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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Idolizing In: Corrigan Falls Raiders Series, Book 1

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Kindle Edition - File Size: 1108 KB | Expected Release Date: May 19, 2015 | Publisher: Entangled Publishing : Teen : Crush | Obtained: NetGalley

"Center Ice" [Corrigan Falls Raiders Series, Book 1] by Cate Cameron

Authors' Book Description : This Entangled Teen Crush book contains adult language, underage drinking, sexual situations, and crazy squirrels. It may cause you to become a fan of hockey—or at least hot hockey players.

The hometown hockey hero won’t know what hit him…

Karen Webber is in small-town hell. After her mother’s death, she moved to Corrigan Falls to live with strangers—her dad and his perfect, shiny new family—and there doesn’t seem to be room for a city girl with a chip on her shoulder. The only person who makes her feel like a real human being is Tyler MacDonald.

But Karen isn’t interested in starting something with a player. And that’s all she keeps hearing about Tyler.

Corrigan Falls is a hockey town, and Tyler’s the star player. But the viselike pressure from his father and his agent are sending him dangerously close to the edge. All people see is hockey—except Karen. Now they’ve managed to find something in each other that they both desperately need. And for the first time, Tyler is playing for keeps…

My Book Review : 5 out of 5 stars!! This novel reels you in with crazy squirrels than hooks you with a romance that is intensely sweet. When Tyler and Karen meet, their lives are stacked against them. As their relationship grows, they decide what they really want for themselves and what they are willing to do to help accomplish their goals.

I was riveted by this dramatic YA novel. Karen’s life is in turmoil; she just lost her mother in a car accident and is now living with her father’s “perfect” family. Never meeting her father prior to the accident, she doesn’t know how to cope other than with her daily running. While running she meets Tyler and they quickly go from “friends” into a relationship that seems to help them both. Yet, Tyler’s life isn’t much better than Karen’s is. He’s a hockey player with a good chance to make it into the NHL after this final year, but with a father and agent demanding everything and more from him, the pressure is getting to be too much to handle. Both (with the help of Karen’s “new” family) find that being together makes them stronger and better to equipped to handle whatever/whoever comes their way.

I loved Tyler and Karen’s banter. They were a playful fun couple that were fun to read! I HIGHLY recommend this novel to those looking for an intense YA contemporary romance!

Purchase This Book and/or The Other Books From It's Series Here : Kobo (e-Book) : Center Ice (Book 1)


Author's Novel Extras : Another cover! | Oooh! A pretty! | Things Are Heating Up on the Ice…and Off the Ice | #1 Best Seller!

Book Teaser(s) :
"The kids don't have allergies, so it wouldn't be in theirs."
"Of course no allergies," I agreed. That would be a flaw, and imperfections were not allowed in this household. I was tempted to find a way to expose them to angry squirrels just to test the theory, but it seemed like a pretty complicated plan would be required.
I followed Will out to the bottom of the staircase and waited for him there. I'd never been upstairs in this house. I mean, I'd only lived there for about a week, so it wasn't a huge deal. My bedroom and a small bathroom were in the basement, food and the doors to outside were on the main floor...that was all I needed. And absolutely all I wanted. These people were strangers, and there was no need for me to see their bedrooms. Not unless I was putting squirrels between their sheets. ~ within Chapter 1 - titled 'Karen'

CENTER ICE by Cate Cameron -- Read my review here: http://frommetoyouvideophoto.blogspot.com/2015/05/idolizing-in-corrigan-falls-raiders.html #TEASERS #contemporaryromance #romance #YA #NAromance #contemporary
Posted by From Me to You - Video, Photography, & Book Reviews on Thursday, May 21, 2015

CENTER ICE by Cate Cameron -- Read my review here: http://frommetoyouvideophoto.blogspot.com/2015/05/idolizing-in-corrigan-falls-raiders.html #TEASERS #contemporaryromance #romance #YA #NAromance #contemporary
Posted by From Me to You - Video, Photography, & Book Reviews on Thursday, May 21, 2015
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Cate, then please check out her website.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Idolizing In: Found in Oblivion Series, Book 1

Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 5021 KB | Release Date: August 21, 2016 | Publisher: Rainbow Rage Publishing | Obtained: Amazon

"Bedded Bliss" [Found in Oblivion Series, Book 1] by Cari Quinn & Taryn Elliott (aka Taryn Quinn)

Author's Book Description : A hot night in Vegas is just what the rockstar ordered…until someone ends up married.

Michael Shawcross is living the dream, opening up for his idols, Oblivion, on his band Warning Sign’s first tour. Until an overzealous fan goes too far and his hard-partying ways catch up to him in the form of an ultimatum from his manager, Lila Crandall.

Clean up your image—or else.

Single mom Chloe Adams is in Vegas for a rare girls’ night out. She wasn’t ever supposed to be attracted to another rockstar. In fact, she’s in rockstar rehab, and the cure for her addiction definitely isn’t a sexy, smart-assed guitarist with wicked fingers.

She never expects to accidentally end up his wife. Or to have her new husband suddenly decide that she’s the solution to all his problems. And surprise…he’s happy to show his appreciation in a number of interesting, inventive ways.

Pretending their marriage is real might just be the hottest proposition she’s ever been given.

But what happens when a lie becomes the truth?

My Book Review : 5 out of 5 stars!! Two acquaintances meet up unexpectedly in Vegas. After a night of partying and heavy flirtation they wake up to find they’re married yet have no memory of doing so. Both are from different upbringings and completely different worlds, but because of how he was raised Michael doesn’t want to get divorced and plans on assisting Chloe any way he can so their marriage will work. Will all of Michael’s plans fall into place, making it so Chloe, her son, and Michael can actually be a good family together? Or will others try to keep them apart for good?

