Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Savannah Sacrifice By Danica Winters. Join the Tasty Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway!


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Savannah Sacrifice
Nymph Series #4
By: Danica Winters
Released June 9th, 2014
Crimson Romance


Blurb
Answers that she must find… A truth that he can’t escape… And ghosts up to no good…
Being a demi-god has its privileges. For the young nymph, Starling Jackson, it means the gift of seduction and more than that—near immortality. Yet, when her life is filled with spirits, immortality may not be all it’s cracked up to be.
With the help of her bodyguard, Jasper Gray, and secret books left to her by her late-mother’s friend, she may have found the answer to all of her problems.  First, they must find a way to locate the books in their enemy’s hotbed all while staying safe and most importantly—without falling in love.
In the battles between the head and the heart and enemies and friends, tough decisions must be faced—and sacrifices made.

My Review:

Book #4 in a different and entertaining paranormal series, this novella is the story of nymph Starling and her hunk for a bodyguard, Jasper. Author Winters blends the right amount of suspense,  unique paranormal elements and sensuality to this new addition. The words flow smoothly as we enjoy the sparks that fly between troubled Starling who is hearing voices and Jasper as he tries to keep this handful of a woman safe. A wonderful addition to the Nymph Series!




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Author Info

Danica Winters is a bestselling author of over ten books.  She has won multiple awards and is known for writing books that grip readers with their ability to drive emotion through suspense and occasionally a touch of magic. Most recently, Danica was the winner of the 2013 Paranormal Romance Guild’s Book of the Year Award and currently a finalist in the Chanticleer Reviews and Media Paranormal Book of the Year competition for her paranormal romantic suspense novel, Montana Mustangs. 
When she’s not working, she can be found in the wilds of Montana testing her patience while she tries to understand the allure of various crafts (quilting, pottery, and painting are not her thing).  She always believes the cup is neither half full nor half empty, but it better be filled with wine.



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Excerpt

Chapter One

It was a strange feeling to know that she was probably going to die and to not really care. The last year of Starling Jackson’s life had been filled with ghosts, lies, her mother’s murder, and the death of an enemy—a death fraught with dangerous threats. Finally, the time had come to make her stand against her world and the ghosts and enemies who inhabited it, even if that stand cost her the only thing she had left to give: her life. 
She walked through the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport and to the baggage claim area where a cluster of people moved in a precarious dance of personalities, the boldest of which pushed to the front of the group while the rest escaped to the far recesses of the room. Starling stood in the middle, pushed back by those struggling for a place at the front and nudged forward to stand as a barrier from the melee by those who hated the entire situation. 
Don’t let them push you. You are stronger than this … take control, the familiar voice of the ghost Asclepius echoed in her mind. 
“Oh, I’ll take control.” Reaching into her bag, Starling took out her pills and swallowed down a tablet. That made six. Or was it seven pills today? Regardless, it was a new record. There was no doubt the medicine was losing its effect in keeping the spirits at bay. If she didn’t find the Libros Umbrarum books soon, there Chapter Onewouldn’t be any break from the endless whispers and threats of the ghosts that invaded her reality. 
I’ll be back … You will have to listen to me soon enough … Asclepius quieted.
“Not if I have my way.”






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Monday, July 28, 2014

Tasty Virtual Tour for Secrets of Hallstead House by Amy M. Reade. July 14th thru August 1st, 2014!



