Thursday, November 20, 2014

Book Club Thursday for October 20th, 2014. It's time for another GIVEAWAY!

Welcome back to this weeks BCT! It's Holiday time and my fellow bloggers and I thought we would treat a lucky winner to the first book in a new series, an e-book copy of MISTLETOE ON MAIN STREET by Olivia Miles just in time for the holidays! Here's a peak at the story:


Sleigh bells, snow, and second chances . . .
Briar Creek's quaint shop windows, cozy homes nestled in snow, and neighborly residents are what Christmas dreams are made of--for everyone except Grace Madison. She left her hometown years ago to pursue a writing career. But when her father's death leaves his bookstore empty, Grace must return to face why she fled Vermont in the first place: Luke Hastings, who still heats her up like a shot of smoky whiskey on a cold winter's night.

Grace is back, and Luke is worried. How much has she changed as a bestselling author in the big city? What memories will she stir up? And was the choice he made five years ago the biggest mistake of his life?

Now, with their past, present, and future rocking around the Christmas tree, it's time for Grace and Luke to face the music . . . and the mistletoe.

Don't forget to visit my good friends and fellow BCT bloggers at their sight. And don't forget to check our blogs next week when we review DARK WITCH by Nora Roberts, the first book in The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy. Good Luck!!!

Born to Read Books-Cyndi
Romancing the Readers-Ann

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Join the Tasty Virtual Book Tour for: Sleigh Bells in Valentine Valley by Emma Cane & Enter a Sweet Giveaway! October 27th thru November 21st, 2014


Sleigh Bells in Valentine Valley
Valentine Valley # 5
By: Emma Cane
Releasing October 28th, 2014

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Return to Valentine Valley, where Christmas lights are twinkling and first love burns brighter the second time around...

When Tony De Luca's ex, Kate Fenelli, waltzes through the door of his tavern and pulls up a bar stool, she turns his balanced world on end. Once they'd been each other's first love, first everything. But then life happened, and they walked away with broken hearts. Now Kate is back in Valentine, and they can't seem to stay out of each other's way. When Tony begins wondering what would happen if they rekindled the sparks, he knows he's in big trouble.

Kate can't believe she's sitting at Tony's bar spilling her life-changing problems to him. He's as gorgeous as ever, and she can't seem to forget how incredible he always made her feel. Still, the door on that chapter of their lives closed long ago. Yet with Christmas buzzing in the air, Kate can't help wondering if anything is possible—even a second chance with the only man she's ever loved.

My Review:

Just in time for the holidays, Emma Cane has written another heartwarming story to her Valentine Valley series. This is a second chance tale between Tony De Luca and his ex-wife Kate. Though they loved each other since they were young, the stresses of raising a child while going to college and the lack of communication while chasing their dreams caused the couple to grow apart. Kate, a lawyer, returns to Valentine Valley on orders from her bosses to get her priorities on a case together, but priorities of the family kind work their miracles between Kate and Tony while providing a holiday for their young son. Fans of the series will love this story as the couple's dreams finally comes true at Christmas.

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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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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Review for: A Very Levet Christmas by Alexandra Ivy


A Very Levet Christmas
Alexandra Ivy
Guardians of Eternity # 11.5
Ebook Published by Zebra
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A gargoyle of Levet’s charm and intelligence should not be facing a solitary Christmas. True, he may appear a little unconventional—not to mention unconventionally little—even for a gargoyle. But what Levet lacks in height he makes up for in loyalty, and being banned from the festivities surrounding the Queen of Weres’ new pups is quite unfair.

So when a beautiful Christmas angel begs for help in fulfilling her duties, Levet has nothing better to do than agree. Armed with a magical wand, Levet confronts Damon, a pureblood Were intent on seizing the throne. Challenging the King will put the pups at risk—and drive away Damon’s potential mate, Gia. Who better to convince Damon to choose love, not war, than a gargoyle expert in amour? With a little magic, and a lot of Levet, this may yet be a truly wonderful Christmas time.

