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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Made the Grade: Bump in the Night by Dakota Rebel

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon: Kindle Edition - File Size: 347 KB | Expected Release Date: October 21, 2014 | Publisher: Resplendence Publishing | Obtained: Dakota Rebel

"Bump in the Night" by Dakota Rebel

Author's Book Description : Ainsley Tennant has a secret. By day, she is the quintessential girl next door, a mild-mannered, small-town librarian with a 401k and no social life. But when the sun sets, she turns into a preternatural magnet. Every ghost, vampire and demon in a fifty-mile radius is drawn to her. Since she was a child, all she has ever wanted was to find someplace safe, far away from murder and mayhem so that these lost souls would no longer be drawn to her.


She believes she has finally found such a place in Logan, Ohio and has planted her roots firmly in the small, happy town. Still, not one to tempt fate, she does her best to be safely ensconced in her home before night fully takes hold of her peaceful village.


Unfortunately, her house may not be the safe haven she believed it. On Halloween, she finds herself walking the two blocks from work to her house well after midnight and realizes she is no longer alone on her journey. Turning to confront her pursuer, she comes face to face with one of the sexiest vampires she has ever encountered. Though her head tells her to run, her body begs to find out if anything good ever goes bump in the night.

My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars!

Okay this review is a bit different because my original review, which was well thought out if I do say so myself, got accidently deleted by my Kindle. I’m still not happy about that happening but there isn’t a way to get it back. So … here you go from what I recall about this novel …

It’s about Ainsley a woman who has the powers to see and unintentionally draw paranormal creatures to her. However, she is sick of her power so she finds a “out of the area” place to live where she has created a home she enjoys. But as Halloween is a few days away, she finds that something very evil is after her and her strongest protections won’t save her. Therefore, when unlikely help from a handsome vampire comes along Ainsley finds him and his help impossible to resist. Quickly a crossroads in her life comes to pass, will she take the course that will lead her to a new future (one she never expected) or will she try to protect herself from the upcoming events so she can try to keep her life as normal as possible?

I really enjoyed how this novel was laid out; it’s intensely written with a surprise romance wrapped in a fast-paced adventure that keeps you interested from the beginning. In addition, I LOVED Ainsley’s relationship with both Zane and Kate! Zane seemed like Ainsley’s perfect half, plus he’s described as a handsome vampire who was also sweet and charming, while Kate was just a sweet girl who Ainsley and Zane unintentionally grew to love and wanted the best for her future.

Though this novel was not written as I had expected, its main and secondary characters won me over. I am also curious to know if Ainsley’s witch and angel/guardian friends ended up together too.

I recommend it to those looking for a unique first person paranormal romance.

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Book Teaser(s) :
“You’re a strange one,” I said, before trying to stifle a yawn. “Why do you want to hang out with me?”
“You smell like a Christmas cookie.”
“Excuse me?” I asked with a giggle.
“You do.” He shrugged, and the motion moved my head forward. He shifted in the swing, turning us both so he was almost reclining and I could rest fully against his chest. His arms wrapped around me, and though I knew I should move or protest or something, I couldn’t. It felt so good to be held by a man, especially this one, that I just allowed it to happen. I don’t know why I felt safe with him, but somehow, I knew he wouldn’t hurt me.
“Christmas cookies,” I repeated with another yawn. “I’ve never heard that before.”
“You smell like butter and sugar and fresh pine needles,” he murmured into my hair.
“That’s not pine,” I said. “That’s wine.”
“Oh,” he whispered. “Well, it certainly is intoxicating.”
“I didn’t need any cheese to go with that.” ~ within Chapter 5
Could my life get any more messed up? ~ within Chapter 11

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Idolizing In: The Dream Chronicles, Book 1

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon: Paperback - Pages: 252; Kindle Edition - File Size: 757 KB | Expected Release Date: March 25, 2015 | Publisher: ImaJinn Books | Obtained: NetGalley

"DreamSinger" / "Dream Singer" [The Dream Chronicles, Book 1] by J. A. Ferguson (aka Jo Ann Ferguson, Joanna Hampton, Jo Ann Brown, Rebecca North, & Marianne Ellis)

Author's Book Description : A world lost . . .

First Daughter Nerienne, heir to the Tiria of Gayome, faces the destruction of everything she knows when her mother’s enemies kill the Tiria. Nerienne is left with just her magic and with Bidge, a mysterious creature that speaks only to her. She is rescued by Durgan Ketassian, leader of the rebels in the northern woods, but can she trust this man whom her mother condemned to die?

