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BLOG TOUR: Outing the Quarterback by Tara Lain

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Thanks to Enchantress of Book Blog Tours for hosting this blog tour. I'm sharing my review of Tara Lain's Outing the Quarterback today. Happy reading!
***************************** Summary:Will Ashford lives in two closets. He meets his wealthy father’s goals as both the quarterback for the famous SCU football team and a business major, but secretly he attends art school and longs to live as a painter. And he's gay. But if he can win the coveted Milton Scholarship for art, he’ll be able to break from his father at the end of his senior year.

In a painting master class, Will meets his divergent opposite, Noah Zajack. A scarred orphan who’s slept on park benches and eaten from trash cans, Noah carefully plans his life and multiple jobs so he has money and time to go to art school. Will's problems seem like nothing compared to Noah's. Noah wants the scholarship too and may have a way to get it since the teacher of his class has designs on him, a plan Will isn't…

REVIEW: A Feast of Souls by Hailey Edwards

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***This book was originally reviewed for GraveTells.*** ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Summary:Mana can communicate with the dead, but she’s out of her depth when a soul attaches itself to a canis and declares himself the soul of an old friend’s long dead father. What’s worse is that she’s stuck with Vaughn and can’t tell him where she’s getting her information, nor does she dare divulge her secret fantasies that very much involve him. Vaughn is a warrior, but Mana calls to his softer side, at least when they’re alone. Outwardly he needs to be just as intimidating as ever while treachery lurks around every turn.
Thoughts:I loved book one of this series, so I was really excited to delve into the sequel. I have to admit, I feel let down. I liked some of the banter between Vaughn and Mana, and even many of the other characters seen periodically. I liked the canis angle and thought it was fun, even though we’re never made to be fans of Vaughn’s father from stories of him both in this bo…

BLOG TOUR: Twice the Growl by Milly Taiden

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Talia Barca needs a date. Badly. She uses the services of the Paranormal Dating Agency hoping for a decent guy to take to a family wedding. A wedding her ex-husband has wormed his way into as a guest.

Connor and Theron want Tally to complete their Alpha triad. She's sexy, curvy and funny. But she's human. And they're not sure she'll go for a relationship with two men at the same time.

As if deciding to give two men a shot wasn’t difficult enough, Tally will also need to deal with a threat from the pack. She'll either prove she's strong enough to be an Alpha mate or find herself at the mercy of a vicious opponent.


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~EXCERPT~
Talia Barca stared gloomily at her drink. How would she ever survive the next time she saw her ex-husband? The rat bastard.

“So what are you going to do?” her cousin, Nita Islas asked. The soft question broke through Tally’s misery.

“I don’t know,” she muttered and lifted her amaretto sour to her …

REVIEW: Lost in Starlight by Sherry Soule

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Summary:High school is tough. Romance with a sexy alien--even tougher.

Star reporter Sloane Masterson knows she has one helluva story when she witnesses hottie Hayden Lancaster bending forks with his mind.

Like any good journalist, Sloane sets out to uncover the truth, even if it includes a little stalking. When the superhuman feats start to pile up and the undeniable heat rises between them, Hayden has no choice but to reveal his secret: he's an alien hybrid.

They're as different as night and day--she's a curvy, purple-haired, horror junkie and he's a smoking hot, antisocial, brainiac--yet the intense fascination between them refuses to go away. Even at Hayden's insistence that dating each other is "off limits" and dangerous, their fiery attraction threatens to go supernova.

Now Sloane's learning to deal with creepy government agents, über snobby extraterrestrials, and getting a crash course on the rules of interstellar dating. But Sloane must d…

BLOG TOUR: Colors of Us by Sandra Bunino

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Thanks to Bewitching Book Tours for hosting this blog tour. I have Sandra Bunino, author of Colors of Us, here today. Please give her a warm welcome!
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Welcome Sandra! Glad to have you here :-)
Hi Buffy! *waves*
I’m so excited to chat with you about my new release, Colors of Us, today.

The settings of my stories are almost like a secondary character to me. They set the tone, ground the reader and make the story real. I need to know where my characters are before I can write them so I’ll usually research the setting first and let the story evolve from there.

The setting of my new series, McAvery Brothers, is the SoHo section of New York City. The name “SoHo” refers to the streets “South of Houston Street” (for non-NYers: Houston is pronounced HOUSE-ton not Houston as in Texas).