My Review:

You would be a Scrooge not to like this magical novella. After Harley gives birth to her children, little Levet is not allowed to see his friend Harley's children by orders from her overprotective mate Salvatore. Trying to find a way to visit his friend, he runs into a Christmas Angel who needs his help. Equipped with a wand, Levet ends up aiding the were Damon and his possible mate, Gia, providing some important truths which come to light and could prevent a war among the Weres. While small in length, this story still packs a punch and is an excellent addition to the Guardians of Eternity series.

The ARC of this story was provided by NetGalley for an honest review.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Book Club Thursday: Holiday Book Preview

Hi and welcome back to this week's BCT! Holiday season is almost upon us filled with hustle and the bustle, making lists, baking, wrapping, etc. Even so, we owe it to ourselves to take a little ME time and relax with some hot cocoa (or wine) and snuggle on the couch with a good book. This week, we are each selecting a few holiday romances that we can't wait to read. What holiday romances are you looking forward to reading this season? My fellow bloggers and I look forward to hearing from you.

It Happened At Christmas by Debbie Mason
Forever Publishers
Available Now
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Love is the best Christmas gift of all.

Free-spirited activist Skylar Davis is out of money and out of options. After using up her trust fund trying to save the world, she hides out in Christmas, hoping the kindness of friends will help her forget the reckless actions of her past. All goes well . . . until she comes face-to-face with one of her mistakes: the town's gorgeous young mayor.

Ethan O'Connor likes his life drama-free and predictable now that he's about to make the move from small-town politics to the Colorado State Senate. Then Skye blows back into town, as impulsive and passionate as he remembers. If word ever got out about their night together-the night he's never been able to forget-the scandal could cripple his career. Yet as he starts his campaign, Ethan finds that, like the town of Christmas itself, he can't get Skye out of his head . . . or his heart.


Ring In The Holidays by Katie Lane
Forever Publishers
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Psychologist Ellie Simpson is about to get a healthy dose of sex therapy. Leaving her cheating boyfriend behind, she has everything she needs for a quick rebound: Vegas, plenty of champagne, and a proposition from the sexiest man she's ever seen. As her handsome stranger helps her ring in the New Year-over and over again-Ellie finds herself blissfully losing all of her inhibitions.

Attorney Matthew McPherson is good at making women lose things, like their minds and underwear. With his athletic build and soulful eyes, he doesn't need to use his powers of persuasion or famous last name to get a woman into bed. But when morning comes, Matthew finds Ellie is the only woman he can't bear to leave-ever. It's enough to make him wonder if what happens in Vegas really has to stay there.


Our First Christmas
Kensington Publishers
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"It's that time of year when the world falls in love. . ."
Join four of your favorite authors for tales of Christmas romance to remember forever.

"Our First Christmas," Lisa Jackson
Megan Johnson's marriage is over—or so she thinks. When her husband Chris lands in the hospital, fighting for his life, she remembers the unexpected joy of their first Christmas together.

"A Ranger for Christmas," Mary Burton

The holidays bring painful memories for history professor Marissa Thompson. Agreeing to help Texas Ranger Lucas Cooper solve a case offers the perfect distraction. But as danger threatens, the joy of love has never been more tempting.

"A Southern Christmas," Mary Carter
Reporter Danielle Bright is heading home for the holidays to write up a feature story about Christmas down south—and possibly win back her ex. But Sawyer, the sexy photographer along for the ride, is determined to jingle her bells.

"Christmas in Montana," Cathy Lamb
Family is the ideal antidote to getting fired, but Laurel Kelly isn't prepared for the changes at home in Montana—or the fact that her college boyfriend Josh Reed now owns the family land. But a blue Christmas could be the perfect surprise for a holiday to remember.

No Christmas Like The Present
Zebra Publishers
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Lindsay Miller is knee-deep in Christmas cards and homemade fudge, but she's never felt more like a Grinch. Why can't Christmas be full of magic, like in her favorite movie, A Christmas Carol. . .?

. . .Enter Fred, a sexy and eccentric stranger who arrives at Lindsay's door out of the blue. Dressed like he just stepped out of a Dickens novel, complete with British accent, Fred claims he's a Messenger, sent from "Headquarters" to help her discover the joy of Christmas. But is Fred an angel from above—or just stone cold crazy?