A dream found . . .

Durgan knows he cannot trust Nerienne. Her mother had been his enemy ever since she began slaying dreamsingers, skilled musicians who sing the future through one’s dreams. He has vowed to see his people free of the Tiria’s domination, never guessing the Tiria’s daughter could awaken parts of his heart he’d shut away.

A song without end . . .

To save Gayome, Nerienne and Durgan must work together to defeat their common enemy. But to become allies opens them to the greatest threat of all . . . falling in love.

My Book Review : 5 out of 5 stars!! One woman struggles to uphold her responsibilities in the face of her world crumbling around her while one man seeks vengeance for all he has lost. Together they become unlikely allies against those who plan to give them equal harm. Yet, can they do so without losing themselves and their hearts to one another in the process?

This epic journey begins with this enticing novel! Intense and spell binding, I was riveted from the very beginning when Durgan is plotting his “escape.” In ways, it reminded me a lot of Maxine Mansfield's The Academy Series because of how the characters from Ms. Mansfield's series and this one (Ms. Ferguson's) seem to have similar characteristics to me, and how the series' are laid out.

Their snark, courageousness, and determination won me over in the beginning and reading about them slowly falling for one another made me root for Durgan and Nerienne more so then most characters I’ve read about. Together they make one grand couple (two pieces of a whole) that could rule all if only they'd allow it. I LOVED their banter! Plus, adding cute/sweet Bidge into their relationship didn’t hurt either.

I HIGHLY recommend this novel to those looking for a fantasy romance with an epic tale.

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Book Teaser(s) :
"You are a woman, not a goddess. You are mortal," he whispered. "A single slash of a blade here will rid Gayome of you."
"You will not kill me." Her voice wobbled on each word, but she kept her chin high. She must not let him discover how his touch unnerved her. "You need me."
"You have no idea how much."
His lips claimed hers as he swept her to him. She gripped his sleeve, caught between wanting to flee and wanting to stay in his strong arms. ~ within Chapter 4
Their guards argued over who would have the honor of announcing their victory. Underneath their voices, Nerienne whispered, "How do you fare?"
"Not bad," Durgan answered. "The bleeding's stopped. I should survive long enough to be executed." ~ within Chapter 13
"Let's go and look about the marketplace. There is no sense fighting about this now."
"I am sure we can find something else to argue about."
"Without a doubt." ~ within Chapter 17

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Blog Tour - Seaside Lovers by Melissa Foster | Spreading the Word

Today I'm showing off Melissa Foster's "Seaside Lovers," which is the FORTH novel in her California Dreamers Series!!

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"Seaside Lovers"
[Love in Bloom: Seaside Summers Series, Book 7] by Melissa Foster

Author's Book Description :
    Fall in love with Grayson and Parker on the sandy beaches and quaint towns of Cape Cod, and find out why millions of readers are raving about Seaside Summers, a series of stand-alone romances that may also be enjoyed as part of the larger Love in Bloom big-family romance collection. Love in Bloom features wealthy alpha heroes and sexy, empowered women. They're flawed, funny, passionate, and very relatable to readers who enjoy contemporary romance and women's fiction.

    "Melissa Foster is synonymous with sexy, swoony, heartfelt romance!" - NYT Bestseller Lauren Blakely

    In SEASIDE LOVERS...
    After months of long-distance communication, actress Parker Collins and artist Grayson Lacroux finally plan to reconnect in the seaside town of Wellfleet, Massachusetts. But Parker never shows, and weeks pass without a word, leaving Grayson to believe he's misinterpreted their budding relationship.

    Parker has been running on autopilot ever since she lost her friend, mentor, and the only family she's ever known, Bert Stein. Armed with junk food, tequila, and her big, lovable dog, she's prepared to hole up and mourn--and determined to mend a fence Bert had never been able to with his estranged and bitter brother. But Parker didn't count on the sinfully hot artist she's been fantasizing about for nearly a year walking in on her grief-induced drunken night.

    When Grayson stumbles across Parker, he has no idea what to make of the gorgeous blonde who blew him off despite the heat sizzling between them. But that doesn't stop him from feeling protective of the woman who's consumed his thoughts for months, and when he learns of Parker's plans to confront an angry old man, he refuses to leave her side. As Parker's past unfolds, they're led on an unexpected journey of discovery. Their connection deepens, and late-night fantasies become passionate realities, until good intentions spark painful secrets, threatening the love they've found.

