Saturday, August 31, 2013

REVIEW: Cowboy Up by CJ England

***This book was originally reviewed for Storm Goddess Book Reviews.***
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Summary:

Sierra Rawlings loves to work, ride, and play hard, but it’s her hidden desire for neighbor, Dalton Grant, that really keeps her on her toes. But she needs her independence more and his habit of bossing her around is too much to bear. Three years ago, Dalton thought he’d roped and gentled Sierra. One night of passion under the stars had him thinking of forever, but even as he made his plans, she ran from him, and he’d never been able to comprehend why. The annual summer rodeo brings them together and their hidden desires flare hot. But just as they are beginning to understand each other, a dangerous opportunity arises, forcing Sierra and Dalton to learn a painful lesson about trust. It’s time for these two stubborn people to cowboy up and admit their feelings, before anger and a bull named Body Bag steal their last chance away.

Thoughts:

It starts off with a bang (in more ways than one!), giving us story, background, chemistry…then we’re slammed with a whammy. What starts off as something sweet and intense, turns into something sad when it seems Dalton is taking advantage of Sierra. Then the story leaps forward from there.

There were times I thought Dalton was an idiot and should know Sierra better, and vice versa, but ultimately they work in their own occasionally dysfunctional way. She’s a total firecracker and he’s a smooth talker, so together they’re pretty hot. The ending at the rodeo was adorable, I think I even swooned!


Friday, August 30, 2013

BLOG TOUR: Lucky Break by April Angel

Thanks to Smexy Fab4 for hosting this blog tour. I'm sharing a little about April Angel's Lucky Break today. Happy reading!

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Will gambling with her heart bring her luck in love?

Lucky is a top event planner with a loving family and the job of her dreams. But she’s not at all lucky in love. Her last relationship ended in a spectacle she’s been trying to forget. Then a chance encounter leads her into the arms of Jared Thomas, one incredibly sexy man who makes more than her heart throb.

Jared loves women—he just doesn’t trust them. He’s lived a hard life, where misplaced trust can mean death. But when he meets the sexy Latina, he wants to get close enough to find out if she’s worthy of more than just play time. And the gloriously hot sex doesn’t disappoint. He wants to make her his, body, mind and soul…if two people with trust issues can stay together long enough…


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~EXCERPT~

Mastering the nearly overpowering urge to grab her by the hand and haul her out of there was not an easy task. He noticed her empty champagne flute and motioned a passing waiter to hand her a full glass. She took a sip of the bubbly. He watched her lick her lips again, lips he kept picturing wrapped around his cock, sucking him into her hot mouth. He leaned forward on the table, closer to her, and inhaled. The sexy, light scent tickling his nostrils made him think of satin sheets and sweaty bodies.

“What did you have in mind?” he asked.

Their gazes met. Arousal flickered to life in the depths of her whiskey-brown eyes. The longer they stared at each other, the brighter it blazed, beckoning him closer. His cock jerked in his dress pants, ready for action. Hell, he sure was glad he was behind the table, because no matter how good his poker face, he wouldn’t be able to hide that bit of evidence from her.

She shrugged. It was a dainty, sexy lift of her shoulders that pushed her breasts farther up her neckline. “You seem to be the expert here.”

He narrowed his eyes. She sounded like she was making fun of him, but she couldn’t possibly know he was anything other than a hired table attendant. “I wouldn’t call myself a professional.” Oh yeah, he was a lying bastard all right. “But I have experience.”

Her gaze latched onto his lips and slowly traveled back up to meet his. He ground his teeth and fought the cock-hardening look she gave him. She licked her lips. “Let’s see if you’re right in your assumption that my luck won’t last.”

“What’s in it for me, gorgeous?”

She leaned closer. Their faces were only a foot apart now.

“What do you want?”

He wanted to close the distance, to taste her plump red lips, and allow her sexy perfume to fill his lungs. “Alone time…” He watched her eyes widen before he finished. “With you.”

The interest in her eyes grew, until her pupils dilated with arousal. She gulped but didn’t respond. He decided to taunt her into agreeing, into giving in to his wishes.

“It’s all right. It’s clear you’re going to lose anyway. I know the game.” He grinned, and because he couldn’t stop himself, he lifted a hand and caressed her cheek. Her skin was baby-soft and smooth. Her eyes widened and then narrowed. “And if I win?”

Gotcha.

He felt like a lion that had landed on the perfect prey. Now to reel her in. “Whatever you want.”

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About the Author
Want to know about me? Milly Taiden (aka April Angel) was born in the prettiest part of the Caribbean known as the Dominican Republic. She grew up between New York, Florida and Massachusetts. Currently, she resides in New York City with her husband, bossy young son and their little dog Speedy.

She’s addicted to shopping for shoes, chocolate (but who isn’t?) and Dunkin Donuts coffee.

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COVER REVEAL: The Guardians Crown by Wendy Owens

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Today is the cover and blurb reveal for The Guardians Crown (The Guardians #5) by Wendy Owens!

The Guardians Crown is set to release on September 27, 2013. If you have not yet picked up The Guardians Series, start with the first book Sacred Bloodlines.

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Book Blurb:

Gabe is finally forced to answer the ultimate question, will he give his life to save the world? What about just to save the one he loves the most? The Guardians struggle to find another way--ideas that don't involve Gabe's death--to defeat Baal. Time is running out. What will Gabe choose? What price will he pay for that choice?

About Wendy Owens

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Wendy Owens is a 34 year old author, born in the small college town, Oxford Ohio. After attending Miami University, Wendy went onto a career in the visual arts. For several years she created and sold her own artwork. In 2011 she gave her true love, writing, a try. Her first novel flowed from her in only two weeks time, as though it had been fighting to get out. That moment was when she knew she had found her calling. Wendy now happily spends her days writing the stories her characters guide her to tell, admitting even she doesn’t always know where that might lead. Her first series, The Guardians, will be concluded with the fifth and final book in 2013.
  When she’s not writing, this dog lover can be found spending time with her tech geek husband, their three amazing kids, and two pups, lovingly nicknamed stinks and chubbs. She also loves to cook and is a film fanatic.
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Thursday, August 29, 2013

BLOG TOUR: Matchpoint by Elise Sax


Thanks to Bewitching Book Tours for hosting this blog tour. I have Elise Sax, author of Matchpoint here today with a playlist. Welcome!

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MATCHPOINT Playlist

A lot of writers listen to music while they write. Music helps set the mood for a scene, which allows a writer to transport herself and write the best she can.

Writer friends of mine have contacted me when they stumble on the best music for their books, the magical song that gets their fingers dancing on their keyboards and gets their books going.

As you can imagine, writing a book is hard work, and sometimes the words don’t want to come. Music helps make it happen, but it has to be the right music. You don’t want to listen to Nicki Minaj while you’re writing a sad death scene. You don’t want Celine Dion when you’re writing an action scene.

