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9.30.2014

Review: Finding Home by Roxanne Snopek

Finding Home (Montana Born Homecoming #2) by Roxanne Snopek
Contemporary Romance
Ebook (142 pages, MONTANA BORN BOOKS)
Fourteen years after her abrupt departure, Samara Davis is back in Marietta, Montana. Now a widow, all she wants is to give her anxious four-year old daughter, Jade, a happy, stable home. Unfortunately, the heritage house she purchased is nowhere near ready for occupancy. And the man responsible for the delay is none other than high-school golden boy and love of her life Logan Stafford, available, interested and just as swoon-worthy as ever.
But this single mother has one priority. She’s all Jade has, and she’ll do anything, make any sacrifice, for her child’s future. And getting distracted by a long-lost boyfriend is not on the agenda.
Logan Stafford never forgot the lonely girl from the wrong side of the tracks who broke his heart. Not only is she as irresistible as ever, but her delightfully odd little girl has him wrapped around her finger in no time. Believing they’ve been given a second chance, Logan’s determined to pull out all the stops on the house to prove to them both that he’s a guy they can count on. But, despite how easy it is to love Logan, a second chance is still a gamble Samara can’t afford to take.

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When non-plot issues crop up... (3 stars)

I've been trying to write this review for days but it's finally settled on me that what's been challenging my ability to write it is my bias for Snopek's previous work. Reading Snopek was kind of a fluke. I'm not a big contemporary romance, nor am I into cowboys, but putting aside the long explanation I read her Three River Ranch series and have really enjoyed it. One of the keys to that though, was that I liked each heroine from the get-go. Unfortunately, I didn't have the same connection with Samara.

Set in the fictional town of Marietta, Montana, FINDING HOME, is one of those terrific first-loves reunited kind of stories that will make you feel nostalgic. Samara was a tough heroine to like for me. Even though I could logically see myself in her shoes I couldn't emotionally get past what I saw as a major flaw. I'm not sure if it was just because of the type of story the issues with her daughter were thrown into or if I'm just a bad person but I really, really disliked what I saw as helicopter parenting gone wild. It was just really distracting for me and with the other issues Samara had I kinda wondered what Logan was doing trying so hard to make it work with them.

Logan is a saint in my books and one of the most likable heroes I've read in a long, long time. Honestly, if he hadn't been such a boy scout—strangely enough, not my type of hero normally—I don't think I could have finished this one. He's almost too perfect.

While I had issues with Samara's personality and I'm still feeling like a jerk for wanting to tell her how to parent it wasn't by any means a story I wouldn't recommend. I just wasn't left as satisfied as I usually am with a Snopek book.



Notes: ARC received via author.

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Book Blast: MIDNIGHT ECLIPSE by Arial Burnz [Character Spotlight Pt. 6 + giveaways!]

Midnight Eclipse - Character Reveal Tour 2014

For Part 1: see Broderick's post here.
For Part 2: see Davina's post here.
For Part 3: see Veronique and Amice's post here.
For Part 4: see Rosselyn and Nicabar's post here.
For Part 5: see Angus' post here.

Midnight Eclipse Character Reveal Tour

The Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles by Arial Burnz is the saga of Broderick MacDougal following the soul of his true love through the centuries. There are six books planned for the series and this tour highlights the characters featured in the first three books and in the upcoming release Midnight Eclipse - Book 4 - which features Norse shapeshifting pirates. AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER OCTOBER 8TH for VIP Club members, October 15th worldwide. CLICK HERE to see the full schedule of all the Tour Stops at Literati Author Services. Spots are still available if you'd like to host one or ALL the characters at your blog! Join the party today!!

Become a VIP Club Member for FREE to get the VIP pre-order pricing of 50 cents for Midnight Eclipse!! You'll also get Midnight Conquest, Book 1, for FREE if you join. CLICK HERE to read about the other benefits of being a VIP. Click to Tweet and help spread the news!

Bonded By Blood Characters - Cailin MacDougal

Bio: Cailin MacDougal


Tagger-Toting Hellion

As a toddler, Cailin took to Broderick immediately and she became the daughter he dreamed of having. Growing up as the adopted daughter of a Vamsyrian, though, had its trauma and tribulations. Taking matters into her own hands, she insisted her father teach her hand-to-hand combat.
However, twirling daggers became second nature and wielding a needle for embroidery a pretty scary task now. How's a girl in early Renaissance supposed to woo her betrothed when she can't even run a household or stitch a cushion to save her life?

