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Dear readers,

Thanks for helping me keep going for 6 years guys! Admittedly, I do the blog thing more for myself than I should. It makes me feel important when my "day-job" as a SAHM makes me feel less-than-human. Here's to many more years of helping readers and books connect!

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

♥ -- Rhi


Monday, October 20, 2014

Release Day: DEMON HUNTER by Jacquie Underdown [+ giveaway!]


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Sometimes finding love at the wrong time and in the wrong place can be exactly what is needed.

Sammy has dedicated her life to helping others. She doesn’t have an enemy in the world, so why is she suddenly on the Dark Walkers most-wanted list?

Jonty is a soldier from the future and is sent back to the twenty-first century to eliminate the Dark Walkers. He hates this time period and wants nothing more than to get in, perform his duties, avoid all distractions, and get out. But that changes when he meets Sammy. There is something about her, beyond her beauty and courage, which he can’t resist.

When Sammy is saved by Jonty, it’s insta-boom-lust. There is nothing complicated about how this strong, sexy man makes her feel. And she knows Jonty feels the same way, so why does he resist her?

With humanity under threat, and both their lives in danger, there are greater things at stake than a little romance. Or is there? Destiny may have other plans. And their deep sexual attraction may just be the key to saving them all.

Content Warning: contains steamy sex, mature language, and some violence.



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Jacquie resides in hot and steamy Central Queensland, Australia, with her husband and two sons. On permanent hiatus from a profession she doesn’t love, she now spends her time wrapped up in her imagination creating characters and exploring alternative realities.

Jacquie is an author of a number of novels, novellas and short stories that are emotionally driven and possess unique themes beyond the constraints of the physical universe. She strives to offer romance, but with complexity; spirituality, without the religion; love, with a tantalising splash of spice.


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Friday, October 17, 2014

Review: The Protector by J. Evans

The Arrangement: The Protector (Kindle Worlds Novella) by Jessie Evans 
Fanfiction, Romance
Ebook (88 pages, KINDLE WORLDS)
A New Story by J. Evans from the world of H.M. WARD'S THE ARRANGEMENT via KINDLE WORLDS.
**This book features appearances by Sean Ferro**
She'll never be able to go home again...
Aidan Blake's years in the Marines prepared him for a career as a private detective. They didn't prepare him to hunt down the woman he sheltered from bullies back in high school. But Sean Ferro needs beautiful Astor Greer's help to save his fiancee's life and what Ferro wants, Ferro gets.
But soon it becomes clear Ferro isn't the only one hunting the sexy, self-assured woman Aidan's high school crush has become and that Aidan's feelings for Astor are far from a thing of the past. Now Aidan will have to make a choice--honor his promise to a dangerous man or risk everything to protect the woman he was meant to love.
This novella can be read as a stand alone story even if not familiar with H.M. Ward's bestselling serial.
Author Site: website

If like me you heard about Kindle Worlds last year and then forgot all about it... here's a link to how it works: Kindle Worlds.

A sweet & steamy nosh for fans of Ward & Evans (4 stars)

I have to preface this review with a couple of notes. The first being that this was my first experience with a Kindle Worlds read and the second being that I had actually never heard of H.M. Ward's The Arrangement serial. With that in mind, I'm a huge fan of J. Evans (aka Jessie Evans) so I was excited to dabble in these two new-to-me elements under the safe arm of a familiar author.

Because this is fanfiction there's a certain amount of knowledge about the world that was lost on me right away. Fortunately, deep knowledge of the Ferro family saga didn't seem to be essential to enjoy the romance between Aidan and Astor. Their ties to the inspiration material worked in a manner that is what makes fanfiction so fun, they are a part of it but indirectly enough that they wouldn't change the outcome.

I do wish I'd had more time to connect with Astor before this story takes place, she's been through so much, and I was so happy she and Aidan were reconnected. I love a romance that brings people who once had feelings for one another (especially the kind that they never acted on) finally getting their day in the sun together. Aidan could have been a bit more developed but for once I found myself content to just enjoy a hero for the fact that he's a smokin' lover. Seriously... the man has skills I could have read a full length novel on. These two have chemistry for miles.

