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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Giveaway Winner of Getting Familiar With Your Demon by Jodi Redford

Melanie from enchanting reviews

Congrats Melanie!!! You just won an E-COPY of "Getting Familiar With Your Demon" by Jodi Redford!! You should be receiving an email from me & Jodi soon.

I want to say THANK YOU to those of you who participated. Be sure to check out my next giveaway of Leah Matheny's novels -- "My Captor, My Love" & "My Perfect Man" -- later this afternoon!!

Also, I have a question for you .... what do you think I should do to get you guys more involved or interested in my giveaways?? Let me know. Thanks!

Have a good day all!!

Take care, Jess

"Waiting On" Wednesday: Sunny Days for Sam

  • Today's "Waiting On" Wednesday by Jill - click here

  • "Sunny Days for Sam" by Jennifer Shirk
    Expected Publication Released Date: April 6, 2012

    Author's Book Description:
      Sunnyva “Sunny” Fletcher is a firm believer in fairy tales. With the recent debt she’s acquired, the hope of something magical happening in her life is the only thing keeping her going. She needs a job fast. So when Sunny learns the sexy new vacationer in town is looking for a nanny, she starts to believe she just may have a fairy godmother after all!

      Internet guru Sam Calloway is only in town for the summer and needs a nanny for his two small children. However, the beautiful and inexperienced Sunny is not exactly the kind of caregiver Sam has in mind. It doesn’t take long for Sunny’s tenderhearted and bubble-blowing ways to soon have the children—and Sam—enamored with her. She’s a dream come true. But after what Sam’s been through, he’s stopped believing in fairy tales long ago.

      Sunny manages to work her way into Sam’s closed-off heart, but at the end of the summer, will the workaholic dad go back to his life in New York City, or will he decide his days are much sunnier here with Sunny?

    Tuesday, February 28, 2012

    Teaser Tuesdays: A Taste for a Mate

  • Today's Teaser Tuesdays by MizB - click here

  • "A Taste for a Mate" [Redwood Pack Series, Book 2] by Carrie Ann Ryan

    Book Teaser:
    “Do you want to scare her away? Let’s get to know her first, see if she is a good match, other than that incredible cinnamon scent. I’ll talk to Adam and find out everything I can about her. I am the Beta; I cannot put my Pack in jeopardy.”
    God, he really sucked at this. This time he needed to put on his big wolf panties and actually ask her out.
    “Then we could mark her.”
    He snorted at his wolf. Yeah, that was taking it slow. ~ within Chapter 1
    My Previous Teaser(s) for this Author : An Alpha’s Path

    Feasted On: Return of the Rose by Theresa Ragan

    Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 654 KB | Release Date: March 2011 | Publisher: Self-Published | Obtained: Amazon.com

    "Return of the Rose" by Theresa Ragan (aka T. R. Ragan)

    My Book Summary : In 1420, an Earl's wife gave birth to twin girls, which should be a joyous occasion, except for the fact that one of the girls was very sick and wasn't going to live long. Therefore, the Earl decided to take the babe to see a witch in hopes that she would be able to save his child. The witch agrees to do so, however, the Earl would need to give the girl up since she plans to send the girl through time.

    Twenty-four years later Morgan helps her adopted mother out at their antique shop in the twenty-first century. One item in their shop that has always held Morgan's attention, which is a knight's armor. Recently she just found out who the knight was and what happened to him. Later that day, on her 24th birthday, she happens to be locking up the shop and saying goodnight to "her knight" when a storm picks up and she gets sent through time.

    Now Morgan finds herself in medieval times dealing with people who believe her to be someone else, being informed that she’d be getting married to a Lord who wants nothing to do with her, and trying to fit into a world, she's not familiar with. Nevertheless, this is the first time in her life that she really has made friends with anyone, let alone most of the people in the castle. In addition, she finds that the Lord isn't as bad as she originally thought but should she even tempt herself with falling in love when the possibility of being sent back to the twenty-first century at any time??

    My Book Review : 4.5 out of 5 stars!! This compelling, entertaining, adventure of a novel is one that you won't want to put down! I LOVED the plot---from the whole thing about the Earl sending his daughter away with hopes of her getting better and returning to Morgan finding herself in a world she's not familiar with and learning the ropes to the epic love between the two main characters---it was just soo good!!!

    About the Characters:
    • Morgeanna (Morgan): Spirited. Smart. Has a very big heart. Uses her knowledge to help out in any way she can. Hates horses.

    • Derek: The Lord of Braddock. Broody. Has a reputation as being repulsive looking because he doesn't show his face that often to people who don't live at Braddock castle. Tries to take care of everyone around him. Can't get over his past.

    • Amanda: Morgan's twin sister.

    • Emmon: A young knight who thinks badly of woman because of what Derek taught him.

    • Odelia: Morgan's maid. She's sweet and feisty for an old gal.

    • Leonie: A deceitful, money/title hungry, wench.

    • Matti & Hugo: A sweet couple who's main goal lately is to make sure that Derek will marry a good woman.

    • Henry: He is a young King Henry VI. Good-natured. Likes Derek as a comrade. Eccentric.

    • Otgar: He is an OGRE just like his name sounds to me. And a pig!

    • Robert: Amanda's lover. Because he thinks Morgan is Amanda he doesn't take no for an answer and keeps pursuing her.

    This was really a delightful read and I was very intrigued with how the epilogue is written since it ties up all of the loose ends.

    I recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys historical and/or time-travel romance books!! Or to anyone who just wants to read a good romance book that will put a smile on their face. =0)

    Book Teaser(s) :
    “You must listen to me, Robert. I’m not who you think I am. I’ve heard about the love you and Amanda have for each other. That’s why you need to find her. She’s probably out there somewhere waiting for you.”
    He hardly flinched at the sincerity of her words. She was beginning to see the hopelessness of convincing him or anyone else of her cataclysmic experience. “My name is Morgan Hayes,” she said wearily, “and I’m from another time...the year 2011.”
    “We both know you are an atrocious liar.” A smile tugged at his lips and his hands fell to her shoulders. “You listen to me now. Your father’s people are forgiving and their love for you is deep. If you leave with me, they will understand.”
    She shook her head. “I’m sorry.” ~ within Chapter 4
    He set his mouth full upon hers before she could say another word. A few men guffawed at their lord’s actions, but most were intent on finishing their meal and seeking out their own mate.
    Derek’s eyes glimmered with mischief as he pulled away. “Oh, ‘tis only you.”
    She elbowed him in the ribs. “You think you’re funny, do you?”
    “Aye, that I do.”
    “Well, I was going to tell you that I missed you, but never mind now.”
    Derek shrugged.
    Morgan frowned. There was something insufferable about a man being so arrogantly cocksure of himself. “So you don’t care whether I missed you or not?”
    “‘Tis written all over your face. What need do I hath for you to speak of it when it is as clear as rainwater that you pined for me?”
    “I didn’t pine for you, I...” ~ within Chapter 10
    For more information on this book and/or any other books by Theresa, then please check out her website.

