Monday, February 29, 2016

Beguiling ~ Alex Lucian ~ Cover Reveal

Hate: to dislike intensely or passionately; feel extreme aversion for or extreme hostility toward.

Scarlet Jennings, the preacher’s daughter who lived across the street, was a royal, uptight pain in my ass. When she looked at me, she saw a college quarterback asshole with rocks for brains, but she didn’t have a single word for what was happening between us.

When we were forced to ride together every single day that summer, there was definitely some dislike going on. Extreme hostility was a given, considering that we were spending so much time together in close quarters.  
One night of bed-breaking, body-shattering, lose-your-voice-from-screaming passion had surprised us both, but it was only just the beginning…

Alex Lucian is an author living on the eastern coast of the United States who appreciates being anonymous, for personal and professional reasons. Tempting is Alex's first novel.

Tempting (The Tempting Series: Book 1)
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Falling Ashes ~ Annie Anderson ~ Cover Reveal

Book: Falling Ashes (Ashes to Ashes #2)
Author: Annie Anderson
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: 21st March
Mena Constantine is pissed off.
Finally freed from her fifty-year imprisonment by a maniacal leader, she is desperately trying to recover and get her life back. Problem is, the life she had is long gone. Struggling under the weight of her memories and healing from the wounds of her captivity, she can't seem to catch a break. Every waking moment, death seems like a relief she would welcome.
Asher Crane is a dead man.
As a Guardian to the King, his only purpose in life is to keep the King alive. And he's failing. Miserably. With the King ill, the Queen dying, and zero plans for a successor, he's pretty much screwed. Because if the King dies, the law says Asher dies, too.
As these two wounded souls collide in a series of bloody and unfortunate events, they will clutch to the last shreds of life before death beats down their door.
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Annie Anderson is a military wife and United States Air Force veteran. Originally from Dallas, Texas, she is a southern girl at heart, but has lived all over the US and abroad. As soon as the military stops moving her family around, she’ll settle on a state, but for now she enjoys being a nomad with her husband, two daughters, and old man of a dog.
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Scattered Ashes (Ashes to Ashes #1)

Aurelia Constantine is having a rough century.  Plagued by visions of murder, death and destruction, she has resigned herself to the nightmare her life has become. When an enemy from her past comes to her rescue, she must let go of old wounds and heal the breach so she may survive the evil poisoning her mind. Rhys Stevens is guilty. Murder. Betrayal. Treason. Take your pick; he’s guilty of them all. On the path of redemption, he must beg for forgiveness from the one person he fought to save - the woman he has always loved. Thrown together in the trenches of war, they must work as a team to stop a monstrous puppet master from pulling their strings. Ashes, ashes. We all fall down. Get ready to burn.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

9 Letters ~ Blake Austin ~ Blog Tour & Review

Meet Luke Crawley in Blake Austin's debut novel of loss, redemption, and ever-enduring love!

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Luke Cawley is a broken man. After his wife's tragic death, he lost everything that mattered in the world. Now, his life is filled with hard days, harder nights, and a steady stream of alcohol and the wrong kind of women. Nothing helps.

Until the letters arrive on Luke's doorstep.
Nine envelopes. Nine messages. Nine chances to find his way back.

Rae Goode is looking for the real thing. After fighting her way out of a string of bad relationships, she's ready for something different--something true. She meets Luke while piecing her life together, and right away she can tell that he's different. Drawn together by fate and the desire to heal, Rae and Luke discover new ways to mend their broken hearts--one letter at a time.

