Wednesday, October 30, 2019

BOOK REVIEW for "Meant For You (Rocktown Ink #3)" by Sherilee Gray


SUMMARY

At twelve years old, I was torn from my family.

At fourteen I met her: my reason to draw breath.

One look into Everly Williams's big brown eyes and I knew I’d do anything to protect her. And for eight years I did. She was my world. My best friend.

But afraid I'd lose her, I held on too tight. Became a dark cloud blocking her sun. So I did what I needed to, and walked away. I hurt us both.

Now I’m home, and need Everly back in my life. Only everything is different. We’re different. My body burns for her when she’s near. And after one explosive kiss, I know she feels it too. I’ll do whatever it takes to earn her trust again.

Because I don’t want what we had before. I want it all... for a lifetime.



~ BOOK REVIEW for Meant for You ~


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

We first meet Dane as the annoying "little" brother in Beg for You when Cal kicks him out of Rocktown Ink because he insulted Cassy.  We continue to get glimpses of him in the rest of that novel and also in Sin for You, culminating in his leaving town to and put some distance between himself and Everly.  

He's afraid that his overprotective tendancies when it comes to her are causing a rift that might not be overcome.  When, however, it is his leaving that nearly does them in.  Oh, and the fact that he remains away for a year and a half, without even letting anyone tell her where he is or how he's doing.  

Everly is understandably pissed when he rather suddently returns, and expects to pick up their relationship as if nothing had happened.  She does act a tad childish about the entire thing though, even running away from him at one point.  

Eventually, she finally gives in and agrees to listen to his side of things.  And although she understands his reasoning intelectually, emotionally she's still really hurt.  It does take her some time to start to trust him again, but there's so much between them that of course she eventually forgives him.  


Both Dane and Everly want more from their relationship now than just being friends.  Truth be told, they probably always have.  But they both are reluctant to acknowledge that, even to themselves.  Of course, everyone in their sphere of influence has known it for years, so it's almost humorous that these two come so late to the party.  But they do finally get there.  

The development of their actual dating relationship is darling.  These two are so perfect together that it is just a joy to watch.  There's a chemistry between them that practically comes right off the page, making their love scenes extra spicy and fun.  

I did not like how things transpired at the near end.  It really bothered me that Everly gave her aunt so much leeway in manipulating and lying to her.  And the way that she left things with Dane of course scared him to death.  Luckily, he didn't do anything too stupid though; well, other than almost get himself killed in a boxing match.  I was happy with the small nod to mental health assistance that was finally utilized by Dane to overcome some of his anger and other long-standing issues.  And I was elated that he and Everly were able to work through their issues and come out on the other side as an even stronger couple.  

I was disappointed that we didn't get to see more of a resolution for some of the minor players, such as Riff.  I have thoroughly enjoyed the entire Rocktown Ink series though, and hate to see it end!  
I received a free eBook copy of this title from the author,
and have willingly provided an honest review.

#RocktownInk

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

BOOK REVIEW for "All the Love You Write" by D.G. Driver


SUMMARY

A story about young love, first love, true love, timeless love, and the power of love letters.

Mark and Bethany are two mismatched high school seniors in a new relationship.

It’s doomed to fail.

Mark has adored Bethany since middle school, and she’s finally giving him a chance. Only, he’s clumsy at romance and knows he’ll lose her because of it. Bethany thinks Mark is sweet. Only, she’s afraid to commit her whole heart to him because he’s going into the army and she’s headed off to college.

Fifty years earlier, a boy and a girl from the same high school shared an amazing but tragic love story. They have now returned as ghosts and are interfering in Mark and Bethany’s relationship.

Who are they? Why do they care what happens to Mark and Bethany?

REVIEW


***(3) out of 5 stars!

This was a sweet, if fairly predictable story.  It is broken up into three main sections, each of which themselves have some rather definite divisions.  Overall, the feeling of the book itself was a rather disjointed hodge-podge of random stories thrown together.

Mark and Bethany are both good kids and they have a darling relationship.  However, they both certainly have their issues, and they probably wouldn't have ended up together, at least not for very long, if it weren't for the intervention of some outside forces.

It was obvious right from the beginning who at least one of the old-time ghosts was.  The other has a somewhat different agenda and for various reasons is harder to decipher right away.  I found this character somewhat hard to believe in her ghost persona, mainly because the real-life person seemed to be much nicer and forgiving.

One of the two love stories ends in catastrophe, which we know just about from the very beginning, due to various events in the intervening time period.  The other, for a host of different reasons, has a near-end that, while not as tragic, hit me nearly as hard and was incredibly sad.  Eventually, that situation is somewhat salvaged, but an awful lot is lost along the way.