This is the first really sweet rockstar romance novel that I’ve read in a while, and I am SOOO HAPPY that I found it! Though I feel that Ms. Quinn & Ms. Elliott need to put together some type of “family tree” for the band (if they haven’t already) just to keep everyone’s backgrounds straight, I did not feel lost at all in this novel and it kept me entertained the whole way through, with an intriguing plotline and characters (main & secondary) to boot!

Both Michael & Chloe are intense and driven people, so much so that they have a hard time listening to one another in the beginning but it makes their banter and their story that much more fun! I loved how Michael pretty much worshipped Chloe. I mean they might not have known each other that well before Vegas but I loved how their relationship came together and how Michael was determined to make a go of them together no matter what. I was charmed! In addition, I adored how the ending played out making it so they had a situation to deal with and to triumph over instead of one of them accidently hurting the other. As I said above, it made me all so happy. *hehee*

I HIGHLY recommend this novel to those looking for an awesome rockstar contemporary romance!

Purchase This Book and/or The Other Books From It's Series Here : Amazon (Kindle) USD : Triple Trouble (Book 2) | Amazon (Kindle) USD : Dirty Duet (Book 3)

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My Previous Interview(s) with Cari Quinn : September 2012

My Previous Review(s) for Cari Quinn : No Flowers Required

My Previous Mention(s) of Cari Quinn's Books/Characters : Blog Tour - Made the Grade: No Flowers Required by Cari Quinn | Interview, Review, & Giveaway | Best Book Couples -- Happy Valentine's Day 2013

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Authors' Book Trailer(s) :

Book Teaser(s) :
Her wild hair, her seductive movements, and the longing in her eyes were his undoing.
His fucking personal Waterloo.
He hadn't planned on hooking up with anyone tonight. Definitely hadn't expected to be riding a high like this. But the buzz in his blood and the look of her ate at him, tempting him to seek her out for real after the concert ended.
Backstage pass, hell. He'd give her a bedroom pass, then tie her to his headboard right through the next morning.
She could be taken. Possibly even married. Could be a psycho. Damn, she might even be underage. She definitely had that whole schoolgirl thing going on, even with her hot clothes and gyrations. But he didn't care. Oh, he would---later. After.
Jesus, there had to be an after with her or he was going to lose his mind. ~ within Chapter 7 - titled 'Las Vegas'
Being near her was like standing in the path of the sun. As much as he just wanted to bask in her warmth, he needed more. Had to taste every part of her and remind himself that even if none of this made sense, even if it never did, he didn't have doubts when it was just the two of them.
Was it insane? Sure. Absolutely. An insanity he craved.
Maybe that was all he needed to know. ~ within Chapter 22 - titled 'Los Angeles'

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For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Cari & Taryn, then please check out Cari's Amazon Acct & Taryn's Amazon Acct.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Idolizing In: Silver Wolf Clan Series, Book 1

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Kindle Edition - File Size: 240 KB | Expected Release Date: August 4, 2014 | Publisher: Lyrical Press : Kensington Books | Obtained: NetGalley

"Silver Wolf Clan" [Silver Wolf Clan Series, Book 1] by Tera Shanley

Author's Book Description : What happens when monsters turn out to be real? One summer night while camping in the woods, Morgan Carter finds out in a big way. A tall mysterious stranger, Greyson Crawford, risks his life to try and save her sister from the vicious wolf attacking their camp, but when he’s bitten and disappears into the night, Morgan can only assume the worst.

Greyson shows up a year later, and he’s a different animal altogether. The color of his eyes shifts constantly and the rumble in his throat sounds more animal than man. She hasn’t any idea where he’s been all this time, but has a good guess as to what he’s become.

Grey is determined not to let the darkness of his new existence affect the girl he hasn’t been able to stop thinking about. He should stay away and let her live a normal life. That’s easier said than done, though. A new danger pulls him from the shadows to keep her safe, and he’s no wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Can she accept what lurks just below his surface? More importantly, can she survive him?

My Book Review : 5 out of 5 stars!!! Oh my goodness, I LOVED this novel!! In truth, I liked the Author’s Book Description and the name of the title, yet neither really applied to what this novel is about since I was thrown for a loop finding out it’s a whole lot more!!

Grey gets Changed when defending a woman who is trying to save her sister and niece against a monster in the forest. His first six months were hell then he found a local pack and spent six months with them learning to control himself better while learning about pack comradely even though he outranked all of them in dominance and didn’t want/couldn’t join the pack permanently. Then about a year after the attack he sees his mate again, the woman he defended in the woods (Morgan), his world changes for the better in a whole lot of ways. However, can he convince her that he is the “one” for her?

I thoroughly liked that this novel has a beginning and end, with only a few secondary cliffhangers, therefore the reader will never feel disappointed that this novel has to end when it does. Yet, it leaves the reader really excited to see where this series will take us next with a hope that more good things will happen!

Together Grey and Morgan are like a matched set, even before he Changed. Given that when they met in the woods they were both camping in opposite directions in the same park, he hears her screaming and came running to protect her even before they ever meet. Then when they do truly meet for the first time they feel a draw to each other that is hard for to resist. In addition, I liked that even though Grey was lonely, before he sees Morgan again, he never betrays his feelings for her by going with another woman. Then to top that off, I really liked their easy banter and how they created their relationship together in the midst of their lives irrevocably changing.

I HIGHLY recommend this novel and series to anyone who likes paranormal romances!

-- On a side note --
I think my favorite "character" was Wolf or at least reading his commentary. *hahaa* Most of it was gruesome but reading it around Grey's personal thoughts was hilarious!

Purchase This Book and/or The Other Books From It's Series Here :

Author's Novel Extras : ...Sneak Peek Sunday... | ...Another Book Born... | ...Silver Wolf Clan... | ...Sneak Peek Sunday...

Author's Series Extras : ...all work and no play...wait, work is play... | ...4 Contracts and a Little Series... | ...Back in the Game... | ...Clawing My Way Out of the Editing Cave...