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    WANT MORE SEASIDE FUN? Read the entire series!

    "Seaside Dreams" (Bella)
    "Seaside Hearts" (Jenna)
    "Seaside Sunsets" (Jamie)
    "Seaside Secrets" (Amy)
    "Seaside Nights" (Sky)
    "Seaside Embrace" (Hunter)
    "Seaside Lovers" (Grayson)
    "Seaside Whispers" (Matt)

    SEASIDE SUMMERS is part of the Love in Bloom big family romance collection. Characters from each sub-series appear in future books.

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About the Author :

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and new adult romance, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary CafĂ© and Fostering Success. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

Melissa hosts an Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

Visit Melissa on social media. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.


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Book Excerpt(s) :

"Trust me?” Grayson asked.

“Trust a guy who hauled me over his shoulder and kidnapped me?” She looked toward the bar.

“Yeah, trust that guy.”

“I do trust you.” She poked him in his chest. “But if I end up on the front of some rag magazine, I’m hiding out in your basement. With Christmas, chocolate, and a boatload of horror movies that you have to watch with me.”

“Sweetheart, if you move into my house, you won’t be watching movies or hiding out in the basement. You’ll be lucky if you make it out of the bedroom. In fact”—he slid his hand to the nape of her neck, causing her eyes to glaze over with desire—“maybe I should take a few of those pictures and make that happen.” He’d taken a chance, saying something so brazen and holding her like this in the cab of his truck, but he couldn’t hold back.



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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Blog Tour - Rookie Mistake by Dakota Madison | Spreading the Word & ARC Giveaways

Today I'm showing off Dakota Madison's "Rookie Mistake," which is the FORTH novel in her California Dreamers Series!!

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"Rookie Mistake"
[California Dreamers Series, Book 4]
by Dakota Madison
(aka Karen Mueller Bryson, Ren Monterrey, Sierra Avalon, & Savannah Young)

Author's Book Description :
    When a police recruit reports for duty he discovers his wild one night stand from the previous weekend is his new field training officer.

    "ROOKIE MISTAKE" is a romantic comedy novella by USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR Dakota Madison.

    After serving seven years as a police officer in a small beach community is Southern California, Maya Navarro feels like she’s finally been accepted by her peers. Now as a newly appointed Field Training Officer she can finally make her mark.

    Returning to California after serving two tours of duty in Iraq Cody Jackson makes the decision to become a police officer. He graduated from the Academy with flying colors and just has to make it through his field training to become a full-fledged member of the force.

    Maya and Cody are both nursing broken hearts when their best friends push them into a one-night stand with each other. Even though their wild night together is the hottest sex either one of them ever had, they part ways believing they will never see each other again.

    Until Cody reports for his first day of field training and discovers that Maya is his supervisor. Maya would rather die than admit to her sergeant the reason she can’t oversee Cody’s training. So she’s stuck with him for ten weeks of very close and personal contact on a daily basis. As things heat up between them they need to remain strictly professional, or risk ruining their careers.

    WARNING: This book contains foul language, sexual innuendo and a little bit of hanky-panky. Buyer beware.

    CALIFORNIA DREAMERS is a series of interconnecting romantic comedy stories that can be read as STAND ALONE NOVELLAS or as part of the SERIES.

    The CALIFORNIA DREAMERS SERIES:

    "(Not So) Good in a Room" (Nellie’s Story)
    "So Far Away" (Maddie’s Story)
    "Beautiful Abyss" (Chris’s Story)
    "Rookie Mistake" (Cody & Maya’s Story)

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Review Quotes :

✯✯✯✯✯ Fun Read! Never Disappointed by a Dakota Madison book...
By Kelsey Nelson


This was a fun, short little read by Dakota Madison that takes us with Maya Navarro who has been dumped by her boyfriend who thought he was too good for everybody. When her best friend drags her out to a nearby country bar, she never expects to find herself in the arms of a "wild stallion," and waking up next to him wondering just how much had taken place the night before. Sneaking out doesn't bode well for her, and she swears after the ride home on the back of his motorcycle that she will never see the handsome man she has some how made a connection with ever again. Boy, was she wrong!

Stepping into her new position at work shouldn't be hard after shedding some pent up sexual tension that she knew she had locked up. When he comes waltzing through the door at the police department, reporting for duty under her name, their world shifts from that amazing one night stand, to much, much more than they ever expected it to. This fun, feisty duo has so much in common that I'm not exactly sure where to start with them. As always, Dakota Madison did a wonderful job with her short story bringing her characters to life in a short amount of time, and bringing the story line to a well developed plot that gets to the point, and leaves the reader wanting more.

