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-- Rhi


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

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

Or the year for that matter...

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

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

This weekend I'm reading: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


I ♥ Dragon Shifters! Do You?

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

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

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

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

Pick up your copy today:

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

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

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

Find them at your favorite retailer!

About the author: 

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

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

Connect with Jamie K. Schmidt

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Review: Dreamology by Lucy Keating

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

Author Site: website

Strange and enjoyable. (4 stars)

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

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

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


Weekend Reading [05/20 - 05/22] :: The Vacuum & the Back Burner

Welcome weekend! Do you ever hit Friday and start making weekend plans like spending all day in bed reading or catching up on a favorite TV show... only to realize your home looks like a toxic waste dumping site and your fridge is empty? That's me this evening. Blech!

I just really want to spend tomorrow lounging in my pajamas catching up on Game of Thrones and finishing a book I'm almost done with. But I'll probably be cleaning two bathrooms from ceiling to floors, attacking the horror that is my kitchen from end to end, and giving the new vacuum a very thorough workout on my carpets.

Speaking of which, if you're one of the folks who gave me a recommendation for the Dyson Animal back in March, thank you! It was a big monetary investment but it is fantastic, worth every cent! With 3 cats, 1 dog, and my daughter and I, we kinda have an excess amount of hair in our rugs.

What are you up to this weekend? Hopefully not having to clean all the things like I am.

When I'm not wondering what you're reading and lamenting the state of my sinks I'm reading GIRL AGAINST THE UNIVERSE by Paula Stokes. It was in this month's Uppercasebox and because it's a mental health related book I decided to back burner some other reading to make a little time for it. I just need it, the timing was perfect.

So it is (with my mental health in mind) time to log off of the computer and get ready to work out. I hope you have a splendid weekend! -- Rhi


Review: If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
Notes: Review copy received via Amazon Vine.
Young Adult, LGBTQ, Social Issues
Digital/Print/Audio (288 pages, FLATIRON BOOKS)
Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school. Like anyone else, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret, and she’s determined not to get too close to anyone.
But when she meets sweet, easygoing Grant, Amanda can’t help but start to let him into her life. As they spend more time together, she realizes just how much she is losing by guarding her heart. She finds herself yearning to share with Grant everything about herself, including her past. But Amanda’s terrified that once she tells him the truth, he won't be able to see past it.
Because the secret that Amanda’s been keeping? It's that at her old school, she used to be Andrew. Will the truth cost Amanda her new life, and her new love?
Meredith Russo's If I Was Your Girl is a universal story about feeling different―and a love story that everyone will root for.
Author Site: website

It's heartfelt, hopeful, and just a really good read. (5 stars)

As a cisgender adult I was really nervous that anything I could write in a review of IF I WAS YOUR GIRL would be the wrong thing. But when I read the blurb this book called to me deeply, I had to read it, and when I did, I desperately wanted to tell everyone I could how much of an emotional response I had to it.

In many ways this was one of the most painful novels I've ever read. As a parent, I could relate to both Amanda's mother and father. Their fears and foibles, but also, their deep love for their daughter. I don't want to spoil scenes but there was a moment with her mother that was absolutely devastating to read because I could both understand her mother's grief and also how it affected Amanda. I found Amanda's growth into her own womanhood, her relationship with Grant, and how her transition had changed her privilege from that of a male very engrossing.

As I read I found myself wondering at times how much of Amanda's story fudged on the details a bit for the sake of story and Russo has a wonderful note at the end that I felt explained her choices well and made me feel better about my own reactions to this novel. Because, put simply, I loved this book deeply. So often we see trans characters used for humor, shown as freaks, and facing the horrific side of the world. While there are certainly moments of darkness that I believe are probably accurate for many, IIWYG is a much more positive and ultimately hopeful story. And though I certainly think stories that reflect the sad truths of what trans teens face are important too, having one where readers can see a trans teen overcome and find acceptance, love, and hope, is equally important.

IIWYG was an emotional tug-of-war from beginning to end. Amanda is a character I will never, ever forget and her story is one I want to share with everyone who has ever struggled with suicidal thoughts and finding acceptance. It's heartfelt, hopeful, and just a really good read.


