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Dear readers,

Hi Rhireaders! Check out the latest events in the sidebar! I'm so glad it's almost spring time. I'm looking forward to afternoons with the windows open and sunshine warming the earth and rainy days and green grass. And, all of the exciting new books, of course!

Did you drop by to request a review or tour stop? I am currently CLOSED for review requests. I have promotional openings for late May and beyond. Just please drop me an email with a polite request and if I'm interested I will reply.

♥ -- Rhi

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Weekend Reading [05/27-05/30] :: Non-Fic Picks & Erotic Roms FTW

Me, realizing June is next week.
Woah. Wait a minute... it's the end of May already? Dude. Where did the month go?

Or the year for that matter...

Sheesh! It's practically summer already. Okay, that part I can get behind. It helps my depression a lot to get more sunlight and to get more fresh air. What are you most looking forward to this summer?

This weekend I'm swearing off fiction. I'm in a romance reading funk really bad and the cure for that is usually a stack of non-fic picks. When you get in a slump with a specific genre how do you break out of it? Have you ever found that you just weren't into a genre anymore?

This weekend I'm reading: 

Dark Spirits: A Man Terrorized by the Supernatural by Stephen Lancaster - I suppose you guys could guess I dig the paranormal and supernatural. I've always been really intrigued by non-fiction accounts of otherworldly experiences and so far this one has actually been quite freaky. The author is definitely not a strong writer, I hope my ARC is an early version because it could use some serious copy-editing and proof-reading... and I honestly think it needed 2-3 more editorial revisions but the stories are spine-tingling so someone who isn't a nitpick like me might not notice the issues I'm having.

100 Plants to Save the Bees: Provide and Protect the Blooms That Pollinators Need to Survive and Thrive by the Xerces Society - Did you know I'm also really into bees? I was really afraid of them as a kid after being stung on various occasions. And for some odd reason as an adult I developed a fresh perspective on them and now I garden specifically to support my local pollinators. My mint garden is notorious in late summer and my sunflowers are always filled with the hum of bumbles. But I want to find more varieties to add.

Llewellyn's Complete Book of Tarot by Anthony Louis - Another long-time fascination of mine that I can't get enough books about. Llewellyn puts out some of the best books on the subject and I request their titles for review often.

But then on Monday I'm jumping back over into romance reader mode because Entangled's Scorched imprint is launching!

Everyone asks us if we get all our books to read in advance or for free and we actually don't. lol But that's okay, we like to support our authors just as much as you do. We have 4 books launching the imprint but the two I'm most excited for are Desiring Red by Kristin Miller (because it's a paranormal menage from Kristin!) and Shameless by Gina L. Maxwell (because it's Gina!!! Plus, I heard some really tantalizing in-office buzz about this one). You can also grab Learning Curves by Cathryn Fox (who is so lovely to work with) and Only For A Night by Naima Simone (one of the sweetest, funniest people).

Okay, enough of me gushing about how much I love our authors, you're gonna start thinking I have to say all this when really, I'm just lucky to be surrounded by wonderful, talented writers at EP. :D

On that note my lovelies, I think I'm calling it an evening and curling up in bed with one of my non-fic reads for a little bit. Please leave me a comment about what you're reading this weekend! -- Rhi

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

I ♥ Dragon Shifters! Do You?

Are you ready for Champ? This dragon stud might be limited on land thanks to being a water dragon but there's no finer protector for Queen Margery. If you love dragon shifters don't miss this newest installment in the Emerging Queens series.

Despite his handicaps outside his natural habitat, water dragon Remy “Champ” Champlain fights to protect Queen Margery from those who plot to quash her damaging news reports by silencing her...forever.

He can never have her, but he'll protect her with his life.