✯✯✯✯✯ A new romance novel with superb twists.
By Ron Vincent


Dakota Madison creates a new romance novel with superb twists. Rookie Mistake begins with a heroine who loves police work but knows that her job is not a exactly an irresistible pheromone for the opposite sex. When she finally meets a guy who seems to deeply care and attract her, her circumstances and his past act like iron gates to keep them apart. Dakota has written a warm, compelling story with characters that easily merit multiple volumes.



About the Author :

USA TODAY Bestselling author Dakota Madison is known for writing romance with a little spice and lots of heart. She likes to explore current social issues in her work. Dakota is a winner of the prestigious RONE Award for Excellence in the Indie and Small Publishing Industry. When she's not at her computer creating spicy stories Dakota likes to spend time with her husband and their bloodhounds at their home outside Phoenix, Arizona. Dakota also writes under the pen names SAVANNAH YOUNG, SIERRA AVALON and REN MONTERREY.







Book Excerpt(s) :

There’s a knock on the door of my apartment. I don’t want to see anyone in my current state so I ignore it. Maybe if I’m lucky whoever it is will go away.

Apparently I’m not that lucky.

There’s more knocking.

I’ve lived in my tiny studio apartment for the last five years. I realize it’s not much, but it’s what I can afford on a public servant’s salary in very expensive Southern California. I prefer to think of my closet-sized dwelling as cozy. I work crazy hours so it’s not like I’m home that much anyway. I basically just need a place to crash and shower.

I’ve been crying for the last five hours and twenty-eight minutes. I’ve gone through six boxes of heavy two-ply tissues that are now scattered all over my living room floor.

The person at the door isn’t going to give up without a fight. He or she has decided to start pounding.

“Who…is…it?” I manage to chirp between heavy sobs.

“It’s your sister from another mister,” a female voice replies.

I don’t have to open the door to know it’s my best friend, Zoe. Her heavy Brooklyn accent definitely stands out on the West coast.

I grab a tissue and blow my nose. Then I toss it on the floor to join the rest of its former box mates, used then so recklessly discarded.

At that moment I realize those tissues are a metaphor for how I’m feeling…cast aside like unwanted trash.

I somehow manage to pick myself up from my daybed and stagger towards the door. I feel as lifeless as a zombie and I don’t think I look much better.

I know I shouldn’t glance at myself in the mirror. Seeing the horror show I’ve become will only make me feel worse. I’ve had a complete and total emotional breakdown.

It’s hard not to sneak a peek at myself when the mirror is hanging right next to the front door.

Ugh. I look a lot worse than I imagined. My long dark hair is askew. It looks like I’ve just walked through a wind tunnel. And my normally large dark eyes are red and swollen from crying.

“If you run away screaming I won’t be offended,” I warn Zoe as I open the door.

She looks me up and down. “I’m not going to lie. You’re a wreck.”

She pushes past me into my apartment. Unlike the disaster otherwise known as my hair, Zoe’s hair always looks perfect.

“What’s going on?” she asks. “You’re normally so uptight and guarded. It takes a lot for you to even crack a smile. You’ve obviously been crying. That’s not like you, tough girl.”

“I’m having an emotional crisis.”

“Clearly.” She plops down on my daybed. “Let me guess. Guy trouble.”

I sniffle. “Noah broke up with me. He told me he was tired of having his balls in my purse. I don’t even own a purse.”

She dismisses my concerns with a wave of her hand. “What does he know about balls? If anything he needs to grow a pair. You’re better off without him.”

“I thought he was the one.” I start sobbing again.

Zoe grabs a tissue from the nearly empty box and hands it to me. If I don’t implement some tissue conservation measures immediately I’ll soon be wiping my nose on a dishtowel.

“In the grand scheme of things you were with Noah for like a minute. Another minute and you’ll get over him. A minute after that and you’ll be with someone else.”

“We were together almost three months. I thought he loved me.”

“He just wanted a garage to park that long black limousine of his in every night.”

“He’s already found another garage to park in,” I snivel. “I guess she stays open all night. He never has to wait for his space.”

“I hope her garage door closes on him and whacks his limo in half. What a dick.”

“I’ve become a serial dumpee.”

“What does that mean?”

“Guys seem to be excited to go out with me at first, but after a month or two they split. I don’t think they can handle my job.”

