Friday, October 17, 2014

Tasty Virtual Tour: When The Rancher Came To Town by Emma Cane September 22-October 17, 2014


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When the Rancher Came to Town
A Valentine Valley Novella
By: Emma Cane
Releasing September 23rd, 2014
Avon Impulse 

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BLURB:

Emma Cane returns to the amazing and romantic town for the latest installment in her sparkling series. When an ex-Rodeo star falls in love with the agoraphobic B&B owner, he must pull out all the stops to get her out of her shell.

Welcome to Valentine Valley!


The Silver Creek Rodeo is in full swing and everyone’s talking about the rancher who came to town…



Bed & Breakfast owner Amanda Cramer wants nothing more than a quiet, private life. Well, she wants guests too, but after her share of unwanted notoriety she’s gotten comfortable hiding out in her inn…perhaps a little too comfortable. When her newest guest arrives, tall, dark and breathtaking…Amanda begins to question her self-imposed exile.
Ex-rodeo star Mason Lopez knows all about the limelight. He'd avoid it if he could, but since one last ride could mean saving his family's ranch, he'll go all in. When he gets to Valentine Valley for the Silver Creek Rodeo, Mason checks into the Connections B&B and finds himself immediately drawn to the beautiful, reserved woman who owns it.
Mason has only three days in town … can he convince Amanda to open her heart to him and welcome the world back in?

The Silver Creek Rodeo is in full swing and everyone’s talking about the rancher who came to town…

Bed & Breakfast owner Amanda Cramer wants nothing more than a quiet, private life. Well, she wants guests too, but after her share of unwanted notoriety she’s gotten comfortable hiding out in her inn…perhaps a little too comfortable. When her newest guest arrives, tall, dark and breathtaking…Amanda begins to question her self-imposed exile.


My Review:

Fans of Emma Cane's are in for a treat with this latest Valentine Valley novella. Though it is shorter in length,the story takes place in just three days, it is still just as romantic as the full size books in this wonderful series. Ms. Cane does a great job creating another special couple in Mason and Amanda, two people from different worlds who probably never should have connected, but they did.
Amanda runs the town B&B that Mason finds himself checking into while in town for an important business deal. Amanda, in self-imposed exile and Mason have nothing in common except for the new found spark of attraction that neither were looking for, but couldn't avoid. Mason is a great hero, warm and generous and just right for the wary Amanda. He also supports the very strong and brave woman that she truly is. 
True fans of this small town series will not be disappointed in the shorter length, although I hope to see them again in future stories. Emma Cane has written another heartwarming story with charming characters and the promise of new love.










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Author Info:
Emma Cane grew up reading and soon discovered that she liked to write passionate stories of teenagers in space. Her love of “passionate stories” has never gone away, although today she concentrates on the heartwarming characters of Valentine, her fictional small town in the Colorado Rockies.
Now that her three children are grown, Emma loves spending time crocheting and singing (although not necessarily at the same time), and hiking and snowshoeing alongside her husband Jim and two rambunctious dogs Apollo and Uma.








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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Book Club Thursday: Giveaway!!! October 16th, 2014 Sandra Hill Fans, take a look!









     Thanks for joining us this week on Book Club Thursday. I hope you have been enjoying this month's paranormal theme. So for something special, we are giving away an E-copy of Christmas In Transylvania by Sandra Hill, part of the Deadly Angels series. This will be released October 28th by Avon Impulse.


BLURB:

For the first time ever, the leader of the Viking Vampire Angels, Vikar Sigurdsson, has been talked into celebrating a traditional Christmas! The tree has been decorated, the gifts have been wrapped, and the stockings have been hung. And that's mistletoe, not cobwebs, hanging from the ceiling of the creepy castle full of vangels … really!
The icing on the vampire cookie comes when vangel Karl Mortensen rescues Faith Larson, a battered young waitress, from her abusive boyfriend and hides her in the castle amidst the Christmas chaos. But what Karl thought was a frail young teenager is actually a very tempting woman. And she thinks his fangs are sexy!
But a strange "Christmas visitor" at the castle and demon vampires up to their old tricks could threaten the budding romance between Karl and Faith. It's an impossible match—a human and a vangel—but Christmas is a time for magic.
Karl and Faith don't stand a chance …


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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Join the Tasty Virtual Book Tour for Jennifer Bernard's - The Night Belongs To Fireman. Don't forget to enter the Giveaway!