SoHo is one of my favorite spots in NYC. It’s adjacent to Greenwich Village, where I spent many fun nights, and is filled with artist lofts, galleries, shops and restaurant…

REVIEW: Magic of the Loch by Karen Michelle Nut

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***This book was originally reviewed for GraveTells.*** ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Summary:With a medical condition threatening her life, Michaela decides Scotland will be her final vacation. There she meets Alan, the Loch Ness Monster, and he believes she’s his soul mate. But besides her medical condition, there’s another threat looming, and they must survive this villain, or they won’t need to worry about the health issues Michaela faces and the curse Alan bears.
Thoughts:First thing I have to point out is the speech. The author keeps up with that Scottish brogue throughout the book, and I can totally hear Sean Connery’s voice speaking. It’s pretty awesome. It’s such a simple thing, but it totally got me. Another fairly simple thing is the way the magic worked. Shape shifters didn’t need to strip down to shift, and when they came out of the water and shifted back to human, they’d be bone dry and clothed. So cool.

I really liked Alan and Hyatt’s outlook on their lives as Loch…

BLOG TOUR: Dead Reaper Walking by Mina Carter

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Thanks to Book Monster Promotions for hosting this blog tour. I'm sharing a little about Mina Carter's new release, Dead Reaper Walking. Happy reading!
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Liberty, Oakwood series, #2

Underage witches, a breakout from demon prison and a new hellgate… What could go wrong?

Reaper extraordinaire, Laney Larson, is stuck in Liberty, Oakwood of all places, for two reasons. One, there’s way more paranormal activity going on than normal for a little town like Liberty. And two, a sexy as hell cop called Troy.

So when the proverbial hits the fan and they get wind of a demon break-out from the third hell, a prison even the demon king himself won’t set foot in, what’s a reaper to do but strap on her blades and help track the escapee down? But then the creature takes her man, and all bets are off.

A reaper, a demon and a cop…will Death claim them all, or just one?


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About the Author Mina Carter is a bestselling, multi-…

REVIEW: In Still Darkness by Dianne Duvall

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Summary:It's not the first time Immortal Guardian Richart d'Alençon has saved a human life from eternal damnation. Usually, he moves on, a nameless savior like a ghost in the night. But this time he can't seem to forget the woman who rewarded him with a sensuous kiss after he rescued her from a trio of vampires. While Richart knows that loving a human can only bring trouble, the taste of forbidden lust is too great to resist...

Jenna never imagined she'd end up a single mom working overtime to put her son through school. But she might have daydreamed once that a devastatingly gorgeous Frenchman would sweep her off her feet. Now that a package of tall, dark, and handsome seems intent on doing just that, doctors are telling her she may not have long to live. But Richart is telling her just the opposite. All she has to do is abandon her humanity...
Title:  In Still Darkness
Series:  Immortal Guardians
Book #: 3.5
Author:  Dianne Duvall
Approximate Book Length:  98 Pages
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NEW RELEASE: Outfoxed by Eve Langlais

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HAPPY RELEASE DAY!

Kodiak Point – Book 2

Boris left to defend his country still a boy. He came back a changed man. A damaged man.

But Jan still wants him.

A man of few words, Boris has a firm way of saying No, but a determined vixen knows he’s her mate. Jan has not had much success in getting her bullheaded moose to notice her, but all that changes when her life is put in danger.

Suddenly the damaged soldier keeps finding excuses to come to her rescue, but as far as Jan is concerned, her mate is the one in need of saving.

It will take some subtle maneuvering to outfox her moose into admitting he loves her, but this wily vixen is more than ready for the challenge. And if that doesn’t work, momma’s offered to loan her the shot gun used for her own engagement.

Welcome to Kodiak Point, where the wildlife might wear clothes, but animal instinct rules the heart.


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~EXCERPT~
As Jan placed her body close to Travis’s, her hands over his, her breas…

REVIEW: Kiss of Midnight by Lara Adrian

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***This book was originally reviewed for GraveTells.*** ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Summary:After bearing witness to a brutal murder, Gabrielle Maxwell’s life turns upside down when the police find no evidence and she’s left thinking herself crazy. Lucan Thorne dispatches the Rogues outside the club, and follows the woman that was lucky to escape the carnage with her life and pretending to be a police officer, aims to find out what she knows. He doesn’t intend to get involved with her, but upon discovery that she’s already immersed in his world, he’s forced to give her all the gory details. It’s within each other that they find everything they were missing and never thought to look for in their lives.
Thoughts:I enjoyed this take on vampires. I have never read a vampire story with a lore quite like this one, it was positively out of this world! The fine line that divides the good guys from the bad makes you hold your breath at times waiting to see if that line gets crossed. There…