Overall, this is a love story and a mild ghost story, meshed together into a tale that somewhat resembles a coherent narrative.  The writing itself was good; the words flowed together very well.  But there were often times that dragged excessively, and also the different parts of the story didn't seem to jive too well.  It took me a long time to plow my way through this tale.  There were a number of things that seemed as though they were going to be important to the story, and then just weren't.  The overall tale was a good one, but I just think it could have been better executed.

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

#AllTheLoveYouWrite

Monday, October 28, 2019

COVER REVEAL for "Disenchanted" by Brianna Sugalski

Disenchanted
by Brianna Sugalski
Published by: Parliament House
Publication date: March 10th, 2020
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Centuries ago, the flames of a terrible war engulfed the sprawling wildwood of Brittany, displacing hoards of monsters in its wake. These beasts fled to the remaining patches of forest, the largest known as Brocèliande—home to the elusive Fae, and within unsettling proximity to the mortal kingdom. 
*** 
A Breton princess at the peak of the French Renaissance, Lilac lives prisoner in her parents’ castle after a wicked secret is revealed on the eve of her tenth birthday soirée. Years later, her coronation ceremony looms, and between the riotous townsfolk and scheming nobleman bent on snatching the throne, Lilac prepares for the worst… Until a mysterious letter arrives from The Witch of Lupine Grotto, detailing a curious offer to cure her darkness forever. 
Lilac begrudgingly trades her coronet for a cloak and ventures into the forest Brocéliande in pursuit of the impious enchantress at the edge of town. With only the protection of an inherited dagger—and unsolicited help of the gregarious stranger who inserts himself on her quest—she must traverse Brocèliande and return in time to claim her rightful position as sovereign monarch. 
This is the story of a cursed princess,

A crestfallen killer,

The town that wants them to burn,

And the witch that can save them both.

Author Bio:
With an education in Mass Communication—and an engrossment in all that is curios, conundrum, and bewitching—Brianna Sugalski is a writer and blogger for The Parliament House Press. Previously, she was a contributor for Lifestyle & Fashion online magazine, Sarah Scoop, and also served as Copy Editor and Editor-In-Chief at her school publications. 
Brianna was born and raised on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, but now travels every few years with her husband and two children. As the first writer in a family whose majority works in the medical field, she also feels an important calling to heal others as an artist—though she is content doing so through the often underestimated power of communication. She admires many luminaries of the Victorian Era; the romanticism of period literature has inspired her to paint vibrant settings of nature and narratives that readers will hopefully enjoy. 
Ultimately, she aspires to make readers laugh, to challenge their perspectives and to help them discover the magical meaning of their own powers within. 
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Sunday, October 27, 2019

BOOK BLITZ for "Storm (Reed Security, #18)" by Giulia Lagomarsino

Storm
(Reed Security, #18)
by Giulia Lagomarsino
Publication date: October 23rd, 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Storm is book 18 in the Reed Security Series and should be read in order. 
Storm 
I had one job, get Jessica “Rabbit” Finley to sell her property to Reed Security. I could do that. I was Army Strong. Hell, I took down bad guys for a living. I could handle this sexy vixen. No problem. Except, she’s a little crazy. She thinks that there are ghosts on her property, and she has the men at Reed Security believing her too. But then I found out her history and it had me wondering... Was she really crazy?

Jessica 
I’ve never known who I really am. My family history has been contorted into something that I can only hope to unravel in my lifetime. But then I got a clue that led me to buy this creepy insane asylum. I was told there were answers here and I’m finding them, along with ghosts that still haunt this estate. There’s an upside, though. There’s a sexy man here to keep me company. But the closer I get to finding my answers, the closer I get to being locked up in the asylum myself.
BOOK TRAILER:


Excerpt:

“Can I just point out that she’s not actually my woman?”
“Yeah, she should be my woman,” Tony grumbled.
“Can we please forget about the fucking thumb war? Face it, you lost. You won the battle, but lost the war. It’s over for you.”
“I wouldn’t be too confident right now if I were you,” Coop said. “I think right now she’d take Tony Tacos over you.”
“There has to be some way to prove to her that it was a one time mistake. Okay, let’s just say that I wanted help getting her back. How would I go about this?”
“Well, you have to prove to her that you are good in bed,” Hunter said. “You are good in bed, right?”
“Well, it’s not like I’m gonna prove it to you,” I grumbled.
“He’d be the one you’d go to,” Cap chuckled. “Hey,” he said, holding up his hands as Hunter advanced on him. “Wax jobs, watching people fuck, thongs, pedicures, and hot tubs. I’m just saying.”
“That wasn’t all me,” he growled.
“Doesn’t matter. Enough of it was,” Cap laughed.
“Can we get back to my issues?”
“You know what you need?” Coop said. “You need a sex tape.”
“Excuse me?”
“Yeah, you know, to prove that you can do it the right way.”
“And who exactly would be filming this? And who would it be with?”
Coop scratched his jaw and shrugged. “Okay, well, unless you have any in storage, that won’t work so well, but there’s gotta be something you can do that will show you’re not a total douche in bed.”
They all stood there staring at the ground in thought. “Really? Maggie went to you with this issue and this is who you brought me?” Cap opened his mouth to speak, but I held up my hand to stop him. “You could have brought me Sinner, the lady killer. You could have brought me the man who made his woman think he was a superhero. Hell, you could have brought me the stalker, but no. You brought me the guy who won the thumb war, but still lost the girl. You brought me the man who has a sixteen year old, but no woman. And you brought me the man who fights with his woman for a living.”
I turned and headed for the door, determined to figure this out on my own.
“Hey!” Cap called from behind me. “I showed up.”
“Yeah, the man that’s hanging onto his woman by knocking her up repeatedly. Don’t think that’ll work here.”


