Friday, September 30, 2016

Excerpt & Giveaway for JACKSON STILES:ROAD TO REDEMPTION By Jo Richardson Join the Tour Sept. 26th-30th!


A lost soul and a seeker of truth travel down the road to redemption 
and discover more than they bargained for.


JACKSON STILES: ROAD TO REDEMPTION
Road to Redemption #1
Jo Richardson
Released Sept 21st, 2016


Jackson Stiles is used to having bad days, but they’ve been especially bad since a certain tabloid reporter seems to have it out for him.

Emma Green doesn’t mean any harm. She simply sees it as her duty to report the misdeeds of certain Private Detectives who charge too much in a society where people need more superheroes and less villains; something even Jackson has convinced himself he deserves to be called, deep in his gut.

When the two of them realize they’re investigating the same suspicious circumstances, Emma makes Jackson an offer he only wishes he could refuse. But can the man who trusts no one allow the one woman he can’t stand help him get to the bottom of a murder he feels responsible for?

Exposed and unsure, these two unexpected allies come together to unmask the mysteries cloaked in plain sight while uncovering secrets within each other. A lost soul and a seeker of truth travel down the road to redemption and discover more than they bargained for.


Morning, Stiles.” The five-and-a-half-foot brunette that likes to make my life miserable is easily five-eight, maybe even five-nine, in the heels she’s got on today. Combined with the dark blue power suit she’s wearing, she comes off as all business despite the fact that she doesn’t make eye contact with me. She’s too busy scrolling through a bunch of bullshit on her smartphone.

I growl a response so it comes out as more of a warning than a greeting. Is it a bit much for this time of day? Maybe. Considering our history, I’m not exactly worried about her impression of me, though.

Emma Green is the latest and greatest “crime” reporter for our friendly neighborhood tabloid. And I use the term “reporter” loosely, by the way. Very loosely.

Doesn’t care about getting the story right in certain cases, if ya know what I mean, loosely.

Her name’s been on nearly every article the Redemption Chronicle has put out since she arrived from somewhere down in Florida. She shows up at most crime scenes, from burglaries to homicides, and has very much become a royal pain in my...

You’re late, by the way. They were just talking about you.” She mutters and points, blindly, down the hall as she steps into the elevator. Which is my cue to get the fuck out.

My one and only cigarette calls to me from the front pocket of my button down. Thank God I remembered it. But quite frankly, I don’t have the energy to pull it out. Not that I wouldn’t get arrested if I did, but . . .

And you look like hell.” She’s full of compliments today, I see.

Fuck you very much, Green.” Not that I’m complaining. It makes it easy to respond to her in like fashion. And bonus: I’m feeling pretty good about getting the last word in on this battle of the banter, as the doors close but then they open again.

Maybe you shouldn’t stay up so late playing around with your buddies over at the police department.” I look back to see her foot blocking the sensors that would normally allow the doors to close. She still can’t be bothered to look up. She’s too busy burying her nose into the iPhone.

Let’s be real here. Flirting is not her forte.

I appreciate that enlightening bit of useless advice, Green.” Despite my attempt to be nice sarcasm spills out of every word. It’s only when she pulls her foot all the way in and the doors are halfway shut that I ask myself─ how did she know I was downtown last night?

Emerald eyes peer up at me as the question enters my mind. And I swear, she’s fucking smirking.

Between the pleasant smile and the way her expression lights up like she’s about to pounce, I’m not sure what the hell to think. I haven’t seen her smile like that since the day I briefly met her on the scene of a break-in I was hired to investigate. First thing I noticed was her smile. She seemed...new.

The next thing I noticed was her eyes.

Deep green. The grab-a-hold-of-you-and-don’t-let-go kind that make you wanna know everything that’s going on behind them.

And don’t even get me started on her ass. It begs for mercy because she, no doubt, runs it every day, then follows up with a pint of fat free yogurt and a jug of water.

Not that I’ve thought about it.

But I digress.

She was polite enough. Or so I thought. Asked me if I had any insider’s information on what had gone down that day. It’s not like I was rude or anything. All I did was tell her I wasn’t doing her fucking job for her.

