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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Made the Grade: Legends of the Seven Galaxies Series, Book 2

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Kindle Edition - File Size: 187 KB | Expected Release Date: May 1, 2013 | Publisher: Escape Publishing | Obtained: NetGalley

"Awakening the Warriors" [Legends of the Seven Galaxies Series, Book 2] by S. E. Gilchrist

My Book Summary : Fran is seriously reconsidering her decision to leave Earth to move onto a new colony located on another planet, especially since she is currently trapped in a dungeon because of a war going on. The only way of escaping and protecting her fellow inmates is if she can awaken the sexual power two of the male inmates’ posses. Now if she can protect her heart along the way she might survive everything...

My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars! A brave woman takes it upon herself to find a way to escape confinement and possible experimentation with the help of two sexy men.

This novella has potential. However, even though I knew it was a short story before I began to read it, it felt overly rushed. It's only redeeming quality was the hot scenes between the Fran, Jerrell, and Quain.

I recommend everyone to try this novella since the series does sound interesting. It's mostly for those who like sci-fi erotic romances!

Author's Novel Extras : New Release : Awakening the Warriors

Author's Series Extras : An Exciting, Delicious Dilemma | Legend Beyond the Stars #Six Sentence Sunday 4 | Villains & Character Development

Book Teaser(s) :
By sheer effort of will, I stopped myself from running after them. My vision blurred. Stupid to feel as if I'd been abandoned.
"I find I am envious," murmured Relia stepping closer to me. She indicated the disappearing men with a jerk of her chin. ~ within Chapter 3
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by S. E., then please check out her website.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Feasted On: Crescent City Fae Series, Book 1

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Paperback - Pages: 318; Kindle Edition - File Size: 995 KB | Expected Release Date: March 8, 2013 | Publisher: Bayou Moon Publishing | Obtained: NetGalley

"Influential Magic" [Crescent City Fae Series, Book 1] by Deanna Chase

My Book Summary : Four years ago, after Beau, Willow's twin brother, died she joined the Void as a part-time vampire hunter with hopes of finding out why and how he was killed. Now her life is a mixture of tracking down the bad guys and baking delicious magically yummy treats at her bakery The Fated Cupcake.

However, her life is about to get a drastic change when her ex-boyfriend and recently turned vampire Davidson (David) comes back into her life with plans of protecting her whether or not she wants it. Conspiracy runs rampant in her life as soon as David gets back into hers, and now she doesn't know whom to trust. Maybe with her best friend and long-time crush, Talisen, by her side she might be able to muddle through the murky waters that have become her life and job... if only she can keep her heart/mind straight about what she truly wants during the process...

My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars, one kind hearted faery deals with a conspiracy against her while trying to protect those she cares about most. This novel reminded me of an intriguing mixture of "Sunshine" & the Cassandra Palmer Series. It is full trickery, excitement, a faery that can't decide which guy she loves more, a shape-shifting dog who can't control his urges, and friends that would seem to do anything for each other.

Plus, it didn't hurt that I liked both of Willow's guys, David and Talisen. In some ways, I wish she could end up with both but I know that's not possible. Talisen is her childhood crush, her brother's best friend, and an honorary family member. Also, they have such a sweet relationship and great banter. While David and her were together for over a year and it's hard to just give up on the love that they share, especially since he was the one who broke up with her. It will be interesting to see where she'll end up in her relationships as this series progresses.

I recommend this novel to anyone who likes suspenseful action-packed sorta romances.

Author's Novel Extras : The Stigma of Self-Publishing | Influential Magic is Here!

Author's Series Extras : Crescent City Fae Overview

Book Teaser(s) :
Talisen searched my eyes, his gaze serious and intense. What was he looking for? "You can trust me with anything. You know that, right?"
Ah. He'd been searching for the link. Our common thread of trust. "Of course I do." I took his hand and squeezed. "Sometimes I think you're the only one."
He raised an eyebrow. "Not Phoebs?"
"Oh sure. But it's harder. She has strong opinions on everything."
He laughed, and the sound helped ease some of my tension. ~ within Chapter 13
Another crash rumbled upstairs. We all glanced at the ceiling. Jesus. Good think David came from money, because anything he broke, he was replacing. With an upgrade. ~ within Chapter 22
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Deanna, then please check out her website.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Made the Grade: Puma Nights Series, Book 3

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Kindle Edition - File Size: 331 KB | Expected Release Date: April 22, 2013 | Publisher: Carina Press | Obtained: NetGalley

"Falke's Renegade" [Puma Nights Series, Book 3] by Madison Layle & Anna Leigh Keaton (aka Leanne Karella)

My Book Summary : When Heidi gets a call asking for her assistance because of an accidental shooting of a big black jaguar, she is stunned but jumps to help immediately. However, not everything about this big beautiful cat isn’t like he seems, especially when her sister-in-law, Beth, confirms that he is actually another shifter. Even so, Heidi feels it's her duty to assist this "man," Javier, even against her family's wishes.

As the days pass and they get to know one another better they find that both of their desires for the future are beginning to change drastically, if only Javier can get over his past losses and open his heart once more...

My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars, probably the only known female shifter in existence recently rescues a new male shifter that could just be her one if only he wasn't so hung up on his past...

I enjoyed this dramatic novel! Javier and Heidi pushed each other in ways I never expected, while I liked their constant need to protect each other even through Javier's personal denial of what he wanted being right in front of him. This novel seemed to have more substance and drama then "Falke's Captive," yet it keeps you updated on the dynamics of Heidi's family. I especially appreciated reading about Beth & Heidi's friendship and Beth's cute little one-liners.