Most Popular Quote from Cailin MacDougal

“Unless you wish to keep your private jewels intact,” she warned, “I suggest you keep your distance, sir.” With her dagger at his groin, she tilted the silver-plated blade up to make her point.
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Facts About Cailin MacDougal NOT in the Books

Cailin lived a life of fear in spite of being surrounded by love. With Angus Campbell always trying to hurt Broderick by hurting those he loved, their lives were always in danger. At the age of fourteen, Cailin wrote this in her journal:

"I love sailing across the sea, screeching with excitement at the dips and drops of the boat going over the waves and the salty water splashing on my face. Out there, no one can harm me and I’m not looking over my shoulder, wondering who is shadowing me or who is trying to kill me. On the water, I am with my father and mother and the people we trust and love. We laugh, play games, and tell stories. And when my father holds my mother as if she is the most precious being on earth, when I see the love they have for each other that goes deeper than their touch, I weep tears of joy that she has found her soul mate. Although it is sad for me, I’m okay with it. It’s not meant for me and I cannot be selfish to hate what she has just because it was meant for her. Even though James and I are betrothed, I cannot allow myself to think we'll be together because marrying him would put his life in danger."

Midnight Eclipse - Book 4 of the Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles

Book Blurb

Broderick MacDougal follows the familiar yearning of his soul to a fierce warrior who is as seductive as a siren at sea - and she is just as deadly. The world of the supernatural opens to Broderick as he not only finds himself in the midst of an ancient war of shapeshifters, but the devious Cordelia Lynn Harley has re-entered his life and has a few of her own surprises.

Born into a hated race of Norse wolf shifters, Celina Hunter knows all too well the dangers of trusting anyone other than her two brothers. And yet the survival of her family hinges on trusting the strangely familiar vampire, a natural enemy of her kind yet her tribe's Shaman advisers confirm he is her soul mate. Enemy or not, Celina slips into the spell of Broderick's promises of eternal love, gambling with all she holds dear.

Broderick and Celina are bound by a curse, but having come this far through the centuries, Broderick is not about to risk his chance at having his soul mate for eternity. The price, however, may be more than Celina is willing to pay as there is more at stake than just her immortal soul. Click to Tweet


Giveaways!

Bonded By Blood - Vampyre MaskArial Burnz is giving away a TON of stuff during this tour! Please use the Giveaway Tools entry widget to be entered into the drawing. Each button will earn you more chances to win and you can keep coming back to earn more entries! All entrants will automatically become members of Arial's VIP Club, which is free to join and has many more benefits, such as exclusive contests like this one. These are the prizes for the Character Reveal Tour featuring the characters in Midnight Captive (Book 2) - winners will be chosen on Oct 12, 2014:
  • Vampyre Mask -Arial will be adding ribbon ties, not shown in the picture. This mask IS wearable and surprisingly comfortable! Just in time for Halloween! This is an original design and hand-painted by Arial Burnz.
  • 1 signed set of Books 1-3
  • $10 Amazon, B&N or iTunes gift card (winner's choice)

Tour Grand Prize

Arial is also giving away a single Grand Prize of...
  • A $100 Amazon, B&N or iTunes gift card - winner's choice
  • A signed set of Books 1-4 of the Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles
Winner will be chosen on 11/21/2014. Everyone who participated in any stops on the Midnight Eclipse tours (VIP Club members or not) will be entered for the grand prize drawing. The more you participate, the more chances you have to win. Use the Giveaway Tools buttons below to earn extra chances to win by tweeting, following and liking. For Official Contest Rules, click here.

Arial Burnz - Author Bio

Arial Burnz - Author of the Bonded By Blood Vampire ChroniclesArial Burnz has been an avid reader of paranormal and fantasy for over thirty years. With bedtime stories filled with unicorns, hobbits, dragons and elves, she succumbed to crafting her own tales, penning to life the magical creatures roaming her dreams. Having a romantic husband who's taught her the meaning of true love, she's helpless to weave romance into her tales. Now she shares them with the world. Arial Burnz lives in Southern California, with her husband (a.k.a. her romance novel hero) who is also, quite coincidentally, a descendant of Clan MacDougal.

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Blog Tour: SKATING ON THIN ICE by Jami Davenport [Excerpt + giveaway!]


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Jami Davenport presents Game on in Seattle, a new series featuring Seattle sports teams, hot men, and strong women.

He trusts his gut, she trusts her numbers, and neither trusts the other, as a billionaire's mission to bring hockey to Seattle clashes with his passion for the woman who holds his heart.

