Saturday, February 24, 2018

BOOK BLITZ for "The Devil Inside (Hell’s Gate, #2)" by Jane Hinchey

The Devil Inside 
(Hell’s Gate, #2)
by Jane Hinchey
Publication date: February 24th, 2018
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
God is missing…  And Heaven is dying. 
And if that weren’t bad enough, I’m in a showdown with my brothers. I don’t care if they’re family — they pissed off the wrong sister. Those Arch Angels are going to pay the price for getting my lover, Levi Forrester dragged into another dimension by a vicious soul stealer. 
Retrieving Levi won’t be easy, but I’m Hellbent on taking back what’s mine. After all, when you play with fire, you’re going to get burned. 
Now, with God disappearing, lost souls multiplying, and a new threat on the loose, it’s up to me to make things right. 
I’m Lucy, the CEO of Hell, and come Hell or high water, I will get my way.

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Excerpt:

I woke to the sensation of heat. A lot of it. Rolling onto my back, I checked that I hadn’t inadvertently set the room on fire, but there were no flames in sight. Just Levi asleep next to me, radiating an enormous amount of heat. Worried, I placed my palm on his forehead. Shit, he was burning up.
“What is it?” He mumbled, cracking open one eye to peer at me.
“You’ve got a fever. How do you feel?” Worry tinged my voice. Had he brought back an infection from Xoelax?
“What? No way! I’m fine.” He bounced out of bed, gloriously naked, and strode into the bathroom. I watched the magnificence of his muscled back, tight ass, and long lean legs before letting my hand drop to where he’d been laying on the bed only moments earlier. Definitely hot. What was up with him if he wasn’t ill?
His head appeared around the door frame and he crooked his finger. “Coming?”
The promise in his voice had me leaping from the bed and into his arms in record time. Our naked flesh collided, and I reveled in it, in the way every nerve ending sprang to life, from the tips of my toes to the top of my head. Threading his fingers through my hair, he angled my head the way he wanted it and kissed me. He kissed me like I’d wanted to be kissed my entire life—with everything he had. That kiss told me he was mine and I was his. That kiss touched my very soul. It branded me. My head swam with it, my knees buckled, and I sagged against him, consumed by him.
“You’re so hot,” I whispered when his lips left mine to explore across my jaw and down my neck.
“So are you, babe.” He nipped, then soothed the sting with his tongue. He was doing crazy things to me, things that made my blood heat in my veins.
“No, seriously. You’re fucking hot.” I placed my palms on his chest and pushed, putting some distance between us. “As in, you have a temperature. Your skin feels feverish.”



Author Bio:
Aussie Author Jane Hinchey writes sexy, snarky, badass, paranormal romances and urban fantasy novels. 
Living in the City of Churches (aka Adelaide, South Australia) with her man, two cats, and turtle, she spends her days writing fantastical stories full of dark sexy vampires, hot shifters, sexy aliens, jaw dropping demons, sinful angels, and magical witches – and while they can be snarky and swear a lot, they mean well and you’ll grow to love them. Honestly. 
When she’s not in her writing cave she’s usually playing the Sims, Civilizations or something similar, binge watching Netflix or upping the ante in the crazy cat lady stakes. She loves to hear from her readers, so swing on by her website at www.janehinchey.com and say hi. 
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Thursday, February 22, 2018

BLOG TOUR & AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Amanda McKinney for "Devil's Gold"

Devil’s Gold 
by Amanda McKinney
Publication date: February 13th, 2018
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Despite being chronically late, occasionally disheveled and a tad disorganized, Dixie Knight is one of the top private investigators in the country, and when a young woman goes missing in the small, Southern town of Devil’s Den, Dixie takes the case. She expected it to be another ordinary missing person case — until Lizzie Meyers is found naked and beaten to death at a local, seedy motel. 
While visiting relatives on his two-week leave, Marine Liam Cash bumps into Dixie at the local bar, and his attraction to her is immediate. When Liam connects Dixie’s current case to two unsolved murders in his hometown, he steps in to help find the killer, and keep her safe, whether Dixie wants him to or not. 
After another woman is found brutally beaten, Dixie turns the town upside down trying to solve the mystery — could it be the rumored witch that lives in the mountains; the rich, neurotic doctor’s wife; or the perky, blonde receptionist at the local medical clinic? 
Time is running out and Dixie knows she has to put the pieces of the puzzle together before another body turns cold in Devil’s Den.

~AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Amanda McKinney~

1.    What gave you the inspiration for the storyline?

I’m a sucker for a good murder mystery, steamy romance, and I love badass female sleuths—so I put the three together! Throw in a creepy small-town, a haunting witch, and a few super sexy alpha males, and the Black Rose Mystery series came to life! When I write a book, my number one goal is to make the reader feel a mix of emotions—fear, anticipation, surprise, lust; you name it. If he, or she, goes to bed thinking about my book, or stays up all night just to finish it, I’ve done my job. And I really think Devil’s Gold hits on all of those emotions.

