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"Suicide Forest" by Jeremy Bates - Blog Tour will run from January 5 – 30, 2015

"The Trouble with Texas Cowboys" by Carolyn Brown - Blog Tour, Guest Post, & Giveaway will run from January 1 - 30, 2015

"Winter Fire" by Kathy Fischer-Brown - Blog Tour, Interview, & Giveaway will run from December 5, 2014 - January 30, 2015

"Finding Hope" by Stacy Finz - Giveaway will run from January 1 - 31, 2015

"Huckleberry Spring" by Jennifer Beckstrand - Blog Tour will run from January 19 - February 6, 2015

"Rekindled Desires" by Debbie Macarter - Blog Tour & Giveaway will run from January 22 - February 22, 2015

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Blog Tour - A Perfect Catch by Anna Sugden | Spreading the Word & Gift Card/Novel Giveaways

Today I'm turning my blog over to Anna Sugden author of "A Perfect Catch," which happens to be the THIRD BOOK in her New Jersey Ice Cats Series!!

ALSO -- Be sure to check out Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post to be able to sign up for this blog stop's GIVEAWAY!! [Blog Tour will run TODAY -- January 29, 2015 -- Giveaway will run until January 31, 2015]



"A Perfect Catch"
[New Jersey Ice Cats Series, Book 3] by Anna Sugden

Author's Book Description :
    He's the perfect catch...for now!

    When it comes to romance, Tracy Hayden is not looking for a rematch. She's had epic passion—and problems!—with professional hockey player Ike Jelinek. Brilliant on skates and magic in bed, his too-traditional-for-her views were like a bucket of ice water on their affair.

    Then an injury takes Ike out of the game, and everything changes. Suddenly he needs her services-providing business—even though he once claimed it was their biggest problem. Tracy's determined to be professional, despite the sizzling attraction between them that won't go away. Maybe they need a second fling to fix that!

Book Series Links :

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Harlequin

** Be sure to add it to your TBR pile on Goodreads! **



About the Author :

Harlequin SuperRomance author, Anna Sugden, loves reading and writing happy endings as much as hockey! When not reading or watching hockey, she loves football, good food & wine, making simple cross-stitch projects, and collecting memorabilia, penguins and fab shoes!

A former marketing executive and primary teacher, Anna lives in Cambridge, England, with her husband and two bossy black cats. Learn more about Anna, her heart-warming romances and her shoes at www.annasugden.com. You can also follow her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/annasugden.romanceauthor), Twitter (www.twitter.com/annasugden) Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/annasugden) and on the Romance Bandits blog (www.romancebandits.com)




Book Excerpt :

Ike swore as he wiped down his sweater and jeans with his handkerchief. From the heat around his zipper, the coffee had got too close to the family jewels for comfort.

Tracy Hayden had been a major pain in his ass from the moment she’d strutted into his life on those killer legs. With a toss of her dark hair and a glint in her brown eyes, she’d challenged him in every way. Still did. Damn woman was as irritating as grit in an oyster, except he never got a pearl. That said, a coffee shower was a first.

“I should apologize.” Tracy’s crisp tone, which emphasized her still-strong English accent, was grudging.

“Why bother, if you don’t mean it?” He stripped off his sweater. Beneath it, his T-shirt was damp but wearable. “I thought the one thing we had left was honesty.”

Her gaze lingered on his chest before flicking up to meet his. Color tinged her cheeks. “You’re right. Your remark was uncalled for, but I reacted badly.”

His conscience pricked him, taking the edge off his anger. It was partly—okay, largely—his fault. One minute Tracy had been cooing over her nephew and the next she was desperately checking her phone. Since she’d just told Maggie that every-thing was under control, what could be so freaking important?

Ike hadn’t deliberately followed Tracy into the waiting room. The cozy family image Jake, Maggie and Joe had presented had scraped on his already raw nerves, reminding him of the life he’d once hoped he could have with Tracy and making the hospital room feel claustrophobic. He’d escaped to get some air. He’d been surprised to find Tracy by the coffee machine and had nearly turned back. But then he’d seen that damn wiggle. That sexy hip-shimmy she always did when she was happy. The one that always fired up his pulse—and his groin.

