gaze filling with challenge.
I swallowed hard. What did he mean, exactly? Was I to be his slave until he found Eliza? Or did he have something more sinister in mind?
The cold gleam in his eye told me he was serious. But I also sensed he was trying to scare me off. He didn’t really want to help me. He just wanted me to leave. I had no doubt that if I agreed to the deal, that I would have to do whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted. For as long as he wanted. This wasn’t a man who went back on his word.
I tamped my fear back, pushing it as far down as I could. This was for Eliza. I wasn’t giving up on my sister. I would find her.
“What–?” I drew in a deep breath, puffed it out. Tried again. “What if you can’t find Eliza?”
His silver gaze locked on mine. “Oh, I will find your sister. Dead or alive. I expect partial payment up front. And periodic payments until I find her.”
Periodic. What did that mean? Once a day? Once a week? What kind of “payments” did he expect from me?
Didn’t matter. I was doing this for Eliza.



Author Bio:
Leslie Georgeson is the author of the popular military romantic suspense series, THE DREGS, the first of which was nominated for the 2018 TopShelf Indie Book Awards. She is also the author of the standalone mystery/drama NO SON OF MINE, the UNLIKELY HEROES romantic suspense series, and the paranormal/sci-fi romance series UNDERNEATH. 
Leslie lives with her husband and daughter on a quiet country acreage in Idaho. She is currently working on The Enforcer, the final book in The Dregs series, and anticipates an October 1, 2019 release.

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