Writing MATCHPOINT had its own playlist, but mostly, music was not involved. Most of MATCHPOINT is comedy, and comedy has its own rhythm. When I listen to music, it alters the dialogue, throwing off the rhythm of the banter, and rhythm and pacing are very important when trying to be funny.

So, during much of my writing, I have the television on in the background. The sound of people speaking, helps me enormously stay on rhythm, and keeps my fingers moving. So, here’s my MATCHPOINT playlist, some spoken, some sung.

Comedy scenes:
Gilmore Girls (Perfect pacing and rhythm for my writing. I wish they made more seasons!)
Big Bang Theory (I love this show. So funny and uplifiting.)

Scary scenes: (there are a couple really scary scenes in MATCHPOINT, which I wrote late at night in my dark office. Scared the pants off of me, and this music really helped)
Dark Knight soundtrack
Lord of the Rings soundtrack
Braveheart soundtrack
Gladiator soundtrack

Love scenes: (Yes, there are some in the book!)
Pride and Prejudice soundtrack
Diana Krall (The Very Best of Diana Krall)
Melody Gardot (My One and Only Thrill)

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About the Author
Elise Sax worked as a journalist for fifteen years, mostly in Paris, France. She took a detour from journalism and became a private investigator before trying her hand at writing fiction. She lives in Southern California with her two sons. An Affair to Dismember, the first in the Matchmaker mystery series, is her first novel.

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Matchpoint

Lovably troublesome Gladie Burger runs into sizzling danger and a fiery love triangle in the second installment of Elise Sax’s hilarious and sexy Matchmaker romance series.

Since joining the family matchmaking business run by her eccentric Grandma Zelda, Gladie is always looking for love. But when an unbearable toothache knocks her out of commission and into the dentist’s chair, she prays only for relief. No such luck. Emerging from an anesthetic haze, Gladie awakes to find that not only is her tooth still throbbing, but her dentist is dead—and the lead suspect in the murder, office receptionist Belinda, just so happens to be Gladie’s first real client. Now it’s up to Gladie to find Belinda a man and keep her from being locked up behind bars.

As if that weren’t enough distraction, two gorgeous men are vying for Gladie’s attention: Spencer, the playboy chief of police, and Holden, Gladie’s secretive, gorgeously muscled neighbor. Still, Gladie’s not complaining about having a helping hand or two when the case leads her to a dangerously bizarre cult. She may have met her match—and if she’s not careful, it could be her last.


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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

REVIEW: Party Crasher by April Angel

Summary:

She crashed his party and became his prize… According to one annoying Drex Callum, Chris is a “nosy reporter.” And maybe she is. She’s heard of the super secretive event known as the Seduction Party, and she won’t be content until she finds a way in. The last thing she expects to find is that Drex is the host. She’ll never get an invitation from her nemesis—unless she finds a way to get one herself. And breaking into his house is nothing if it means getting the scoop. But what she gets instead is an eye-full of the man himself, half-naked and more than she’d ever dreamed he could be in all her teenage fantasies. Drex has been fantasizing about Chris forever, and now that she’s a grown woman, he still has a hard time treating her like one. So when she shows up at the Seduction Party—on the auction chair!—he’s got no other choice but to teach that nosey woman a lesson. He never dreamed sex could be like this, with Chris in his room, tied to a bed, asking him for stuff that blows his mind… But when things turn ugly, it becomes clear that someone wants the nosey reporter dead. And Drex will have his hands full trying to keep his prize safe…

Title:  Party Crasher
Series:  N/A
Book #: N/A
Author:  April Angel
Approximate Book Length:  72 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:

This was a really enjoyable read! The chemistry between the characters is blazing and it’s so fun to watch Chris get herself into trouble at Drex’s party. The results are just plain hot. The conflict was pretty predictable, but does not take away from the likability of the story. I will say that the resolution was a little anticlimactic. Overall, it’s a very sexy story with a sweet ending that leaves you looking forward to more from the author.

Bottom Line:

Party Crasher is a short and sexy romantic suspense that will be sure to raise your temperature and leave you wanting in the best of the ways.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

MY FIRST PREGNANCY - Classes

BIRTHING CLASSES

Birthing classes are another choice to be made, and one to really think about as they do cost money, but they’re also VERY helpful. As you consider it, you’ll want to look into the different types that are out there. The main three (that I know of) are Bradley, Lamaze, and Hypnobirth.

Lamaze is the one that I’d always heard about and the one most often pictured in movies and shows. It has the same information, but different laboring techniques. I assume the same is true of Hypnobirth, though I honestly don’t really know much about that one.

The class the hubby and I decided on was the Bradley Method. The deciding factor was that in our reading we learned that it was all about going completely natural. That was something that was very important to me. I’d always wanted to have the bragging rights, but once I became pregnant, it was more about what was best for baby (and my own healing).

It’s hard to describe exactly what class was like, but I’ll do my best. The first few classes are mostly informative. We did some reading and discussing about the pregnancy in general, such as diet and exercise, but eventually we came to labor specifically. We learned what exactly is happening, how, why, and what to do to cope with the pain without resorting to drugs that could affect labor and delivery. It’s mostly focus and relaxation.

We also learn about labor interventions and augmentations. An intervention would be anything that interferes with the natural labor process, such as forceps, vacuum extraction, or a c-section. Augmentations are anything that just help the labor process along, such as something to help the cervix efface or dilate. I wanted to avoid either, but at least now I knew more about them all.

After a lot of the information has been learned, the labor rehearsals start. We got to try out different positions, massages, vocalizations, and find what might work for us or learn about things that you’d be surprised might help later.

Throughout the class (which for us spanned 12 weeks), we watched videos. Now, we had an awesome Bradley teacher that shared a couple videos that weren’t exactly “Bradley approved” as she put it. Basically they weren’t on the list of videos that she bought as a teacher. They were really great though because we got see different births, some of which were very difficult and the women still managed to go all natural. We also learned that some women apparently have what’s called “orgasmic birth”.

I am writing this particular article later than expected because my daughter showed up two weeks early. So I can tell you a week later that I most definitely did NOT have one of those, and can’t imagine what it could be like!

Ultimately, it’s an incredibly informative and helpful class and we are SOOOOO happy we took it. We also lucked out with who our teacher was because these classes can sometimes be all preachy with “yay midwives” and “doctors are the devil”, but ours was very down to earth and realistic. We were given information so we could make informed decisions when the time came and we knew that if it came down to a c-section, we’d be able to live with it because it would be absolutely necessary given that we’d made every effort to avoid it. Our teacher made sure to tell us that she had zero problems with doctors and that sometimes stuff happens that we can’t control so that when things didn’t go according to plan, we wouldn’t be devastated or ashamed in any way.

The bottom line is that taking that class was so immensely helpful that it took the fear out of birth. I was actually looking forward to it! Due to that, I will recommend the Bradley Method birth class to anyone I know that is pregnant. I totally swear by it!


