Friday, August 22, 2014

Virtual Tour and Giveaway for A Highlander's Obsession by Vonnie Davis-- August 11th thru 29th, 2014!


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A Highlander’s Obsession: 
Highlander’s Beloved Trilogy, Book 1 
By: Vonnie Davis 
Releasing August 19th, 2014
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Blurb

In the vein of Jennifer Ashley’s Shifters Unbound series and Shelly Laurenston’s Pride Stories, Vonnie Davis introduces two wandering souls who discover that true love needs no words in this explosive, fantastical novel.

Two wandering souls discover that true love needs no words in this explosive, fantastical novel from Vonnie Davis.

Somehow able to telepathically communicate with animals, Paisley Munro has found meaning in her so-called gifts by working as a veterinary assistant. But while traveling to Scotland for a relative’s funeral, Paisley fears that she really has lost her mind. Out in the highlands, she hears distinctly human thoughts coming from a wild bear. Terrified and desperate, she returns to the lodge and collapses in the powerful arms of its owner, a mysterious man with whom she shares a simmering attraction.

Creighton Matheson and his fellow shape-shifters have been roaming this land freely for centuries. Now Paisley may inherit his home, putting his kind in grave danger. His mistrust only deepens when he realizes she can read his mind. Yet he cannot deny that this tantalizing woman makes him burn with desire—and hunger for the prospect of a tender love. Now Creighton must decide which would hurt more: revealing the truth or losing Paisley forever. 

My Review:

I wanted to try this book because it was about Highlanders even before I joined this tour. What a great cover! What a fun story!
Paisley, a bookish veterinary assistant accompanies her grandmother to Scotland where her Gram inherits some property. Paisley also has an unusual gift, she can read the minds of animals. The break to Scotland comes at a good time for her, giving her time to think about her future. Her cold fiance is also her boss who wants to exploit this gift.
While she is there, she discovers that not only can she read the local animals, she can read the mind of Clan leader Creighton Matheson. He is a sexy, hunky, and very bossy man who just happens to be a shifter. Their attraction is immediate, but neither wants to move that forward for different reasons. Of course, their hearts have something to say about that.
I loved this story. I found myself laughing out loud many times. Paisley's Gram is hysterical and Creighton takes overbearing to a new level, though in a good way. While having been a doormat with her fiance, Paisley finds her spine quite nicely and can match the cantankerous Creighton toe to toe. There is even a little mystery that must be solved so that they can travel on the road to love together for a lifetime. This is a fun book with a fun cast of characters. Shifter fans will enjoy this humorous paranormal tale!






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Vonnie Davis, who studied English at Penn State, likens herself to a croissant: crusty, wrinkled, flaky—and best served with strong coffee. After a career as a technical writer, she’s spending her retirement playing fairy godmother to her characters, giving them their happily-ever-afters. Six fantastic, talented kids call her “Grandma” and brighten her world in so many ways. She lives in Southern Virginia with her husband, author Calvin Davis.



Review for On Sunset Beach by Mariah Stewart.





On Sunset Beach
by author Mariah Stewart
Book #8 Chesapeake Diaries
Paperback and e-book edition Available Now
Published by Ballantine Books


Blurb:

From New York Times bestselling author Mariah Stewart comes a captivating and heartwarming new novel in her beloved Chesapeake Diaries contemporary romance series—perfect for fans of Barbara Freethy, Robyn Carr, and Susan Mallery.

Carly Summit’s name couldn’t be more fitting, since in life she always lands on top. She grew up wealthy and privileged in a tony Connecticut town, opened her own gallery in New York City, and is about to make art world history displaying previously unknown works by a prominent twentieth-century painter. No wonder she possesses a can-do attitude that can’t be soured. Ford Sinclair is another story. A military career in war-torn Africa, where he witnessed unspeakable violence and suffering, has left him haunted and deeply cynical. Now he’s looking for a way to forget and a place to belong. He hopes to find both back home in St. Dennis.