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The Night Belongs to Firemen
The Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel # 6
Jennifer Bernard
Releasing September 30th, 2014
Avon Romance



Blurb:

Daring . . . Sexy . . . Irresistible . . .
They're the Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel


When fireman Fred Breen rescues a bachelorette party after a construction crane collapses onto their limo, the media labels him the "Bachelor Hero." But all Fred can think about is the petite brunette with the sexy mane of dark curls who bolted away from him faster than a wildfire after he carried her to safety. And when he discovers she's none other than Rachel Kessler, the daughter of a tech billionaire, the girl whose kidnapping riveted the nation, he intends to learn every intimate detail about this intriguing woman who sets his pulse on fire.

Rachel can't deny the lean-muscled firefighter is smokin' hot. But after having one too many drinks at the bar where she first meets him, Rachel knows she's made a fool of herself. Yet when he rescues her from the limo, she feels safe for the first time since she was held for ransom as a child. Then her overprotective father insists Fred be her bodyguard—and his close presence kindles a burning desire that only he can extinguish.

My Review:

     Yes, this is one of my favorites in the series so far. I truly fell deeply in love with Fred aka "Stud", one of the Bachelor Firemen. This man is not perfect, but he has a heart of gold. One night he meets Rachel at a bar where she is part of a bachelorette party and the sparks fly. A little while later, Fred and his friend Mulligan end up rescuing the party where they are trapped in their limo. 
     Rachel is not living her life to the fullest, when she was younger, she was kidnapped and managed to escape herself. Ever since then, her uber-rich father has done everything to keep his only child safe. Rachel even goes by a different last name so that she is less of a target, and there is also the worry that her kidnapper is still out there and was never caught. Her father then includes hiring Fred as a bodyguard to protect Rachel.
     I like Rachel and Fred together. Rachel loves animals, and that is what keeps her going since her kidnapping has left its mark on her including claustrophobia. She is troubled yet strong and the chemistry  between them both grows as they spend more time together. Besides their hot attraction, they also butt heads since Fred really cares about Rachel and sometimes he is over protective, with good reason. The danger to Rachel is real and has not disappeared.
     This story has it all: humor, energy, a touch of suspense and lots of charm. Fans of this series will not be disappointed.
     









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Author Info:
Jennifer Bernard is a graduate of Harvard and a former news promo producer. The child of academics, she confounded her family by preferring romance novels to … well, any other books. She left big city life for true love in Alaska, where she now lives with her husband and stepdaughters. She’s no stranger to book success, as she also writes erotic novellas under a naughty secret name not to be mentioned at family gatherings.




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Friday, October 10, 2014

Tasty Virtual Book Tour: Too Hot to handle by Emma Brewster Enter the Giveaway, too!





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Emma Brewster: Too Hot to Handle
By: Mary Moriarty
Releasing Oct 25th, 2014
Self Published



Blurb:

Emma Brewster comes from a long line of Brewster witches and she is not only a witch but a fire-starter witch. She is supposed to be able to control that element but so far she can’t control much of anything when she comes in contact with a handsome man.

Now why is she always bumping into that new, handsome man who just so happens to be a Fire Fighter. She has taken to wearing colored contacts and sunglasses, even on cloudy days so her eyes don’t see him that clearly… but he always seems to be around. Boy is he hot… and oh drats there goes another fire cropping up!

Cas O’Halloran came to this supposed sleepy town to get away from the big city life, except once he bumped into that beautiful redheaded woman on that rainy morning at the bagel shop, his life has been anything but normal or low keyed. His Chief said there have been more unexplained little fires since his arrival than anytime in the history of Cadwell Harbor.

