Thursday, October 23, 2014

Book Club Thursday: It's A Paranormal World!







     It's another edition of Book Club Thursday as my fellow book club bloggers and I continue our paranormal theme this month. This week, we are exploring out take of the paranormal world.
     I am a huge fan of the paranormal. Not just romances, but suspense and horror as well. Just ask my empty wallet. There are ghost, psychics, demons, djinn, and of course the big guys: vampires, werewolves and shifters. With paranormal, the author has few bounds and restrictions to hold them back. In a regular suspense story, you have to be believable. In paranormal, your imagination can run wild.
     There are so many paranormal series out there  and some have made superstars out of J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Larissa Ione and Christine Feehan. I love those Alpha bad boys! But, sometimes, I do need a break while my favorites are saving the world from the enemies below. So that's why I thought I would go back to a different paranormal romance subgenre, Paranormal Comedy.
     How could you not like a vampire who breaks a fang and needs a dentist? Or a sweet and sexy shifter who likes to play with honey? While there may be a dangerous rogue near by, the focus is mainly on the comedy.
     

     
This is one of my all time favorites. Take an uptight, ancient immortal vampire who strikes fear to the hearts of rogue vampires (and his own family)everywhere, and you have Lucian Argeneau. After losing his wife and children centuries before, he has lost most of his emotions until he meets the woman Leigh, a recently turned  "baby" vampire destined to be his mate. Don't tell his family that he is now vacuuming the bedroom while wearing an apron.




I loved looking at the guy on this cover. He looked a lot like the character of Scottish male witch Dagon Rasmus; tall, dark, and handsome as well as being an arrogant snob who is looking for a sophisticated and intelligent witch to share his life with. Of course, fate has something different planned in the form of a sweet, clutzy little witch named Sarina.





This is a time-travel Taming Of The Shrew meets the Navy Seals. Lt.Ian Maclean is not your average hero. With the lives of his team on the line, he has become a slightly balding, no fun, bad tempered pole stuck up his #&8!, well you get the picture. So who does fate have as the love of his life? Why, a bossy, hot tempered sister of one his men named Madrene who has just come from the 11th century. This story is full of plenty of laughs and Sandra Hill's crazy sense of humor.





Last, but not least is Shelly Laurenston, queen of "laugh out loud" snarky humor. Her characters are wild, crazy, and violent, because they are animal shifters living in human bodies. She has such a wild group assortment here. There is a lion who likes to rumba, bears who play ice hockey and wolf-dog hybrids who are in the roller derby. Lions, tigers, and honey badgers, oh my! My favorites are Lach and Bo, bear shifters who I love and I can't pick between the two of them. So I won't, because when these guys fall in love with their mates, you know it will be forever. Even if it means saving them from some crazy hyenas or getting them down out of a tree. I know that this series is drawing to a close, but she has a new one coming out soon as well as her dragon series under her G A Aiken persona.



I hope you liked this weeks topic. Join us again for our final paranormal topic next week, October 30th. Don't forget to visit my friends blogs and check out their take on this week's topic. Feel free to comment and tell us some of your favorites!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tasty Virtual Book Tour for: His Road Home by Anna Richland-- Review, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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His Road Home
By: Anna Richland
Releasing October 13th, 2014
Carina Press


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Special Forces medic Rey Cruz needs to find a fiancée, fast, to avoid insulting a matchmaking Afghan warlord. Finding a picture online of a girl he barely knew back home, he fakes an engagement photo, thinking no one else will see it. But when Rey is injured while rescuing a local boy, the image no one was supposed to see goes viral.

Seattle marine biologist Grace Kim is shocked to find out she's engaged. When she's offered a plane ticket to visit her "fiancé," she takes it, looking for the answer to one question: Why did he lie? A traumatic brain injury means Rey can’t tell her, until they figure out how to communicate. Touched by Rey's funny texts and determination, Grace offers friendship—a big step for someone who prefers whales to most company.

And when Rey is finally sent home, Grace agrees to help him drive his classic car cross-country over Thanksgiving—a once-in-a-lifetime road trip that leads to what feels like real love. In front of his friends and family, she plays the caring fiancée, but what place will Grace have in Rey's new life once he's ready to be on his own again?

My Review:

A short time ago, our online bookclub blog reviewed Ms. Richland's wonderful debut story First To Burn, so I jumped at the chance to join this Tasty Tour.  Though shorter in length, it doesn't diminish the quality of this author's strong writing voice.
Rey Cruz made a short appearance in the previous story as a friend and fellow soldier with Wulf. This story is completely different and is more serious in tone. Rey gets himself out of a sticky situation in the war overseas by producing a picture of his fiance. In reality, there is no fiance, but the picture is of someone from home that he knew of but never met, Grace Kim, a woman who loves the sea and studies whales. Quickly after, his is seriously injured during a brave act and is sent home to recover.
Grace finds herself across the country, posing as Rey's fiance at the hospital and finding her life quickly intertwining with his. This is not an easy task as Rey has lost his legs and has also suffered a brain injury. Soon they find themselves driving back home to the west coast and getting to truly getting to know each other, first as friends and finally falling in love.
This is a wonderful story with lots of heart and even a touch of humor. Even though she isn't a soldier, Grace is a brave woman who finds herself in a strange situation but meets the challenge head on. It also has a lot of focus on the reality of what soldiers deal with coming home, the changes both physical and mental and how it affects those who love and care for them. You will be cheering for Rey and Grace with this powerful story.