When Carly is forced to move the premiere of her new exhibition from Manhattan to St. Dennis, and Ford agrees to take charge of the town’s only newspaper, the two cross paths. But it’s hardly the start of a beautiful friendship. While Ford can’t ignore her charms, Carly’s unflappable good cheer only confounds him. Yet beneath Ford’s stormy brooding, Carly sees a man worth caring about—even if her warmest ways can’t thaw his frozen heart. But when a scandal suddenly threatens to destroy Carly’s career, Ford finds himself fighting hard for her—and falling for her even harder.

My Review:

This is a wonderful read for a summer afternoon. This is one of my favorite contemporary series and this story does not disappoint. At last, Grace Sinclair's son Ford has returned home to St. Dennis after years in the military. He meets the effervescent Carly at his welcome home party as she almost falls looking at a painting. She is in town to research some paintings her friend Ellie found in the attic of the house she recently inherited since she owns and operates a couple of art gallerys. Their meeting is brief, they don't even know each others names, but a small spark was ignited.
This book is different from most books in the series and moves at a gentler pace. The romance is a little subtler. Ford has seen much violence while he was gone and now spends a lot of time alone while he struggles to find home, even surrounded by his family and friends. When Grace falls ill, he knows that he has to help his mother out. And one of those things deals with the art that Carly is responsible for. Big-city Carly is intrigued by Ford and they end up spending a lot of time together and they both find home in each other. This is another sweet addition to this wonderful series.


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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Book Club Thursday: Is That A Tail? August 21, 2014


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     Welcome back to Book Club Thursday. I am sure you have noticed our theme recently has been paranormal and shifter romance. What's your favorite kind of shifter? Do you like a strong and protective wolf? How about a sleek and lethal panther. Then of course, there are the cuddly grizzly bears.
     Or maybe that polar bear hybrid that plays hockey?
     The paranormal genre is filled with plenty of shifter stories. Why are we so fascinated by a man sharing his body with an animal spirit. Sometimes, they are guides. Sometimes they are part of a long ago curse. And sometimes, they guide the hero into finding the hero his long awaited mate... whether he likes it or not.
      Each shifter author puts her own spin on their tale. I like a shifter that turns (often painfully) into his animal. Some of these "beasts" take control of the human side, especially if the hero is resisting the sexy human female as his mate. He worries about hurting her so he keeps her at arms length, yet he will move heaven and earth if someone is trying to harm her.
     Another good example is the genetically enhanced human, experimented on (not always voluntarily) by scientists under the thumb of an undercover military group. They sometimes can only partially shift or instead have superhuman strength, senses, or enhanced sex drive. Lora Leigh's Breeds are a great example. Alpha males and their sexy mate driven wild by their mating heat. Super sexy.
     Why would a human woman be drawn to such a man/beast? The heart wants what the heart wants. In a skilled writer, revealing the secret to a non-shifter can be quite emotional. Fear of betrayal of his kind or his own heart if she rejects him are a problem. And what if his animal doesn't like her or is too rough. And then again, there is the joy and beauty in a scene when the human meets the animal side. Recognizes the man by the love in  his different, yet familiar eyes as she runs her fingers through his silky hair and experiences the wonder of his trust as the secret is revealed.
     Of course, shifters do fall for other shifters. Mercy Thompson is a bad-ass coyote who recently married the wolf pack leader in a series by Patricia Briggs. Some women don't even know they have shifter blood in them. And Shelly Laurenston blends humor and crazy hybrid combinations in some of her shifter stories. And the females are just as strong, or stronger than their mates.
     So what are your favorite shifters and who are your favorite shifter writers? It's great to exchange new finds. And don't forget to see what my fellow BCT bloggers take on shifters this week.

Romancing the Readers-Ann
Born to Read Books-Cyndi
     

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Join us again next week, August 28th. We will be reviewing the shifter story: No Ifs, Ands, Or Bears About It by Celia Kyle!



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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Join the Tasty Virtual Book Tour for Author Katie Rose: August 18th thru September 5th.