‘This once sleepy, picturesque town is constantly on fire’. So Cas wants to find out why, but he also wants to find out why of all women he is attracted to this red-head who

wears sunglasses on rainy, cloudy days and if that’s not bad enough, he feels electrified and alive when he touches her.

Cadwell Harbor will never see a quiet Halloween again if Emma Brewster and Cas O’Halloran have anything to do with it. Nor will it be left standing if those two don’t settle down… one way or another.










Author Info
I grew up in New England surrounded by a lot of history and story telling by my father who was from the Mid-Coast of Maine. What I remember of my mother was her love of fairy tales, the wee people and poetry. So it’s no wonder I would one day write.

When I am not writing, I read. Of course I love Romance but can’t read the same genre that I write so I read mysteries, memoirs and history… I love history, especially Medieval and WWII.

I don’t generally watch TV but I love Downton Abbey.

My favorite authors… Mmmm, well let me see. Jane Austen, the late Elizabeth Peters, LM Montgomery, Loretta Chase, J.R.Ward , Sharon Kay Penman and Pamela Kaufman to name a few that come to mind.

What do I do when I am not writing? I am a mother of seven, four still at home. I have a home filled with pets, four dogs and six cats. I write seven days a week.






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Thursday, October 9, 2014

It's a Free Day at Book Club Thursday. See what I picked!


Thanks for joining us on this weeks Book Club Thursday. We are doing paranormal romance this month and this week was our Free Day.There is so much to choose from- shifters, ghosts, weres, etc. What to pick? I just finished this historical vampire tale that one of  my BFFs and fellow blogger Cyndi recently gave me and I thought "PERFECT"! So here is my review of One Bite Per Night by Brooklyn Ann.




One Bite Per Night
Scandals With Bite Book #2
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released August, 2014


Blurb:

The Dowager Countess of Morley asks Vincent Tremayne, Lord Vampire of Cornwall, to become guardian of her American granddaughter. Vincent honors the agreement and plans to get his new ward married and off his hands as soon as possible. 

When Lydia Price arrives, she soon turns Vincent's gloomy castle upside-down, and he decides he wants Lydia for himself. But if Vincent can't protect Lydia from her entanglement with scandalous portrait painter Sir Thomas Lawrence, the vampire community will make sure that he—and Lydia—face dire consequences.

Review Time:

I loved last years book and first in the series "Bite Me, Your Grace." It is on the list of my favorite books for 2013. This years follow up book " One Bite Per Night " does not disappoint. 
After the death of her parents, Lydia Price is sent to England to live with her grandmother, a dowager countess. Unfortunately, her grandmother wants nothing to do with her as her father committed the great sin of marrying for love instead of title. She disinherited her son and he settled happily in New Orleans with his merchant's daughter bride. Lydia was born a year or two later knowing she was loved by both parents and she is encouraged to pursue her love of painting. She is shocked and hurt that her relatives want nothing to do with her and that she will be the ward of Vincent Tremayne who is honoring a favor from a past friendship with one of the Morleys. Little does anyone know that Vincent is the Lord Vampire of Cornwall.
Vincent doesn't know what to make of the feisty American girl who ends up in his home under his protection. He hires a chaperone to help Lydia find her way in society with a season among the wealthy Ton, the cream of society. Although falling for her, Vincent hopes to marry Lydia off so that she doesn't discover his dark secret. He enlists the help of The Lord Vampire of London and his wife from the previous book, Ian and Angelica.
There is no denying the spark between Vincent and Lydia, but their are rules even among vampire society and a future for them looks bleak. You really care for Vincent, he is living a lonely life and the free-spirited Lydia gives him a reason to feel alive again.
Besides the romance of the H/h their is also the good friendship that starts between the two women, Lydia and Angelica who are strong, brave, headstrong, (and for Lydia impulsive) women who at times question the hypocritical world of rich society. They are two peas in a pod, each with talent who wish for careers doing something they love in a man's world, painting for Lydia and writing for Angelica. Together they get into mischief and drive their true loves crazy.
This story is a great blend of humor and charm with a dash of danger. I highly recommend this story for historical fans who love their stories with a little bite.