Ethan Parker, a billionaire determined to bring a professional hockey to Seattle, will stop at nothing to realize his dream. After signing an agreement to purchase another city's team, Ethan is anxious to make the move to Seattle, but a gag order by the League forces him to keep the sale a secret until the season ends, leaving him no choice but to go undercover as a consultant to study his team during the playoffs.

Lauren Schneider, Assistant Director of Player Personnel for the Giants hockey team, gets no respect from the team's testosterone-loaded staff. When Ethan bursts onto the scene, full of charm and genuinely interested in her opinions, she shares the team's weaknesses and discovers a weakness of her own--for Ethan. But when his true identity is revealed, and he starts cleaning house based on her unwitting input, his betrayal cuts deeply on both a professional and personal level. Bound by an employment contract, Lauren reluctantly moves to Seattle to work for the newly christened Seattle Sockeyes and her sexy, infuriating boss.

Lauren and Ethan must come to terms with their passions--for the team, for hockey, and for each other. Will their situation build a frozen wall between them, or will their love burn hot enough to melt the ice shielding their hearts?






Lauren followed Ethan to the arena concourse. The Giants lost a heartbreaking game, and thinking about it made Lauren sick to her stomach.
Right now she should be thinking life didn’t get better than this. Despite their first loss, they were still in it, skating in their first playoff series in years; next to her stood a man who might well be the team’s savior, and he was an incredibly attractive man.
His eyes lit up with unbridled enthusiasm every time they discussed the team and its potential, almost as if he had a personal stake in the Giants, rather than being a hired consultant. She loved the interest he showed in all aspects of the team; hopefully, his employers shared his enthusiasm.
Yet, his level of enthusiasm and involvement didn’t quite fit, and niggling suspicions that things weren’t as they seemed prevented Lauren’s complete trust in the man, not that she trusted easily. She’d been burned too many times from family members to friends to lovers to one cheating husband. It made a girl cautious as to whom she granted that precious trust. Ethan would need to earn it by his actions and his words. For now, she’d enjoy looking at him, because that was purely a joy, and feeding him positive tidbits about the team and staff. That very team who’d lost its first playoff game by one goal.
“I want to see how the coach and team handle the loss,” Ethan said, grim determination etched on his handsome face.
“The coach doesn’t like anyone in the locker room directly after the game.”
Ethan gave her one of those looks which clearly said he didn’t give a shit what the coach did or didn’t like, but he’d damn well do as he pleased. Turning, he showed security his badge and headed down the tunnel with Lauren on his heels.
“Ethan, this isn’t a good idea.” The infuriating man kept walking, which really pissed her off. He barged into the locker room with her hot on his heels then stopped so abruptly that she bumped into his backside.
The players sat around the locker room on benches, heads hanging, frowns on their faces, and in various states of undress. Lauren had seen the men many times before in this situation, but this was sacred ground, and Ethan did not belong in here.
Coach Ferrar, fondly known as Coach Fur by staff and team alike, stopped mid-sentence and glared at the unwelcome intruders. While Coach wanted the Sleezers out of team ownership, he, like Lauren, didn’t exactly trust Ethan either, and even worse, he hated change. As Lauren saw it, the coach figured the devil he knew—the Sleezers—was better than the devil he didn’t, in the form of Ethan and his anonymous employers.
At the coach’s silence, every player glanced up, their gazes shifting from Coach to Ethan and back to Coach. They held their collective breaths, as if sensing a good fight in the making, and Lauren bet all the money was on Coach.
She glanced at Ethan, who didn’t seem the least bit affected by the coach’s laser sharp gaze. “Just pretend I’m not here.”
“It’d be better if you weren’t,” Coach Fur growled.
Ethan didn’t move. Instead he smiled as if Coach couldn’t possibly be referring to him.
“Look, I know we’ve been ordered to cater to you, and God knows we want the Sleezers out of ownership, but that doesn’t mean you can walk in here like you own the place. This is private business between the team and coaches.”
A muscle ticked in Ethan’s strong jaw, but his calm voice echoed through the silent room. “I’m examining all aspects of this team for the prospective owners, including the locker room atmosphere.”
The team captain, Cooper Black, muttered something to his buddy, Cedric.
“What was that, Black? You got something to say, say it so I can hear it.”
Coop’s eyes narrowed, and he met Ethan’s direct gaze with a challenging one of his own. “I said since when do owners—prospective or otherwise—give a shit about what goes on in the locker room as long as we win on the ice?”
“This group does. They’re very hands-on.”
“Great, just what I fucking need. Owners who think they can tell me how to coach.” Coach slapped his clipboard against his thigh, obviously beyond annoyed. Several of the guys nodded their heads in agreement.
“And me how to play,” Cooper didn’t seem impressed with Ethan or his billionaire employers.
“I’ve interrupted enough. I’ll fade into the background. Continue as if I’m not here.” Ethan wasn’t the least bit moved by their words, or put off. He just shrugged and took a seat as if he was one of the guys. Lauren wrung her hands and tried to think of a way to get him out of there. No one came into the locker room directly after the game. No one. Coach would have her head for letting Ethan in, as if she could have stopped him.
Ethan sat back as if he were in a movie theatre and the show was about to begin. Lauren wanted to throttle the man with her bare hands.
Realizing their unwelcome guest wasn’t leaving, the coach turned to his team. “It’s only game one. We know a lot more about our opponents than we did yesterday. We’ll get them tomorrow. That’s it, guys. Meet back here in the morning, usual time.”
He purposely didn’t say what time to keep Ethan out of the loop. The team stood, going back to their post-game routines. Ethan met Lauren’s gaze and raised a decidedly amused eyebrow.
“Don’t you think we should leave now?”
Ethan sighed and stood. He held the door open for her and she gladly exited from the locker room. As soon as they were in the hallway, she turned on him. “What the fuck did you think you were doing?”
“I told you. I’m evaluating the team and its operations.” His calm voice infuriated her even more, and she did have a bit of her father’s temper.
“And that includes invading the sacred sanctuary of the coach’s post-game speech?”
“It especially means that. I wanted to see how coaches and players handled the loss. How a team handles losing is more important than how they handle winning. Do they mope, do they get fired up, do they hang their heads in defeat, or do they immediately look to the next game and what they can do better?”
“They handled the loss fine, but they didn’t handle you fine.”





