Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Laura Kaye's Hard To Come By Excerpt and Giveaway



 Hello lovelies! I have a very special treat for you today, an excerpt and giveaway to help celebrate the release of Laura Kaye's newest Hard Ink book,  Hard To Come By. I am so excited to be able to participate in this because A) Laura is such a fabulous writer and B) her Hard Ink Series is yummy! Thank you Ink Slinger PR for including me. I so loved this book! Yes I am reverting to girlish gibberish. Why you ask? Can I just say that she has some of the best heroes in her books? This latest installment is no different, Marz  (okay I am sighing here) is a perfect hero. I love how he over comes the obstacles in his life. I also appreciate the very alpha qualities that Laura gives all her heroes. If you didn't get your copy yesterday, what are you waiting for? Pre-order or purchase before December 2, and get awesome bonus contentIt would make an excellent addition for the long holiday weekend ahead, And who doesn't want another tough but tender alpha around?. The buy links are below along with a awesome excerpt and the giveaway. Also if you would like a chance to visit the other blogs hosting the HTCB release tour, you can find the list at: http://www.inkslingerpr.com/2014/11/20/laura-kayes-hard-to-come-by-review-excerpt-tour/ .So with that, here's to happy reading . . .

About HARD TO COME BY:
Caught between desire and loyalty…

Derek DiMarzio would do anything for the members of his disgraced Special Forces team—sacrifice his body, help a former teammate with a covert operation to restore their honor, and even go behind enemy lines. He just never expected to want the beautiful woman he found there.
When a sexy stranger asks questions about her brother, Emilie Garza is torn between loyalty to the brother she once idolized and fear of the war-changed man he's become. Derek’s easy smile and quiet strength tempt Emilie to open up, igniting the desire between them and leading Derek to crave a woman he shouldn’t trust.

As the team’s investigation reveals how powerful their enemies are, Derek and Emilie must prove where their loyalties lie before hearts are broken and lives are lost. Because love is too hard to come by to let slip away…


EXCERPT:
Manny exploded so hard out of Emilie’s front door that the Plexiglas in the storm door shattered into a spiderweb design. And three big, male bodies came rushing across the yard toward them.

Emilie was right in the middle of it all.

Her gaze zeroed in on her brother stalking toward her with a baseball bat and a wad of newspaper scraps he threw into the air. The paper fluttered on the breeze. “What did you do with it?” he growled, marching toward her. Emilie rushed backward.

Freeze!” came Derek’s shout. “Hands on your head and freeze.”

Manny pulled a gun and waved it in a wide circle, firing off two rounds that sent the guys ducking for cover. A return shot caught Manny in the shoulder but he didn’t react to it at all. It was like he didn’t even feel it.

Emilie’s foot caught in a divot in the grass and she tumbled backward onto her butt. Hard. “Manny, no!” Emilie said. “Put your gun away. Nobody shoot! Please, nobody shoot!”

Was her brother really going to beat her with a bat? Was he really this far gone? Sadness ripped through her because the answer was staring her in the face. He lifted the bat.

Another shot hit his arm, blood spraying on the grass, but it didn’t deter Manny nor stop the bat from its downward arc.

A body landed atop hers, knocking the air from her lungs. And then a loud, metallic clang rang out.

Derek had raised his leg to take the hit with his prosthetic limb.

In a quick series of moves, Manny spun to a position behind Emilie’s back, and pointed his gun down at the two of them. “Drop the weapons or he gets a bullet to the brain. You might get me, but I’ll get him, too.”

Oh, God, no! “Manny, just go,” Emilie cried.

“Not going anywhere ’til I have my money, my guns, and my drugs. So it looks like we’re at a fucking stalemate,” he said, voice twisted with anger and hate. He placed the gun’s muzzle against the back of Derek’s head. The sight made her nauseous. “Where is it, Emilie?”

“I don’t have it, Manny. I didn’t even know you had anything down there,” she said, thinking on her feet . . . or back. “I was kidnapped by a city cop yesterday. He took me to a storage facility in Baltimore. Knew all about both of us. I barely got away with my life,” she said. “Maybe he’d already been here before that all happened,” she said, desperate for him to believe the lie.

“Fuck! Fuck!” Manny yelled, punctuating his outbursts with jerks of the gun against Derek’s skull.

Between her anticipation of the shot and her inability to draw deep breaths due to Derek’s weight atop her, Emilie was starting to see spots floating around the edges of her vision. He swung the gun in an arc toward the other men. “Wait a minute,” he said, eyes toward where she thought Beckett stood. “I fucking know you,” he said, waving the weapon.