    Friday, February 24, 2012

    Made the Grade: In The Flesh by J. R. Barrett

    Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 263 KB | Release Date: February 2012 | Publisher: Self-Published | Obtained: Amazon.com

    "In The Flesh" by J. R. Barrett (aka Julia Rachel Barrett)

    My Book Summary : Because of the flu going around at the hospital, where Sydney works, she has been working for a few days straight and her boss finally tells her to take a few days off. However, instead of finding a place to stay the night close by the hospital Sydney decides to drive in the middle of a major snowstorm back to her ranch on the edge of town. When she's not far from her house the storm picks up and there is a blinding flash not far from her .... changing her life forever ....

    .... and for Ze’ev (Wolf), a being from another world, his "life" is just beginning.

    My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars, within the genre of reading about epic loves this is one romance that catches you doesn't let you go. There are quite a few twists in this story, they keep you on your toes, while you also some scenes that are very steamy. I enjoyed reading about how Wolf finds the things around them and how he relearns things again.

    Nevertheless, I didn't really enjoy the ending in this book. I mean it's a good ending that mostly wraps up everything in the book. However, if the author gave more of Wolf's side of the events, I think I would have enjoyed the book more.

    Yet, with that being said I would still recommend this book to whoever's read J. R.'s "Incorporeal" and/or to those who like reading paranormal romance books. Especially the type of books that deal with soul mates! =0)

    Book Teaser(s) :
    He’s like a little kid, or maybe he has brain damage. Christ, I don’t know which, but I don’t think he’s dangerous, just enthusiastic.
    Enthusiasm or no, I need to get him back inside and covered up.

    Syd touched his face to get his attention. “We need to go back inside,” she said, pointing toward the house. “It’s too cold out here and you don’t have any clothes on.”
    “Clothes?” Eyes wide, he looked down, as if his nakedness suddenly registered. With his free hand, he tugged at her sweatpants. “Clothes.”
    “Yes, right, clothes. You need some clothes.” ~ within Chapter 2
    “You know as much as I do. I don’t know who or what I am.” He took a deep breath and blew it out. “I remember how to speak, how to eat. I remember the taste of pancakes.” He smiled and Sydney smiled back. “I remember snow. An image passes unbidden in my mind from time to time, like a still photo. I see a small girl. I believe her name is Sara. Who she is and what she is to me remains a mystery.”
    Does he have a daughter, a family? If he fell from the sky as he claims, how could he have a family? Then she remembered. ~ within Chapter 7
    For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by J. R., then please check out her website.

    Thursday, February 23, 2012

    Made the Grade: Time Out by Jill Shalvis

    - This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Paperback - Pages: 218; Kindle Edition - File Size: 379 KB | Expected Release Date: February 19, 2012 | Publisher: Harlequin Blaze | Obtained: NetGalley

    "Time Out" by Jill Shalvis

    My Book Summary : Mark & Rainey share a past, one that ruined their friendship. Now years later Mark, a NHL couch, is coming home during his team's off-season to volunteer at the local rec center with plans to help out the community and teach two of his players to smarten-up. He never expected to find hanging around Rainey again to be one of those things he missed over the years. However, now they have three weeks to spend together and the sparks between them are already starting to fly! Will they be able to handle the full three weeks together and then go back their separate ways or will they loose more things between them during that time, like maybe their hearts...

    My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars, this novel is a feisty & HOT romance between two stubborn people who like to be in control and have a lot of fun taking away that control from each other! However, even though there is plenty of spicy sex scenes in this novel for you, there is also two plots within this story that are both very sweet. The first plot is about Mark & Rainey, their once friendship, and the heat that they can't seem to stop that's between them. The second plot is about a community that is in dire need of repair after being ravaged by fire along its coast and how to help the teens who go to the rec center while some are living in hard times.

    I recommend this story to anyone who likes to read spicy romance novels!!!

    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Kissing Santa Claus

    Book Teaser(s) :
    Teaser #1
    "If it works into your schedule, that is," she said, and he realized with a jolt that she was looking right at him.
    Everyone was looking right at him.
    "That's fine," he said smoothly.
    Casey and James both lifted their eyebrows, but he ignored them. "We're here to serve."
    James choked on the soda he was drinking.
    Casey just continued staring at Mark like he'd lost his marbles.
    His brother out-and-out grinned, which was his first clue.
    "You just agreed to coach a girls' softball team," James whispered in his ear. "Me and Casey get the boys, but she gave you the girls."
    Ah, hell. ~ within Chapter 3
    For more information on this book and/or any other books by Jill, then please check out her website.

    Wednesday, February 22, 2012

    "Waiting On" Wednesday: Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe

  • Today's "Waiting On" Wednesday by Jill - click here

  • "Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe" by Shelley Coriell
    Expected Publication Released Date: May 1, 2012

    Author's Book Description:
      Chloe Camden has a big heart and an even bigger collection of vintage shoes. Life is good...until her best friend turns the entire school against her and her counselor axes her junior independent study project. Forced to take on a meaningful project in order to pass her Junior year, Chloe joins her school’s struggling radio station, where the other students don’t always appreciate her unique style. Ostracized by her former BFs and struggling with her beloved Grams’s mental deterioration, lonely Chloe ends up hosting a call-in show that gets the station much-needed publicity and, in the end, trouble. She also befriends radio techie and loner Duncan Moore, a quiet soul with a romantic heart. On and off the air, Chloe tackles love, loneliness, and painful life lessons as she gives her big heart to the radio station and the misfits who call it home.

    Tuesday, February 21, 2012

    Character Interview & Giveaway - Getting Familiar With Your Demon by Jodi Redford

    In honor of Jodi Redford's latest novel "Getting Familiar With Your Demon," which is the 4th book in her That Old Black Magic Series, releasing soon I'm hosting a Character Interview & a GIVEAWAY!!

    Be sure to comment on this post to be able to sign up for this GIVEAWAY (listed below)!! [Running from February 21 - 28, 2012]

    My Q&A with a character from "Getting Familiar With Your Demon" :

    Character's Name : Samael (Sam) Gorasola
    Character's Appearance : 6' 3", fit, muscular build, black hair and dark blue eyes

    Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

    Most know me as the former familiar of the voodoo queen, Antoinette Delacroix. Let’s just say our relationship was a little on the strained side—particularly toward the end of our acquaintance. I used to collect souls for her, and the demon council. Not exactly the safest or jolliest of occupations. Still, I’ve always liked living on the edge. Hell, danger is my middle name. My cousin Nikki will tell you it’s “Pissy”. Which is ridiculous. Do I look like a guy who’d be named Sam Pissy Gorasola? Yeah, thought so.

    What is your favorite article of clothing?

    My leather jacket. It’s been through plenty of brawls and soul hunts with me. Plus it makes me look pretty badass. *flexes biceps*

    What is your favorite book?

    "Christine" by Stephen King. A possessed Plymouth Fury. What’s not to love?

    What is your favorite food?

    I’m a meat and potatoes guy. So a fat slab of prime rib with a side of red skins.

