Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The Fix Up by Kendall Ryan - Cover Reveal

I am very excited to help bring you the highly anticipated cover for THE FIX-UP, the standalone novel from New York Times Bestselling Author Kendall Ryan.

The Fix-Up releases on October 11.

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Book Description:

   From New York Times Bestseller, Kendall Ryan, comes a sexy new standalone novel. 

 My tempting, and very alpha friend Sterling Quinn is someone I consider off-limits. It's not just that we're friends, he's also a cocky, confident, and British, which means he's a walking aphrodisiac. But lately he's been giving me the look. You know the one. When he thinks I'm not paying attention, and his gaze lingers for too long. And then we start working together, and that's when the sexual tension between us gets so thick, I want to hack through it with a machete. I want to make all these deep feelings I've harbored for him disappear, because there's no way this can end well. The lines between business and pleasure become irrevocably blurred, and I'm stuck between a rock, and Sterling's very, very hard place. Rather than keep a level head about our growing attraction, Sterling wants to go all in, showing me just how explosive we can be together. But I've been around long enough to know that this British bad boy is more than my heart can handle. I'm not about to be cast aside like yesterday's underwear when he's done having fun. Sterling’s never been told no, and he's not about to put his ego aside and play by my rules. But I never thought he'd fight so dirty. 

 *This is a spin-off from the HITCHED series, but can be read as a standalone.*


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Better Love by Daisy Prescott - Cover Reveal

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Today I am reveal the cover for 

BETTER LOVE by Daisy Prescott. 

This book is a standalone, romantic comedy, and it is the 4th book in the Wingmen series. 

Check out the exclusive pre-order link on iBooks for BETTER LOVE and links for the previous books in the series!

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BOOK Description:

Maybe that old song got it right. Maybe love can be better the second time around.
When one of my wingmen needs help, I'll do anything for him, including calling in a favor with the one person I swore I'd never speak to again. Not after I walked away from that life five years ago and ditched the trappings of my success. The keyword being trap. I left it all behind. Including her. Now the ambitious, brilliant, talented, and undeniably beautiful Roslyn Porter is back in my life. I'm not the same person she knew. I'm trying to be a better man. No man is an island, but Dan Ashland comes close. He's content with his quiet life on Whidbey, a world away from the rat race on the other side of the ferry.
Dan has three great loves in his life: solitude, pizza, and Roslyn Porter. 

Better Love is a standalone second chance romance featuring Dan Ashland and the fourth book in the Wingmen series.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Unnatural Souls by Linda Foster - Review and Giveaway


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Author: Linda Foster
Publication Date:  9 August, 2016
Publisher: Glass House Press
Series:  Realm of the Claimed, Prequel
Genre:  Paranormal 
Age Recommendation: 14 and up
Rating: 4 Stars

~ I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ~ 


Book Description:

 It's been almost a year since the night of the accident that should have killed Grace. Nearly a year since her brother, Ash, sold his soul to save her. She survived, but that wasn’t the end of their story. Not even close. In the months since, Grace’s life has turned upside down. She can move objects with her mind, teleport in a blink of an eye, see dead people … and that's just the tip of the crazy train. And that would be fine, really … if she had any idea how to control it. Instead, she’s stuck in a body that does things she doesn’t understand. And now, the contract her brother made for her life is drawing to a close. Which means he’s running out of time before the demon comes to collect his soul. Unless Grace can find a way to save him. When an angel named Michael shows up with answers and an offer to help her, she jumps at the chance—and agrees to help him with his own mission as the price. Then she finds out that Michael is working with another demon. That the deal she’s made … is no better than the one from which she’s trying to save Ash. And she’s faced with a choice: turn and walk away, or try to save her brother—by working with the very monsters who have nearly destroyed them both.

My Review:

This is one of those books that both leaves you satisfied but full of questions and few answers, which considering this is a prequel to an up-coming series I think is probably a good thing.  Unnatural Souls is a fast read (only 116 pages) and it is jam packed full of action and suspense.

Grace is dying, in fact she isn't just dying she's dead, until her younger brother offers up his soul in exchange for her life.  However, Ash's beautiful and grand gesture has gone terribly wrong for Grace and she's left living something of a half life with incredible powers she's unable to control and a ticking time clock on her brother's mortality.  One year, she has one year from the minute of her death to figure out a way to save her brother from having his soul taken straight to hell, only right now she can't even figure out how to save herself.  In walks an Arch Angel, determined to save the world, and he comes with a command, demand, and an ultimatum.  If Grace can help his mission, if she can control her powers, he will save her and her brother.  To do this he sends Grace the help of his friend who fell from Heaven, Kali who is kick ass and full of sass and snark.