Fred's used to dealing with skeptics. Telling a stranger you've been ordered to inspire holiday cheer is a tough sell. But there's a further complication. Fred's mission is to help Lindsay right the wrongs from her past that have been holding her back. But somehow along the way, they've become wildly attracted to each other—and falling in love is not part of the plan. Fred only has ‘til the stroke of midnight on Christmas Eve to guide Lindsay to the magical future she deserves—even if it's a future without him. . .


Maybe This Christmas by Sarah Morgan (O' Neil Brothers #3)
Harlequin HQN
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This winter, ex-skiing champion, reformed heartbreaker and single dad Tyler O'Neil has only one mission—making sure his daughter, Jess, has the best Christmas ever. The fact that his best friend, Brenna, is also temporarily moving into his chalet at the overbooked Snow Crystal resort is a delicious distraction he's simply going to have to ignore. Theirs is the one relationship he's never ruined, and he's not about to start now. 

Ski pro Brenna Daniels knows all about the perils of unrequited love—she's been in love with Tyler for years. But living with him is absolute torture…how can she concentrate on being his friend when he's sleeping in the room next door? Then when Tyler kisses Brenna, suddenly the relationship she's always dreamed of feels so close she could almost touch it. Could this be the Christmas her dreams of a happy-ever-after finally come true?

Kissing Under The Mistletoe by Bella Andre
Harlequin Mira
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For Mary Sullivan Christmas is, and always has been, about family. And this year is no different. As she awaits the arrival of her eight children and their partners at the cottage in Lake Tahoe, she hangs the ornaments that they made for her over the years. Each decoration brings with it a tide of memories, all of which she holds dear to her heart. But when she comes across the oldest ornament, the one her beloved husband, Jack, gave her on their very first Christmas together, Mary is immediately swept back to the first days of their whirlwind romance, to the love that would be the foundation on which they built the family she is so proud to call her own.

Join the Sullivans this Christmas for a story that explores the wonder of the holidays, the meaning of family and a love that transcends time.

Yours For Christmas by Susan Mallery
e-novella by Harlequin HQN
Available Now
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Step out of the winter chill and into the warmth of Fool's Gold, California, the charming small-town setting for a new holiday novella from New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery
Famous former NFL stars don't date single working moms like Bailey Voss. She'll allow herself to daydream about Kenny Scott's muscles and killer smile, but wanting more would lead to post-holiday regret. Then Kenny volunteers to run a toy drive with Bailey, and she learns that he's not just hot…he's also generous, funny, nice. The whole package—tantalizingly out of reach.

The ache of past loss reminds Kenny why he needs to avoid getting too close to anyone. Especially to a gorgeous redhead and her adorable little girl. Mess it up, and he'd lose them both. Yet Kenny can only resist Bailey for so long. And as festive spirit spreads throughout the town, he's all wrapped up in Bailey's sweet, sexy kisses and determined to make this the first of many Christmases together…


Thanks for stopping by this week's BCT! Please feel free to share any Christmas stories that you are putting at the top of your reading list. And don't forget to stop by my friends' blog to see their picks.
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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Book Club Thursday for November 6th, 2014 You Wrote About What?

Welcome back to this week's edition of Book Club Thursday. Join my fellow bloggers and I as we share this weeks topic: You Wrote About What? Every book has a basic premise that is used time and time again. The secret baby, a stereotype villain, a second chance, etc, etc. All are tried and true bases of story writing. It is up to the author to make the premise succeed if they are to keep their audience. Are there any story lines that you detest? Or on the positive side, what are your favorites?

What I don't Like:
I really got bored with romantic suspense for a while. Must the villain always be the priest, the lawyer, the cop? There are a million occupations out there, but authors jump on these stereotypes. Even favorite author J D Robb wrote the cliche filled Salvation In Death,and I struggled thru it. Thankfully, that (to me) was the only clinker in an otherwise favorite series. Cynthia Eden and Maya Banks have some exciting suspense series out and C J Kyle is a new author that has a good suspense tale out in time for the holidays called Silent Night.