I paid the price for that comment in the article she ran the next day. The headline read, “Local P.I. steals more from family than burglar.” I won’t bother you with the details, but let’s just say, the article was less about the break-in and more about what an asshole I am.

I mean, what the fuck?

I can assure anyone who has the balls to ask, I charge less than ninety percent of the dicks working the tri-state area. Just ask the bill collectors.

The asshole thing is still up for debate...in most circles.

Lesson learned here? Never trust a woman with eyes that stunning or an ass that tight.

Basically, I fucking hate her.







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A movie fanatic, a writer of stories, a lover of life.

I grew up in Maryland with four siblings, three parents and an endless number of cousins within the vicinity – but it was too cold up North for this thin blooded girl. So today, I live in Florida with my two girls and a husband that shares my same sense of humor and basic take on life as we know it.
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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Book Club Thursday:Revenge Of The Nerd


Hi Readers! It's time for this weeks Book Club Thursday. We are having a fun theme this week, Revenge of the Nerd. There is something endearing about nerds whether they are male or female. Usually they are super smart, but late bloomers lacking in social skills and/or very shy and quirky. In the romance world, they have the ultimate revenge, growing up to be smart, successful, and sexy. Here are a few of my favorite nerd romances!



Molly Abberwick, trustee of her father's foundation and owner of Seattle's Abberwick Tea & Spice Company, has every intention of firing her new consultant. True, he's brilliant, sexy, and fascinating, but he's also arrogant, over-bearing and impossible. Dr. Harry Stratton Trevelyan has his own plans. To Molly's shock, he proposes a no-strings attached affair. Molly can't believe that he thinks there is any such thing as a simple, no-commitment relationship. But there is this strange attraction between them... Turns out Harry Trevelyan has a secret side. It involves paranormal premonitions and his family of composed of carnival illusionists, daredevils and psychics. Before Harry and Molly can find a way to overcome their personal issues, violence and a mysterious stalker crash into their lives. Now these two mismatched people will have to find a way to work together to survive.

Harry is one quirky character and I was intrigued by him. And because of his family, he was stressed to the max. Molly entered his life and changed his life completely. In her, he found someone that cared about him, not what he could do for them.



Can two hearts come together in one divided town?


As a boy, Nash Hawthorne spent countless afternoons on the Louisiana side of Cottonbloom with Tally Fournette, wading in the river, peeling oranges and catching frogs. When illness stole his mother, Nash yearned to take Tally and run away—for good. Instead, he crossed the state line to live with his aunt. It was a short distance as the crow flies, but it swept him into a whole new world…

After Nash left, Tally managed to struggle through her own losses without him. But now that she’s crossed paths with him again—at Cottonbloom College, where the grown-up, gorgeous Nash teaches history—she is reminded of their cherished youthful connection…and an attraction that has only gotten stronger with age. Between Tally’s possessive ex and Nash’s snobbish aunt, no one thinks they belong together. In a town torn apart by old resentments and rivalries, can they find their way back to the life they once shared—and turn their long-lost dreams into a real and lasting love?

This is the second book in the Cottonbloom series by Laura Trentham and one of my favorite series this year. It is also the book that I picked for the Revenge of the Nerd Giveaway this month.
     As a boy, Nash was a smart odd duck and was best friends with Tally until he had to move to the other side of town after his mother passed. Years later, he returns and returns to town after traveling and is now a professor. Though he is not an alpha, I loved how smart, sexy, and self-confident he became and how he found the other part of himself when he reconnected with Tally. He also helped Tally become the confident person she used to be before her last relationship with the wrong man. I loved how they brought out the best in each other.





From the cozy confines of a tiny seaside village to the glittering crush of the a fashionable London soiree comes an enthralling tale of a thoroughly mismatched couple . . . poised to discover the rapture of love.


There was no doubt about it. What Miss Harriet Pomeroy needed was a man. Someone powerful and clever who could help her rout the unscrupulous thieves who were using her beloved caves to hide their loot. But when Harriet summoned Gideon Westbrook, Viscount St. Justin, to her aid, she could not know that she was summoning the devil himself. . . . 

