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Dear readers,

Hi Rhireaders! Check out the latest events in the sidebar! Thanks for visiting, be sure and follow me on social media for MORE awesome content.

Did you drop by to request a review or tour stop? I am currently CLOSED for review requests for ALL review requests due to time contraints. I have promotional openings for February through July open though so please reach out. Just please drop me an email with a polite request and if I'm interested I will reply.

♥ -- Rhi


12.31.2014

Wishes for a safe & happy NYE!


My dearest Rhireaders, your presence in my world is a blessing I am eternally grateful for. As the year has come to a close I've been reflecting on the past year and how much good stuff has been happening even though there were some really tough times in my life. Thank you for being a source of joy and laughter and enthusiasm in 2014!

While I love you all I decided that the best way I could possibly ring in the new year was with a 48 hour digital detox. No sweating my email inbox, no sweating comments and replying to comments, no stressing out about social media. Wish me luck (lol) and I'll see you on the 2nd! -- Rhi

12.30.2014

5 Bookish Things to Try in the New Year

The end of the year is almost here dearest Rhireaders and I've been reflecting more on what I want to do with next year—as a reader/blogger—than what I've accomplished this year, that's just kinda how I roll.

So instead of posting resolutions or some rehash of shit I already talked about this year I thought I'd post a list of things I'd like to do as a reader this year and encourage you guys to think about trying some new things too.
  1. Start a Book Club -- a local one, still undecided how I want to approach this
  2. Craft With Books -- to get rid of some ARCs of books I didn't enjoy with upcycling
  3. Organize an Event -- a blogger-reader event of some kind
  4. Graphic Novel Adaptations -- read more graphic novel adaptations of books
  5. Book Inspired Creativity -- I was inspired by something this year and can't divulge yet how I wanna do this but I'm kinda geeking on it
Bonus thing to try: Storium -- I need to get back to writing daily after years of only blog related writing and I am soooooo rusty, this might be how I do it.

12.27.2014

Book Blast: ANGEL BURN by L.A. Weatherly [+ giveaway!]


Synopsis 
They're out for your soul.

And they don't have heaven in mind...


Willow knows she's different from other girls, and not just because she loves tinkering with cars. Willow has a gift. She can look into the future and know people's dreams and hopes, their sorrows and regrets, just by touching them. She has no idea where this power comes from. 

But the assassin, Alex, does. Gorgeous, mysterious Alex knows more about Willow than Willow herself does. He knows that her powers link to dark and dangerous forces and that he's one of the few humans left who can fight them. When Alex finds himself falling in love with his sworn enemy, he discovers that nothing is as it seems; least of all good and evil.







ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lee Weatherly was born in 1967 and grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. She lives with her husband in Hampshire, England, where she writes, goes on walks, tries out new recipes and has a cat named Bernard.

L.A. Weatherly is the pseudonym for Lee Weatherly. You can follow her on Twitter at @LA_Weatherly



Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter

6 Winners will receive a Copy of Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly.

12.26.2014

Holidays and Historical Romances at Kensington [+ giveaway!]



Win Print/iBook Bundle of ALL Six Holiday Romances

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SEASON FOR DESIRE  
Theresa Romain
Holiday Pleasures # 4
Released Oct 7th, 2014
Zebra/Kensington






PROPERLY WICKED

Like her four sisters, Lady Audrina Bradleigh is expected to marry a duke, lead fashion, and behave with propriety. Consequently, Audrina pursues mischief with gusto, attending scandalous parties and indulging in illicit affairs. But when an erstwhile lover threatens to ruin her reputation, Audrina has no choice but to find a respectable husband at once.

Who would guess that her search would lead her to Giles Rutherford, a blunt-spoken American on a treasure hunt of his own? When a Christmas snowstorm strands the pair at a country inn, more secrets are traded than gifts—along with kisses that require no mistletoe—and Audrina discovers even proper gentlemen have their wicked side…



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Historical romance author Theresa Romain pursued an impractical education that allowed her to read everything she could get her hands on. She then worked for universities and libraries, where she got to read even more. Eventually she started writing, too. She lives with her family in the Midwest. Please visit her at http://theresaromain.com.