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Bring On the Heat 
The Boys of Summer # 1
By: Katie Rose 
Releasing August 26th, 2014
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Blurb:

In Katie Rose’s irresistible battle of wits, a case of mistaken identity lands a female fan in bed with a sexy superstar—and in major-league trouble.

House-sitting for a rich and famous friend has its perks, and Darcy Hamel isn’t shy about enjoying them. Especially when it means scoring a ticket to an exclusive fashion show hosted by the New Jersey Sonics. An avid baseball fan, Darcy has always dreamed of meeting the team—especially the starting pitcher whose body is as hot as his fastball. But there’s a catch. The gala is by invitation only. To get behind the velvet rope, mild-mannered Darcy will have to pose as party girl Lydia Logan.

Schmoozing is one of the downsides of fame, but Chase Westbrook knows how to liven up even the dullest event. And nothing spices a night up more than a beautiful socialite with a naughty reputation. What Chase doesn't expect is a hint of sweetness beneath her sultry facade. Flirtation turns to seduction and leaves him aching for more. Chase just doesn't know who the real Lydia is: the spoiled tease crying foul over some missing diamonds or the alluring woman making a play for his heart.

My Review:

A mistaken identity story, Bring On The Heat makes a good summer read. Chase is one of the best ballplayers on his so-so baseball  team. He's young, good looking and charming and when he has the chance to meet Lydia Logan, a wealthy bad-girl socialite at an event, he figures what harm can it do if they "scratch each others backs." Opportunities might open up for him if he dates the paparazzi darling.

     Unfortunately, he meets Darcy instead. Lydia encourages Darcy, her house-sitter, to attend the special event in her place since she has decided to leave the country for a while. Darcy hasn't found her place in the world yet which is why she is a house-sitter who does favors while taking care of the spoiled heiress, so Lydia throws her the bone of letting her get a makeover at her favorite salon and borrowing one of her dresses. Darcy is a huge baseball fan and meeting Chase would be a dream come true and she feels like Cinderella at the ball.
     Sparks fly between the two, and when someone calls Darcy "Lydia" at the event, Chase thinks it wouldn't hurt to date the bad-girl for a while. And a nervous Darcy gets a bit drunk and lets Chase think she is Lydia. Unfortunately, she lets thinks snowball over the short time that she and Chase are together. Until Lydia returns.
     It is a stretch of the believable that Darcy couldn't tell Chase the truth before Lydia comes back. And sometimes Chase's thoughts aren't all that nice, but the actions in the things he does are. If we read each others thoughts, the world would really be whacked out. But they are both imperfect, yet likable characters and I know I was rooting for them to get their misunderstanding sorted out.
   











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Award-winning historical author Katie Rose makes her contemporary debut with the Boys of Summer novels, Bring on the Heat and Too Hot to Handle, which combine Katie’s true loves: baseball and romance! When not watching baseball, Katie is at her lake house in New Jersey, hard at work on her next book.


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Monday, August 18, 2014

A Tasty New Cover Reveal: Sinful Rewards Book 4 by Cynthia Sax & Check Out The Great Giveaway!!!!




Sinful Rewards Book 4
A Billionaires and Bikers Novella
By: Cynthia Sax
Releasing  Oct 14th, 2014


Blurb  
Four years ago, Bee Carter left her tiny hometown, escaping her tormenters. She concealed her tarnished reputation under a good girl persona, hiding her history from Nicolas, her strong and silent billionaire, Hawke, her tattooed bad boy biker, and Cyndi, her man crazy best friend.
Today, she’s returning home… and she’s not alone. Some of her deepest darkest secrets will be revealed. Trust will be tested. Clothing and inhibitions will be discarded. Bee and her hometown will never be the same.
When her past and her present collides, will any of Bee’s relationships survive?






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Cynthia Sax lives in a world filled with magic and romance. Although her heroes may not always say, “I love you”, they will do anything for the women they adore. They live passionately. They play hard. They love the same women forever.