Brooklyn Ann

Author Brooklyn Ann


In cased you missed it, here is the cover and blurb for Book #1: Bite Me, Your Grace. Yes, it had me at the title!


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Released April 2013

BLURB:

England's "vampire craze" causes much vexation for the Lord Vampire of London, Ian Ashton. To save his reputation, Ian enlists aspiring authoress Angelica Winthrop without realizing she has hidden plans of her own.

Angelica Winthrop's life goal is to ruin her reputation, avoid marriage, and become a Gothic authoress like her idol, Mary Shelley. To find inspiration for her new story, she breaks into the home of Ian Ashton, Duke of Burnrath, not knowing she will be coming up against the Lord Vampire of London. Romance sparks and reputations are at stake. But who knows the real difference between fact and fiction?


I hope you enjoyed this weeks Book Club Thursday. I can't wait to see what my friends picked for their Free Day topic. Don't forget to stop by on October 16th. We will be having another E-book Giveaway. I hope to hear from you. And stop by my friend's blogs, too.


Romancing the Readers-Ann
Born to Read Books-Cyndi

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Book Club Thursday: Is Paranormal Dead?





It's Book Club Thursday. And it's October. It's time of the year when the leaves are turning in the fall, you're craving candy corn and pumpkin pie and we start to think of the upcoming Holiday season. Our  thoughts for the next big holiday at BCT are Halloween and all things paranormal. Join my fellow bloggers and I as we share our paranormal theme for this October.






     So do you think that paranormal is dead? For me, I think not. All romance genres run in cycles. Paranormal might be slowing down some, especially by the main print publishers, but there is just something so intriguing about the paranormal romance genre. There are fewer boundaries to be had in a paranormal suspense story. What works well here would never fly in a regular suspense tale.

 Over a decade ago I was reading a lot of historicals, mostly set in the south or the old west and a favorite author of mine was Linda Lael Miller. She had some great stories like Fletcher's Woman and Corbin's Fancy. Being a fan, I read a lot of her back list and she had some time-travel stories as well. Then I discovered that she wrote something different, a vampire romance called Forever And The Night. Needless to say, I was hooked. Romances with vampires? I had to go the the horror section to read about vampires previously. She had a quartet of books with vamps, angels, and a male witch. Could you ever forget a vampire named Valerian with lavender eyes? Not me.

     Then the hunt was on and it was pretty hard to find more, but they were trickling out there. Cheri Scotch had a werewolf trilogy. Silhouette category romances had The Silhouette Shadows line with authors like Maggie Shayne, Kathleen Korbel, Anne Stuart and Heather Graham. 

     Since then, I haven't had any problems finding things paranormal and there are so many different creatures to choose from. Djinn, shifters of any kind, angels, demons, witches, the Fae, even a ghoul or too. And if creatures aren't for you, there are plenty of ghosts romances and psychic stories to get your fill.

     The paranormal genre has also created superstars like Christine Feehan, J R Ward, Nalini Singh, Sherrilyn Kenyon and more. Already a superstar, Nora Roberts has also added her stamp with time travel, witches, and celtic vamps.

     So no, I don't think the paranormal genre is dead. So many authors have series, and most of the series are successful and continuing year after year. If you check Barnes & Noble and Amazon, you see that there is a never-ending explosion of shifter books out there, including small press and indies as well as old favorites. We humans love things that go bump in the night, especially if he might be your future mate. Fangs can be sexy!

       


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I hope you enjoyed this weeks topic. What do you think on this weeks topic. And don't forget to visit my friends blogs to see how they view things.
     Next week, October 9th, we are having a free day. We are each picking something different in the paranormal world. Join us then.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Facing The Music by Andrea Laurence Book Club Thursday for September 25th, 2014

It's time for another week Book Club Thursday. This week we are going for something a little fun and light-hearted. What does a girl do when her high-school sweetheart breaks her heart? She writes a song about him and becomes famous. That's the premise of this weeks story, Facing The Music by Andrea Laurence.