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ONCE UPON A PLAID 
Mia Marlowe
Spirit of the Highlands # 2 
Released Oct 7th, 2014
Zebra




A wife may be courted, too…


Many would count Katherine Douglas fortunate indeed. Laird William Douglas is broad-shouldered, gentle-handed, everything a lass could dream. But after four years of marriage, Katherine still knows little of what goes on in his heart. And she has yet to bear him an heir. The distance between them is too great—and so she flees over the snowy highlands to Glengarry Castle, home of her childhood, to set her husband free.

But William won’t let his wife slip away without a fight. Before long, he’s at her father’s threshold himself, witness to the rumbles of discontent in Glengarry, the bright joy of Yuletide at a family hearth, and the hidden needs of his own beloved…


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Mia Marlowe learned much of what she knows about storytelling from singing. A classically trained soprano, she devised back stories to prepare for operatic roles. Since she’s worn a real corset, and had to sing high C’s in one, she empathizes with the trials of her fictional heroines. But in Mia’s stories, they don’t die in a Parisian garret. They get to live and keep the hero! Mia loves history, art, music and travel. Especially travel. Good thing, since she’s lived in 9 different states and is embarrassed to admit she’s lost track of how many times she’s been to Europe. She regards her frequent moves as vacations on which she drags along all her stuff. Currently, she and her DH make their home in New England.


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MADELEINE’S CHRISTMAS WISH
Ella Quinn
The Marriage Game # 5.5
Released Oct 27th, 2014
eKensingston 



The bachelors in Ella Quinn’s Marriage Game series make a habit of resisting the irresistible. But during the season for giving, surrendering to temptation may be the greatest gift of all…

A French spy, Georges, Marquis Cruzy-le-Châtel, has lived in England for years, sacrificing his life for his country—but not his heart. For he’s never been able to forget his childhood friend, Madeleine. And now, in her hour of need, he is there to rescue her…

The victim of a ruthless statesman, Madeleine, Comtesse du Beaune, has been abducted and sent to England to work in a brothel. Her greatest wish is to return home for Christmas, and her only hope of it is to marry Georges—though she will be his wife in name alone. Yet as they steal across the snowy countryside, Georges decides to woo her—with kisses that melt the winter’s frost and leave her longing for a holiday miracle…


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Ella Quinn lived all over the United States, the Pacific, Canada, England and Europe before finally discovering the Caribbean. She lives in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands with her wonderful husband, three bossy cats and loveable great date. Fans can find out more at www.ellaquinnauthor.wordpress.com


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AN OATH TAKEN  
Diana Cosby
The Oath Trilogy # 1
Released Dec 8th, 2014
eKensington





A man of honor. A woman of spirit.

As the new castellan, Sir Nicholas Beringar has the daunting task of rebuilding Ravenmoor Castle on the Scottish border and gaining the trust of the locals—one of whom wastes no time in trying to rob him. Instead of punishing the boy, Nicholas decides to make him his squire. Little does he know the thieving young lad is really…a lady.

Lady Elizabet Armstrong had donned a disguise in an attempt to free her brother from Ravenmoor’s dungeons. Although intimidated by the confident Englishman with his well-honed muscles and beguiling eyes, she cannot refuse his offer.

Nicholas senses that his new squire is not what he seems. His gentle attempts to break through the boy’s defenses leave Elizabet powerless to stem the desire that engulfs her. And when the truth is exposed, she’ll have to trust in Nicholas’s honor to help her people—and to surrender to his touch…


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Diana Cosby, a retired Navy Chief Petty Officer, owes her passion for writing to a gypsy childhood of living, traveling and experiencing various cultures throughout the world. An avid romance reader her entire life, it was an easy decision to begin writing after her career as a meteorologist. Diana is married to Bob, the hero of her life, a naval officer with over 22 years of service, including a tour in Iraq. She is blessed with three loving children: Eric, Stephanie and Christopher, and enjoys the company of her dog, Duncan Trevor MacGregor, and two cats, Bad and Brat. She’s a member of various romance writing organizations and presents writing workshops for her local writing chapters.


