A Victorian Age Fun Fact, New Release Review and Giveaway! A GIFT FOR GUILE by Alissa Johnson (The Thief-takers #2)

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Fun Fact about the Victorian Age

Before the electric light bulb took over the world, gas lighting was where it was at. Cheaper and brighter than candlelight, gaslight was in widespread usage in England by the mid 19th century. But the extra light and convenience came with some serious disadvantages. At the very least, the impure gas used at the time was likely to give off a foul smell and leave grime and soot on your walls. More importantly, little to no regulation of the industry made having your home or business outfitted for gaslight something of a risky proposition. There was no way of knowing if you received shoddy workmanship. Fires, explosions, leaks and carbon monoxide poisoning, while not exactly commonplace, were still very real dangers.

 

About A Gift for Guile:

She’s a liar.

She’s a con.

She’s a thief.

And God help him, but he’ll do anything to keep her safe.

Beautiful and conniving, maddening and brilliant, Esther is everything private detective Samuel Brass shouldn’t want. Esther knows she’s put herself in terrible danger, but nothing will stop her from making amends—not her family’s enemies, not old fears, and certainly not the domineering, interfering, and undeniably handsome former officer of the Scotland Yard. Yet whenever he’s near, Samuel makes her long for a life that can never be hers…and wish she were worthy of being saved.

Second in an exciting late Victorian romance series from a RITA Award nominee!

 

Excerpt:

Samuel grabbed Esther and shoved her behind him just as the gig raced by, launching a great wall of ditch water over the curb and onto him.

It soaked him through to the skin, and there was nothing he could do but drag a hand down his face and flick the excess moisture from his fingers.

Esther snickered. Actually, she coughed, but it was a hide-the-snicker sort of cough. It didn’t fool anyone.

He glowered at her.

She snickered again.

“Get in the carriage, Esther.”

For once, she complied without argument. She clambered inside, one hand covering her mouth. The moment the door was closed, her laughter filled the carriage.

“Oh. Oh, Lord.” She flipped up her veil. “I’m sorry. I’m terribly sorry. But the state of you. Good heavens.” She calmed herself a bit and reached over to pat his knee. “My hero.”

Then she laughed some more.

He ought to be offended, really. Annoyed at the very least. But he couldn’t seem to move beyond amazed.

He’d never heard her laugh before. Not like this. Not with her head tipped back and the sound just flowing from her.

Samuel wracked his brain for a single memory of Esther laughing, really laughing, and came up blank. Years ago, when she’d been little more than a girl, she had giggled. Once or twice, she may have chuckled. Certainly, he’d heard her snicker. But he hadn’t heard her laugh. Not as a child, and not since he’d known her as an adult.

The woman simply didn’t laugh in front of him.

It seemed an odd thing not to have noticed before now. Stranger still that he should find an ordinary sound so extraordinarily appealing. There was a sweet, clear tone to it that made him think of wind chimes. Not the tinny sort Mrs. Lanchor had hung in the garden two years ago (and the beast had mauled into oblivion three days ago) but the solid sort that put one to mind of woodwinds.

Her laugh reminded him of wind chimes that reminded him of woodwinds. By God, he was England’s finest poet.

“You’ve changed,” he murmured. There used to be a brittleness about her, a deep unhappiness she kept hidden away along with her kindness and honesty, all buried beneath a layer of cool indifference. He couldn’t see that brittleness anymore.

“Beg your pardon?” Her laugh tapered off slowly, and she looked at him uncertainly. “I didn’t mean to cause offense.” A spark of mischievousness lit in her blue eyes. “Well, maybe a little offense, but—”

“I’m not offended… Maybe a little offended,” he corrected with humor. “But I wasn’t implying that you’ve changed for the worse. It’s for the better.”

“Oh.” Her lips curved in a small, hesitant smile. “Thank you.”

“You’re happier, aren’t you?”

“I am,” she agreed, and so readily that he could only assume she’d given the matter some thought recently. “I am starting to be.”