Sunday, August 25, 2013

BLOG TOUR: Vixen in Vegas by Emma Nichols


Thanks to Stories & SWAG Tours for hosting this blog tour. I'm sharing my review of Vixen in Vegas by Emma Nichols. Happy reading!

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Summary:

It was supposed to be a week of simply being, of living in the moment, and enjoying every minute while it lasted. Of course, that kind of intoxication can have lingering effects. For Sin, she found herself wanting to break all the rules, to extend her time with the stranger who stole her heart. Vegas was just the right kind of place to take such a gamble. Meeting up with BE at the gondolas was a risk. Love went against everything they had promised, but the best things in life can’t be planned. Soon Alysin will be tested. After guarding her heart for so long, she finally let a man in and discovered that the worst things in life happened when she least expected them. When she walked in on BE with another woman and overheard their heated conversation, she suddenly remembered there was a reason she made these rules. Will broken rules lead to broken hearts or will she realize that though love was a gamble, she was all in?

Title:  Vixen in Vegas
Series:  Sinful
Book #: 2
Author:  Emma Nichols
Approximate Book Length:  156 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:

I enjoyed book 1 and was really looking forward to book 2. This one had a lot of good things about it, but some frustrating ones as well. It’s almost incomparable to Sin at Sea because this one is longer and MUCH more emotional. The focus isn’t on the steam nearly as much, though don’t worry there’s still plenty of that too, but on the unfolding drama as they finally get to know each other.

The details of her moving made for a long read, even if there were a couple interactions in there that were fun or integral to the storyline. Alysin goes through a LOT of self doubt, especially at the beginning and towards the middle which made me wonder where the confidence she exuded in the first book went and honestly made me really not like her for a portion of the book. It got better, but man it was a little difficult for a while and I really felt for her friend Jolie and thought BE could do better there for a bit.

The plot was very predictable in many ways, but was still compelling once you got past Alysin’s bad reactions. It was actually a pretty melodramatic read, but kept me interested with the heat and with the tenderness that finally shows through (though BE was always sweet and amazing !). I will warn you though, the ending is both tragic and endearing.

Bottom Line:

Vixen in Vegas is a bittersweet read that you won’t want to miss. With a hero that will win your heart, a heroine that faces her greatest fears for love, and blazing heat, it’s sure to leave you satisfied.

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About the Author
What made her decide to be an erotica author?

Simple.

How else was she going to parlay her two favorite past times into a career?

Emma is single and loving it. Like her first character, Alysin, Sin for short, she doesn't believe in settling or in settling down. She loves to indulge in her passions whenever the mood strikes and enjoys keeping all of life's cliche moments spicy.

Known for her sense of humor, Emma surrounds herself with friends whose antics often become the source of book fodder. Her ideal situation would be to explore the Caribbean while writing. She pursues that dream daily.

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Vixen in Vegas

It was supposed to be a week of simply being, of living in the moment, and enjoying every minute while it lasted. Of course, that kind of intoxication can have lingering effects. For Sin, she found herself wanting to break all the rules, to extend her time with the stranger who stole her heart. Vegas was just the right kind of place to take such a gamble. Meeting up with BE at the gondolas was a risk. Love went against everything they had promised, but the best things in life can’t be planned.

Soon Alysin will be tested.

After guarding her heart for so long, she finally let a man in and discovered that the worst things in life happened when she least expected them. When she walked in on BE with another woman and overheard their heated conversation, she suddenly remembered there was a reason she made these rules.

Will broken rules lead to broken hearts or will she realize that though love was a gamble, she was all in?


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Saturday, August 24, 2013

REVIEW: Damaged Goods by Lainey Reese

***This book was originally reviewed for My Secret Romance.***
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Summary:

Homicide detective Brice Marshall’s current case has him stymied and frustrated. A serial killer is slaughtering young women. After a long, fruitless day poring over the most gruesome evidence he’s ever seen, he needs a break. Stepping into his cousin’s BDSM club is a reminder that there is another part of himself. A part that has been left empty in a life ruled by work. The fact is, he’s a Dom in search of a sub. When he bumps into Terryn, a slender redhead who’s new to the scene, her wide-eyed eagerness even in the face of her nerves attracts him like gravity. Terryn is the sub of his dreams, with the power to ease his soul. Without warning the murder case reaches ugly tentacles into the most private part of his world—the woman he wants to claim as his own. The woman whose stubborn search for the delicate balance between sub life and independence could put her directly in the path of the killer.

Thoughts:

This is book two in the New York series by Lainey Reese and it’s every bit as good as the first! There’s plenty of steamy scenes that are scorching and contain plenty of kink. Brice is after all a Dom and Terryn a new sub.

The characters have great chemistry and strong development with fun interactions among the secondary characters. We get to revisit the trio from A Table for Three and we meet Gage who is slated to star in book 3.

The plot was more involved than the first and is all about a murder mystery. It’s fairly predictable, but it adds depth to the romance and helps draw you in and keep you glued to the page. It also brings out a secondary romance that’s endearing.

Now I will say that there are a couple things that weren’t awesome. The balance between the romance and the mystery could’ve been a little better and the ending felt a little bit rushed. I also don’t know how I felt about Brice sharing Terryn, as it just felt a little off despite the fact that that’s a pretty natural part of BDSM life. Finally, Gage’s speech bothered me a bit because it was a little overdone in the southern accent department.

Overall though, it was a really great read and I can’t wait for the third installment!


Friday, August 23, 2013

TGIF SWAG Giveaway!

Happy Friday! Because of my baby girl's due date, this is the last one of these for another long while.

Today I'm offering up 3 packs of bookmarks and 4 packs of postcards. The bookmarks include four Immortal Guardians by Dianne Duvall bookmarks plus four Immortal Guardians romance trading cards, two Tara Lain bookmarks, two Jennifer James bookmarks for Marked and Covert Craving, and a magnet for Wolf Protector by Milly Taiden. 2 of the postcards packs include a postcard of: Genetic Celebrity, Genetic Attraction, Snow Balls, Fire Balls, Hearts and Flour, and Brush with Catastrophe by Tara Lain; Darkness Rises by Dianne Duvall; Lucky Break by April Angel; and Wolf Fever and Caged Heat by Milly Taiden. The other 2 postcard packs have all those except Genetic Celebrity and Darkness Rises. Pictures below.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

BLOG TOUR: Love and Music in Texas Series by Nikki Lynn Barrett


Thanks to Bewitching Book Tours for hosting this blog tour. I have Nikki Lynn Barrett, author of Baby Stetson and The Melody in My Head here today. Welcome!

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Songs and how they remind me of my characters.

Thank you so much for letting me come on your blog today! I really appreciate it. :)

Some writers work with music in the background. I'm definitely one of those writers. And it just so happens that I'm writing a series based on country musicians, so that works out well. Many times, I associate songs with memories, or people in my life, so it's a little natural that I would find songs that reflect my characters. I thought I would share a few of them.