Author Bio:
I'm a stay at home mom that loves to read. Some of my favorite titles are Pride and Prejudice, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Horatio Hornblower. I started writing when I was trying to come up with suggestions on ways I could help bring in some extra money. I came up with the idea that I could donate plasma because you could earn an extra $500/month. My husband responded with, "No. Find something else. Write a blog. Write a book." I didn't think I had anything to share on blog that a thousand other mothers hadn't already thought of. I decided to take his challenge seriously and sat down to write my first book, Jack. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed writing. From there, the stories continued to flow and I haven't been able to stop. I hope my readers enjoy my books as much as I enjoy writing them. Between reading, writing, and taking care of three small kids, my days are quite full. 
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Friday, October 25, 2019

BOOK BLITZ for "Masks (Art of Eros, #3)" by Kenzie Macallan

Masks
(Art of Eros, #3)
by Kenzie Macallan

Publication date: October 22nd, 2019
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense

Betrayal can be born from the deepest love and blind trust.
Raquelle struggles as an artist to escape the shadow of her famous father. After his mysterious death, she’s convinced she needs to play in a game of deceit. Spying on her powerful client, she paints a face of betrayal that leads to a chilling discovery.
Michael appears to run the investment firm but acts as his father’s pawn. When the company is investigated for fraud, his father goes missing. Left in charge, he uncovers the shocking truth, forcing him to make a life altering decision.
Lives collide on a course driven by fate.
The tables turn on betrayal.
Her deception pales in comparison…



Excerpt:

Misha crept into her room and watched her chest move up and down. He wouldn’t leave her side now. Guilt caged him. If he had made the right decision none of this would have happened. Her injuries fell squarely on his shoulders. His father never would have put his sons or his mother in harm’s way. He was always in control of every damn decision he made. Misha would make this right with her and make sure she was never harmed again.
He sat down in the lounger next to her bed. She looked like an angel. Blue light from the monitor glowed on her as she lay curled up. She looked even smaller, like a child in need of a good night’s sleep. He reached out to move the hair off her cheek. She stirred and rolled onto her back.
She rubbed her eyes. “Hey, what are you doing here?” she said with surprise.
“Where else would I be?” He required no answer.
She tilted her head and stared at him. “You have my fur baby, so I’m told.”
“Yes. Titus is fine. But I couldn’t do it without Jonas’s help. I don’t know anything about pets. I never had any growing up. I remembered his stuffed elephant and bones. That seemed to calm him down.” The events of the day were starting to catch up with him too.
“This is a big deal for you. You should feel proud. Tell me what happened.” Her eyes got droopy.
“Maybe tomorrow, malen’kiy. You need your sleep. I’ll be right here if you need anything.” He kissed her forehead.
“What? You’re staying here? In my room?” She sounded alarmed.
“This chair becomes a lounger so I’m all set.” He patted the armrests.
She curled onto her side and tucked her hands under her head. She reached out to him. “Thank you,” she whispered.
He took her hand and kissed it. “Go to sleep. I’ll see you in the morning.”
He pulled his shoes off and sat back in the recliner. His thoughts traveled back to the reason he’d never had a pet: his father wouldn’t be able to handle it. God forbid he and his brothers had something to look after, something they could love and care for. He had ended up taking care of his mother. He wasn’t sure that counted but he did his best. His life revolved around numbers, education, and discipline. There was very little room for play and fun.
He looked at the beautiful creature next to him. She seemed to have cornered the market on fun, his exact opposite. There would be a trade. She would teach him how to have fun and take care of a pet and he could teach her discipline.



