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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


1.31.2016

Preorder the Sutherlands from some of MY favorite authors!


Pre-Order The Sutherlands For Only 99¢ & Help The Reach Out & Read Charity

Looking for a way to do good and read hot? Check out The Sutherlands, a sexy contemporary romance anthology that tells the story of one family with 11 brand-new, full-length novels and novellas for only 99¢. Twenty percent of the royalties earned from each sale will go to the Reach Out & Read charity, which incorporates early childhood reading into well child doctors’ visits.

Inside The Sutherlands you’ll find:

Shadow Ranch by USA Today best selling author Robin Covington - Passion and secrets thrive in the dark…
Wrecked by Wall Street Journal best selling author Terri Osburn - Revenge is always personal…
Bound To Do Damage by Avril Ashton - When protecting you heart is no longer an option…protect your neck.
Foolish Expectations by Alison Bliss - Forever is the last thing they expected…
Under the Evening Star by Shyla Colt - They must choose between the past that hunts and a love that can heal…
Brazen by Avery Flynn - This bad boy boxer just met his match…
Screwed by Kelly Jamieson - The only time losing is more fun than winning is when you’re fighting temptation…
Stripped by Abby Niles - She’s going to strip him bare…
Not the Marrying Kind by Julie Particka - Faking it never felt so good…
Lust and Loathing by Joya Ryan - Sometimes loathing your boss turns into the best kind of lust…
Sweet Surrender by Naima Simone - The price of surrender is passion…

Twenty percent of the royalties earned from each copy of The Sutherlands sold will go to help Reach Out and Read, a non-profit organization that gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.

This year, over one million children in the U.S. will enter kindergarten without the language skills they need to learn and succeed. As these children progress through school, they are more likely to fall behind, and stay behind. When families read aloud to their young children, they can give them a better start to life. With unparalleled access to families with young children, Reach Out and Read medical providers give books to children at more than 10 well-child visits from infancy until they start school. More importantly, they encourage families to read aloud and engage with their infants, toddlers and preschoolers every day.

Reach Out and Read currently serves 4.5 million children across the U.S., half of whom are from low-income families. Children like Ruby, a seven-year-old girl who faced significant challenges in her early childhood. Fortunately, Ruby’s pediatrician is a Reach Out and Read doctor, who has encouraged her mom to read aloud to her every day, and given her books of her own to keep. He says, With Ruby’s background, I would have expected her to struggle at school, but at her last checkup, her mother told me that she is in advanced reading and attributed her success to the Reach Out and Read program.”

Research shows that Ruby is not alone – our program results in more frequent reading at home, accelerated vocabulary and critical brain stimulation. And because over 21,000 medical providers voluntarily integrate Reach Out and Read into pediatric checkups, it costs only $100 to support a child for the full 5-year Reach Out and Read program.

Pre-order your copy today:


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1.27.2016

Review: Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke 
Notes: ARC received via Amazon Vine.
Release Date: March 22nd, 2016
Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy
Digital/Print/Audio (256 pages, DIAL BOOKS)
Every story needs a hero.
Every story needs a villain.
Every story needs a secret.
Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.
What really happened?
Someone knows.
Someone is lying.

Author Site: website

The author's style and voice did not work for me. (2 stars)

I must confess that it was the cover that truly lured me into this read. The blurb sounded potentially enjoyable with hints at secrets and lies. Unfortunately, it fell extremely short of being enjoyable.

What struck me first is that in spite of other readers mentioning this being an "unreliable narrator" book I found it so pretentious and predictable that I could see through each voice adding to the story. Worse, it was almost like reading the same character in all three. They all had this really, really, really annoying habit of repeating the same word in their narration over and over. And over, over, over. At first it was annoying but by the last hundred pages I wanted to toss, toss, toss, the book in the fireplace just to make it stop, stop, stop. I'm not a fan of ripping apart an author's writing style or voice if it doesn't work for me so I'll just say that the only reason I forced myself to finish this painful read was because I kept waiting for the twist. A twist which never came.

The one thing I really did like and find enjoyable was something I didn't put my finger on until I finished. Unlike many seemingly contemporary YA novels, there was a timeless quality to this. It could pretty well have been set any time in the last 50 years and worked.