Dubbed the Beast of Blackthorne Hall for his scarred face and lecherous past, Gideon was strong and fierce and notoriously menacing. Yet Harriet could not find it in her heart to fear him. For in his tawny gaze she sensed a savage pain she longed to soothe . . . and a searing passion she yearned to answer. Now, caught up in the Beast’s clutches, Harriet must find a way to win his heart–and evade the deadly trap of a scheming villain who would see them parted for all time.

Yes, back to Jayne Ann Krentz under her Amanda Quick name. This time, the heroine Harriet is  the nerd and she would rather be exploring in caves than worrying about society. She gets her chance at love when she meets Gideon, a scarred man who people call the Beast. She sees the real man and Gideon sees her beautiful heart. Together they make a wonderful couple. 

THE GHOST OF A CHANCE


Summoning the man who left her at the altar two years ago is definitely a last resort for Eve Abernathy. But paranormal expert Lucien Thorpe is the only person who can rid her house of the uneasy ghosts--noisy, lovemaking ghosts, no less--who haunt it, and her...

Eve may be ahead of her time as a woman who documents otherworldly activity, but she longs for the kind, sturdy husband and children to raise. Eve knows absentminded genius Lucien is more comfortable with the dead than the living, and better acquainted with his Specter-o-Meter than the longings of a woman's heart. But with his arrival, Eve can't deny that her feelings for him haunt her as restlessly as the shades who have invaded her home--especially when Lucien is doing his utmost to woo her all over again... 

Oh, Lucien. He is the good looking absent minded professor. He is also the original ghostbuster, 1800's style. He loves Eve, but he kind of left her at the altar...twice. Watching these two reconnect was fun in this gem of a  trilogy by Linda Fallon. 


I know that there are tons more, but these are some of my favorite nerds and I have read some of them more than once. What are some of your romances featuring nerds?




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Congratulations to our BCT Revenge of the Nerd Giveaway who wins a paperback copy of THEN HE KISSED ME by Laura Trentham:

Jodi

Thanks for stopping by this week. I can't believe that we are wrapping up another month of Book Club Thursday. I hope you join us next week when we will again be Clearing Off The Shelves!


Review, Excerpt & Giveaway for MEANT TO BE by Jenna Harte Take a look at our Virtual Tour!


Will they both allow resentments and misunderstanding spoil 
their chance of discovering what was meant to be?


MEANT TO BE
Southern Heat #2
Jenna Harte
Releasing Sept 27th, 2016
Penner Publishing


Charming and sexy, detective Mitch McKenna lets women into his bed—not into his heart. When his first love left him in a lurch, crushing his soul, Mitch swore off relationships and love. After all, any woman who chooses what her parents want over what she wants is not worth fighting for.

Or is she?

Successful New York doctor, Sydney Preston left the only man she ever loved to follow the path that her parents paved for her. When a tragic incident at the hospital threatens her life, Sydney moves to Virginia to rekindle the spark with her ex-fiancé.

But Mitch isn’t interested in reigniting the flame that fizzled out long ago. Will they both allow resentments and misunderstanding spoil their chance of discovering what was meant to be?


I love second chance stories and MEANT TO BE hits just the right note. This is a fast-paced story filled with emotion and suspense. I haven't read anything from Ms Harte before, but I surely will again.
      Mitch and Sydney were engaged in college and have been separated for many years. Since their break-up, Sydney has been focused on her medical career while Mitch has become a cop and a player. They have had a big misunderstanding when they broke up after she asked to postpone the wedding. He became bitter with his heart towards women, and no longer believes in love. 
     Sydney moves back to their hometown after she is attacked in New York. Unfortunately, the danger follows her back home. Despite wanting to keep his distance from her, Mitch knows that he is her best option to keep her safe.
     Ms Harte does a wonderful job painting a realistic job with Mitch and his feelings. All is not as it seems, and you see why he lost faith in Sydney and love itself. Even though he was kind of a jack-ass at first, I still wanted to see the HEA for this couple. I can't wait for another story in this series!