Author Bio:
Kenzie's overactive imagination led to her first book TRUTHS in the "Art of Eros Series". She lives in New England with her husband. Dogs, baby elephants, and pigs are her animal loves. She can't cook but can bake up a storm. She's also a fitness fanatic.
Fortunate enough to have traveled all over the world to places like Africa, Greece, Switzerland, Holland, France, England and, of course, Scotland. Edinburgh is one of her favorite places. They have all added to her storytelling and she looks forward to adding to her adventures. 
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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

BLOG TOUR & BOOK REVIEW for "Passion Punch (Key West Escape, #3)" by Tricia Leedom

Passion Punch 
(Key West Escape, #3)
by Tricia Leedom
Published by: Firefly Hill Press
Publication date: October 22nd, 2019
Genres: Adult, Adventure, Romance

When April Linus’ best friends find themselves in trouble with the Miami Mafia, the former heiress turns to an even more dangerous criminal for help… her father. 
Not an easy decision for the young, single mother who found herself pregnant at nineteen and forced to choose between her trust fund and having a baby. April’s father agrees to loan her the money, if she moves home for a few months so he can get to know his grandchild. Before she can decide what to do, she comes face to face with the last man she ever expected to see again… her father’s former bodyguard who disappeared five years ago after she slept with him. 
Black Ops operative Jonas Ostergaard made a nearly fatal mistake the last time he was in Key West. After working his way into Philip Linus’ circle of trust, Jonas let the Arms Dealer’s beautiful, kindhearted daughter distract him from his mission. He was yanked off the job by his superiors, but now he’s back to stop Linus from selling a dangerous new technology on the black market. 
Needing to prove himself to save his job, Jonas is determined to keep his distance from April this time. But when he suspects she knows more about her father’s illegal business dealings than she admits, he’s torn between protecting her and uncovering the truth.
Passion ignites when April and Jonas end up on the run dodging arms dealers in the steamy Amazon rainforest, but April wonders what kind of relationship she could have with a man who has more secrets than she does. A man who could disappear at any moment and leave her heart in tatters. 
Trapped between loyalty to her father and a new allegiance with the man she’s falling in love with, April realizes none of it will matter if they don’t escape the jungle alive.
~ BOOK REVIEW for Passion Punch ~

***3 (out of 5) Stars!

I really enjoyed reading this book.  Like the others in this series, it had a underlying current of danger and suspense that kept things interesting, but it wasn't so heavy or all-consuming as to detract from the romance.

I loved these characters and truly rooted for them to get together.  That being said, however, they both annoyed me enormously.  LOL!  April did so many dumb, inappropriate things; and pushed so much; plus she was a total idiot for ever trusting her dad.  (She should have just asked Anders for the money to begin with!)  And Jonas, while having many good excuses for trying to keep his distance from April and Archie, was a real tool in how he handled most things with her.  Especially considering that he was trying to sway her to his side against her father.  

The author's writing style is so good though, that I mostly just sat back and enjoyed the ride for most of the book.  I was able to get completely immersed in the story and wrapped up with the characters.  From start to finish, it was a pretty wild ride of suspense and passion.

I thought the ending was really lacking.  The interaction between the brothers was heart-warming, but I SO wanted there to be a birthday cake for Jonas!  While it was good to see many old characters return and provide updates, there were some notable omissions (such as Obie).  While a nice happy ending for the entire series, not just this book; it just seemed a bit rushed and a little off.

Still, this was in general an extremely well-written story with lots of intrigue, witty banter and heat.  Definitely a book and series that I would recommend, especially for a relaxing day on the beach!

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





Author Bio:
TRICIA LEEDOM enjoys traveling to exotic destinations and having torrid love affairs with hot, dangerous men… even if it’s only in her own mind. When she’s not writing romantic adventure novels, she reads voraciously, tweets compulsively, and fangirls over a TV show based on her favorite book series. Tricia earned her BA in Creative Writing from The University of Tampa and her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. Her favorite authors include Diana Gabaldon, J.R. Ward, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Karen Robards, and Johanna Lindsey. She lives in Southwest Florida with two very spoiled dogs. Follow Tricia on Twitter and Instagram @tricialeedom. 
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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

BOOK BLITZ for "A Ghost of a Chance (The Nightwatch, #1)" by Debbie Cassidy

A Ghost of a Chance 
(The Nightwatch, #1)
by Debbie Cassidy

Publication date: October 22nd, 2019
Genres: Urban Fantasy
They say the dead don’t speak. That’s a lie. They speak to Kat Justice, but most of the time, she chooses not to hear them.
I’m a Nightwatch agent, a nightblood charged with enforcing the supernatural laws. Humans can’t know the shit that goes bump in the night is real. It’s sweaty, tough work, with crappy pay, but I love it.
Things would be perfect if not for my secret.
Pureblood Nightbloods can’t see or hear the dead. The fact that I can exposes my mixed breeding. I’m not meant to exist, and if the council find out about my secret it’s the executioners block for me.
Keeping a lid on my ghost whisperer ability is a must.
So, when my gramps orders me to head to the arse end of nowhere, a nowhere that just happens to be the most haunted place on the bloody map, I’m a little confused.
This transfer doesn’t jive with trying to keep the ghost chat to a minimum.
But with my golem partner and gargoyle companion in tow, I’m sure I can figure out why I’ve been sent to this weird coastal town. I mean, they even have a ghost bar.
You’d think the local souls would be eager to chew my ear off, right? Wrong.
For the first time in forever, the dead aren’t talking.
Now I need to know why… 
A kick ass Urban Fantasy Adventure filled with fey, demons, vampires, gargoyles and golems.