BLOG TOUR: Night Unbound by Dianne Duvall

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Thanks to Authors Taproom for hosting this blog tour. I have Dianne Duvall, author of Night Unbound here today with a fun character interview. Happy reading!
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Character Interview: Lisette
Thank you for joining me! And thank you, Buffy, for letting me visit again! I’m thrilled to be here today, celebrating the release of NIGHT UNBOUND, the fifth book in my Immortal Guardians series. For those who haven’t yet picked up a copy and who aren’t familiar with my series, I thought I would give you a glimpse of my Immortal Guardians crew through a character interview. (There are other character interviews sprinkled throughout my blog tour, if you’d like more glimpses.)

Today Sheldon, one of the mortals in my series (and a favorite of myself and many readers, thanks to the comic relief he provides) will be interviewing Lisette d’Alençon, the heroine of NIGHT UNBOUND.

Sheldon: So . . . you and Zach, huh?

Lisette: Me and Zach.

Sheldon: You are freaking bal…

REVIEW: Night Unbound by Dianne Duvall

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Summary:For centuries, Lisette d'Alençon has been a warrior against the dark. She fights alongside her brothers and comrades. But when the dreams start coming, she can't bear to confess them to the Immortal Guardians' command. Dreams of a dark-haired man with soft eyes and brutal wounds, a man her heart aches for--and a man she knows has been declared a traitor.

Zach is an exile, a loner. He won't defend himself against false accusations or grovel to those who should have faith in him. But he'll damn sure defend the woman who kept him sane against a plague of super-vamps that seems to have appeared from nowhere. The Guardians will blame him, and that will make Lisette suspect, too. With life, death and eternity on the line, who can they really trust?
Title:  Night Unbound
Series:  Immortal Guardians
Book #: 5
Author:  Dianne Duvall
Approximate Book Length:  433 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:It is extraordinary to see a series …

Future of the Blog

So here's the deal.  My daughter is just over a year old now, and she's a huge hand full.  She's still nursing (frequently) and plays best if I'm on the floor with her.  She's also still sleeping with us, so when she goes to bed, so do I.  I am barely keeping up with posting 1-2 reviews a week right now.  My wonderful, supportive husband knows how much I don't want to shut the blog down, so he's willing to help me, however, being on the verge of shutting down the blog, I have to wonder how much it's really worth it.  
IS THERE ANYONE OUT THERE THAT STILL READS THE BLOG?
If I still have some kind of following or readership, I will do my best to keep up the blog until things get better and I can even make it more interesting again (like start writing my own stuff again beyond reviews).  If I don't get any comments, particularly of the "I still read - please don't shut it down - I like you!" persuasion, there's not much point in makin…

REVIEW: Desire Untamed by Pamela Palmer

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***This book was originally reviewed for GraveTells.*** ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Summary:The Feral Warriors – an elite group of immortals who can change into animals – are on the verge of extinction, and their last hope lies with woman who has no idea who they are or what her future holds. Her small town human life is transformed when a stranger shows up on a rainy night and whisks her away to his home. With their race, their power, their very lives on the line, they realize the depth of the connection that’s bloomed between them. Will they risk their souls to keep that bond and save the world?
Thoughts:This book was such an emotional roller coaster! The story opens up with a short stint with the Ferals, but then jumps right to Kara’s life-changing night, when Lyon shows up and takes her home with him, whether she likes it or not. She’s heart-broken over the life she left, utterly terrified of the unknown before her, and completely addicted to her kidnapper. While Lyon tries …

REVIEW: Against the Cage by Sidney Halston

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Summary:For Chrissy Martin, returning to her Florida hometown always seems to bring bad luck. The day starts with a breakup text, followed by a jailhouse phone call from her troublemaker brother. Now a routine traffic stop has ended with her accidentally punching an officer . . . in a delicate place. Then Chrissy realizes that the hot cop on the receiving end of her right hook is none other than the man from her teenage fantasies.

Jack Daniels knows how to take a hit. After all, when he’s not chasing reckless drivers, he’s kicking ass in a mixed martial arts ring. So what takes his breath away isn’t the low blow, but the woman who dealt it: a gorgeous knockout with legs Jack wouldn’t mind being pinned under—who just so happens to be his best friend’s nerdy little sister, all grown up. Soon their instant chemistry leads to a sizzling affair, but Jack and Chrissy are fighting an uphill battle if they want to make love last beyond the final bell.
Title:  Against the Cage
Series:  Worth …