He’d barely got himself under control when she’d spilled coffee on her hand. He’d wanted to kiss the burn better. The thought of putting his lips on her had sent desire rocketing through his body once more. Frustration had fuelled his annoyance. After all this time, he hated that he was still so pathetically affected by her, while all she felt for him was aggravation. And he’d snapped.

“No harm done,” he said stiffly. “I should apologize, too.”

“Okay.” Tracy dropped her empty cup in the trash and turned back to the coffee machine.

As she tapped in her selection, Ike stifled the urge to offer to buy her a drink. He turned to go when her voice stopped him.

“I know you won’t believe this, but I wouldn’t ordinarily let business intrude on such a special occasion.”

“So why the exception?” He was pleased his question held no hint of his skepticism.

“It was a time-sensitive issue.”

“Aren’t they all?”

“I suppose so.” Tracy smiled ruefully as she collected her drink. “But in this case, it would have been a costly mistake. The Bridgers are a major client.”

He frowned, unsure how one phone call could be that important. Unless she’d been about to lose the soccer team as a client. “Is Making Your Move in trouble?”

“Not at all. In fact I’m trying to broaden the range of services we offer with the new Helping Hands package.” Tracy explained the extra support her company wanted to give players and their families.

Ike obviously had a different definition of emergency. If her company had been struggling, he’d have understood. But how could adding business when her company was already successful be more important than celebrating a new member of the family?

Don’t go there.

What was the point? It would only lead to another fight and he probably wouldn’t survive another dousing unscathed. Besides, all of this only reinforced what he already knew—the two of them would never work. He couldn’t be with someone who put work ahead of everything and everyone else. He sure as hell wouldn’t compete with a woman’s career.



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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Blog Tour - Bridges Burned by Chris Cannon | Spreading the Word

Today I'm turning my blog over to Chris Cannon author of "Bridges Burned," which is the SECOND novel in her Going Down In Flames Series!! [Blog Tour will run from January 27, 2015]



"Bridges Burned"
[Going Down In Flames Series, Book 2] by Chris Cannon

Author's Book Description :
    Don’t just fight the system...burn it.

    Since discovering she is a shape-shifting, fire-breathing dragon on her sixteenth birthday (surprise!), Bryn McKenna’s world has been thrown into chaos. Being a “crossbreed”—part Red dragon and part Blue—means Bryn will never fit in. Not with dragon society. Not with the archaic and controlling Directorate. And definitely not when she has striped hair and a not-so-popular affection for rule-breaking...

    But sneaking around with her secret boyfriend, Zavien, gets a whole lot harder when he’s betrothed to someone else. Someone who isn’t a mixed breed and totally forbidden. And for an added complication, it turns out Bryn’s former archnemesis Jaxon Westgate isn’t quite the evil asshat she thought. Now she’s caught between her desire to fit in and a need to set things on fire. Literally.

    Because if Bryn can’t adapt to the status quo...well, then maybe it’s time for her to change it.

This book is available to order on :

Amazon.com (e-Book) | Kobo (eBook) | Barnes & Noble

** Be sure to add it to your TBR pile on Goodreads! **



About the Author :

Chris Cannon lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and her three dogs, Pete the shih tzu who sleeps on her desk while she writes, Molly the ever-shedding yellow lab, and Tyson the sandwich-stealing German Shepherd Beagle. She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures. "Going Down In Flames" is the first book in Chris Cannon's shape-shifting dragon series.

