RhiReading News

Dear readers,

*digging her way out of the snow* Hi Rhireaders! It's going to be a tiny bit quieter around here this month because 2014 was an insane year and I'm a bit worn out. I'm also crazy broke after the holidays so I can't afford any giveaways right now.

Did you drop by to request a review or tour stop? I am currently accepting promotional invitations (blog tours, cover reveals, etc.) for late January through early March. I am fully booked for reviews for January and am booking February and later titles so please feel free to contact me for those. Please drop me an email for promotional event invites.


♥ -- Rhi


Monday, March 2, 2015

Entangled March Madness Round 1 Match 2 :: #TeamJackson


Howdy March Madness readers! Y'all know just how passionate I am about great paranormal romance heroes. But I have a few favorites and one of them is an underdog who won a spot in my heart when he leapt off the pages of GHOST OF A PROMISE. Since I'm a generous reader, I'm willing to share him with you, so today I'm giving you the top reasons you need Jackson Granger in your book boyfriend harem! Without further ado please enjoy a taste of all that Jackson Granger has to offer.

After meeting Jackson for the first time, his heroine, Ava, decides he's going to be trouble...

Jackson still looked as dangerously tempting as he had when she first saw him an hour ago. His wide shoulders and sculpted biceps were barely contained in his long-sleeved cotton shirt, and the man knew how to wear a pair of jeans better than any man on earth. His jaw had a day’s worth of growth, and his lashes seemed as thick as the beautiful mass of black hair on his head, framing blue eyes that lit with humor. The man was too hot and too charming for his own good.Scratch that. For her own good.

And I lost count of the times that Ava mentions his scent being a blend of mint and lemon. Is your mouth watering yet?

But he doesn't just smell delicious, nor is he simply handsome and charming, he has depth. When he falls in lust with Ava it's not just her physical assets he's turned-on by...

There was something so very attractive about a woman who spoke her mind and stood up for what she believed in.

Whenever she lets her snark fly he eats it up, and if I know one thing about you, my fellow readers, it's that we're a sassy bunch. A good book boyfriend is going to appreciate our greatest quality. ;)

Though Jackson has been a bit of a serial dater before meeting Ava—thanks to the nomadic nature of his job as host of a ghost-hunting show—he's still intensely romantic. When he finds out that the haunted house she calls home has kept dates from even walking her to her door he gives her an unforgettable experience...

Review: Heir to the Jedi: Star Wars by Kevin Hearne

Heir to the Jedi: Star Wars by Kevin Hearne
Science Fiction, Adventure
Ebook/Print/Audio (305 pages, LUCASBOOKS)
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. . . .
A thrilling new adventure set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, and—for the first time ever—written entirely from Luke Skywalker’s first-person point of view.
Luke Skywalker’s game-changing destruction of the Death Star has made him not only a hero of the Rebel Alliance but a valuable asset in the ongoing battle against the Empire. Though he’s a long way from mastering the power of the Force, there’s no denying his phenomenal skills as a pilot—and in the eyes of Rebel leaders Princess Leia Organa and Admiral Ackbar, there’s no one better qualified to carry out a daring rescue mission crucial to the Alliance cause.
A brilliant alien cryptographer renowned for her ability to breach even the most advanced communications systems is being detained by Imperial agents determined to exploit her exceptional talents for the Empire’s purposes. But the prospective spy’s sympathies lie with the Rebels, and she’s willing to join their effort in exchange for being reunited with her family. It’s an opportunity to gain a critical edge against the Empire that’s too precious to pass up. It’s also a job that demands the element of surprise. So Luke and the ever-resourceful droid R2-D2 swap their trusty X-wing fighter for a sleek space yacht piloted by brash recruit Nakari Kelen, daughter of a biotech mogul, who’s got a score of her own to settle with the Empire.
Challenged by ruthless Imperial bodyguards, death-dealing enemy battleships, merciless bounty hunters, and monstrous brain-eating parasites, Luke plunges head-on into a high-stakes espionage operation that will push his abilities as a Rebel fighter and would-be Jedi to the limit. If ever he needed the wisdom of Obi-Wan Kenobi to shepherd him through danger, it’s now. But Luke will have to rely on himself, his friends, and his own burgeoning relationship with the Force to survive.Author Site: website