I really enjoyed this look into a world of angels and demons that are a bit different than what you may be used to.  We've got demons with a conscience and angels with an agenda.  A teenager lost and fighting to save her brother who loved her enough to give up his soul so that she could live, perhaps with a side of guilt thrown in on his part.  I loved getting to know Grace and a little bit of Kali.  I am looking forward to getting to know more of Michael and Ash in future books.

This book is a fast paced read that jumps time a bit, it's 1 year's worth of time in just over 100 pages so you can see how that would happen.  It's a great first look into this new world though and basically one huge teaser with a lot of action thrown in.  This prequel will definitely pull you in and have you wanting to come back for more.  If you are a paranormal fan grab this one up and get ready for what is looking to be a fantastic series.

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Linda Foster Bio:

 Linda Foster was born and raised in Colorado, where she still lives with her (very patient) husband, two (very spoiled) ferrets and (equally spoiled) dog. Linda became an avid reading enthusiast the moment she picked up her first book, and has grown steadily worse. By the time she was fifteen years old, her library had become too big for her shelves, and she was forced to donate all her books to the local school, just to make room for new ones. She started writing short novellas for her friends in middle school, and expanded into full-length novels several years later.   The Realm of the Claimed novellas are her first published work.


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The Collector's Society by Heather Lyons - The Forgotten Mountain Excerpt!


This is one of my favorite fantasy series and today I get to share an awesome excerpt form the third book in the series, The Forgotten Mountain which is available now.  Coming soon the fourth book, the Lost Codex...keep an eye out for it and if you haven't started this series before, I HIGHLY recommend it.  The way Heather Lyons' mind works astounds me!  I have so much love for this series and these characters!  



Book Description:

After years spent in Wonderland, Alice Reeve learned the impossible was quite possible after all. She thought she left such fantastical realities behind when she finally returned to England.

Now Alice has become a member of the clandestine Collectors' Society, and the impossible has found her again in the form of an elusive villain set on erasing entire worlds. As she and the rest of the Society race to bring this mysterious murderer to justice, the fight becomes painfully personal.

Lives are being lost. Loved ones are shattered or irrevocably altered. Each step closer Alice gets to the shadowy man she hunts, the more secrets she unravels, only to reveal chilling truths. If she wants to win this war and save millions of lives, Alice must once more embrace the impossible and make the unimaginable, imaginable.

Sometimes, the rabbit hole leads to terrifying places.

* This is the third book in the adult romance/fairy tale Collectors' Society series.
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“Chances are,” I say to Mary, “it will be as reported.” 

She holds her weapon out, testing the weight. “They were given ten minutes to search the place.” A loud click sounds in the van as she pumps the chamber. “Even for those as skilled at retrievals like Finn and the A.D., ten minutes is nothing. Wendy asked the impossible of them.” 

My partner’s name is a fist to my belly, but rather than leave me desperate to curl into a ball and weep uselessly about the unfairness of life and how I utterly failed Finn by going against my instincts whilst leaving him behind, it only solidifies the cold rage icing my veins. 

Vengeance, the Caterpillar once told me, can be a delicious and fulfilling meal. Be certain it is what you want to eat, though, because as it travels through your body, it will seep into every last part of you. Your stomach may hurt afterward; you may even want to purge the contents. And yet, even if you can, traces of it will always remain. 

My former Grand Advisor, whose head was struck from his body by the Queen of Hearts and whose body was fashioned into a gruesome clutch to sate twisted, vile needs, consistently proffered excel- lent advice. There were many I wished to wreak vengeance upon over the years, yet typically practiced restraint per his wise words. 

He is dead. The man I am in love with is missing—believed to be dead by most. Mary’s love is also missing and assumed dead. Millions of souls have perished at the hands of villains through the destruction of catalysts. There has been too much devastation. Too much loss.

I am ready to eat that meal now.







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✿ THE COLLECTORS’ SOCIETY (The Collectors’ Society, #1) 




From the author of the Fate series and The Deep End of the Sea comes a fantastical romantic adventure that has Alice tumbling down the strangest rabbit hole yet. 

After years in Wonderland, Alice has returned to England as an adult, desperate to reclaim sanity and control over her life. An enigmatic gentleman with an intriguing job offer too tempting to resist changes her plans for a calm existence, though. Soon, she’s whisked to New York and initiated into the Collectors’ Society, a secret organization whose members confirm that famous stories are anything but straightforward and that what she knows about the world is only a fraction of the truth. 