Now, even though this book isn't part of my Love and Music In Texas, the song “Teenage Dream' by Katy Perry reminds me of my couple in The Secret Santa Wishing Well. Why? Well, for the pair, they felt like teenagers again, falling in love and giving into their desire for the other. So that song just kind of reflects that. Every time it plays on the radio or somewhere, I stop and think of the two.

For Baby Stetson, some songs that remind me of characters/scenes.

First off, Hard to Love by Lee Brice. I think that song fits Avery and Lucas. Lucas isn't the easiest person to deal with, especially right away, and so when I hear that song, it reminds me of the two of them. Think of this line from the song “I'm hard to love, hard to love, no I don't make it easy” And Lucas doesn't. He's hard to understand, he doesn't make the best decisions sometimes, but as the story goes along, he just wants to make everything perfect for Avery and he learns to put her first, even though he wonders why someone like Avery could see anything in him with his tortured past. The song certainly fits them.

Carrie Underwood's “Blown Away” is a perfect reminder of Baby Stetson. In fact, many times while I was writing and revising, that song would play, and it just so happened that one night it played while I was revising a scene involving a tornado. Yes, very fitting. :)

The Melody In My Head has quite a few songs that remind me of my characters and scenes.

Thomas Rhett has a new song called 'It goes like this” and he sings about wanting to write a song, and even has a 'melody in his head'....yes....I would say that fits this book PERFECTLY! Well, of course, because of my title and that line, but Jameson and Melody begin to bond over songwriting.

There's also a song by Sarah Darling called “How Dare You”. I love that song, and it kind of reminds me of Melody because she doesn't want to fall for Jameson, but he does these sweet and sexy things that just grabs her every time.

So those are just a few of my Soundtrack songs for my characters in the book. Do you ever read a story and come up with a song that suits a character or a scene?

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About the Author
Nikki Lynn Barrett lives in Arizona with her husband and son. She's an avid reader, a dreamer, and loves everything about books. She runs a book blog, an online used bookstore, and writes various genres of romance. Nikki can also be found outside with her camera when a storm is near, snapping photo after photo. Her dreams of becoming a writer started when she was young, when she started writing books in one subject notebooks by the fifth grade. The Secret Santa Wishing Well is her debut book.

You can visit Nikki's site at: www.nikkilynnbarrett.blogspot.com for more information.

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Baby Stetson - Love and Music in Texas Book 1

In small Texas towns, strangers come and go...

Left in a Stetson hat, on the steps of the local bed and breakfast, Avery Callimer came into the world on a wing and a prayer. Raised by loving adoptive parents, she’s never lacked for love ... only the knowledge of her past.

By day she works at the inn, but by night ... Avery comes alive as lead singer in a band. Life was good ... stable, until new guests blew into town.

Some strangers come with secrets and lies.

Lucas Bennett is one such stranger. Drifting from one mess to another has left him jaded. Doesn’t matter the dramas are never his doing. Giving it one last shot to make a fresh start lands him Harmony’s Echo, Texas and smack dab in front of the tantalizing Avery.

Despite his best efforts to ignore the burn Avery’s ignited within, he’s intent to keep his distance. Secrets have followed him. Secrets he doesn’t want Avery to know.

Each time they’re near the other, things heat up like a brushfire on a dry Texas prairie.

But maybe, after the dust settles and the smoke clears, love can bloom with a fresh start.

The Melody in My Head - Love and Music in Texas Book 2

Welcome back to Harmony's Echo, Texas.....

Melody Roland is on the run from the one person she trusted completely. One who hid a dark past she could never have imagined. When a pregnant woman on the bus she's fleeing on goes into labor, Melody rushes to her aide. Now she finds herself stranded in a tiny remote town just off the highway, with no way to her original destination.

She's alone, on edge, and unsure who to trust. Her instincts scream to get far away and fast. But how and where?

Jameson Grant struggles through the roughest year of his life. Suffering from the loss of his father, one grief stricken night, he made a mistake. One which cost him the only woman he's ever loved. Each lonely day he's faced with the constant reminders of how quick things can change. Throwing himself into the one thing he has left, his music, helps dull the pain he fights to keep hidden. His last salvation begins to crumble as things spiral out of control and he has no choice but to face the 'music' of his past.

The last thing he needs or wants in his life is a woman with more trouble on her heels than the best of country music lyrics. But Melody sings a sirens call within him that can't be ignored.

Jameson and Melody bond in ways stronger than either could have imagined, but one dangerous person from her past may threaten it all...

If she doesn't flee before he can convince her to stay, and that some love songs last an eternity.


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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

REVIEW: Fate's Wish by Milly Taiden

Summary:

The man she loves left her, but he’s the only one that can protect her. Sharmila is a witch with a problem. Her magic is waning. And her lack of sex may have something to do with it. Her mother’s solution? Easy. Sharmila needs to get laid. Easier said than done, though, because Shar is still in love with the only man to make her melt, Zahir Darkwrath. Her missing husband. Her demon. Zahir knows he’s a danger to Shar, so he’s done his best to stay far away. Darkness flows through his being, and when emotions run wild, destruction rages around him. And sex with Shar is definitely wild. Staying away from the woman he loves is the hardest thing he’s ever done, but hurting her would be far worse. So he’s astounded when Shar’s mother hires his company to watch over her. Evil is heading Shar’s way, and Zahir is the only one who can stop it. To save her, Zahir will need more than control; he’ll need the power of his own darkness--which might be his undoing.

Title:  Fate's Wish
Series:  N/A
Book #: N/A
Author:  Milly Taiden
Approximate Book Length:  57 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:

This story was both dramatic and funny. The relationship between Sharmila and her mother is such that they talk about their love lives. I don’t know how I’d react if my mother told me I needed to get laid! The history behind Sharmila’s marriage to Zahir is kind of sad, but that’s what adds the drama and interest. The magic is pretty cool and used in very creative ways *wink wink*. I will say that the conflict was a little two dimensional making it very predictable and the whole plot seemed a little rushed and just too easy. That being said, it had a cute ending and even sounded like there might be a sequel sometime.

Bottom Line:

Fate’s Wish is a story of reconnecting, supportive friends and family, and magic. Filled with fun and sizzling love scenes, it will satisfy your craving for a quick paranormal erotic read!

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Update!!

I'm going to be MIA a bit. Any giveaways might take a bit longer to select winners and get things mailed out (that were done by me anyway) and I won't be promoting much that wasn't already scheduled. My daughter decided to show up 2 weeks early so I'm a busy new mom trying to figure out the whole deal. I'll get things done as I can!

BLOG TOUR: Call Me Crazy by Quinn Loftis


Thanks to Reading Addiction Blog Tours for hosting this blog tour. I'm sharing a little about Call Me Crazy by Quinn Loftis. Happy reading!