So bummed by HTTJ and here's why... (3 stars)

There are three different types of readers most likely to be picking this up. The Star Wars fans who've never read any of Hearne's work. The Hearne fans who've never read any Star Wars novels. And the fans like myself who are both Star Wars novel readers and Hearne fans. Sadly, I don't think any of them are going to get what they came for.

My first reaction when I heard we were getting a Star Wars novel written by Kevin Hearne was a gleeful fistpump. It seemed like a perfect combo, my biggest fandom written by an author with the panache to make druids cool and the creative mojo to see a world where multiple pantheons could dwell. Yep, I was digging it. But as I began to turn the pages and dive into HEIR TO THE JEDI I quickly realized that either Hearne was playing it very safe or the editor had heavily reigned in any attempt at doing anything interesting with this story.

To put it bluntly, this book was as entertaining as watching paint dry for the first 11 chapters. It was painful to read and as my friends and spouse (who knew I had an ARC) begged for my thoughts I had to keep repeating that I thought it would get better. It did. Kind of. At Chapter 12 the pacing picks up a lot but unfortunately I never really felt like I was reading a Star Wars novel. Both for issues with the lack of action and the world building elements that weren't well utilized.

Whether it's something resulting from the canon laws of SW fiction now or maybe Hearne holding back or the editor's choices, one of the most agravating parts of HTTJ is all of the Earthy stuff. One of my favorite things about reading SW books in my teens was being taken away to worlds where the food was foreign, the tech was a bit ridiculous, and the analogies were often amusingly weird. There's nothing particularly alien about buckwheat noodles or tying your captives up with rope. It was extremely disappointing and so distracting that I was making mental notes of it for this review. Are sandwiches and soup universal enough they exist in SW? Sure, but let's blue milk it okay?

The central purpose of the story in terms of its place within SW canon is to establish Luke's dabbling with the Force so we can go from Ep. IV to V with his ability to pull his lightsaber in the wampa cave. That's one of the only parts of the story that I sort of could glom onto. Alas, most of the actual story is spent running and hiding and eating and talking. The relationship between Luke and Nakari felt forced to me and I saw where it was going before I even read the first page. Even if I love romantic subplots I would have been totally cool with them just becoming close platonic friends instead of having awkward flirtation.

What redeemed it from being totally bad was that for all its faults I did find one aspect enjoyable. I really liked Drusil, the cryptographer being rescued, and Luke's interactions with her. I found the challenges he faced in communicating with her to be amusing. I always enjoy the aliens and their cultures when I read SW fiction and both the Givin and Kupohan were interesting, I'd have happily read more about them.

Ultimately, HTTJ was not the SW novel I was hoping for. I was left thinking it was neither good, nor particularly bad. It's the sort of read that you know could have been much more in either direction but it played it too safe and therefore wound up being the type of story where when your fellow Star Wars geeks ask what you thought of it you just shrug and mutter a meh. I would love to see Hearne have another crack at a SW novel but with a completely new and unestablished character set where no one has expectations on who they are. He is one of my favorite writers but I think being sandwiched in between the two films and writing Luke Skywalker killed any potential for a truly amazing book to come of it.



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Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Spotlight: OF SILK AND STEAM by Bec McMaster [Excerpt + #giveaway!]

Available March 3rd!

ENEMIES. ALLIES. LOVERS.

When her beloved father was assassinated, Lady Aramina swore revenge. The man responsible is well beyond her grasp, but his dangerously seductive heir, Leo Barrons, is fair game. When Mina obtains evidence proving that Leo is illegitimate, she has the means to destroy both the killer and his son, a man who troubles her heart and tempts her body.