My Previous Review(s) for this Series : Book 1

My Previous Mention(s) of this Author's Books/Characters : Spreading the Word for Entangled Teen with 2 Novels by Karri Thompson & Chris Cannon



Book Excerpt :

On the drive back to school, Bryn reflected on how her life had recently gone to hell. It had all started when flames shot out of her mouth on her sixteenth birthday, proving she wasn’t completely human. Since then she’d been shipped off to a secret school for dragons—the Institute for Excellence—where she was learning how to control her shape-shifting dragon powers. She’d faced discrimination, death threats, and poisoning. She’d been blown up and involved in a battle to the death with a radical Revisionist member—and she’d been there for only a few months. Though not everything about her new life was bad. She had a sexy boyfriend, Black dragon Zavien Blackthorn, and two good friends, Clint and Ivy. Being a crossbred dragon meant she had both the Red and Blue dragons’ breath weapons, fire and ice, and even though she was the only crossbreed, she could still outfly even the fastest Blue. Of course, that’s why some of the other Clans hated her. She’d upset the natural order of things in this color-coded world, where the Directorate dictated what Red, Black, Green, Orange, and Blue dragon Clan members could do as a profession and whom they could marry. It was absurd. Yet most dragons didn’t question it.
Part of Zavien’s appeal lay in the fact that he headed up the student Revisionist group that petitioned the Directorate to change out dated laws. Bryn glanced at Directorate lawyer Merrick Overton, who was driving the Cadillac SUV hybrid she was riding in. Her classmate and former nemesis Jaxon Westgate rode shotgun. She and Jaxon no longer hated each other. Scratch that: he no longer hated her based on his father’s vendetta against her mother, but that didn’t mean they were friends. Funny how saving someone’s life could turn you from enemies to...what? Not friends. Frenemies, maybe? Who knew? It’s not like she wanted to hang out with him, but there was a weird level of trust between them now that she didn’t know what to do with.



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Monday, January 26, 2015

Blog Tour - Made the Grade: Beyond All Dreams by Elizabeth Camden | Review, Kindle Fire Giveaway & Facebook Party

Today I'm turning my blog over to Elizabeth Camden, with a review of her latest release "Beyond All Dreams!!"

ALSO -- Be sure to sign up for this tour's GIVEAWAY(s) (listed below)!! [Blog Tour will run from January 26 - February 17, 2015 | Giveaway ends on February 17, 2015 | Elizabeth's "Beyond All Dreams" Author Chat Party on Facebook is on February 17, 2015]



- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Hardcover - Pages: 546, Paperback - Pages: 369; Kindle Edition - File Size: 4070 KB | Expected Release Date: December 30, 2014 | Publisher: Baker Publishing Group : Bethany House Publishers | Obtained: Litfuse Publicity Group / NetGalley

"Beyond All Dreams" by Elizabeth Camden

Author's Book Description : Is bringing the truth to light worth risking all they’ve ever dreamed for their futures?

Anna O’Brien leads a predictable and quiet life as a map librarian at the illustrious Library of Congress until she stumbles across the baffling mystery of a ship disappeared at sea. Thwarted in her attempts to uncover information, her determination outweighs her shyness and she turns to a dashing congressman for help.

Luke Callahan was one of the nation’s most powerful congressmen before his promising career was shadowed in scandal. Eager to share in a new cause and intrigued by the winsome librarian, he joins forces with Anna to solve the mystery of the lost ship. Opposites in every way, Anna and Luke are unexpectedly drawn to each other despite the strict rules forbidding Anna from any romantic entanglements with members of Congress.

From the gilded halls of the Capitol where powerful men shape the future of the nation, to the scholarly archives of the nation’s finest library, Anna and Luke are soon embroiled in secrets much bigger and more perilous than they ever imagined. Is bringing the truth to light worth risking all they’ve ever dreamed for their futures?

My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars! A young up-and-coming Congressman from Maine and a female Library of Congress map librarian's path cross. One dreams of things being peaceful everywhere and hopes to be the one to make it happen. The other hopes to uncover what truly happened to her father after finding a false report. Together they should be able to get through anything but will they be able to trust each other enough to see their dreams through to the end?