    Do you have a favorite place to go and/or vacation spot?

    My favorite watering hole is Champions, a bar in Savannah. It’s also where I first crossed paths with my Bella. Guess that makes me kinda sentimental about it.

    If you could marry any person, who would it be and why?

    Marabella Blanchard—my little Bella. Without a doubt. She’s my reason for living. The other half of my heart. Hell, my entire heart.

    What is one thing you wouldn't be caught dead doing?

    Dancing. Or listening to disco music. Or dancing while listening to disco music. *grimaces*

    Did you do or get anything good for Valentine’s Day this year?

    Bella is the best present I could ever hope for. I surprised her with a romantic breakfast in bed, followed by a sexy massage and then dessert. *eyebrow waggle*

    "Getting Familiar With Your Demon" [That Old Black Magic Series, Book 4] by Jodi Redford

    Expected Released Date : February 28, 2012

    Author's Book Description :

      He should push her away...but he'd rather have his wicked way with her.

      That Old Black Magic, Book 4

      After too many years learning death from the inside out as the familiar of a voodoo queen, soul collector Samael Gorasola betrayed his boss, which landed him on demon death row.

      He should have known not even his punishment would come easy, but the deal he’s offered to escape his fate stinks. Become the indentured servant to his despised enemy? No thanks, he’d rather be six feet under. With that in mind, he picks a deadly fight with two demon hunters, only to be rescued by one misguided, deliciously innocent white witch.

      Marabella hasn’t a clue what possessed her to help Sam, particularly since he’s not the least bit grateful. She blames it on her overwhelming attraction to the dark, dangerous demon, and her exasperating quest to rid herself of the stubborn curse that guards her virginity. If the guild finds out, though, she can kiss her white-witch status goodbye.

      A kiss is exactly what she gets, followed by a consuming hunger that breaks down all heavenly and earthly barriers…and leaves Sam saddled with the one thing he never wanted, a conscience, and a connection to Marabella that puts her soul on the line.

      Warning: This book contains torturous use of disco music, one sinfully sexy demon who revels in being bad, a virgin witch whose innocence runs more than skin deep, and plenty of wicked, forbidden sex with explosive side effects—literally. [Read Jess' Review for this Book - 4 out of 5 stars!]

    Giveaway!! :
    • WIN an E-COPY of "Getting Familiar With Your Demon!!"
    The Fine Print:
    1. This contest ends on February 28th 2012.
    2. This contest is open to those who are at least 18 years-old, but it's also open Internationally!!
    3. All you have to do to enter is comment on this post, along with your name, email address, and what type of e-copy would you like to receive (PDF/PRC/EPUB)!
    4. Official winner will be chosen by Random.org

    Soo .... COMMENT, COMMENT, COMMENT on this post!! And you could WIN!!

    Teaser Tuesdays: Time Out

  • Today's Teaser Tuesdays by MizB - click here

  • "Time Out" by Jill Shalvis

    Book Teaser:
    "I promised," Rick said. "And I'll deliver."
    "Great," Rainey said. "But when---"
    But nothing. He'd given Lena a quick, soft smile and was already gone, back inside the building to wield his power there.
    "I hate it when he does that," Rainey grumbled. ~ within Chapter 1
    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Kissing Santa Claus

    Idolizing In: A Familiar Face by Marie Harte

    Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 184 KB | Release Date: August 2011 | Publisher: Self-Published | Obtained: Amazon.com

    "A Familiar Face" by Marie Harte

    My Book Summary : Things have not been going well for Mallory, a witch, who doesn't have much money so she can't afford a decent familiar and is close to losing her apartment. This is why she has no problem taking up an extra shift at The Python Palace where she’s a part-time waitress when her boss, Rattler, asks her too. However, once the shift is over all she wants to do is get off of her feet and fall asleep, so Rattler tells her to go up to The Lounge, a special area that not many are allowed into, to get some rest. After complying and waking up from her nap, Mallory finds herself in a completely different world and within the midst of a war. In addition, her captor just happens to resemble Rattler enough to be his twin and lights a passion within her that she has never felt before. Nevertheless, even as she helps out these people around her (some wanting that help and some not), does she really want to give up everything from where she came from or should she go home??

    My Book Review : 5 out of 5 stars!! WOW!! This novel exceeded my expectations and then some! It's a sexually driven, fast-paced, match made from heaven or a little club known as The Python Palace, novel that enthralled me into wishing there was more to read about!!

    About the Characters:
    • Mallory: Sarcastic, funny, sweet, and very playful. A witch who knows how to fight like the best of them. One who might not be much in her own world but means quite a bit in Core's world.

    • Core: Clever. A strong leader. A wonderful fighter. Very protective of Mallory.

    • Rattler: Mysterious. Bossy. A god??

    I can't say enough about this book! I had great delight in reading about Core's abilities--from his true self to his sexual ability. Plus, the banter between Mallory and Core is entertaining just by itself! Then you throw in the mysteriousness about Core's world, how Mallory can help out in the war, and everything that has to do with Rattler, making it very hard for me to put this book down.

    I recommend it to anyone who enjoys sexually focused (sort of), adventurous (definitely), paranormal (to the extreme) novels!!

    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : In Plain Sight

    Book Teaser(s) :
    "This cannot be happening. Frank the rat, MacNafee, a double shift.... And to cap it off with the best sex of my life with Rattler's twin? No way."
    "His twin?" Core couldn't help but preening at the off-hand compliment. "Best sex of your life?"
    "Look, I'm in crisis here," she barked.
    He grinned. ~ within Chapter 3
    For more information on this book and/or any other books by Marie, then please check out her website.

    Monday, February 20, 2012

    Blog Tour Interview & Review - Made the Grade: Love Beyond Loyalty by Rebecca Royce -- Plus Giveaway

    Today I'm turning my blog over to Rebecca Royce, who I interviewed about her latest novel "Love Beyond Loyalty," which is the 3rd book in her Outsiders Series!!

    ALSO -- Be sure to comment on this post to be able to sign up for this tour's GIVEAWAY (listed below)!! [Book Tour will run from February 6 - March 2, 2012]

    My Q&A with Rebecca Royce :

    Jess : What would your ideal career be, if you couldn't be an author?

    Rebecca : I might like to be a teacher. I loved English in High School and college. I might like to teach it.

    Jess : What sparked the idea for your most recent novel, "Love Beyond Loyalty?"

    Rebecca : Well, the whole series has been with me for a long time. Brewing in my brain, if you will. So, its just the next section of a series that I see more as one long cohesive story.

    Jess : Which of your characters would you most/least to invite to dinner, from which book and why?

    Rebecca : Well, Sebastian, the demon would be my least likely to invite. He’s scary, even to me and he travels through all of the books in the Outsider series.

    Jess : If you had to describe Gabriel & Loraine (from "Love Beyond Loyalty") in one word, what would it be?

    Rebecca : Misunderstood.

    Jess : Which usually comes first for you, the character(s) story or the idea for the novel?