A woman of mystery, Mina’s long driven Leo crazy with glimpses of a fiery passion that lurks beneath her icy veneer. He knows she’s hiding something, and he’s determined to unravel her layer by silken layer. He just doesn’t expect the beautiful liar to be the key to overthrowing the corrupt prince consort…or to saving his own carefully walled-off heart.

Excerpt:
Barrons looked at her. “Do you trust me?” 
“No.” His father would have cut her down without thinking, but Barrons was an enigma. If he were a different man, she would have enjoyed his attentions, but a part of her couldn’t help wondering if his pursuit of her was just a way to get closer, to slip the knife in when she least expected it…Could she trust that he meant her no harm? 
His hand tightened around hers, dark heat sweeping through his irises. He focused on her so intently that she could almost feel it on her skin. “Then let us call a temporary truce for tonight. I shall help you escape. In return…” 
“Yes?” 
His voice roughened. “I want a kiss.” 
A kiss. Tension slid sinuously along her limbs, each muscle clenching. Those motives she could certainly understand. It didn’t mean she had to like them.Wariness spread through her as he lifted his hand and slowly, carefully brushed the back of his fingers against her lips. She didn’t flinch. Instead she tipped her chin up and glared him down. “Help me escape and I shall grant you such a liberty.” What harm could a single kiss do? “Until then”—she took a step back, her skirts swishing around her ankles—“I’ll thank you to keep your hands to yourself.” 
His hand dropped but the ghostly sensation of that touch lingered, reminding her that it had been a long time since she’d been touched in any way intimately, and never like this. Never…soft. Full of gentleness, as if the very sensation of her skin beneath his was a pleasure in itself, not merely a step to greater satisfaction. 
He was far more dangerous than she’d ever suspected, and she’d known, since the first moment she’d met him, that he was dangerous indeed. He was the only man who had ever managed to make her feel something.

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New to the series? You can find the whole London Steampunk series list on Goodreads.


Bec McMaster lives in a small town in Victoria, Australia and grew up with her nose in a book. A member of RWA, RWA (Australia) and RWNZ, she writes sexy, dark paranormals and steampunk romance. When not writing, reading, or poring over travel brochures, she loves spending time with her very own hero or daydreaming about new worlds.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Weekend Reading [02/27-01/01] :: What do you geek on?

I'm in a total hurry today Rhireaders! Fridays are often errand days for me in addition to them being my Nerd Night. So I've got to find time to workout, shower, make a grocery list, do the shopping and other errands, fix something to take to the Nerd Night, make dinner, and then the actual Nerd Night. Not including anything that comes up in between or this post... lol

What's your crazy busy day of the week? Do you ever actualy get time to read on your busy day? I usually do not.

So what are you going to be reading this weekend? I've had an ARC for Kevin Hearne's HEIR TO THE JEDI for ages now and have been so swamped with other reading I'm having to smoosh it in last minute before next week's release day. Yes, I am a huge Star Wars nerd. Like ridiculously so. It's one of my favorite things. What do you get really nerdy about that most people would not expect? 

Speaking of geeking out about pop culture. If you don't follow me on Instagram you've missed out on lots of neat #geekmail posts this week. I finally got my backer rewards from the Espionage Cosmetics kickstarter—which I'll be sharing more photos of soon—and February's Fandom of the Month Club package which was Divergent themed! As you can see it was a clever set of jewelry this month. Now, if you're a fellow Whovian next month's theme is going to appeal to you and rumor has it a previous fandom is getting a repeat in April (I'm guessing Harry Potter since the club runner is a huuuuge HP geek).