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“I’m looking out from inside the chaos. It must be a one-way mirror because no one seems to be able to see back inside to where I am. The looks on their faces, the judgment in their eyes, tells me everything I need to know. The most frustrating part about the whole messed up situation is that even though I’m the one that they stare at in shock, I am just as shocked as they are. I know no more than they do of why I lose control. What they don’t know is that I am more scared of myself than they could ever be.” ~ Tally Baker


After a devastating turn of events, seventeen year old Tally Baker is admitted to Mercy Psychiatric Facility where she is diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. She has come to a place where she honestly believes that her life is over. Her mind tells her that she will never smile or laugh again, that she will never be normal again. It is in this unlikely place that she meets two people, different in every way, yet both critical to helping her realize that she has so much more living to do.

Candy, a cantankerous sixty year old Mercy Psychiatric patient, is hell bent on driving everyone as crazy as she is. Candy shows Tally that, regardless of her diagnosis, the ability to push on and live her life to the fullest is her choice and hers alone. In the midst of Tally’s oftentimes humorous, sometimes heart-wrenching, escapades with Candy, a new patient is admitted to Mercy—a native American woman named Lolotea. Along with this new patient comes a daily visitor, her son, Trey Swift. At first glance, it is obvious to Tally that he is incredibly handsome and unbelievably caring. But what she learns through her second glance, and many thereafter, is that there is much more to Trey than he ever lets on. It is during these daily visits that Trey and Tally build a friendship far deeper than either of them truly realize. With Trey, Tally feels for the first time since being admitted that someone is looking at her as a person and not as a disease. Trey begins to make it clear that he wants more than friendship, but she knows that she can never give him more. How can she, when she won’t even give him the truth? Tally doesn’t tell Trey that she is a patient at Mercy, and she doesn’t ever plan to. Her plans go up in flames when she finds out that Trey is a new student at her school, the school where her brokenness was found out in the floor of the girl’s bathroom in a pool of her own blood.


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~EXCERPT~

I’m hunched down beneath the table like a frightened rabbit as I watch the tall figure kneel before the new patient across the room. I’m not sure how I came to be hunched down. All I know is that the moment he walked in the room, I felt the uncomfortable rush of something pouring through me. I’m not sure if I liked it or not.

He is Native American; there is no doubt in my mind about that based on his extremely apparent features. His long, black, amazingly shiny hair would have any woman envious of the obvious health in the locks. It flows down his back like a cascading waterfall. His naturally tan skin appears as smooth as silk and his piercing dark eyes don’t seem to miss a thing. He had even caught my movement and had glanced in my direction when I had so brilliantly decided to hide from a person I didn’t even know. I watch as he slowly stands and continues to look down at the woman before him. By the hesitancy in his movements she is obviously very important to him and I’m awed by the tenderness that such a large, imposing guy can show. After several minutes he turns to leave and my eyes never leave his retreating form until I can no longer see him. I feel a kick to my ribs and scramble up with a grunt.

“Crap Candy,” I growl at my snickering companion as I rub my side and glare at her. “What was that for?”

“A better question would be why were you hunkered down under the table drooling over Kemosabe?”

I frown at her. “That’s tacky don’t you think?”

“I’m sixty years old and crazy; I can do tacky if I want,” she snorts at me.

I can’t really argue with her there. Like pregnant women, old, crazy ladies pretty much get a free pass on crassness and eccentricity.

“So come on,” she pats the chair that I had so quickly vacated, “tell Candy all about it.”

I roll my eyes. “He just took me off guard, that’s all,” I lie smoothly.

Candy isn’t buying it. “He was hot, just admit it. Hot and he got you bothered.”

I cringe. “Candy, you calling a guy young enough to be your grandson hot is just not right.”

“Psht,” she flips her hand at me. “I’m old, not blind or dead. Besides, I didn’t say I wanted to jump his exotic bones.”

I groan as I bang my head against the table. “Where do you learn these terms? I mean it’s not normal for someone your age to blurt out crap like that.”

“Did you just use the term normal in a sentence describing me?” She raises her brow surprisingly at me.

I laugh. “Good point.”

“So, are you going to tell me why Pocahontas’ brother had you running for the hills?”

“There is something wrong with you, you know that, right?”

She smiles at me. “That’s what the voices in my head keep telling me. Now spill it.”

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About the Author
Quinn is a 32 year old wife, mother, nurse, and writer, not necessarily in that order. She lives in beautiful West Arkansas with her husband, son, Nora their Doberman pinscher and Phoebe their cat (who thinks she is a ninja in disguise). She loves writing, reading, and crocheting. Her favourite holiday is Christmas, favourite book(s) is Pride and Prejudice, The Alpha and Omega Series by Patricia Briggs, and the Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling. She loves to be silly and have fun, loves music and thinks there is no greater sound in the world than that of her little boy's laughter.

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Sunday, August 18, 2013

MY FIRST PREGNANCY - The Gender

FINDING OUT THE GENDER

The second trimester is the time to decide if you want to know the sex of the baby or not. I always thought I didn’t want to know, because there are few surprises like that in life and I figured that should be one of them. Once pregnant I crumbled under the idea of being able to focus on what names to think of, how to plan the nursery, etc. etc. It just makes it simpler, so that’s what decided things for us. Plus it was nice to call the baby “her” instead of “it” or a generic “he” that people might mistake for a definitive pronoun.

When it comes to names, we’d always had at least one in mind for a girl, but we’ve never been able to really agree on a boy’s name. So we vowed not to discuss it (*cough* argue *cough*) until we found out if it was even necessary. Thankfully we didn’t have to go there.

At 20 weeks, the doctor will do a sonogram, but this one will be a long one. They’ll do a full anatomy scan to measure the brain, look at the face, look at the limbs, and make sure everything is developing as it should be. At that time, they’ll see (provided the baby cooperates since they can get pretty squirmy, especially when nudged and pestered during a sono) whether it’s a boy or girl, but it’s up to you whether or not they tell you.

IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO KNOW – SKIP THE NEXT TWO PARAGRAPHS, BECAUSE I’M GOING TO DESCRIBE HOW TO TELL THE SEX DURING THE SONO.

When they do the sonogram, and they’re checking everything, they’ll obviously eventually come to the legs. Sometimes babies cooperate and give you a great view, and others you have to look pretty closely or even try to prod them to move, or come back and hope they’ve moved. Our little one gave a pretty good view.

For a boy, you’re looking for an extremity that is a tiny penis. For a girl, you can tell either by the lack of said extremity, or by the presence of three little lines that make up the labia. We could actually see the three little lines pretty clearly.

IF YOU SKIPPED AHEAD TO SAVE THE SURPRISE, YOU CAN START READING AGAIN HERE.

If you don’t know the sex, I suppose you aim for neutral colors, which can mean different things to different people. I look at the main pastel colors: pink, purple, green, blue, and yellow. To me personally, the only one that’s neutral of that bunch is yellow, and I didn’t want a sea of yellow. Then again that backfired, because while I have a few blues, greens, and yellows, I wound up with a sea of pink and purple! Either way, you’ll probably end up with a TON of one or two colors no matter what.