    Rebecca : The idea for the novel and then the characters introduce themselves to me.

    Jess : What is your latest published book? And if you could write it all over again, would you change anything about it?

    Rebecca : "Love Beyond Loyalty" is the third book in my Outsider series. I don’t think I would change anything. I’m really excited about it.

    Jess : How many books have you written? Which is your favorite and why?

    Rebecca : 29 books. I’m not sure which one is my favorite. Its like choosing between my kids. I just can’t.

    Jess : Did you do anything fun and/or get anything good for Valentine’s Day this year?

    Rebecca : I hope so. It’s not quite Valentines as I am writing this. I hope the husband did something good!

    About the Author :

    As a teenager, Rebecca Royce would hide in her room to read her favorite romance novels when she was supposed to be doing her homework. She hopes, these days, that her parents think it was well worth it.

    Rebecca is the mother of three adorable boys and is fortunate to be married to her best friend. They live in northern New Jersey and try not to freeze too badly during the winter months.

    She's in love with science fiction, fantasy, and the paranormal and tries to use all of these elements in her writing. She's been told she's a little bloodthirsty so she hopes that when you read her work you'll enjoy the action packed ride that always ends in romance. Rebecca loves to write series because she loves to see characters develop over time and it always makes her happy to see her favorite characters make guest appearances in other books.

    In Rebecca Royce's world anything is possible, anything can happen, and you should suspect that it will.

    - This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Kindle Edition - File Size: 669 KB | Expected Release Date: January 13, 2012 | Publisher: Silver Publishing | Obtained: Goddess Fish Promotions

    "Love Beyond Loyalty" [The Outsiders Series, Book 3] by Rebecca Royce

    My Book Summary : All his life Gabriel has been fending for himself and trying to keep Alexa (a girl/woman who has special powers like him) safe from either the foster care system or just trying to survive on their own. Because of the way he grew up, he already knows that even if he may not be smart, he is definitely street smart. However, now he has come to a point in his life where he's ready to settle down. The problem is things don't seem to be that easy for him. Especially when he has a group called "the Outsiders" (a group of people who have supernatural powers who have plans to find everyone like them and defeat a demon who is on the earth) who want him to join their cause and while Alexa believes that he has turned to evil while the opposite could really be said. This is when it all comes to blows for him but in doing so, it brings Loraine into his life.

    Loraine is a woman who can speak to animals. When she and Gabriel first meet is when she saves his life the first time. Soon afterwards Gabriel and Loraine start facing their destinies and Gabriel must decide if Loraine is worth more than staying loyal to Alexa and what she believe in. Will he be able to choose before it's too late?

    My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars, this striking, creative, and adventurous novel is a thing to behold and made me fall in love with this series!! It is action-packed! In addition, to having so many plots that the stories in this series seem to be never-ending which was very intriguing!

    I know you can't love all the characters in a story (all the time) but the way Alexa handles the situations and the decisions she makes, really ruined the story for me. Nevertheless, I LOVED Gabriel and Loraine!! Their relationship is just soo sweet and I just couldn't get enough of them!! So, even though they aren't the main characters in the next book I hope to read more about them in it!! =0) Also, I am really curious as to what will happen with Christophe & Ruby since they sound like an interesting couple too.

    I recommend this to anyone who enjoys good vs. evil type of plots. Or just anyone who likes paranormal romance novels!!

    Author Book Trailer :

    Book Teaser(s) :
    Leonardo moved forward until he stood next to Gabriel. "So what you're saying is that Alexa---that's her name, right?---is so far gone she's not just believing the demon; she's helping him?"
    Loraine swallowed hard. She wondered if anyone else in the room had caught what she just caught. There was a certain gleam in Leonardo's eyes. A heated glance that was different from the indifference or sometimes hostile glances he'd held since entering the room. He was very interested in finding out more about that woman. ~ within Chapter 8
    For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Rebecca, then please check out her website.

    Book Excerpt :

    She turned on her heel, and Gabriel‘s heart sped up. He walked forward and grabbed her arm, which was tricky to do because he needed to hold up his blanket to prevent from being arrested for public indecency.

    “You‘re leaving?” God, he wanted to shout, 'don‘t leave.'

    Nodding, she gave him that forced smile again, and he wanted to wipe it off her face. “I am. I brought you to Alexa. It‘s time for me to go on my way. You‘ve told me a lot of stuff I have to digest. Good luck.” She looked at Alexa and he wished that one of his powers was mind reading because he had no clue what was going on inside of hers. “To both of you. It was nice meeting you.”

    Pulling her arm free of his grip he thought for a second he felt her shake. Was she okay?

    “Loraine, wait a second...”

    He wouldn‘t have believed she could move that fast. One second she was there and the next she, while still walking, sprinted out of the building.

    “Loraine,” he yelled but she didn‘t turn around and soon the crowd in the room blocked his view.

    Why was she leaving? Like a light turning on, realization struck him. She had used the phrase your Alexa. What did she think his relationship with his oldest friend was?

    Giveaway!! :
    • A $50 Amazon Gift Card to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour

    To Enter : Please leave a comment on this post, with a valid email address included at the end of it.

    Soo .... COMMENT, COMMENT, COMMENT on this post!! And you could WIN!! =0)

    ALSO -- Be sure to follow the tour around the other blog sites! Commenting on the other stops on the tour will also increase your chance of winning!

    Find Rebecca Royce :

    Sunday, February 19, 2012

    Feasted On: The Secret She Can't Hide by India Grey

    Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 347 KB | Release Date: June 2011 | Publisher: Harlequin | Obtained: Amazon.com

    "The Secret She Can't Hide" by India Grey

    My Book Summary : Four years ago, Kate spent the night with a sexy world-famous racing driver named Cristiano that changed both of their lives for good. However, during the following day at Cristiano's race he gets into a car accident that sends him into the hospital and has them loose touch ....

    Now four years later Cristiano is making media waves about coming back to the racing world. Because of that, Kate's friends believe now is the perfect time for her find out what happened between them and to inform Cristiano that they have a child together. Sad to say seeing each other again just isn't the same as it used to be. Cristiano has become a harder tougher person, then the person he used to be with her. But when old sparks show up between them will that be enough to start bringing their lives back together? Let alone what will happen once Cristiano hears about his 4-year-old son...

    My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars!! This fast-paced, drama-filled, roller coaster of a novel was one I didn't want to put down!! I loved how this story flows from the scenes surrounding Cristiano's crash to Kate and Cristiano's reunion to how they try to work it all out in the end it was just great. Kate is a bundle of nerves that life just keeps proving to her that she should worry about the things she does. Cristiano believes that he needs to prove himself to everyone no matter the cost. Somehow, they just seem to work together.

    I recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys reading stories about racecar drivers and/or anyone who just enjoys romance novels!

    Book Teaser(s) :
    His heavy-lidded eyes were mocking, but she found the laughter that had been bubbling up inside her had vanished and she couldn't joke about it any more.
    'It was...special.' She stared down into her mug. Her voice sounded husky with the emotions she was trying to hold back. 'It was good. Not just the s-sex bit, but all of it.' ~ within Chapter 5
    For more information on this book and/or any other books by India, then please check out her website.