2) Are there any hidden themes in the book that you hope readers will discover?

The primary themes in Devil’s Gold are Good vs. Evil/Light vs. Dark, and Love/Lust. A theme that is also prevalent, and perhaps most important, is Courage. Each of the sisters of Black Rose Investigations are smart, courageous, take-no-prisoners kind of women, and Dixie, the main character, is certainly no exception. As her case turns very dark and the bodies start to stack up, Dixie swallows her fears, stays the course, and becomes more determined than ever to find the killer—even when the cards are stacked against her.

3) Are any of the characters based on real people you know?

No, and that’s what I love so much about writing fiction! I get to create characters out of thin air, and build a story around them. I create their strengths, their weaknesses, their physical appearance, their pasts and present. It’s so much fun! Shaping characters is one of my favorite parts of writing.

4) Who has influenced you most as a writer?

Honestly, my mom. Every dream begins somewhere, but the next step—the hardest step—is believing in yourself enough to make it happen. Reading had always been a passion of mine, and that passion evolved into a dream of becoming a writer, and I can honestly say that I wouldn’t have taken that first step, written that first word, without the support and gentle push of my mom at my back. She wholeheartedly believed in me and my talent, and because of that, I’m currently writing my sixth book, with many, many more to come. Love you so much, mama!

5) If you could have any three literary characters over to your place for game night, who would you invite, what would you play, what would you serve, and why?

First and foremost, Roarke from Nora Roberts’ In Death Series, and Eve, too, because she’s such a badass. I’d have Roarke’s invitation made separately, informing him of a “no shirt” policy. And lastly, I’d invite Gandalf from Lord of the Rings… because really, what’s a party without a wizard? I’d serve cocktails first, a fancy mix of martinis, and then a few Busch Lights for good measure; I am, after all a proud Southern woman. And then we’d play spin the bottle, with a magical bottle created by Gandalf that always pointed to Roarke, and then promptly head outside to watch Gandalf practice his latest magic tricks. I’d close the night serving Roarke’s special coffee in cute little cups. Do you think it’s as good as Starbucks?

6) Do you feel that you can ever have too many books?

Absolutely not! As cliché and corny as it sounds, I believe that books are the keys to our imaginations—they inspire us to step out of our narrow little minds for a bit, and think out of the box. And wonderful, amazing, powerful things can happen when we think out of the box.

Author Bio:
Amanda McKinney, author of Sexy, Suspenseful Mysteries wrote her debut novel, LETHAL LEGACY, after walking away from her career to become a writer and stay-at-home mom. When Amanda isn’t tending to her two beautiful boys, she’s hidden behind her computer screen crafting page-turning murder mysteries, peppered with titillating love scenes. Having been born and raised in the south, Amanda’s books are set in small, country towns and reflect southern culture at its finest.
Amanda’s debut novel, LETHAL LEGACY, was released in January 2017, followed by the first two books in the BERRY SPRINGS SERIES, THE WOODS and THE LAKE. The third book in the series, THE STORM is scheduled to be released in the Winter of 2017. 
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BOOK BLITZ for "Happy Endings Book Club Boxed Set (Books #1-3)" by Kylie Gilmore


Happy Endings Book Club 
Boxed Set (Books #1-3)
by Kylie Gilmore
Publication date: January 10th, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Book 1: Hidden Hollywood

She’s on top…
When superstar actress Claire Jordan researched her role for the Fierce Trilogy movies, she never expected the bond she feels with the author and her romance book club aka The Happy Endings Book Club. Soon Claire finds herself confessing her secret longing for a regular guy—no more egocentric wealthy players—and the book club is all too ready to help. In disguise as a regular girl, she’s all set for a date with book-club-approved Josh Campbell.
He’s on top…
Billionaire tech CEO Jake Campbell is weary of gold-digging women, especially the glamorous superficial types. So when his identical twin, Josh, calls in a favor, asking Jake to step in as him on a date, Jake figures one of Josh’s cute girl-next-door types might be just what he needs. One night of passion with the sweet girl next door leaves Jake wanting more, except she seems to have vanished.
Sometimes a Happy Ending is just the beginning. 
Book 2: Inviting Trouble