“Shit,” Derek bit out.

“You know me, too, motherfucker,” came a voice from behind them.

Manny whirled, fired three times in the direction of the voice, and raced for the Suburban, firing wild shots behind him as he fled. Emilie braced for the searing impact each time, or for Derek to cry out in pain, but neither happened.

The Suburban rumbled to life and pealed out of her driveway, engine racing. Derek rolled off her onto his stomach, weapon drawn and firing after the vehicle. Gunfire rang out all around. Emilie curled into a ball on the grass and covered her ears with her hands. Eyes closed, she could almost convince herself she was listening to a fireworks display, there were so many pop, pop, pops.

And then it stopped, and only the sound of the roaring engine in the distance cut the evening air.

Head ringing, Emilie rolled to her hands and knees and scrabbled toward Derek. “Are you okay? Oh, my God, are you okay?” she asked as she reached him.
Hard to Come By on Goodreads
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 About Laura Kaye:

Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.



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Monday, November 10, 2014

All I Want For Christmas by Jessica Scott spotlight review and giveaway

Tomorrow marks the the release of the printed edition of All I Want for Christmas Is You By Jessica Scott. The digital version was release a little early and wasn't that a great surprise for her fans. Early releases are like winning the lottery. Anywho if you haven't read any of Ms. Scott's books you are truly missing out. She has a true talent for bringing strong emotions, complicated topics, and passion together to make a emotionally powerful romance that grabs you from the begining. This newest release is no different. Scott's writing pulled me right into the story. It was a wonderful journey following Patrick and Samantha to their HEA. The emotions in Scott's writing are intense and the subject of military members trying to fit back into the normal everyday is a gripping one. All I Want For Christmas Is You was a great way to start the holiday reading list. Now to help kick off the birthday of this wonderful story, below you will find an excerpt, buylinks, social media links, and a fabulous giveaway. So without further ado, here's to happy reading. . .
Summary
 All Major Patrick MacLean wanted was Christmas with the woman and child who were his family in everything but name. But Captain Samantha Egan has come back from the war a different woman than the one who left - and she doesn't know if she can love him anymore.

But neither of them counted on the determination of a little girl they both call daughter and if Natalie has her wish, her parents may have no idea what's coming for them. It's going to take Christmas miracle to bring these two wounded warriors back from the edge of a broken heart. 
Excerpt

It was not a gentle kiss. It was not tame or timid or questioning.

It burned her down to the root of Sam's soul. It touched something deep and dark and hidden.

Something she'd thought was long since dead and buried and gone.

Patrick’s tongue slid against hers, stroking to life the very sensations she thought she'd never feel again.

It was electric, the feel of his mouth against hers. The scrape of stubble against her chin, the taste of him. The smell of his skin.

He nipped her. Pinched her bottom lip between his teeth and sucked it. And she sighed at the pleasure, at the raw ache his taste and touch aroused in her, pushing aside the darkness that haunted her.

Sam felt him. Felt everything. The heat of his skin. The warmth that drew her closer. That made her want to crawl into his lap and unzip his pants and push up that damned flannel shirt until they were skin to skin and there was nothing between them but sweat and heat.

One hand slid down her side. Tugged at her fleece and...

"Dear lord how many layers of clothing do you have on under this thing," he muttered against her lips.

She smiled. "You weren't wondering why I wasn't cold?"

"Well you'd be a champ at strip poker right about now," he murmured.

Then his fingers found her skin and she was no longer thinking.



Title: All I Want For Christmas Is You
Author: Jessica Scott
Release Date: October 24, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: Novella (108 pages)

Buy Links 

Barnes and Noble - http://bit.ly/aiwbn
Google Play - http://bit.ly/aiwgplay


Goodreads Link

Biography

Jessica Scott is a career army officer, mother of two daughters, three cats and three dogs, wife to a career NCO and wrangler of all things stuffed and fluffy. She is a terrible cook and even worse housekeeper, but she's a pretty good shot with her assigned weapon and someone liked some of the stuff she wrote. Somehow, her children are pretty well adjusted and her husband still loves her, despite burned water and a messy house.

She's written for the New York Times At War Blog, PBS Point of View Regarding War, and IAVA. She deployed to Iraq in 2009 as part of OIF/New Dawn and has served as a company commander at Fort Hood, Texas.

She's pursuing a PhD in Sociology in her spare time  and most recently, she's been featured as one of Esquire Magazine's Americans of the Year for 2012.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Halloween treat sale and Giveaway


HALLOWEEN TREATS 99 CENT SALE & GIVEAWAY!!!