Review: The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude

The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude
Notes: ARC received via Amazon Vine.
Young Adult, Suspense, Horror
Digital/Print (304 pages, HARPERTEEN)
Stay on the roads. Don’t enter the woods. Never go out at night.
Those are the rules in Rowan’s Glen, a remote farming community in the Missouri Ozarks where Ivy Templeton’s family has lived for centuries. It’s an old-fashioned way of life, full of superstition and traditions, and sixteen-year-old Ivy loves it. The other kids at school may think the Glen kids are weird, but Ivy doesn’t care—she has her cousin Heather as her best friend. The two girls share everything with each other—or so Ivy thinks. When Heather goes missing after a May Day celebration, Ivy discovers that both her best friend and her beloved hometown are as full of secrets as the woods that surround them. 

Author Site: website 

Dark and unrelenting, I loved it! (5 stars)

I had begun to think I was in a reading slump as the past few young adult novels I'd read hadn't lived up to the expectations I had set for them. It was with much trepidation that I snatched up The May Queen Murders hoping to savor something grisly, dark, and utterly twisted. To my great pleasure I can report that it's all of that and so much more.

TMQM very much reminded me of the film, The Village, at first. There is certainly a backwards feel to Rowan's Glen and there are other elements quite similar but it's certainly no knock-off. The folks of the Glen have a lot of superstitions and live an odd blend of old-fashioned and modern that is a little disjointed. It left me with some world building issues (where do they get the undyed cloth the one family dyes, for example) that took a lot of suspension of disbelief. Once I could get past a bit of that it was very much a page-turner that managed to surprise me multiple times. And I am notoriously hard to surprise in film and fiction.

It was weird and a bit gothic, quite mature in the sexual arena, and intensely violent. It's not quite horror but for enthusiasts who've enjoyed books like Servants of the Storm by Delilah S. Dawson or Black Ice by Becca Fitpatrick it's very much worth picking up. I loved this dark and unrelenting story!


Review: The Leaving Season by Cat Jordan

The Leaving Season by Cat Jordan
Notes: Review copy received via Amazon Vine.
Young Adult, Romance, Social Issues
Digital/Print (352 pages, HARPERTEEN)
Middie Daniels calls it the leaving season: the time of year when everyone graduates high school, packs up their brand-new suitcases, and leaves home for the first time.
This year Middie's boyfriend, Nate, is the one leaving, heading to Central America for a year of volunteering after graduation. And once he returns, it'll be time for Middie to leave, too. With him. But when tragedy strikes, Middie's whole world is set spinning. No one seems to understand just how lost she is . . . except for Nate's slacker best friend, Lee. Middie and Lee have never gotten along. But with the ground ripped out from under her, Middie is finding that up is down—and that Lee Ryan might be just what she needs to find her footing once more.
Cat Jordan's heartbreaking story proves that no matter the season, no matter the obstacles, love can help you find yourself in the most unexpected of places.

Author Site: website

Ruined by the twist! (2 stars)

This is a difficult book to review without spoilers so it's gonna be a little short. I don't recall where I heard about this book but the premise seemed promising. Two people recovering from the loss of someone they cared deeply about falling in love. The blurb hides the twist that really is obvious if you've seen any movie where someone is presumed dead and that ultimately killed this book for me. After the twist the whole thing just felt tedious and uncomfortable, which unfortunately was almost a third of the book.

If you liked the films Brothers or Pearl Harbor maybe you'll enjoy it more than I did.


Weekend Reading [05/06 - 05/08] :: FREE Books & Good READS

Did you have a fantastic week dear readers?

The past two weeks have actually been THE WORST. Sad/bad things just keep piling on and it's hard, everything feels so challenging right now, even easy things like getting dressed. But I'm trying to look at each thing as temporary and see the possibility for good things to sprout from a few of these bad things.

In spite of all the unhappy I found a couple of cool things to share this week:
FREE audiobooks! The 2016 SYNC free summer audio program began on Thursday. Each week teens can get a classic book and a new book on audio for free. I followed it last year and I think it's a great program that I'm happy to promote here at RhiReading for as long as they do it.
Got a kid who is a voracious reader? I found a site/app called Epic! that I'm doing the free trial on. For $4.99 a month kids can read an unlimited number of books and the selection is insanely good. Marvel, Berenstain Bears, Highlights, Disney, Caillou, fiction and non-fiction, classics and brand new stuff! So far it's perfect for my 6-year-old who is a voracious reader and likes variety. She's the kid who circles everything in the book order. lol totally my kid there.
Speaking of the book order, did you know Scholastic has their own summer reading program your child can sign up for online? I discovered it last weekend and can't wait to take part with the youngin'. I wish there was an adult equivalent of summer reading.
Tonight I'm trying to finish The Leaving Season by Cat Jordan. I can't decide if I like it or not. It sounded like I'd enjoy it so I'm trying to give it a chance but I'm finding it hard to keep picking up.