Madison Campbell has worshipped her older brother’s best friend, Parker Shaw, for as long as she can remember. So the night before he leaves for the Air Force, she decides he’s leaving town with her virginity. All she has to do is transform her tomboy self into a sexy woman with a bit of borrowed makeup and some creative fashion choices. The results? One drunken kiss that Park doesn’t even remember.
Ten years later, no man has ever gotten close to her heart the way Park did. And now that he’s back, the very unfeminine Madison refuses to blow her second chance. But when her bold attempts to snag his attention (“Oops! Dropped my towel.”) fail miserably, she does something completely insane—she caves to a makeover from the meddling matchmaker in charge of The Happy Endings Book Club. Hey, Park, you want some of this? Madison is about to find out. 
Book 3: So Revealing

The last thing Charlotte Vega needs is a cocky HOT stuntman like Ty Campbell in her life. But when he pulls the ultimate stunt—a sexy romantic gesture that ends with a charming invitation to a sunset dinner cruise—she finds him impossible to resist. Cue disaster.
Their rocky first date goes from bad to worse when his yacht (okay, it’s actually borrowed) gets stranded in deep mud. Turns out there’s nothing Ty can do but wait hours and hours for high tide with no power, no way to cook dinner, and a hangry sexy-as-hell woman.
But Ty is determined to salvage the date so he starts a game to pass the time. Only what Ty learns makes him realize he may have just botched a date with the perfect woman. How will he ever win her now? 
The Happy Endings Book Club series continues with Book 4, Formal Arrangement, plus more! 
Happy Endings Book Club Series:
Book 1: Hidden Hollywood
Book 2: Inviting Trouble
Book 3: So Revealing
Book 4: Formal Arrangement
Book 5: Bad Boy Done Wrong
Book 6: Mess With Me
Book 7: Resisting Fate

99¢ for a limited time only!

Excerpt:

Hidden Hollywood 
© 2016 Kylie Gilmore

Claire bit her lower lip. “Dammit. This is why I can’t have real relationships. I can’t trust anyone.”
“You can trust me.”
She sighed. “I don’t even know you.”
“Get to know me.”
“Jake…” She looked away.
“One date, the real deal. Jake and Claire.”
She was tempted. He could tell. She didn’t give him a no right away and now she was searching his face, looking for the truth. He leaned forward, brushing his lips against hers, coaxing. He pulled back and met her eyes, fully prepared to do this all night if he had to. Coaxing, charming, easing his way in. He’d thought coaxing would be too difficult with the way he wanted her, but having her pull away was much harder.
She spoke quietly. “You don’t want that kind of spotlight on you. It’s not pretty.”
It wasn’t a no.
“I want you, and whatever comes with it, I don’t care.” He cradled her face with both hands. “I want Claire.”
She closed her eyes, and he dropped his hands to her shoulders, sliding them down the satiny smooth skin of her arms to her hands. He took her hands from behind her and pulled them forward, just holding them. She didn’t pull away. He sensed she was leaning toward letting him in.
Finally she spoke, the words filling him with elation. “We’d have to keep it quiet.”
Not that he wanted to keep it quiet. He just wanted to be with her so much he was willing to play the game her way. For now. He kissed her softly and spoke against her lips. “Is that a yes?”
“Yes.” She shoved him away. “Now stop kissing me. One date. Jake and Claire.”
“Why do I have to stop kissing you?”
“Because you want to get to know me, remember?”
“I can get to know your body first. Get reacquainted.”
She laughed. “Yeah. I’ve heard that one before.”
He figured she probably did. Everyone wanted the sexiest woman alive. He’d seen the magazine giving her that honor and her bikini body splashed everywhere. He knew that kind of attention didn’t always bring out the best in people, and he realized he had to stand out from the pack.
He stepped back and helped her off the table.
“Such a gentleman,” she teased.
“It’s all an illusion,” he replied, not bothering to hide the edge of unsatisfied lust in his voice.
“Story of my life,” she said breezily. “I’ll text Hailey to let you know when I’m free.”
“At least give me your number now that we’ve established how much you lust for me.” She laughed, and he grinned. “I’d like to stop going through other people.” He pulled his cell from his pocket, punched in the code, and handed it over.
She typed her number in while saying, “I never give this number to anyone. Only a handful of people have it on a need-to-know basis. Can you handle that kind of responsibility?”
“What do you think?” It was an honor and, hell, he’d earned it with all his restraint.
She met his eyes, fire back in hers. “I hope so. I swear I will hunt you down—”
He cut her off with a kiss. Not a gentle one. The kind that said he’d be taking what he wanted and she’d damn well like it. She sagged against him.
When he was good and ready, he broke the kiss and snagged his cell from her limp hand. “Later, Claire Jordan.”
She fought back a smile and then beamed a big one at him, stunningly beautiful in her well-kissed, hot-for-him state. “Later, Jake Campbell.”
He grinned and headed out the door. Now that was more like it.