    Saturday, February 18, 2012

    Made the Grade: The Girlfriend’s Guide to Boys Series, Book 1

    - This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Kindle Edition - File Size: 245 KB | Expected Release Date: October 31, 2011 | Publisher: TKA Distribution/Self-Published | Obtained: NetGalley

    "Putting Boys On The Ledge" [The Girlfriend’s Guide to Boys Series, Book 1] by Stephanie Rowe (aka Stephie Davis)

    My Book Summary : Four friends, starting their freshman year of high school, learn what it means to attract the guys they like. The most recent thing they learned, from one of the friend's older sisters, was to put the guys one The Ledge, so that the guy would be one wanting more out of the relationship but not getting it, instead of them.

    Blueberry (Blue) is one of the friends, who doesn't believe in the advantages of The Ledge until she finds a guy, while at the high school musical additions, that she would love to date. And even though Blue thinks she could never gain his attention, suddenly she has it and not sure how to keep it. Especially since, she's never had a boyfriend before. Therefore, her friends ask Colin, a senior who works for Blue's parents doing her chores while she's in the musical, to help her out and he offers his services to help her get the guy. But he's just helping out to be a friend, right?

    Soon Blue is about to learn what it means to really have a crush on a guy and what it means to want to put a guy on The Ledge.

    My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars, this is a sweet and endearing novel about a girl coming into her own. It is a good novel and series for young teen girls. Very empowering. The characters were fairly realistic and very entertaining. Blue and her friends are a close group of girls who, at first, you might not expect them to have anything in common, but for some reason their friendship works. Colin was a great character too. I enjoyed watching how his playful side came out with Blue.

    I recommend this story and series to anyone who is a fan of Young Adult novels!!

    Book Teaser(s) :
    "It wasn't that he hadn't noticed Blue at the auditions. It was just that he didn't recognize her because she looked different, older, and there were so many distractions she didn't have time to woo him."
    "Woo him? How do you woo?" I didn't know I was supposed to woo. I'd been focusing on trying to have an intelligible phrase come out of my mouth.
    "Yes, what's wooing?" Natalie asked. ~ within Chapter 4
    For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Stephanie, then please check out her website.

    Tuesday, February 14, 2012

    Best Book Couples -- Happy Valentine's Day 2012


    In honor of it being Valentine's Day and all ... here is a list (in no particular order) of couples that I really enjoyed reading about within this past year:

    ♥ means that I gave the novel 5 stars
    • Samantha (Sam) & Ethan [from "O Little Town of Bramble" [within Small Town Christmas] by Katie Lane]: Two best friends finding out what they really mean to each other after being apart for years!

    • Isabel (Belly) & Conrad [from "We'll Always Have Summer" [A Summer Novel, Book 3] by Jenny Han]: Belly had a crush on Conrad for as long as she could remember and when he finally reciprocates those feelings she's thrilled, but reading about their trials and tribulations throughout the 'A Summer Novel' series made me love this couple all the more.

    • Renee, Galen, & Jack [from "Trinity" [de La Vega Cats Series, Book 1] by Lauren Dane]: This is one of my fave paranormal tri-mate couples!! Renee is a people pleaser who has a heart of gold but if she mad you had better stand back! Galen is a fierce jaguar shifter who despite his family and what some of them feel he can't get enough of Renee and would do anything for her. Jack--is a werewolf and an enforcer in his pack--comes in and riles up this couple turning them into an exceptional trio who I could stop wanting to read about!! I love their dynamics and the way their relationships played out!! ♥

    • Sabine & Ciar [from "Sabine" [...and the Beast Series, Book 1] by Moira Rogers (aka Bree & Donna)]: Even after fighting in a war, then dealing with Sabine's curse and Ciar's mean mother, it seems this couple can make it through just about anything!

    • Cordelia (Posey) & Liam [from "Until There Was You" by Kristan Higgins]: I have to say that I love the "good girl" with the "bad boy" type of romances and this romance between Posey & Liam has that and a whole lot more!! ♥

    • Lacey, Bram, & Ry [from "The Naughty List" by Jodi Redford]: Three best friends who are trying to make it work by being together, putting to use the remark 'that love can concur all.'

    • Alexis & Seth [from "Racing Outside the Line" [Love Stories at 190 mph Series, Book 1] by Kimberly Montague]: This is a couple who have had to deal with a LOT of trials to even get into a relationship, but seemed to pull through whatever came their way once they were both on the same page about what they wanted from each other! ♥

    • Sophie & Nathan [from "See You In My Dreams" [Speed Series, Book 1] by Jess Dee]: Their story is so great because their chemistry flies off the page that you just want to root for this duo from the very beginning!! Plus, you have the added mystery of their dream meetings and this unique nursery rhyme that only the two of them know because of their grandmothers. Their story is like an Adult Fairy Tale!

    • Merit & Ethan [from "Hard Bitten" [Chicagoland Vampires Series, Book 4] by Chloe Neill]: I don't know why they "work" as a couple but they just do! I love their relationship from how to they "fight" each other in a constant battle of wills but in the end they care about each other more then their responsibilities and more then they should. ♥

    • Stevie Rae & Rephaim [from "Awakened" [House of Night Series, Book 8] by P. C. Cast & Kristin Cast]: Their love story started out very unique, it will be very interesting to see how it will evolve, and how their relationship and choices will change as this series goes on. Now they're so cute together I just can't see them apart.

    • Mercy & Adam [from "River Marked" [Mercy Thompson Series, Book 6] by Patricia Briggs]: I'm sooo HAPPY that these two are finally "officially" together!! They have fought hard to get where they are, I just hope that now they can make it all work out for themselves! ♥

    • Kally & MacCauley (Mac) [from "Sneaks" by B. Button]: It's a unique situation that they fall in love within---both being from different time periods and that the first time that they meet Kally is 16-years-old and Mac is an infant. However, over the years (only 3 for Kally yet many more for Mac) they become very close and create a bond that was wonderful to read! It makes you think that they were always meant to be together. They were soul mates.

    • Dakota & Finn [from "Only Mine" [Fools Gold Series, Book 4] by Susan Mallery]: A chance meeting, the town Dakota live in, and a reality show brought this couple together. Before they met, they had completely different life plans and now they never want to be apart!! They are just one of those couples that you want to keep getting new information about.

    • Liliana & Micah [from "Lord of the Abyss" [Royal House of Shadows Series, Book 4] by Nalini Singh]: They are a couple who despite their many differences (at first) prove that who you are on the inside is what matters most. Their story is a part of a series, each book taking a new spin on a fairy tale, and theirs is a new version of The Beauty and The Beast. ♥

    • Carna, Sebastian (Blue), Austin, Jacob & Marcus [from "Claiming Their Mate" [Pack Seduction Series, Book 1] by Stacey Espino]: Four best friends find their destined mate, who just happens to be a tad reluctant at being mated with anyone (let alone the four of them). However, it's nice to read a story about sexy-dominant-shifter-males who will do anything for the woman they love.