Regardless, now you can start working on registries. I had two, on Amazon and Babies R Us. I aimed for neutral furniture so it could be kept and used for the next one if we had another kid and it was a boy. White crib, black stroller and car seat, beige swing…I think the only one that was particularly girly is the little bath we got. So even though we found out, we still went largely neutral. Where it gets very girly is clothes. That’s where all the pink and purple came up. Well, plus I have a little pink keepsake box and baby book. The registries drove me crazy overall. I couldn’t make up my mind while at the same time wanting to buy it all, which I couldn’t do because there was a shower being planned.

When I first worked on building up the registries, I went for the big stuff (crib, stroller, etc.) first, which as I said, was actually pretty neutral. So in case the few items I had on the lists that were pink weren’t a big enough clue, I did put a note in the registry profile that we were having a girl. However, we did tell family prior to that.

Within the week of finding out, Greg made the calls to his family to let them know, while I made arrangements for my family to get together so we could drive up and tell them all together (again, we’re a bit of a dramatic bunch). So Greg and I tried to come up with a cute way to tell them all when we arrived. We decided since everyone knew what we were coming up to tell them this time that it would make sense to both wear pink shirts.

That sounds obvious right? We thought so too…until we showed up. We went to visit my grandmother first since she can’t leave the nursing facility and caught my mom there too. My grandmother was out of the room for the moment and we wouldn’t tell my mom until she got back. So while we were waiting, my mom looks at me and goes “I think it’s a boy.”

Seriously? I looked at my hubby in his pink shirt as he looks at me in mine, and I look back to my mother and ask her why. She said it was the way I was carrying. Keep in mind, I’m only 5 months pregnant at that point, so while I’m showing, it’s still the lower abdomen that’s showing the most. Of course it’s going to look like I’m carrying low. The only “old wives tale” that I’ve ever put any stock in was the way a woman carried when she was pregnant, but Greg believed they were all full of it. Either way, people have a 50/50 chance of being right anyway. So he felt vindication at this statement.

I left that alone and broke the news when my grandmother rolled back into the room and got settled. They were happy, especially because it meant that I could use the old clothes that my grandmother had made for me when I was a baby that my mother saved.

After that, we moved on to my aunt’s house around the corner where everyone else was to meet up so we could tell everyone at once. Well not everyone was there when we showed up so we figured the surprise would be staggered. When we walked in, no one said anything about our shirts. We ended up having to tell everyone, pretty much putting a little “duh” in it by saying “do you see a theme here?” as we stood side by side. We just couldn’t believe it managed to go over everybody’s heads.

Anyway, that’s my silly story of how we tried to tell people in a cutesy way, but ultimately, maybe it’s just simpler to lay the news out there casually. If you don’t find out at all, people might give you lip because they don’t know what to shop for (or make). The bottom line is that while it’s exciting, it doesn’t quite compare to sharing the news that you’re pregnant to begin with. So it’s ultimately your choice and will mean the most to you and your partner whether or not you find out.


BLOG TOUR: Mondays with Mephistopheles: 9AM - Rhys by Dan O'Brien


Welcome to the first day of the Mondays with Mephistopheles: 9am - Rhys blog tour. It will run until August 9th and will feature excerpts and new author interviews each day. But first, here is the obligatory blurb about the novel to settle you into this strange world:

Abraham Rogers has an unusual psychotherapy practice: monsters. This first installment is a session with Rhys, the IT vampire who can’t quite connect with the modern world the way he would like.


A few questions for the author:


Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?

Stay the course. A lot of first-time authors have bungled their perceptions and expectations of what it means to be a published author. Very few of us ever reach the level of super-stardom. Realize that marketing your book becomes crucial, whether you are traditionally published or self-published. Write even you don't want to to and stop complaining about the unfairness of this or that. Write a book you are proud of and then take your lumps. This process takes time. 


Is there anything else you’d like to say?

I love writing books, and I love helping people put together books. I started a literary and publishing consulting company with the sole purpose of helping first-time writers out. Do you need an experienced editor to look over your short story or novel? Do you need help building a platform or self-publishing your book? Are you right on the cusp of realizing your dream, but you need someone to help you those few extra steps? Are you a business in the need of an established copy-editor and/or copywriter? All that matters to me is the integrity of your artistic vision and helping you create the highest quality work possible. Visit my website for details: www.amalgamconsulting.com


If we're sitting here a year from now celebrating what a great year it's been for you in this role, what did we achieve together?

We helped a lot of people realize their dreams of publishing. I was able to meet my personal publishing goals and I feel vindicated that I was able to support my goal of making writing and publishing full-time a sustainable reality. And I was able to move to the coast and enjoy temperate weather for the rest of my life. Dream fulfilled.



Here be an excerpt for your enjoyment:


Abraham Rogers had become a psychologist for a variety of reasons, chief among them that he was uncomfortable with the rigidity of psychiatry as a profession and its propensity to solve psychological issues with pharmaceuticals. He had his clients call him Abe, as he felt the Doctor moniker was too heavy handed for his type of treatment. 

He fancied himself a proponent in a long line of humanistic psychologists who offered unconditional support for anyone who needed to work through personal or professional issues. 

As he sat in his dark office, shades drawn and lamp set to its lowest setting, he ruminated about the use of the word human. 

His practice had suffered as of late. 

The market had become saturated with recent graduates and despite a growing despair on the horizon, his billable hours began to decrease. 

He had to consider a new kind of client. 

The buzzing sound from the intercom on his desk woke him from his thoughtful pose. Standing, he depressed the button. 

His secretary’s voice did not match her appearance. The brusque tone suggested a woman solidly built with a perpetual scowl. Eve was the very picture of carefree youth: bright blue eyes and strawberry blonde hair. 

“Dr. Rogers, your 11 o’clock appointment is here. Should I send him in?”

Abe liked to meet his clients in the waiting room. 

“I’ll be right out.”

Taking the three long steps from his comfortable seat to the thick oak door, Abe smiled––though managed little more than a self-conscious smirk. 

Rhys was a mere specter of a man. His porcelain skin was accented by a burgundy shirt and dark pants. A pair of polarized sunglasses hid his eyes as he turned his head to the approaching Dr. Rogers. 

“Good morning, Rhys. Shall we?”

Rhys stood with a smooth and effortless movement. His lean frame was hidden beneath layers of superfluous clothing despite the humidity outside of the office. 

Abe had become accustomed to the strange turn his life had taken. Every academic had to specialize at some point in their career. Abraham Rogers’ practice had become a respite for the strange.






Bio: A psychologist, author, editor, philosopher, martial artist, and skeptic, he has published several novels and currently has many in print, including: The End of the World Playlist, Bitten, The Journey, The Ocean and the Hourglass, The Path of the Fallen, The Portent, and Cerulean Dreams. Follow him on Twitter (@AuthorDanOBrien) or visit his blog http://thedanobrienproject.blogspot.com. He recently started a consultation business. You can find more information about it here: http://www.amalgamconsulting.com/.