“It is nice to see.” It was more than nice. It was something else, something more.

Here, he thought, was the woman he’d caught glimpses of before. The remarkable one who amazed and fascinated him. Only it wasn’t just a glimpse. He remembered her insistence that he wasn’t a hard man and her defense of the little boy. And he wondered now if the traits he admired in her had never been quite as buried or transient as he imagined. Anything could seem like a glimpse, he realized, if one looked away too quickly.

 

Review:

How have I never read anything from this author before? Must. Remedy. SOON.

I absolutely adored everything about A Gift for Guile. Esther and Samuel were wonderful characters–definitely not perfect by any means, and boy did they have a talent for making the other one crazy!–but wow, were they absolutely perfect for each other. Their banter seriously had me giggling practically nonstop for pages at a time (thank goodness no one was around during my lunch break. I’m pretty sure they would have been speculating about my sanity. More than usual, anyway) and my ecopy has so. Many. Highlights. Really, it was getting ridiculous. 🙂

(And oh, poor Samuel. The guy just couldn’t get a gift that was truly for Esther–and he tried so hard! But when he finally does, boy does he! The guy’s good…I guess that’s why he’s a detective, huh? ;))

The relationship angst was 100% believable, and nicely resolved in a way that felt natural. There was a good dollop of suspense thrown in–just enough to make one anxious, but it didn’t go overboard. Really, the writing here was wonderfully balanced–I honestly couldn’t think of any way the story could have been improved.

A Gift for Guile clearly follows the events of book one, A Talent for Trickery , which are alluded to, but it worked just fine as a standalone. Esther and Samuel spend this entire book away from the other series characters, in fact, so really, starting with this book was not at all an issue. (But, yeah. I’m going to be reading book one ASAP. Because did I mention I can’t believe I haven’t read anything by Alissa Johnson before? Truly, what was I thinking?) Here’s hoping there’s more to come in this series! (There is at least one more sibling…maybe more–so there’s hope!)

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

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Alissa Johnson lives in the rolling hills of the Ozarks, where she is hard at work on her next romance.
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New Release and Giveaway! DEFENDING HAYDEN by L.P. Dover (A Second Chances novel)

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Defending Hayden
by L.P. Dover
A Second Chances Novel
Publication Date: June 28, 2016
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Random House
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The Carolina Cougars keep fighting for love as the Second Chances series from bestselling author L. P. Dover continues! In Defending Hayden, a damaged football star teams up with the only woman who can take the pain away.

No one’s tougher than Carolina Cougars linebacker Derek McLaughlin. But when a fatal car accident claims the life of his girlfriend, Derek finds himself caught in a destructive spiral of drugs, alcohol, and meaningless sex. But not even a string of one-night stands can ease the hurt. Football is all he has left. Then fate leads him back to the scene of the crash, and into the arms of a kind, gorgeous woman who sees past his façade to the man he once was . . . and can be again.

When a chance roadside encounter brings Derek into her life, veterinarian Hayden Hunter isn’t fooled by his bad attitude: All bark and no bite, he’s hiding a wounded heart beneath that gruff demeanor. And Hayden wants to be the one to kiss it all better. Soon they both find that a dose of passion is potent medicine. But when a hidden enemy lashes out at Hayden, Derek steps up to do what he does best: put his body on the line in the name of love.

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Advance praise for L. P. Dover’s Catching Summer:

“L. P. Dover knows how to create the men who make us swoon, the book boyfriends we all want.”New York Times bestselling author Heidi McLaughlin

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About the author:

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, L.P. Dover, is a southern belle residing in North Carolina along with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she even began her literary journey she worked in Periodontics enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries.

Not only does she love to write, but she loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes, white water rafting, and you can’t forget the passion for singing. Her two number one fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime and those songs usually consist of Christmas carols.

Aside from being a wife and mother, L.P. Dover has written countless novels including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, the Gloves Off series, the Armed and Dangerous series, the Royal Shifters series, and her standalone novel, Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read is romantic suspense and she also loves writing it. However, if she had to choose a setting to live in it would have to be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae.