I'm also giving The Reaper's Kiss a read finally! I wanted to read it when it came out but I was overloaded with other review reading and had to skip it. It reminds me a little bit of Darynda Jones so if you're having Charley Davidson withdrawals I think this series is one to pick up. I'm publicizing the second book in the series, it releases June 27th, so be sure and get your preorder on when it goes up for sale.

Oh, and don't forget to snag a copy of Beg Me to Slay by Lisa Kessler this weekend! It's only 99¢ until Sunday and it has a stunning new cover. 

Last, but not least, if you dig dragon shifters and have a blog I would love to add you to the blog tour for The Queen's Dance by Jamie K. Schmidt. I was already a fan of this series before going to work for Entangled and then I got to meet Jamie at RT and she's fantastic, I wish I'd had more time to plan something like lunch with her. Haven't read the rest of the series yet? You don't need to, this is a stand alone book.

On that note I have got to get off of here. The hubs is on this annoying (okay... it's actually pretty great) kick of moving things and doing home improvement projects and today he moved 4 of my bookshelves but left all the books for me to put away. Time to go pet my precious books. Have a marvelous weekend and don't forget to leave a comment telling me what you're planning to read! -- Rhi


Review: The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
Notes: Review copy received through Amazon Vine.
Young Adult, Mythology, Fantasy, Romance
Digital/Print/Audio (353 pages, ST. MARTIN'S)
Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you're only seventeen?
Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father's kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran's queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar's wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire...
But Akaran has its own secrets -- thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most. . .including herself.
A lush and vivid story that is steeped in Indian folklore and mythology. The Star-touched Queen is a novel that no reader will soon forget.
Author Site: website

A mythological fantasy for those in need of something new! (4 stars)

I've been wanting to find a compelling mythological fantasy not based in the common Greek, Celtic, and Norse mythologies usually seen in YA. Enter The Star-Touched Queen.

While not unenjoyable I have to get the stuff that was problematic out of the way first. I found Chokshi's writing style a bit clunky. I'd get all sappy over some really overly syrupy romantic line only to have it bash me in the head with a really disjointed analogy a page or two later. Additionally, while the pace was never slow, it never felt like Maya was getting anywhere. It was like running in circles and in its own weird way that made it feel a bit slow. If slow moving plots and purple prose bug you just know going in they might make this just a little less awesome as many other reviewers hyped it up to be.

Those little quibbles aside this was an interesting and fresh tale that delivers adventure, romance, and plenty of fantastical elements. I found that the romance was more told than shown but in the friendship elements it made up for it. Also, if you're looking for diversity in the YA shelves this is definitely one to pick up!


Guest Post: J.A. George, Author of Gifted

Happy Tuesday my darling readers! Today I'm welcoming author J.A. George to the blog to tell us a bit about her novel, GIFTED. Please read today's post and show her some comment love! -- Rhi

Hello there!

Seeing as GIFTED is my first published novel, you’ve probably never heard of me, so I suppose this is the perfect opportunity to introduce myself. My name is J.A. George and I’m the author of GIFTED - The Hayven Series. If I were to summarise my novel in a nutshell, it would go along the lines of something like this:

There is no chosen one in this story.

She was just in the wrong place at the wrong time and happened to make a decision that altered her future forever. It happens to all of us every day.

Avery Gray is a size twelve university student with a penchant for dry humour, and she’s as normal as they come. One rainy afternoon, Avery had to make a choice: go through the alleyway or around it. Two possible options. One would have had her future continue on as planned, the other would ensure that her future never remained the same again. She unknowingly went with the latter.

Change can be good. It can bring new opportunities, new friends and a life you never thought possible. Change can be bad. It can bring you people determined to burn your city to the ground.

It all depends on the decisions you make.