While I wound up not enjoying this book thanks to it's pretentiousness, the feeling that it was just trying way too hard to be edgy and cool, and the plodding pace, chances are if you're a millenial you'll find it more to your taste. It somewhat reminded me of Heather Brewer's The Cemetery Boys, which I also did not particularly love so if you enjoyed that you should give this a try.

1.22.2016

Weekend Reading [1/22-1/24] :: New Hero Crush & When do you DNF?


Heeeey dear readers! I'm rolling in here kinda late today. While the East coast is getting hammered with snow we got a lively chinook today and the weather got so mild and the sun was shining after work I just didn't feel like sitting here for even another fifteen minutes to write a post. It was a really good work day too. The team I work with gets along so well and it feels great when you go to work—even if you digi-commute like we do—and the people you're collaborating with make it a pleasure to be there. I've always worked with mostly women but this is the first crew where it didn't feel like a cat fight was going to happen any minute. lol If any of you gals are reading this, thanks for being a team I feel truly part of!

I've been reading Samanthe Beck's Emergency Engagement for work (such a chore that is HAHA!). Be jelly ladies and go preorder. It's all I can do not to quote a line right now. Seeeexy, sexy hero. I have a total crush on Beau. If you don't need dry undies after you read it you need to share with me what does 'cause this one is smokin'. ;)

My just-for-fun read is Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke but not gonna lie... at 24 pages I was already considering DNF'ing it. I'm about 50 in now and it's okay, the pace has picked up a little. I think the trouble I'm having is that it feels like it's trying way too hard. It reminds me of The Cemetery Boys a bit. Mean girl characters can be hit and miss with me too and there's one here. Also, everyone seems to have the kind of names that make you wanna roll your eyes. Guess we'll see if I can stick it out to the end.

Since we're on the subject how do you decide when a book just isn't worth finishing? I used to refuse to quit a book permanently. I might break from it for a while but I'd always finish. Blogging changed my mind about that a bit. Sometimes you just have to realize you're wasting precious reading time on something you're not going to connect with when you could be reading something you will.

I suppose I should head back to the reading. But do please tell me what you're reading this weekend in the comments! -- Rhi

Review: Staked by Kevin Hearne

Staked (The Iron Druid Chronicles #8) by Kevin Hearne
Notes: ARC received via Amazon Vine.
Urban Fantasy, Mythology, Werewolves, Vampires
Digital/Print/Audio (336 pages, RANDOM HOUSE)
When a Druid has lived for two thousand years like Atticus, he’s bound to run afoul of a few vampires. Make that legions of them. Even his former friend and legal counsel turned out to be a bloodsucking backstabber. Now the toothy troublemakers—led by power-mad pain-in-the-neck Theophilus—have become a huge problem requiring a solution. It’s time to make a stand.
As always, Atticus wouldn’t mind a little backup. But his allies have problems of their own. Ornery archdruid Owen Kennedy is having a wee bit of troll trouble: Turns out when you stiff a troll, it’s not water under the bridge. Meanwhile, Granuaile is desperate to free herself of the Norse god Loki’s mark and elude his powers of divination—a quest that will bring her face-to-face with several Slavic nightmares.
As Atticus globetrots to stop his nemesis Theophilus, the journey leads to Rome. What better place to end an immortal than the Eternal City? But poetic justice won’t come without a price: In order to defeat Theophilus, Atticus may have to lose an old friend.
Author Site: website

I need book 9. NOW. (5 stars)

Wait, whut? This is only 300-some pages long? Well it sure as heck felt like 800. In a good way! There's a lot of storyline packed into Staked between our three protagonists and the stakes (no pun intended) get quite high.

I've been quietly watching Hearne's career from before Hounded released and it's been really great to see his writing get stronger with each book. I probably recommend this series offline more than any other for sheer broad appeal but something about Staked just felt stronger, more tightly written. Like he's really hitting his stride as a story teller. I finally feel like I'm connecting with Granuaile as a character too which I think had a lot to do with her plot this time around. Owen continues to amuse but his characterization felt richer, more reachable and mature in a way that made me feel sappy. On the same hand I don't think I'll be the only reader who finds themselves feeling torn when certain happenings happen and make things complicated for former student and teacher. Prepare for complicated feels y'all.