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Top 5 Things You Don’t Know About Sawyer Anderson, Hero of Debbie Mason’s HAPPY EVER AFTER IN CHRISTMAS (with a New Release Review and giveaway!)

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Top 5 things you don’t know about Sawyer Anderson:

  1. Sawyer has been best friends with Jack Flaherty since they were twelve. An only child, Sawyer thinks of the Flaherty family as his own—including Jack’s baby sister Jill.
  2. Sawyer was an NHL superstar. He played for the Colorado Flurries for ten years before a dirty hit and severe concussion ended his career.
  3. Sawyer owns the local sports bar in the small town of Christmas, Colorado—the Penalty Box, and coaches the competitive midget hockey team.
  4. Sawyer has a soft spot for single mothers. His mother raised him on her own.
  5. When Jack was MIA for seventeen months, Sawyer fell in love with his best friend’s wife. Even though he didn’t act on his feelings, Sawyer nearly lost Jack’s friendship. He’ll never put their friendship at risk again.

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Debbie Mason is the bestselling author of the Christmas, Colorado series. Her books have been praised for their “likable characters, clever dialogue and juicy plots” (RT Book Reviews). She also writes historical paranormals as Debbie Mazzuca. Her MacLeod series has received several nominations for best paranormal as well as a Holt Medallion Award of Merit. When she isn’t writing or reading, Debbie enjoys spending time with her very own real-life hero, their four wonderful children, an adorable grandbaby, and a yappy Yorkie named Bella.

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Series: Christmas, Colorado #7
On Sale: June 28, 2016
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Price: $5.99 USD

It’s beginning to look a lot like love . . .

As her thirtieth birthday approaches, deputy Jill Flaherty decides it’s time to live a little. When she walks into Sawyer Anderson’s bar in her sexiest dress, she’s not thinking that he’s her brother’s best friend or about the many women he dated during his years as a pro hockey player. All she’s thinking is that it’s finally time to confess to her longtime crush how she truly feels.

Sawyer is done being a player on and off the ice. Yet no one in the small town of Christmas seems to believe he’s ready to settle down, not Jill, and certainly not Jack, who is determined to keep Sawyer from breaking his little sister’s heart. But as Sawyer and Jill’s relationship heats up, can he prove that he’s her happy ever after?

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Review:

Where to start? So much was going on in this one…at times, a little too much. Talk about having to go through the wringer to get to your HEA–Jill and Sawyer definitely earned it, that’s for sure!

I picked this one up because of two things: 1) Sawyer’s an ex-NHL player and 2) best friend’s little sister troupe. Hockey players are my catnip, and I love the angst that BFLS stories can bring. On the second, this story did not disappoint, though that part of the conflict was resolved fairly early in the story and gave way for a whole lot of other angsty stuff. Maybe a bit too much? I’m still not sure how I feel about some of the directions this story went in.

On the hockey front, I did really like the scene early on where Jill was strong-armed into playing in the championship game against Sawyer and Jack’s team. I’m not sure it’s really plausible to do so well in your first game ever, but it was entertaining nonetheless.

I also loved Sawyer’s sabotaging of Jill’s dates. Very amusing…unless you’re Jill, of course. 😉

Some of the other plot diversions? Birth control mishaps, nursing home mysteries, ex-husband drama, former relationship angst, kidnapping, shoot-outs, predatory coworkers…the list goes on and on. I was starting to wonder what wasn’t going to happen to these two before we got to “the end”!

Not having read the rest of the series, having so many secondary characters involved in/invested in the story’s outcome did get a bit overwhelming at times. It was easy to keep track of Jack and Grace (Jill’s brother/SIL) and Brandi and Trent (Sawyer’s coworker and her son) but everyone else tended to blend together and leave me with a feeling of “now who is this person again…?” for at least a paragraph or two each time they show up. For series regulars, though, I have a feeling this story will be right up their alley–everyone’s in it, and it seems to wrap everything up nicely.

