Friday, November 17, 2017

Excerpt & Tour: Ignited by A.M. Deese


Title: Ignited
Author: A.M. Deese
Genre/Age: Fantasy/YA
Series: Dance of the Elements (Book One)
Publisher: RadiantTeen
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SynopsisA NOBLE DAUGHTER.

A FORMER SLAVE.

SCORCHED EARTH AND DANGEROUS GAMES.

“Jura imagined it sounded like rain.”


Juggling death is nothing new for seventeen-year-old Jura, daughter of the First of the Thirteen, successive rulers of the Republic of the Sand Sea. However, when a blood chain ensnares her father, she is thrust into the seat of power and forced to rule her elders.

“To Tylak, water had never tasted sweeter.”

Jura must track down her father’s assassin and balance a country on the verge of collapse. To find the Prince of Shadows and uncover the truth, Jura puts her trust in Tylak, a former slave accused of stealing from the Everflame—a man she once condemned to death.

In a world where water is currency and enemies lurk around every corner, Jura will use her wits or risk igniting a world war.


JURA

Jura imagined it sounded like rain. The steady tap of grains of sand pounding against the glass walls and ceiling was almost musical. The sands were still untamed but she was safe from the dangers of the earth. No, death was more likely to come from inside—and she was late.

Her robes were on backwards. The last several hours plotting what to say and just how she would say it had all been a waste of time. It was doubtful the Thirteen would take a young woman seriously, especially if she wasn’t even capable of dressing herself. The gold and purple stitching on the formal black court robe was only slightly different in the front than the back. Would anyone notice? Jura could feel their eyes watching her, swore she could hear the occasional chuckle thrown in her direction. She wanted to run, she wanted to die from embarrassment right on the spot.

Don’t panic. You don’t have time to change; just breathe. She inhaled sharply, letting her breath slowly leak out between clenched teeth. Had the justice dome always been so tall? She felt dwarfed by the massive walls towering around her. She lifted her thick maiden’s braid as a trail of sweat escaped from the nape of her neck to drip down the stiff collar of her robe. She sidled to a pillar on the least populated side of the dome and pressed her back against the cool marble.

The members of the Thirteen milled about the concave room, flitting in and out of conversation and tossing distrustful glances at one another. No one else was wearing the traditional court robes, and Jura suddenly remembered they were only used on voting day or when foreign diplomats were present. She bit her bottom lip, blood rushed into her cheeks. Wearing the robes now proved her inexperience; wearing them backwards showed she was an inexperienced idiot. Her spectacles slid down the bridge of her nose. She sighed as she shoved them back up. Why had she even worn the flaming things? The glasses, not the robes. Although they were both giving her trouble. She scanned the room and noticed that almost all of the Thirteen had arrived. The council meeting would start in a matter of minutes.

If the council didn’t accept her, her house would lose everything.


Alexis Marrero Deese is an avid reader of young adult and fantasy. Her favorite authors include Brandon Sanderson, Jaqueline Carey, and Orson Scott Card. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and a sun tan she misses dearly since her move to northern Georgia. She has a passion for cooking, spends entirely too much time on Pinterest, and is a self-proclaimed dog training expert to her family’s legion of dogs.

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Excerpt & Tour: Deal Breaker by Tara Leigh



Nash is Wall Street, Nixie is Williamsburg. In DEAL BREAKER, the next standalone installment of Tara Leigh’s Billionaire Bosses series, these two opposites definitely attract. When lust becomes love, will their untamed emotions be a deal breaker? 

Fans of Keeland and Ward’s STUCK UP SUIT and Lauren Blakely’s MOST VALUABLE PLAYBOY will devour this smart and steamy marriage of convenience romance. 

Title: Deal Breaker
Author: Tara Leigh
Genre/Age: Romance/Adult
Series: Billionaire Bosses (Book Two)
Publisher: Swerve
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SynopsisNixie Rowland is having a bad day. Rushing home to drown her sorrows in ice cream and reality television, she decides to take a shortcut to the subway where things take a turn for the worst. But Nixie’s bad luck doesn’t end there—the white knight who comes to her rescue is none other than the Dark Knight of Wall Street, a cocky Manhattan mogul whose ego barely fits inside his penthouse. To her horror, Nixie discovers the sizzling attraction between them is off the charts, and rising fast. Spending the night in his bed does nothing to lower the heat… And everything to set her heart on fire.