Look, if you've loved the series so far and you want to skip a night of sleep you're gonna love this. It's never slow, there's a ton of story, loads of butt kickery, and plenty of good humor thrown in. I think it's Hearne at his finest and I can hardly stand the thought that we're going to be waiting months for book 9. Put on the coffee readers, you're going to be napping at your desk tomorrow.

1.19.2016

Blog Tour: MONTANA WILD by Roni Hall [Excerpt + Giveaway]


Out Now is MONTANA WILD by Roni Hall…Born and Bred in NYC, Fate Leads Jamie to the Wilds of Montana Where the Reluctant City Girl Comes Alive. Empowered, She Risks It All To Save A Life, Befriend A Wild Stallion and Fall In Love…Only To Have It All Taken Away By Past Demons…Check Out MONTANA WILD by Roni Hall!


About MONTANA WILD

Spiraling downward after losing two loved ones within one week, Jamie’s world was closing in…until she grabs an unexpected lifeline and escapes. Knowing only New York City, Montana is another world and she is unprepared by how the land, the people and even the animals touch her.

After risking her life to save a child, Jamie shares an undeniable bond and the beginning ripples of deep emotions with her co-rescuer, Kevin. However, her past follows her to Montana and threatens all that she loves there.

Jamie has no choice but to hurt Kevin in order to save his life and returns to New York with her ex, Derrick. Broken, Kevin refuses to believe she doesn’t love him and searches for Jamie, only to find her in Derrick’s lair. Once again Jamie tries to protect Kevin but this time gets caught in the cross fire…

On Sale in Digital:
January 20, 2016

EXCERPT:
Jamie had amazed herself at her reaction when she saw Kevin. It was like she was watching herself on a TV screen with no controls. I must be drunk on this fresh air. Pleasantly surprised at Kevin’s rugged good looks, she tried to deny the raw sensual tremors he set off and helped him unpack the truck. He was tall and muscular with sand-colored hair, deep blue, kind eyes, and a small cleft in his chin. Don’t even think about it. The last thing I need is to get involved again.

“We need to pick a spot and set up our tents,” he informed her as they trekked toward camp. Many of the choice areas were already taken so Kevin continued to search for patches of level ground for the tents. Common areas with picnic tables, fire pits, and tents were scattered everywhere. They hiked a little farther, toward the outskirts of the tent city.

He put the gear down and explained how he needed to closely scrutinize the ground for rocks, large sticks, and other natural decorations that could cause the body sore spots by morning.

“The tents aren’t big so they don’t need much ground area. This looks good.”

As he pulled one tent out of its pack sack, Jamie instinctively began to help, but her inexperience was obvious.

“I don’t know what to do, but I’m teachable.”

Kevin laughed. “Here, let me show you. It’s pretty simple. Even a city girl can do it.”

“Who? Me? What makes you think I’m a city girl?” Wide-eyed, she pointed to herself.

“Maybe the fact that you’ve lived in New York City all your life?”

“You’ve got a point there. But like I said, I’m teachable.” They bantered back and forth as they erected the first tent. “Okay.” Kevin stood back and admired their success.

“One down. This’ll be yours. Now I’ve got to find a spot for mine.” Eyes focused, surveying the ground, he walked away from her tent.

“Where are you going? Where’s your tent going to be?” The concern was obvious in her voice and he turned to look at her.

“I don’t know. What’s wrong?” His eyes searched hers.

“Like you said, I’m a city girl and I’m not used to sleeping out in the woods. How far away are you going to be?”

He laughed. “With all these tents, you don’t have to worry about animals if that’s your concern.” His face softened as he asked, “Would it make you feel better if I stayed close by?”

Relief flooded through her. “Yes.”

And with that, Kevin chuckled and pitched his tent nearby. They made a return trip to the truck for the remainder of the gear. As they unloaded their bags at the tents, Ben and Tommy came walking up.

“Hey, dinner’s ready. You guys going to eat?” Ben asked.