An advocate of happy endings, Jami Davenport writes sexy contemporary and sports romances, including her two new indie endeavors: the Game On in Seattle Series and the Madrona Island Series. Jami lives on a small farm near Puget Sound with her Green Beret-turned-plumber husband, a Newfoundland cross with a tennis ball fetish, a prince disguised as an orange tabby cat, and an opinionated Hanoverian mare. She works in computer support in her day job and juggles too many balls, but she wouldn't have it any other way.



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Book Blast: CHARLESGATE by DINA KERATSIS [Excerpt + giveaway!]



BLURB:

Ever since Zylla Berry first saw the dilapidated mansion in Boston’s Back Bay, she’d become enchanted. When she walks by one day to find that someone is renovating the old beauty, she walks through its open door and meets Jabe Thayer. 

Determined to restore The Charlesgate to its former splendor, Jabe is thrilled to meet Zylla, who shares his passion for the building and knows its history. As they get to know each other, they find that their love for The Charlesgate is not a coincidence and as supernatural forces intensify, they begin to uncover a sinister secret that will threaten their future.

From the piratical seas of the seventeenth century, to Boston’s Gilded Age to the present, The Charlesgate is a haunting novel of ancestry, fate, and the unfailing power of love.

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EXCERPT:

All my life, I’ve dreamed of pirate ships rolling in bloody seas and she comes then, with her stitched lips and wretched stink of the decaying sea, to moan her threats.

But when she visits to wail her story of murder and revenge, she leaves unsaid one small part of the tale.

The curse can end.

Purchase CHARLESGATE: 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Dina Keratsis is an award-winning author of romance fiction in which all roads lead to illumination and magic is found in the mundane. A New England girl, she has a penchant for punk rock, Scottish tea rooms and a mad crush on Sirius Black. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two children.





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9.29.2014

Book Blast: SILVERN by Christina Farley [Spotlight + giveaway!]


Synopsis 

Jae Hwa Lee has destroyed Haemosu, the dangerous demi-god that held her ancestors captive, and now she’s ready to forget about immortals and move on with her life. Then the god of darkness, Kud, sends an assassin to kill her. Jae escapes with the knowledge that Kud is seeking the lost White Tiger Orb, and joins the Guardians of Shinshi to seek out the orb before Kud can find it.

But Kud is stronger and more devious than Haemosu ever was. Jae is soon painfully reminded that by making an enemy of Kud, she has placed her closest friends in danger, and must decide how much she can bear to sacrifice to defeat one of the most powerful immortals in all of Korea.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

After teaching and traveling internationally for ten years, Christina started writing about her adventures, tossing in a little fiction for fun. This inspired her to write the GILDED series, a YA series based on Korean mythology about a Korean-American girl who takes her destiny into her own hands.