After newly shifted sky dragon Queen Margery is rescued from smugglers by water dragon Remy Champlain, she debates whether to flesh out the story that nearly got her killed or embrace her royalty and build a court of protectors and studs. Sparks fly between Remy and her. He’d love her to give up her job and settle down…hopefully with him…but he can’t fly and she can’t swim, so their relationship can never get off the ground.

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And don't miss the rest of the Emerging Queens series:

FBI dragon Reed’s disdain for humans can’t mask the magnetic attraction he has for Carolyn, but when she tells him she’s going to shift into a dragon he thinks she’s crazy. A female hasn’t been hatched, or shape shifted, in over a thousand years. He’s proven wrong after Carolyn shifts and is named the new Queen on the block. When the Cult of Humanity kidnaps Carolyn to sacrifice her, Reed must face his fears—and feelings, racing to save the woman he realizes he can’t live without.

Viola Pierce has never had particularly great luck with guys. That is, until the day she shifts into a glorious, deadly, three-headed dragon. As it turns out, Viola is a dragon Queen. As a rule, Sergei hates Queens, but the Viola's beauty and humanity reach something deep within him. When she names him her protector and consort—quite by accident—a heated and unexpected attraction grows. But the dragon court is ruthless...and what doesn't kill Viola will only make her more dangerous. 

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About the author: 

Jamie Kleinkauf-Schmidt has over thirty short stories published in small press and ezines. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz in Secondary Education English, which is a fancy way of saying she went to college to teach high school English. When that didn’t pan out, she worked as a call center manager, a Tupperware consultant, a paralegal, and finally a technical writer for a major conglomerate company. She is an active member in the Romance Writers of America (RWA), serving as the PRO liaison for her local chapter Connecticut Romance Writers of America (CTRWA).

When not writing, Jamie relaxes with a mug of hot tea and knits or makes beaded jewelry. She sells her handcrafted items at The Dudley Farm during the summer. A voracious reader, Jamie has a Kindle and is not afraid to use it.

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Review: Dreamology by Lucy Keating

Dreamology by Lucy Keating
Notes: Review copy received via Amazon Vine.
Young Adult, Romance, Paranormal
Digital/Print/Audio (336 pages, HARPERTEEN)
Vibrantly offbeat and utterly original, Lucy Keating’s debut novel combines the unconventional romance of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind with the sweetness and heart of Jenny Han.
For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together, they have traveled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams—and only her dreams. Because he doesn’t exist.
But when Alice walks into class on her first day at a new school, there he is. Real Max is nothing like Dream Max. He’s stubborn and complicated. And he has a whole life Alice isn’t a part of. Getting to know each other in reality isn’t as perfect as Alice always hoped.
Alarmingly, when their dreams start to bleed into their waking hours, the pair realize that they might have to put an end to a lifetime of dreaming about each other. But when you fall in love in your dreams, can reality ever be enough?

Author Site: website

Strange and enjoyable. (4 stars)

Dreamology isn't a title that I honestly would have picked up for myself just because. I've never told anyone but I had a really weird experience in high school where I dreamed about a boy vividly a few times. He was someone I had never met or seen before so I was very freaked out when I happened to walk into art class and find him talking to our instructor one day. I remember trying to figure out how I could have dreamed of someone I had never met or seen before and being absolutely weirded out by it. Thus, never having told this to someone before. So when I read the premise for Dreamology I just couldn't resist reading it.

I know it will make me a jerk to say so but I really hoped that this book would have ended differently. I won't spoil anything by saying why but if you get bummed when you start thinking a book will end one way and it goes in the opposite direction you might experience the same. But aside from that it's a weird, fun read that explores the world of dreams and why we have them in a way that's thought provoking and amusing. I never quite warmed up to Max like I think the author wanted everyone to but if you like the brooding types he's just your cup of tea. Alice was flawed but likable, it was easy to understand why she refused to back down on finding out why Max was real.

If you're looking for a read that explores how we deal with grief, how fantasy and reality conflict, and facing fear I think you'll really enjoy Dreamology.


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