I recommend this novel to anyone who is a fan of this series and/or to anyone who likes paranormal romances!

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

My Previous Mention(s) of this Author's Books/Characters : Jess' Update :: September 20th 2011

Author's Novel Extras : Falke's Renegade - Contracted! | Falke's Renegade Update!

Author's Series Extras : Puma Nights Overview | Falke's Peak - Excerpt | Falke's Peak is #1 at Carina Press | A Peek at Our Technique | Whew! It's off! | Harlequin's Carina Press Called (Sort of...) | Checking In... | Falke's Captive - Excerpt | Falke's Captive finals in the Passionate Plume | Falke’s Peak On Sale

Book Teaser(s) :
How many brothers do you have? Javier asked while Heidi worked on removing his cast. He wanted to know how outnumbered he would be whenever the confrontation occurred—and it would. His pretty, petite vet might be naïve enough to think her brothers would let him get this close and not react, but he was under no such delusions. She was rare, and this town was their home. The men in her family would respond the same way he would if some stranger encroached on his territory.
She met his scowl with a frown. “I take it by the volume, that’s a curse. You don’t have to worry. I can handle my brothers. It’s the pesky reporter we have to worry about.”
She was wrong, but he didn’t argue the point. As soon as he was strong enough, he’d find his car and get the hell out of here. His fight was not with her family.
She continued to work on his cast. “So, where are you from?”
“What brings you here to Washington?”
“Is your name really Javier Montero?”
He didn’t respond at all to that snarky question. ~ within Chapter 4
“He is seriously injured.” Burke pulled Heidi away from her thoughts. “Fridrik and I haven’t had time to question him, yet. But we will. For now, let him be,” he said, adding a stern look at both Kelan and Reidar. Then her dad’s mood changed. “Will dinner be ready on time?”
Heidi sighed with relief and sagged against the door. “Yes, Daddy. Of course.” She gave Burke a kiss on the cheek and headed down the hall toward the kitchen.
Kelan said to Beth, You are in trouble, woman.
Her sister-in-law could handle the boys, and her brothers would never harm their mate, but Heidi was glad she wasn’t in Beth’s shoes. Keeping secrets from brothers was one thing. Keeping them from your mates was quite another.
More than half an hour passed before Beth came into the kitchen just as Heidi was putting the pork chops under the broiler. “What do you need me to do?”
Her sister-in-law’s face glowed, and Heidi didn’t need three tries to guess what had kept her occupied. “Hope they weren’t too hard on you.”
Beth waggled her eyebrows. “Just hard enough.” Then she burst out laughing before she leaned over the counter and stage whispered, “They’re such pussycats.”
Beth batted her eyes. “‘You mean you’re upset I didn’t tell you about Heidi’s patient? But...what does that have to do with us?’”
Heidi rolled her eyes. “And they fell for that?”
Beth just gave her a toothy grin and changed the subject. ~ within Chapter 6
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Madison and/or Anna Leigh, then please check out their websites: Miss Layle's website & Miss Keaton's website.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Feasted On: Dear Cassie by Lisa Burstein

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Paperback - Pages: 305; Kindle Edition - File Size: 552 KB | Expected Release Date: March 5, 2013 | Publisher: Entangled Publishing : Teen | Obtained: Entangled Publishing

"Dear Cassie" by Lisa Burstein

My Book Summary : Since Cassie was only 17-years-old when her arrest took place, she gets to be sent to a Wilderness Survival Camp instead of jail. However, Cassie feels like she deserves being there, not because of her arrest during her horrible prom night but because of what happened as a result after that night. Now she's fighting her personal demons while dealing with teens that have their own issues, a Drill Sergeant type of "counselor," and a hot annoying boy--Ben--who wants Cassie to spill all of her secrets to him.

Cassie might just find that this is the one place that will break down all of her barriers...

Will she be able to keep her secrets to herself? Will she loose her identity and possibly her heart during her time there? Or will she find a way to escape under the radar of everyone around her before it's too late?

My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars!! A girl tries to protect herself and her secrets while being thrown into a "wilderness survival camp." This novel is a spin-off/follow-up to Ms. Burstein's "Pretty Amy," and while I never read "Pretty Amy," it gives a good view point of what Cassie went through to get where she is as well as the process she goes through to slowly get better. However, I will say from Cassie's POV it made me really not like Amy.

Cassie as a character goes through severe personality changes, even without her being aware of it at times, throughout this novel. She starts out as a tough character, and while she keeps some aspects of that, by the end of this novel she turns into someone who doesn't try to keep everyone at arm’s length anymore. Plus, I really enjoyed reading about the secondary characters and the small romance between Ben & Cassie.

Ben is a guy who would do anything, literally, to help those he loves or feels he needs to protect. Together Cassie & Ben seem like oil and water, but in truth, they balance each other out in a way that surprises Cassie and scares her because of how that changes her in some ways too.

The ending has a few surprising twists that I didn't expect. However, what I loved most about this novel was the constant mystery of learning about Cassie's secrets and her past while wondering what she'll do to make her future better.

I definitely recommend this novel to anyone who likes dramatic YA/NA sorta romances with a strong female main character.