Well then... I better get going so I find time to get everything done today. Have a fabulous weekend and don't forget to comment with your weekend reading plans! -- Rhi

Blog Tour: LOCKED IN STONE by Tory Michaels [Guest Post]

Hi, I’m Tory and I’m here today as part of my new release, Locked in Stone’s blog tour. Locked is a paranormal romance from Entangled’s Covet imprint and it just came out on Monday. There are gargoyles, half-angels, and half-demons, with a few vampires, witches, and a ghost for flavor! See – I don’t discriminate against paranormal critters at all. But my vampires are not the good guys.

I was asked by the blog owner if I were going to get my dream cast for an audio version of Locked in Stone, who would I love to have do the voices. I adore the question and it’s funny (to me) to realize that the faces I might put on the characters don’t necessarily match the voices. So, let’s go to it!

Rose Johnson (Sacred Mother Gargoyle, Heroine): I’d never thought about it before, but in my head, she sort of sounds like Madonna, with that low, husky voice of hers. Oh, she can go high, but it’s the lower tones that really, strike a pose so to speak, with me.

Cal Levesque (Sentinel, Hero): Sorry, gotta go with my visual match on this one – totally hear Taylor Kitsch in my head when I imagine him, both physically and vocally.

Lucas Rollins (Sentinel): Gerard Butler with an American accent, not his Scottish one. But, that could also partially be because, once again, that’s the physical appearance I have attached to him, and the voice is just part of the whole package. Still, he could talk to me for hours.

Angela Gorshin (Sentinel): Jodi Benson as she sounded when she Ariel in Little Mermaid.

Mr. Ray (Angel): As Mr. Ray in his incognito appearance, Dustin Hoffman for the voice. As Mr. Ray the full-blow, all-out angel – Liam Neeson.

Tom O’Malley (Ghost): Ashton Kutcher. The voice is pretty much spot-on for Tom’s somewhat whimsical tendencies.

Giles Jester (Twisted One): Robert Carlyle (Mr. Gold from Once Upon a Time, among many, many others).

Madra (Gargoyle): Oh shoot me, here comes my Gargoyles: The Series geek. Kate Mulgrew (she played Titania in the cartoon series). Her gravely voice fits a gargoyle’s perfectly, to my mind. I didn’t like her voice when I first saw her on Star Trek: Voyager, but it grew on me, just like a fungus. Heh.

Dennis (Gargoyle): Vin Diesel. Absolutely, 100% Vin Diesel. Of course, then I deal with the “I am Groot” thing (yeah, total Marvel movie universe geek here, I admit it), but his voice is perfect for a male gargoyle.

Vasiliu (Gargoyle): Geordie Johnson with his Dracula: The Series accent.

So – here’s a question to all of you. Do you ever have a voice in your head for a character that is totally at odds with an actor you might picture playing the role?


About LOCKED IN STONE:

Her enemy is her only hope…

Rose Johnson’s adoptive mother was murdered, and Rose is next. She may be the last gargoyle in the world—the last being who stands between this world and the evils of Otherworld. In order to keep her existence a continued secret, Rose needs to find the stone that holds her adoptive mother’s soul. Which means enlisting the help of her enemies the Sentinels…

Sentinel Cal Levesque never forgave himself for failing Rose’s family years ago. Seeing Rose alive is shock enough, until the stunningly beautiful gargoyle attacks him upon sight. As they strike an uneasy peace—and unexpected and escalating attraction—Cal knows he’ll have to tell Rose who really betrayed her family. And with Rose’s life in greater danger than ever, Cal has a chance to make up for the past…as long he doesn’t fall in love.


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About Tory Michaels:

Originally from the Sacramento Valley, Tory packed up and moved all the way to Southwest Florida in 2004 with her husband (a Florida native) under the premise that ‘hurricanes almost never hit that part of the state.’ That year, 4 blasted the area. 4 more came the following year, and her husband blames her for bringing the hurricanes. She now resides in Jacksonville and is relieved that, thus far, no more hurricanes have followed her around.