Author Bio:
Kylie Gilmore is the USA Today bestselling author of the Clover Park series, the Clover Park STUDS series, and the brand new Happy Endings Book Club series. She writes humorous romance that makes you laugh, cry, and reach for a cold glass of water.
Kylie lives in New York with her family, two cats, and a nutso dog. When she's not writing, wrangling kids, or dutifully taking notes at writing conferences, you can find her flexing her muscles all the way to the high cabinet for her secret chocolate stash. 
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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

BOOK BLITZ for "Fire and Bone (Otherborn, #1)" by Rachel A. Marks

Fire and Bone 
(Otherborn, #1)
by Rachel A. Marks
Publication date: February 20th, 2018
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
“Gossip Girl meets Percy Jackson in the glitz and grit of L.A….” 
In Hollywood’s underworld of demigods, druids, and ancient bonds, one girl has a dangerous future. 
Sage is eighteen, down on her luck, and struggling to survive on the streets of Los Angeles. Everything changes the night she’s invited to a party — one that turns out to be a trap. 
Thrust into a magical world hidden within the City of Angels, Sage discovers that she’s the daughter of a Celtic goddess, with powers that are only in their infancy. Now that she is of age, she’s asked to pledge her service to one of the five deities, all keen on winning her favor by any means possible. She has to admit that she’s tempted — especially when this new life comes with spells, Hollywood glam, and a bodyguard with secrets of his own. Not to mention a prince whose proposal could boost her rank in the Otherworld. 
As loyalties shift, and as the two men vie for her attention, Sage tries to figure out who to trust in a realm she doesn’t understand. One thing’s for sure: the trap she’s in has bigger claws than she thought. And it’s going to take a lot more than magic for this Celtic demigoddess to make it out alive.

Excerpt:
LILY
I try to hide my shivering as I wait before the altar, in my position as the Bonding begins. Around me, shadows dance over the cairn walls from the restless flames licking up the ram’s body—the sacrifice on the pyre behind me—and the smell of sweat and burnt flesh smother the smoky air.
The King of Ravens paints an alarming image, standing almost naked across from me on the other side of the blood circle. He wears the corona radiata, the golden laurel-leafed crown, on his head of onyx hair. His short beard is neatly trimmed, combed with lavender oil for the ceremony. His sharp silver eyes study me beneath a heavy brow.
I try not to think about the past. Or future. I try not to think about what those hard hands will feel like on my skin when he seals this Bond.
I study the stone floor rather than look in those metallic eyes. I feel them on me, though, the same way they have been for the fortnight I’ve been here preparing for the ceremony. He hasn’t touched me; he’s only brought me gifts and insisted I sit with him beside the greatfire in the evening before he goes out for his hunt. Sometimes I smell him in the hallway outside my rooms. But he never comes in, thank the goddess. The scent of blood is heavy on him in those moments. I’m not sure what I would’ve done if he’d attempted anything.
After this is done, it won’t matter. My bed will be his. As will my life.
A druid walks back and forth behind me, tossing rosemary and lavender onto the pyre after each stanza of his spell. He calls to the wind from the east, he calls to the waters in the west, and he pulls the spirit of flame and earth into the cairn with us, asking the Penta to approve the Bond set to be made between the two most powerful Houses, as he pleads for a blessing from our mothers, Brighid and Morrígan, and thanks the Cast for their permission to seal the Bond between the two very different powers.
A female druid comes to my side with bowl and brush, beginning to paint my skin in blue woad, tracing patterns of knots and runes across my back, then baring my chest and continuing.
The king’s gaze follows the woman’s strokes, and when she’s finished, he raises his chin at me in approval but says nothing. What does he see when he looks at me? My wild copper hair? My simple features? The awkward birthmark just above my heart? I’m round of cheek and hips and not much of a beauty. But however I look to him, I will belong to him.
Determination is set in hard lines on his face, and I wonder if the torque on his neck is working properly. I can see his dark energy lifting in silver and black curls over his shoulders now. It should be tight inside his skin, as mine is. The iron shackle should be holding it in place so that we don’t harm each other in the first merging, before we can get used to the feel of each other’s powers.
The female druid moves to the king next and begins painting the woad in circles over his torso. The druid chanting behind me recites the final section of his spell, walking the ram’s-blood circle painted on the floor. He holds a rowan stick aloft, flicking rosewater over the king and then me as he passes by, mumbling, “A price paid, a covenant sealed, in earth and blood and ash, in spirit and flesh and fire.”
The price is my will, my soul, in payment for the life of the human prince that I took.
In the center of the circle, between the king and me, is an altar with two bowls set atop, one full of salt, one full of rye.
The iron union dagger rests between them.
I stare at it, imagining the blade cutting into my flesh. And I can’t help when my gaze moves to the king. I want to blink and make this moment a dream, perhaps find myself in the thicket with Lailoken, among the bluebells in the Caledonian wood.
I should run from this son of Morrígan, deny him, deny our mothers, and let the world burn. But my heart twists at the thought. I was running from duty when fate took my heart from me, when the prince succumbed to my fire’s will. It was the childish notion of freedom that tore him from me.
Now it’s time to accept my punishment for allowing the humans to glimpse our world. Time to atone.
The druid’s voice fills the room again. “When moon gives birth to stars,” he says, in a droning hum, flicking more rosewater over us with the rowan stick, “let this Bond be sealed in blood.”
My skin prickles with fear as the king takes the cue, reaching out to pick up the ceremonial dagger by the leather-wrapped hilt. I focus on not moving, not making a sound, as I watch him bring the blade to his chest, tip pricking his left breast. A drop of crimson pearls up at the spot.
With a slow hiss of breath, he cuts across.
Dark blood slides down his abdomen in a thick swath of red. “My blood with yours,” he says. And he turns the knife, holding out the hilt for me.
My hands clench into fists at my side, and I force my shaking limbs to still.
I breathe in slowly again. Then I reach out, taking the ceremonial dagger from him, careful not to touch his fingers.
I pretend not to care about the cage I’m about to be locked in. About the pain in my soul from loss, from the goddess Brighid abandoning me to this darkness, pain from the reality of everything in front of me.
I press the tip of the blade to the center of my chest, the point breaking the skin. I look into the silver eyes of the king in front of me. And consider my fate.
One deep plunge to the heart and the pain will end. One plunge.
One.