I love sports themed stories, and who doesn't dream of that super Alpha male? I know that heroes can come from a horrid background and can be a jerk to the woman who will eventually see thru the pain and heal his wounded heart. Unfortunately, timing is key, and if I don't see a glimpse of the great guy beneath the layers until near the end of the book, I'm gone. A jerk is a jerk and it makes the heroine look like a doormat to be treated poorly by the "hero".

What is with all the "Billionaire" books out there? Millionaire isn't enough? Not that some aren't well written and fun stories, but when the economy tanked a few years back and people lost their jobs, I really want to read about people with money to burn, NOT! Reverse snobbery, yes, but I find it unbelievable for a zillionaire to find love in a podunk town with the kindergarten teacher and her three legged dog. Only a few writers ever seem to make this work, the rest seem to be cookie-cutter to me.

Please save me from weeping heroines. I am not against crying, or tears, especially if warranted, but not on 250 pages out of 300. The same goes with heroines are hissing or pulling faces. Writers, there are more words out there...really.

What I do like:

Something original, of course. I love when an author takes an idea and runs with it. Erin Kellison has a series of novellas that deal with the public sharing dreams for recreation. Of course, there are those that want to take advantage.

I love the current crop of contemporary small-town romances. Susan Mallery, Mariah Stewart, Lori Wilde, Emma Cane,and Beth Ciotta are just a few authors who create places that I would love to be a part. Check out the Sweet, Texas series by Candis Terry and you will see what I mean. I love the Wilder brothers, and Jackson Wilder is the best dad and ex husband ever, JMO.

Last, but not least, I love paranormal, especially stories about shifters. You can suspend belief in these worlds. My favorite authors for these are Jennifer Ashley, Shelly Laurenston, and a new favorite, Vonnie Davis with her Scottish bear shifters. 



So what are cliches that you don't care for. Or what are your favorite story lines? I can't wait to see what my friends and fellow BCT members wrote about. Don't forget to check out their blogs, too. Don't forget to join us next week, November 13th, when we discuss Holiday Book Previews.

Romancing the Readers-Ann

Born to Read Books-Cyndi


Tasty Virtual Book Tour for Beth Ciotta: BEAUTY & THE BIKER! November 3rd, 2014

Beauty and the Biker
Impossible Dream Series, Book One
By: Beth Ciotta
Releasing Nov 3rd, 2014

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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.

A series of modern-day fairytales beginning with . . . Beauty & the Biker


Miracles happen every day. Even in Nowhere, Nebraska. That’s Bella Mooney’s philosophy and she’s sticking to it! A children’s librarian who writes fairy tales on the side, Bella has earned the reputation of fanciful Pollyanna. No surprise that she applied for her “ideal man” via, an Internet company designed to make dreams come true. However, even whimsical Bella has real-life issues, forcing her to take drastic actions in order to spin her dad’s life (and in turn her own) for the better. As fate draws her into the troubling world of her new neighbor—a cynical biker with a scarred soul and checkered past—Bella finds herself falling for the most unlikely man, twisting her perceptions of true love and testing her faith in dreams.


Expect nothing. Anticipate the worst. As a detective with the Chicago Police Department, Joe Savage witnessed heinous crimes and acts of cruelty on a daily basis, obliterating his faith in humanity. When a personal vendetta cost him his job and a quirky inheritance offered escape, Joe packed it in and steered his Harley toward a small town bordering Tornado Alley and the Twilight Zone. Where better to lose himself than Nowhere? Resigned to a dark and lonely existence, Joe’s life is suddenly shoved into the sunshine when his eccentric neighbor offers him a chance he can't refuse, especially after her kiss of hope rekindles his dead heart. Inspired and challenged by Bella’s infectious optimism, Joe dares to make the impossible come true.