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Saturday, August 17, 2013

REVIEW: The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter

***This book was originally reviewed for Storm Goddess Book Reviews.***
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Summary:

All her life, Ashlyn Darrow has been tormented by voices from the past. To end the nightmare, she has come to Budapest seeking help from men rumored to have supernatural abilities, not knowing she'll be swept into the arms of Maddox, their most dangerous member—a man trapped in a hell of his own. Neither can resist the instant hunger that calms their torments…and ignites an irresistible passion. But every heated touch and burning kiss will edge them closer to destruction—and a soul-shattering test of love…

Thoughts:

I can’t necessarily say that I loved this book, but I really liked it! The couple were good together, once they figured out the other wasn’t out to kill them of course, and I liked how much they’d do for each other a lot. However, I wanted to smack Maddox for not just talking to her instead of assuming she was Bait, and Ashlyn was often too stubborn or na├»ve for her own good.

That being said, I LOVED the premise! Greek mythology was always one of my favorites, and to see that portrayed this way was really, really neat. A bunch of warriors soul melded to demon spirits that were released from Pandora’s box? Too cool. I can’t wait to see more of the warriors’ stories and how they overcome/cope with their demonic side effects.

Overall, Gena Showalter has created a satisfying romance, an enthralling world that I can’t get enough of, and a fascinating series that I look forward to reading more of!


Friday, August 16, 2013

BLOG TOUR: Bound to Me by Jeanette Medina

Thanks to Smexy Fab4 for hosting this blog tour. I'm sharing a little about Jeanette Medina's Bound to Me. Happy reading!

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A girl with nothing else to lose.
A life that's brought nothing but pain.
A tattoo that's more than what it seems.

Eighteen-year old Veronica has had enough. Her alcoholic mother has only delivered a slew of abusive step-fathers and life is only getting harder. What was to be a simple tattoo for her birthday brings more than she ever imagined. Liam is a shape-shifting dragon. He lives on her shoulder, watching her, helping her. Having the dragon come to life and teaching her courage becomes a new lifeline for Veronica. But Liam will eventually become a permanent tattoo on her skin - never to take the shape of the protector she became attached to. Will she embrace her life or will a broken heart shatter her soul forever?


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Thursday, August 15, 2013

BLOG TOUR: Scarred Love by MS Brannon


Thanks to Reading Addiction Blog Tours for hosting this blog tour. I have MS Brannon, author of Scarred Love, here today. Welcome!

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Inspiration to My Writing

For me, inspiration comes from many different sources and events surrounding my life, a close friend or family member, or someone random stranger. I like to people watch. Sitting in a busy place I love to try and figure out what that person’s particular story could be. I will almost study them to the point it could be considered staring, watching their body language, interactions with others, and mannerisms they will you. Then try and write their story in my head. Often times ,I will end up writing down what I’ve encountered in that moment and develop it into a short story in a matter of moments. Or I will see or hear of a certain event that’s happened and it will remind me of story I am currently working on. I will find a why to incorporate it into the story.

Scarred Love in particular was inspired by countless stories surrounding childhood abuse. Every time I would turn on the TV or read an article there was something new to report of a child who was either kidnapped, abused, or worse killed by the hands at the people who were suppose to care for them.

The thought festered in my head and really bothered me. Then in the middle of the night Darcie’s story started writing itself in my thoughts and I flew to the computer to take it down. I wanted tell a story of a girl who was rescued from unimaginable abuse and make her into a fighter/survivor. I wanted show that it does not matter who you’re legal bound to, family are the people who will do anything to protect you.

Then of course I wanted to tie it all together and have her fall in love. All of this inspiration came from small news segments and articles I read about children suffering from abuse by the hands of people who were suppose to love them.

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About the Author
M.S. Brannon was born and raised in the Midwest. She still resides there today with her wonderful husband and son. When she is not writing or reading, M.S. Brannon spends time with her family, watching movies, and discovering new music. She writes romance because she believes love and heartache is the rawest emotion one can experience.

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Scarred Love

Darcie Claiborne spent several years of her young life living with a monster, always fearing what he would do next. Clasping onto her last ounce of hope, Darcie releases a scream. It’s her final attempt to live; to survive the villain of her reality. Sweeping her up in his arms, Darcie’s knight in shining armor rescues her from the hell she’s been living; from the stepfather she's feared for all those years.

Reggie Evans has been forced to grow up before he’s ready when his mother dies of an overdose, leaving him responsible to raise his younger brothers. One fateful night, Reggie jogs by an old, run down house and discovers a young girl clinging to life as she screams for help.

Three years later, Darcie is healing and always protected by the man who saved her, but now she's fighting with something she isn't prepared to face. The growing love for the man who saved her life three years ago, the same man who’s nine years older. All the while, Reggie fights to protect Darcie from the demons of her past and new ones of her present.


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

REVIEW: A Hero's Pride by April Angel

Summary:

Kayla Santomas has never been on a blind date. Ever. One bad marriage and way too many useless relationships have convinced her to allow her best friend to set her up. Tired of dating frogs, she decides she wants dinner with a nice guy as a birthday present to herself. Who knows? He might not be so bad. After losing part of his leg in Afghanistan, Ryan Mitchell lost interest in dating and even worse, the urge to get aroused. He finally gives into his badgering family and decides to go back into the dating world. What better way to do it than to allow his brother and friend to set him up? According to them, he needs the extra help. Sparks fly between Kayla and Ryan. Each quickly realizes that they want more time with the other. Hours rush past them in a blur. But when Ryan says something that Kayla misinterprets, will this be the end of a great night? Ryan will have to forget his pride and say what's inside in order to keep her.

Title:  A Hero's Pride
Series:  Wounded Soldiers
Book #: 1
Author:  April Angel
Approximate Book Length:  40 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:

First off I just have to say that I’m jealous. Kayle compares Ryan’s looks to someone and all I have to say I’m frickin’ jealous! Anyways, moving on! This is another bitter sweet story for me. I felt there were a couple inconsistencies in the plot, but they’re not blaringly obvious, so you can still enjoy the story around them. I prefer HEA endings, but this one felt more like a HFN, which is great, but I wanted more. The story really just felt too short.

That being said, I love how strong Ryan is and how he finds more confidence as the encounter progresses. I really love how open and honest Kayla is. She helped him both physically and emotionally with how she treated him. While the chemistry felt a little quick and easy, I totally ran with it and liked the story.

Bottom Line:

Who doesn’t love a healing story, especially involving a wounded soldier? A Hero’s Pride will tug at your heartstrings as well as your hormones. Don’t miss out on this one!

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

BLOG TOUR: Elysian Fields by Suzanne Johnson


Thanks to Bewitching Book Tours for hosting this blog tour. I have Suzanne Johnson, author of Elysian Fields, here today. Welcome!