“Why do you say that?”



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Second Sentence Saturday: Sacrificed to the Dragon


SECOND SENTENCE SATURDAY is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jess of From Me to You ... Video, Photography, & Book Reviews. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab the novel/novella your currently reading or previously read
  • Open to the first page of Chapter 1 or its Prologue
  • Share the SECOND sentence from that page
  • Share the novel/novella's title & its author, so that other participants can add that novel to their TBR Lists if they want



MY Second Sentence Saturday :

"Sacrificed to the Dragon" [Stonefire Dragons Series, Book 1] by Jessie Donovan - [Amazon Book Link]

She'd been sitting for nearly an hour, and with each minute that ticked by, she started to doubt her eligibility.



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Friday, July 22, 2016

Made the Grade: Backstage Pass Series, Book 5

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon: Paperback - Pages: 197; Kindle Edition - File Size: 1167 KB | Expected Release Date: November 16, 2015 | Publisher: Entangled Publishing : Crush | Obtained: NetGalley

"Abby and the Cute One" [Backstage Pass Series, Book 5] by Erin Butler

Author's Book Description : Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book is as forbidden as the secret romance it contains! It has hot kisses, graphic language, and extreme misbehaving. DO NOT GET CAUGHT WITH THIS BOOK…unless you want everyone to know you believe in true love.

Every member of Seconds to Juliet has a girlfriend—except for Nathan Strong. Now the band's manager is leaning hard on "The Cute One" to play the role of the band's heartthrob. With the band's sales in decline, it's up to Nathan to keep the fans' fantasy alive.

The plan is to stage a fake relationship and a fake breakup, and then let the fans fight to be the one to mend Nathan's broken heart. Just one problem. There's another girl in the picture-one Nathan can't stay away from. In private, Nathan's stealing kisses with the band's new opening act, Abby Curtis.

If they're caught, no one wins. Abby will be fired, and the band might not recover the success they need to survive. But even with the pressure mounting, Nathan and Abby can't stop themselves from stealing one more touch, one more kiss. And it's only a matter of time before it all falls apart.

My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars, the night before Abby’s audition to become the opening act to Seconds to Juliet (S2J), she meets Nathan Strong. They have a magical moment in time together and both yearn to start something more but with Abby winning the audition the following morning and S2J’s rule about not dating the other talent, having a relationship doesn’t seem possible. Will they find a way to make everything work out for themselves or will they allow others to run their lives for good?

This whirlwind romance will charm you one moment while get you ramped up in the next. In addition, it gives you excitingly fun updates of all the other S2J members! The updates are for those (like me) who can’t help but want to stay on top of what is going on with them all. Yet, what hooks you for good are Nathan, Abby, and their relationship.

You can instantly tell Nathan & Abby have a connection that runs deep, which is why their relationship and this novel is rushed. However, their relationship is written in a way that is so sweet I felt like saying, “Awwww,” within most of their scenes. It has that sweet romance teen factor that can charm you from the beginning and leaves you wanting more.

I recommend this novel to those who are S2J fans and/or those looking for a fairy-tale style teen romance!!

Purchase This Book and/or The Other Books From It's Series Here : Shop Your Indie/Local Bookstores (IndieBound - Paperback) USD : Aimee and the Heartthrob (Book 1) | Shop Your Indie/Local Bookstores (IndieBound - Paperback) USD : Mia and the Bad Boy (Book 2) | Shop Your Indie/Local Bookstores (IndieBound - Paperback) USD : Daisy and the Front Man (Book 3) | Shop Your Indie/Local Bookstores (IndieBound - Paperback) USD : Anya and the Shy Guy (Book 4) | Amazon (Kindle) USD : Aimee and the Heartthrob (Book 1) | Amazon (Kindle) USD : Mia and the Bad Boy (Book 2) | Amazon (Kindle) USD : Daisy and the Front Man (Book 3) | Amazon (Kindle) USD : Anya and the Shy Guy (Book 4) | Amazon (Paperback) USD : Aimee and the Heartthrob (Book 1) | Amazon (Paperback) USD : Mia and the Bad Boy (Book 2) | Amazon (Paperback) USD : Daisy and the Front Man (Book 3) | Amazon (Paperback) USD : Anya and the Shy Guy (Book 4)


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My Previous Review(s) for this Series : Book 2 | Book 3 | Book 4

My Previous Mention(s) of this Series' Books/Characters : Second Sentence Saturday: Daisy and the Front Man | Best Book Couples -- Happy Valentine's Day 2016