Book Teaser(s) :
We'll kill them and leave nothing but bone, Wolf spouted. Weak weak weak. You're weak if you allow them to live after they've stepped foot in our home. Our territory. Turn. Let me out and I'll kill them for us. I'll rip their throats out and bleed them, let them go slowly staring at the ceiling of a room they should've known better than to enter. I'll smile at their pathetic breaths as they run rivers of red across my floor.
As mean and dominant as Grey was quiet and submissive, no doubt, Wolf would do it. What a cruel twist of fate that had thrown their two personalities into the same being. ~ within Chapter 2

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

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Idolizing In: The Reckless Brides Series, Book 1

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Paperback - Pages: 353; Kindle Edition - File Size: 638 KB | Expected Release Date: July 31, 2012 | Publisher: St. Martin's Press | Obtained: NetGalley

"Almost a Scandal" [The Reckless Brides Series, Book 1] by Elizabeth Essex

My Book Summary : Sarah (Sally) has never been what you would call a typical girl since she loves the sea. Being from an old navy family---with her father and two of her older brother's already Royal Navy captains, and her other two older brothers on their way to being captains themselves---you could say it's in her blood. Therefore, when her younger brother, Richard, decides to run away from his duty of becoming a midshipman Sally chooses to don his clothes and pose as him instead. This way she can keep her family's honor in tacked and be able to experience a freedom, she would never be able to have as herself, a girl.

However, in doing so she will need to be able to live and correctly/purposefully lie to the Captain of her ship and about two hundred and sixty-odd men. Will her charade work? Will she experience and enjoy the freedom she earns and has never had before?

In addition, while Sally's at it will she be able to keep her heart in check when it comes to First Lieutenant Colyear a family friend and the only man who knows of her secret on the ship...

My Book Review : 5 out of 5 stars, this fun, courageous, and delightful novel will take you on an intriguing ride through the life of a British sailor in the 1800s. I loved how this novel evolves--from Sally boarding the ship trying to hide her identity, to her being in the thick of the crew, getting into fights about shipmates treatment, to the growing love affair between Sally and Col all the while being right in the middle of a war. I could not get enough of this novel! I especially enjoy how Sally wasn't a wuss when it came to her duty and the action on deck or that she wasn't impervious to any causalities of her own, no matter how small. Definitely, a fast-paced and action-packed novel keeps you on your toes.

Now I cannot wait until book 2 of this series, "A Breath of Scandal" with the hero being William Jellicoe, comes out in December 2012!! I also hope that it'll either have Sally & Col play secondary parts or at least update you of them in that novel. =0)

I HIGHLY recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys historical romance!!! I hope you'll enjoy it as much (if not more but that's unlikely) as I do! *hahaa*

Book Teaser(s) :
Teaser #1 ~ within Chapter 1
"Mr. Kent, you are an abominable liar."
The desperation of wanting something so uncertain was a physical thing, a pain that added to the cat's-paw of misery coiled deep in her gut. She could only answer with the truth.
"Thank you, sir. For I have no wish to be a good one. I only wanted to make sure we're to sail immediately."
"Outrunning creditors, are you, Mr. Kent? Or some young lady's family?"
Sally would have laughed if she hadn't suddenly felt so near tears. She was definitely outrunning some lady's family---her own. Be he must be teasing her---the cool green of his eyes had warmed to a luminous jade. "No, sir," she assured him as firmly as she could. "Nothing of the kind." ~ within Chapter 4
There wasn't much vanity in that, but it bothered him, for not the first time, to think of her living so intimately with other men. Most women only ever saw their own husbands shave themselves, if even that. In the cockpit, and even in the gunroom, she had been in the company of men routinely stripped to their waists. Perhaps even naked in front of her. Every day for weeks.
And what about her?
His curiosity got the best of him. ~ within Chapter 15
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Elizabeth, then please check out her website.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Blog Tour - Idolizing In: My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade | Review & Giveaway

Today I'm turning my blog over to Becky Wade, with a review of her debut novel "My Stubborn Heart!!"

ALSO -- Be sure to sign up for this tour's GIVEAWAYs (listed below)!! [Blog Tour will run from May 7 - 24, 2012 | Giveaway ends on May 24, 2012 | Becky's Facebook Author Chat Party is on May 24, 2012]



- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Paperback - Pages: 343; Kindle Edition - File Size: 1172 KB | Expected Release Date: May 2012 | Publisher: Bethany House Publishers | Obtained: LitFuse Publicity Group

"My Stubborn Heart" by Becky Wade

My Book Summary : Ever since Matt's wife died, he couldn't find joy in anything. So, he quit his job of being the star athlete of the NHL's New York Barons and moved back to the town he grew up in knowing that it was the one place where no one would bother him. That lasted quite a few years .... that is until Kate moved into town.

After dealing with some hard times at her job and having a nonexistent love life for so long Kate agrees to take three months off from her everyday life to move into her grandmother's, Beverly, old estate and fix it up with her. However, when she meets Matt, who has been hired to help them renovate the house, she can't help but be drawn to him. Yet after she hears about Matt's past, she knows she doesn't have a chance romantically with him but she still wants to be friends with him. To be friends though means trying to get him to open up, even a little, which will be hard since Matt keeps pushing everyone (friends and family) away.

After a while, it seems like Kate is making progress with Matt and becoming his friend. But as they become closer Kate's heart has other ideas as she starts to fall in love with him. Too bad falling in love can't make everything better when it comes to saving someone. Will Kate's friendship be enough to bring Matt back to his old self? Or will Kate be required to give up more for Matt than she ever planned?

My Book Review : 5 out of 5 stars!! I loved the setup of this novel!! The prologue sets up this novel in a way that it fills in what happened, a bit, in the main characters' pasts while leaving you curious to read more about them. Then to read the build-up between Kate and Matt throws you for a loop and back again. When you finally realize what each of them have gone through and how they get into this sweet relationship where they both want more from each other but because of God or their pasts or just life itself makes it so they have to fight for what they want you might just fall in love with this novel too! What also makes this novel is "the seniors!" They are a group of Beverly's friends, who Kate hangs out with too. And boy do they have their own share of antics! =0)

When I read this novel it hooked me and didn't let go, making it so, I read it in one day! Nevertheless, if you get into this novel as much as I did then be sure to have a tissue on hand since I did cry a few times while reading it.