Add MONTANA WILD to your TBR pile on Goodreads!


About Roni Hall:

The summer after high school graduation, Roni worked two jobs to pay for nursing school. During the midnight shift as a waitress, a charismatic young man at the counter flirted with her for hours as he consumed seven cups of coffee. Their first date was eventful enough to be a book itself! Thirty-seven years and two kids later, the love story continues. Just like her novels, life can’t be too simple and you must make it an adventurous ride!

Her favorite place to write is in her hammock at their small Michigan cottage where she literally dodges the feeding hummingbirds while being serenaded by the lake’s loons. Besides writing, she loves Slow Rollin’ in Detroit and the combination of good food, better wine, and dear friends.

You can also visit her online at the following places: 

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1.18.2016

Let your FOMO guide you... to kickass romance reads!


Love romances that kick ass? We have two new, totally action-packed romances that just came out from Select Otherworld that we think you will love. 

Waking Up Alive by Emma Shortt is the stand alone companion novel to the post-zombie-apocalypse romance, Waking Up Dead. If you dig The Walking Dead but think it could use more sexy times then this book is for you. 

Nico Rosso's novella, Ironheart, originally released as part of the Holding Out for a Hero anthology and it's finally releasing alone with this gorgeous new cover! This superhero romance is the smokin' hot cousin of your fave summer blockbusters.


Waking Up Alive by Emma Shortt

They’re running for their lives…
After surviving the zombie apocalypse for two years, Tye LeBow never expected to be saved from a hungry gang of zombies by a geek with a bad attitude and a penchant for explosives. Tye can’t quite work out why scientist Polly Parker saved him. She doesn’t want his protection, and she certainly doesn’t want his company. But Tye has no intention of leaving the beguiling geek behind.
Polly doesn’t want to leave her home, but when the wakers begin to show signs of a burgeoning intelligence, heading south is the only option. With a car packed full of homemade explosives, and Tye’s very large axe, they are ready for the road trip of their lives.
Bombs and blades aren’t the only keys to survival–they’ll need to rely on each other, in a way that neither could have imagined…

Find it: Amazon | B&N | iTunes | Kobo | Entangled | Goodreads

About Emma Shortt: 

Emma scribbles stories in all sorts of genres, contemporary, paranormal, post-apocalyptic, historical, sci-fi...if she hasn't tried it yet she will before long. The only common theme is the romance. A hopeless romantic everything Emma writes has a love story in there somewhere.

She lives on the west coast of England with her very Greek husband and teenage kiddos. Apart from all things geek reading is her main hobby and she likes nothing better than getting home from a hard day at work and curling up with a book, though sometimes she gets home and writes one instead.

Connect with Emma Shortt


Ironheart by Nico Rosso

Superhero Vince “The Anvil” can take on knives, bullets, and bombs, but he’s not invincible. It was a hard hit when Kara, AKA “Snapdragon,” flew off after their explosive affair. And he’s especially vulnerable when she returns, looking for his help.

Kara is new to the superhero game, and villain TechHead is too much for her and her teammates to handle. He’s determined to use their combined power to fuel his ultimate weapon. Her only chance to take him on is with Vince’s brutal skill. But bringing Vince into the fight leaves her exposed to the white hot passion that had scared her away in the first place.

When TechHead captures Kara, Vince will stop at nothing to rescue her–even if it means sacrificing his heart.

Find it: Amazon | B&N | iTunes | Kobo | Goodreads

About Nico Rosso: 

Nico Rosso was a writer in search of a genre until his wife, Zoë Archer (AKA Eva Leigh) brought romance into his life in more ways than one. He’s created sci-fi and post-apocalyptic romance worlds, as well as working with his wife on the steampunk Ether Chronicles series. His paranormal Demon Rock series brought you satyr rock stars and the Muses who feed them. With the romantic suspense Black Ops: Automatik series, he takes you into the deep dark world of secret operations designed to protect the innocent.

When he isn’t writing, Nico works in the shop creating furniture and hammering on other projects for the house he shares with Zoë and their two cats in the central coast area of California.