I enjoyed the HEA, and was beyond glad when we finally got to that point. It felt like a long and rambling journey at times, but ultimately all’s well that ends well, right?

Rating: 3 stars / C+

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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The Trouble With Christmas, #1

Christmas in July, #2

It Happened at Christmas, #3

Wedding Bells at Christmas, #4

Snowbound at Christmas, #5

Kiss Me In Christmas, #6

Happy Ever After in Christmas, #7

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Cover Reveal and Giveaway! DALIR’S SALVATION by Nina Crespo (The Song #3)

Nina Crespo is celebrating the upcoming release of  DALIR’S SALVATION: The Song! She’s sharing special sneak peek excerpts and offering prizes. Don’t forget to sign up for her newsletter for exclusive excerpts and special giveaways in celebration of the third book in this sexy alpha male series.

 

About DALIR’S SALVATION:

Ari is looking to live a normal life. But after she hits her head, normal is no longer an option. A mysterious, rugged man appears, whom only she can see…each night he fulfills her fantasies and leavers her begging for more. She’s sure he’s a figment of her imagination – until she finds o, to truly be with him, Ari will have to embrace the parts of herself she’s been desperately keeping at bay. Dalir’s been burned by love before, yet he can’t resist Ari’s beauty and charm. And all it takes is one kiss to spark nights of passion. But there’s danger on the horizon that only Dalir and his friends in the band Thane’s Redemption can deal with. And the longer he stays with Ari, the greater the peril to them both. Will the two of them be strong enough to fight for their newfound love – and their lives?

 

Read an excerpt fromDALIR‘SSALVATION:

Ceremonial or battle uniform? The two options lie next to each other on the back of the velvet and wood chair. Dalir chose the black torso plate of his battle armor. (read more)

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About THANE’S REDEMPTION:

The one night she’ll want to remember, she’ll be forced to forget.

It’s been almost a year since Celine’s fiancé’s death and she’s still struggling to move on. But when she meets Thane, the super hot lead singer of Thane’s Redemption, she finds her desire reawakening, and her heart opening. Soon one kiss leads them straight into a night of heated passion…

Thane’s unexpected connection with Celine only leaves him wanting more of her—but his life makes it impossible. For Thane’s Redemption is just a cover for a deeper secret: A former Army Ranger presumed dead, Thane is really a time-traveling, covert operative charged with saving the world from disaster. Each jump through time forces those around him to forget he ever existed—and Celine would be no exception. But can time work in their favor to give them a second chance at love? Or will a choice Thane makes in the future put Celine in mortal danger?…

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About REID’S DELIVERANCE:

Lauren isn’t looking for love when she spends a scintillating night with Reid, the sexy keyboardist of Thane’s Redemption. While their passion may be off the charts, her trust issues–and Reid’s secret life as a time-traveling covert agent–makes any chance for a relationship impossible.

When operatives involved in a mysterious project begin dying, Reid defies orders and travels alone into the future to find the cause. But when things go dangerously awry, it takes all of his strength to get himself back to safety–and directly onto Lauren’s doorstep. While neither of them remembers their night of passion, their intense connection leads Lauren to help him. But as Reid’s memories reignite, will he be forced to sacrifice everything to finish his mission–including the woman he loves?

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Nina Crespo lives in Florida where she indulges in her favorite passions—the beach, kickboxing, a good glass of wine, and dancing. Her lifelong addiction to romance began in her teens while on a “borrowing spree” in her older sister’s bedroom where she discovered her first romance novel. Curiosity about people and places, including what’s beyond the stars, fuels her writer’s imagination. Indulge in her sensual contemporary stories and steamy paranormal tales to feed your own addiction for love, romance, and happily ever after.
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New Release Review and Giveaway! BAD BOYS AFTER DARK: MICK by Melissa Foster (Bad Boys After Dark #1)

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BAD BOYS AFTER DARK: MICK
Bad Boys After Dark #1
Melissa Foster
Releasing June 22nd, 2016
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Indulge your inner vixen…
 
