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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 OPEN for review requests for review requests. I have promotional openings for August through November open so please reach out. Just please drop me an email with a polite request and if I'm interested I will reply.

-- Rhi


12.29.2015

Review: Beauties from Rosy Press

Beauties
Writer: Marguerite Bennett | Illustrator: Trungles | Letterer: Rachel Deering
Fairytale Retelling, Comic, Fantasy
Digital (23 pages, Rosy Press)
Enter a beautiful fantasy kingdom with writer Marguerite Bennett, artist Trungles, and letterer Rachel Deering! A young woman and her lover risk everything to be together. Readers will find a very different retelling of the classic fairy tale, although this version has many beasts and a few beauties!

A lush, poetic must-read retelling! (5 stars)

If you've been following RhiReading since its inception you've probably noticed how fairy tale obsessed I am. I'm honestly not sure where my interest in them began but I have a very vivid memory of listening to a vinyl record of Beauty and the Beast over and over as a little girl. My interest has persisted for as long as I can recall and variations on the Beauty and the Beast theme continue to be one of my favorites.

Having backed Fresh Romance from Rosy Press on Kickstarter earlier this year I have been continually impressed with the work they put together so I was very excited to pick up my copy of BEAUTIES today. I had seen the gorgeous preview pages at Comic Book Resources yesterday so I was certain it would be worth every penny and I can happily report that it is.

I'm almost embarrassed to report that I devoured this in one sitting then immediately wanted to go tag a couple of my author friends whom I know would love it too. The illustrations are so bright and vivid, so elegant and expressive that I just want to stare at them for hours. The lettering is never distracting and has a delicate flow that very much suits that style of the art. But the writing is what really got me. It's poetic and luminous in a way that I've never seen in a comic. I want to read it aloud to myself.

While it feels as if this is a finished tale, I hope that there will be more Beauties comics in the near future. I highly recommend this to fairy tale retelling fans and in particular women with a desire to read more comics that just can't get into superheroes or the middle-grade characters that seem to be popular. Check this out if you love The Last Unicorn or Fables.

Find Beauties, Fresh Romance, and more fantastic romance comics at:

12.26.2015

2016 Star Wars Books Reading Challenge



Like most Star Wars fans I grew up enjoying the films very much. But it wasn't until I was a teenager and borrowed my brother's copy of Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn that I became a Star Wars fanatic. What can I say? I was more of a bookworm than a film buff growing up.

Since becoming a blogger 7 years ago I've wanted to host a Star Wars reading challenge but didn't think I could get anyone to join in. But ya know what? I think a lot of my friends who love romances and science fiction and fantasy and dystopian and young adult books will find a lot of the books just as great as I have... and there are more coming out every month!

So I'm doing it. Even if I wind up doing it alone. I'm doing it. Because Star Wars books.

Here is how this challenge works:
  • Challenge Dates: January 1st, 2016 through December 31st, 2016. You can join at any point.
  • Goal: To read Star Wars books! Whether you've never read one or you've read lots, join in and explore the expanded Star Wars universe, and make new reader friends!
  • Allowed Formats: All formats are welcome, ebooks, print, and audiobooks!
  • Other: Rereads and books being read for other challenges are allowed.
Participation Requirements:
  • Choose a participation level. 
  • Read ANY Star Wars books. 
  • Keep track of your Star Wars reads on a blog, Goodreads shelf, Pinterest board, or some other place that can be linked to and add it to the challenge Linky.
  • If possible, add one of the Challenge Buttons to your blog and link it back to www.rhireading.com so others can find the challenge and join.
Participation Levels:

Farm Boy: 1 - 3 books
Walking Carpet: 4 - 8 books
Scruffy Nerfherder: 9 - 12 books
Your Worship: 12 - 20 books
Dark Father: 21 or more books

Challenge Important Dates:

January 1st, 2016 — 1st Annual SW Reading Challenge Launch (Giveaway)
March 31st, 2016 — Challenge 1st Quarter Update 
May 4th, 2016 — May the 4th Be With You Blog Hop (Giveaway)
July 1st, 2016 — Challenge Halfway Point Update (Giveaway)
September 1st, 2016 — Challenge 3rd Quarter Update 
December 16th, 2016 — Rogue One Movie Release Day (Giveaway)
December 28th, 2016 — Challenge Final Update
January 1st, 2017 — 2nd Annual SW Reading Challenge Launch
More to come...