My Previous Guest Post(s) by this Author : A Day in the Life of Lisa Burstein - March 2013

Author's Novel Extras : BIG News! PRETTY AMY WILL HAVE A BOOK SISTER! | DEAR CASSIE NEWS | To Fuck or not to Fuck- Editing Dear Cassie for Content | DEAR CASSIE COVER REVEAL SIGN-UP & CONTEST | My new book: DEAR CASSIE COVER & First 5 pages!!!! | DEAR CASSIE Diary Contest Finalists!- VOTE | DEAR CASSIE Diary Contest WINNER!!! | Which of your books should/can I read first? | Entangled in Love Blog Hop! | The NEXT BIG THING Blog Hop | HAPPY Dear Cassie NEWS! | WIN a Kindle/Nook or other great prizes in the Dear Cassie Launch Celebration | DEAR CASSIE is AVAILABLE- Free Bookplates & Bookmarks | CONTEST! Guess how many F*cks are in Dear Cassie | DEAR CASSIE Book Trailer! | WINNERS of the How Many F*cks in DEAR CASSIE Contest!

Author's Book Trailer :

Author's Book Interview(s) :

Book Teaser(s) :
We had a long, tiring day ahead of us. That would have been bad enough, more than bad enough, but, of course, the boys were waiting at attention for us at the trailhead. They stood in a line: Nerone, the guys next to him in order of height. Ben was in the middle, grinning at me like someone behind him was pulling back his skin.
“Claire, what’s with the smile?” Rawe asked.
“Just ready to hike with my fellow hikers,” Ben said.
“You look deranged,” I said.
“You look like you’d be into deranged.” He smirked, daring me.
“No more talking,” Nerone yelled.
I smirked back, thinking Ben was lucky that Nerone had told us to be quiet. Not that I had any idea how to respond. I was into deranged. ~ within DAY 9 - titled '21 Fucking Days to Go'
“I’m not taking your hand,” I said, like I was reminding myself not to as much as I was saying it to him.
“I’m patient,” he said, starting to hum.
“You are a zombie that won’t die,” I said, looking up at him.
He held his arms out in front of him and shuffled his feet. “Brains,” he moaned. “Mmmm, Cassie brains.”
I started to laugh. I couldn’t help it.
“Mmmm, Cassie laughs,” he moaned, still acting like a zombie.
“You’re seriously crazy,” I said, finally standing up.
“But that’s why you love me,” he said, pretending to tap dance.
I started to laugh again and it made him dance harder, faster, his tongue lolling out of his mouth.
“I’ll keep this up all day if I have to,” he said. He was clearly out of breath, but he didn’t stop.
Laughing at him, I felt warm, safe. Like I had at the lakeshore, in that moment when I had let myself hold his hand. When I had forgotten I needed to stay away.
“You can’t keep dancing forever,” I said.
“Well, you can’t keep pushing me away forever,” he said. “Eventually one of us is going to have to give up.” ~ within DAY 18 - titled '12 Fucking Days to Go'
For more information on this book and/or any other books by Lisa, then please check out her website.

Blog Tour - Dear Cassie by Lisa Burstein | Guest Post, Spreading the Word, & Giveaway

Today I'm turning my blog over to Lisa Burstein, who is talking about what a typical day for her is like. =0)

ALSO -- Be sure to check out Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post to be able to sign up for this blog stop's GIVEAWAY!! [Blog Tour will run from March 5 - 28, 2013]

A Day in the Life of Lisa Burstein :

A typical weekday from totally boring, totally ordinary young adult author of "Pretty Amy" and "Dear Cassie," Lisa Burstein (I say boring because if this was one of my character's lives they would surely be complaining about how bored they were- LOL)

  • 5:40 AM - alarm goes off, I grumble and hit snooze.
  • 5:50 AM - alarm blares and is snoozed again, more grumbles.
  • 6:00 AM - alarm blares and husband yells for me to turn off alarm, while dog burrows under covers. More grumbles, but I finally wake up. I wish I didn't have to, but in addition to being a young adult author I also have a day job. I don't hate my day job, but I certainly do hate having to have one.
  • 6:01 AM - Coffee is made. My cat usually comes in the kitchen to say hello, splaying himself out like a bear rug. Lunch is packed: Cottage cheese, tomatoes and crackers almost every day. Because it's easy to make and I am lazy.
  • 6:10 AM - Shower: I use my time in the shower to work out plot points and ideas for what I am currently writing. I usually get my best ideas in the shower. I sometimes even get ideas for tweets in the shower. I am ashamed to even admit this.
  • 7:00 AM - Arrive at the day-job where I am chained to my desk until 3:30 PM. At the day-job I work and also tweet with readers and friends. Do some face-booking, blogging, emails with editor, publicist and agent as needed oh and also WORK.
  • 4:00 PM - I try to go to the gym. The word is "try" but I am usually back home and in my office writing. I write until dinner.
  • 6:30 PM - Dinner with hubby.
  • 7:00 PM - Until bed... Watching TV or reading until I fall asleep. I am always reading at least one book. The book I am reading now is "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn. I've been reading more adult than young adult lately.
  • 10:00 PM - Lights out, so I can be well-rested for another super-exciting day as a young adult author. ;)

"Dear Cassie" by Lisa Burstein

Author's Book Description :
    What if the last place you should fall in love is the first place that you do?

    You’d think getting sent to Turning Pines Wilderness Camp for a month-long rehabilitation “retreat” and being forced to re-live it in this journal would be the worst thing that’s ever happened to me.

    You’d be wrong.

    There’s the reason I was sent to Turning Pines in the first place: I got arrested. On prom night. With my two best friends, who I haven’t talked to since and probably never will again. And then there’s the real reason I was sent here. The thing I can’t talk about with the guy I can’t even think about.

    What if the moment you’ve closed yourself off is the moment you start to break open?

    But there’s this guy here. Ben. And the more I swear he won’t—he can’t—the deeper under my skin he’s getting. After the thing that happened, I promised I’d never fall for another boy’s lies.