Author Bio:
Rachel A. Marks is a cancer survivor, a writer and artist, a surfer and dirt-bike rider, chocolate lover and keeper of faerie secrets. Her four kids and amazing hubby put up with her nerdiness with tremendous grace, even when she makes them watch Buffy or Smallville re-runs for days on end. She was voted: Most Likely To Survive A Zombie Apocalypse, but hopes she'll never have to test the theory. 


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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

BOOK REVIEW for "Last Chances" by Jeanne Bannon

***(3) out of 5 stars

Last Chances
by Jeanne Bannon 
Published: February 9th, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance

SYNOPSIS:

Two lost causes in need of one last chance.

Love isn't easy to find when your heart has been shattered. 

Will Hayden's walls come crashing down when the beautiful, intelligent, and quirky Pressley James enters his life or, will he retreat as usual and let his last chance slip away? 

(Last Chances will appeal to readers of Maya Banks, Kresley Cole, and Debbie Macomber.)

REVIEW:

I rather enjoyed this cute story about last chances.  Of course, I am a sucker for contemporary romance in general.  And the fact that the setting was a no-kill animal shelter certainly didn't hurt.  

All of the main characters were very distinctive individuals with their own quirks, with whom I found it easy to make a connection.  Will and Pressley were both vulnerable, adorable personas who it was fun to watch come together.  But my favorite character had to be Jasper, the German Shepherd/Mastiff mix who was well past his quota of chances.    

Most of the action of the story was back and forth about whether or not Jasper was going to be put to sleep for being too aggressive.  The whole concept started getting real annoying before too long.  But since it was used as one of the major plot devices, it would have been hard to avoid.

I found quite a few things to be rather implausible, not the leat of which was how little these supposedly veteran pet care givers seemed to know about animal behavior and training.

Overall though, it was a quick, fun, clean, and (eventually) uplifting tale.  One that I would definitely recommend for dog lovers and romantics alike.   
  
Although no longer on pre-order, 
Last Chances is currently still just 99-cents on Amazon.


I received a free eBook copy of this title from the author for acting as a Beta reader.

Monday, February 19, 2018

BLOG TOUR & AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Ariella Moon for "The Amber Elixir (A Two Realms Novella, #1)"

The Amber Elixir 
(A Two Realms Novella, #1)
by Ariella Moon
Publication date: October 3rd, 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Viviane, the new Lady of the Lake and High Priestess of Avalon, accepts a challenge from Merlin unaware her bold actions will have tragic consequences. Two of her priestesses are turned to stone. A forbidden love deserts her. Now alone, she has six young handmaidens to train and protect. 
When Morgan le Fay demands assistance with a spell that could change the balance of power in the Two Realms, Viviane refuses her. But what if Morgan’s secret knowledge could restore the stone priestesses? Will an alliance prompt Viviane’s love to return? Or will the gamble cost her all she holds dear?

~AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Ariella Moon~

1) What gave you the inspiration for the storyline?  

In The Viking Mist, my upcoming sequel to The Beltane Escape, Talfryn, a half-Viking/half-Fairy, is thrust into a deadly quest to recover a stolen magic potion. My editor said, “Your readers want more Merlin. More of the Lady of the Lake. More magic.”