I HIGHLY recommend this novel to anyone who likes contemporary romances!! Also, this is for anyone who enjoys inspirational romance novels!

Author's Novel Extras : Matt’s Character Interview | Kate’s Character Interview | Deleted Scene from "My Stubborn Heart"

Author Book Interview(s) :

Book Teaser(s) :
Yes. It truly was gray. A beautiful gun-metal color, slightly darker near the temples, slightly lighter in a streak over his right eye.
"Morty!" She rinsed the suds out, practically bouncing on the footstool with excitement. "It worked!"
"It did?"
"It did!"
And then, before he'd even had a chance to see it, or form his own opinion about it, he asked, "Do you think Velma will like it?"
"Oh, Morty," Kate replied. "She better." ~ within Chapter 6
What was it with churches and single people? In all spheres of life---work, social, athletic, academic---singles mixed with married people. Not so in Sunday school.
What were the married people studying in their classes, anyway? Top secret marriage info? Racy sex tips? What could possibly be so juicy that it merited separating the married and the single adults into two separate areas of the building? Like the L sign for loser, she sometimes felt like she wore a big S for single on her forehead whenever she set foot on a church campus. ~ within Chapter 12
For more information on this book and/or any other books by Becky, then please check out her website.



About the Author :

During her childhood in California, Becky frequently produced homemade plays starring her sisters, friends, and cousins. These plays almost always featured a heroine, a prince, and a love story with a happy ending. She's been a fan of all things romantic ever since.

Becky and her husband lived overseas in the Caribbean and Australia before settling in Dallas, Texas. It was during her years abroad that Becky's passion for reading turned into a passion for writing.

She published three historical romances with Avon Books, then put her career on hold for several years to care for her kids, then recently returned to writing sheerly for the love of it. She felt led to move to the genre of contemporary Christian romance and couldn't be more thrilled with it.

These days Becky can be found failing but trying to keep up with her housework, sweating at the gym, carting her kids around town, playing tennis, hunched over her computer, eating chocolate, or collapsed on the sofa watching TV with her husband.

Learn more at: www.BeckyWade.com.




Giveaways!! :

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  • A $25 Barnes & Noble Gift Card

  • "My Stubborn Heart" by Becky Wade

To Enter : Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends at noon on May 24th. Winner will be announced at the "My Stubborn Heart" Author Chat Facebook Party on May 24. Becky will be hosting an book chat, testing your trivia skills and giving away some great prizes!

So grab your copy of "My Stubborn Heart" and join Becky on the evening of the May 24th for a chance to meet Becky and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book - don't let that stop you from coming!)

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Idolizing In: Raised by Wolves Series, Book 1

Format: Hardcover | Pages: 418 | Release Date: June 2010 | Publisher: Egmont USA | Obtained: Pasquotank-Camden Library

"Raised By Wolves" [Raised by Wolves Series, Book 1] by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

My Book Summary : Bronwyn's (Bryn) life changed when she was 4-years-old and a Rabid werewolf slaughtered her family. Thankfully a local pack alpha, Callum, step in during the slaughter and stopped the Rabid from attacking Bryn at that time, and brought her into his clan to live (keeping her human).

Now she's 15-years-old, a part of Callum's pack --- but not, since not everyone accepts having a human living among them after all this time. Recently Bryn finds out that there is a threat in Callum's territory but no one is willing to inform her of what the threat is, yet they are more protective of her then ever.

After a while of being left in the dark Bryn decides to take matters into her own hands so, she can find out what's going on. However, what she ends up finding will change her world forever ....

My Book Review : 5 out of 5 stars!! I have to agree, completely, with Melissa Marr when she said, "Quite simply, the most compelling YA werewolf book out there." And Ms. Marr is soo right! This novel/series takes on a new meaning in and of itself. Even though I've only read the first novel, thus far, but it was so heart-warming, intriguing, and mysterious that I didn't want to put it down even when I had too!

• Bryn is mysterious from what happened to her in her past to who she is to who she becomes ... you really can never be sure what she'll do next, other then knowing she will do whatever she can to make things right.

• Her relationship with her friends, Devon & Lake, had moments of hilarity to a seriousness that comes from years of friendship, and makes you wish you could join in the fun.

• Chase! What can I say .... I loved him!! I hope they are okay and still together in the next book since I really really liked their relationship together!!

• And okay I know that she had a VERY small role in this book but I could not get enough of Lily!! She sounded soooo cute! =0)

I can't wait to read the next novel, "Trial by Fire," and I'm so excited to hear (off of Ms. Barnes website) that there will be a third book in the series that'll be released in June 2012!!

I recommend this to everyone who loves paranormal YA stories!! Those who are fans of Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Gena Showalter, Stephenie Meyer, and who likes werewolf novels should enjoy this novel as much as I did!