    And yet I can’t help but wonder...what if?

About the Author :

Lisa Burstein is a tea seller by day and a writer by night. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University and is glad to finally have it be worth more than the paper it was printed on. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her very patient husband, a neurotic dog and two cats.

She wrote her first story when she was in second grade. It was a Thanksgiving tale from the point of view of the turkey from freezer to oven to plate. It was scandalous.

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

What was I thinking?: Renegade Saints Series, Book 1

Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 439 KB | Release Date: February 2013 | Publisher: Self-Published | Obtained: Amazon.com

"Picture Perfect" [Renegade Saints Series, Book 1] by Ella Fox

What was I thinking? : It had a hot cover and I liked the author's book description.

Author's Book Description : Flynn Rand spent the last decade as the lead singer of one of the world’s most famous bands. Although he's got a reputation as a player, he’s decided that it’s time to find something real.

One look at a photo of Tessa Hamilton had him hooked.

Tessa’s teenage celebrity crush was Flynn Rand. Now he was offering her the professional opportunity of a lifetime, a job as the official photographer for the Renegade Saints farewell tour. Assuring herself that her teenage attraction to Flynn wouldn’t hold up when she met him in person, Tessa took the job.

The chemistry between them is immediate and powerful, but Tessa is hesitant to explore their connection.

Flynn has no intention of giving up, and he intends to prove to her that they are meant to be together.

Can Flynn convince Tessa that their attraction to each other is the real thing?

My Book Review : 1.5 out of 5 stars. Two "soulmates" finally get together, if only he can prove to her that his feelings are true.

Well .... I had hope for the characters and for liking this novel but after reading 38% of it (at Chapter 19) other then the erotic sex scenes the plot doesn't seem to go anywhere. Although, I'm a fan of the erotic novels this one just didn't hold my interest as much as I would have liked. Even though Flynn seemed to be a "perfect gentleman."

No recommendation either way from me, just a good luck if you decide on reading it.

Author's Novel Extras : “Picture Perfect” is out! | Picture Perfect is now an Amazon Best Seller!

Author's Series Extras : Work in progress | A taste of Flynn | A taste of Flynn

Book Teaser(s) :
A soulmate is an ongoing connection with another individual that the soul picks up again in various times and places over lifetimes. We are attracted to another person at a soul level not because that person is our unique complement, but because by being with that individual, we are somehow provided with an impetus to become whole ourselves. 
 ~ Edgar Cayce ~ within the Prologue
Dad: I swear I love this girl already. You’ve had it too easy your whole life where girls are concerned.
Me: Hey! Mary didn’t make it easy on me.
Dad: Mary didn’t count as a relationship, and if you think she did... then you’re an idiot.
Me: Ouch dad. Ouch.
Dad: Fighting every day and breaking up every four seconds does not a relationship make.
Me: I know, dad. I’m just kidding. You’re right. I don’t know anything about having a relationship.
Dad: Son, you learned at the knee of the master. You’ve got it in you. Now you just need to access it.
Me: Jeez dad. Inflated ego much?
Dad: I worshiped your mother. Still do. That had to have rubbed off on you. But I was talking about POP, smartass.
Me: I learned from you both, dad. I remember how you were with mom.
Dad: That means a lot Flynn. I’ve got to get changed before I pick Pop and Gram up. If I’m not there on time Gram will tweet about it.
Me: She scares me with that Twitter account. Last week she put up a pic of me naked in the bathtub when I was a baby. #myprecious I swear to god I choked when I saw it. All the gossip sites copied the pic too.
Dad: Of course they did. Gram’s got a million followers. She takes her legion of fans seriously.
Me: I swear to god its Gram that’s the real performer in the family. She’s a nut.
Dad: That she is! But she’s the nut that you insisted on giving a computer and an iPhone to, genius.
Me: I just wanted to be able to talk to her all the time! Who knew she’d get into trouble?
Dad: It’s Gram. Of course she was going to get into trouble!
~ within Chapter 12
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Ella, then please check out her website.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Made the Grade: Spellbound by Emmie Dark

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Kindle Edition - File Size: 587 KB | Expected Release Date: March 15, 2013 | Publisher: Penguin Books Australia: Destiny Romance | Obtained: NetGalley

"Spellbound" by Emmie Dark

My Book Summary : Isabella's (Belle) personal life has been on a downward slope for a while, ever since her ex-boyfriend (Tony) broke up with her, and now she wants to do something about it. Well, sort of. You see Belle is a witch, just not a very good one. Recently she found a "phantom lover" spell in her spell book and tries it out; with hopes to have him look like her super gorgeous neighbor Nicholas (Nick).

Yet without her knowledge her spell goes wrong and she ends up with an "almost" night of passion with the real Nick! Now their passions ignite and Nick wants to take things to the next level between them, but when he finds out about her "witchy ways" will he be able to accept his feelings for her as truthful or will he push her away for good? It also, doesn't help that there is another force pushing them apart for unknown reasons...

My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars--two neighbors fight unusual circumstances to be together as a couple. The chemistry between Nick and Belle is undeniable and it flies off the page! I enjoyed reading about a witch who really wasn't that good at being a witch.

Nevertheless, I really wish that this novel's big fight scene/reveal of "who is keeping them apart" was a lot better written and executed then it was because of the way it builds up/leads you to believe it's going to be something a whole lot more then it was. Very disappointing.

Overall, though, I do recommend this novel because the erotic scenes are very hot and the main characters keep you entertained the whole way through. It's for anyone who likes fantasy romance novels!