This novel is for Ancestry and Historical Romance lovers! Because it follows historical events really well, while throwing enough flirtation between Luke & Anna in the mix to keep you intrigued. In addition, because of Anna being a map librarian she is determined to get to the truth of everything no matter the consequences because she feels that the documents in the Library of Congress should be completely accurate as possible since you never know how future generations will look at that document and do with it later. Since Anna feels that way it made me really like her as a character, as I've been a genealogist for my family since 1999 and I completely understand where she was coming from. To top off my love for the characters I find out that Luke is a Congressman from Maine and I'm originally from Maine so yeah I found that pretty cool too.

Together I found I liked and respected Luke & Anna, where they were coming from because of their pasts to how they grew into their romantic relationship. Through it all, they were very sweet and accepting of one another. Also, it was fun reading their bantering. However, what really ruined my love for this novel was when Luke found out the real reason behind the false report and acted completely cold to Anna. I understand his temper, and I could have gotten over everything if he tried to work things out a bit quicker. Yet a few hours before finding out the truth, he talks about marriage then after he learns the truth, he acts like he doesn't even know her. Yes, he was protecting her in his own way but I just didn't like it and it made it hard for me to like the novel as I previously did. Nevertheless, with that being said I still like them together, how everything worked out between them, and the novel itself.

I recommend this novel to those who like doing Ancestry and/or like reading Historical romances!!

Purchase This Book Here : Kobo (e-Book)


Author's Novel Extras : Pinterest: Beyond All Dreams | Beyond All Dreams | Beyond All Dreams Sneak Peek

Book Teaser(s) :
"I can bring you a chisel and a clay tablet if you'd prefer. I believe they have some in the museum."
He set the pen down and fastened that enigmatic gaze on her. "Yes, please."
"Yes please . . . what?"
"I'd prefer a chisel and a clay tablet. You see, Miss O'Brien, I like old things. I prefer the challenge of a time when men went out and killed something when they were hungry, rather than opening a tin of processed meat. I don't want perfumed soap and a trickle of water from a copper pipe. I want a healthy blast from a frigid New England waterfall. I don't want the tinny noise from a gramophone. I want the thunder and vibrations of a real orchestra pounding out a Beethoven symphony. Technology has made us soft. I like hard muscle and loud voices and the satisfaction of a sweaty day of labor."
"You wear sparkly jewelry," she countered.
"I wear rocks hauled out of the land I own. Trophies, if you will." His eyes gleamed, and he looked flushed with health and vigor. Standing this close to him, she barely reached his shoulder, and his enthusiasm was palpable.
She held up the slim pen. "This is a trophy of modern times. If you'd like to fill out a research request, it is the device you will need to use."
"Miss O'Brien," she said in a long, slow drawl. "You don't think I intend to fill out that ridiculous slip of paper, do you?"
"I'm going to assume that was a rhetorical question and you aren't really expecting an answer." ~ within Chapter 3
"Will you go for a walk with me?"
"Not unless you calm down. I generally don't walk alongside men with homicidal interests in poison." ~ within Chapter 8

For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Elizabeth, then please check out her website.



About the Author :

A research librarian and associate professor, Elizabeth Camden has a master’s in history from the University of Virginia and a master’s in library science from Indiana University. She has published several articles for academic publications and is the author of four nonfiction history books. Her ongoing fascination with history and love of literature have led her to write inspirational fiction. Elizabeth lives with her husband in central Florida.





Giveaway(s)!! :

Travel back in time to the U.S. Capitol and the Library of Congress in Elizabeth Camden's newest release, "Beyond All Dreams." From the gilded halls of the Capitol where powerful men shape the future of the nation, to the scholarly archives of the nation's finest library, Anna and Luke are soon embroiled in secrets much bigger and more perilous than they ever imagined. Is bringing the truth to light worth risking all they've ever dreamed for their futures?

Elizabeth is celebrating the release of "Beyond All Dreams" with a Kindle giveaway and Facebook party on February 17.

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One grand prize winner will receive :

  • A Kindle Fire
  • A copy of "Beyond All Dreams" by Elizabeth Camden

To Enter : Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 2/17. Winner will be announced at the "Beyond All Dreams" Facebook author chat party on February 17th. RSVP for a chance to connect with Elizabeth and historical fiction fans, as well as for the opportunity to win some great prizes!

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