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Rosewood, Book #1
Available in e-book format now!


Blurb

In this sizzling and hilarious contemporary e-book romance, pop sensation Ivy Hudson returns to her small town to face her ex. Only trouble is, she made her Taylor-Swift-like career with the hit song “Size Matters”—and the football hero has had to live it down ever since.

Five years ago, high school sweethearts Ivy and Blake’s relationship imploded and both their lives were changed forever. Ivy became a rock star and Blake lost not only his dreams of a successful NFL career, but his reputation. Ivy’s angry song about their breakup, called “Size Matters,” hit the top of the charts and Blake became a national laughingstock. He’s salvaged his career and returned to Rosewood to be the high school football coach, regaining his status as town hero and leading the boys to the state championships.

When a tornado whips through town and destroys the high school gymnasium and stadium, a committee is formed to help rebuild and plan some charity fundraisers. Blake’s grandmother requests that Ivy return to Rosewood for the events. Forced back together for the good of their hometown and their careers, Ivy and Blake have no choice but to put aside their differences, stop running from their pasts, and finally face the music.

For fans of Kristen Proby and Colette Auclair, Facing the Music hits a perfect balance between small-town romance and big-time success. Follow Ivy and Blake as they fall back in love and figure out what does matter in the end…

My review:

Facing The Music is a second chance story between Ivy and Blake, former high-school sweethearts whose romance didn't make it through the college years. Distance, youth, impatience and temptation blew up their relationship leaving broken- hearted Ivy angry, Taylor Swift style. Golden Boy Blake Chamberlain suffered humiliation as her Pop song Size Matters took off with the naughty minded public misreading what the song was about and a football injury changing his career plans.
Fate has Ivy returning to her hometown, Rosewood in Alabama. Her manager wants her to recharge her career after a string of songs about ex's and sales are down as the public tires of the same old, same old. A tornado blew through town, destroying part of the high school and a few of the residents including Blake's grandmother ( a very wise woman), hope she will return to help with find-raising to rebuild.
I enjoyed watching the reunion of Ivy and Blake take place layer by layer. Of course at first, their is anger, bitterness and hurt and they sounded like kids when they fought. Then, they are reluctantly maneuvered into spending a lot of time together for the fund raisers. Then there is a truce of sorts, and finally their rekindling chemistry makes them take a chance on what might be. Their is a lot of humor and sexy banter between the two former lovers.
I really liked that Ivy hadn't acted like an L. A. Diva when she returned and most of the town welcomed her home, which surprised her. Blake is now coaching football at the high-school successfully and was loved still by the town. And as they spend time together reconnecting, you see them think more about their past and accepting where they are now and where they can go into the future.
     The only thing I didn't care for was the stereotype cartoon character called Lydia. Once Ivy's best friend, the wealthier Lydia became a bitter shrew and mean girl during their teen years, jealous because Ivy was just as popular as she was and Ivy had Blake, too. Now as an adult, she doesn't want to take no for an answer when Blake doesn't want to date her anymore. She's even willing to hurt innocent people in order to hurt Ivy and sabotage her time with Blake. I know Lydia was bringing conflict to the story, but I to me, characters like Lydia are a dime a dozen.
Otherwise, I enjoyed many of the towns people like Blake's brothers and an old friend Pepper. The story was cute and light-hearted fun and I liked it for the most part. And yes, I would  like to read another Rosewood book.


I hope that you enjoyed this weeks review. I am going to now visit my fellow BCT member's blogs to see what they thought of the story. How about you? Let us know your comments for Facing The Music.

Born to Read Books-Cyndi
Romancing the Readers-Ann

Don't forget to stop by next week October 2, 2014 when our topic will be: Is Paranormal Dead?


I was given an ARC of this story by NetGalley for an honest review.