 “You need to get laid.”
Mitch McKenna cast a suspicious glance at his partner and best friend, Kevin Taggard. “You get laid too much.”
Kevin grinned. “I’m married. It goes with the territory. Besides, is that even possible?”
Mitch laughed. “God, I hope not.” He pulled the unmarked police car into a parking space outside Charlotte Tavern General Hospital. “But it’s a little sappy that every day we have to stop by and see the missus.”
I know it and I don’t care. Someday you’ll be in love, and you’ll see.”
God, I hope not. Mitch shuddered.
Besides, there are plenty of hot nurses who would love to find out if the Mitch McKenna reputation for stamina and prowess is true.”
Mitch stepped out of the car, grinning at his friend. “Oh, it’s true.” His smile faded, as he realized Kevin might be right—maybe he did need to get laid. It had been a while. If he’d cared at all about his playboy reputation, he would have remedied the situation. Except he didn’t care. In fact, it bothered him. It suggested that he engaged in one-night stands with women he didn’t know or was cavalier with their feelings. Granted, he kept his relationships with women short, but he was always upfront with them about his position and most accepted it. A couple cried when they hadn’t been able to change his mind. One had keyed “Bastard” into the side of truck.
Hey Mitch.”
Mitch’s gaze swung to the feminine coo of Becky Lancer. She might be willing to help him with his sexual dry-spell. He smiled and waved but kept moving. He’d once gone out with her sister, and he knew better than to date siblings.
He and Kevin walked into the hospital and took the elevator to the maternity department on the fourth floor.
I guess it won’t be long until Jenny is a client here instead of a nurse.” Mitch patted Kevin on the back. He enjoyed razzing his friend about his wife, but deep down he was happy for him.
A year maybe. Right now we’re just practicing.” Kevin waggled his brows.
Mitch rolled his eyes as the doors opened, and they stepped out into the hall.
There’s my gal now.” Kevin snuck up behind a dark-haired woman in pink scrubs with rainbows on the shirt and wrapped his arms around her, lifting her off the floor. She let out a squeal. When he set her on her feet, she laughed.
Great day, baby cakes. You scared the life out of me.”
He gave her a kiss. All in all, it was sappy. It was the same type of stuff he had to endure when he visited his sister, Lexie. Even after nearly two years of marriage, she and her husband, Drake, were sappier than Kevin and Jenny, which was saying something. It was a wonder they didn’t already have a whole brood of kids.
I’m nearly ready for my break.” She turned her smile toward Mitch. “If you’re tired of feeling like a third wheel, I can snag you a date. There’s a new doctor I’ve been meaning to introduce you to. You can see if the McKenna charm will work on her.”
I like being a third wheel.”
No, you don’t, but you’re nice to put up with Kevin and me. She’s really, really nice. She’s been giving me articles and tips and encouraging me to get my midwife certification.”
You’d be good at that.” Mitch meant it too. She was one of the sweetest, most generous hearts he’d ever met. There’d been only one other person he’d known who he’d thought was as good. He shook his head to rid his thoughts of another sweet, generous woman, who, in the end, turned out to be neither.
Thank you. I wonder how much longer before Lexie and Drake will need a midwife.” She raised her eyebrows, hoping for gossip.
I imagine once they start, they’ll need one fairly often.” His sister wanted a whole passel of kids, and Drake would give her whatever she wanted. Mitch thought he’d be a good father, but since having a family was out, he’d settle for being the coolest uncle ever.
All of a sudden, the air around Mitch changed, causing the hair on his arms to stand. It wasn’t the type of sensation that triggered danger, but it was definitely a warning.
Oh, look, there’s Doctor Preston. She’s the one I want you to meet, Mitch.”
I don’t need you to set me up—”
I know that. The whole county knows how easy it is for Mitch to get a lady.” Jenny laughed. “But I still want you to meet her. Doctor Preston?” Jenny looked behind him and waved.
The warning grew more intense until Mitch couldn’t help but turn around and stare right into the beautiful hazel eyes of Sydney Preston.
His heart stuttered in his chest as a wave of conflicting emotions; anger, love, bitterness, joy crashed through him. His first instinct was to leave, which only pissed him off. He’d stared down insurgents in the Middle East. He could survive seeing Sydney Preston. Another, equally strong, part of him wanted to touch her, to hold her close and see if she felt as soft, smelled just as sweet as he remembered. But he wouldn’t succumb to her charm again. Like a steel gate, everything inside Mitch closed.