She began writing in kindergarten when a turnip wished to be human and, other than a hiatus shortly after getting married, has never stopped. Her love of vampires began somewhere in junior high, and combining the two loves didn’t take long. She loves music, considers herself a ‘book slut’ whose reading habits would break her family financially if given free reign, and is (usually) delighted to be a mommy of twin Shrimpettes and a Shrimp.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Spotlight: YEAR OF LIVING BLONDE by Andrea Simmone [Excerpt + giveaway!]



BLURB:
A funny and sizzling romp about discovering your inner pin-up girl... 
Plain-Jane bakery owner Natalie Anderson has always followed the recipe for a safe life. When her husband dumps her for a seductive older woman, it’s time to throw out that recipe and start from scratch. She cooks up a plan to transform herself from mousy brown to sexy blonde. Meanwhile, she’s trying to expand her Seattle bakery, La Dolce Vita, but runs into an obstacle in the form of her irritatingly handsome landlord. 
Astronomer Anthony Novello’s good looks and charm usually guarantees him a free pass with women, though that’s not the case with his new tenant, Natalie. Plain, plump, and persnickety—he’s never met a woman more annoying. But when Anthony returns from a telescope observing run, he makes a discovery of the non-celestial kind. Natalie has changed. He’s amazed to find himself attracted to her. Sparks fly as he tries to convince her there’s more to him than meets the eye. 
However, when Natalie’s ex-husband decides to win her back, she’s forced to choose. Is her year of living blonde over? Or is this the start of a new and much sweeter life...
Purchase YEAR OF LIVING BLONDE at Amazon.


EXCERPT:

Natalie grins. “And what is this I hear about my cookies in Hawaii?”

Anthony rolls his eyes in mock exasperation. “All right, I admit it. I took a dozen with to Mauna Kea.”

“I’m honored.”

“You should be. It was right after you called me an asshole and I didn’t want go back into the bakery, so I had to ask Maya to buy them for me.”

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Natalie shifts uncomfortably. “I apologized for that. Should I apologize again?”

“It can’t hurt.”

“I’m sorry.”

He doesn’t say anything, just puts new coordinates into his telescope’s keypad.

“Can I ask you something?” she asks.

“Sure.”

She bites her lip. “Why do you like me?”

Anthony continues what he’s doing, a smile playing around the edges of his mouth. “What

makes you think I like you?”

“Because you invited me here tonight. What is it you see in me, exactly?”

“I don’t know.” He attaches the keypad back to the telescope. “In truth, I’ve wondered about it

myself.”

“What kind of answer is that?”

Anthony chuckles. “I’m just being honest. You’re not exactly easy to get along with.”

“I’m not sure why I’m always giving you such a hard time.”

“I am.”

“Why is that?”

“It’s because you’re into me.”

Natalie’s face grows warm. “No, I’m not.”

His hand is still on the telescope. He gazes over at her. “Yeah, you are.”

“I’m not.”

Anthony lets go and moves closer. She can smell him again, his woodsy soap. He’s taller than her and she has to look up at him.

“I’m not into you,” she insists, though her pulse quickens.

Their eyes meet. He’s so near now, she can see the dark fringe of his lashes. The stubble of his beard. She shivers with anticipation.

“Yeah, you are, but it’s okay,” he says softly, leaning close, “because I’m into you, too.”

And then he kisses her. Natalie is dizzy with shock.

Anthony is kissing me!

About the author:

Andrea Simonne grew up as an army brat and discovered she had a talent for creating personas at each new school. The most memorable was a surfer chick named "Ace" who never touched a surf board in her life, but had an impressive collection of puka shell necklaces.

Eventually she turned her imagination towards writing. Andrea still enjoys creating personas, though these days they occupy her books. She currently makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two sons.

You can find Andrea at:


Blog Tour: HER FALLEN PROTECTOR by Nichole Severn [#Playlist + #giveaway!]