Meet the Bad Boys… Four sinfully sexy, fiercely loyal, uber alpha brothers about to fall head over heels for their leading ladies. If dirty talk, cursing, or raw, passionate sex turns you off, the After Dark books are not for you, because everything’s naughtier after dark.
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Amanda Jenner is done being a boring-man magnet and has finally taken control of her love life. As any smart paralegal would, she’s researched the hell out of how to seduce a man. She’s waxed, primped, and ready to put her newfound skills into action—and a masquerade bar crawl is the perfect venue for her solo coming-out party.
Entertainment attorney Mick Bad lives by two hard and fast rules. He never mixes business with pleasure, and he doesn’t do relationships, which makes the anonymity of a masquerade bar crawl the perfect place for a onetime hookup.
Amanda thinks she’s hit the jackpot when she bags a tall, dark, and sinfully delicious masked man—until she discovers the man she’s made out with is her off-limits boss. Mick’s already crossed a line he can never uncross, and one taste of sweet and sexy Amanda has only whet his appetite. When Mick offers to give Amanda a lesson in seduction—no strings, no regrets, and for goodness’ sake, come Monday, no quitting—the tables turn, and Mick’s totally unprepared for the lessons this sweet temptress provides.
 
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LURED BY THE pulse of sex and anonymity, Amanda Jenner moved through the dusky bar, brushing against silk, satin, cotton, and flesh, each graze feeding the adrenaline coursing through her veins. Blue lights misted over sweaty strangers lost in the seductive bump and grind of foreplay and hoping for a night of erotic pleasure. If Amanda tried hard enough, she could smell tomorrow’s scent du jour—regret.

Tonight she had no room for the confidence-crushing worry of what tomorrow would bring. She scanned the crowd, as she had in the previous three bars, immediately dismissing anyone who wasn’t in costume. Her world was full of boring men who excelled at wining, dining, and boring her to sleep.

Ten years of romance novels and movies had led her astray, sending her on a search for the elusive needle in a haystack. She’d led herself astray, always the careful thinker, careful dresser. Or as her younger sister, Ally, would say, Careful kisser, careful lover. Ally, however, had taken charge of her sex life—and she’d found the perfect man.

Now it’s my turn.

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Phew–quite the change from Ms. Foster’s “usual” books–that I’ve read so far, anyway; a definite ramping up on the steam factor. Not that I’m complaining 🙂

I liked both Amanda and Mick quite a bit, and believed in their relationship from the beginning…though it’s kind of a stretch to believe that they’d work so closely together for three years and not realize that the other had the hots for them…but okay, I’m willing to suspend belief. They were totally adorable during their weekend together, except when they were being totally hot (the book did kind of have a schizophrenic feel to it, as if it sometimes couldn’t decide if it wanted to be sweet or steamy), but whichever way they were acting, I really, really wanted them to get to their HEA.

Though perhaps not as much of an HEA as they did, or as quickly. Mick’s reason for not wanting to have a relationship was on the weak side, and he did get over it fairly easily, but still. Even with the knowing each other for three years and all, the events of the last chapter happened awfully fast. (And the freckle obsession? What was up with that?) But I digress….

Overall, an entertaining read with enjoyable characters. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what Mick’s three brothers have to bring to future books.

Rating: 4 stars / B

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance, and women’s fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic, perfect beach reads, and always family oriented. 

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New Release Spotlight! SHOPPING FOR A CEO’S FIANCEE by Julia Kent (Shopping for a Billionaire)

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About SHOPPING FOR A CEO’S FIANCEE:

We skipped right over the whole fiancée thing and went straight from girlfriend to wife.

At least, I think that’s what happened. I woke up after my brother’s Vegas wedding reception with my luscious girlfriend in bed with me. We’re both wearing wedding rings.

So is her coworker, Josh.

And our Vegas chauffeur, Geordi.

Who the hell am I married to?

Unraveling this mystery will be as difficult as figuring out why Amanda and I are having panic attacks over the thought of being husband and wife.

Or, whoever we’re actually married to.