Series Extras : Backstage Pass Series - Overview



Book Teaser(s) :
"I'm not a fairy tale girl, no one's going to save me." ~ within Chapter 1 - titled 'Nathan'
The excitement in her mom's voice built. "So, tell me everything. Does Miles really have an accent? Are they just as cute in person? Spill!"
"It's unbelieveable. And yes, they're all totally gorgeous."
Just then, Ryder slipped by, his eyebrow raised. "Sorry, sweetie. I'm taken." ~ within Chapter 9 - titled 'Abby'
Love was like a drug. ~ within Chapter 20 - titled 'Nathan'

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Blog Tour - Carnal Whispers, Mind Stalker by Reily Garrett | Spreading the Word & GC Giveaway

Today I'm showing off Reily Garrett's "Carnal Whispers, Mind Stalker," which is the THIRD novel in her Carnal Series!!

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"Carnal Whispers, Mind Stalker"
[Carnal Series, Book 3] by Reily Garrett

Author's Book Description :
    To know another’s mind is to revel in the depths of truth, cringe in the face of past and imagined horrors, and suffer their dreams, all while searching for balance and serenity.

    Daniele— a young woman, mysterious, gentle, and loyal, cloaks knowledge that could destroy millions while thumbing her nose at fate and hiding in plain sight. Concealing her talent means isolation despite her fantasies of a normal life.

    Marc—owner of Ambrosia, a BDSM club, is determined to coerce his way into her life and her confidence, adapting unique scenes to free her from the shackles of fear and low self-esteem while staying one-step ahead of a psychopathic stalker and a branch of the government that answers to no one.

    Each must rely on the other to survive a world where betrayal and deception, desire and trust, weave a fabric that transcends time.



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About the Author :

Reily’s employment as an ICU nurse, private investigator, and work in the military police has given her countless experiences in a host of different environments to add a real world feel to her fiction.

Though her kids are her life, writing is Reily’s life after. The one enjoyed…after the kids are in bed or after they’re in school and the house is quiet. This is the time she kicks back with laptop and lapdog to give her imagination free rein.

In life, hobbies can come and go according to our physical abilities, but you can always enjoy a good book. Life isn’t perfect, but our imaginations can be. Relax, whether it’s in front of a fire or in your own personal dungeon. Take pleasure in a mental pause as you root for your favorite hero/heroine and bask in their accomplishments, then share your opinions of them over a coffee with your best friend (even if he’s four legged). Life is short. Cherish your time.




Book Excerpt(s) :

Pushing open the door on the far right granted a jaw-dropping view framed by French doors and more large windows. Beyond the sand dunes, an offshore breeze stirred dazzling white caps as far as the eye could see. Each wave’s backwash created filaments that floated on restless air currents above tumultuous waters. Waking up to a salty breeze, all cuddled up with Marc Crofton, would star in her dreams for many nights to come.

A massive, ornate iron headboard stood against the far wall. Woodsmen style bedspread and soft, satin sheets covering the king-size bed with storage cabinets underneath provided the perfect stage for exciting nighttime activities. Surely, the occupants rarely slept.

Her life, like the cottage she’d occupied, remained Spartan and utilitarian, unlike this room designed for a man with particular tastes and who could afford the best.

When Pete nudged her forward, she choked on the images flashing through her mind on a continuous, lascivious reel of orgiastic play. Both headboard and footboard contained vertical iron spindles in their grills, perfect for bondage. Would Marc use silken scarves or fur-lined handcuffs?

Several steps in, she stumbled over a plush rug of geometric shapes in neutral shades, thicker than anything she’d ever felt. Ambient light reflecting off the mirror on the tray ceiling dared her to move forward as she envisioned herself bound and at Marc’s mercy.

More pieces fell into place as her gaze took in the leather vest and pants hanging from a hook beside the closet, mirrored sliding closet doors hiding untold devices, and deep storage drawers under the mattress. The entire scene left her speechless. Yet, she should have expected it all. He owned Ambrosia, a BDSM club, and this was an extension of sorts. The darkest fantasies in the farthest reaches of her mind couldn’t conjure such a rich, luxuriant setting tailor-made for any depravity conjured.

How long she stood there, she didn't know. Soft footfalls announced his advance and jarred her mind even if her feet couldn’t budge. It wouldn’t do to have him witness her gawking like a star-struck kid. No wonder he unnerves me. With a few toys added, this would be the perfect stage for a theme room at his club according to her erotic romances.