Her Fallen Protector Playlist

A good majority of authors use playlists to keep their creativity running, plot out the book or fill out characters. Mortal Eclipse had a very solemn/emo playlist. The whole idea for the series came from the movie Constantine and I wanted to keep the book in that emotional vein.

So here’s my playlist:

“Missing” by Evanescence
“My Immortal” by Evanescence
“Seven Devils” by Florence + the Machine
“Howl” by Florence + the Machine
“Come on Closer” by Jem
“E.T.” by Katy Perry
“Broken Pieces” by Apocalyptica
“Ugly Side” by Blue October
“Walking in Circles” by Dead by Sunrise
“Walk Away” by Five Finger Death Punch
“All Around Me” by Flyleaf

As you can see, “Missing” by Evanescence is at the top of my list and really played a bigger role in the draft of this book than any other song. I call it my theme song. It holds the exact emotions and message I was hoping for and really took the book to a whole new level. A specific scene this song helped with was Damien’s revelation that according to the mortal world, Vdarra Jansen had been murdered and nobody would be missing her.

Florence + The Machine has a great vibe when it comes to helping me draft my paranormals, especially their Ceremonials release. Every song on that CD covers inner demons, religious aspects, and sorrow exactly the way I imagined Mortal Eclipse would. “Seven Devils” and “Howl” helped me draft when it came to getting into my demons’ heads.

And the song that inspired the book in the first place, “E.T.” by Katy Perry. I’m not a huge fan of hers, but the lyrics in this song really pushed the book along from Vdarra’s point of view as she’s trying to get her memories back and figure out what/who Jacob really is. He’s definitely not alien though.

Hope this helps you experience my process in writing Mortal Eclipse and maybe even get you in the mood to go buy it!

Hey, I gotta try.


Release Day: THE HIDDEN LIBRARY by Heather Lyons [Excerpt + #giveaway!]

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We are dying to jump back down the rabbit hole with Heather Lyons' THE HIDDEN LIBRARY! THE HIDDEN LIBRARY is an Adult Romantic Fairy Tale, full of adventure and fantasy and the second book in Heather’s The Collectors' Society Series! Check out the latest fantastic installment in this series that brings you some of the classics with a twist.

The Hidden LIbrary Cover
 

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Excerpt:
We are about to open the conference room door and enter the hallway when he stops. He turns to me, his lovely eyes achingly sincere. “I want to take you on a date when all of this craziness is over. A real one. We’ve kind of gone about this all backwards, haven’t we?”
One corner of my mouth lifts up. “Are you saying you’d like to court me?”
There is no playfulness to his face, no quirk to his own lips. My heart flutters at his seriousness. “Yes.”
He wants to court me.
Too many emotions rush around in a caucus race throughout my body. I have no doubts of Huckleberry Finn Van Brunt’s feelings toward me. I understood them two minutes ago just as well as I did this morning when I woke up and from the night before and from the day in Wonderland where he said, in not so many words, that he was falling in love with me.
I told him he was my north star, and meant it. He countered we are binaries.
He and I . . . We’ve never said those words, though, not the ones that truly spell out fragile, deep secrets of a heart and soul. Words so easily and yet unfortunately uttered by many, be it to express their appreciation of fried bits of potatoes to sports teams on the television. Words offered so frivolously about a variety of subjects and yet can be the most difficult, most painful, most meaningful, most cherished syllables we gift another person.
I have said these words before, to another man. Another man I still love. One I know, in the deepest confines of my heart, that I will love until the last breath escapes my body. A man who courted me in secret and then publicly in the face of astonishment, disapproval, confusion, and, in the end, prophesies.
I have willingly given the man in front of me my heart, though, whether he knows it or not. He now holds it in his hands, and while I pray he is my future, there is still a part of me that bucks in conflicted confusion and delight by this declaration of his.
He wants to court me.
And yet, as sweet and romantic as such a gesture might be, I require no such formalities. My affections for Finn Van Brunt have already solidified into something real and wonderful and meaningful.