Oh, ^%$#.

It’s true that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, with one exception:

If she’s my wife, we’ll make it work.

If she’s not?

I’ll make it happen.

Get the 9th book in Julia Kent’s New York Times bestselling romantic comedy series as Andrew and Amanda sort out their wild Vegas night…and the rest of their lives.

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Julia Kent writes romantic comedy with an edge, and new adult books that push contemporary boundaries. From billionaires to BBWs to rock stars, Julia finds a sensual, goofy joy in every book she writes, but unlike Trevor from Random Acts of Crazy, she has never kissed a chicken.

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New Release and Giveaway! CATCHING REBECCA by Siera London (The Bachelors of Shell Cove #3)

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Catching Rebecca
by Siera London
The Bachelors of Shell Cove #3
Publication Date: May 19, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Suspense

 

Trapped by family obligations, Rebecca Lynn Holbrook, the heir to Holbrook Industries, is not the spoiled rich girl everyone thinks she is. She’s a company asset to be sold and traded. In exchange for the cash infusion the company needs, Rebecca Lynn has seven days to complete a negotiated marriage contract. There’s just one hitch in the plan—-her lover—-sexy ex-Navy officer Darwin Masters.

Darwin Masters is not the man he used to be. He has no use for the constraints of society nor family expectations. When a tragic accident leads him back to Shell Cove, he finds healing and comfort in Rebecca Lynn’s arms. Focused on starting his security firm and building a new life with the woman he loves, Darwin is blindsided by news of Rebecca Lynn’s impending nuptials.

But nothing is as it appears. When an impulsive decision lands Rebecca Lynn in Darwin’s arms once again, it sets off a chain reaction of dangerous consequences neither of them anticipated.

With Rebecca Lynn in danger, and Darwin’s fledgling company in jeopardy, how will they protect their love and outwit the powerful enemy fast approaching?

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THE BACHELORS OF SHELL COVE SERIES
Book 1-Chasing Ava (Logan & Ava’s s story)
Book 2-Convincing Lina (Gideon & Lina’s story)
Book 2.5-A Doctor for Christmas, A Novella (Aron & Zari’s story)
Book 3-Catching Rebecca (Darwin & Rebecca’s story)
Book 4-Claiming Janna (Dawson & Janna’s story)–coming soon
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Head shotSiera London is the Bestselling Author of drama-filled, action-packed, and sexy, contemporary romance and romantic suspense. A native Floridian, Siera lives on the Gulf of Mexico with her active duty husband, seven backyard iguanas, and a color patch tabby with a proclivity for jamming the printer.

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New Release Review and Giveaway! MY WOLF AND ME by India R. Adams

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My Wolf and Me
by India R. Adams
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Release Date: April 26th 2016

Summary:

Their love was innocent.
Their friendship was pure.
Their fear was real.
Their danger was true.

When little Marlena is left to care for an abandoned wolf pup, her parents see their irrevocable bond, and this humble family embarks on an adventure trying to care for the needs of a rapidly growing wolf, and the needs of their headstrong daughter. The comical complications of such a venture only darken when Marlena, now a high school student, witnesses her wolf shift… into a young man.

Secrets and the pure hatred from a man out for revenge take Marlena, her family and her wolf on a heartbreaking journey of devastating loss, captivity, and ultimate sacrifices.

This love story will haunt you well after you finally set this book down.

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India R Adams is an author/singer/songwriter who has written YA and NA novels such as Blue Waters (A Tainted Waters Novella), My Wolf and Me, Steal Me (A Haunted Roads Novel), Rain (A Stranger in the Woods Novel), Serenity (A Forever Series Novel) and also The Forever Series music.

India was born and raised in Florida but has also been so lucky as to live in Idaho (where she froze but fell in love with the small town life), Austin Texas (where she started her first book, Serenity, and met wonderful artist), and now Murphy, North Carolina (where the mountains have stolen a piece of her heart).