My muse whispered, “Tell them how the potion came into existence.” From this cacophony, was born the idea to work backwards in time with a series of companion novellas. The Amber Elixir gives the backstory for the magic potion central to The Viking Mist.

2) Are there any hidden themes in the book that you hope readers will discover?

The exploration of love—supportive, unrequited, and estranged—underpins The Amber Elixir. Love elicits such heightened emotions. So, too, does female power and ambition, another theme in the novella.

3) Are any of the characters based on real people you know?

Aspects of me are sprinkled among the young handmaidens, but otherwise, no.

4) Who has influenced you most as a writer?

I was a voracious reader while I was growing up. Reviewers, especially of The Beltane Escape, have noted some of my childhood influences, including Lewis Carroll’s Through The Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There, C. S. Lewis’s  The Chronicles of Narnia, and L. Frank Baum’s, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Later, Marion Zimmer Bradley’s The Mists of Avalon opened the door for female-centric Arthurian tales like The Amber Elixir, and Gregory Maguire’s Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, further inspired me.

5) If you could have any three literary characters over to your place for game night, who would you invite, what would you play, what would you serve, and why?

The thought of hosting any kind of party terrifies me!

I would invite Hermione Granger because she is brilliant and I love being around smart people. For the same reason, the second invitation would go to Alexia Maccon, the Lady Woolsey, from Gail Carriger’s wonderful Steampunk novels. The final invitation would go to Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple. I would serve tea, brownies, and strawberries. The tea would be a nod to the Brits. The brownies would be because Alexia shares my weakness for sweets, and strawberries so there would be something healthy on the menu. We’d play Clue.

6) Do you feel that you can ever have too many books?

One can never have too many books. However, it is quite possible to have too few bookcases.


Author Bio:
Ariella Moon draws upon her experiences as a shaman and former teen to create magical Young Adult fiction. Her series include The Two Realms Trilogy, a medieval Scotland and Fairy fantasy adventure, and The Teen Wytche Saga, a series of sweet contemporary paranormal romances. Moon’s “Covert Hearts” appears in Second Chances: A Romance Writers of America Collection. 
Ms. Moon spent her childhood flying to rooftops in her dreams and searching for a magical wardrobe that would transport her to Narnia. Extreme math anxiety and taller students who mistook her for a leaning post, marred her youth. Despite these horrors, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of California at Davis. She lives a nearly normal life doting on her extraordinary daughter, two shamelessly spoiled dogs, and a media-shy dragon. 
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Friday, February 16, 2018

BLOG TOUR & AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Yumoyori Wilson for "Dark Wish"

Dark Wish
by Yumoyori Wilson
Publication date: September 8th, 2017
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
What do you get when you add free and dumb?

FREEDOM
 
My name is Makoto Heart and I’ve always wished for a chance at freedom. Every day, I prayed before the Starlight gods, asking for their divine assistance in accomplishing such a difficult task. 
Being an experiment for as long as I can remember, my hopes of obtaining freedom have diminished, drastically. The disappointment haunted me, as myself and my spirits struggled to survive. I had no hope left, believing my final plea fell upon deaf ears, yet again. 
But what happens when my prayers are finally answered? I’m thrust into fulfilling a destiny, with the help of six star knights. Suddenly, I am no longer experiment 555, but the stolen princess of Heila. 
Freedom, how you have teased my troubled soul. May the Starlight gods guide me and my knights, on this path towards the unknown. 
~In Stars We Trust~ 
Dark Wish is an extraordinary new paranormal reverse harem series.
Recommended for 18+ audience, containing mature sexual content and strong language.

~AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Yumoyori Wilson~

1) What gave you the inspiration for the storyline?  

It's been a story I’ve been thinking about for a year. I didn’t really have any inspiration. It was a simple thought of writing about a girl who had a hard life but was given the opportunity to start anew.

2) Are there any hidden themes in the book that you hope readers will discover?

There’s a few hints and secrets that linger within the book. A few my readers have caught and have remembered when they’ve read book 2. I’m hoping with the third book they’ll finally see the string come together.

3) Are any of the characters based on real people you know?

Not in this series.

4) Who has influenced you most as a writer?

There were multiple people really. I never imagined myself being a writer. I was a nurse and was perfectly fine with my career choice. I think it was just seeing other authors achieving their goals and sharing their passion that pushed me. But, I guess the person who pushed me to become a write was my Mom after I shared my idea with her and started working on it.

5) If you could have any three literary characters over to your place for game night, who would you invite, what would you play, what would you serve, and why?  

Makoto Heart, Scarlet Sinclair and Cece Alexandra Rose. It would be monopoly and we’d serve alcohol because Makoto and Scarlet are hilarious drunks. Cece would just smile and take a video of everything that occured to tease them later.