Overall, a short, suspenseful, and sexy nibble perfect for Evans fans and though I'm not familiar with The Arrangement serial I think I feel safe suggesting fans of it check it out too. It's not every day you see a best selling author rocking some fab fanfic in your favorite world. I usually hate alternating first-person narratives and even more so when in present tense but Evans made it work well enough I only found it bothersome a couple of times. Evans manages to make it a steamy read that still manages to have a sweet, gooey heart underneath that left me smiling like the sap I am.




Notes: Review copy received via author.

Weekend Reading [10/17-10/19] :: Hops, Giveaways, & Halloween Plans

Yay it's the weekend! October is a month of almost non-stop activity for me. A lot of personal holidays start on the first and don't stop until Christmas. I am going to be utterly wiped by then. But I'm also someone who thrives on chaos up to a point so I enjoy the excitement. I just wish I didn't let myself get so stressed out. Today is actually the first real rest day I've had since the month started. Yesterday was our daughter's 5th birthday! If you've been around since the first year of the blog you might remember me announcing her birth it's pretty neat to get to look back at that post and realizing how much time really has passed.

This weekend I'm planning to finish decorating for Halloween and writing up my menu and grocery list for our Halloween party next Friday. Which means it might be a little quiet around the blog from Wednesday-Sunday next week. Will you be attending or hosting a Halloween bash this year?

Over the weekend I'm reading Julie Kagawa's TALON which I'm kind of not sure about yet. I'm not sure how I feel about the world building yet. Tonight I'm going to sit down and devour THE PROTECTOR by J. Evans which looks nice and suspenseful but sexy. Sunday I'll sit down and format a ton of posts for the coming weeks and hopefully get a handful of reviews I owe done. Sometimes when I really love a book I have a harder time writing about it than when I don't.

I am also taking part in two Halloween themed hops giving away spooky books and if you haven't taken the time to enter yet click up there in the sidebar at the top for the HUGE Outlander complete series giveaway myself and 9 other bloggers joined up to do. I wish I could enter it myself! Have a fab weekend and don't forget to leave a comment telling me what you're reading. -- Rhi

Book Blast: VIOLCA'S DRAGON by Leilani Love [Excerpt + giveaway!]



BLURB:

Violca knows life can change instantly. Her parents died suddenly, leaving her to raise four younger sisters and keep them safe ~ even from the golden-eyed stranger.

Chase knows the Grey sisters possibly hold the key to his fate. He is determined to to get close, protect them and bring them to his Dragon King. What Violca doesn't know is that once a dragon decides he wants something, there is no stopping him from getting it.


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Excerpt:

Chase stays behind her as she walks on a path that leads away from the cabin, heading near the direction of the river. He knows Violca is aware of him and smiles to himself, knowing she is not turning around because she is trying to ignore him.

When she stumbles, he reacts quickly and is at her side, his arms around her before she can fall. She squirms, pushing away from him, almost falling with the effort.

Once he is sure she’s okay he carefully releases her. Standing in front of her, he looks her over and when she finally looks up at him, he notices that her violet eyes are darker as she looks at him angrily. “I didn’t ask you for your help,” she snaps.

Chase knows that smiling at her right now will not help him, nor will telling her she looks beautiful when she’s angry. Watching her breasts rising up and down as she breathes, her violet eyes sparkling with anger and the straight line of her lips, he fights the urge to kiss her. “You didn’t, but that doesn’t mean I want to see you hurt.”

She glares at him. “Why are you here? What do you want with me?”


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Leilani Love is a proud mother of two very active boys. A military wife she loves getting to meet new people wherever they move. She loves to read books crossing many genres. Her love affair with dragons started when she was young and one day dreams of having her own dragon and black panther.






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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Book Blast: HELL'S BOUNTY by Kayden Claremont [+ giveaway!]