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12.25.2015

Weekend Reading [12/25 - 12/27] :: Christmas Anxiety & ARCs vs. $$$ Books


Merry Christmas dear readers! I've always been the kind of person that if someone celebrates a holiday that I do not and they wish my a good one, I feel really special. It's nice to be included in any kind of well wish, ya know? So I hope that if you are not celebrating Christmas that your day is wonderful none the less.

I'm having an alright kind of day. I always find the holiday a bit exhausting to be honest. It's an introvert's curse I think. Having to open gifts in front of people is really stressful. Worrying I'm going to ruin the pie or the potatoes or the ham or the... yeah, all the cooking makes me nervous. Not including all the cleaning and decorating both before and after. Add in that we've got a kid in the hospital and it's just been such a long week I'm ready to put my jammies back on and curl up with a book.

I did get wonderful gifts though. Lots of Captain Phasma loot. I know everyone is always talking about wanting books for Christmas but I actually prefer not to get them. I just like buying my own books. I can't be the only one right?

This weekend I'll be finishing Black Widow Forever Red by Margaret Stohl which I have to admit has been a pretty big disappointment for a lot of reasons. Not sure whether I'll review it or not but it's certainly possible. I wish I could say it was that I had high expectations of it and then it just didn't meet them but mostly it just went in a direction that really seemed silly.

After I finish it I think I will either start Wake of Vultures (The Shadow #1) by Lila Bowen or Burn by Elissa Sussman. Hmmm, read an ARC I have for review or one I paid monies for? lol Always a tough call. What are you reading this weekend? Maybe a new book you got as a gift?

Did you get any marvelous book loot for Christmas or non-book loot? Are you having a big feast or a tiny gathering of close friends and family? Whatever you're doing today and this weekend I hope it's fun. On that note I'm off to peel sweet potatoes and get a ham ready to go in the multi-cooker because for some reason I think that's the way to go this year, teehee! If you're not following me on Instagram you should do it... I'm posting a picture of my Death Star apple pie later. ☺♥ -- Rhi

P.S. -- be on the lookout this weekend... I'm putting together a Reading Challenge that I've wanted to do for years and I think it's going to have a giveaway included but here's a tiny hint:

12.22.2015

Release Day: THIS RAGING LIGHT by Estelle Laure [Excerpt + Giveaway]



I am so excited that THIS RAGING LIGHT by Estelle Laure releases today and that I get to share the news!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Estelle Laure, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a finished copy of the book and a bottle of nail polish that matches the cover courtesy of Estelle, HMH, and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.



About The Book:

Title: THIS RAGING LIGHT
Author: Estelle Laure
Release Date: December 22nd, 2015
Pages: 288
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
"A funny, poetic, big-hearted reminder that life can—and will—take us all by surprise.” —Jennifer E. Smith, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Can the best thing happen at the worst time?

Her dad went crazy. Her mom left town. She has bills to pay and a little sister to look after. Now is not the time for level-headed seventeen-year-old Lucille to fall in love. But love—messy, inconvenient love—is what she’s about to experience when she falls for Digby Jones, her best friend’s brother. With blazing longing that builds to a fever pitch, Estelle Laure’s soulful debut will keep readers hooked and hoping until the very last page.




Exclusive Excerpt:

When Wrenny and I roll up the hill to Eden’s house in Mom’s ancient Corolla, Digby and his dad, John, are outside playing basketball, and I want to get in the house as fast as possible,
because otherwise I might be trapped here all day, staring. I get a little twinge of something seeing a dad and his kid playing ball like dads and kids are supposed to. That’s a real
thing, and my hand wants to cover Wren’s face so she can’t see all that she is missing.
Which reminds me. “Wren.”
“Yeah?” She’s wiping at her shirt, reading a book on her lap, and she’s a little bit filthy, her hair greasy and knotty in spite of my efforts this morning. At some point the braids came out, and she’s reverted to wild.
“You know how Mom hasn’t been around lately?”
She stops. Tightens. “Yeah,” she says.
“Well, we don’t want anyone to know about that, okay?
Even Janie and Eden and Digby and John.”
“But Mom’s on vacation. She’s getting her head together. She’s coming back.”
“Okay, yes,” I say, “but still. We don’t want to tell anyone, because they might not understand that. They might get the wrong idea.”
“Like that she left us permanently?” There is so much more going on inside that Wrenny-head than I can ever know.
“Maybe, or at least for longer than she was supposed to.” I reach for the handle to the door because I can’t look at her. “Someone might think that.”

12.21.2015

Paperback Release Day: THE MARRIAGE CONTRACT by Katee Robert [Excerpt + Giveaway]


Teague O’Malley hates pretty much everything associated with his family’s name. And when his father orders him to marry Callista Sheridan to create a “business” alliance, Teague’s ready to tell his dad exactly where he can stuff his millions. But then Teague actually meets his new fiancée, sees the bruises on her neck and the fight still left in her big blue eyes, and he decides he will do everything in his power to protect her.

Everyone knows the O’Malleys have a dangerous reputation. But Callie wasn’t aware of just what that meant until she saw Teague, the embodiment of lethal grace and coiled power. His slightest touch sizzles through her. The closer they get, though, the more trouble they’re in. Because Callie’s keeping a dark secret—and what Teague doesn’t know could get him killed.

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Excerpt:
“There’s always good and bad, all mixed together.”

“Exactly.” He finally looked at her, pinning her in place with his gaze. “Though I’ll admit there’s more good to this situation than I would have expected.”

Desire rose up in a tidal wave that had shivers working their way through her body. Good lord, the man knew how to turn a conversation into something else entirely with a single look. She reached for her wine again, only to find the glass empty. Keep it together, Callie. You know how to flirt.


Yes, she did. But this wasn’t harmless flirting. Nothing about Teague was harmless. He saw too much. He was an O’Malley. And, perhaps most importantly, he was going to be her husband in a very short time.

He seemed to realize her mind was going a million miles a second, because he sat back, breaking the moment. “Now I have a question for you.”

“Yes?” She put as much nonchalance into her tone as she possibly could. The candlelight played along his cheekbones and jaw, the shadows dancing over his cheeks, following a path her fingers itched to trace. What was wrong with her? She should be focusing on what their next move was, not on how intimate it was to sit this close to him.

“Would you have actually married Brendan if someone hadn’t done you the favor of offing him?”

She looked into his dark eyes and couldn’t lie. “No.” That man was a monster. She might regret the events that had brought her to that horrible strip club and put a gun into her hands, but once she knew the truth about him, she never could have signed her life away to him. And if it took her all of a week to find out what kind of man he was, Papa should have known a long time ago. She shifted, the realization sitting like a block of concrete in her stomach. Had he known and gone forward with the engagement anyway?

12.20.2015

2016 Audiobook Challenge || GOALS

2016 Audiobook Challenge

Please visit HOT LISTENS and THE BOOK NYMPHO for more information about the challenge but some of the important details are:
  • The goal is to find a new love for audios or to outdo yourself by listening to more audios in 2016 than you did in 2015.
  • Runs January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016. You can join at any time.
  • ANY genres count.
  • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.

This is my 3rd year joining the challenge. In 2015 I got a little bit overly ambitious and way over-estimated how much time I'd have to fit in audio reads. But I thought I didn't do too bad as I had still passed my previous year by a bit. 

For 2016 I'm going to be a little bit more realistic in my goal and shoot for the Binge Listener (Why read when someone can do it for you) 20-30 level. It's more than I did for 2015 but not so big that if I have another difficult year in my personal or professional lives I can't possibly reach it with some solid attempting.

I found that I really liked using a Pinterest board to track my completed listens so I'm doing it again for the 2016 challenge.

12.19.2015

Christmas Treats Giveaway Hop


Crap guys! I had a terrible week overall and I've got a kid in the hospital, so I am late getting this post finished and up. To make it up to you I'm doing a giftcard giveaway and will randomly gift two more $5 ones to people I see tagging me on social media when sharing this giveaway!