    • Mary & Rhage [from "LOVER ETERNAL" [Black Dagger Brotherhood Series, Book 2] by J. R. Ward]: I love the story between these two!! Mary soothes Rhage and his beast, making them want nothing more then to keep her forever ... no matter what the cost. ♥

    • Christy & Alessandro [from "Christy" [within Wish Upon A Star] by Sarah Morgan]: Even though they were recently separated, now they are back together and hotter than ever!! Looking at the relationship these two have together (within and without of work) it's hard to see why they ever needed to be apart!

    • Meghan & Ash [from "The Iron Knight" [The Iron Fey Series, Book 4] by Julie Kagawa]: Their relationship has gone through many trials and tribulations throughout 'The Iron Fey' series but in the end it's all about how much you (and your friends) will go through for the one you love. ♥

    • Aurelia & Stephen [from "Only Mine" [Fools Gold Series, Book 4] by Susan Mallery]: They met on a reality show where they were matched up, even though Aurelia was quite a few years older than Stephen (something she didn't like at first). But in the end, they were each other’s perfect match!! They are just soo cute together, that you want the relationship to work out!!

    • Bronwyn (Bryn) & Chase [from "Raised By Wolves" [Raised by Wolves Series, Book 1] by Jennifer Lynn Barnes]: Brought together by unusual circumstances these two share a bond that most aren't lucky enough to have. However, with the constant danger that seems to exist around them it will be interesting to see where their choices will take them and their relationship. ♥

    • Jemma & Griff [from "That Voodoo You Do" [That Old Black Magic Series, Book 1] by Jodi Redford]: They have been friends since college but laws between witches and their familiars keep them apart, until Jemma takes it into her own hands to being them together. After she does ... there is nothing Griff won't do to make sure they stay together for good. You just gotta love those possessive cat-shifters. =0)

    • Ellie & Mikey [from "You Against Me" by Jenny Downham]: They have a common bond, both want to do and become more than what is already planned for them. Even though it's better for everyone (meaning their families) if they stay apart, they just can't. Once they meet, and even though they shouldn't, it's hard to tear them apart from each other.

    • Kara & Dupree [from "Kiss of Twilight" [Dark Bonds Series, Book 2] by Loribelle Hunt]: These two make quite a pair. Even though they are destined to be together, Dupree thinks he's not good enough for Kara and tries his hardest to be sure that she really wants to be bonded to him before it happens. They just make one great duo, I couldn't get enough of reading about their love story.

    • Abby & Travis [from "Beautiful Disaster" by Jamie McGuire]: They are a couple who stay friends no matter what life throws at them. The relationship that these two share is very fun to read about from the antics that they get each other into to the love that they have for one another. ♥

    • Jordan & Sam (Henry) [from "Catching Jordan" by Miranda Kenneally]: These best friends try to prove that no matter what happens nothing will change between them. But will they make it??

      I did love their friendship and how it progresses throughout the novel.

    • Charlotte & Trace [from "Enchanted By Blood" [within A Vampire for Christmas] by Laurie London]: They were meant to be together, so much so that even the laws of Trace's society couldn't keep them apart.

    • Beth & Wrath [from "DARK LOVER" [Black Dagger Brotherhood Series, Book 1] by J. R. Ward]: They are just so cute together. Even though the King of all vampires (Wrath) probably doesn't want to here that he's cute ... oh wells. *hehee* Beth brings goodness back into Wrath and the Black Dagger Brotherhood's lives. ♥

    • Amy & Tristan [from "His Eyes" by Renee Carter]: They had a rough start when they first got together since they both were from different worlds. However, over time Amy & Tristan's relationship grows from mutual respect with a tentative friendship into something a whole lot more.

    • Alexia & Lee [from "King of Darkness" [Chronicles of Yavn, Book 1] by Elisabeth Staab]: These are two people who are very protective of their friends. And even though they are complete opposites in some ways, they seem very similar in others. I can't wait to see what will happen to these two and were they'll end up as this series progresses.

    Is there any couple who you would add to this list?? If so---who, from which book, and why??

    Monday, February 13, 2012

    Blog Tour Guest Post & Giveaway -- Odd by Leigh Ellwood

    Let's give a grand welcome to Leigh Ellwood, who I'm turning over my blog to today and is talking about her latest novel "Odd!!"

    ALSO -- Be sure to comment on this post to be able to sign up for this tour's and this blog's GIVEAWAYs (listed below)!! [Book Tour will run from February 13 - 17, 2012]

    So ... here we go ...

    About "Odd" :

    Hello, and thank you for reading. I am Leigh Ellwood, author of romance and erotica, and I am happy to be the guest blog today. My latest release, "ODD," is an M/M contemporary short and part of the All Romance Perfect Strangers series. It is available exclusively through All Romance in digital format.

    The theme of this story, naturally, is written to suit the ARe imprint, which focuses on stories of total strangers who meet and instantly fall in love/like/lust, whatever you wish to call it. Is this something that happens in real life? I can’t say that it’s happened to me personally, though I will admit the first time I saw my husband – nearly 20 years ago in an English class we shared – there was definite immediate interest. We didn’t start seeing each other until several months after that first meeting, however. So if there was love at first sight happening there, there was no love at first action.

    The one challenge to writing a story like "ODD" is making the relationship believable. I’ve talked with enough people who affirm that love at first sight is possible. In fiction, you must write it in a way that a reader accepts. There may be hesitation on part of one person to move forward, but if the emotions are strong enough a writer can take two characters in love and make the relationship last.

    If you have fallen in love at first sight, I hope it worked out for you and that you are living the happily ever after! Thanks for visiting.

    If you comment on this post, I’ll give a random visitor two free downloads from my backlist (see below for more info). I have a number of M/M and het erotic romances, which I hope you’ll enjoy.

    About the Author :

    Leigh Ellwood is an award-winning author of erotica and erotic romance fiction. Following the release of her first novel, "Truth or Dare," in 2004, Leigh has since written several novels, novella, and short stories. She is an EPIC Award winner and has been nominated for many reviewers awards for her works.
    Leigh welcomes reader mail at kspatwriter (at) yahoo (dot) com.

    "Odd" [Perfect Strangers Series] by Leigh Ellwood

    Author's Book Description :

      Greg Hargrove has a ticket to the hottest party in town: Drew Bradley's annual Odd Ball. Dressed for the theme as one half of a popular sitcom duo, Greg doesn't expect to meet his match and engage in a secret night of passion while the festivities rage on. When handsome Rick Wade falls on his radar, however, Greg decides to partake of more explicit party favors. Is Rick more than a one-night stand, though, or can Greg look forward to many passion-filled reruns?

    Book Excerpt :

    In the ten years Drew Bradley hosted his annual Odd Ball, people knew to expect two events: sometime toward the end of the evening Drew would lose his pants, and the two winners of the Best Oscar and Best Felix costume awards would immediately hook up afterward and live happily ever after. That many of the happy couples continued to come to the big party as their chosen television personas stood testament to their host’s impeccable matchmaking—and entertaining—skills.

