Friday, February 5, 2016

INTO THE FIRE By E. L. Todd. Read a Sizzling Excerpt & Enter The Giveaway

Into the Fire
Gorgeous Entourage #1
E.L. Todd
Releasing on January 30, 2016
Fallen Publishing


Despite everything I've done for my parents, I'll never be good enough for them. Instead of seeing a man to be proud of, they just see an embarrassment. I served four tours in Afghanistan but that doesn't mean anything to them. They only see the ink, the party life, and my short stint in jail.

And nothing else.

When they were in trouble, I handed over my life savings. I didn't think twice about it because they're my family, my blood. They raised me to be my own man and gave me everything I needed. It didn't matter that it was every penny I had. It didn't matter that the money was set aside for my future. My dreams.

Because they needed me.

But now they refuse to pay me back until I become the man they think I should be.


I have an unusual professional.

I escort men, acting as their date to family functions or work parties. It's my job to act deeply in love with my client. And I always nail it.

But it's not what you think.

I'm not a prostitute.
I'm not a call girl.
I'm an actress.
Get it right.

There are strict rules when it comes to my profession. There is no touching, kissing, or anything but hand-holding. Those who choose not to comply will get a swift kick in the nuts.

But all this goes to hell when Ash walks into my life.


I sighed and left the bed. “You should go. I need to get ready.”
“For what?” His voice sounded raspy because we hadn’t spoken in so long.
I cringed because I didn’t want to say it. “I’m seeing Brad.” Guilt flushed through me. Was I really the kind of girl that went on a date right after I slept with someone? It grossed me out.
Ash’s eyes immediately darkened and he looked pissed. A fire erupted in his eyes, but the flames were black. “So, you’re just going to run off and have dinner with this chump?”
I didn’t want to fight so I kept my mouth shut.
He gripped me by the wrist and yanked me back into bed. “Call it off.”
“Call it off?” I asked incredulously. “I’m supposed to meet him in a little over an hour.”
“Tell him you’re sick.” He squeezed my wrist.
“I’m not bailing on him.”
“Just do it,” he ordered.
“And why should I?” I grew heated, all the anger coming back. “Give me one good reason, Ash.”
He held my gaze without blinking. “Me.”
“You?” I couldn’t keep the venom out of my voice. “What about you? I should ditch a nice guy so I can keep being your fuck buddy? What’s the point in that?”
“It’s pretty damn clear you’d rather be with me instead of him.”
His cockiness was usually endearing but now it was just irritating. “You’re such an ass.” I yanked my arm out of his grasp.
He grabbed me again. “Why go to him when you have me? I make you happy. I give you what you need. It doesn’t make any sense to go out with him. You really want some lame lawyer?”
“He’s a very nice guy.”
“Like you want a nice guy,” he barked. “You want me. Why else would you have slept with me for two days?”
I didn’t answer his question. “I’m not going to keep doing this, Ash. I need something more than a fuck buddy. I’m looking for a relationship, a long lasting one. This was fun while it lasted but it’s over. Let’s just walk away and move on.”

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Amazon Bestselling author, E. L. Todd, was raised in sunny California where she still lives today, claiming it’s the best place in the country. Easily hypothermic and hateful of the cold, she prefers to be warm all year round. She attended California State University, Stanislaus and received her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, but still pursued her dream to be a writer. She’s written several novels and many series’, and her imagination can’t seem to stop. She tries to find the good in people and she exploits that in her writing, proving that people can make mistakes and rise above their past.

Her hobbies include sunbathing, swimming, eating at Surf Taco in San Diego, reading, and learning everything she can about hippopotamuses’, her favorite creature. Her greatest dream is to make people forget about the harshness of reality and dive into a good story with lovable people. When fans tell her they love her work, it gives her the greatest sense of accomplishment.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Book Club Thursday:Clearing Off The Shelves

Hi Readers! Welcome to this week's Book Club Thursday. We have lots of new titles and reviews for you this year. You will notice that my fellow BCT bloggers and I are freshening up our look. I hope you like it.
     This week, we are again Clearing Off The Shelves. You know how it is, that TBR pile that's been growing for years. When we run our clearing, we will be choosing our category (see our BCT Tab above) and it must be at least six months old. I know my title qualifies this month. My pick is Paranormal/Sci-fi and it was published in 1997. The title: ONE BRIGHT STAR by Mickee Madden.