It’s there she discovers villains are afoot—ones who want to shelve the lives of countless beings. Assigned to work with the mysterious and alluring Finn, Alice and the rest of the Collectors’ Society race against a doomsday clock in order to prevent further destruction . . . but will they make it before all their endings are erased? 

* This is the first book in the adult romance/fairy tale Collectors' Society series. 


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✿ THE HIDDEN LIBRARY (The Collectors’ Society, #2) 




Sometimes, the rabbit hole is deeper than expected . . . 

Alice Reeve and Finn Van Brunt have tumbled into a life of secrets. Some secrets they share, such as their employment by the clandestine organization known as The Collectors’ Society. Other secrets they carry within them, fighting to keep buried the things that could change everything they think they know. 

On the hunt for an elusive villain who is hell-bent on destroying legacies, Alice, Finn, and the rest of the Society are desperate to unravel the mysteries surrounding them. But the farther they spiral down this rabbit hole, the deeper they fall into secrets that will test their loyalties and pit them against enemies both new and old. 

Secrets, they come to find, can reveal the deadliest of truths. 

* This is the second book in the adult romance/fairy tale Collectors' Society series. 


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✿ THE LOST CODEX (The Collectors’ Society, #4 / coming soon!) 



Allies, once inseparable, splinter until they break apart. 

An insidiousness carves its way through Wonderland, challenging the land’s very existence. 

Battle lines will be drawn as pages, long languishing in darkness, are finally illuminated. 

Swords will clash, blood will be spilled, and lives will be lost. 

For what is written can still be erased. 


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Friday, August 26, 2016

Night Shift 2 Anthology - Cover Reveal

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Today I am helping share the cover for 

NIGHT SHIFT 2

This book contains incredible bonus materials, deleted scenes, and sneak peeks from 10 authors! 

All proceeds benefit: The Keith Milano Memorial Fund at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 

Night Shift 2 will be released September 6th

You can pre-order it now!

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The anthology that raised more than $16,000 for three charities in 2015 is back and sexier than ever. Ten authors are bringing you more of your favorite stories and sneak peeks at future books in Night Shift 2.

Book Description:

Pucks, Sticks, and Diapers by Toni Aleo - First came love, then came the NHL, then came Baylor and Jayden with a baby carriage.
Secret prequel bonus scene by Kindle Alexander -- A man must reveal his deepest secret to keep the ones he loves.

Max excerpt by Sawyer Bennett -- The Carolina Cold Fury’s hot new star shows his bad-boy teammates that even nice guys can score big in this steamy hockey romance.

Nights With Him Bonus Epilogue by Lauren Blakey -- Life for Michelle and Jack in Paris is about to get busier...

Forbidden Nights Bonus Epilogue by Lauren Blakely -- The night before Casey and Nate's wedding...

Enshrine Prequel by Chelle Bliss - When the clock strikes Midnight on New Year’s Eve, two strangers share more than a toast.

Wicked Impulse Excerpt by Chelle Bliss - Bear, the bad boy silver fox, never thought he’d fall in love again. But when Fran DeLuca, a woman who’s known more for her track-suits, transforms into a vixen clad in skin-tight pants and a killer push up bra, he’s tempted to cross a line he swore he never would. There’s only one thing worse than dating his friend’s sister – sleeping with his mother.

Sweet Cheeks Excerpt by K. Bromberg - An all new second chance romance: When invited to her ex-fiance's new wedding, Saylor gets more than she bargains for when an old flame offers to be her date.

Read the final moments in Eden Butler’s Thin Love series in this deleted scene story, My Always - Every marriage has a moment—it defines the future, it settles doubt. That moment comes for Keira Riley-Hale when her marriage is threatened and she forgets how to find her way back to her husband. Will a brief getaway to the Tennessee mountains bring Keira and Kona to the moment that changes everything in their marriage? Or will that moment never come?

Royally Deep excerpt by Virna DePaul - A sexy quarterback and an adventurous princess turn some serious sexual tension into the romance of a lifetime.

Dirty Work bonus epilogue by Chelle Bliss and Brenda Rothert - Former political rivals Jude and Reagan seal the biggest deal of their lives with a kiss.

His bonus epilogue by Brenda Rothert – Andrew and Quinn are settled in to their happily ever after when a friend turned foe returns.