Author Bio:

Debbie Cassidy lives in England, Bedfordshire, with her three kids and very supportive husband. Coffee and chocolate biscuits are her writing fuels of choice, and she is still working on getting that perfect tower of solitude built in her back garden. Obsessed with building new worlds and reading about them, she spends her spare time daydreaming and conversing with the characters in her head - in a totally non psychotic way of course. She writes Urban Fantasy, Fantasy and Reverse Harem Fantasy. All her books contain plenty of action, romance and twisty plots.

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COVER REVEAL for "Dangerous Romance Coloring Book"

Dangerous Romance
an all-new coloring book
featuring images inspired by some of your favorite romance reads,
is coming November 19th and we have the stunning cover! 



Pre-order your copy today! 


Explore the very best dangerous romance in this breathtaking adult coloring book! SIXTY original and creative illustrations honor the darkest heroes and twisty books we love. Includes exclusive designs for Anna Zaires, T.M. Frazier, Skye Warren, LJ Shen, Laurelin Paige, BB Easton, Willow Winters, R.K. Lilley, Aleatha Romig, and more.

Relax between reading your favorite books with soothing coloring. This coloring book is a MUST HAVE for the shelf of any dangerous romance reader. There are even a few book-themed word puzzles!

COMPLETE LIST OF AUTHORS INCLUDED: Giana Darling, Celia Aaron, Marni Mann, Nikki Sloane, Laurelin Paige, Trisha Wolfe, Aleatha Romig, T.M. Frazier, Claire Contreras, Autumn Jones Lake, M. Never, Anna Zaires, Parker S. Huntington, BB Easton, Tessa Bailey, Stylo Fantome, LJ Shen, R.K. Lilley, B.B. Reid, Natasha Knight, Alta Hensley, Tara Sue Me, Sierra Simone, Annika Martin, Willow Winters, A. Zavarelli, Annabel Joseph, Shanora Williams, Pam Godwin, Tamsen Parker, Pepper Winters, Skye Warren

Monday, October 21, 2019

BOOK BLITZ for "Finish What You Started (Memphis Blues, #1)" by Alexandra Evans

Finish What You Started 
(Memphis Blues, #1)
by Alexandra Evans

Publication date: October 19th, 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Sports
Tyler Johansen, catcher for the Memphis Blues, always promised himself he would complete his bachelor’s degree. But his online professor is a real pain in the ass. 
When Professor Harper Manning is forced to bend the rules for one of her students just because he’s a professional athlete, she’s pissed. Entitled jerk. 
Unfortunately he’s the sexiest entitled jerk she’s ever come across, and Ty has made it clear he’s hot for teacher. She could lose her job if they’re caught messing around.
The problem is, he might be worth it.

Excerpt:

“But I have a special deal with the dean.” Ty scooted up on the chair and leaned his elbows on the faded oak of her desk. “See, I play ball, and since I’m having to take this class during the season, I can’t always get my assignments in on time. Sometimes I’m on the road—”
“They don’t have Wi-Fi in your hotels?”
“Yeah, but—”
“You have your laptop or access to a computer when you’re on the road?”
“Most of the time, but—”
“So you had the same opportunity to get this turned in on time that all my other students did, especially since you aren’t carrying a full load on top of working as some students in my classes do.”
He sat back in his chair and scowled. “Well, I do work. Baseball is a full-time job. It’s more than a full-time job, to be perfectly honest, when you factor in workouts, practices, games, interviews, team meetings, and all the other crap that goes along with it.”
“With one class. That’s doable for all the rest of my students, Mr. Johansen, so I expect it to be doable for you as well, special arrangements or not. I think the dean would agree with me on that.”
Harper pushed the essay back toward him and rolled her chair up closer to her desk. She should have done a little jig of victory, but instead she felt a little tinge of…guilt? No, not that. He’d been late on his assignment, and playing ball was no excuse. It was never an excuse for shirking responsibilities. If you wanted something enough, you went all out for it. If her father had taught her nothing else in his miserable life, what little of it he’d actually spent with her, he’d taught her that.


Author Bio: 
Alexandra enjoys writing contemporary romances with hot heroes and strong heroines, centered on her favorite sport: baseball.

A former research scientist, Alexandra spends her free time taking care of her husband, teenage daughter, and two doge, a Papillon named Percy, and a St. Bernard mix named Bongo.
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COVER REVEAL for "Pinky Promises" by Deana Birch

Cover Reveal

Pinky Promises 
by Deana Birch 
releases on November 18th, 2019!