Author Book Trailer :

Author Book Interview :

Book Teaser(s) :
Well, at least I wasn't completely on my own. Though after a moment's reflection, I wasn't sure if that was a comfort or not. My allies in this circle consisted of a fashion-conscious teenage boy who believed in the holy power of the movie musical and two infants wearing shirts with little yellow and blue duckies on them.
An army, we were not. ~ within Chapter 8
"This doesn't mean we're mates," I told him.
He opened his mouth very wide in a mischievous, wolfy yawn.
"Women's liberation and all that," I continued, catching his yawn and trying to push it down. "No Mark. No lifetime commitment. No 'property of' signs. We just have a bond, that's all."
His tail beat quietly against the dirt beneath us, and a smile worked its way onto my lips. ~ within Chapter 16
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Jennifer, then please check out her website.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Idolizing In: Sisters of the Craft Series, Book 1

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Paperback - Pages: 352; Kindle Edition - File Size: 1175 KB | Expected Release Date: June 2, 2015 | Publisher: St. Martin's Press : Paperbacks | Obtained: NetGalley

"In The Air Tonight" [Sisters of the Craft Series, Book 1] by Lori Handeland (aka Lori Austin)

Author's Book Description : Four centuries ago, in a small Scottish village, three baby girls escaped the wrath of a witch hunter. Today, one young woman will learn about her secret history, her heart's destiny, and the sisters she never knew she had…

With her blue-black hair and dark eyes, Rachel Larsen has never fit in with the Scandinavian community of New Bergin, Wisconsin. Being adopted is part of the reason she feels like an outsider, but what really sets Rachel apart is her ability to see dead people. Everywhere. She's learned to keep her visions to herself…until she stumbles onto the ghost of a murder victim who needs Rachel's help. Enter Bobby Doucet, a distractingly handsome homicide detective who has been tracking a killer all the way from New Orleans. Could this be the break in his case he's been looking for all along? Meanwhile, the deeper Rachel gets involved with the case—and with Bobby—the closer she comes to unlocking the mystery of her own origins. What she discovers about herself could destroy everything she knows…and everyone she loves. Is finding the truth worth the risk?

My Book Review : 5 out of 5 stars! A little over four hundred years ago, while being burned at the stake two witches (a husband and wife) do one final spell that sends their triplet baby daughters into time in hopes of finding a place when witchcraft won’t be a crime and they’ll be “safe.” The spell works ….

Throughout her life, Raye (Rachel) has been able to see and speak to ghosts. However, when she was five year old, and overheard her adopted father talk about how he didn’t like it and wanted to “send her back,” she learned that talking to ghosts wasn’t normal and did everything in her power to stop. Now at the age of twenty-seven she might still hide her “gift” but knows that it won’t go away.

One-day Raye’s “normal” life suddenly changes when a unique murder happens downtown and homicide detective Bobby (Robert) rushes into her life. In some ways things go from bad to worse while in others things get better but as sparks start to fly between Bobby and Raye other forces try to keep them apart, can they work things out between each other or will their pasts mess up what they want for their futures?

This unexpected paranormal thriller hooked me with Raye’s sarcastic personality, its fun witty plot, its suspenseful ways, and the growing relationship that Bobby & Raye share. Spectacular! This was a wonderful introduction to Ms. Handeland’s series as well as an intriguing novel all on its own! Raye is a captivating heroine while Bobby’s boundless protectiveness and slight insecurities make him one hero I wish I could know. Together these two create a superb pairing that I could not stop but want to read of more! I hope that as this series progresses with getting to know Raye’s other sisters we still get updates on the previous ones, because I just wanted to keep reading about these two. In addition, the plot about the Venatores Mali and how the sisters will go about fighting against them really fascinated me, so it’ll be interesting to see where everything will go next.

I HIGHLY recommend this novel to those looking for a thrilling paranormal romance!

-- On a side note --
I really liked the interlacing covers!

Purchase This Book and/or The Other Books From It's Series Here : IndieBound (Paperback) : In the Air Tonight (Book 1) | IndieBound (Paperback) : Heat of the Moment (Book 2) | IndieBound (Paperback) : Smoke on the Water (Book 3) | Kobo (e-Book) : In the Air Tonight (Book 1) | Kobo (e-Book) : Heat of the Moment (Book 2) | Kobo (e-Book) : Smoke on the Water (Book 3) | Alibris (Paperback) : In the Air Tonight (Book 1)


Author's Series Extras : SISTERS OF THE CRAFT Series - Overview & Excerpts


Book Teaser(s) :
She lifted dark brows toward hair as black as his own. The contrast of that ebony hair and milky skin made him think of Snow White. Too bad he wasn't any kind of prince.
Foolish thoughts. What was wrong with him? ~ within Chapter 2

IN THE AIR TONIGHT by Lori Handeland -- Read my review here:...
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IN THE AIR TONIGHT by Lori Handeland -- Read my review here:...
Posted by From Me to You - Video, Photography, & Book Reviews on Wednesday, June 24, 2015
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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Blog Tour - Idolizing In: Swept Away by Mary Connealy | Review & Giveaway

Today and tomorrow I'm turning my blog over to Mary Connealy, with a review of "Swept Away," which is the 1st book in her Trouble in Texas Series!!

ALSO -- Be sure to sign up for this tour's GIVEAWAYs (listed below)!! [Blog Tour will run from March 11 - 28, 2013 | Giveaway ends on March 27, 2013 | "Swept Away" Author Chat Party is on March 28, 2013]



- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Paperback - Pages: 301; Kindle Edition - File Size: 653 KB | Expected Release Date: March 1, 2013 | Publisher: Bethany House Publishers | Obtained: Litfuse Publicity Group

"Swept Away" [Trouble in Texas Series, Book 1] by Mary Connealy

My Book Summary : Luciano (Lucas/Luke) has always felt the need to fight for what he believed in. It's why he became a Union soldier during the Civil War even though he was from Texas. Now it's the reason why he's going home to avenge his father's death and take back the family ranch that was stolen from him. On his ride back home he comes across Ruthy (Rosie) floating in a river, saves her, and--because of the proximity of where he pulled her out and his hometown--he brings her home with him.

Ruthy has her own problems, ever since her parents died she has been treated more like a servant then anything else by her neighbors who took her in. Before Luke found her, she and "her family" were driving in a wagon train headed for California and all Ruthy wanted to do was escape. Therefore, when a flash flood took their wagons as they were crossing a river Ruthy felt it was a blessing. Now if she can only keep herself, Luke, and Luke's friends safe from the trouble with Luke's ranch is brewing up then everything will be might fine...