Hell’s Bounty
by Kayden Claremont

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BLURB:

Raven Hart, a succubus bounty hunter for Hell, is on a hunt. With her query in sight, she hits a brick wall, or rather the very hard chest of a giant sexy man. She might have lost the prize for now, but she's a winner when the hottie wants to get physical.

Marcus Dionysius, a Nephilim working for Heaven, has one mission—to prevent Hell’s beauty from stealing souls meant for the higher plane. But he soon realizes he’s met his sexual match. She’s naughty enough to tempt his senses, but her innocence means he can’t walk away when she needs him most.

Working together to discover who’s snatching souls from Heaven, they realize the true danger is falling in love.


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Excerpt:

Raven looked over at him. “Marcus, this is the coroner, Doctor Hill. Doc, this is my new partner, Detective Marcus Dionysius.”

Marcus extended his hand to the doctor, but he just paced back and forth, ignoring the proffered handshake. “Oh, my dear, you shouldn’t see this.”

“Doc, I’m a detective. There isn’t much I haven’t seen.” Raven’s no-nonsense tone had no effect on the doctor. “No, dear, not this time.” He took her by the elbow and led her a few feet away from the body. Shaking his head, he continued, “This time it’s too personal. You don’t need to see this.” He pointed at the body on the ground. “It’s Stephen, my dear.”

Marcus watched shock flash across her face for a moment before she got control again. She wasn’t expecting to see her late partner. She hadn’t done this, but that didn’t clear her of the other attacks.

The captain was sleazy. Everyone in heaven and hell knew it. And everyone thought that because Raven worked so closely with him, she was part of his plan. Marcus hoped the sexy succubus wasn’t connected with hell’s mess. He moved closer to the body.

Doctor Hill glanced at him and stopped talking.

Clearing his throat, Marcus said softly to Raven, “I’ll handle this if you’re not up to it. The captain can assign another detective to work the case with me.”

Raven looked up at him, anger flaring in her eyes as she answered, “What do you think I am? Some fragile female who can’t do her job?”

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Kayden loves sexy, well-crafted stories of lust and love.  Her sensuous style drives the characters in lustful romps.

Her paranormal erotic novella, Hell’s Bounty is published by The Wild Rose Press.

She is a member of Sisters in Crime International; Sisters in Crime Toronto;  Sisters in Crime Toronto Executive;  Romance Writers of America, Toronto Romance Writers.

When she’s not at her day job she’s crafting more tales of love or spending time with her husband and children.

Visit her at:

Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/kayden.claremont

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/KaydenClaremont

Email at: KaydenClaremont@bell.net

Blog: KaydenClaremont@wordpress.com

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

OUTLANDER GIVEAWAY!!!

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The best selling book series, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon has recently been made into a t.v. series on Starz! In celebration of that several bloggers and authors have joined together to bring you the complete book series!!

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Release Day: WICKED MISERY by Tracey Martin [+ giveaway!]


It's all quasi-legal fun until somebody gets framed for murder.
Jessica Moore thrives on misery. Literally. Thanks to a goblin's curse, she gets a magical high from humanity's suffering. A shameful talent like that could bury a girl in guilt, so to atone, she uses her dark power to hunt murderers, rapists and other scumbags until one of them frames her for his crimes.

In desperation, Jessica seeks refuge with the one person she trusts to not turn her in, a satyr named Lucen. Like every member of his race, Lucen uses his lusty magic to control Boston's human population, and Jessica isn't immune to his power. But the murder victims belonged to a rival race, and when they discover Lucen is harboring Jessica, dodging the cops becomes the least of her problems.

With only five days to find the real killer, Jessica faces a danger far more serious than the brewing magical war. The danger of succumbing to Lucen's molten seduction.

Warning: Contains a heroine with a lust for misery, creepy murders, and creepier goblins, satyrs so hot you'd sell your soul for one, and scaly sewer rats masquerading as dragons. Who said magic was all sparkles and tiaras?


About The Author

Tracey Martin grew up outside of Philadelphia, the lucky recipient of a drama-free childhood, which is why she spent so much time reading about other people’s lives. It was while she was working on her doctorate in psychology that she had an epiphany–imaginary people are way more fun than real ones. And so she began writing. Never able to choose just one of anything, she currently writes both urban fantasy for adults and contemporary stories for teens.