Author's Novel Extras : Emmie's adventures in La La Land | More competition news | It's Spellbound release day! | My Spice Recipe by Emmie Dark, author of Spellbound

Book Teaser(s) :
He opened his mouth, looking as if he were going to yell at her and Belle flinched in expectation, but again there was only a strange choking sound as if he were being strangled.
'Damn!' he cursed. He turned away from her and began to pace in a circle in front of her door, muttering to himself. After a moment he turned back to her.
'Okay, let's try this,' he said.
'Try what?' Belle answered, completely flummoxed.
'Just . . . trust me.'
Belle nodded. She barely knew this man, but she did trust him, for reasons she couldn't define.
'Do you like coffee?'
'I prefer tea.'
Nick smiled, he looked pleased about something. 'Good. Okay, how about this: what do you do for work?'
'I'm a graphic designer at an ad agency,' she answered.
His smile grew. 'Excellent. What are you doing tonight?'
Belle coloured slightly, but admitted the truth. 'Having a John Cusack rom-com film festival.'
A slight expression of distaste crossed his face, but overall he still seemed pleased. 'Okay so, would you ---'
And then that choking noise again. His voice simply died out.
Looking disgusted with himself, he took a step back and swore as he paced back and forwards, using language that would have had Aunt Gertrude flinging a cone of silence over him.
Belle waited patiently to see what would happen next. ~ within Chapter 4
For more information on this book and/or any other books by Emmie, then please check out her website.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Blog Tour - Face The Music by Andrea K. Robbins | Guest Post, Review/Spreading the Word, & Giveaway

Today I'm turning my blog over to Andrea K. Robbins, who is talking about which part of her novel was her favorite part to write about!

ALSO -- Be sure to check out Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post to be able to sign up for this blog stop's GIVEAWAY!! Check out more stops for this Blog Tour by clicking here! [Blog Tour will run from March 18 - 29, 2013]

Which Part of "Face The Music" was your Favorite Part to Write & Why? :

The first draft was so exciting. I didn’t care about commas or spelling. Didn’t worry about sequence or style or format. My purpose was to tell a story. I got to dream up new scenes and script conversations. It was like I was watching a movie in my head, piece by piece, and frantically trying to get all the details down before they were forgotten. It was FUN!

The editing was a lot of work, but, in the end, rewarding. I tend to be a perfectionist, at least with my writing, and I’d read and re-read the same sentence ten times, tweak it a bit, maybe change it back to the way it was, and then move on to the next. There were several times I’d put the manuscript away and take a long hiatus before going back through it again. When I finally decided to self publish, I had to create a deadline and make myself stop. Otherwise, I’d probably still be tweaking it!

My favorite part, though, has been happening since I published. I love reading reader comments and reviews and am so happy that they love my characters as much as I do.

About the Author :

Born and raised in eastern Missouri, Andrea K. Robbins is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia and Idaho State University and hold degrees in Human Nutrition, Biological Sciences, and Secondary Education. She currently resides in southern Idaho with her husband and two young daughters and enjoys teaching Jr. and High School science and health classes at a local school district. Robbins is also working toward her Masters degree in Science Education through Montana State University. When not working, she can be found spending time with her family or getting lost in a sappy love story.

Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 601 KB | Release Date: June 2012 | Publisher: Self-Published | Obtained: Smashwords

"Face The Music" by Andrea K. Robbins

Author's Book Description : After losing her mother in a tragic accident, Allison Banks takes on the sole responsibility of caring for her little sister, her young niece, and her disabled grandmother. When her long-term boyfriend walks out, offering little in the way of explanation, Allison is left totally confused and utterly heartbroken. To cope, the 24-year-old closes herself off to any serious relationships and dives into her work as a graduate student.

Needing the extra income, Allison takes a job for the hot, new, reality TV show, Superstardom. Captivated by the competition’s front-runner, the mysterious and sexy singer, Chris Knots, Allison dismisses her attraction as nothing more than a silly, school-girl crush. But, when the hunky performer reveals an interest of his own, Allison must work through her reservations and decide if there’s room in her life for something more.

My Book Review (edited version - on March 2013) : 3.5 out of 5 stars, this is a thought provoking take on the reality singing show world that kept my attention wrapped while having me rooting for Allie and Chris the whole way!! I am surprised to say that since Allie mostly annoyed me throughout this novel, because of how she doesn't commit until the last minute, I enjoyed the novel as much as I did. Yet with that being said, I understood that all her problems about committing to Chris (or anyone for that matter) because of how badly burned she was before and afraid of any heartache happening again for her.

As I pushed on, I could feel myself growing to love her close-knit group of friends and family! It turns into a very sweet moving romance story that I could not put down. And I'm sooo happy about whom Jake ends up with since I was hoping that from the beginning!!

Overall, I recommend this novel to anyone who likes contemporary romances, especially ones where the main male character is a hot singer!! [Read more of Jess' Review and 3 Teasers for this novel HERE!]

My Previous Mention(s) of this Author's Books/Characters : Teaser Tuesdays: Face the Music | Welcome to Small Business Saturday/Week | Giveaway Winners from my Small Business Saturday/Week Contests | Best Book Couples -- Happy Valentine's Day 2013

Author's Novel Extras : We Aim to Please | Face Lift | A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words

For more information on this book and/or any other books by Andrea, then please check her out on the Goodreads' website.