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The Sentinels Guide to Summer TV

What, you thought the wizards and shifters and undead pirates of the Sentinels world sat around sucking on crawfish heads and engaging in preternatural power struggles?

Even a merman needs a no-pressure evening in front of the TV.

So I asked each of the major characters of Elysian Fields to tell me his or her favorite show. See if there are any surprises…

Rene Delachaise, merman, head of the Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, merclan: “Chopped,” a long-running show on the Food Network where four chefs compete using a basket of bizarre ingredients to make a three-course meal in less than an hour.
Babe, you are gonna ruin my reputation if I don’t say somethin’ all manly, so don’t spread this around. I won’t miss a single episode of “Chopped.” Man, I can cook some stuff, you know. I make a mean pot of gumbo and a crawfish boil that’s as good as an orgasm. Well, not really. But those “Chopped” people are nuts. I might suck the juice outta a crawfish head, me, but ain’t no Chinese eel eyeballs going in my mouth.

DJ Jaco, wizard, Sentinel of greater New Orleans area: “Big Brother,” a summer reality series where a group of shallow, backstabbing (but beautiful) strangers are locked together in a house filled with cameras for three months and cut off from everyone and everything in the outside world.
I can’t wait for this to come on each time. I mean, these people are seriously cray-cray and mean and spiteful and did I mention alarmingly dumb? They make my life, and the people that surround me, seem so totally sane and normal by comparison. Even the pirate.

Alex Warin, shapeshifter, head of the FBI’s Division of Domestic Terror: “NCIS,” a drama about the investigative arm of the U.S. Navy, featuring an ensemble cast of eclectic characters.
Jethro Gibbs, head of the NCIS unit, is my hero. Yeah, his personal relationships suck, but the man’s just so damned cool. You don’t pull anything over on Jethro. He knows the score. And that Israeli agent, Zeva, is hot. Especially when she pulls out her weapon. She can point that thing at me anytime.

Jake Warin, loup-garou werewolf, investigator for the FBI’s Division of Domestic Terror: “House,” a drama about an eccentric, drug-addicted, self-destructive—but brilliant—medical diagnostician and his team.
Man, that Hugh Laurie—the guy who played Dr. House—is just brilliant. He plays the perfect role of this doctor who’s built up a thick, defensive wall around himself to keep people away and cover up the fact that he’s addicted to painkillers and always hurts. I know how that feels. It sucks. The show’s off the air now, but I can always find reruns when I have a free night from the Green Gator.

Jean Lafitte, early 19th-century pirate, representative of the New Orleans historical undead: The Weather Channel.
I must confess, I find the whole notion of this “television” quite fascinating, although I do not understand how it operates and thus do not trust it. For example, how do I assure myself that the people inside the box do not also see me? Therefore, I drape a blanket over the screen most of the time when I am in residence. However, I do enjoy viewing “The Weather Channel,” as it is called. The things men have learned to do! Had I this sort of information, I could have sailed the globe with no fear of hurricanes or rough seas to jeopardize myself or my men.

So those are the characters’ favorite shows. What might you recommend for them to watch?

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About the Author
On Aug. 28, 2005, Suzanne Johnson loaded two dogs, a cat, a friend, and her mom into a car and fled New Orleans in the hours before Hurricane Katrina made landfall.

Four years later, she began weaving her experiences and love for her city into the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series, beginning with Royal Street (2012), continuing with River Road (2012), and now with Elysian Fields (August 2013).

She grew up in rural Alabama, halfway between the Bear Bryant Museum and Elvis’ birthplace, and lived in New Orleans for fifteen years—which means she has a highly refined sense of the absurd and an ingrained love of SEC football and fried gator on a stick.

She can be found online at her website or her daily blog, Preternatura. As Susannah Sandlin, she writes the best-selling Penton Vampire Legacy paranormal romance series and the recent standalone, Storm Force.

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Sentinels of New Orleans Book Three

The mer feud has been settled, but life in South Louisiana still has more twists and turns than the muddy Mississippi. New Orleanians are under attack from a copycat killer mimicking the crimes of a 1918 serial murderer known as the Axeman of New Orleans.

Thanks to a tip from the undead pirate Jean Lafitte, DJ Jaco knows the attacks aren't random--an unknown necromancer has resurrected the original Axeman of New Orleans, and his ultimate target is a certain blonde wizard.

Namely, DJ. Fighting off an undead serial killer as troubles pile up around her isn't easy. Jake Warin's loup-garou nature is spiraling downward, enigmatic neighbor Quince Randolph is acting weirder than ever, the Elders are insisting on lessons in elven magic from the world's most annoying wizard, and former partner Alex Warin just turned up on DJ's to-do list. Not to mention big maneuvers are afoot in the halls of preternatural power.

Suddenly, moving to the Beyond as Jean Lafitte's pirate wench? It could be DJ's best option.


Sentinels of New Orleans Book Two

Hurricane Katrina is long gone, but the preternatural storm rages on in New Orleans. New species from the Beyond moved into Louisiana after the hurricane destroyed the borders between worlds, and it falls to wizard sentinel Drusilla Jaco and her partner, Alex Warin, to keep the preternaturals peaceful and the humans unaware. But a war is brewing between two clans of Cajun merpeople in Plaquemines Parish, and down in the swamp, DJ learns, there’s more stirring than angry mermen and the threat of a were-gator.

Wizards are dying, and something—or someone—from the Beyond is poisoning the waters of the mighty Mississippi, threatening the humans who live and work along the river. DJ and Alex must figure out what unearthly source is contaminating the water and who—or what—is killing the wizards. Is it a malcontented merman, the naughty nymph, or some other critter altogether? After all, DJ’s undead suitor, the pirate Jean Lafitte, knows his way around a body or two.

It’s anything but smooth sailing on the bayou as the Sentinels of New Orleans series continues.


Sentinels of New Orleans Book One

As the junior wizard sentinel for New Orleans, Drusilla Jaco's job involves a lot more potion-mixing and pixie-retrieval than sniffing out supernatural bad guys like rogue vampires and lethal were-creatures. DJ's boss and mentor, Gerald St. Simon, is the wizard tasked with protecting the city from anyone or anything that might slip over from the preternatural beyond.

Then Hurricane Katrina hammers New Orleans' fragile levees, unleashing more than just dangerous flood waters. While winds howled and Lake Pontchartrain surged, the borders between the modern city and the Otherworld crumbled. Now the undead and the restless are roaming the Big Easy, and a serial killer with ties to voodoo is murdering soldiers sent to help the city recover.

To make it worse, Gerald St. Simon has gone missing, the wizards' Elders have assigned a grenade-toting assassin as DJ's new partner, and undead pirate Jean Lafitte wants to make her walk his plank. The search for Gerry and the killer turns personal when DJ learns the hard way that loyalty requires sacrifice, allies come from the unlikeliest places, and duty mixed with love creates one bitter roux.


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