My Review:

What can I say except that Beth Ciotta has done it again with the start of this new series. Take a jaded ex-cop from Chicago named Joe Savage and stick him somewhere in Nebraska next door to the optimistic ray of sunshine named Bella Mooney and you have Beauty and the Biker. 
This story will delight readers as Ms Ciotta delivers another story with her signature blend of quirky humor, friendship, family, a dash of suspense, and of course a romance that tugs at the heart strings. You will love the heroine Bella who gives 100 % to everyone she knows even while dealing with the loss of her mother and worrying over her grieving father. She soon has the "monster" next door named Joe infatuated with her as she proves to be a balm to his wounded soul and helps him heal and realize that he still is a good man. These two wonderful characters that are polar opposites will have you believing in the powerful magic of love.
This was an enjoyable way to start the series and I can't wait for the next story. Romance fans, do yourself a favor and buy this book!

“Here’s the deal,” Bella said, bursting with anticipation. Is he or is he not a magical kisser? Because if he was, that was her sign. “Carson—that’s my ex, except he hasn’t accepted that fact—thinks he’s perfect for me.”
“What do you think?”
She didn’t want to detail her history with Carson. Admitting the reasons behind her poor judgment and bemoaning his manipulative pursuit were too personal. She’d glossed over the emotional aspects with her closest friends. Why in God’s name would she share them with a stranger?
Oddly enough, she didn’t feel the same when it came to citing their less than magical physical relations. Which only affirmed how impersonal those relations were. Her cheeks burned, but the words flowed.
“Carson doesn’t inspire earthquakes and fireworks, if you catch my drift. Then again no one ever has. Not that there’ve been that many,” she added. “I need to know it’s not me. That I’m not, I don’t know, broken somehow.  That I’m not expecting too much. That there’s…hope. Don’t get a swelled head or any kinky thoughts, but I think you’re gorgeous—in a menacing kind of way—and fascinating. Like a tortured hero in a gothic novel. You make my insides squishy. That’s a first. In real life anyway—as opposed to going all soft for a fictional guy in film or literature. If you can’t shake my world then, well…maybe I should settle for Carson.”
“Are you done?”
Blushing profusely, Bella shied away. So much for derring-do.
Savage caught her elbow and pulled her close. “Don’t get a swelled head or any kinky ideas, but I think you’re beautiful—in an irritating angelic way.” He stroked her cheek then threaded his hands through her hair. “How old are you anyway?”
“You seem younger.”
“How old are you?” she asked.
“You seem older.”
His mouth crooked, implying a sense of humor. Ideal quality #1. “Do you want the earth to tilt?” he asked. “Or spin?”
It was the kind of arrogance Carson flaunted every day. Only Bella suspected Savage would make good on his offer. “You can do that?”
He held her gaze, weaving a seductive spell with spine-tingling silence.
“Spin, please,” she managed before the universe shimmied and glittered.
His embrace was tender yet possessive. His mouth soft and teasing then hard and demanding.  This kiss… This. Kiss. Was overwhelming. All consuming. It buzzed through her body, head to toe, heart to soul.
In a magical kiss.
Forever and always.
She curled her fingers into his shoulders, his hair. Holding tight as the world spun off its axis.
She responded to his touch, his heat, his need.
She pressed against his body. Wanting more. Needing more.
His desire was evident and pushed Bella over the edge. She imploded, trembling with an aftermath of erotic sensations.
Orgasmic nirvana.
Compliments of a kiss.
Savage’s kiss.
“You’re not broken.”
His words cut through her sensual haze. Bella grappled for reality and balance. Heat suffused her cheeks as she bolstered her noodly limbs and met his intoxicating gaze. Assaulted by physical yearning and a riot of emotions, she could scarcely breathe. “Good. Great. Thank you.”
She backed out of his lethal embrace, willed dignity, and channeled the Inseparables. Any one of her friends was worldlier than her. Try as she might Bella couldn’t manage casual. Not when her heart and head pounded with a united thought.
He’s the one.
After months of sadness and unrest, in the midst of multiple personal trials, something good was happening. Unexpected and magical and charmingly improbable.
Savage dragged his hands over his face, through his hair. He looked sinfully handsome, dark and dangerous, and absolutely miserable.
Probably because her heart was in her eyes.
“I’ll taint your world,” he said.
“I’ll take my chances.”

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 

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