6) Do you feel that you can ever have too many books?

What? LMFAO. Hell nah. One can never stop their imagination from flowing so you can never limit the amount of books you read in life. 

Author Bio:
Yumoyori Wilson is from Toronto, Ontario. She loves to sleep and write her days away. She works at night as a registered nurse. She has a little addiction to bubble tea and coffee but loves to workout. She has big plans for the writing world and can't wait to share them with everyone. 
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Thursday, February 15, 2018

BOOK BLITZ for "Dangerous Moves" by Karen Rock

Dangerous Moves
by Karen Rock
Published by: Kensington
Publication date: February 13th, 2018
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
Pounding music. Sculpted men. And a conspiracy that could cost far more than a few dollar bills... 
HOT COP 
Detective Blake Knight has been undercover before. But an assignment to bust a steroid ring running out of Dallas’s elite male strip club means his new cover will be nothing but his own taut muscles and oiled skin. It’s one thing for the tough, by-the-books agent to take down bad guys with his gun. Facing a rowdy crowd in only a G-string is another story... especially in front of his new boss, gorgeous, mysterious Reese Landon. 
Her father’s club and shady business practices bring back terrible memories for Reese. But when he’s shot and goes into a coma, she vows to protect him the way he never did for her. That means keeping the police at a distance — especially sexy, driven Detective Knight. If she has to give him a cover job, it would be a crime not to put that glorious ass on stage. But no matter how good he looks in a Velcro uniform, she can’t trust him, or give into the undeniable heat between them. They’re both chasing the truth. And it might expose more than either wants to show...

Excerpt:

“Look, lady. I’m not one of your pretty boys.” Blake cleared his throat and breathed in a steadying gulp of air. Too bad Reese’s scent filtered through as she glided around the desk, seducing his senses with the knowledge of how she smelled.
Clean. Like soap rather than fragrance. The intimate realization made him want to know what her hair smelled like too. Hell.
“No. But variety spices things up, don’t you think?” She leaned against the desk and cocked her head. “Take off your clothes.”
He stepped back and crossed his arms, shock rippling through him. After a moment, he managed to unclamp his jaw and say, “Not happening.” She pouted and made a noise that sounded more amused than sympathetic. “Too bad. I can’t 'hire' you without an audition. So, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got work to do.”
His feet stuck to the floor as she brushed by him. Her hand landed on the doorknob before the truth hit him. She wanted him out of here and had no intention of letting him go undercover in the club. She’d made it impossible on purpose. To hell with that.
He could impose his will, but then he’d jeopardize any chance at building rapport with her, a critical tool of his undercover work.
He pulled his gun belt out of the back of his pants, placed it on the chair and whistled, making her head snap around. When her eyes fixed on him, he tugged his T-shirt from his jeans, lifting it slowly, inch by inch, the air conditioning making his abdominal muscles contract. When the tee reached shoulder height, he pulled it off and tossed it at her feet.
There. She wanted a show, and he’d give her one.
Reese sucked in her cheeks, her gasp filling him with pleasure, strong and tart. Had she thought he’d back down? She’d learn, soon enough, he didn’t run from challenges… ever.
At last her mouth closed, and she stepped closer, chin raised. “Not bad. Why’d you stop?”
“Because you can’t handle seeing the rest. Trust me.”
One eyebrow arched, and she gave him a speculative stare. “Didn’t peg you for the shy type. Guess a job here won’t work out after all.”
His head jerked back. She wasn’t letting up on this little game. She believed if she pushed him hard enough, she’d get rid of him completely.
He set his jaw.
If she wanted more, he’d sure as hell give it to her.
His fingers fumbled with his belt before yanking it loose and dropping it to the floor. He hesitated a moment, his hands on his zipper.
Now or never.
He slid the iron teeth apart and turned on his heel, dropping his jeans and boxer briefs so they pooled at his feet. The air slid across his bare skin, her sharp intake of air the only sound in the room.
He planted his feet far apart to give her some bonus footage and peered at her over his shoulder.
“What’s the verdict?”
Her mouth worked silently, her eyes saucer-sized.
“Want me to turn around?” He bit back a chuckle, enjoying this sexy cat-and-mouse game.
“Hell, yeah,” she breathed.