She likes her coffee simple, her music epic, and her movies to contain explosions. A city girl at heart, she doesn't understand how she and her husband ended up living in New Hampshire, but writing keeps her off the mean, small town streets. 
Media: tracey-martin.com, @TA-Martin 




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**One Winner will get a signed copy of Wicked Misery, plus $10 Amazon or B&N gift card (U.S. only)

**One Winner will get an e-copy of any of Tracey Martin's books, plus $10 Amazon or B&N gift card (International)

Release Day: JUST GOTTA SAY by Laura Kaye [Excerpt + giveaway!]

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We are so excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for Laura Kaye's JUST GOTTA SAY! JUST GOTTA SAY is a 17K-word erotic menage short story. JUST GOTTA SAY will be $.99 and available in print!!

Just Gotta Say
 

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Just Gotta Say is a super sexy friends-to-lovers story and a contemporary mĂ©nage a quatres. Here’s the blurb:

Callie Davis stumbles upon two of her three male roommates in a surprising, molten-hot midnight tryst and discovers a side of herself she never knew existed. Desire to play with them grips her, and she can’t stop fantasizing about having multiple men, particularly her three long-time best friends.

Callie is thrilled when a guys’ night out gives her the perfect opportunity to recreate her fantasy, with the help of a threesome porn video and a bag of sex toys. That is, until Lucas, Jack and Noah return early and catch her in the act. More than anything, the guys want to make her fantasy come true. But Callie has a secret, and she can’t help wondering if being with all three men will risk the future she’s always wanted with one of them.

As three strong sets of hands caress and undress her, Callie surrenders to desire, because sometimes you just gotta say...yes.


Just Gotta Say Excerpt:

The set-up: Callie’s most secret fantasy was just unexpectedly revealed to her three male roommates…

The invitation he laid out for her—the invitation to be with them, to act out this fantasy for real with them—was completely outside anything she imagined possible.

She sat for a long moment, still mostly curled into herself. Her gaze lit on the rough bobbing of Jack’s Adams apple as he swallowed. His apparent case of nerves eased hers. A little. Soft, sandy-colored strands brushed against her forehead. Her nose filled with the scent of him, all night air and masculinity.

Callie took a deep breath, her body remembering her unfulfilled arousal even as her brain struggled to keep up. “What are you saying, Jack?” she whispered, buying herself time to think and needing him to spell it out.

One hand stroked her back while the other combed her hair off the side of her face. “I’m saying”—he nibbled at her ear, but this time his lips lingered, his warm exhalation caressing her skin—“that the three of us want to bring that fantasy to life for you. If you want.”

Every nerve ending tingled with the promise of what he offered. Her heart rose from where it had plummeted into her gut and now hammered against her chest. Images of the three of them kissing her, fucking her, swamped her brain. Blood roared through her ears. “Are you teasing me?”

“Look at me,” he said, sliding his large hand under her cheek.

The commanding press of his skin on hers skittered electrical charges down her neck to her breasts. Her nipples hardened. She acquiesced and sat up just enough to face one of her three dearest friends.

“We want to do this for you.” He quirked the sexiest of crooked smiles and shrugged with one shoulder. “You know we’d be good together.”

She didn’t know whether his “we” meant her and him or the four of them. An encouraging voice in her mind said both interpretations were true.

He cupped her neck, his grasp comforting and reassuring, and brushed his lips against her right cheekbone. Her right eye. Her forehead. Tilting his head to the other side, he repeated the action against her left eye, the apple of her left cheek. She gasped when his last kiss fell on that tender, hollow spot just below her ear.

“What do you want, Callie? Whatever you want, we want. Always.”

About Laura Kaye:

Author PhotoLaura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of nearly twenty books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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Blog Tour: ONCE PERFECT by Cecy Robson [Guest Post]


Cecy Robson’s ONCE PERFECT Playlist

I’ll admit. I have trouble focusing if there’s noise in the background―talking, singing, traffic―any kind, it doesn’t matter how soft. What can I say? My ADD will not be tamed.