One Bright Star
Author: Mickee Madden
Published February, 1997
Pinnacle Publishers

Inside The Covers:
As journalist Brehan Tucker leaves her old--and thus far unsuccessful--life behind, she finds herself enveloped in a radiant white light. The next thing she knows, a man's powerful arms are surrounding her. His name is Erth, and he's handsome and charming. The only problem is that he is an alien.

My Review & Thoughts

It's been a long time since I've read a paranormal romance under the sci-fi genre. I'm glad that I dug this one out. First in a trilogy, ONE BRIGHT STAR offers an exciting start. Brehan and her friends are already in trouble when they are abducted and beamed onto a spaceship. While her friends are getting their minds made happy about their new future, Brehan is fighting things tooth and nail. It doesn't help that their is another presence inside her mind.
     The aliens look like any other handsome people on earth. They are in need of earth woman to procreate with them and have children. Their system has the aliens help the earth women find a compatible male. Brehan isn't having any part of it, but Erth, (seriously? lol) is fascinated by her.
     The story has lots of action  with good world building, and you have to cut Brehan some slack with her situation. Erth is a leader and he knows she is meant to be his, but it's hard dealing with this and the war his people are fighting against his evil half-brother. It's an enjoyable read even if I am not a fan of some of the  spacey names, but you can't expect John and Mary in outer space. The next two books were with a different publisher and hard to find, but I have them and can't wait to see how things fare in book #2, WRITTEN IN THE STARS. This was a good way to forget about the cold weather and enjoy a few winter evenings reading something different.

Thanks for joining us this week. I hope you liked our picks. Join us next week, February 11th, when we are having a Free Day. I hope you stop by to visit the other BCT members. It's easy, I provided their links below. Until next week: HAPPY READING!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Releast Blast For HIS PREGNANT PRINCESS BRIDE By Catherine Mann Excerpt & Special Giveaway!

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Bayou Billionaires #1
Catherine Mann
Releasing on February 1st, 2016 (Digital) 
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Harlequin Desire 

A princess and a Southern billionaire are expecting twins! Only from USA TODAY bestselling author Catherine Mann!

His focus is on his family's football dynasty. Louisiana billionaire Gervais Reynaud has no time for romance. But he can't say no to a tryst with Erika Mitras. True, she's a princess, but in no way prim…or proper. Their time together is unbelievable…and all too short.

When Erika said goodbye, she meant it. But now she must tell Gervais the truth. He's about to be a father…to royal twins. After leaving her overbearing family, Erika wants nothing from Gervais. But the tempting tycoon just may charm her into a future she desires all too much.

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His dark eyes heated her with memories as he strode toward her. His long legs ate the ground in giant slices, his khakis and sports jacket declaring him in the middle of a work day. He stopped in front of her, his broad shoulders blocking the sun and casting his handsome face in shadows. But she didn’t have to see to know his jaw would be peppered with the stubble that seemed to grow in seconds after he shaved. Her fingers – her body – remembered the texture of that rasp well.
Her breath caught somewhere in her chest.
            He folded his arms over his chest, just under the Hurricanes logo stitched on the front of his jacket. “Welcome to the States, Erika. No one mentioned your intention to visit. I thought you don’t like sports.”
            “And yet, here I am.” And in need of privacy out of the bright Louisiana sun and the even brighter curious eyes of his team and staff. She needed space and courage to tell him why she’d made this unexpected journey across the Atlantic to this muggy bayou state. “This is not an official royal visit.”
            “And you’re not in uniform.” His eyes glided over her wrap around dress.
            “I’m out of the service now.” About to return to school to be a nurse, the career field she’d hoped to pursue in the military but they would not allow her such an in-the-field position, instead preferring to dress her up and trot her around as a figure-head translator. “I am here for a conference on homeopathic herbs and scents.” A part of her passion in the nursing field, and a totally made up excuse for being here today.
            “Are you here to share specially scented deodorant to my players? Because they could certainly use it.” His mouth tipped with a smile.
            “Are you interested in such a line?” Still jet-lagged from the transatlantic flight, she was ill-prepared to exchange pleasantries.
            “Is that why you are here? For business?”
            She could not just banter with him. She simply could not. “Please, can we go somewhere private to talk?”
            He searched her eyes with for a long moment before gesturing over his shoulder. “I’m in the middle of a meeting with sponsors. How about supper?”
            “I am not here for seduction,” she stated bluntly.
            “Okay.” His eye brows shot upward. “I thought I asked you to join me for gumbo, not sex. But now that we’re talking about sex--”
            “We are not.” She cut him short. “Finish your meeting if you must, but I need to speak with you as soon as possible. Privately. Unless you want your personal business and mine overheard by all of your team straining to listen.”
            She definitely was not ready for them to hear she was pregnant with the heir to the Reynaud family dynasty.