Secrets of Hallstead House
By: Amy M. Reade
Releasing July 17th, 2014
Kensington


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BLURB:

Macy Stoddard had hoped to ease the grief of losing her parents in a fiery car crash by accepting a job as a private nurse to the wealthy and widowed Alexandria Hallstead. But her first sight of Summerplace is of a dark and forbidding home. She quickly finds its winding halls and shadowy rooms filled with secrets and suspicions. 
Alex seems happy to have Macy’s help, but others on the island, including Alex’s sinister servants and hostile relatives, are far less welcoming. Watching eyes, veiled threats…slowly, surely, the menacing spirit of Hallstead Island closes in around Macy. And she can only wonder if her story will become just one of the many secrets of Hallstead House…

My Review:

To me, this story has a nostalgic feel to me and brings back memories of the Gothic romantic stories that my Mom and Grandmother let me read when I was younger. Told in first person, you will find the writing in the tradition of Phyllis Whitney,Victoria Holt and Barbara Michaels. This contemporary story pays homage to the classic storytelling of the past. The spooky old mansion near the rocks, the lurking housekeeper married to an unfriendly handyman and the resentful relatives. 

And lots of secrets.
Macy is hired to help the elderly Alexandria recover from surgery at the secluded summer home, Hallstead House. She is made to feel unwelcome by the man who ferrys her to the house and by nearly everyone else except Alex, who loves having her there. And soon "accidents" begin to threaten Macy. There are lots of red herrings that leave you guessing, and plenty of twists. I haven't read a story like this in a long time and I thoroughly enjoyed it.




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Amy M. Reade is a debut author of romantic suspense.  A native of upstate New York, she grew up in the Thousand Islands region and was inspired by the natural beauty of that area to write her first novel, Secrets of Hallstead House.  She now lives in New Jersey with her husband, three children, a Bouvier des Flandres named Orly, and two rescued cats who refuse to answer to their names of Porthos and Athos.
Upon graduation from Cornell University and Indiana University School of Law, Amy practiced law in New York City, but soon discovered that her dream job was writing.  In addition to volunteering with school, church, and community groups, Amy is currently working on her second novel, set in the area around Charleston, South Carolina.
Though Amy lives within sight of the Atlantic Ocean, she is partial to the blue waters of the Pacific and spends as much time as possible on the Big Island of Hawaii, which is the setting of her as-yet-unwritten third novel.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Join the Tasty Virtual Tour for Blue Midnight by Tess Thompson. Enter the Giveaway for a Digital Copy!




Blue Midnight
Blue Mountain #1
Lanigan Clan Collection 
By: Tess Thompson


Blurb:

“If you change your mind, here’s this.” Finn Lanigan kissed a young Blythe Heywood one last time under an Idaho star-scattered sky. Then she left, returning to her fiancĂ© and the wedding she’d committed to. It was the last kiss that ever weakened her knees, the last sky she noticed for over a dozen years.
Thirteen years later, newly divorced, she finds the forgotten slip of paper in the back of drawer.
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She’d tossed it years before, hadn’t she? Surely she had, in one of the moments that first year of marriage when her loyalty was resolute. Apparently not. Here it lived. Her temptation. Her road not taken.
Facing three weeks without her young daughters, she sets out to find the man she left behind so long ago. With only the name of the small town where he once lived, Peregrine, Idaho, and the memory of their last kiss under a starry sky, she heads across the Pacific Northwest in search of him.
What she finds in the foothills of Blue Mountain and the tiny town of Peregrine changes her life forever. But it is her destiny and destinies cannot be denied.
The first book of the Lanigan Clan Collection, laced with Thompson’s complex and diverse characters, “Blue Midnight” is a mature love story about second chances, family and the complexities of trust and vulnerability after betrayal.

My Review:
Blythe is a recently divorced woman coming to grips with her new life. Her sister Bliss talks her into trying something a little out of her comfort zone, and soon she is returning to a small western town to look for the man who had wanted her to stay.
Tess Thompson has done it again. I love the romantic way she writes. More of a woman's fiction book with romantic elements, it really touches the heart. This story has betrayal, rediscovery, and even a little suspense delivered with wonderful characters ( well most of them) . This story is intriguing and you just don't want to put it down. I look forward to reading the next book in the series. 