Nash Knight doesn’t have room in his life, or his heart, for anything beyond one-night stands or casual flings. And he certainly doesn’t make a habit of rescuing damsels in distress. Except that this particular damsel slips beneath his armor, the vulnerability she covers with a false show of bravado hitting him somewhere deep. Nixie is everything he never wanted… And exactly what he needs.

With Nixie on the run from a controlling ex, and Nash trying to salvage a business deal at risk because his conquests in the bedroom are overshadowing his wins in the boardroom, there’s one simple solution for them both: a marriage in name only. But when lust becomes love, will their untamed emotions be a deal breaker?



“What are your boundaries?”

Good question. “Well, I would have said going home with a stranger and spending the night in his bed was a boundary.”

Another chuckle caressed my eardrum like the softest patch of velvet. “Probably a good one to have.”

“How about you?”

“Same as yours, apparently. I don’t bring strangers home to my bed, either.”

Really? “Not a one-night stand kind of guy?” As soon as the casual question left my mouth, I wanted to chase after it and stuff every last word back down my throat. I didn’t want to know a single detail about Nash’s sex life.

“Actually, I prefer them. Just not in my own bed.”

Not fair. Now I needed to know more. “So, you only go back to their place? What if your one-night woman has a roommate?”

“Oh, I don’t go back to their place either. Too personal.”

I was stumped. “Where—? Ew. Please don’t tell me I was just driven home in your mobile bachelor pad.”

This time Nash’s laugh was more like a bark. Nice, but I still preferred his throaty chuckle. “Of course not. I keep a suite at the Ritz-Carlton, downtown.”

“That gorgeous apartment of yours and you rent a hotel room?”

“It’s a suite. And it’s just as nice, I assure you. Would you like to see it? I can take you there tonight, after our dinner.”

“We’re not having dinner. And I’m not going to be your next one-night stand, either.”

“Why not?” Nash’s question was nonchalant, as if arranging for sex was no more important than meeting up for a quick cup of coffee.

“Why don’t I want to be the next notch on your bedpost? Thanks, but I’ll pass.”

“No notches, although I won’t judge if you want to make one.”

I sighed. “Nash, why are you pushing this? I think it’s pretty obvious I’m not your type.” His silence spoke volumes. “Right?” I pressed, needing verbal confirmation.

“How do you know that?” A stubborn edge underlined his question.

“How many women have you slept with in the past year?”

He laughed again, more of a chortle this time. I might have to start cataloguing all the different varieties he exhibited. “You’re kidding me, right?”

“Okay then. In the past six months?”

“Nixie, come on.”

“Fine. New question. Can you name all the women you’ve slept with in the past month?”

There was a part of me that was cheering Nash on, hoping he wasn’t as big of a manwhore as I thought he was. But as the silence stretched on, I was forced to put down my pom-poms. “See, that’s why. I might not be looking for a relationship right now, but I don’t fill my nights with disposable men, either.”



Tara Leigh attended Washington University in St. Louis and Columbia Business School in New York, and worked on Wall Street and Main Street before “retiring” to become a wife and mother. When the people in her head became just as real as the people in her life, she decided to put their stories on paper. Tara currently lives in Fairfield County, Connecticut with her husband, children and fur-baby, Pixie. 

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This series offers a passionate peek into the tumultuous world of New York’s most beautiful bankers. Stocks and bonds aren’t the only commodities traded on Wall Street. Money, power, prestige, sex—they’re all available to the highest bidder. Each book in the series will feature sexy scions of Manhattan moguls struggling to find love and success on their own terms.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Review: Rock Solid by Carly Phillips & Erika Wilde

Title: Rock Solid
Author: Carly Phillips & Erika Wilde
Genre/Age: Contemporary Romance/Adult
Series: Book Boyfriend (Book Four)
Publisher: CP Publishing
Format: ebook via Rockstarlit
Rating: ✺✺✺
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SynopsisConnor Prescott doesn't do one night stands (yes, ladies, he's an anomaly) so when he meets a beautiful woman during a snowed in night at the airport who wants to forget her heartache, he makes an exception. 

Their night together is incendiary, and by morning Connor wants more . . . except his sexy stranger is gone. He's pretty sure he'll never see her again, until three and a half years later she finds him, and changes his entire world with three little words . . . You're a daddy.