While I require absolute silence when I write, there’s one thing I do need before I can commence my storytelling: music. It’s my ultimate go-to to jump start my creative process.

Music, as many of you are aware, is a powerful tool to trigger emotions and stir memories. So before I work out a scene, the first thing I do is search through my music list on my iPad and select songs to help me create the intended mood for that particular scene. The moment I’m done, I hit the play icon and engage in monotonous household chores like laundry.

From the first note to the last, my mind goes elsewhere, allowing me to envelop the intended emotion and work out the entire scene before my fingers strike the first key on my laptop. The music has to fit the tone of the scene and depending on its impact, can greatly affect the outcome. Thank the Killers for writing Somebody Told Me. That song rocks and has helped me create some of my darker and more action-packed fight scenes in my Weird Girls Urban Fantasy series. Once I connect with the mood the music invokes within me, the dialogue is easier to craft because I’m already “feeling” what my characters are feeling. I’m able to put their emotions: fear, excitement, sadness, etc. into words that fit their experience. Make sense? J

For my Shattered Past series, my selection of songs seemed to take a different turn specifically for the first novel, ONCE PERFECT in which the background is an ultra hip dance club. Behold, my ONCE PERFECT playlist which will give you an idea of the heat and heart behind some of the scenes:

In the Ayer―Flo Rida featuring Will.I.am
Just a Fool―Christina Aguilera & Blake Shelton
On the Floor―Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull
Wild Ones―Flo Rida featuring Sia
Wings―Little Mix
Echa Pa’lla (Manos Pa’rriba)―Pitbull
Halo―BeyoncĂ©
Chasing Cars―Snow Patrol
Robi-Rob’s Boriqua Anthem―El General & C&C Music Factory

My badass hero and underground mixed martial arts fighter, Mateo, is Cuban. Latin music was a must. Now that you know my secret behind scene writing, want to know if my playlist measures up? If so, check out ONCE PERFECT releasing October 7, 2014 and my upcoming novels in the series: ONCE LOVED and ONCE PURE.

For more information on me, my Shattered Past contemporary series, or my award-winning Weird Girls urban fantasy series, visit my website or find me on Facebook or Twitter.
Thank you!



About the Book

His life was never easy. Hers wasn’t supposed to be this hard. They come from different worlds, but fate lures them together in a way neither expected in Cecy Robson’s raw, steamy series debut—perfect for fans of Monica Murphy and J. Lynn.

Evelyn Preston’s future once looked perfect—until her wealthy father was caught in an embezzlement scandal and took his own life. Alone and struggling to pay her college tuition and bills, Evelyn finds a job as a waitress at the ultra-hip nightclub Excess, where she used to have more in common with the privileged private-school clientele than her fellow staff members. But something attracts her to the sexy six-foot-four bouncer and underground MMA fighter Mateo Tres Santos. Although they’ve led different lives, their troubled pasts bonds them in both survival and love.

Mateo is ex-army who wound up in prison for assaulting the man who harmed his sister. Now he’s feeling the same protective impulse for this petite blond waitress. When Evelyn experiences a panic attack at the club, Mateo comes to her rescue. And when Mateo is wounded shielding her from a brawl, Evelyn returns the favor and comes to his aid.

As their attraction intensifies, Mateo is determined to find out what nightmares are lurking in Evelyn’s past—even if that means tackling his own to save her.

Contemporary Romance | Words: 272 Pages | Heat Level: Sexy and Sensual


About The Author

Cecy Robson is the New Adult author of Once Perfect, Once Loved, and Once Pure and the award-winning author of the Weird Girls urban fantasy romance series. A self-proclaimed professional napper, Cecy counts among her talents a jaw-dropping knowledge of useless trivia, the ability to make her hair big, and a knack for breaking into song despite her family’s vehement protests. A full-time writer, registered nurse, wife, and mother living in the Great Northwest, Cecy enjoys spending time with her family and silencing the yappy characters in her head by telling their stories.

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