When her long-distance teaching buddy goes on maternity leave, New York City native Leyla Harraq, temporarily transplants to a sleepy beach town on the West Coast to manage her friend’s Hot Yoga studio. But the yogini’s brash spunk leads to an immediate social gaffe when she insults her new landlord, carpenter Adam Fields, and must backpedal to save face.
Watching her hottie landlord wallow in solitary confinement after a brutal break-up will never do. Motivated by her own need for physical contact, Leyla happily offers herself as the perfect rebound. She’ll be gone in a couple of months, no one has to know, and she can wipe his ex right out of his mind…and body. After all, if anyone knows how to turn up the heat, it’s her.
But when the studio owner realizes she can’t return to teaching full-time and asks Leyla to stay, the fish-out-of-water must make a choice. Can she abandon her commitment-free lifestyle for small town drama and a chance at love with a hunky hammer wielding man?

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Saturday, October 19, 2019

BOOK BLITZ for "Samba (Sultry Nights, #4)" by Melanie Munton

Samba
(Sultry Nights, #4)
by Melanie Munton

Publication date: October 15th, 2019
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
Samba (n): danced to a quick, fast-paced beat, with rapid steps and a rocking, sexy swaying motion; typically has a dramatic climax 
Whether Sophie Fuentes wants to admit it or not, her life has irrevocably changed ever since undercover DEA agent Max Romano blew into it. And now that she knows the truth about who he really is, everything has changed all over again. Nothing is as she thought it was. There is no one left she can trust. All she knows for sure is that she wants nothing at all to do with Max and his lies. 
Max knows he screwed up majorly with Sophie. But he’s not about to let her shut him out, not when her very life is in danger. She can yell at him, she can hate him, but she can’t deny the way her body responds to him. It might be wrong, but he’s going to use the passion that burns so brightly between them to his advantage. He’ll push her to the brink of her desire until she has no choice but to forgive him. 
Their fire burns hotter than ever.

The stakes have never been higher.

The danger has never been deadlier.

But what scares Max the most is that he has no idea what’s coming for them next. 
**This is a SHORT story series. Each volume is a short story serial and is an average of 30,000 words. This is NOT a full-length novel series.**

Excerpt:

Sophie
“You say you danced with this guy?”
My head rears back at his lethal tone. “It was just a dance. So that I could ask my questions.”
He hums in the back of his throat. “And I’m sure he was all-too-willing to answer every single one of them. Especially with the way this dress clings to your ass. Are you even wearing underwear?”
I lift my chin, pleased to know he likes what he sees. “Yes, I am. I would expect some gratitude or at least a thank you for helping with your investigation. After all, that seems to be all you care about.”
Someone bumps into Max, shoving him against me. When the movement knocks me back, his hand instinctively goes to my waist to steady me. Our bodies are pressed close together, so it’s difficult to not notice the hard bulge between his legs. A bulge that he thrusts against me with one quick drive of his hips.
My eyes practically roll back in my head at the contact.
“I think you know that’s not all I care about, Sophie,” he breathes against my parted lips. “I care that you danced with another man. That another man had his hands on you. That he thought you were his, even just for a song.” His other hand clasps onto my hip, yanking me to him. “I care a hell of a lot that he wanted what’s mine.”
With both hands clamped around my waist, he sways his hips. Not driving his pelvis into me this time, but moving our bodies together to the rhythm of the sultry samba number the live band just started playing. Our connected bodies instantly sync to the beat, reminding me so much of our first dance the night we met. I go with it and allow him to lead me because I can’t not. This music—this dancing—is in my blood. I can’t waste an opportunity to feel it like this.
“You still think I’m yours?” I manage.
He groans when I roll my hips against him. “Baby, you’ve been mine since the first time we kissed. You really think I’m going to give you up? I don’t care how mad I make you, I won’t stop trying to earn you. Because I want to deserve you.”
His honesty takes me by surprise. And it only serves to make me hotter.
The dance floor is so packed there isn’t a lot of room for extra spins or grand twirls. Not that I want any more space between us. I’m enjoying the feel of Max’s hard muscles grinding against me way too much. The adrenaline from before I saw him still flows through my blood and spikes at his sincere words. I don’t want to go back to being Sophie Fuentes, witness for the DEA.
I want to be Sophie Fuentes, the woman who can bring a man like Max Romano to his knees.
I want to feel alive.
I want to feel la vida—life—emanate from my soul.
Our bodies stay interlocked, pulsating together, as we writhe in our confined space. I love this private world of dance we share. No other man in the world can make me feel like Max does, on and off the dance floor.
Ever perceptive, he picks up on my train of thought. “You didn’t enjoy dancing with him, did you? He didn’t make you feel like this, did he? You missed me, didn’t you?”
I nod frantically, too breathless to speak. Our passion has always had that effect on me. I lose all conscious thought, all control, all inhibitions. I surrendered to my desires with his first hip thrust, and now I’m close to begging for mercy, for a release.
I don’t even realize I’ve whimpered until he responds to it by sucking on my neck. “Christ. You need me. Don’t you, Sophie?”