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CHRISTMAS AT THORNCLIFF TOWERS 
Marina Myles
The Cursed Princes # 3.5
Released Nov 24th, 2014
eKensington 





THE WEREWOLF’S SERVANT

Thorncliff Towers is done up for Christmas, secure against wind and wolves. But Karina Petri is shut out, too, and the gypsy witch wants what’s inside. She envies the gifts, the feast, the pretty clothes, of course. But her true desire is for the love of Constantin Stoica. Her smolderingly handsome childhood friend agreed to serve Lord Draven after his brother was caught stealing last year. He suspects Karina was involved—and it would take more magic than she possesses to make him forgive…

Constantin has always been drawn to Karina’s dark curls, flashing eyes, and reckless ways. But trusting her has proven dangerous before, and this night holds more to fear than most. The wrong decisions could cost him his job, his safety—even his life. But letting Karina go could cost him his heart…



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Although Marina Myles lives under the sunny skies of Arizona, she would reside in a historic manor house in foggy England if she had her way. Her love of books began as soon as she read her first fairy tale and eventually led to a degree in English Literature. Now, with her loyal Maltese close by, she relishes the hours she gets to escape into worlds filled with fiery—but not easily attained—love affairs. She’s busy being a wife, a mother, and a member of Romance Writers of America, but she is never too busy to hear from her amazing readers. Visit her at www.marinamyles.com.


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CHRISTMAS DELIGHTS 
Heather Hiestand
The Redcakes # 5

Released Nov 1st, 2014

Kensington





The sweetest gift is the hardest to unwrap…

Lady Victoria Allen-Hill never dreamed she’d be a widow at twenty-one—let alone a virgin. Her father insists that she attend a matchmaking house party in the snow-covered seaside town of Pevensey in hopes she’ll find a suitable husband. But for Victoria, it’s an opportunity to indulge in a passionate affair—and the handsome inventor she meets at the Christmas Eve masquerade ball may be just the man for the job…

Lewis Noble is the cousin of London’s famed Redcake sisters, so it almost stands to reason that he’s just as irresistible as one of their sugar-iced pastries. Lewis catches the eye of every woman at the party—but Victoria is the only one who catches his. He won’t be tied down in her father’s business, but watching other men court her amid a flurry of engagements ignites a jealousy he’s never felt before. A dose of honesty may be just the thing to mend their broken hearts—for many holidays to come…


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Heather Hiestand was born in Illinois but her family migrated west before she started school. Since then she has claimed Washington State as home, except for a few years in California. She wrote her first story at age seven and went on to major in creative writing at the University of Washington. Her first published fiction was a mystery short story, but since then it has been all about the many flavors of romance. Heather’s first published romance short story was set in the Victorian period and she continues to return, fascinated by the rapid changes of the nineteenth century. The author of many novels, novellas and short stories, she makes her home in a small town with her husband and son and supposedly works out of her tiny office, though she mostly writes in her easy chair in the living room.

For more information, visit Heather’s website at www.heatherhiestand.com. Heather loves to hear from readers! Her email is heather@heatherhiestand.com.



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Top 10: Books I’m looking forward to in 2015


Because I read so many genres and am kind of a weirdo I decided not to number this list because it might give the wrong impression I am anticipating any of them more than the others and really, I'm not. I'm just really excited about these books coming out next year!

• Broken Shadows (The Shadowminds Book 3) by A.J. Larrieu (January)

Because I love the unique mythology of this urban fantasy series and that it has non-white characters and interracial couplings.

 • Idol of Bone (Looking Glass Gods) by Jane Kindred (February)

Jane is just one of those authors who I should binge read and this one really caught my eye.

• Heir to the Jedi: Star Wars by Kevin Hearne (March)

I'm a Star Wars nerd. I'm a huge Kevin Hearne fan. 'Nuff said.

• Rat Queens Volume 2 (March)

Because I have this pre-ordered and the list deserved a little graphic novel touch.

• Rush by Gina Gordon (May)

One of two titles of Gina's I hope come out in the first half of 2015, she is one of my favorite authors and her teases for this book in our little street team group make this a hard wait.