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Author Info:


Anna lives with her quietly funny Canadian husband and two less quiet children in a century-old house in Seattle. Like the heroine of her debut paranormal romantic suspense novel, First to Burn, Anna joined the army to pay tuition, a decision that led to a career on four continents.She donates a portion of her book proceeds to two charities: the Fisher House Foundation, which provides free accommodations near military hospitals for families of wounded soldiers in the US and Great Britain, and Doctors Without Borders, which delivers emergency medical care in more than sixty crisis zones world-wide.
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EXCERPT #5:

 Grace and Rey meet at the Hospital, Long Version           


Reynaldo Cruz looked terrible. Two fat rolls of bandages stopped above where legs and feet should fill the bed. Tubes emerged from the wrappings and disappeared under the sides. He’d lost both legs, that was obvious. He also had an oxygen tube taped under his nose and an intravenous line in his hand. Dark hair stuck to his head, and his tan skin shined as if coated with lotion or sweat. His eyes were closed.
She’d studied the pictures she could find, including one of him on the Pateros football team as a junior in 2003 and one printed in the Quad City Star Tribune when he’d completed basic training. Ten years ago, he’d been a skinny boy in an oversized army hat, but the arms and shoulders of this man were too muscled to be labeled boyish. Her stomach lurched over the contrast of his upper body filling the space between the bed rails and the empty mattress at the foot of the bed.
When the nurse looked over her shoulder and connected with Grace, she jerked her head at the bed, as if she’d been waiting for Grace to enter. Maybe some visitors fled without stepping inside, but taking the easy route wouldn’t give her answers about the engagement photo. To get her life back, she’d have to come all the way in.
Despite the monitors arrayed around the top of the tilted bed, the room was quieter than she’d expected. No repetitive beeps, just the generic white noise of electronics and humming ventilation.
“Hello.” She swallowed and tried again, but the new greeting sounded too loud.
The man in the bed fluttered his eyelids and turned his head, and then his mouth fell open and his skin flushed to his hairline. She might have no earthly idea why he’d fabricated an engagement, but even with the robe and hairnet, he recognized her.
“Surprise, Sergeant.” The nurse stood. “Your fiancée’s here!”
The whole world believed the lie.
Standing at the head of the bed, if she focused on his face, she could keep the bundled stubs out of her peripheral vision. “Hello, Reynaldo.”
The nurse gathered a tray of dishes. “Buzz if you need me.”
After the other woman left, the silence absorbed the energy Grace’s nerves had supplied on the way to the room. She could almost graph how the longer she stood five feet from the bed, the smaller she became. Eventually, if neither of them spoke, maybe she would disappear.
On a paper taped to the wall, someone had written SSG Reynaldo Cruz, Pateros, WA and a string of numbers and letters that must have meaning to army people.
Enough time passed with her studying the room and him staring wordlessly that any change felt awkward, but she tried again. “I’m Grace Kim. But you know that, don’t you?”The disposable paper cap created a desperate urge to scratch her scalp, a feeling almost as sharp as the one that overcame her when her cubicle-mate talked about his kids’ headlice, but she kept her hands at her sides and waited for the man in the bed to reply.
He nodded, and his lips flexed like a ling cod until he managed to say, “Rey Cruz.”
“This is awkward, isn’t it?”
“No.” This time his voice was deeper and stronger than she’d expected, and he nodded, which confused her.
“You don’t think so?”
He closed his eyes and blew out a huff of air while he made a twisting gesture with his hand, as if screwing in a light bulb or flipping things.
“You meant yes?”
He nodded again.
She pulled a chair beside the bed and looked over the rail at his head and shoulders. The edges of a tattoo peeked below the sleeve of his blue hospital gown. “I had two flights full of babies, so let’s cut to the chase. Why’d you claim we’re engaged?”
“Long.” His lips moved, and eventually a word emerged. “Stor-stor-story.”
“I have a week off that I didn’t want. Go ahead and tell me.”
He rolled his eyes and lifted empty hands, palms up. “No.”
Idiotic laughter, as sudden as the tears she’d almost released downstairs, bubbled close to the edges of her control. Of course he must have some sort of brain damage. “So how are we going to clear up this mess if you can’t even tell me how it started?”







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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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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.


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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 …


Here is the Rafflecopter entry below. Don't forget to stop by and visit my fellow Book Club Thursday member blogs. We will announce the winner next week. And don't forget to stop by again next Thursday, October 23, for "It's A Paranormal World".
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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

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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