USA Today bestseller and RITA Award winning author Catherine Mann writes contemporary romance for Berkley, Harlequin, Sourcebooks and Tule. With over sixty books released in more than twenty countries, she has also celebrated six RITA finals, an RT Reviewer’s Award finalist, three Maggie Award of Excellence finals and a Bookseller’s Best win. Catherine and her flyboy husband live on the Florida coast where they brought up their 4 children – and still have 5 four-legged, furry “children” (aka pets). Catherine is an active volunteer with an animal rescue, serving on their Board of Directors and fostering over 200 puppies, ill dogs, and dogs with service/working potential.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Book Club Thursday: Reading Challenge For January 2016

Hi Readers! Welcome back to this week's Book Club Thursday. This is the start of the year and it's time for this year's first Reading Challenge of 2016!
     Each month, my fellow BCT members and I will each pick a year full of challenges that will make it fun for us bookworms.

My Reading Challenge Pick:
Read A New To Me Author

Author: Lori Roberts
Available Now at most outlets
Published by Canterbury House

Carly and Austin Tabor relocated from the Mile High City of Denver to the Low Country of Charleston, purchasing a diamond-in-the-rough home on historic King Street. As soon as the couple takes possession of their home, unexplained noises and a trio of spirits lead Carly to seek the help of sensitive, Delaney Warrick, to understand why the ghosts are unable to find rest. Searching through the historical records of the city, Delaney learns the ghosts are the original owners, Andrew and Celeste Pettigrew, who were murdered in Carly's front parlor two hundred years prior. Carly and Delaney must solve the mystery of why the couple's home is also being haunted by the surly dock worker, Benjamin Hastings. Carly and Delaney enlist the help of paranormal investigators to find out why the ghosts won't leave the scene of their murders, and find that a fourth spirit, orphan Freddy Richards, was hiding in the house when the murders took place. Is Freddie the final piece to the puzzle? Will Carly and Delaney unlock the secrets that will free the spirits to find peace?

My Review Thoughts

I love ghost stories and watching paranormal ghost hunter shows so this story called to me. Set in Charleston, South Caroline, Carly and her husband buy a historical 200 year old home which they want to fix up so that they can start a family. As soon as renovations start, odd things begin to happen and Carly begins to hear noises and crying in the night.
     This isn't a dark and scary creepy ghost story, but there are a number of ghosts. One in particular is dangerous. After meeting and befriending a sensitive named Delaney, Carly learns that there was a murder in her home centuries ago.
     It is a good story and moves along as they find out more about what happened years ago. I loved how even though he didn't experience anything himself at first, Austin was open-minded to what Carly was dealing with. A times the story is a bit repetitive, but the like-able characters including some of the ghosts kept me turning the pages. I liked the friendship that developed between the women and the true mystery which is quite sad. All in all it is was a pretty good read and I would most likely read another story by Ms. Roberts.

I hoped that you liked my pick this week. I can't wait to see what my friends have chosen for their first Reading Challenge pick. Please stop by and visit.

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I hope that you will join us next week, February 2nd, when we will again be Clearing Off The Shelves. Thanks for joining us. Until then, Happy Reading!