Giveaways!! :
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Feasted On: Oh, Canada!/Big City Pack Series, Book 1

Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 158 KB | Release Date: April 2011 | Publisher: Ellora's Cave Publishing | Obtained: Amazon.com | Originally Found Out About @ Ellora's Cave

"The Canuck Werewolf" [Oh, Canada!/Big City Pack Series, Book 1] by Marisa Chenery

My Book Summary : Rylee gets roped in by her mother to take her younger teenage brother and two of his friends camping during the Victoria Day long weekend. It doesn't start out as a great trip for her and she begins to have a feeling that it's just going get worse. That is until she meets Atticus and falls head over heels for him instantly. If only his ex-girlfriend didn't happen to follow him to the same campground they are at trying to win him back, otherwise things might just be perfect.

That is if she can handle his secret too...

My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars--a werewolf finds his mate while trying to get away from domineering father/pack leader and greedy ex-girlfriends. Even though I'm not completely happy with how Rylee first handled the whole "werewolf" situation, yet it was somewhat understandable given her circumstances, I did like how everything quickly came back together for Atticus and her. Their quick romance is spicy and sweet to read about. I really liked how Atticus handles his "mating urge" and explanation to Rylee (his mate) a whole lot better than Roan did to his own mate in "Roan's Fall."

I recommend this novel to anyone looking for a quick paranormal romance that is slightly erotic.

My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Roan's Fall

Author's Novel Extras : The Canuck Werewolf Excerpt | A New Contract | New Cover and Contract | The Canuck Werewolf’s Release Date | The Canuck Werewolf Now Out

Author's Series Extras : New Contracts | Werewolf’s Treasure Release Date | New Cover and Release Date | Werewolf’s Treasure Now Released | New Contract | Werewolf Claimed Release Date | Werewolf Claimed Released | New Contract | Big City Pack News | New Release Date | New Release and Contract | New Print Book | Big City Pack Trade Paperback Released

Book Teaser(s) :
The teenage male, she sometimes thought, became retarded once puberty set in. ~ within Chapter 1
“Atticus,” she said on a whimpered moan.
He lifted his head and said loud enough to wake her, “I’m right here, Rylee.”
She jerked and her eyes fluttered open. “Atticus?”
“It’s me.”
“What the hell do you th—”
He cut her off by turning her head his way and sealing her lips with his. They remained stiff, but eventually softened as he licked and sucked, not backing down. Angling his mouth for a tighter fit, he stroked his tongue along the seam of her lips. Much to his pleasure, Rylee opened, giving him access to fully taste her. Their tongues met, twining, tasting. ~ within Chapter 4
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Marisa, then please check out her website.

Idolizing In: The Cat Star Chronicles, Book 9

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Paperback - Pages: 384; Kindle Edition - File Size: 572 KB | Expected Release Date: February 5, 2013 | Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca | Obtained: NetGalley

"Wildcat" [The Cat Star Chronicles, Book 9] by Cheryl Brooks (aka Samantha R. Michaels)

My Book Summary : Even though Jerden was named the hottest hunk in the galaxy by the Damenk Tribune ever since Audrey, Jerden's sexual "fluffer," was murdered he has become a recluse and has stayed hidden from everyone as much as possible. That is until Sara's horse winds up on his property and she comes into his life planning on getting him back. After they come to an agreement about "sharing" her horse, they quickly find that their attraction to one another is creating a bond that makes them want to be around each other more than they would have ever expected. However, while their relationship goes from nonexistent to steamy, old enemies find a way of showing up in the most unexpected ways in hopes of coming between them for good. Will their enemies succeed? Or will Sara and Jerden find that protecting each other is the one thing they'll never have to worry about?

My Book Review : 5 out of 5 stars!! This is the best novel of Ms. Brooks' Cat Star Chronicles thus far!! I could not get enough of Sara and Jerden!! Reading about their personal tragedies and how they worked together to get over their fears was heartwarming and very erotic. =0)

Yet, the novel's plot flowed wonderfully from beginning to end. Very well written. Plus, I enjoyed getting updates on Tarq, Lucy, Jack, Cat, Bonnie, Lynx, Dax, Ava, and all of their families!! Also, I can't wait to read Onca's novel "Rascal" coming out around February 2014!!

I recommend this novel and series to anyone who enjoys some spicy sci-fi romantic erotica!!

My Previous Review(s) for this Series : Book 1 | Book 4 | Book 8 | Book 7

My Previous Mention(s) of this Author's Books/Characters : End of the year 2010 Update | "Waiting On" Wednesday: Stud | Liebster Blog Award - 2013 | Best Book Couples -- Happy Valentine's Day 2013 | Teaser Tuesdays: Wildcat

Author's Novel Extras : - The following blog links you are about to view may contain content only suitable for adults. - Whopping Weasel Wednesday! | Whopping Wildcat Weasel Wednesday! | Friday Fun! | Sunday's Hunk of the Day! | Wildcats and Monday Moons! | Thursday Thoughts | Thursday Thoughts | Rest, Relax, Rejuvenate, and...Recover? | Friday Fun! | Saturday's Hunk of the Day! | To moon or not to moon... | Friday Fun! | Whopping Weasel Wednesday! | Thursday Thoughts | Let it snow? | Thursday Thoughts | Wet Friday Fun! | Saturday's Hunk of the Day! | Friday Fun! | Friday Fun! | Monday Moons! | Wildcat Launch Party and Giveaway! | Tasty Tuesday Wildcat Szechaun Shrimp and Vegetables! | Whopping Weasel Giveaway! | Tasty Tuesday Chicken Cordon Bleu Bake! | Whopping Weasel Wednesday Chat! | Thursday Thoughts | Tasty Tuesday Jambalaya! | Wildcat Giveaway Extravaganza! | Friday Fun!