Thank you for being so supportive during this hard time. I love my wonderful followers and I'm so glad to be part of another great hop hosted by the amazing Anna.

12.18.2015

Wrap Up: 2015 Audiobook Challenge


Wrap Up

Please drop by the The Book Nympho or Hot Listens, for the full challenge details!

In 2014 I hit my goal with 12 audio reads so for 2015 I decided to step it up hardcore going with the 30-50 level, MY PRECIOUS. To help me keep track and make it pretty I made a Pinterest board where I kept my reads as I finished them.


Follow Rhianna's board 2015 Audiobook Challenge on Pinterest.

The year just got away from me. I'm pretty disappointed in myself. I've been buying audiobooks left and right, have borrowed many from the library, a couple of which I didn't wind up enjoying and didn't finish. I only finished 3 from my must-reads list. I managed about half of what I really had hoped to hit this year so maybe I'll be a little more realistic with the challenge in 2016.

But I've learned a lot about my tastes as a listener from my experiences this year...

  • A narrator who's voice bothers me is a huge problem. It distracts me a lot.
  • I can listen at really high speeds once I'm suitably into the book but only if the narrator's voice doesn't sound really weirdly pitched.
  • Some stories work better when read than listened to and with that...
  • I can't listen to dark erotic romances, hearing certain words read by someone else makes my skin crawl. Seriously, the "C" word squicks me out as it is and it's way worse in an audiobook.
  • I can listen to audiobooks just about anywhere and while doing almost anything... as long as Mr. Rhi isn't around. He loves to tease me about the gushy romantic dialog and smutty sex scenes if he overhears them.
I'm so glad I joined the challenge, perhaps if I hadn't started working full time I might have done a little better since the Punk is in school now but overall I felt like while I didn't get the quantity I had hoped for, I listened to some really good books.


I plan to finish up a few books I've got started in the new year including:

12.17.2015

Blog Tour: THIEF OF LIES by Brenda Drake [Excerpt]


Releases January 5th

Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them. That is, until Arik, a leather clad hottie in the Boston Athenaeum, suddenly disappears. While examining the book of world libraries he abandoned, Gia unwittingly speaks the key that sucks her and her friends into a photograph and transports them into a Paris library, where Arik and his Sentinels—magical knights charged with protecting humans from the creatures traveling across the gateway books—rescue them from a demonic hound.

Jumping into some of the world's most beautiful libraries would be a dream come true for Gia, if she weren’t busy resisting her heart or dodging an exiled wizard seeking revenge on both the Mystik and human worlds. Add a French flirt obsessed with Arik and a fling with a young wizard, and Gia must choose between her heart and her head, between Arik's world and her own, before both are destroyed.


Excerpt:

I pressed the screen, and it went dark. “How do we know he’s not being forced to say this?”

“The password, May Agnes guide you,” Lei replied. “She’s the patron saint of Asile.”

Agnes? That was the silver woman’s name that formed from my globe. Did the saints have something to do with the Chiavi?

I faced Ricardo. “How did you know I was here?”

“The werehounds tracked your scent from a shirt Katy…excuse me, your nana…gave us.”

“Can your pack help us save Couve?” Arik asked him.

“They will, but Gia must go with me.” He noticed the protest forming on my lips. “Merlin said no exceptions. I’m to get you to the shelter.”

From the corridor came yells, scuffles, and the continual wail of the warning siren.

“I can’t go with you,” I said. “I have to fight with them.”

“She can’t fight with us,” Lei said, glancing at the door. “She almost killed Kale.”

I turned to Sinead. “You know what I can do.”

Cover Reveal: GOING GEEK by Charlotte Huang [+ Giveaway!]


Releases Fall 2016 from Delacorte/Random House


 In GOING GEEK, a girl is forced to stand up for who she really is - if she even knows - when her friends dump her and she is forced to hang out with the fringe crowd at school.