Author Bio:
Traveler. Reader. Beach-goer. St. Louis Cardinals fan. Pasta-obsessed. North Carolina resident. Sarcastic. Bit of a nerd.

Author of the Cruz Brothers, Possession and Politics, and Timid Souls series, Melanie loves all things romance, comedies and suspense in particular because it’s boring to only stick to one sub-genre! From light-hearted comedies to sexy thrillers, she likes to mix it up, but loves her some strong alpha males and sassy heroines.

Go visit Melanie’s website and sign up for her newsletter to stay updated on release dates, teasers, and other details for all of her projects! 

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

BLOG TOUR & AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Laura Maybrooke for "Immortal Defiance (Dulcea's Rebellion, #1)"

Immortal Defiance 
(Dulcea’s Rebellion, #1)
by Laura Maybrooke

Publication date: October 10th, 2019
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Some things never die. Hope. Heroes. Defiance. 
Things take a strange turn for Dulcea, the elven enchantress turned war heroine and Dragonmistress, when a countryman’s betrayal lands her in enemy hands. 
As she awaits her execution, a stranger with mysterious powers offers her another chance at life. Will she die here or risk what sinister fate he has in store for her? 
Can Dulcea reclaim her rightful place and lead her army once more? Or does Krath, the man who travels the Realm of the Dead as one of its own, prove to be the obstacle that fells her rebellion? 
… Or will this immortal vampire warrior turn out to be the best chance she has of defying the ancient evil arising in the west?

~AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Laura Maybrooke~

1)    What gave you the inspiration for the storyline?

This story actually has a curious beginning. I have been writing since my early teenage years, for about 25 years now. My first story contained set in its world history an event between Dulcea, the elven enchantress turned war heroine and Dragonmistress, and the vampire Krath who played a mysterious part in her rebellion.

This conflict between Dulcea and Krath soon rose to the forefront of my mind, and the characters turned into more than just names in someone else’s history. They became to me as dear as friends, and I witnessed their struggle and adventures many times over in the past twenty years.

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

Dulcea and Krath’s story is a story of friendship, valor, and courage, even in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. On the surface, these two people, an elven lady and a vampire, are as dissimilar as can be, but they may yet discover that differences are often only skin deep. That is also something I wish to advocate.

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

Not in this story, no. Not intentionally, at least. There may be traces of certain people in some of the characters; traits I admire, but nothing done consciously.

4) Who has influenced you most as a writer?

My friend Anna, who has been my supporter and sounding board on this long road to publication these last 25 years. Without her, this story would never have seen the light of day.

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 three splendid detectives and investigators from different time periods, to see who is the cleverest! Hercule Poirot, Sherlock Holmes, and Matthew Shardlake. I would engage them in a round of Cluedo’s murder mystery and serve them tea/coffee and cake!

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

No! There are never too many books for me. Too little time, perhaps, but books – never!

Author Bio:
“I live in my own little world. But it’s ok, they know me here.” (Who besides me has this fridge magnet; raise your hand!) 
That’s sometimes what it feels like. Who says stories aren’t real? I live in the land of the Midnight Sun and Polar Nights, together with my husband and daughter, and a cast of fantasy characters running around in my head. It’s busy here. Care to stay and chat a while? 
Laura Maybrooke is an 80s’ child, who works too much and writes too little, but who’ll never say no to a thrilling romance, a high fantasy adventure, or a cookbook full of delicious treats she’d like to bake one day. 

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

BOOK BLITZ for "Alfheim Academy" by S.T. Bende

Alfheim Academy 
(Alfheim Academy, #1)
by S.T. Bende

Publication date: October 14th, 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
A new series from internationally bestselling author S.T. Bende. 
Aura Nilssen has spent most of her sixteen years in hiding. As crown princess of Alfheim, her life depends on avoiding the assassins who killed her parents and want to destroy her realm. When hunters corner Aura on Midgard (Earth), she’s immediately evacuated and enrolled at Alfheim Academy—a training ground where telepathic teenagers, daily combat lessons, and communication from beyond is the norm. She attends classes that enhance her energetic abilities, labs that fine tune her mental acuity, and workouts with a supernaturally good looking—and suspiciously evasive—training partner. But it’s what she learns outside the classroom that proves most difficult: as Queen of Alfheim, Aura’s grandmother played a heartbreaking role in the death of Aura’s parents... and her iron fisted monarchy is pushing the realm to the brink of extinction. If Aura doesn’t take her grandmother’s crown, the home she’s only just begun to love may be lost forever. 
When an unprecedented attack threatens the very heart of Alfheim, Aura has to decide what she’s willing to sacrifice to protect her new home. Her choice may mean the difference between survival and annihilation—not only for Aura, but for the world she’s always been destined to rule.