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I was about twenty minutes early for my shift, but I got up to the bar, grabbed a rag, started wiping it down, bussing some dishes. "Damn, Luke," Jake said, watching me work. "You win the lotto or something? Royals win the pennant last night and I forgot to watch?" "I'm just in a good mood, that's all," I said. I thought about it a moment longer, decided I should tell him more. Impart some wisdom learned from my not-particularly-advanced years. "When everything's dark for so damn long and your eyes get used to it," I said, "just a little glimmer of sunshine lights up the whole world." He nodded, then grabbed a bus bin and headed back into the kitchen. Warren though, Warren wasn't impressed. He was sitting by one of the daytime barflies, but he'd stopped talking and was just watching me. I was on thin ice, and I knew it. I couldn’t afford to lose my job. A heartbroken, drunk, angry widower is probably as unemployable as the average ex-con. I came on at the end of the day shift. Warren liked tending bar during the day, because it meant just shooting the shit with the regulars. That day I had a smile for every customer, sparse words of wisdom like day drunks want to hear. Tending bar wasn't my dream. But to hell with letting that make me lazy. I kept the place clean, I poured drinks like I cared. I was getting into the swing of it when happy hour kicked in and a few more people filtered through the door. Couple of middle-aged bikers, a retired couple that parked their RV out front. The door swung open again, letting in a little bit of that early-evening cold, and I glanced up to see a crowd of three women, with two men. One of the women was a reddish blonde, radiant. Sort of stole the light out of the room. It was Rae. Our eyes met and her smile gave the room back its light. She'd been in jeans at the shelter, but she was in a blue dress now and she looked damn fine in either. Took my mind right off Maggie, faster than I thought it would be possible. I met her eyes, and she gave out a little gasp and giggle. I was probably smiling in surprise myself. The crowd came over to the bar. I'd thought the other four were two couples, but I realized pretty quick that the black girl with the afro was dating the quiet white guy in a beard and glasses and tattoos, and that the other guy was trying to impress Rae. He had a John Deere hat, but his clothes were way too clean for me to buy it that he worked on a farm. I hated him, right off. I probably would have hated him if he was the best guy in the world, though. The other girl, she was tall, latina, and for some indiscernible reason was interested in the poser farmer. Most of the time, I'm awful at reading people. But for some reason, at work I can tell you everything about everyone who walks in the door. About who's into who, about who had a bad day at work. Who wants to get drunk and miserable, who wants to get drunk and happy, who wants to get drunk and start trouble. Maybe it's some magic of the job, maybe it's just how people carry themselves at a bar. Helps with tips, that's for certain. You wingman right, and the money flows in. Warren, he likes to upsell them drinks when he's doing that. Get them excited about the top shelf. Not me. "Hey, Rae," I said. "Luke," she said. John Deere looked at me like I was the scum of the earth. And maybe I was, but if I was the scum then he was... I don't know, something worse than scum. Wannabe scum. She introduced me to her friends. Nicole had the afro, her boyfriend was Eric. The girl with bad taste was Irina, and John Deere had some name but honestly it went in one ear and out the other. He was John Deere to me. Yeah, maybe I'm an asshole. "So, how do you know this guy?" Deere asked, tossing me a look that said I clearly wasn’t good enough to be friend with someone like Rae. "Oh, he came in just the other day. Adopted the sweetest dog, a bloodhound." She turned to me, flashing that dimple high on her cheek. "How is he? You guys call a truce yet?" "King's great," I said. "I mean, he's probably at home right now, eating everything I've ever owned, but I figure I was due for a purge anyway, right?" It was a lame attempt at humor, but Rae laughed. "What can I get you all? Friend of Rae's is a friend of mine."

Elizabeth's Review

4 Stars - Would Recommend to a friend

Review Copy Provided by Author

9 Letters is a debut novel that doesn't read like one. 

Mr. Austin introduces us to Luke, a young widower exactly one year after he has lost his wife and gives us a glimpse of what trying to reclaim your life after loss looks like. 

Luke is a character that is hard to get to know, but easy to relate too. He's in his mid 20's and thought he had his life figured out when the world fell away and he lost his young bride. One year later, he's existing and not much more when a mystery package of letters from Emily, his wife arrives. Luke's journey with the letters and the tasks laid out for him his heartwarming. Things don't always go smoothly for him, but that makes his progress back into the land of living that much more believable. 

9 Letters is a well written book that deals well with emotionally sensitive issues. The romance between Luke and Rae is an important part of the story, but felt secondary to Luke's journey. Rae was a great help in several of the steps laid out for Luke, but I appreciated that he was the focus. I am definitely curious to see what Mr. Austin will have for us next. 

About The Author

Blake Austin is a guitar playing father of one, who lives in Los Angeles. He's written music for as long as he can remember and was inspired to add book writing to his repertoire. 9 Letters is his debut novel. For updates: Follow Blake Austin on Facebook here:


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Saturday, February 27, 2016

The Friends We Keep ~ Susan Mallery ~ NEW RELEASE and REVIEW

In this insightful and compelling story from book club favorite Susan Mallery, three close friends test the boundaries of how much a woman can give before she has nothing left 

After five years as a stay-at-home mom, Gabby Schaefer can't wait to return to work. Oh, to use the bathroom in peace! No twins clamoring at the door, no husband barging in, no stepdaughter throwing a tantrum. But when her plans are derailed by some shocking news and her husband's crushing expectations, Gabby must fight for the right to have a life of her own.