**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

This hero is to die for! *swoon*

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When Connor meets his dream woman in an airport, he thinks he's hit the love lottery. She's everything he's looking for and they even live in the same city. Almost as if it's fate and he's more than willing to give this a chance. Only, she's recently had her heart broken and just wants a wild night with a stranger. No strings attached. Ouch.


Fate intervenes and Katie leaves with a 9-month reminder of the perfect night she spent with Connor. Unable to contact him, she raises their daughter on her own for three years. After finally locating him, she makes the tough decision to tell him about their child while desperately hoping he will understand.

Little does Katie know, but Connor has much bigger plans for the three of them. In fact, he'd love nothing more than to make their little accidental family a permanent arrangement. He just has to convince Katie that they are meant to be together and to take a chance on him again.

Okay, so it's not often that a male lead really surprises me. I usually find that the more an author tries to write a man as desirable, with all of those annoying 'manly' traits, the more I tend to dislike them. Not so in this case. Connor was a breath of fresh air in the overly-broody and anti-commitment flooded romance genre. I just loved him.


And Katie was a pretty likable character too. Even if I did want to strangle the poor woman for her stubbornness at times, I still rooted for her to wise up and see what a great man Connor was. I mean, come on. He is literally a dreamboat and such fantastic book boyfriend material. In other words, I would totally hit that. *wink*

I loved the first couple of chapters in this book and the way our couple initially came together was excellent. I hadn't re-read the blurb before I started the book so the secret baby came as a surprise to me. I might have gasped out loud when I saw it. I almost wish it wasn't given away so that others could share the same 'whoa' moment that I did.

As for the romance...umm, swoon. Connor again impressed me with how he could be both romantic and naughty at the same time. It was highly entertaining, just with the love scenes alone. Toss in the adorable family element and I was a goner. Just fantastic. My poor ovaries wanted to explode. And the ending was cute too.

In closing... 
I cannot recommend this book highly enough and I can't believe I haven't read anything by this pair before. Five suns!

Spotlight: Kiss Me Cowboy by Heather Slade

Heather Slade
Kiss Me Cowboy
Cowboys of Crested Butte Book 3
Release Date Nov. 13, 2017


Blurb:
Blythe Cochran is a woman who’s never been treated the cowboy way—and Jace Rice knows he is just the man to teach her what that means. Unless his twin brother, Tucker, gets in the way. The last place Blythe wants to spend Thanksgiving is at the Flying R Ranch in Crested Butte, Colorado, but that’s where she’s headed. She and her best friend’s family have always celebrated the holiday together, so it was go along, or spend the holiday home alone. Feeling sorry for herself because she’s dateless and her best friend is newly engaged, Blythe asks Renie to fix her up with a hot cowboy.

When she arrives and meets not one, but TWO of the hottest cowboys she’s ever seen, Blythe decides the holiday might not be so bleak after all. When both men compete for her attention, it’s hard for her to choose. Who would win her affection—easy-going, bronc-riding, cowboy Jace, or brooding artist Tucker? Regardless of whom she chooses, there is a secret being held between the brothers which could drive a permanent wedge between the two men, who each touch a different part of her soul.

When the hidden truth is finally exposed, will it tear a family apart, or heal past wounds? This is book can be read as a standalone with no cliffhanger.




About the Author:

Heather Slade

My books are filled with things that bring me joy: music, wine, skiing, families, artists, and cowboys. Not always in that order. I’m an Amazon best-selling author, and a PAN member of Romance Writers of America. I speak, teach, blog, am an executive sommelier, and all-around entrepreneur. I grew up an east coast girl, and then spent half my life on the west coast. Now my husband, our two boys, and I happily call Colorado home.

Book Blitz: Jess, Rising by D.M. Guay



Jess, Rising (Guardians of Salt Creek #1)

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
Release Date: October 1st 2017

Summary from Goodreads:


Magic. Loves. Lies. Betrayal — High school is murder. 

Seventeen-year-old Jess Flowers got more than she bargained for when she moved to Salt Creek, a podunk nowhere town with a dangerous secret. In Salt Creek, people aren't what they seem, and it's contagious. Jess is changing into something dark, something powerful, something more than human. 

Will it be enough? A super-charged killer is closing in. She sees him in visions, slaughtering the helpless with fire and lightning, and she's next on the kill list. Gorgeous outcast Billy Combs is the only one willing to help her, but his troubled past may be darker than he's let on.