    Greg Hargrove personally didn’t care if either happened on his watch. After years of watching siblings primp and prepare for the biggest bash in town, he’d finally reached the requisite legal drinking age and could now attend. Though he’d never seen the television show that inspired the theme of the party, he’d gleaned enough by living vicariously through older friends—and researching YouTube clips—to know the score.

    On November fourteenth, Felix Unger was asked to his leave his apartment. This request came from his wife...

    There was more to the prologue, he knew, but in his excitement Greg thought himself fortunate to recall his own name, much less those of characters from a TV show that ceased airing first run episodes long before he was a “glint in the mailman’s eye,” as his brothers liked to tease.

    Greg adjusted his Yankees ball cap and smoothed a hand over his three-day-old stubble. It itched like hell, but he wanted to shoot for realism even if he didn’t win the grand costume prize. Would be nice, though, since neither of his older brothers had won before, and Greg had heard Drew didn’t skimp on the goods. Last year’s couple, he’d been told, won matching gold watches.

    At the front door of Drew’s McMansion of a home, a wiry, unsmiling man with a long nose looked down at Greg over his John Lennon glasses. “Your invitation?” He held out a pale, almost wrinkleless palm.

    “Sure.” Greg surrendered the requisite card given him by his brother Joe, who couldn’t make it this time. Joe hadn’t kidded him when he warned about the exclusivity of the event. What the hell went on here that required protection against crashers?

    The butler-bouncer, for lack of a better description, peered down at the invitation for a long moment, as though determining its authenticity. Then, curling it in his bony hand, he addressed Greg. “You may access all designated party rooms with the exception of the VIP area, and you must stay in character. How everyone behaves throughout the evening will determine the final judging for the contest.”

    “Got it.” Damn, people sure took this party seriously. At least, going as slovenly Oscar rather than uptight Felix, Greg believed he could blend in easily. Acting like a slob came naturally to him anyway.

    “Good.” The man startled Greg with a warm smile that completely softened the landscape of his face. “Enjoy yourself.”

    Giveaways!! :
    • A $10 All Romance eBooks gift certificate to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour
    • Giveaway for a randomly drawn commenter on this specific blog: Readers choice of two downloads from Leigh’s backlist!

    Soo .... COMMENT, COMMENT, COMMENT on this post!! And you could WIN!! =0)

    Find Leigh Ellwood :

    Sunday, February 12, 2012

    Feasted On: The Baby Chase Series, Book 5

    Format: Paperback | Pages: 219 | Release Date: June 2010 | Publisher: Silhouette Books Special Edition | Obtained: Friends of the Pasquotank-Camden Library - Fall Book Sale

    "The Billionaire’s Baby Plan" [The Baby Chase Series, Book 5] by Allison Leigh

    My Book Summary : After finding out about her brother's betrayal Lisa agrees to meet with Rourke in hopes that he'll be willing to invest in her family's fertility institute. However, she soon finds out that for Rourke's help she'll need to agree to become his wife and the mother of his children. Because of her dedication to her family, their business and the necessity of the situation she's in, Lisa agrees.

    During their honeymoon, Rourke and Lisa started to really have feelings for one another that could turn their situation into a blessing. If only, the reasons for getting involved weren't over their heads all the time. In addition, Rourke has some secrets of his own that could turn everything that they have created together into a complete shame if they come out. Will they be able to make everything work out together or if everything finally does come out ... will they even want to stay together in the end?

    My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars. This novel was about two strong-minded individuals, who on the surface don't seem to have anything in common or want the same type of things, but when thrown together passionate sparks fly between them in a way it's hard to keep them apart. A fun read with all the sudden twists and secrets that seemed to come out of the woodwork. The characters were intriguing and lively, creating an entertaining story that I didn't want to put down!

    I recommend this novel to anyone who has enjoyed this series thus far and/or anyone who likes romance novels.

    Book Teaser(s) :
    "Is she your girlfriend?"
    Lisa nearly choked, particularly when Rourke sent her a sidelong look. "Does she look like she's my girlfriend?"
    The little girl's eyes were just as dark as Rourke's; a startling contrast considering the golden curls spilling around her head. And they focused on Lisa with an unnerving intensity. "Maybe," she determined. "But I'm gonna marry Uncle Rourke, anyway. He's mine."
    Lisa couldn't help but smile. "I see." ~ within Chapter 2
    For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Allison, then please check out her website.

    Saturday, February 11, 2012

    Made the Grade: A Waltz at Midnight by Crista McHugh

    - This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Kindle Edition - File Size: 238 KB | Expected Release Date: February 27, 2012 | Publisher: Carina Press | Obtained: NetGalley

    "A Waltz at Midnight" by Crista McHugh

    My Book Summary : Set in 1866, right after the American Civil War, Susanna finds her life completely changed. Instead of living in the home she grew up in the south, her brother and her now live in their Aunt's boarding house in New York. Where she works as a servant there, dealing with spoiled debutantes. However, when one of the debutantes receives a letter from a suitor that she would like to discourage but doesn't know how, she hires Susanna to do so for her.

    One letter turns into two and then she finds that she enjoys written to this suitor more than she should. However, what will happen when emotions get involved and it finally becomes time to meet, will she be able to tell him the truth in hopes he won't get angry or will she let him go for good??

    My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars! Even though this isn't true, this is a short story that seemed to be a clever mix of Disney's "Cinderella" and Lisa Kleypas's "Love in the Afternoon." From the way Susanna is now a servant (like in "Cinderella") to how she is asked to respond to someone else's suitor (like how the plot is in "Love in the Afternoon"). However, since I like both of those novels it made me enjoy this short story that much more.

    I really liked reading the letters between Susanna and Theodore, they were flirty, well written, and have enough banter, between the two of them, that I could see the romance bloom after each letter. Then, of course, the author wraps up the story in such a sweet way that makes everyone happy .... except, probably, Theodore and Charlotte's parents.

    I recommend this to anyone who liked the two stories listed above and to anyone who would enjoy reading a short story historical romance. One that is very sweet and charming. =0)

    Book Teaser(s) :
    She paused, wanting to continue to berate him by sharing her personal stories of the tears she shed when her father was killed at Gettysburg, the brave face she was forced to show when her brother returned missing a leg and half-dead from fever, or her flight from Columbia when Sherman came marching in with lit torches. But then she remembered she was posing as Charlotte. Mr. Blakely didn’t know who she was and wouldn’t even care about a refugee from the South.
    She signed Charlotte’s name and sealed the letter in an envelope. The first flakes of winter’s snow were falling outside, but she didn’t care. She just wanted to be done with Mr. Theodore Blakely. ~ within Chapter 3
    For more information on this book and/or any other books by Crista, then please check out her website.