Author Bio:
Award-winning author Karen Rock is both sweet and spicy — at least when it comes to her writing! The author of both YA and adult contemporary books writes sexy suspense novels and small-town romances for Harlequin and Kensington publishing. A strong believer in Happily-Ever-After, Karen loves creating unforgettable stories that leave her readers with a smile. When she’s not writing, Karen is an avid reader who also loves cooking her grandmother’s Italian recipes, baking and having the Adirondack Park wilderness as her backyard, where she lives with her husband, daughter, dog and cat who keep her life interesting and complete. Learn more about her at http://www.karenrock.com or follow her on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/karenrock5. 
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COVER REVEAL for "Eight Goodbyes" by Christine Brae

Eight Goodbyes 
by Christine Brae
Published by: Vesuvian Books
Publication date: September 4th, 2018
Genres: Adult, Romance
When Tessa Talman meets Simon Fremont for the first time, not only is she attracted to him, she’s intrigued by how different their lives are. He’s a dedicated scientist, practical, pragmatic, and grounded — while she’s a head-in-the-clouds romance author. As their relationship grows, they agree to meet in places around the world, while continuing to live on opposite sides of the globe. 
Though their feelings for each other deepen, their priorities remain the same. Simon is in a hurry to be financially sound and settle down, but Tessa is enjoying her freedom and newfound success. Neither is willing to give in, but as each goodbye gets harder, Tessa begins to wonder whether fame is the path to happiness, or if she has everything she needs in Simon. 
Just as Tessa finds the courage to go after her own happily ever after, the unthinkable happens, separating them in ways they never imagined. 
To move forward, she must let go of the past, and determine once and for all if love is truly more powerful than the pain of goodbye.


Author Bio:
Christine Brae is a full time career woman who thought she could write a book about her life and then run away as far as possible from it. She never imagined that her words would touch the hearts of so many women with the same story to tell. Her second book, His Wounded Light was released in December, 2013. 
Christine's third book, Insipid, is a standalone that was released in June, 2014, and her fourth book, In This Life, released in January 2016. 
When not listening to the voices in her head or spending late nights at the office, Christine can be seen shopping for shoes and purses, running a half marathon or spending time with her husband and three children in Chicago. 
Christine is represented by Italia Gandolfo of Gandolfo Helin Literary Management. 
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

BOOK BLITZ for "Mating Games (Wolf Hollow Shifters, #2)" by Nikki Jefford

Mating Games 
(Wolf Hollow Shifters, #2)
by Nikki Jefford
Publication date: February 13th, 2018
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
A FEMALE GUARDING HER HEART... 
Hot-tempered, agile, and jaded, Jordan spurns the match her father is pushing between her and the swaggering mammoth, Raider. She’d happily let one of her fawning sisters take him, but her packmates are taking bets on who Raider will ultimately claim. Jordan wants nothing to do with the insufferable beast... until he saves her life. 
A MALE CARRYING THE WEIGHT OF HIS PACK... 
All brawn and no brains, that’s what most male shifters think when they see Raider. The females treat him as a strong, attractive prize they want to sink their claws into. Only one female avoids him, which is fine with him until they are paired up for patrol. The hot-blooded she-wolf doesn’t have to like him, but she’ll have to find a way to perform her duties. 
ENTANGLED IN A WEB OF DECEIT... AND DESIRE 
When Jordan’s life is threatened, along with several packmates, the mating games take a dangerous turn. Something sinister is happening in Wolf Hollow and outside forces threaten the impassioned bond forming between two shifters fated to be together.

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EXCERPT:
A figure flew around the bend, emerging through the thicket on two long legs. Jordan screeched in surprise when she saw him directly in her path. Seconds later, her eyebrows slashed across her forehead angrily as she regained her composure. As Raider shifted, crouched on the ground, she spun around to avoid seeing him naked.
Jordan kept her back to him. “What were you doing snarling in the middle of the trail like a mad wolf?” she demanded, gesturing with her arms.
She looked ridiculous addressing the trees rather than facing Raider as he stood and dusted himself off.
“What were you doing crashing through the forest like a vulhena on the attack?” Raider fired back.
Jordan whipped around, mouth agape as though indignant. With her jaw clenched, she shot him an incredulous look that faded as her eyes slid south, inch by inch, as though drawn down against her will. Her gaze brushed over him where the wind did not. It slid down his chest and slipped further yet, to his thighs and the hardness between.
A moment of pride swept over Raider when he caught the whites of her eyes as they widened right before they snapped up and met his. Her cheeks flushed bright red. She twisted around, causing dust to rise around her ankles with her speed. His cock tightened and pulsed at the sight of her pert back end, as though she’d turned in offering rather than aversion.
Normally not one to taunt, Raider couldn’t help himself now. “Don’t tell me you’ve turned shy, Jordan. It’s not like you haven’t seen a cock before… Well, maybe not one this big.”

Author Bio:
Nikki Jefford is an adventure seeker, storyteller, and book lover. She is a third-generation Alaskan now living in the Pacific Northwest with her French husband and their Westie, Cosmo. When she’s not reading or writing, she enjoys nature, hiking, and motorcycling.

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