Refolding the blankets let her size them for the injured shepherd. In hurried motions, she arranged a comfortable bed in the corner.

“Hey, looks good. Thanks. Do you mind bringing in his water bowl?”

His tongue sliding along his bottom lip was captivating yet devastating, like being flogged and discovering you’re a masochist, though she wasn’t. Was she? Despite holding Darius in his arms, the combination of potent virility and standing in what she imagined to be a well-used bedroom stretched her nerves beyond capacity to think clearly.

“S-sure. Be right back.”

The soft tilting of his lips on one side defined her entire focus as she staggered back, turned, and stumbled away. Grateful for the tall ceilings allowing more air to circulate, she plucked at her shirt to fan the heat from her chest. Claustrophobia wasn’t an issue in the great room without Marc’s presence.

Two ceramic bowls sat on either side of the kitchen’s alcove, one blue with black paw prints, and the other green with black paw prints. Each had a chew bone and ball beside it. Maybe those leathers were for horseback riding…

The chew toy and rubber ball slipped from her grasp twice before she’d secured it along with the blue and black dish. Filling the bowl only two-thirds full ensured she wouldn’t spill as she carefully made her way back to his bedroom, probably the last place she should go. Jeez, he owns Ambrosia, for God's sake. What the hell do you think he rides?

“Here we go.” Setting the bowl in front of a groggy Darius, she groaned as a little water sloshed over the sides. She couldn't resist a slow caress of his soft coat after setting his bone and rubber ball beside the bed within easy reach. “I'm so sorry you got hurt, boy.” When she stood and pivoted, Marc loomed over her, his overwhelming presence knocking her off balance both mentally and physically. “I brought his rubber ball.”

“Yes, I see.” He took a small step forward, a few scant inches separating them. Again, his infuriating smile let her know he realized and exploited his arousing effect.

“Y-you don't give them tennis balls. I'm glad…because the felt is extremely abrasive on their teeth. It contains a glue…” How can the room lack oxygen?

“Yes. It does.” A half step.

Only her quickening breaths separated them. His predator’s smile widened.

“I-I've seen canine teeth worn down to nubs before the owners got a clue. They worry and wonder but don't bring the dogs in to figure out what's causing it.”

“Yep, I believe it.” His warm breath fanned across her cheek, minty from the candy he seemed to favor. They shared the same space, the same air, intimate in a way previously unknown.

“I…I'm glad you take good care of your ball, ah, your dogs.”

“I always take care of what's mine.” His gaze could command the very devil himself.

So why did her gaze keep returning to him, like a moth playing with fire? She gulped, looking around frantically for an escape. His close proximity blocked out everything, including her ability to think or decipher anything other than the intense hunger disseminating from him in waves. Maybe spontaneous orgasms aren’t a myth.



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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Feasted On: Arlington Series, Book 1

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon: Paperback - Pages: 230; Kindle Edition - File Size: 1228 KB | Expected Release Date: September 28, 2015 | Publisher: Entangled Publishing : Embrace | Obtained: NetGalley

"This Book Will Change Your Life" [Arlington Series, Book 1] by Amanda Weaver

Author's Book Description :

A new adult romance from Entangled's Embrace imprint...

Take a chance and change your life...

College was supposed to be where Hannah’s hard work paid off, but the major in honors chemistry she’s been working towards since childhood is slipping away. Worse, she’s not sure she wants it anymore. Salvation comes from an unlikely place—a used bookstore and Ben, the passionate college senior who works there.

Ben’s trapped in a life mapped out for him. Trapped in a future career as a lawyer to make his father happy. Trapped pursuing a girl he doesn't even like because she fits into a world he doesn’t want, but can’t escape. But then he meets Hannah. And for the first time, he knows what it means to truly want something.

So he gives in to being her friend. Then to wanting her. Then to kissing her. And within the freedom of his impulsivity, both of their carefully planned lives begin to fall apart...

My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars! Since Hannah was four years old, she has been doing science experiments with her father. It was their thing. They were so into it together that she got into the honors program in chemistry her freshman year of college. However, she realizes as she flunks her first college chemistry test that what she always believed to be her future isn’t what she wants any more. It is all made even clearer when she meets Ben, finds Prometheus Books, and discovers a love of reading that she never realized before. One book and guy really did “change her life.”