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  ABOUT THE HIDDEN LIBRARY:

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

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

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

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


Don’t miss the first book in this series, THE COLLECTORS’ SOCIETY!

The Collectors' Society front cover

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Author Photo   About Heather Lyons: Heather Lyons writes epic, heartfelt love stories and has always had a thing for words. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. She and her husband and children live in sunny Southern California and are currently working their way through every cupcakery she can find.        

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Spotlight: PARANORMAL PICKS from Lyrical Press [+ giveaway!] #dragons #werewolf #magic #scifi #romance



My dearest RhiReaders,

It's a gloriously great and perilous time to be a reader! When a promo opp like this comes across my desk I could simply cry because every single one of these titles sounds like something I want to read. Dragons and mutants and revenge and romance and magic? It's a mix of titles featuring some of my favorite things. Alas, there's never enough time to fit everything I want to read in, so instead I'm sharing them with you in hopes you'll find a new series to love that you can come back and tell me about! Check them out my lovelies and please leave a comment letting me know which one you'd most like to win and, of course, don't forget to enter the giveaway. 

-- Rhi

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Love, Lattes and Mutants by Sandra Cox
Mutants # 1

Finding love is hard, even when you aren’t a mutant.

Like most seventeen-year-olds, Piper Dunn wants to blend in with the crowd. Having a blowhole is a definite handicap. A product of a lab-engineered mother with dolphin DNA, Piper spends her school days hiding her brilliant ocean-colored eyes and sea siren voice behind baggy clothing and ugly glasses. When Tyler, the new boy in school, zeroes in on her, ignoring every other girl vying for his attention, no one, including Piper, understands why...

Then Piper is captured on one of her secret missions rescuing endangered sea creatures and ends up in the same test center where her mother was engineered. There she discovers she isn’t the only one of her kind. Joel is someone she doesn’t have to hide from, and she finds herself drawn to the dolph-boy who shares her secrets. Talking to him is almost as easy as escaping from the lab. Deciding which boy has captured her heart is another story.



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About Sandra Cox:
Multi-published author Sandra Cox writes YA fantasy, historic and paranormal romance and metaphysical nonfiction. Sandra lives with her husband, a menagerie of pets, and an occasional foster cat in sunny North Carolina. To see the brood go to her website www.sandracox1.com and click on the cat tab.


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Enchanter’s Echo by Anise Rae

Mayflower Mages # 2


Aurora Firenze lives a quiet life hiding in a junkyard. Her repair shop is the last hope for gadgets and gizmos before they get tossed onto the trash towers. Fortunately, Aurora can fix almost anything, including mages, though repairing people with metal enchantments is highly illegal.

Edmund Rallis, heir to the Rallis senate seat, has spent months hunting down his errant enchantress. He’ll play every game he knows to win her back and entice her to share the secrets she hides. But he’s inadvertently put her on the frontlines of a new game, one with an opponent who’s determined to destroy Rallis Territory and drive the Republic toward war. If the new enemy isn’t stopped in time, Edmund will lose his enchantress again—and this time there won’t be another chance.



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About Anise Rae:

Anise Rae grew up among the cornfields and soybeans of Ohio, dreaming of being a ballerina, an astronaut, and a romance writer. With no turn-out and a soul deep love of chocolate, her ballerina dreams floated away as high as the moon, equidistant with the astronaut aspiration. She stuck with writing. After 22 years, she got the call. Or rather, she got the email. Syphon’s Song, a 2012 Maggie Award of Excellence finalist, will be released March 3, 2014 from Lyrical Press.
Now transplanted to the South, Anise lives in Georgia with her family and a cast of characters that flit around in her head. A select few of those imaginary people are ever so grateful for their chance to escape into the real world of books. The remaining characters, enough to form an army, still clamor for freedom.
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Black Wolf’s Revenge by Tera Shanley

Silver Wolf Clan # 2

He’ll risk it all to bring her home.