• The Shadow Revolution: Crown & Key By Clay & Susan Griffith (June)

"A thrilling new Victorian-era urban fantasy for fans of Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles, the Showtime series Penny Dreadful, and the Sherlock Holmes movies featuring Robert Downey, Jr." -- could they pack any more things I'd love put together into one book? Plus, this is 3 books releasing over two months!!!
• Hard As Steel: A Hard Ink/Raven Riders Crossover (September)

Another one I pre-ordered right away, I'd been begging Laura for a Raven Riders series and she's kicking it off here.

• The next Firebird trilogy book from Claudia Gray (November)

This is one of those times I kinda wanna poke the author on, "Are you writing? You should be writing. Any chance this will be early?" lol

• Desires of the Soul by Gina L. Maxwell (Unknown 2015)

I think Gina will be self-publishing this one. It was originally pitched to a publisher I love that turned it down or wanted changes or something so I feel like I've been waiting forever. Pretty sure this will have to come out next year at some point. lol

• ALL THE KATEE ROBERT BOOKS!!!

My girl Katee has been writing her ass off. I want to be her when I grow up. She has so much being published in 2015 I couldn't not just list al of her books.

12.25.2014

With warmest wishes from my home to yours...


I'm taking the day off from the blog to cook a mighty fine feast for the family, unwrap the presents that I bought for myself (*giggle* yes, it was one of those years for us), and enjoy the Doctor Who Christmas Special. I hope you are sharing in special festivities of your own if it's a holiday you celebrate and if not, I hope that whatever festivities (or lack thereof) you're engaging in are joyous. And since I know all of you were very naughty this year I hope you can turn coal into diamonds! ♥ -- Rhi

Top 10: Best Book Boyfriends of 2014


Ahhh Book Boyfriends... that dirty little secret... well, okay the reason they're my dirty little secret is because I tend to not think of them as Book Boyfriends until someone points them out that way. I'm a weirdo and I feel guilty digging some other girl's man, even if they're both fictional. So don't tell any of these guys' ladies on me okay? ;)

10. Tristan from Butterman (Time) Travel, Inc. by PK Hrezo
9. Cole from Dead Over Heels by Alison Kemper
8. Mac from  Queen of Wands by Katee Robert
7. Josh from The Geek Billionaire Makeover by Theresa Myers
6. X from E-Day by D.T. Dyllin
5. Easy from Hard to Hold On To by Laura Kaye
4. Mason from  Then & Now by Brooke Moss
3. Leo from Stop Dragon My Heart Around by Susannah Scott
2. [SPOILER ALERT] Paul from A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
1. Finn from  Recipe For Seduction by Gina Gordon

Geeks, dragons, time travelers, zombie fighters, and even a chef round out my choices for 2014.

12.24.2014

Top 10: Best New-to-Me Authors of 2014



I debated going with a Bad-ass heroines list because I love kick-butt females, but I felt like a few of the characters I wanted to list just wouldn't fit that category really. Instead, I'm highlighting authors whom I discovered for the first time this year. While many were through their publisher, I found some because of other bloggers and another through a blog hop! Never discount the blog hop as a great way to find new readers. So please check out these 10 authors who I read in 2014 who were new-to-me who might be new-to-you too.






















12.23.2014

Top 10: Best Book Covers of 2014


I totally cheated for this post because ya know what? I went through my list of read books that were 2014 releases and a lot of the covers didn't IMHO deserve a Best Cover award. I'll admit to thinking the romance genre pretty much have the most boring covers ever. Oooh look another man-tittie woopedy-doo. *sigh* The Young Adult genre tends to really kick butt with gorgeous covers though.

Of these, I've only read the two but I have three of the others in either hardback or audio and the rest are on my wishlist. They're all books that first earned my interest thanks to beautiful cover art and then earned either a read/purchase/wishlisting thanks to their blurb.




You might notice a bit of a theme here. I like people on covers and in particular covers displaying motion whether it's hair blowing or the way a body is curved in movement. Did I pick one of your favorites?

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