About the author:

Charlotte Huang is a graduate of Smith College and received an MBA from Columbia Business School, which is clearly something every aspiring writer should do. When not glued to her computer, she cheers her two sons on at sporting events and sometimes manages to stay up late enough to check out bands with her music agent husband. Charlotte lives in Los Angeles and is the author of For the Record (Delacorte, 2015)

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Cover Reveal: LOVE IN THE LIGHT by Laura Kaye

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We are beyond thrilled to bring you the amazing Cover Reveal for Laura Kaye’s LOVE IN THE LIGHT! Releasing January 12, 2016, LOVE IN THE LIGHT is a novel told in dual POV and Part Two of her bestselling Hearts in Darkness Duet. Grab your copy of HEARTS IN DARKNESS now and be sure to preorder LOVE IN THE LIGHT!

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Cover designed by Trish Schmitt of Pickyme Artist.

Preorder your copy of LOVE IN THE LIGHT for just $2.99 for a limited time!

Price will be going up after release day!

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About LOVE IN THE LIGHT (Hearts in Darkness Duet #2):

Two hearts in the darkness…

Makenna James and Caden Grayson have been inseparable since the day they were trapped in a pitch-black elevator and found acceptance and love in the arms of a stranger. Makenna hopes that night put them on the path to forever—which can’t happen until she introduces her tattooed, pierced, and scarred boyfriend to her father and three over-protective brothers.

Must fight for love in the light…

Haunted by a childhood tragedy and the loss of his family, Caden never thought he’d find the love he shares with Makenna. But the deeper he falls, the more he fears the devastation sure to come if he ever lost her, too. When meeting her family doesn’t go smoothly, Caden questions whether Makenna deserves someone better, stronger, and just more…normal. Maybe they’re too different—and he’s far too damaged—after all…

And don’t miss the first book in Duet, HEARTS IN DARKNESS!

12.16.2015

Cover Reveal: BEYOND THE STARS by Stacy Wise [+ Giveaway!]


Releases February 8th

Most girls would kill for the opportunity to work for Jack McAlister, Hollywood’s hottest actor, but twenty-one-year-old Jessica Beckett is ready to kick him out of her red Ford Fiesta and never look back. She should be spending her junior year in France, eating pastries and sharpening her foreign language skills. Instead she’s reluctantly working as Jack’s personal assistant, thanks to her powerhouse talent agent aunt.

Jack is private, prickly, and downright condescending. Jessica pushes his buttons—she’s not the type of girl to swoon over celebrity heartthrobs, precisely why her aunt thought she’d be perfect for the job—and Jack pushes right back.

But as she begins to peel away his layers, Jessica is shocked to find she craves her boss’s easy smile and sexy blue eyes. The problem is, so does the entire female population. And what started out as the job from hell soon has Jess wondering if a guy like Jack could ever find love with a regular girl like her.

Cover Reveal: PARCHED by D.P. Payne

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RELEASE DATE: January 4, 2016

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About the Book


After wandering the Earth for over 4,000 years, I, Waylon Blackman, thought I had seen it all…then a black aura crossed my path. As a wendigo, my life has been about nothing but greed and living with my curse, but the mysterious aura and the woman it belongs to send my world into a tailspin from the first second we meet. She gets under my skin and hypnotizes me with her sexy, adventurous, willing, and kinky nature, so much so, I almost let myself forget I know nothing about her. Thinking with the wrong head can certainly get a man in trouble, but for me, it could mean an end worse than my curse.

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About the Author

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A Midwest girl living in Las Vegas with her husband and two dogs, D.P. Payne is a lover of all things kinky, romantic, and quirky. In addition to her love for writing, she is a voracious reader, avid watcher and critic of movies and television, and devourer of music like it is oxygen.
D.P. tries not to take herself too seriously; her prior career as an attorney was serious enough. In that vein, her series, Supernatural Love Stories in the Absurd, contains plots that are a bit over-the-top, and laugh-out-loud funny at moments.
D.P. loves hearing from fans. She can be contacted at authordppayne@gmail.com or on social media.


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12.15.2015

Quiz + #Giveaway: Which Diane Alberts book should you read?


Whether you like your romances professional, paranormal, or panty-melting we’ve got a Diane Alberts book that’s just right for you. Take the following quiz to find out which one you should read first!