Rescuing Emily bonus chapter by Susan Stoker - See what happens when a Delta Force Operative, Fletch, takes single mom, Emily, and her daughter, Annie on an all-day date.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Full Package and Joy Stick by Lauren Blakely - Cover Reveal and Giveaway!

From the NYT Bestselling author of BIG ROCK and MISTER O, comes two brand new, hot and hilarious standalone romantic comedies…

FULL PACKAGE and JOY STICK!

 
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Readers will find witty dialogue, smoking hot sex scenes, and heartfelt moments in these side-splitting romantic comedies, mixed with the dirty-talking, gifted heroes we’ve come to love from Lauren Blakely! 

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 JOY STICK is coming your way in 

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Book Description:

From the New York Times Bestselling author of MISTER O and BIG ROCK, comes a hot & hilarious new standalone romantic comedy…

 I’ve been told I have quite a gift.

Hey, I don’t just mean in my pants. I’ve got a big brain too, and a huge heart of gold. And I like to use all my gifts to the fullest, the package included. Life is smooth sailing....

Until I find myself stuck between a rock and a sexy roommate, which makes for one very hard…place.

Because scoring an apartment in this city is harder than finding true love. So even if I have to shack up with my buddy’s smoking hot and incredibly amazing little sister, a man’s got to do what a man’s got to do.

I can resist Josie. I’m disciplined, I’m focused, and I keep my hands to myself, even in the mere five-hundred square feet we share. Until the one night she insists on sliding under the covers with me. It’ll help her sleep after what happened that day, she says.

Surprise—neither one of us sleeps.

And even though we agree to return to roomies-without-benefits, I quickly realize I want more than someone to split the utilities with. Now all I want is to spend every night—and every day—with my gorgeous roommate.

Did I mention she’s also one of my best friends? That she’s brilliant, beautiful and a total firecracker? Guess that makes her the full package too.

What’s a man stuck in a hard place to do?

 
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Book Description:

Let’s be honest, ladies.  A good man is a lot like the perfect car. You want a hot body, an engine that purrs, and superior performance under the hood. You probably also crave a ride that can go all night long.

I’m at your service. Come and ride on my Joy Stick…

That's what I like to say to the ladies. Or I would if I were total pig. It's far too easy in this world to strut around like a peacock when you’ve got all these other features in your favor. But just like the custom cars I build with class and sophistication, that’s how I treat my women.

Don’t worry. I absolutely do my best work dirty…both in the shop, and between the sheets. Work and play — that’s what my life has been, and I f&*king love it. I’m completely, 100% driven. Until one woman comes along and throws a wrench in my plans. The one woman I should absolutely, positively never take for a joy ride.

Now that's all I want to do with her…she’s so far off-limits, but that’s exactly where I want to go with her.

Get ready for a wild ride…

 
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Don’t Miss All of Lauren’s Romantic Comedies written from the Male POV!

BIG ROCK (Now Available)

MISTER O (Now Available)

WELL HUNG (Releasing September 12, 2016)

 

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Lauren Blakely’s Romantic Comedy Celebration!

August 24-September 1, 2016*

Win a Kindle Fire loaded with Lauren Blakely’s complete collection* of currently released titles, as well as some of Lauren’s favorite romantic comedies!

*Does not include WELL HUNG, FULL PACKAGE or JOY STICK, Winner will be announced first week of September.

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DaisyWhitneyLaurenBlakelyheadshot_small  About Lauren Blakely: Since self-publishing her debut romance novel CAUGHT UP IN US three years ago, Lauren Blakely has sold more than 1 million books. She is known for her sexy contemporary romance style that's full of heat, heart and humor. A devout fan of cake and canines, Lauren has plotted entire novels while walking her four-legged friends. She lives in California with her family. With ten New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than fifty times. Her bestselling series include Sinful Nights, Seductive Nights, No Regrets, Caught Up in Love, and Fighting Fire as well as standalone romantic comedies like BIG ROCK and MISTER O, which were both instant New York Times Bestsellers. In the fall she'll release WELL HUNG, another romantic comedy. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter: laurenblakely.com/newsletter.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale - A Mom Monday Review


A Mom Monday Review





Author: Shannon Hale
Publication Date:  14 April, 2015
Publisher: Candlewick
Series:  The Princess in Black, book 1
Genre:  Children's Fantasy
Age Recommendation: 5 and Up
Rating: 5 stars

~ I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ~ 

Book Description:

Princess Magnolia is having hot chocolate and scones with Duchess Wigtower when . . . Brring! Brring! The monster alarm! A big blue monster is threatening the goats! Stopping monsters is no job for dainty Princess Magnolia. But luckily Princess Magnolia has a secret —she’s also the Princess in Black, and stopping monsters is the perfect job for her! Can the princess sneak away, transform into her alter ego, and defeat the monster before the nosy duchess discovers her secret? From award-winning writing team of Shannon and Dean Hale and illustrator LeUyen Pham, here is the first in a humorous and action-packed chapter book series for young readers who like their princesses not only prim and perfect, but also dressed in black.