Excerpt:


EXCERPT:
I leaned forward, trying to see who Viggo was talking to, but my balance shifted unexpectedly. As I sidestepped to avoid a fall, a branch cracked loudly beneath my feet. I quickly scooted behind a tree and held very still as Viggo called out in a threatening voice, “Show yourself.”
I could take him if it came to it. I’d pinned him in five out of nine sparring matches that week. Or was it three? I couldn’t remember.
“I know you’re behind that tree.” Leaves crunched as Viggo stormed closer.
I inched around the trunk as my training partner’s footsteps grew louder.
“Last chance,” Viggo growled. He was unnervingly close. My eyes locked in on the thickest part of the tree line, and I rose onto the balls of my feet, preparing for escape.
Before I could make my move, a thick hand whipped around the tree to clutch my neck. Viggo yanked me from my hiding spot, wrenching my body into view. He held his arm perpendicular to his six-plus-foot frame, so I dangled in his grasp. In his other hand, he gripped a thick dagger. Crêpes. My hands flew to Viggo’s wrist and I dug in my fingernails, intending to break his hold before my air supply ran out. But as I clawed against his grip our eyes locked, and Viggo opened his palm. I fell to the ground in a heap, then leapt to my feet, brushing broken branches off my pants as I stood.
“You.” Viggo’s normally charming tone had an edge. “What did you hear?”
“I heard enough.” I widened my stance in case I needed to deliver a roundhouse. Or worse. “You broke into Alfheim? What are you doing here?”
“You don’t know what you heard.” Viggo took a step to his right. I mirrored him.
“Fine.” We continued our dance, two animals squaring off for a fight. “Then why don’t you tell me. Because it sounded an awful lot like you broke into the realm, and you’re planning something dangerous.”
“Is that so?” Amusement danced across Viggo’s eyes as anger percolated beneath my skin. I took deep breaths until the emotion stilled.
“What would you call what you’re doing?” I pressed.
Viggo’s features hardened as he took another step. “How was your meeting with the queen? Lots to catch up on, I’m sure.”
My eyes narrowed. “What do you care?”
“I care when someone strips my realm of its freedoms. Not that you’d understand anything about that.”
The anger bubbled again, fiercer. Hotter. “I’ll ask you one more time. What were you doing just now?”
“If I thought you’d understand, I’d tell you.” Viggo’s hand flexed, and his dagger glinted under the filtered light of the forest. My hands balled into fists and I took a step forward. I didn’t have a weapon, but if that jerk thought he could silence me, he had another thing coming.
Viggo stepped into my space, his chest inches from mine. I ignored the piney scent wafting off his training clothes and focused on perfecting my glare.
“Go home, Glitre,” Viggo spoke softly into my ear. “Keep your perfekt little life in order.”
Laughter tickled my throat. “Perfekt. Right.”
Viggo leaned back just enough to meet my eyes. “Someone looked out for you from the minute you were born. From where I’m standing, that’s a pretty good deal.”
“You don’t know the first thing about me.”
Viggo shifted so our foreheads practically touched. Butterflies burst into flight in my stomach and at my shoulder blades. What the hell is wrong with me?
“I know you’re the heir to the throne,” he growled. “I know you met with the queen. And I know you haven’t stepped up to challenge her. I can connect the dots as to which side you’re on.”
A low whistle pierced the forest as I sucked air through my teeth. Viggo Sörensson had no freaking clue. “You know I’m going to tell Signy about this.”
Viggo shrugged. “Go ahead. But for the record, I’m warning you to stay out of it. If anything happens, it’s on you.”
“Noted.” I took another breath as Viggo leaned forward again. His shoulder brushed against mine as he walked by, and the nudging at my back became so adamant, I was positive something was about to crawl right out of my skin. But the jabbing ebbed as Viggo marched forward. He didn’t turn around until he reached the thicker tapestry of trees.
Even at this distance, I caught the pop of his dimple. “See you around, Glitre.”
Then he turned and disappeared into the forest, leaving me with a litany of questions.
What was Viggo Sorenssön up to?


Author Bio:
Before finding domestic bliss in suburbia, S.T. Bende lived in Manhattan Beach (where she became overly fond of Peet's Coffee) and Europe... where she became overly fond of McVitie's cookies. Her love of Scandinavian culture and a very patient Norwegian teacher inspired her YA Norse fantasy series' (Viking Academy, Elsker Saga, Ære Saga, and Night War Saga). And her love of a galaxy far, far away inspired her to write children's books for Star Wars. She hopes her characters make you smile, and she dreams of skiing on Jotunheim and Hoth. 
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