Author Info

Tess Thompson is a novelist and playwright with a BFA in Drama from the University of Southern California. In 2011 she released her first novel, Riversong, which subsequently became a best seller.
Like her main character in the Legley Bay collection, Tess is from a small town in Oregon. She currently lives in a suburb of Seattle, Washington with her two young daughters, Emerson and Ella, and their puppy Patches. She is inspired daily by the view of the Cascade Mountains from her home office window.
Tess is working on her next novel and regularly blogs about her journey as a mother, author and friend at www.tesswrites.com.








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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Book Club Thursday: What Does Reading Mean to You?


                         



     Welcome back to this weeks edition of Book Club Thursday. We picked a personal topic this week: What does reading mean to you?
     For me, reading means family, friends and tradition. I come from a long line of readers and I don't know what it is like to NOT have a book in my hand. One of my favorite possessions are some classic books given to me by my grandmother from the late 1800's so I guess reading goes back quite far on my family tree since these books were printed decades before she was born. Even after she retired, my grandmother subscribed to Harlequin. My mother and gram both were Doubleday Book Club members, so I have kept up with that tradition.
     Our reading tradition goes on more generations as my daughters continued to be readers and my granddaughter Lexi won an award in school this spring for reading. I always loved the school book fairs and so did my kids. It's a wonderful feeling after talking about the written word that my grandson, Austin used his birthday money to buy more books. There are wonderful memories of being read to when I was young, and now I read to my little ones.
     Reading is a good way to meet people, too. I have talked to strangers in stores and had conversations with them for hours. I didn't know that there were new and used bookstores, I always bought retail and from the disappearing stores like Kroch's and Brentanos. The new and used stores offered something greater than the chains stores. Personal service, book recommendations, and friends. That is how I met my fellow bloggers, we ended up working for a small bookstore. The store folded when the economy went bust, but the three of us are still friends and we have a book club that includes some of our former customers.
     I am going to share some covers of some of the books that I have read over the years. I hope you enjoy this little bit of nostalgia.




  
 

                                                     
     

I can't wait to read my friends take on this weeks topic. I hope you join us by leaving a comment below. Don't forget to check out the other members blogs, too.


And next week, July 31st, we will be reviewing First To Burn by Anna Richland. This was our Giveaway ebook last week. Join us again. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Book Club Thursday: It's Time For A Giveaway!



Hi everyone! Do you like Vikings? Or Special Ops romances? Join us at Book Club Thursday this week and enter our Giveaway to win an E-copy of FIRST TO BURN by author Anna Richland. How do you like the cover? Our Rafflecopter Giveaway is below. Entries are for US residents only. And please, don't forget to visit my good friends and fellow bloggers sites.





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A soldier with secrets

Immortal Viking Wulf Wardsen once battled alongside Beowulf, and now serves in Afghanistan. He's trusted the mortal men on his elite special operations team to protect his secret, until an explosion lands Wulf in a place more dangerous to him than a battlefield: a medevac helicopter.
A doctor with questions

Army captain Theresa Chiesa follows the rules and expects the same from others, even special forces hotshots like Sergeant Wardsen. She's determined to discover the secret behind his supernaturally fast healing, and she won't allow his sexy smile to distract her.

An enemy with nothing to lose
Even as Theresa's investigation threatens to expose him, Wulf is stirred by her passion. Dreaming of love and a normal life, he wants nothing more than to build a future with her. But the lost Viking relic needed to reverse his immortality is being hunted by another—an ancient enemy who won't hesitate to hurt Theresa to strike back at Wulf.


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Full Exposure by Sara Jane Stone June 30th thru July 25th Tasty Tour and a Double Giveaway!!!



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Full Exposure
Independence Falls Book One
By: Sara Jane Stone
Releasing July 1st, 2014
Avon Impulse


Blurb: 

No touching allowed … 
After serving her country, Georgia Trulane craves adventure—and sex. She's set her sights on her brother's best friend—now her boss, since she took a temporary job as his nephew's live-in nanny. Only problem? Eric refuses to touch her. That doesn't stop Georgia from seducing him. But an earth-shattering encounter leaves her fully exposed, body and soul. 
Eric has a long list of reasons to steer clear of the woman he has wanted for as long as he can remember. For one, he refuses to be her next thrill ride. When he claims her, it will be for good. But the attraction is undeniable, and the more they fight it, the stronger it pulls. But will it be enough to conquer their obstacles?