Cynthia has loved the same wonderful man forever. Her supportive hubby offers himself up to the joys and pains of research, while they travel the world together, meeting fascinating people and finding inspiration in exotic places such as Istanbul, Bali, and Chicago.Please visit her on the web at www.CynthiaSax.com

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Book Club Thursday, August 14, 2014: Jennifer Ashley Wild Wolf Giveaway!



Welcome back to Book Club Thursday. This week, we are giving away a paperback copy of Wild Wolf by Jennifer Ashley, Book #6 in the Shifters Unbound series. Join the other members and I as we review this book. Let us know what you think of our reviews and don't forget to enter the Giveaway below!



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BLURB:

Graham McNeil knows that his pack is unruly, but he’s not sure he can take the next step toward Shiftertown stability—choosing a new mate. After losing his mate and son long ago, Graham has worked hard to keep his heart in check. And even if he was inclined to bind himself again, his girlfriend, Misty, is human—a fact that won’t sit well with Graham’s old-fashioned wolves.

But Graham is up against a new enemy, one who could spell danger and death to all of Shiftertown. Graham must now defend his leadership and save Misty, the woman he has grown to love—before Shiftertown is pulled into an all-out war.


My Review:

This is one of my favorite paranormal series. Graham is not the nicest of pack leaders compared to some of the other alphas in previous books. He's surly, prickly and stubborn as hell. It doesn't help that he lost his wife and son and now the humans have forced his pack to merge to the Shiftertown where Eric has been pack leader. His wolves are old-school and want him to take a mate, but the woman he's dating,Misty, is human.
This story has lots of action and suspense, as well as romance. The Fae have a bigger presence in this book this go round. Graham and Misty care for each other, but their relationship suffers many bumps between his pack and Misty's brother who is in a serious jam. In the end, Graham realizes the treasure he has in Misty who, though mild-mannered, shows an inner strength as they battle all the problems in their lives. This story is another strong addition to the series.




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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Review for Paige Tyler: Animal Magnetism



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Book#1 Alaskan Werewolves
By Paige Tyler
Available now

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ANIMAL ATTRACTION was originally published in 2008. It was an EPIC Award Finalist, was chosen as BEST BOOK of 2008 at Long and Short Reviews, and received amazing reviews. When I got the rights back from the publisher a little while ago, I decided to revise and rework the story, adding in new characters, a new story arc, and more suspense, action and adventure, which turned the original novella into a full-length novel, and I think made it even better. Hope you enjoy it! 

Not only are werewolves real, but they're damn hunky, too. 


Frustrated when none of the real newspapers will hire her as a reporter, Eliza Bradley takes the only job she can get at a paranormal magazine. Her first assignment takes her to Fairbanks, Alaska to investigate the possibility that a werewolf has killed two local hikers.
Eliza forgets about the story, however, when she meets Hunter McCall, a local college professor and an expert on wolves. The man is an absolute hunk, and she finds herself spending more time in his bed than worrying about werewolves. That is, until she finds out that Hunter isnt just an animal in the sack, hes an animal out of it, too - of the werewolf variety! Talk about a complicated relationship!
But Eliza cant dwell on Hunters little shapeshifting issues. Theres another werewolf out there with a taste for human blood, and she and Hunter are the only ones who can stop him.


My Review:

This series is off to a great start! Eliza finds herself having to take a writing job for a paranormal tabloid and ends up in Alaska with her photographer partner, looking for a rogue werewolf. Eliza doesn't believe a word of it, but she begins to nose around town after 2 residents have been killed 30 miles apart. Local law enforcement is cooperative and she also is helped by Hunter, a professor who studies wolves. He is also the hunk that Eliza met at a small diner over a bottle of ketchup and thought she would never see again. Hunter has secrets, but he does help Eliza and the law when more deaths occur.
     Eliza and Hunter have great chemistry and I thought this story was sexy and fast paced. I wonder who the next story will be out. I'm looking forward to the next book. I'm sure shifter fans will enjoy this one!


I was given an ARC of this book from NetGalley for an honest review.

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