Yup – that’s an acceptable nutshell.

I was kindly invited by Rhianna to write a guest post blog. I’ve done a few of these in my time and usually I end up discussing my novel, Gifted and the writing process that led to the eventual published book. However, Rhianna came up with the rather wonderful idea of me writing a blog post about a time when I had two choices and how things may have turned out if I had chosen the one I didn’t. Ring a bell? If it does, that’s because it’s perfectly tied to the overall concept of Gifted.

And it just so happens, I have an example of this happening and that was when I writing this novel.

The Gifted that is now published is my second edition and it is a complete re-work of my first edition. Normally second editions contain a few scenes changed, taken out or replaced, but I can honestly say that edition two of Gifted has about 15% of edition one still in it. Not only have scenes been changed, but they’ve been taken out, scenes have been added, the plot-line has changed and so have the characters – for the better. However, that is my opinion.

When I was writing edition one, I was trying to please every reader out there, an impossible task, I know, but I didn’t realise how impossible a task it was until over 16 months later. I could have stuck with that edition, maybe it would have done really well, maybe it would have done better than the edition I’ve published now. I’ll never know because I made a choice to write for myself instead of what I assumed others would want and this decision resulted in edition two of Gifted.

I sat down at my desk one evening and thought about what I wanted to read. I wanted to read a contemporary, young adult fantasy novel that didn’t feature instant- love (edition one did), that didn’t feature a ‘chosen-one’, (edition one again) and that didn’t include a young woman growing up in a dystopian world, but rather focused on her journey to stopping a world she loved into becoming one. I also wanted a normal character. Not one who was passive but also not one who knew the world was ending and took it all on the chin and decided to save it all under three minutes. I wanted something realer than that – I wanted truth, doubt and possibility to be themes in my novel whilst it still being a fun read. Hard to imagine after all I’ve just said, I know, but Gifted isn’t a dark novel. It focuses on friendships, real-life young adult relationships, hard-to-pinpoint emotions and the prospect of changing who you are for the better and having people to lean on whilst you do so. I also try to take a look at modern-day issues, such as, weight, body-image, and cheating.

My novel is a jumble of genres and things. It’s a contemporary young adult fantasy with adventure, a little mystery, a little comedy, and fine, add romance if you want, but I warn you, it’s not much and it’s not in your face either.

Gifted edition one is a novel I probably wouldn’t have picked up in a bookstore had I seen it. Edition two I’d pick up and read over and over again. I like it and I sincerely hope you do too – if you give it a chance!

J.A. George

Connect with J.A. George

Twitter | Blog

Download a sample of GIFTED from amazon here:

Amazon UK or Amazon US


I've got your new binge-fests right here!

I know how much you love a good binge! Forget those TV shows that have left you hanging for months and grab the latest releases from Brazen. These final titles complete each series which means you get commercial free binges that'll keep you entertained all month long.

Seducing the Fireman
by Jennifer Bonds

Firefighter Jackson Hart is back in Brooklyn and on the hunt for the girl who’s kept him burning for ten long years. The girl he left, in a total prick move, without saying goodbye. Now he’s determined to make it right, to hell with her three-date rule.

But Becca’s not ready to forgive and forget. In fact, she seems determined to stoke his fire every chance she gets. She wants to avoid sexy distractions like him? Fine. Because what she doesn’t know—yet—is that Jax isn’t the kind of man to give up when he wants something. And he always gets what he wants.

Start the series with Once Upon a Power Play
About Jennifer Bonds: Jennifer Bonds writes sizzling contemporary romance with sassy heroines, sexy alphas, and a whole lot of mischief. When she's not writing or wrangling toddlers, Jennifer can be found curled up with a good book and a bottle of wine. Jennifer lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where her overactive imagination and a weakness for reality TV keep life interesting. She's lucky enough to live with her very own real life hero, two adorable children, and a pair of rambunctious dogs. Loves Buffy, Mexican food, the Winchester brothers, and all things zombie. Sings off-key.

Connect with Jennifer Bonds

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Leveling the Field
by Megan Erickson

Reclusive magazine exec Ethan Talley is furious when his business partner hires a photographer—a gorgeous photographer who insists on speaking her mind, damn it—to take pictures for an upcoming article. No matter how badly he wants the woman…under him, over him, against the nearest wall…he has reasons for not wanting to be on camera anymore, and his scars are only one of them.