My Book Review : 5 out of 5 stars!! This witty, funny, adventurous novel keeps you on your toes with it's no nonsense style group of men, who are as close as brothers, trying to bring law and order to a wayward town. I was very surprised with some of the twists that came up! Also--even though it never happened--am still waiting for one of Ruthy's "family" to show up from the dead just to cause even more trouble. =0)

Luke's friends were wonderful characters! They all have that little something you wish for in your leading men, so I can't wait to see whom they'll be paired up with! In addition, Luke and Ruthy are quite a pair too! They had each other’s back the whole way through this novel, and I LOVED the way Luke tries to romance Ruthy as it made me laugh for that whole section! *heheee*

I recommend this novel to anyone who likes light romances with adventurous cowboys! Also, it is a sweet Christian read as well as being a fun romantic comedy!

Author's Novel Extras : The Missouri River Flood of 2011 | The First Time I've Seen My New Cover Online! | I've been TAGGED by Julie Lessman | SPEEDBO-Firing a Warning Shot Across the Bow | Publisher's Weekly--Great Review of Swept Away | 4 STARS for Swept Away in Romantic Times Magazine! | Library Journal Review of SWEPT AWAY!!! | I'm on Christian Bookshelf & Giveaway of Swept Away | Weekend Edition | FIRST EVER ON P & P GIVEAWAY OF–SWEPT AWAY | Swept Away is SHIPPING NOW!!! | CHANCE TO WIN SWEPT AWAY | YOU SHOULD BE WRITING!!! | CHANCE TO WIN SWEPT AWAY | Welcome Mat Wednesday | Chance to win Swept Away and much more | Swept Away, Baby Calves and the Grand Canyon of Texas | Lane Hill House Reviews Swept Away

Author's Series Extras : Trouble in Texas...A New Series Begins | Weekend Edition | I’m ready for my chance | The Grand Canyon of Texas | That Eureka Moment When a Writer Strikes Gold!

Book Teaser(s) :
She blinked her eyes at him and they were like none he'd ever seen. They seemed to glow with a yellowy-gold light. It reminded him of a mountain lion he'd seen once, a beautiful critter.
"I'm a doctor, ma'am."
"I heard. And I heard my son tell you I'm fine." Glynna Greer's lioness eyes flashed with anger.
A snarling, beautiful critter.
"Go away and don't come back."
A snarling, beautiful critter who looked eager to bite his head off. This woman was more like that lion every minute. ~ within Chapter 3
He needed to do this right. He didn't know much about women, but he'd heard they were notional critters and there was probably a right way to propose. Luke reckoned he hadn't found it so far.
Taking her hand, he tried his very best to be . . . he struggled for the word . . . uh . . . romantic, that was it.
He hadn't practiced this and it was a mistake on his part. Now he had to think and talk at the same time. And Ruthy already looked impatient. ~ within Chapter 15
"I can just drag you into the underbrush and cover your body with leaves. You can nap while we clear these vermin out of Broken Wheel. I'm sure Glynna can defend herself."
It might be best for Luke not to have children with this merciless woman. ~ within Chapter 20
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Mary, then please check out her website.



About the Author :

Mary Connealy writes romantic comedy with cowboys. She is a Christy Award Finalist, a Carol Award Finalist and an IRCC Award finalist.

The Lassoed in Texas Series, "Petticoat Ranch," "Calico Canyon" and "Gingham Mountain." "Petticoat Ranch" was a Carol Award Finalist. "Calico Canyon" was a Christy Award Finalist and a Carol Award Finalist. These three books are now contained in one large volume called Lassoed in Texas Trilogy.

The Montana Marriages Series, "Montana Rose," "The Husband Tree" and "Wildflower Bride." "Montana Rose" was a Carol Award Finalist.

"Cowboy Christmas"—the 2010 Carol Award for Best Long Historical Romance, and an Inspirational Readers Choice Contest Finalist.

The Sophie's Daughters series. "Doctor in Petticoats," "Wrangler in Petticoats," "Sharpshooter in Petticoats."

She is also the author of; "Black Hills" Blessing a 3-in-1 collection of sweet contemporary romances, "Nosy in Nebraska," a 3-in-1 collection of cozy romantic mysteries and she's one of the three authors contributing to "Alaska Brides" with her Carol Award Winning historical romance "Golden Days."




Giveaways!! :

Mary Connealy is celebrating the release of "Swept Away" by giving away a $250 "Swept Away" Vacation Package and hosting a Facebook Author Chat Party!


One fortunate winner will receive :

  • A $250 Visa Cash Card (Get away for the weekend or use it to buy an eReader for a relaxing ‘Staycation’!)
  • A copy of "Swept Away" (For you AND a friend!)

To Enter : Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 27th. Winner will be announced at the "Swept Away" Author Chat Party on March 28th. Connect with Mary, get a sneak peek of the next book in the series, try your hand at the trivia contest, and chat with readers just like you. There will also be many fun giveaways -- gift certificates, books, and more!

So grab your copy of "Swept Away" and join Mary on the evening of the March 28th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)

Enter via Twitter Enter via Facebook Enter via Email

Don’t miss a moment of the fun, RSVP TODAY. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 28th!

ALSO -- Be sure to check out Litfuse's other Blog Tour Reviews for this novel!!




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Monday, January 4, 2016

Idolizing In: MADE IN JERSEY Series, Book 1

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon: Paperback - Pages: 208; Kindle Edition - File Size: 908 KB | Expected Release Date: November 9, 2015 | Publisher: Entangled Publishing : Brazen | Obtained: NetGalley

"Crashed Out" [MADE IN JERSEY Series, Book 1] by Tessa Bailey

Author's Book Description : His inspiration. His torment. And his temptation...

Jasmine Taveras is the reason Sarge Purcell grabbed his six-string and bailed the hell out of New Jersey four years ago. She's the fuel for every song he's ever written-each one laced with bitter, hard-edged, hungry lust. Now, with his hugely successful band is on temporary hiatus, Sarge is determined to prove to Jasmine that this "kid" turned into every inch the man she's always needed...