My Review:

This is the first book I have read by Sara Jane Stone and it won't be my last. This is a strong story, starting with former soldier Georgia coming to work for her brother's best friend Eric as his nephew's nanny. Eric has cared for her almost forever, but wouldn't let anything happen because of his friendship with Liam. Georgia has other ideas and she wants Eric, but he's not budging. After her experiences during the war, Georgia has been an adrenaline junky and is coping with her PTSD one day at a time and I really cared for her character.
Time has other plans for them and they can't deny their attraction to each other.  They each have problems to work out separately and together if they are ever going to be together. 
I found myself rooting for each of them and this story is full of strong emotion. Eric and Georgia are both loving influences with his young nephew and this makes for some touching moments as well. I am looking forward  to reading Liam's story next.



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After several years on the other side of the publishing industry, Sara Jane Stone bid goodbye to her sales career to pursue her dream—writing romance novels. Sara Jane currently resides in Brooklyn, New York with her very supportive real-life hero, two lively young children and a lazy Burmese cat. Visit her online at www.sarajanestone.com or find her on Facebook at Sara Jane Stone.




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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Cover Reveal for Beth Ciotta: Coming Soon!





Enchanting Christmas
Impossible Dream Series, Book Two
By: Beth Ciotta


Blurb

Coming this fall from Beth Ciotta (author of the Cupcake Lovers), a new contemporary series—Impossible Dream—celebrating hope, love, and the magic of the human spirit!

Five long-time girlfriends—known as The Inseparables—find themselves in their thirties and battling disillusion. Tangled up in real-life troubles and stifled aspirations, they’re ready to ditch their deepest desires …until they stumble upon the peculiar matchmaking company, “Impossible Dream,” where they each find the rare opportunity to make seemingly impossible dreams come true.


‘Tis the season for miracles, second chances, and love in a holiday novella that will charm and inspire. The second tale in Beth Ciotta’s modern day fairy tale series—Impossible Dream—celebrating hope, love, and the magic of the human spirit! 
Once upon a time, Christmas (Chrissy) Mooney believed she’d make a difference in the world as a concert violinist. Music was her love, and the reason she indulged in a whirlwind affair with a handsome stranger—a gifted guitarist who declared them soul mates when they parted. She never imagined he’d turn his back on her when, two months later, she tracked him down to tell him she was pregnant. How could she have misjudged him?

Determined to savor the gift of her baby, Chrissy was staggered when she learned her daughter was deaf. Her passion for music was obliterated. How could she enjoy what her daughter would never hear? Obsessed with creating a happy life for her girl, Chrissy ultimately lost her own sense of bliss—never realizing her growing cynicism until she reads her daughter’s letter to Santa.
Now, desperate to rediscover joy, Chrissy applies for help from an internet company—Impossible Dream.com (Making magic since 1956). When Mason suddenly blows back into Chrissy’s life, rocking her with a revelation and a mission of his own, she’s so busy shielding her heart that she’s oblivious to the stirring magic. Until Mason points out the most basic ingredient for happiness… Believing is everything.


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Storytelling comes naturally to award-winning author Beth Ciotta. Dubbed "fun and sexy" by Publisher's Weekly, Beth specializes in writing Romantic Comedy with a Twist of Suspense and is published in contemporary, historical, steampunk, and paranormal romantic fiction. 
Beth lives in NJ with her husband, two zany dogs, and a crazy cat. A veteran professional performer, Beth now pours her artistic passion into her writing. To learn more about her colorful life, visit her website at www.bethciotta.com 

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