It takes approximately two seconds for Lissa Kingsman to recognize Ethan as the popular YouTube gamer who fell off the planet years ago. But this Ethan is different than the charming man she used to watch, and the crush she had on him then is nothing compared to the way she’s lusting after the brooding man he is today. If sex is all he can give her, fine. Why not use that bearskin rug in her studio for something other than a prop? But she’s determined to put a chink in his armor, no matter how much he resists.

Start the series with Changing His Game

About Megan Erickson: My first stories written in crayon-scrawl on loose-leaf notebook paper were about my childhood pet - a deaf cat with dandruff. And after covering real-life dramas as a journalist, I decided I liked writing my own endings better and switched to fiction. My romance novels full of humor and heart are a far cry from those early scribblings about my hygiene-deficient pet.
I live in southern Pennsylvania, with my husband, two kids and two cats. I like a good pint of beer, a greasy bacon cheeseburger, homemade mac and cheese, and a great book with a happily ever after. When I'm not tapping away on my laptop, I'm probably listening to the characters in my head who just. Won't. Shut. Up.

Connect with Megan Erickson

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To Seduce a SEAL
by Sara Jane Stone

U.S. Navy SEAL Dante Raske is all about guarding his heart and serving his country, but now that he’s busted his knee on a mission, he needs something to keep his mind busy. Playing bodyguard for a sexy little country starlet until he’s cleared for duty? Just what the doctor ordered.

Chrissie Tate refuses to be a one-hit wonder. If she’s going to take care of her family, she can’t let herself get distracted—especially not by the hot as hell Navy SEAL hired to be her bodyguard. But when a crazed fan attacks, she changes her tune. She’ll keep Dante around…if he agrees to teach her self-defense.

Except their close-contact lessons quickly become steamy bedroom sessions. And it’s up to this Navy SEAL to save Chrissie’s career—and his heart—before their explosive passion consumes them both…

Start the series with To Tempt a SEAL

About Sara Jane Stone: After several years on the other side of the publishing industry, Sara Jane Stone bid goodbye to her sales career to pursue her dream - writing romance novels. Armed with a firm belief that dreams do come true, Sara Jane sat down at her keyboard to write fun, sexy stories like the ones she loved to read.
Sara Jane currently resides in Brooklyn, New York with her very supportive real-life hero, two lively young children, and a lazy Burmese cat.

Spotlight: Love, Lattes and Angel - The Siren's Dance - Sweet Last Drop

Inside the Book:

Title: Love, Lattes and Angel

Author: Sandra Cox

Release Date: April 12, 2016

Publisher: Lyrical Shine

Genre: Young Adult

Format: Ebook

Some teens go to the Caribbean on spring break. Piper goes to save the world.

Piper Dunn isn’t who you would call a normal teenager. For one thing, she doesn’t want anyone to know she was born with a blowhole. Even stranger, she has two love interests. Joel, a fellow dolphin-human hybrid, and Tyler, a human. It’s hard to choose when a mad scientist is hot on Piper’s trail.

Worse, she’s trapped in the Bermuda Triangle. And . . . wait for it . . . Angel, her test-tube daughter, is apparently a real-deal reincarnation. It all adds up to an impossible situation, with happy endings all but lost at sea. Unless, of course, a voodoo high priestess casts a spell or two . . .

Meet the Author:

Multi-published author Sandra Cox writes YA Fantasy, Paranormal and Historical Romance, and Metaphysical Nonfiction. She lives in sunny North Carolina with her husband, a brood of critters, and an occasional foster cat. Although shopping is high on the list, her greatest pleasure is sitting on her screened-in porch, listening to the birds, sipping coffee and enjoying a good book. She’s a vegetarian and a Muay Thai enthusiast. Readers can find Sandra at sandracox.blogspot.com, on Facebook, or at twitter.com@Sandra_Cox.

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Inside the Book:

Title: The Siren's Dance

Author: Amber Belldene

Release Date: April 26, 2016

Publisher: Lyrical Press

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Format: Ebook

The performance of their lives is about to begin…

Death has transformed former ballerina Anya Truss into a vila--an alluring wind nymph--but her need for revenge has kept her trapped on the riverbank where she was drowned. Now, after fifty years of waiting, she finally has a chance to break free by getting even with her cruel dance instructor, the man who betrayed her and broke her heart. But for her plan to work, she must place her trust in a handsome but unlikely ally.