Getting pregnant is easy for Hayley Batchelor. Staying pregnant is the hard part. Her husband is worried about the expensive fertility treatments and frantic about the threat to her health. But to Hayley, a woman who was born to be a mom should risk everything to fulfill her destiny—no matter how high the cost.

Nicole Lord is still shell-shocked by a divorce that wasn't as painful as it should've been. Other than the son they share, her ex-husband left barely a ripple in her life. A great new guy tempts her to believe maybe the second time's the charm…but how can she trust herself to recognize true love?

As their bonds of friendship deepen against the beautiful backdrop of Mischief Bay, Gabby, Hayley and Nicole will rely on good food, good wine and especially each other to navigate life's toughest changes.

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Elizabeth's Review

4 Stars - Would Recommend to a Friend

Review copy provided by publisher via Net Galley

If you are expecting a light-hearted, feel good romance along the lines of the Fool's Gold series, STOP NOW! Do Not Pass Go, do not collect $200. Other than being set in a beautiful California community with great characters, the stories set in Mischief Bay are very different from the Fool's Gold books.

Now that we've gotten the disclaimer out of the way, here's what you CAN expect from this visit to Mischief Bay in The Friends We Keep:
1) Excellent writing (okay, we wouldn't expect anything less from the talented Ms. Mallery)
2) Smart female leads who are each dealing with their own issues
3) Realistic friendships and relationships on multiple levels.
4) Bumps in the road that challenge relationships and the status quo, sometimes creating an unexpected, but welcome outcome.

The Friends We Keep is a book that I connected to on a personal level, especially the character of Gabby. Some of the issues she's dealing with are different than what I might face, but I could so easily slip on her stained "mom" t-shirt. I connected more with this book that I did the prior Mischief Bay story. I'm not sure why, but I definitely did. I loved how relationships, of all kinds, are the focus of the story. The friendship between Gabby, Nicole, and Haley is both supportive and critical as needed. The three women are sounding boards for each other, but always provide excellent mirrors to help see issues from a slight different perspective.

America's First Daughter ~ Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie ~ Things You Didn't Know


In a compelling, richly researched novel that draws from thousands of letters and original sources, bestselling authors Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie tell the fascinating, untold story of Thomas Jefferson’s eldest daughter, Martha “Patsy” Jefferson Randolph—a woman who kept the secrets of our most enigmatic founding father and shaped an American legacy. From her earliest days, Patsy Jefferson knows that though her father loves his family dearly, his devotion to his country runs deeper still. As Thomas Jefferson’s oldest daughter, she becomes his helpmate, protector, and constant companion in the wake of her mother’s death, traveling with him when he becomes American minister to France. It is in Paris, at the glittering court and among the first tumultuous days of revolution, that fifteen-year-old Patsy learns about her father’s troubling liaison with Sally Hemings, a slave girl her own age. Meanwhile, Patsy has fallen in love—with her father’s protégé William Short, a staunch abolitionist and ambitious diplomat. Torn between love, principles, and the bonds of family, Patsy questions whether she can choose a life as William’s wife and still be a devoted daughter. Her choice will follow her in the years to come, to Virginia farmland, Monticello, and even the White House. And as scandal, tragedy, and poverty threaten her family, Patsy must decide how much she will sacrifice to protect her father's reputation, in the process defining not just his political legacy, but that of the nation he founded.

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STEPHANIE DRAY is an award-winning, bestselling and two-time RITA award nominated author of historical women’s fiction. Her critically acclaimed series about Cleopatra’s daughter has been translated into eight different languages and won NJRW's Golden Leaf. As Stephanie Draven, she is a national bestselling author of genre fiction and American-set historical women's fiction. She is a frequent panelist and presenter at national writing conventions and lives near the nation's capital. Before she became a novelist, she was a lawyer, a game designer, and a teacher. Now she uses the stories of women in history to inspire the young women of today.