Author's Series Extras : - The following blog links you are about to view may contain content only suitable for adults. - Yummydoodle Week Begins....on a Thursday? | Whopping Weasel Wednesday! | Thursday Thoughts | Whopping Weasel Virgin? | Monday Moons and Ramblings | Blue Monday Moons | Thursday Thoughts | Thursday Thoughts | Thursday Thoughts | Tattooed Monday Moons! | Thursday Thoughts | Monday Moons! | Thursday Thoughts | Virgin's Release Day! | Thursday Thoughts | Launch Party! | Monday Moons! | Whopping Weasel Wednesday! | Thursday Thoughts | Thursday Thoughts | Friday Fun! | Beginnings and Endings | Wet Monday Moons! | Hot, Hot, HOT? | Rascally Monday Moons! | Thursday Thoughts | The Next Big Thing! | Friday Fun! | Monday Moons! | Whopping Weasel Wednesday! | Wet Monday Moons! | Thursday Thoughts

Book Teaser(s) :
Teaser #1 ~ within Chapter 2
It was almost as though their souls had touched.
She shook her head, banishing the thought. Souls didn't touch or connect or any of the mumbo jumbo mystical nonsense that people wrote sonnets about. It simply didn't happen. It was a trick of the moonlight, or a feeling of compassion, no more.
That's what Ebenezer Scrooge thought.
Sara stomped her foot in protest. "I am not being visited by ghosts. And I am not like Scrooge. Besides, that was fiction."
If there was one thing Sara prided herself upon, it was being firmly grounded in reality. There was a simple, rational, logical explanation for everything. Granted, there were aliens with strange powers, but those abilities were natural for them. In Sara's opinion, humans who claimed to have supernatural talents were just plain lying. ~ within Chapter 4
Jerden had never been one to experience performance anxiety, but he was beginning to understand why many men did. The whole what if my dick doesn't work horror was enough to make any man's cock deflate.
He almost laughed out load. A Zetithian was performance anxiety? Too funny.
Particularly in Jerden's case. He'd been voted the best fuck on Rhylos three years straight. Still, with that kind of reputation to live up to, it was perfectly understandable for a guy to be a little nervous around a woman like Sara. ~ within Chapter 16
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Cheryl, then please check out her website.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Teaser Tuesdays: Wildcat

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"Wildcat" [The Cat Star Chronicles, Book 9] by Cheryl Brooks

Book Teaser:
"That Katy mare is so ready, one touch made my tongue hard." Sara rolled her eyes. She'd long since learned to ignore Reutal's sexual remarks---and because a Norludian male's tongue did double duty as his sex organ, this comment was definitely sexual.
"Thanks, Reutal, but a simple 'she's in season' would've done."
In the three years he'd worked for Sara, the horses had stepped on Reutal's flipper-like feet so many times, it was a wonder he could walk. However, he had the uncanny knack of being able to simply touch a finger to a mare's lip and know when she was in estrus, which made him a very handy fellow to have on a breeding farm. He could also predict almost to the minute when a mare would foal. Unfortunately, he also liked to sample the "essence" of other females, and the fact that Norludians rarely wore clothing was disturbing to more people.
"Still true," Reutal insisted with a cheeky grin. "Can't lie to the boss." ~ within Chapter 2

My Previous Review(s) for this Series : Book 1 | Book 4 | Book 8 | Book 7

My Previous Mention(s) of this Author's Books/Characters : End of the year 2010 Update | "Waiting On" Wednesday: Stud | Liebster Blog Award - 2013 | Best Book Couples -- Happy Valentine's Day 2013

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Disappointmentville: Roxie's Protectors Series, Book 1

Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 197 KB | Release Date: October 2009 | Publisher: Liquid Silver Books | Obtained: Liquid Silver Books

"Roan's Fall" [Roxie's Protectors Series, Book 1] by Marisa Chenery

My Book Summary : After 1,000 years, Roan finally finds his mate while being Roxie's bodyguard during her hair salon appointment. It should be a wonderful occasion during normal circumstances but Roan finds that his new mate, Ansley, is mortal so he's nervous about scaring her off but coming on to strong and mating her before he can admit to her everything she needs to know. The only trouble now is that every time he tries to tell her his big secret one thing leads to another and talking is the last thing that they end up doing. Will Roan find a way to make everything right and Ansley feel intrigued by his secrets? Or will he need Roxie to help dig him out of the mess he makes?

My Book Review : 2.5 out of 5 stars. A guy finds his mate but is unsure of how to tell her that he's a werewolf.

I really wanted to like this novel. The beginning was cute but after that, the plot really doesn't go anywhere. I wish the characters had more depth, I suppose. As well, I wish that Ansley's shyness didn't make her seem as weak as she appears to be.

I don't recommend this novel but I'm curious see where this series will go since Roan's pack of unmated brothers seemed interesting. =0)

Author's Novel Extras : Roan's Fall Excerpt | My New Cover | Roan’s Fall Release Date | Marissa Chenery Interview | Roan’s Fall is out | Roan’s Fall is a bestseller | I’m A Lories Finalist

Author's Series Extras : Cover for His She-Wolf Warrior | A New Contract | Another Book Sold | Another Best Seller | Another Liquid Silver Book’s Contract | One More Cover | Jager’s Mate Release Date | Jager’s Mate Was Released | Another Contract | Leif’s Surrender Cover | Leif’s Surrender Release Date | Leif’s Surrender is now out | Two New Contracts | A New Contract | Skylar’s Devotion Release Date | Skylar’s Devotion Now Out | A New Contract | Publisher Change | Three New Covers and a Release Date | Kye’s Heart Now Out | New Contract | Dirk’s Love Now Out | New Covers | New Release & Changed Release Date | New Print Book | Miles’s Redemption Now Out