Treats and not tricks for Halloween? Who could ask for more? Don't miss out on this SPOOKTACULAR Halloween sale featuring 12 bestselling books for only 99 cents each, and enter the huge giveaway with nearly $300 in gift certificates for readers to win!!! These awesome books are just in time for the cooler weather. So stock up today and enjoy a really hot read.


 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

ARC Review of The Buried by Shelley Coriell

The Buried by Shelley Coriell is book two in her Apostles series. It features renowned FBI negotiator  Theodore "Hatch" Hatcher from Parker Lord's elite FBI team and Grace Courtemanche. She is a hard hitting state prosecutor who just happens to be his ex-wife. They find themselves in the middle of a crazy killers game while dealing with a fair amount of tension and attraction between each other. Coriell has a true talent for weaving spine tingling suspense and sweet romance. The end result is a spectacular book. I was on the edge of my seat and I truly didn't want to put this one down. It was definitely a  4 1/2 star read. Shelley is definitely going on my must read list. I hope you love this as much as I did and here's to happy reading . . .

The Buried 

ISBN-10: 145552851X
EAN: 9781455528516
Published by: Grand Central Forever
Published Date: October 28, 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Page Count: 384 pages






Bio

Shelley Coriell is an award-winning author of romantic suspense and novels for teens. Her debut romantic thriller, The Broken, was named one of the Best Romances of Summer 2014 by Publishers Weekly and a Top Pick/4.5 Stars by Romantic Times Book Reviews. An avid foodie and former restaurant reviewer, Shelley lives in Arizona with her family and the world’s neediest rescue weimaraner. You can find her online at  and Twittering .




Thursday, October 23, 2014

Review of Take My Breath Away by Christie Ridgway

First let me say that I love Christie Ridgway's books. I discovered her Beach House No. 9 series a few years back and was hooked. Her contemporary romances are sweet and fun. I somehow missed a release from her this spring. I know, how could I have missed it? All I can do is say that life gets really busy sometimes. In my defense I am raising little people and reading awesome books. So anyway, my daughter wanted to stop at the library the other day. I happened to walk by the newly acquired romance books and there sat a brand new book from a brand new series (It has actually been out for several months), be still my beating heart. I felt like I won the lottery as I looked at the book cover of Take My Breath Away, the first book in Ridgway's new Cabin Fever series. Yes, I know I am kind of ridiculous but I really love new books and this one was kind of a surprise. Not to mention the instant gratification I got from being able to read it right away (basically in a few short hours because I couldn't put it down). Now about this book, what can I say? It was FABULOUS! Ms. Ridgway has the ability to weave a story that I could personally see as a romantic movie. Her characters and descriptions really pull me into her stories. The heroine Poppy is a great female lead. She has spirit and determination. She is also almost too stubborn for success and sometimes a bit silly. She is also fiercely loyal. She plans to avoid men who could disrupt her life. Her big plans for the future will hopefully keep her family's supposedly cursed property afloat, maybe even turn it into a success. That is until her planing for the future takes early fruition and she can't say no to an opportunity to improve her finances immeadiately. In comes our hero Ryan, former big time star, current rich and famous train-wreck looking to hide out. He has tragedy in his past that keeps him lost and adrift, continuously making bad decisions. Is this a disaster waiting to happen or will these two come together? Can this lady trust and fall in love? Can this man open his heart and forgive himself? It was a wonderful read full of emotion and passion. The story line contains complex issues that made it alll the more intriguing. I loved this story and can't wait for the next book in the series that's due out in December. So here's to happy reading. . .





Author Links

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https://www.facebook.com/ChristieRidgway

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Christie Ridgway is a California native and author of over forty contemporary romances. A six-time RITA finalist and USA Today bestselling author, she writes sexy, emotional reads starring determined heroines and the men who can’t help but love them. Married to her college sweetheart, Christie lives in Southern California in a house filled with boys and pets. She writes as an escape from sports equipment, football on TV, and dog hair.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Giveaway, Release Day spotlight, and Review of Rocky Mountain Romance by Vivian Arend

Rocky Mountain Romance by Vivian Arend is a hot and quirky romance. Book 7 in her Six Pack Ranch series can definitely be read alone. As I have not read any of the previous books in this series I can attest to this fact. I was totally able to follow the story without getting lost. I also gained a healthy curiosity for the characters of her previous books. In this book I love how Vivian accurately presented the small town dynamic in her story about taking a second chance. I also found the main characters, Melody and Steve, fascinating. They are full of spirit and never a 100% predictable. The characters approached their issues in creative ways almost from the first. It made for a highly entertaining read that I would recommend to anyone looking for a somewhat light hearted erotic story. This story/ series is not my usual thing but I gotta say that I really liked the modern erotic twist on cowboys. Below you will find an excerpt, buy links and a way to follow the fabulous Ms. Arend. You will also find a giveaway. So enjoy and here's to happy reading . . .