The perfect date night wouldn’t be complete without:

  1. wine and candlelight
  2. dancing and lots of eye contact
  3. foreplay, lots and lots of foreplay

Your usual bookmark is:

  1. a bookstore receipt
  2. did you mean quitter strip..?
  3. swag from an author

If you were going out on a girl’s night your ideal outfit would have:

  1. a skirt, heels, and your signature perfume
  2. your favorite pair of jeans and a leather jacket
  3. lots of cleavage and knee-high boots

When it comes to book boyfriends give you:

  1. billionaire playboys who can show you a good time
  2. protective alphas who know how to treat you right
  3. bikers, soldiers, rock stars, you want them all!

Some of your favorite authors are:

  1. Bella Andre, Sylvia Day, J.S. Scott, Robin Covington, Maya Blake, Kendall Ryan
  2. Kresley Cole, Felicity Heaton, Dannika Dark, Nina Croft, Gena Showalter, Larissa Ione
  3. Tracy Wolff, Elle Kennedy, Katy Evans, Jay Crownover, Tessa Bailey, Melissa Foster

If you picked mostly A‘s you got Indulgence Diane Alberts. You're elegant, polished, and you can probably handle any situation with poise. You like your heroes suited, powerful, and with an edge to them. Seeing the heroine swept off her feet into a world of luxury has you ready to trade places with her. We think you'll love BEAUTY AND THE BOSS.
Researcher Maggie Donovan has no luck with men, and it doesn't help that she can't keep her eyes off of her sexy boss – the one everyone else in the office calls The Beast. Relationships in the office are forbidden. So no one is more surprised than Maggie when she pretends to be his fiancée to save him during a difficult situation. Not only has she put her job on the line, but the future of the company.
Billionaire Benjamin Gale III doesn’t believe in love or romance, but the look on his mother’s face when Maggie tells her that she’s his fiancée is worth millions. Instead of firing her for her insubordination, he goes along with the ruse. In his arms–and in his bed–she’d be everything he could ever want…which is why he can’t have her.
But if he doesn’t let her go, they’ll lose everything…
Find your copy of BEAUTY AND THE BOSS: Amazon | B&N | iTunes | Kobo | Entangled | Goodreads

If you picked mostly B‘s you got Otherworld Diane Alberts. You're adventurous, witty, and you aren't afraid of a good challenge. You like your heroes growly, brooding, and Alpha with a capital 'A'. Diving into the world of the paranormal is your ultimate escape. We think you'll love DIVINELY RUINED.
Rebecca’s life sucked before she became an angel. Crappy apartment, awful jobs, abusive boyfriends–it was no wonder she jumped at the chance to escape it all and become a real live angel. The problem is Rebecca’s not very angelic, and she’ll have to do more to earn her wings than end her love affair with the word f–er, frick.
Especially when she’s assigned to save single father Tony Weis, whose less-than-pure thoughts wreak hell on a telepathic angel’s nerves. It’s all Rebecca can do to keep her hands off him…but when she loses her memory injuring herself to save Tony’s daughter, now it’s Tony’s turn to be her angel and care for her. But will Tony’s devotion tempt her from her angelic path, even if it means being human again?
Find your copy of DIVINELY RUINED: Amazon | B&N | iTunes | Kobo | Entangled | Goodreads

If you picked mostly C‘s you got Brazen Diane Alberts. You might be the girl-next-door but there's more to you than meets the eye. You like your heroes ready and willing to please any time, any place. Slipping between the pages of a good read is almost as good as slipping between the sheets for you. We think you'll love SAY YOU'RE MINE.
Navy SEAL Steven Thomas has only ever been able to count on three things: waking up in the morning, going to sleep sometime during the night, and Lauren Brixton. She’s been his best friend since grade school, and what they have is the only relationship he’s managed not to ruin.
Until one drunken night puts that all in jeopardy.
Lauren’s watched Steven flit from one-night stand to one-night stand, seemingly not interested in something more. So when the long-ignored attraction between the two of them blows up in their faces, she does the only thing she can—she pretends she doesn’t want him. But all’s fair in love and war, and Steven’s not about to lose the only person in his life who matters…
Find your copy of SAY YOU'RE MINE: Amazon | B&N | iTunes | Kobo | Entangled | Goodreads

If you picked a mix of A's, B's, and/or C's you're someone who enjoys variety both in their lives and in their books. You're known for your great taste and your friends probably come to you for advice on which books to buy. When it comes to book boyfriends you know that one is never enough. We think you'll enjoy everything Diane has to offer so visit her Entangled Publishing page to find all of her great books!