Besides writing, Christina loves traveling, running, driving too fast, and eating dark chocolate.

Christina writes fantasy for teens. She is represented by Jeff Ourvan of the Jennifer Lyons Literary, LLC.
Learn more about Christina by visiting her at www.christinafarley.com or by chatting with her on Twitter @christinafarley.



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Winner will receive a $50.00 Amazon Gift Card.


Release Day: 2 Great Titles from Entangled Teen!

October is almost here which means the haunting season is upon us. Why not dig into these two new paranormal reads from Entangled Teen to get into the mood.
 

A new companion novel to Alison Kemper's Donna of the Dead

(Both titles can be read as standalones and involve completely separate characters)

About the book: 

The end of the world just might be their perfect beginning… 
 
Glenview, North Carolina. Also known—at least to sixteen-year-old Ava Pegg—as the Land of Incredibly Boring Vacations. What exactly were her parents thinking when they bought a summer home here? Then the cute-but-really-annoying boy next door shows up at her place in a panic…hollering something about flesh-eating zombies attacking the town.

At first, Ava’s certain that Cole spent a little too much time with his head in the moonshine barrel. But when someone—or something—rotted and terrifying emerges from behind the woodpile, Ava realizes this is no hooch hallucination. The undead are walking in Glenview, and they are hungry. Panicked, Ava and Cole flee into the national forest. No supplies, no weapons. Just two teenagers who don’t even like each other fighting for their lives. But that’s the funny thing about the Zombpocalypse. You never know when you’ll meet your undead end. Or when you’ll fall dead over heels for a boy…

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The exciting conclusion to the Salt duology!

About the book:

A little salt. And a whole lot of magic…

Up until recently, Penelope was a witch with no magic. After having it stolen by a demon when she was just a child, Penelope had been forced to rely on sharing others’ powers as she went through the grueling training required to become an elite demon hunter. Now Penelope has more magic than she’s ever known. And when you’re this powerful, who needs salt to keep the demons away?
But power has a dark side.

Carter Prescott just wants to hunt demons and be with Penelope. But suddenly, witches who formerly had no magic are developing out-of-control powers. Now the world Carter swore to protect isn’t just endangered by malicious demons—it’s threatened by the same witches who once defended it. And Carter is horrified to see his girlfriend starting to change. Stronger. More powerful. Unrecognizable. It’s just a matter of time before Penelope transforms into something far beyond his worst fears…

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9.27.2014

RhiReading Un-6th-Blogiversary GIVEAWAY!

My dearest Rhireaders...

In lieu of celebrating my blogiversary on Wednesday I decided to keep it quiet again this year. After all, the only person a blogiversary is really a big deal to is the blogger right? Of course, hitting the 6 year mark is a pretty big accomplishment so I hope that if you're reading this post you'll consider giving me a follow either here or on one of my social media accounts. Without you guys, blogging wouldn't be nearly as fun... I mean it'd still be fun because I like talking to myself but it's definitely nice when someone answers me back. lol

In addition to my book-ish interests you might have noticed what a big geek I am. I decided I wanted to use my blogiversary celebration time as a chance to spread the word on something that's awesome to me that I think a lot of your guys will love. It gives them exposure, gives me an excuse to do a book giveaway, and is win/win for you in that you'll discover a wonderful company doing wonderful stuff that might interest you while getting a chance to win a book. Because free books and nerdy companies are two of my favorite things ever.




So check out these 12 books... kinda random huh?

Well I sat down this past week and picked 12 books that in some way related to or reminded me of the new nail wrap designs from Espionage Cosmetics. Think of them like nail wrap and book pairings. From the obvious ones like FEED/Seanan McGuire and The Hellbound Heart to the less obvious... 

• Moonlight with Lunar Cycle & Perfect Pitch wraps because there are werewolves & the author is an amazing vocalist. 
• Underwater with the Mermaid & Mermaid Variant wraps because the book features merfolk & the author is a Washington native like me and Espionage Cosmetics.
• The Selection with Patriot & Perfect Pitch nail wraps because the heroine's name is America Singer.
• Scarlet with Lunar Phases & Galaxy Wavelengths because it has space themes & the author is from Tacoma, where EC is located. 

And I could go on for each of the others but I know you want to get to the giveaway so I hope you'll enter and spread the word like mad. I'll be doing a fun giveaway when I finally get my backer rewards from my own pledge but you don't want to miss out on the subscription box so check your finances and make a strong pledge!

PLUS... I will add a winner for every 500 entries this giveaway gets up to 3 total winners!

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