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About Laura Kamoie:

Laura Kamoie has always been fascinated by the people, stories, and physical presence of the past, which led her to a lifetime of historical and archaeological study and training. She holds a doctoral degree in early American history from The College of William and Mary, published two non-fiction books on early America, and most recently held the position of Associate Professor of History at the U.S. Naval Academy before transitioning to a full-time career writing genre fiction as the New York Times bestselling author of over twenty books, Laura Kaye. Her debut historical novel, America's First Daughter, co-authored with Stephanie Dray, allowed her the exciting opportunity to combine her love of history with her passion for storytelling. Laura lives among the colonial charm of Annapolis, Maryland with her husband and two daughters.

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Friday, February 26, 2016

An Unforgivable Love Story ~BL Berry ~ Cover Reveal

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Love is
patient. Love is
kind. Love is UNFORGIVABLE. She wanted to forget her past. He wanted to change the course of his future. She was everything he never knew he needed. He became her unexpected. Everything was perfect. Until ...  
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BL Berry grew up telling lies. Eventually, those lies turned into elaborate stories and when she grew older she started writing them down. When she's not hiding behind her computer writing, you can find her spending time with her family or catching up on her favorite TV shows. Rumor has it she'll sleep when she's dead. Residing outside of Kansas City, she lives with her husband, two children and black pug. Each day her family thanks the makers of e-Readers, because without which they would be living amongst stacks and stacks of romance novels. Conversely, each day B.L. Berry thanks the makers of e-Readers for hiding her book-hoarding tendencies.
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Meet The Author ~ T.C. Matson

Everyone say a big hello to TC Matson, our guest for today's Meet The Author post...

Published Work:

Mistaken Identity (Mistaken Series Book #1)


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Blindsided (The Fighter Series Book #1)


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What are you working on now?

Unexpected (The Fighter Series Book #2)

Do you get to write full time or do you have a "day" job?

I have an “all the time” job. I’m a stay at home mom of 3 kids. To be specific—all boys. I’m surrounded by testosterone and tantrums, teenage mood swings and frumps, dirt and bugs. You name it, I’ve probably seen it. Except Australia sized bugs. Nope! No thank you. I’d die if I had a spider the size of my head rustle past me. Eeek NO!

I have a limited time to write. Sometimes I’m lucky to have an hour a week, other times I’m blessed to have a full day. 
Favorite part of being an author?

There is no way either one of these outweighs each other. They’re equal in my mind.

  •  First, the ability to get the voices out of my head and onto paper is wonderful! Makes me sound a little coo-coo, huh? I’m not. No need to commit me to the loony bin…although, that could be a vacation for me. Hmm…something for me to ponder on.

  • Second, my readers. I have the best readers/fans ever. They send me messages, emails, comments, and snail mail that are uplifting (for the most part) and downright motivating. My readers are marvelous and the reason why I push myself so hard. I’ve had messages ranging from “OMG!! That was the best book ever!” to “Thank you.” That does something to my heart. Seriously, it gives me the ‘feels.’ I’ve met some pretty fantastic people. 

Scariest part of being an author?

Publishing. Not only is it exciting, but it’s mentally taxing. I drown in concerns. Think about it: my novels are my babies. Will you like it? Will you hate it? Did I finalize the right cover? Did my editor and proofers miss anything? The ol’ “What if” beats me down. The unknown can be wicked.Picture this: you strip down naked and stroll through busy downtown. Are your nerves shot? Hi!! Welcome to my world.

Who are your favorites to read?

 R.K. Lilley has and will always have my heart.

 Harper Bentley, Alexa Keith, Anne Mercier, Skyla Madi, Callie Hart, Christina Lauren, Lea Griffith, CJ Wells, Emma Chase just to name a few. ;)
If you had $1 Million to giveaway, what would you do with the money?

Of course I’d set my kids up to live comfortably. I’d give them enough to ensure they don’t live check to check, but they definitely will have to work.

The rest I'd love to donate it to a local organization—Purple Heart Homes. Long story short, this organization supports and helps all Vets regardless of the war they were in, their rankings, or the branch they served by building or renovating homes to help suffice their disabilities at no cost to the Veteran. For more information, check out the website.

One piece of advice for an aspiring writer?

DO NOT GIVE UP! Keep pushing yourself. I promise the light at the end of the tunnel isn’t a train regardless of how loud that horn sounds. Don’t be afraid to learn and evolve because it’s going to happen. Listen to your readers, even the negative things. Make sure you grow thick skin because constructive criticism comes in all shapes and sizes. You’ll learn from it. Find your groove and write for YOU! Just keep going!!
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