    Friday, February 10, 2012

    Made the Grade: Pack and Coven by Jody Wallace

    - This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Kindle Edition - File Size: 501 KB | Expected Release Date: February 20, 2012 | Publisher: Carina Press | Obtained: NetGalley

    "Pack and Coven" by Jody Wallace (aka Ellie Marvel)

    My Book Summary : Ever since Harry had issues with his previous pack, he has never joined another one and has no plans too. He's happy being an indie werewolf, enjoys his "grandmother" type friends, and being the local mechanic at the town he's living in. However, the local pack is in need of a new alpha and wants him to step up to the plate and take the position ... which is the last thing that Harry wants to do.

    Knowing Harry's predicament June, a friend of his, makes plans to help him any way possible, even if that means going against her own coven's rules. Nevertheless, helping Harry also has the potential to inadvertently expose secrets from both of them to come out to each other. With each new secret that comes out has the potential to ruin both of their lives, depending if the pack and/or coven finds out that the secrets have been told. How much are Harry and June willing to risk for each other and keep their lives the way they want them??

    My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars, this is one action-packed romance novel that takes a whole new twist on what it means to be a witch within a shifter world. From finding out the secrets, that June was hiding to finding out how eccentric the witches were I enjoyed reading about how dynamic the world is that this story is set in.

    About the Characters:
    • June: Sweet, older than she looks, a witch who's keeping secrets.

    • Harry: Protective about those he cares for, Alpha male, an independent werewolf, someone who has a secret past.

    • Bianca: The Alpha female of her pack who plans to do whatever it takes to have Harry join her pack.

    • June's Coven: Funny, quirky, and unique. Willing to do what it takes to make sure their secrets stay that way.

    • Gavin: A wannabe Alpha werewolf willing to do anything to be sure he gets what he wants.

    I liked the way this story is wrapped up (Harry and June's tale). However, I wish it didn't leave off some things about the other characters. Like what happened to the guys that came with Gavin, Maurice especially since he seemed kinda sweet. =0/ I think this has the potential to turn into a cool series if the author wanted to. You just never know. Anyway ....

    I recommend this novel to everyone who enjoys paranormal romances that are action-packed in more than one way! =0)

    Book Teaser(s) :
    Fighting the urge to curl up and sleep, she pushed Harry’s face into her neck and peered at the old shifter awaiting an answer. A pure white beard and mustache surrounded his face, and his head hair had given in to the recessive gene not even shifters were able to avoid. He looked like Santa Claus, if Santa wore flannel and denim instead of red and white. ~ within Chapter 5
    “Are you saying I could alter my appearance?”
    “It’s a theory. We haven’t been able to experiment.”
    “You looking for a guinea pig?” He liked new things—yet another reason he was no packer.
    “No.” But her gaze lost focus as she considered it, just like when she had an idea for pie.
    “How about a compromise?” He started grooming her PJs, removing pine needles. “If you stay in the tree, I’ll see what’s going on at the house.” He could sneak down there, listen in and sneak back before Maurice caught up to Gavin.
    “No, sir. In horror movies when the actors separate, neither of them make it.”
    “I can outrun Michael Myers.” ~ within Chapter 10
    For more information on this book and/or any other books by Jody, then please check out her website.

    Thursday, February 9, 2012

    Idolizing In: There You’ll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones

    Format: Paperback | Pages: 303 | Release Date: October 2011 | Publisher: Thomas Nelson | Obtained: Amazon.com

    "There You’ll Find Me" by Jenny B. Jones

    My Book Summary : Two years ago, Finley's world completely fell apart when her older brother Will was killed. Everything that she believed seemed to end and she got into things that she really shouldn't have been doing.

    Now, after finishing her therapy sessions, she has decided to spend her last semester of her senior year in high school abroad in Ireland. While there she hopes just being there will bring her peace over loosing Will by following the steps he took on his previous visit (by following his journal). In addition, she's hoping that this trip will help her complete the song she's trying to compose that is dedicated to Will.

    While on her flight to Ireland, she meets Beckett, a teen heartthrob who is flying out to shoot his latest vampire film. They find that Finley might be the only girl who could be immune to Beckett's charm. Therefore, not long after meeting they come to an agreement that during their stay Beckett will play tour guide to Finley in exchange Finley will be Beckett's assistant while on the set.

    Yet not everything is what it seems. Finley comes to a point in her life where she has to decide if she should stick to the things she's doing or if she should open up her heart for new experiences to happen. However, will she be able to let go and let God choose her path or will old hurts get in the way??

    My Book Review : 5 out of 5 stars, this is a touching novel about trying to deal with the heartbreak of loosing someone close to you and how you can over come that heartbreak into getting back to a "normal" life again. I loved the way this novel goes about trying to help the main character, Finley, from the gorgeous views that were described of Ireland (making me wish I could take a trip there) to Finley's adopted grandmother and her cranky ways to the new friends Finley meets. There seemed to be nothing I did not like about this novel!! Especially the relationship between Finley and Beckett, it was sweet, funny (with all of their bickering and unusual ways of talking to each other), and because of the way they go about helping each other it really made me enjoy this novel so much more!!!

    I recommend this to anyone who enjoys YA romance novels! As well as, to anyone who enjoys novels with a Christian feel to it too.

    FYI -- I bawled like a baby by the end of this novel so you might too.

    Book Teaser(s) :
    "I called you Sunday," he said.
    I pointed to his shirt. "Seriously? Is this 1975?"
    He looked down. "It drives the chicks wild."
    "Yeah, the ones who work at Hooters and have a thing for backseats." ~ within Chapter 15
    "Leave me now. I'm old and sick. And you're just nosy."
    "How did he die?"
    "The town said I killed him."
    "Did you?"
    "If wishes were bullets . . ." ~ within Chapter 21

    For more information on this book and/or any other books by Jenny, then please check out her Amazon Page.

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    Wednesday, February 8, 2012

    "Waiting On" Wednesday: Texas Bride

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  • "Texas Bride" [A Bitter Creek Book] by Joan Johnston
    Expected Publication Released Date: March 27, 2012

    Author's Book Description:

      Miranda Wentworth never imagined becoming a mail-order bride. Now marriage to a stranger is her only hope of finding a home where she and her two younger brothers can escape the brutality of the Chicago orphanage where they live. With any luck, she can even start a family of her own, once the three of them are settled at Jacob Creed’s Texas ranch. But Miranda has one gigantic concern: Her husband-to-be knows nothing about the brothers she’s bringing along. What if he calls off the deal when he discovers the trick she’s played on him?

      Jake Creed is hanging on to his Texas ranch by his fingernails. His nemesis, Alexander Blackthorne, is determined to ruin him. Jake will never give up, but he’s in desperate trouble. His wife died six months ago in childbirth, along with their stillborn son, and his two-year-old daughter needs a mother. The advertisement Jake wrote never mentioned his daughter—or the fact that he has no intention of consummating his marriage. He’s determined never to subject another wife to the burden of pregnancy. But Jake doesn’t count on finding his bride so desirable. He doesn’t count on aching with need when she joins him in bed. And he never suspected his bride would have plans of her own to seduce him.

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