Book Teaser(s) :
With all these hunky men around her, she had a hard time not staring at each of them. They all looked as if they had walked off a cover of a romance novel. Each one of them exuded confidence and sex appeal. She doubted any of them had trouble getting a woman. Not that she was interested in Roan’s brothers in that way. Roan’s good looks attracted her more than his brothers’ did.
Noticing the room had gone completely silent, Ansley looked at the men who stood around her. From the scowl on Roan’s face, she realized she had been caught staring. She gave him a sheepish smile. “Hey, as long as they’re here I’m going look. I’m not dead you know.” Ansley cringed when the last word left her mouth. That hadn’t exactly been smart to tell the man she’d just slept with that she had been ogling his brothers. Her cursed mouth had done it again. ~ within Chapter 5
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Marisa, then please check out her website.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Dear Small Business Saturday/Week Contest Winners ...

Hi Ladies .... I just wanted to take this moment to say I'm sooo sorry!! I know it is now about 3 months past the date that I announced you as the winners but money's been tight and I didn't plan out everything like I had hoped. But I never forgot about you!

Anyway ... I just wanted to say again sorry for the delay but your books are now on their way to you!!

I hope you'll like them, still, once you receive them. *hahaa* =0)

Best regards, Jess

Made the Grade: Hybrid Misfit by Eve Langlais

Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 340 KB | Release Date: May 2011 | Publisher: Liquid Silver Books | Obtained: Amazon.com

"Hybrid Misfit" by Eve Langlais

My Book Summary : Beth (Trixi) is what she likes to call a hybrid misfit. She was born human but when she was young, she was diagnosed with leukemia and after a few years of nothing working her parents signed her up for some experimental treatments that turned her into what she is today .... however, even though she now understands her duel natures she has no idea as to what she actually is. =0/ But over the years she has found away to survive on her own and now she'll do whatever it takes to make sure she'll make it through whatever comes her way.

If only she can stand up against the Army of Light and the Legion of Darkness then everything may work out for her, and if her new lovers have anything to say about it, she will beat them all...

My Book Review : THIS BOOK WAS A REREAD:: Then (July 2011): 3 out of 5 stars | Now (March 2013): 3.5 out of 5 stars!! Beth, Simon, and Gene are a match mate in ... well not heaven but definitely in limbo! =0)

This novel was spicy, thrilling, and funny the whole way through. I liked the mystery (at first) about learning Simon's nature. Then reading about Beth's "girl power" tendencies made you cheer for her throughout the novel. In addition, I enjoyed learning Gene's mystic ways and flirtatious personality! Very entertaining!

I recommend it to anyone who enjoys quirky paranormal erotic romances!

- On a side note -
I wish/hope Ms. Langlais will write novel/novellas about Beth's best friends, Lana & Claire, since this novel talks a lot about them but doesn't let you know what their up to after the big battle at all.

My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Bunny And The Bear

My Previous Mention(s) of this Author's Books/Characters : Best Book Couples -- Happy Valentine's Day 2013 | Feasted On: Ridgeville Series, Book 5

Author's Novel Extras : Hybrid Misfit Excerpt | Let’s see who’s paying attention...

Book Teaser(s) :
“But they’re vampires?” Lana said, her eyes narrowing. “So who was nuts enough to jump in and help you? Or should I say what?”
“Well, I never did find out what Simon was, although I do guarantee he’s not human.” That got the girls bouncing in excitement.
“Is he hot?”
“Does he have a brother?”
I laughed at their reaction. “He is drop dead gorgeous and built like an ox. And while I didn’t find out if he had a brother, he does have a friend who’s a genie.”
Claire squealed and Lana leaned forward eagerly. “This I need to hear about.”
I told them about waking up at Simon’s place and meeting Gene. They giggled when they learned about his actual bottle. They sighed over my description of both men. And exclaimed when they heard how I’d gotten home with magically produced donuts.
Lana held her donut in front of her and eyed it suspiciously. Shrugging, she took a bite. “Damn, for a magic donut, it sure tastes good.” ~ within Chapter 3
“We have reservations,” Simon said tugging me forward to stand before the podium which had a thick book open on top.
“Your name?” asked the lizard thing with what I could have sworn was a sneer.
I’m not sure what Simon did behind me, but the maître d’ recoiled and adopted a more servile expression. “Of course, sir. Sorry for not recognizing you. Please, follow me.”
We followed the lizard man—who, to my amusement, had a tail sticking out of the back of his pants. We passed dozens of tables, partially hidden in shadows, but not dark enough for me to not realize that most of the patrons weren’t descended from Adam and Eve. I recognized some species—like the dwarves with their big beards and short, stocky stature. There were some fairies with gossamer wings whose sizes ranged from Thumbelina to human sized. The one eyed scary dude was, if I remembered my mythology correctly, a Cyclops. And at the sight of a bright blue demon, I clutched tightly at Simon’s arm.
He followed my gaze and patted my hand reassuringly. “Don’t worry. We’ll explain it in a second.”
His words made my eyes widen, because I immediately grasped the implication. “You’re using me as bait,” I hissed. I’d actually contemplated doing that and it was part of the plan I’d meant to broach over dinner. It annoyed me that they’d acted without consulting me first, even if I’d had the some thought.
“I prefer the term ‘showing you off,’” Gene replied as we arrived at our table and he pulled out a chair for me. ~ within Chapter 5
For more information on this book and/or any other books by Eve, then please check out her website.

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!)

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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!!

Find Mary Connealy :
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