Can she tame the mysterious powers surging within her and identify the killer before it's her turn to die? Murder, lies, betrayal and supernatural powers collide in this dark YA love story for fans of Beautiful Creatures, Twilight, and Vampire Diaries. 

Winner, 2016 Romance Writers of America Joyce Henderson Contest for Young Adult romance. (Under its working title, Girl with the Sun on her Heart.)




Jess, Rising: Guardians of Salt Creek Book One will be on sale for 99 cents during the blitz, from Nov.13 to Nov. 18. 

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Book Two in the series, Jess, Resurrected, launches this week as well, at 99 cents during the blitz.


Excerpt 

Billy stood stone still, hair disheveled, head down. I stumbled toward him until we were face to face. He didn't look at me. He didn't speak. I touched his arm. His skin burned, like he had lava for blood.
            “Are you afraid?”
            “No.”
            “Do you think I'm a monster?”
            “No.”  
            “Could you ever love someone who's like... this?”
            “I already do.”
            He finally looked me in the eyes. He pressed hard against me. A tingle of electricity ran up my spine. He kissed me, long and deep, and the sky cracked and popped as arcs of white lightning rained down around us.



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D.M. Guay writes about the intersection of real life with the supernatural. By day, she's an award-winning journalist living in Ohio, a hobby urban farmer, a painter, and a retired roller derby player. Her favorite thingsbesides books—are Jeni’s ice cream, tiki bars, liquid eyeliner, the 1968 Camaro, the Mighty Boosh, 24-hour horror movie festivals, art by Picasso and Niagara Detroit, rock concerts, and most of all, people who make art, despite adversity, no matter what life throws at them.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Book Blast: The Unseducible Earl by Sheri Humphreys


Title: The Unsedicible Earl
Author: Sheri Humphreys
Genre/Age: Historical Romance/Adult
Series: Nightingales (Book One)
Publisher: Boroughs
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SynopsisWOMEN SHOULD BE...

The end of the Crimean War brings Victoria Thorne home to face a society that frowns on women with brains, education and experience, especially one who could be a physician. Though she proves herself a skilled nurse, Victoria finds she is no where near as revered as her namesake. And worse, she is falling for her patient’s betrothed brother, the Earl of Cheriton.

CHERISHED

Buckling to the pressure of his position, Robb Merrick, Earl of Cheriton, becomes engaged to a darling of society. Yet, to his great consternation, he finds himself captivated by his brother’s nurse. She makes Robb feel alive, instead of choked by his title and position. He craves the freedom to pledge his love and loyalty, but ending his betrothal means entangling them all in a horrendous scandal. He is an honorable gentleman; Robb can’t break his vow. Yet if he doesn’t, all hope of happiness is lost.


The earl turned his head. Their gazes locked. For a moment she was privy to his rage and stark pain. Then his lids closed, his fingers spread, and his shoulders lifted with a huge breath.

She moved forward. His eyes, when he opened them, were neither green nor brown nor blue, but an intriguing blend of all three, putting her in mind of the colors of a clear stream. The raw emotion she’d glimpsed was gone. A composed man stood before her. A man lauded for clear-thinking leadership, whose parliamentary speeches were quoted in The Times.

“Miss Thorne?”

“Yes, I’m Victoria Thorne. How do you do, your lordship.”

He gave a short nod. He appeared exhausted. Dark smudges marred the skin below red-rimmed eyes and creases bracketed his wide mouth. Though fatigue radiated from his face, it didn’t detract from his pronounced attractiveness, in part bestowed by a fine, straight nose and strong jaw. Thick auburn hair swept back from a wide forehead.

“My apologies, ma’am. I wouldn’t have chosen such an introduction to Cheriton Court. I deserve to be relegated to barbarian, but I hope you’ll withhold judgment.”

“Perhaps you had good reason, sir.” The little bit she’d overheard made her think it likely.

His jaw bunched. “Yes. Only it’s kept me away from my brother’s side too long.” He turned toward the door. “Please, come with me. I need your help.”



Sheri Humphreys used to be an Emergency Room nurse, but today applies bandages, splints, and slings to the characters of her Victorian romance novels. She loves to ignore yardwork and housework and read—usually a book every one to three days. Having conjured stories in her mind her entire life, she wondered if she were normal. Then she began putting stories to paper and became a two-time Golden Heart® finalist. She lives with a Jack Russell mix rescue, Lucy, in a small town on the central California coast.

A Hero to Hold received a prized Kirkus Star and was named to Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2016.

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