Summary

Second chances are the sweetest—and the hottest.

It took a spectacularly embarrassing break-up to knock Steve Moonshine Coleman off his lazy butt. In the ten months since that night, he's changed his ways. Now that Melody's back in town, it's time for this sweet-talking cowboy to convince her to get back in the saddle with him.

A return to her veterinary position in Rocky Mountain House was always in the cards for Melody Langley. Getting back together with Steve? Never part of the plan. He had lots of potential but zero ambition, and there's no way she'll accept anything less than a man who can keep up with her, in and out of bed.

But the new-and-improved cowboy is impossible to resist, so Melody issues a challenge. Three months to prove he's reformed. Three months of Steve orchestrating one sexual indulgence after another--‪wicked distractions from the old boys' club Melody faces at work and Steve's growing responsibilities‬.

He's got one shot to prove with more than words what's in his heart and soul.

Excerpt

Melody went with Steve willingly, around the side of the barn to where his truck and a horse trailer waited. He helped her into the driver side and she slid into the middle seat, checking her watch to make sure she didn’t get too far behind schedule. No way did she want another repeat of her hellish Monday.

“I’ve got thirty minutes tops, otherwise I need to phone the clinic and let them know I’ll be late.”

“You won’t be late,” he promised.

They rattled down a short side road but instead of turning toward the highway, Steve took them along a back trail that led through the trees into a clearing at the side of wide-open ranch land. Nothing lay before them but miles of low rolling hills. To the west, the Rocky Mountains rose above to the sky, the craggy peaks decorated with a tiny dusting of white in the highest cracks and crannies. The tree line broke off to expose granite greys and flashes of white quartz.

It was an amazing view, and she was glad it was something she got to see every day of her life.

She was still staring in admiration when Steve parked the truck and jerked open the door.

Melody followed him out, but couldn’t see any signs of an animal that needed attention.

“Do you want me to be a veterinary to the squirrels?” she teased.

He whirled, catching her under the hips and pulling her against his body so he could kiss her fiercely. Her back pressed against the cold metal of the horse trailer as his overheated body met hers.

“You’re driving me crazy,” he confessed when he finally let her breathe. “I’ve been aching to touch you since the weekend. I need to be inside you.”

Melody didn’t have the words to protest, especially not when he put his lips to her neck and sucked. A flash of heat went from his mouth through her entire system, and she clutched his shoulders.

She was in motion again, this time her feet on the ground as his hands scrambled at her belt buckle. “I want you right now,” he demanded.




Book Information

Title: Rocky Mountain Romance
Author: Vivian Arend
Release Date: October 21, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author Photo: Attached
Book Cover: AttachedBuy Links


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22914333-rocky-
mountain-romance


 Author Biography

Vivian Arend in one word: Adventurous. In a sentence: Willing to try just about anything once. That wide-eyed attitude has taken her around North America, through parts of Europe, and into Central and South America, often with no running water.

Her optimistic outlook meant when challenged to write a book, she gave it a shot, and discovered creating worlds to play in was nearly as addictive as traveling the real one. Now a New York Times and USA bestselling author of over 40 novels and short stories in both contemporary and paranormal genres, Vivian continues to explore, write and otherwise keep herself well entertained.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Review of Billionaires in Love by Carly Phillips


This past week marked the release of Billionaires in Love by Carly Phillips. It is a reissue of two of her previously released novellas about second chances. The first novella is Midnight Angel from her Love Unexpected series where Dylan North and Holly Evans finally get another chance. A short story but in no way lacking. It contained everything I would want to see in a novella including passion and good character development. The second novella, The Playboy's Second Chance (formerly titled Kismet) takes us back to Serendipity where Elisabetta Gardelli and Trevor Dane reconnect and come to terms with their past. Again, a short story but in no way lacking. I am not typically a fan of short stories but these were great and an unexpected surprise to help tide fans of Carly over until her January 2015 release of Dare to Touch. I love all her work, past or present, and these two novellas are no exception. Below you will find the buy links incase you haven't gotten your copy yet. You will also find links to Carly's website and social media pages. She is always doing fun stuff, making surprise announcements, having interesting conversations, and doing great giveaways. Don't forget to follow her. Without further ado, here's to happy reading . . .
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                                BIO