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Jenna Harte is a die-hard romantic writing about characters who are passionate about and committed to each other, and frequently getting into trouble. She is the author of the Valentine Mysteries, the first of which, “Deadly Valentine,” reached the quarter-finals in Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award in 2013. She is also the author of the contemporary romance series, Southern Heat, with includes Drawn to Her, and upcoming September 2016 release of Meant to Be. She has a bundle of stories filled with romance, mystery and even time travel rattling around in her head and is eager for the day when a device is invented allowing her to download what’s in her brain onto her computer. When she’s not telling stories, she works by day as a freelance writer, author, blogger and online entrepreneur. She lives in central Virginia with her husband, two college-bound children and a two fat cats.



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Review & Excerpt for HER RENEGADE RANCHER By Jennifer Ryan


Colt will do anything to keep Luna safe, including put his life on the line.


HER RENEGADE RANCHER
Montana Men #5
Jennifer Ryan
Releasing Sept 20th, 2016
Avon Books


Colt Kendrick knows one thing about a small town, you can’t avoid anyone for long-especially a girl he crossed the line with and is best friends with his brother’s fiancĂ©. Luna could have been the one if he hadn’t done her wrong. Colt’s intentions are nothing but honorable, but his thoughts about Luna sure aren’t. How could he ever let a sweet girl like her go? He won’t make that mistake twice.

Luna Hill thought she lost her shot with the sexy cowboy, but sometimes lightning does strike twice. While she wants to see what one scorching kiss leads to, she’s got a job offer out of state. Will she stay stuck in her less than life, or reach for her dream? An unexpected and amazing opportunity will keep her in town and give her what her heart desires most, a chance to be with Colt, but it comes with a price that may cost Colt his life.

Colt will do anything to keep Luna safe, including put his life on the line, because nothing is more important than the woman who showed Colt he has a heart-and it belongs to her.





HER RENEGADE RANCHER is another smart and sexy romance by Jennifer Ryan. Colt and Luna have always felt a spark between them, but nothing happened because she was dating one of Colt's friends. After a kiss between them, Colt and Luna have been avoiding each other, even after she broke up with her boyfriend. Colt has no trouble with the ladies, but knows something is missing. Luna is working her butt off earning money to help with care for her special needs brother. And then one day, in a blink of an eye, Luna's life changes drastically.
     This story is different than a lot of Ms Ryan's stories which usually have a jaw-dropping crime bringing conflict to the featured couples lives. Luna's dear friend passes away and leaves her a large inheritance and some whopping responsibility. It was a well thought out legacy and provides her options. Luna knows what the ranch meant to her friend and tries to keep things running. In this story, their is a small cast of characters providing the suspense which escalates from nasty pranks to attempted murder. 
     Luna is an amazing heroine, hard-working, honest and fair. Colt is the right fit as the hero. He is strong, brave and oh yeah, super sexy. Together, they work to honor the wishes of her friend as well as find a way to stop some nasty people from causing harm. They both have a lot of heart that keeps you turning page after page of another emotionally riveting romance from Jennifer Ryan.







You drive me crazy.”

She didn’t even hide her smile. “Why?”

Because all I want to do is kiss you.”

More things we agree on.” She placed her hand on the back of his neck, went up on tiptoe, and brushed her lips over his. Like a match swiped across the rough edge of the box, a fire lit inside of them. Colt’s arms banded around her. One big hand held her lower back. He planted the other right on her ass, his long fingers lay over the curve, inches from the tingling heat building between her legs. He pulled her closer and took the kiss deeper. His tongue glided along hers. She moaned. He growled, titled his head for a better angle, and kissed her socks off.

Luna lost herself in Colt’s arms. The first kiss they shared rocked her world off center and left her wondering if what she felt that night in the parking lot was real or just her imagination. Not only was the passion and need real, something opened inside her and everything within her settled.


God, the man could kiss.

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Jennifer Ryan is the New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of The Hunted Series and The McBrides Series. She writes romantic suspense and contemporary small-town romances featuring strong men and equally resilient women. Her stories are filled with love, family, friendship, and the happily-ever-after we all hope to find.

Jennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children. When she isn’t writing a book, she’s reading one. Her obsession with both is often revealed in the state of her home and in how late dinner is to the table. When she finally leaves those fictional worlds, you’ll find her in the garden, playing in the dirt and daydreaming about people who live only in her head, until she puts them on paper.



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