Morgan Carter witnessed her sister’s murder, has been turned into a werewolf and is now raising her young niece. Then her fiance, Greyson Crawford, proves he wants to be with her for the wrong reasons, and she knows her life couldn’t be any stranger. Devastated, she retreats to her cozy house in the city with her sister’s little girl, Lana. There, they’ll have normalcy, and maybe eventually, even happiness.

But Morgan’s the only living silver wolf. Her uniqueness—the ability to produce werewolf offspring—means, without Grey’s protection, she’s unknowingly put herself and Lana in deadly danger. Other werewolves want to claim her for their pack, and she’s the easiest, most tempting prey ever.

When they strike, Grey has to find her and rescue her before it’s too late. Not so simple a task; he has only the uncontrollable beast inside him, Wolf, and an unlikely pack of allies he’s forced to rely on. Can he get to her in time? And if he does, can he convince her he’s there for the right reasons, saving them both?



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About Tera Shanley:

Born and raised in small town Texas, Tera Shanley grew up in books. Her cousin gifted her a signed copy of Beauty by Bill Wallace when she was young and that was it for her. So smitten was she with getting lost in a story, that while other eleven year olds her age were groaning at the accelerated reader program in school, she was racking up the points just for fun.
Balancing chronic book-wormyness is her devotion to the outdoors. Hunting, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, camping - her soul is happiest out of doors. And lucky for Tera, her family feels the same. She grew up a wild child helping her grandma ranch cattle, and has a hundred memories out in the wilderness which tend to influence her books.
When she's not eating chocolate, slinging rifles, or soaking up some sun, she's lost in a book, but these days it's more often one she's writing. From historic western romance, to paranormal romance, to apocalyptic (zombie) romance, the genre doesn't matter quite as much to her as the love story.
She currently lives with her husband and two young children, and is owned by two crazy mini-cujos.
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Windburn by Juliette Cross
Nightwing # 2

In the Gladium Province, the boundaries between humans and Morgons, the dragon-hybrid race, continue to blur as a new generation surrenders to long-forbidden temptation…

Sorcha Linden does whatever she wants whenever she wants, and no one can stop her. Least of all a man. After all, they’re good for only one thing—warming her bed. But then she meets Lorian, brother of Lucius Nightwing. Seductive and iron-willed, Lorian is determined to melt her emotional defenses—and warm her rebellious heart.

The beast within Lorian longs to cage Sorcha and mark her as his own. Forever. Yet the man within also longs to protect her. When a stalker starts leaving Sorcha suggestive gifts with cryptic messages bearing an ancient blood cult symbol, Lorian’s dragon side takes over. With her life at stake, Sorcha can no longer deny the love they share. But when evil tracks her into the night, will she be too late to claim it?





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About Juliette Cross:
Juliette Cross calls lush, moss-laden Louisiana home, where the landscape curls into her imagination, creating mystical settings for her stories. She has a B.A. in creative writing from Louisiana State University, a M.Ed. in gifted education, and was privileged to study under the award-winning author Ernest J. Gaines in grad school. Her love of mythology, legends, and art serve as constant inspiration for her works. From the moment she read Jane Eyre as a teenager, she fell in love with Gothic romance—brooding characters, mysterious settings, persevering heroines, and dark, sexy heroes. Even then, she not only longed to read more novels set in Gothic worlds, she wanted to create her own. Visit her website at www.juliettecross.com.
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Spotlight: BITTEN BY A HELLCAT by Felicity Heaton [Excerpt + giveaway!]

Felicity Heaton's Bitten by a Hellcat Blog Barrage

Bitten by a Hellcat, the sixth book in New York Times best-seller Felicity Heaton’s hot paranormal romance series, Eternal Mates, is now available in ebook and paperback. To celebrate the release, she’s holding a FANTASTIC GIVEAWAY at her website and sharing sneak peeks of the book. This book works as a standalone, so it’s perfect for those new to the series too.

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