N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carly Phillips has written over 30 romance novels with contemporary characters and small town settings that today’s readers identify with and enjoy. She’s a writer, a knitter of sorts, a wife, and a mom to two daughters (16 and20!) and two crazy dogs (a 1 year old Havanese named Brady and a 4 year old wheaten terrier named Bailey). In addition, she’s a Twitter and Internet junkie and is always around to interact with her readers. Carly lives in Purchase, New York and would love for you to like and follow her on the ‘Net!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Review of The Prince Who Loved Me by Karen Hawkins


The Prince Who Loved Me is a wonderful historical romance with a Cinderella based plot and best of all it contains Karen Hawkins signature wit. It is in it's essence a wonderful read full of good humor, passion, and sweet emotion. I have been reading her books for many years now and would consider myself a faithful fan for a good reason. She tends to write books that you don't want to put down. The plot twists are unique and I can't get enough of her brand of romance. I love the way Hawkins blends the classic love story with humor. It really makes her stories stand out. This book like all her other books is delisicious. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Here's to happy reading . . .

Monday, October 13, 2014

Review of Darling Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt

The big day is finally here. Tomorrow is release day for Darling Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt. It's her latest in the Maiden Lane series and one that I personally have been waiting impatiently for. It was definitely well worth the wait. I love, love, love this book. Until this came along, The Duke Of Midnight, the previous book in the series was my favorite. This may now be my new favorite in the M.L. series. I will always love Wakefield but Apollo, well Apollo could be my beast any day. This book was yummy. I gave it 4 1/2 stars but I am not big on giving away a story so I will limit what I say. First off I found myself unsure about the series and where it stands. Where could the series go next? The mysteries of the Harlequin have been solved, the orphanage settled. The previous book did leave us, dear readers, with a case of anxiety in regards to Artemis' brother.What would happen next? Would he recover from his stay in Bedlam? Could Apollo live a normal life and find his HEA? Where would the characters of Maiden Lane take us next? I really love a good mystery and Hoyt is wonderful at weaving them into passionate love stories and this is a fine example of her craft. I think you will enjoy unraveling Apollo's story. I now find myself waiting (as patiently as possible) for the May 2015 release of Dearest Rogue. I can't wait to see what Captain Trevillion gets up to. Not to mention the new Duke, is he good or bad? We will have to wait and see what surprises Ms. Hoyt and her characters have for us. So here's to happy reading . . .

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Review of Anna Campbell's What A Duke Dares


  This review unfortunately was delayed because a busy personal schedule.  My apologies. Any way, I wanted to share news of Anna Campbell's last release from August, What A Duke Dares. Can I just say that this was a fab read. It was 5 star book in my humble opinion. That in itself says a great deal about this story in particular. I love historical but it is hard to find a stand out voice or even a unique plot. That's not to say that the books aren't really good. I think many of them are fantastic but not always fresh. I chose to give this particular book 5 stars because the story line stood out. The story itself was fast paced and engrossing. The leads, Cam and Penelope, are a great couple at cross purposes with a somewhat mutual goal. They eventually figure it out but it's great following them to their HEA. I hope you give it a chance. I think you will love Them as much as I did.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Review: Indecent Proposal by Molly O'Keefe

I have to start this post by telling you how sad I am. I'm sad because a fabulous book I was reading has come to an end. I finished reading Indecent Proposal earlier this week and I find myself affraid to pick up another book. The fear is that I will most certainly be disappointed. I absolutely loved this book. It ranks in the top 20 of my favorites. This may seem like a big list but I having been reading everyday since I was a child. That is a lot of books considering I am well past 30. My hope is that it helps to convey how I truly feel about this book.
The author took two much used themes, a one night stand and an accidental pregnancy, and turned them into something extraordinary. Harrison and Ryan are not your typical "opposites attract" couple. They have ups and downs and outside forces trying to derail them from their journey to a HEA. She is strong and alone. Harrison, although surrounded by people is a little lonely too. The sparks between this couple and the passion they share is as hot as molten lava. The story itself was full of a wide range of emotions that felt real. I love when a book can pull a reader in and make them really feel the story and characters. I also love when the author is able to creat something so wonderful out of what I would consider to be a common plot. It is an extremely hard thing to do. Bravo Ms. O'Keefe.  All in all, it was a wonderful read and I will be looking forward to more from this author.