Being a survivor of abuse, has inspired India to let others know they have nothing to be ashamed of. She put her many years of professional theater background to the test and has written fictional stories with a shadow of her personal experiences. She says, “I’m simply finding ways to empower perfect imperfections.”

Another cause India feels needs change, is Sexual Slavery. She has joined forces with jewelers to design beautiful ways to raise money for non-profit organizations. Even though India writes about serious subjects such as domestic violence, sexual abuse, and Human Trafficking, she has a magnificent sense of humor, as do the characters she creates. Perfectly balanced between laughter and tears, her readers see how to empower their own perfect imperfections.

 

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Sale Blitz and Giveaway! FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS by Diana Peterfreund

We met this author when we went to the Baltimore Book Festival two years ago–she was delightful! I’ve been looking for an excuse to pick up her book ever since… 🙂

A dystopian YA version of Persuasion! What more could you want?

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For the Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfeund is on sale! Grab your copy today for $1.99!

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About For the Darkness Shows the Stars:

Fans of Divergent will love Diana Peterfreund’s take on Jane Austen’s Persuasion set in a post-apocalyptic world.

In the dystopian future of For Darkness Shows the Stars, a genetic experiment has devastated humanity. In the aftermath, a new class system placed anti-technology Luddites in absolute power over vast estates—and any survivors living there.

Elliot North is a dutiful Luddite and a dutiful daughter who runs her father’s estate. When the boy she loved, Kai, a servant, asked her to run away with him four years ago, she refused, although it broke her heart.

Now Kai is back. And while Elliot longs for a second chance with her first love, she knows it could mean betraying everything she’s been raised to believe is right.

For Darkness Shows the Stars is a breathtaking YA romance about opening your mind to the future and your heart to the one person you know can break it.

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Excerpt:

FOUR YEARS AGO

Dear Kai,

The sun is probably streaming in through the big barn windows now, which means you’re awake. And if you’re awake, it means you’re wondering where I went.

I haven’t run away from you, I promise. But I knew that today of all days, they’d need me in the house. Tatiana may be the head of our household now, but she’s not the one the staff will look to in my mother’s absence. And there is so much to do to prepare for the funeral. Also, I have to go tell my grandfather what had happened to his daughter. I don’t want him to hear of her death from anyone but me.

Thank you for last night. I wish I could say I don’t know why you are the one I ran to—you, Kai, not Tatiana or my father or even my grandfather. But I know why. And I have a confession to make.

After you let me cry, after you let me sob and shout and choke on all that pain—after you did all that, and didn’t say a word—I didn’t fall asleep like you thought. Not right away. I lay there, wadded up into a ball, and you curved your body behind mine. You were barely touching me—your thigh against the edge of my hip, your arm draped lightly across my waist, your fingers entwined with mine. How many times have our hands touched, when we were passing each other tools or helping each other in and out of machines? Hundreds of times. Thousands. But last night, it felt different. You cradled my hand in yours, palms up, our fingers curled in like a pair of fallen leaves. Fallen, maybe, but not dead. My hand never felt so alive. Every place you touched me sparked with energy. I couldn’t sleep. Not like that.

And so I bent my head, just the slightest bit, until my mouth reached our hands. I smelled the oil you never quite get off your fingers. I breathed in the scent of your skin. And then, as if that was all I was doing, just breathing, I let my bottom lip brush against your knuckle.

Time stopped. I was sure you’d see through my ruse and pull away. I was sure you’d know that I was not asleep, that I was not just breathing. But you didn’t move, so I did it again. And again. And on the third time, I let my top lip join my bottom.

I kissed your hand, Kai. I didn’t do it to thank you for letting me cry. For letting me sleep in your arms. I thought you should know.

Yours,

Elliot

 

Dear Elliot,

I know. When will I see you again?

Yours,

Kai

 

About the Author:

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Diana Peterfreund is the author of a dozen books for adults, teens, and children. A lifelong Jane Austen lover and technophile, she lives outside Washington, DC with her family, her BBC miniseries collection, and her smartphone. You can visit Diana online at www.dianapeterfreund.com.

 

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