About Diane Alberts:


Diane Alberts is a USA TODAY bestselling Contemporary Romance author with Entangled Publishing. Under the name Jen McLaughlin, she also writes New York Times, USA TODAY, andWall Street Journal bestselling books with Penguin Random House. She was mentioned inForbes alongside E. L. James as one of the breakout independent authors to dominate the bestselling lists. Diane is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.
Diane has always been a dreamer with a vivid imagination, but it wasn’t until 2011 that she put her pen where her brain was, and became a published author. Since receiving her first contract offer, she has yet to stop writing. Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, and four cats. Her goal is to write so many fantastic stories that even a non-romance reader will know her name.


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12.14.2015

Release Day: THE FIX UP by Tawna Fenske [Excerpt + Giveaway]


Uncovering this sexy geek’s charm is easy. Keeping her hands off of him is impossible.

While he may look like the love child of a movie starlet and an NFL linebacker, Ben Langley has the people skills of a half-drowned porcupine. Why socialize when there are chemistry labs and bad sci-fi flicks? If he has any hope of taking the helm as CEO of the family business, Ben needs an image makeover. Pronto.

Enter Holly Colvin, owner of First Impressions public relations and branding firm, and the woman who just saved Ben from the clutches of an over-attentive sales clerk. Holly’s rebranded hundreds of companies in her career, but she’s never rebranded a person. The guy clearly needs help, though, and she’s just the woman for the job.

With the clock ticking for them both, Holly and Ben face off over wardrobe malfunctions and business jargon that sounds a lot sexier than it should. But can Holly make Ben into the man he thinks he should be without losing the man she’s starting to love?

Excerpt:

“Uh, Holly?”

The sound of Ben’s voice from the dressing room stall jarred her from her incessant planning.

“Yes?”

“I’m having a bit of a problem here.”

“What sort of problem?” She stood up, ready to help. “What’s wrong?”

“There’s a thread or something caught in the zipper. I can’t get the pants off.”

She hesitated, resting a hand on the wall of the dressing room. “Do you want me to help?”

“You know, this really isn’t how I envisioned you offering to remove my pants.”

She felt the heat creeping into her cheeks again, torn between the embarrassment of the situation and the thrill of knowing he’d basically just admitted he’d thought about her taking off his pants.

It was a joke. Don’t get too excited.

“Should I go find Marcus?”

“Who’s Marcus?”

“The clerk. That’s what his nametag said, anyway.”

“I should pay more attention to stuff like that.”

“There’s your first lesson in public relations—always look for nametags.” She lowered her voice a little and glanced toward the door. “And based on the attention Marcus was paying to you, I get the sense he wouldn’t mind taking off your pants. What is it with you and sales clerks?”

Ben muttered something unintelligible that was probably some sort of engineering curse. “I’m about five seconds from whipping out my pocket knife and cutting the damn things off my body.”

“Don’t do that! They’re the only pair in your size and they don’t even need to be tailored.”

“I’ve been at this for ten minutes already.”

“Are you sure you’re sliding it the right way?”

“I have a doctorate in engineering,” he muttered. “I’m pretty sure I understand how a zipper works.”

She hesitated at the edge of the dressing room, biting her lip. “Do you want me to try?”

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About Tawna Fenske:
Tawna Fenske is a romantic comedy author who writes humorous fiction, risqué romance, and heartwarming love stories with a quirky twist. Her offbeat brand of romance has been praised by Booklist as “A tame Carl Hiaasen on cupid juice,” and RT Book Reviews nominated her debut novel for contemporary romance of the year. Tawna is a fourth generation Oregonian who can peel a banana with her toes and who loses an average of 20 pairs of eyeglasses per year. She lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband, step kids, and a menagerie of ill-behaved pets.

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