My Review:


This is a very special book to me because it is the first book that made my youngest daughter fall in love with reading. My older daughter never struggled to read, once she started she's just never quit. She is almost as much of a book nerd as me, plenty of nights I find her up reading well after midnight. *gasp* My younger however was a 'late reader'. She struggled learning to put letters together, to understand how to sound them out, how to make them into words. She wanted to be a reader so badly, her sister, her mom, her dad, all of us are huge readers, she would see us sitting around with our books and she wanted to be a part of that but became discouraged when she just couldn't grasp the concepts and find a book that caught her interest enough to make her want to read fully on her own...until The Princess in Black. 

Pink frilly dress wearing, tea making Princess Magnolia is exactly the princess you expect her to be. She's proper, she's poised, she is regal but; it's all a cover up. What no one knows is that Princess Magnolia also dons a black mask and cape and instead of just making tea and being a princess she is the hero her land needs and saves them all from the monsters that live a bit to close.

Besides the reason I stated above I love this book because I love the lesson that a girl can be who ever she wants to be even when she's expected to do certain things, act certain ways. The lesson that a girl can be more than just one thing, she can be both a princess and a secret dare-doing hero. The lesson that a girl is more than what society expects and she doesn't HAVE to play by society's rules. 

We loved the action and adventure contained in the book. There is a real story here, not just simple sentences and words created to make a child read... This is a book created to make a child LOVE to read. To give them a story that is interesting, fun, and exciting. I loved that when my youngest would read a chapter she would run to me to tell me all about it right away. It excited her and had her going back to read over and over. She's a child who went from wanting to read on her own but struggling and getting discouraged by it to reading a book in three days, imagine the excitement of that. Of her knowing she can do it and the joy of getting to share it with her family! 

Finally the last thing I loved is the pages. I loved the feel and thickness of the pages. I love the illustrations, bright, engaging, and fun. The pages are glossy and thick making them very tactile and easy for little hands, a good transition from the thickness of a board book.

This is a great read for any early reader but also most middle grade readers. It may be a quick book for them but it's totally fun and enjoyable and who doesn't need just a quick fun read every now and again? I suggest this for anyone with little readers in their house but highly suggest the series for those that have readers who are struggling. 


~ HAPPY READING ~

Shannon's mother says she was a storyteller from birth, jabbering endlessly in nonsensical baby-talk. Once she could speak, she made up stories and bribed younger siblings to perform them in mini-plays until, thankfully, an elementary school teacher introduced her to the wonder of written fiction. At age 10, she began to write books, mostly fantasy stories where she was the heroine.

She continued to write secretly for years while pursuing acting in television, stage, and improv comedy and a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Utah. Shannon was finally forced out of the writers' closet when she received her Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Montana.

A few years and many rejections later, she published her first book, The Goose Girl, an ALA Teens' Top Ten and Josette Frank Award winner. Enna Burning, River Secrets, and Forest Born continue the award-winning Books of Bayern series. Newbery Honor winner Princess Academy is followed by New York Times best seller Princess Academy: Palace of Stone and the upcoming Princess Academy: The Forgotten Sisters. She is currently writing a third book to complete the series. Book of a Thousand Days received a Cybils award and was featured on many best of the year lists. Her first book for adults, Austenland, spawned a film which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The movie was released theatrically and on video by Sony Pictures Classics. Shannon co-wrote the screenplay with director Jerusha Hess. A companion novel, Midnight in Austenland, is now in paperback. Her third book for adults, The Actor and the Housewife, was the City Weekly readers' choice winner for best novel of the year. She and her husband Dean Hale co-wrote the graphic novels Rapunzel's Revenge, an Al Roker's Book Club for Kids selection, and its sequel, Utah Book Award winner Calamity Jack, both illustrated by Nathan Hale. They're launching an illustrated chapter book series with the upcoming Princes in Black, illustrated by LeUyen Pham.

Shannon's Ever After High books have been runaway bestsellers, supported by Mattel's animated series and doll line. She makes her home near Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, with her super-human husband, their four young children, and their pet, a small plastic pig.


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