Men are slim pickings for a single factory girl in Hook, New Jersey...until tall, broad-shouldered hotness walks-or rather storms-into Jasmine's life. Sarge's return shouldn't affect her this way. He's her best friend's much younger kid brother, and the kind of rough, gritty, sexiness Jasmine has no right to taste for herself. Even if he lets her.

But lust is a blinding, insatiable force. And when it crashes, it will take both Sarge and Jasmine down with it...

My Book Review : 5 out of 5 stars!! Ever since he was young, his older sister’s best friend, Jasmine (Jas), has fascinated Sarge. Over the years, that fascination has turned into a big crush and a bit of an obsession. Therefore, when he was eighteen and realized Jasmine wasn't noticing him he took off for LA to make a name for himself as a musician, which he did. Now, four years later, he's back home in Hook, NJ to catch up with his sister and to find a way to overcome his obsession with Jasmine once and for all. Yet Sarge soon finds out that getting over Jasmine is easier said than done...

This tantalizing erotic romance is not only steamy it has a great plotline too! Extremely hot because of Sarge's domineering ways, made me just want to read more about Jasmine and him. Jasmine might be seven years older than Sarge but that doesn't stop their chemistry from igniting and quickly bringing their relationship into something more than remembered friendship. Sarge and Jasmine make a wonderful couple! In addition, I liked how Sarge brought Jasmine out of her shell and how Jasmine cared for Sarge as much as she did.

One twist I enjoyed was how Sarge's older sister, River, took Sarge & Jasmine's relationship in stride. Basically, I'm use to reading that the sibling (whether older or younger) would be upset that their best friend hooked up or even got into a relationship with their sibling. So, I was happy to see that wasn't an issue in this novel. Making it that the only thing that could keep Sarge & Jasmine apart were themselves and their fears.

Very well written! I LOVED Sarge (if you couldn't already tell).

I HIGHLY recommend this novel to those who are looking for an erotic contemporary romance that deals with a sexy rock star and some holiday magic!

Purchase This Book and/or The Other Books From It's Series Here : Kobo (e-Book) : Thrown Down (Book 2) | Amazon (e-Book) : Rough Rhythm: A Made In Jersey Novella (1001 Dark Nights) (Book 1.5) | Amazon (Paperback) : Rough Rhythm: A Made In Jersey Novella (1001 Dark Nights) (Book 1.5) | Amazon (e-Book) : Thrown Down (Book 2)


IndieBound (Paperback) : Crashed Out (Book 1)

Kobo (e-Book) : Crashed Out (Book 1)
Amazon (Paperback) : MADE IN JERSEY Series

My Previous Mention(s) of this Author's Books/Characters : A (belated) Release Day Blast / Spreading the Word: CRASHED OUT by Tessa Bailey, HIS TO TAKE by Katee Robert, & SAY YOU'RE MINE by Diane Alberts | Second Sentence Saturday: Crashed Out

Author's Novel Extras :

Enjoy this teaser from Crashed Out...and meet Sarge Purcell tonight. http://amzn.to/1HTHzpY
Posted by Tessa Bailey on Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Author's Series Extras : MADE IN JERSEY Series - Overview

Have you checked out my THREE spankin' new MADE IN JERSEY covers? That's right. I'm taking a trip through the tunnel...
Posted by Tessa Bailey on Friday, September 4, 2015

Book Teaser(s) :

CRASHED OUT by Tessa Bailey -- Read my #bookreview here:...
Posted by From Me to You - Video, Photography, & Book Reviews on Monday, January 4, 2016

CRASHED OUT by Tessa Bailey -- Read my #bookreview here:...
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Book Preview :
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Idolizing In: Mystic Harbor Series, Book 4

Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 950 KB | Release Date: April 20, 2015 | Publisher: Self-Published | Obtained: Amazon.com

"His Lion Blood" [Mystic Harbor Series, Book 4] by Scarlett Grove

Author's Book Description : When curvy hafling vampire, Isabella Amador, saunters into mountain lion shifter Ashton Harding's tattoo shop, he can't get enough of her sexy scent. Unfortunately, there's a taboo against fraternizing with vampires, making Isabella strictly off limits.

Isabella Amador is the half-human daughter of the High Lord of the Cascade vampire coven, and she's been avoiding her father for twenty years. Preferring to spend her time shopping in Europe to dealing with coven politics, Isabella is surprised her father has taken an interest in her. He's far too interested, in Isabella's opinion, when he decides to force Isabella into an arranged marriage.

Compelled by his inner lion and a growing sense of justice, Ashton is there to help her. Will they find a way to keep Isabella safe while resisting their urge to share blood, and be bonded forever, or will they break the taboo, putting them both in mortal danger?

My Book Review : 5 out of 5 stars!! In Mystic Harbor Vampires and Shifters are known enemies and it is forbidden for them to mate. However, once half-vampire Isabella and mountain lion shifter Ashton meet they find their connection undeniable and uncontrollable. Will they control the uncontrollable or will they embrace the unknown?

I thoroughly enjoyed this fast-paced paranormal romance!! As this is the first novel I've read in this series, I found it involved enough to get a good grasp on the town while being completely standalone enough that you can enjoy it all by itself too. Ashton & Isabella's instant romance is enthralling in its intensity! They have such an instant attraction and connection (which is typical for the mate romances) that I couldn't help but like. Fun, thrilling, erotic this has it all!

I HIGHLY recommend this novel to those looking for a unique paranormal romance!