Straight-laced police investigator Sergey Yuchenko has spent years searching for the father he never knew, and he finally has a solid lead. Problem is, that lead comes in the form of a ghost--a gorgeous but stubborn vila with destructive powers she can't control. Anya's graceful beauty awakens a desire in Sergey like he's never felt before. But when past secrets are brought to light, the lovers will have to face an evil that could tear them apart forever.

Meet the Author:

I grew up on the Florida panhandle, swimming with alligators, climbing oak trees and diving for scallops…when I could pull myself away from a book. As a child, I hid my Nancy Drew novels inside the church bulletin and read mysteries during sermons—an irony that is not lost on me when I preach these days.

I’m an Episcopal Priest and student of the worlds’ religions. I believe stories are the best way to explore human truths, and I’m passionate about the deep ties between spirituality and sexuality. Some people think it’s strange for a minister to write romance, but it is perfectly natural to me, because the human desire for love is at the heart of every romance novel and God made people with that desire.

I write paranormal, historical and contemporary romance and live with my husband and two children in San Francisco. My literary agent is the fabulous Becca Stumpf of the Prospect Agency.

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Inside the Book:

Title: Sweet Last Drop

Author: Melody Johnson

Release Date: April 26, 2016

Publisher: Lyrical Press

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Format: Ebook

Trust No One

Cassidy DiRocco knows the dark side intimately—as a crime reporter in New York City, she sees it every day. But since she discovered that she’s a night blood, her power and potential has led the dark right to her doorway. With her brother missing and no one remembering he exists, she makes a deal with Dominic Lysander, the fascinating master vampire of New York, to find him.

Dominic needs the help of Bex, another master vampire, to keep peace in the city, so he sends Cassidy to a remote, woodsy town upstate to convince her—assuming she survives long enough. A series of vicious “animal attacks” after dark tells Cassidy there’s more to Bex and her coven than anyone’s saying. That goes double for fellow night blood Ian Walker, the tall, blond animal tracker who’s supposed to be her ally. Walker may be hot-blooded and hard-bodied, but he’s hiding something too. If Cassidy wants the truth, she’ll have to squeeze it out herself… every last drop.

Meet the Author:

Melody Johnson is the author of the gritty, urban fantasy Night Blood series set in New York City. The first installment, The City Beneath, was a finalist in several Romance Writers of America contests, including the “Cleveland Rocks” and “Fool For Love” contests. Melody graduated magna cum laude from Lycoming College with her B.A. in creative writing and psychology. While still earning her degree, she worked as an editing intern for Wahida Clark Presents Publishing. She was a copyeditor for several novels, including Cheetah by Missy Jackson; Trust No Man II by Cash; and Karma with a Vengeance by Tash Hawthorne. When she isn’t working or writing, Melody can be found hiking the many woodsy trails in her Pennsylvania hometown or sunning and swimming at the beach.

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Tour Schedule

Monday, April 25 - Books featured at Harmonious Publicity

Tuesday, April 26 - Books featured at Kristy Centeno

Wednesday, April 27 - Books featured at Room With Books

Thursday, April 28 - Books featured at Quest For More

Friday, April 29 - Books featured at 3 Partners in Shopping


Monday, May 2 - Books featured at Rhi Reading

Tuesday, May 3 - Books featured at E-Romance News

Wednesday, May 4 - Love, Lattes and Angel and The Siren's Dance reviewed at Recipe Fairy

Thursday, May 5 - Love, Lattes and Angel featured at I Smell Sheep

Friday, May 6 - Books featured at Voodoo Princess


Monday, May 9 - Books featured at A Title Wave

Tuesday, May 10 - Books featured at The Review From Here

Wednesday, May 11 - Books featured at The Noise Beneath the Apple

Thursday, May 12 - Love, Lattes and Angel and The Siren's Dance reviewed at Us Girls and a Book

Friday, May 13 - Books featured at The Bookworm Lodge

Love, Lattes and Angel and The Siren's Dance reviewed at Live Love Books Blog

Siren's Dance reviewed at Pink Fluffy Hearts



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