This compelling read is PERFECT for any romance book lover! Set in a New Adult genre, while Ben brings to life a love of reading in Hannah he takes the reader into his passion for reading too, it is foolish to resist his excitement for reading and it encouraged me to be excited for this novel. I liked how Ben & Hannah’s relationship unfolds while showing the struggle they both have trying to please their families and the difficulties that ensue through it all. An impassioning read can leave you reeling from one moment to the next. Nevertheless, I was enthralled and so happy with how it turns out.

I recommend this novel to those looking for a unique NA contemporary romance.

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Book Teaser(s) :
"Well, what do you like to read?"
My face goes warm again. "I'm not...much of a reader, I guess."
A pause. "Not much of a reader?" He frowns, like the very idea is incomprehensible. I've probably just offended him or something. Come to think of it, saying, "I'm not much of a reader" in a bookstore is kind of like swearing in church. ~ within Chapter 1 - titled 'Hannah'
"Books can be dangerous. You never know when they're going to blow up, and what they'll take out when they do. Why do you think dictators are so fond of burning them? One idea can lead to another, and then before you know it, people are going crazy having thoughts and opinions and stuff." ~ within Chapter 5 - titled 'Hannah'
"World of Books?" I groan. That place is soulless--like Starbucks for books. "You're killing me."
"Well, there's that one right near campus--"
"I know, I know. Sorry it sucks."
"Me, too. But it didn't feel right going back to Prometheus without you there. I don't want anyone else to help me find a book."
My heart soars, and we're getting into a groove now where it feels natural to give her a hard time. "So you went to the soulless corporation instead? Hannah, that's probably the sweetest thing anyone's ever said to me." ~ within Chapter 14 - titled 'Ben'

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Blog Tour - Angels Fly by Donna Simonetta | Spreading the Word & GC Giveaway

Today I'm showing off Donna Simonetta's "Angels Fly," which is her DEBUT novel!!

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"Angels Fly"
by Donna Simonetta

Author's Book Description :
    Two years after her husband's death, Kelly believes her romantic life is done. Until she reconnects with her girlhood crush on social media, and as fate would have it, he lives across the street. James is over the whole true-love thing. His grasping ex-wife tore that belief out of him, when she left him for a rich, old man. Then he finds out his first love moved to San Diego too, and their attraction burns as hot as ever.

    What they don't know is that Fate didn't bring them together, the Guardian Angel Corps did, led by two unlikely Cupids, Kelly's late husband and Zane, a rough and tumble, 19th century cowboy. When a Fallen Angel decides to tear Kelly and James apart, cherubs and harps aren't going to cut it, and Zane's unique skills might be just what they need to get a second chance at their first love.

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Posted by Donna Simonetta on Friday, May 27, 2016
About the Author :

After years working in the business world, my love of reading led me to get my MLS, and I currently work part-time in a school library, a job that allows me lots of time to explore my other love - writing romance! I live in Maryland, with my husband, who is my real-life romance hero. We both enjoy traveling to visit our far-flung family and friends, and spending time on the beach with an umbrella drink and a good book.















Book Excerpt(s) :

James held Kelly’s hand as he walked her to her apartment building from his car. While they were still in shadows, before they reached the bright light of the entrance, James stopped and turned to face Kelly. He cupped her face in one of his big, rough hands and rested the other lightly on her waist. He traced her cheekbone with a feather light touch of his thumb, and Kelly couldn’t help but turn her face into his hand like a kitten. She did manage to stop herself before she purred, and was pretty darned proud of that achievement.

She felt his hand at her waist tighten, and he dropped his forehead down to rest against hers. When he spoke his voice was low and gruff with emotion.

“Tell me to leave right now, Kel, or all my good intentions to go slow this time are flying out the window, and I’m going to ask you to invite me up to your condo.”

Kelly’s voice was quiet. “I’m not ready for that yet.”

He left his forehead resting against hers, but rubbed his head slowly back and forth. “I know. I should just go, but I can’t bring myself to leave.”

Kelly swallowed, and extended an olive branch, since she wasn’t ready to call it a night yet either. “I think I’m ready for a kiss, though.”

He lifted his head away from hers, and the happiness and blatant hope in his voice made her smile. “Yeah? Really?”

“Yeah,” she replied and stood on the tips of her canvas deck shoes to bring her mouth closer to his.

James bent his head and pressed his lips gently to hers.

Her heart pounded and her blood heated in her veins. It had been such a long time since a man had kissed her—and this was James Flynn. Her first love. She snaked her arms up around his neck and pressed her body closer to his.



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