Purchase This Book and/or The Other Books From It's Series Here :

Author's Novel Extras : His Lion Blood - Overview

Author's Series Extras : Mystic Harbor Series - Overview | Unbearably Stranded - Overview | Her Two Alphas - Overview | Cat Scratch Fever - Overview

Book Teaser(s) :
She followed him into the dusty cabin. Everything was still there. Ronan had left the place tidy and livable for the most part. The months of vacancy had left their mark in half an inch of dust over everything.
She looked around and sighed. “I’ve slept in worse places. There was the year I slept buried underground in a coffin,” she said, waving her hand to the side.
“You slept in a coffin, underground, for a year?” he asked her in disbelief.
“I was depressed,” she said, moving into the small space. ~ within Chapter 12
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Scarlett, then please check out her website.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Idolizing In: Holland Springs Series, Book 1

Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 359 KB | Release Date: February 2, 2013 | Publisher: Self-Published | Obtained: Smashwords

"Drive Me Crazy" [Holland Springs Series, Book 1] by Marquita Valentine

My Book Summary : Ever since Carter picked her to be on his football team when they were kids, Melanie has been in love with his in some way or another. Now years later, she has a chance to see if her feelings could ever be returned while he is back in town, retired from being a NASCAR racer and trying to figure out what he'd like to do with the rest of his life. Therefore, to find out for sure--and because she needed the extra money--Melanie "convinces" Carter to have her become his temporary assistant. Quickly the sparks fly between them and it's hard to deny the attraction/lust any longer. Yet, will Carter's feelings/reaction mean that he is willing to love her forever like she wishes or are they fated to be only close friends in the long run?

Either way, it might be hard to find out the full truth of Carter's feelings with his stubborn mother always slightly putting her down and with a lying ex-fiancée who will do anything to get him back...

My Book Review : 5 out of 5 stars!! Follow this sweet and spicy romance between a girl who has been in love with her best friend's older brother for just about all of her life and see if it's truly unrequited love or not. It's hard not to get wrapped up in this love story; the main characters are just that captivating. Plus, the sex scenes were a fun and entertaining inclusions too.

Carter & Melanie were one couple that I loved reading about and couldn't get enough of, so I hope they'll be secondary characters in the other books within this series. For the secondary characters in this novel the ones that stood out and all I have to say about them are:

• Zoe: Melanie's best friend. Carter's sister. A writer who has a big secret she's keeping about her time in Los Angeles. I can't wait to read her story!

• Leah: Carter & Zoe's mother. Very old fashioned and set in her ways. Isn't a fan of Melanie, disapproves of Zoe's friendship with Melanie, and doesn't want Melanie involved with any of her sons. Like's April and wants her to get back together with Carter.

• April: Carter's ex-fiancée. She is the quintessential bad girl and trying to win Carter back by any means necessary. Uses her "friendship" with Leah to get on Carter's good-side and/or because she knows Leah will assist her in getting Carter to go back to her. She was the type of character you love to hate, so I don't think I'll be reading her story.

All in all, I adored this novel! I recommend it to anyone who likes contemporary romances that have an erotic touch to it.

Purchase This Book and/or The Other Books From It's Series Here :

Author's Novel Extras : First Book in Holland Springs Series only 99 PENNIES!!

Author's Series Extras : Holland Springs Series - Overview | Seduction of the Billionaire - Overview | Twice Tempted - Overview | Third Time’s a Charm - Overview | His Christmas Wish - Overview | Holland Springs Series Reading Order

Book Teaser(s) :
“Carter,” she whispered against his mouth. “Kiss me.”
“Patience, sweetheart.”
“I’ve waited my whole life for this.”
“You say the most amazing things to puff up a man’s ego.” He her drew in her bottom lip and lightly bit it. Her knees went weak and she sagged against him. “Like that?”
Nodding, she rose up on her toes. She used the tip of her tongue to trace the seam of his mouth. As soon as he parted his lips, she slid inside and his tongue met hers. He growled, his shoes crunching on gravel as he moved out of the parking lot light. ~ within Chapter 5
“You’re going to drive this car.”
“No.” Even as she said the word, she climbed inside and put on her seatbelt. He closed the door after her and got in on the passenger side. She glanced at the floor and nearly jumped right back out. “I can’t drive stick anymore, Carter, not since I wrecked Ryan Sawyer’s truck.”
A wicked grin kicked up the corners of his mouth. “Hate to argue with a lady, but the things you were doing to me this morning say otherwise.”
Her mouth fell open, cheeks heating to beyond acceptable levels. Flicking her eyes at the rearview mirror, she wanted to die. Her face was a red as the paint job. Great...just great.
“What if I mess up the car?”
“I’ll be right here with you.” He touched her cheek. “Trust me.”
There he went with those words again. “Okay.”
“Know what to do first?”
“Yes.” Starting up the car or even putting it in reverse wasn’t the problem. It was getting out on Highway Thirteen and putting it into a higher gear. The last time she’d attempted this, she’d down-shifted her dad’s truck so many times she’d almost stripped the gears and given them whiplash. Her palms began to sweat as she pulled out of the parking lot.
“Doing good, baby.” He placed a warm hand on her thigh, gliding it down over her knee to cover her hand. A hand that had a kung-fu grip on the gearshift. “We’re going to do this together.”
Some of the tension that had worked its way into her shoulders began to fade away as he helped her shift from first to second. “Carter,” she whispered, knowing that her next move was where she had the most trouble.
“Put the pedal to the metal,” he said, his voice so confident that she did exactly what he said. “Ready?”
Don’t close your eyes, she silently reminded herself.
“Don’t close those big brown eyes of yours.”
Together they shifted into third, then fourth, and the only thing that happened was exactly what should have happened.
She let out a little cheer and Carter squeezed her hand. “You did it.”
“We did it,” she said. There wasn’t anything she couldn’t do with him at her side.
“Fine,” he said and she could hear the smile in his voice. “It was a team effort. Where to next, Miss Smith?”
Grinning she flicked her eyes to him then back at the road. “Wherever the road takes us.”
“Sounds like a plan to me.” Pulling her hand to his mouth, he kissed it. She fully expected him to let it go, but he laced his fingers through hers and every time she had to shift gears, he stayed with her.
Don’t ever let me go, she thought. ~ within Chapter 9
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Marquita, then please check out her website.
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