Connect with Nico Rosso

1.15.2016

Weekend Reading [01/15 - 01/17] :: The Goblin King & Some Other Things...



I think I'm paraphrasing here but yesterday I saw a tweet in which someone said that we don't mourn artists because we knew them but because they helped us know ourselves. It was such a profound thing and very much put into words something I feel each time an actor or other celebrity that I felt a connection of some sort with. I think we're all in mourning this week over the passing of two marvelously different talents that we've felt a connection to.

Strangely enough it was a week ago that my husband was driving me to therapy and the radio was on and it came up that it was David Bowie's birthday and I saw remarking how much I had been wanting to find time to sit down and watch Labyrinth again. It was one of my favorite films from my childhood and while I certainly connected with Sarah, it was always the enigmatic Goblin King whom I admired. Unlike most of my peers I didn't want to be with him, I wanted to BE him. He was otherworldly and a little frightening, majestic and beautiful. I wanted to be those things too. Of course, I love this music and his brilliance as a chameleonic pop star. He was amazing as Nikola Tesla in The Prestige. *sigh* I am much saddened that he has left this world but also heartened that he left it far better for his having been part of it.

But enough melancholy, let's talk about what we're reading! 

What luscious tome is holding you captive this weekend? The reading I'm nibbling on is an upcoming Samanthe Beck title that I can't link to or share a cover for as it isn't up for preorder until next week. No spoilers for you my lovelies. So far it's quite a fun first taste of Sam's work—I know, I know, how did I not read her before now, I suck—if you love Brazen books I think you guys will LOVE it. It's funny and sexy and the set-up is really clever.

Speaking of clever! If you haven't grabbed a copy of Waking Up Dead by Emma Shortt yet... DO IT! Long before I started working for the publisher I was a fan of this series. It's very The Walking Dead-like but with more romance and the companion novel releases on Monday. It will totally tide you over if you've been having Daryl and Rick withdrawals.


In not-for-work reads I'm trying to listen to A Prelude to War by Kevin Hearne from the story collection Three Slices so I can then read Staked. The hubs, however, hates the way Luke Daniels narrates Oberon's dialog so he can't stand it when I listen in the same room... and since I listen while I fold laundry on our bed... yeah, you can see where this is going. Darnit.

Also in the Three Slices collection is a story from Delilah S. Dawson whom I have a bit of a crush on, she's just too cool, and the books she writes are phenomenal. I'm keeping her book, written as Lila Bowen, in my purse so I can read when I wind up somewhere I don't want to be. It's so delicious I have to savor it in small pieces. If you haven't read anything of hers yet you are doing yourself a disservice, you simply must pick one and be delighted. Have I ever steered you wrong?

May your weekend bring you the three R's: rest, relaxation and lots of reading time! -- Rhi

1.14.2016

Blog Tour: BURN by Elissa Sussman [Review + Giveaway]



Burn by Elissa Sussman
Releasing January 19th, 2016
After helping to rescue Princess Aislynn, Elanor has finally rejoined the rebel camp she calls home. Stolen from her parents at a young age and forced into service by the Wicked Queen, Elanor now wants nothing more than to see the queen removed from power. But Elanor has secrets, mistakes she’s spent years trying to forget, and the closer the rebels get to the throne, the harder it is for Elanor to keep her past hidden away.

With fellow rebels on her side—including Princess Aislynn, Thackery, and the handsome and mysterious Matthias—it is time for Elanor to make a decision. Will she protect her secrets? Or risk everything to save the people she loves?

The thrilling companion to Elissa Sussman’s masterful and original fairy tale, Stray, that will appeal to readers of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and fans of Wicked, Into the Woods, and the Disney princess movies.




My review of BURN:

Another not-to-miss feminist fairytale. (5 stars)

After reading many a rave review of STRAY last year I asked my library to acquire an audiobook copy so I could listen to it during my spare time. It was so good that when I finished I immediately went online and purchased it in hardcover and wrote a review. Then, when BURN became available for preorder I made sure I had it locked down for release day delivery. Yeah, this series is that good.

I signed up for the blog tour expecting to get turned down so I was delighted to be included. As a feminist trying to raise a son and daughter to uphold the same values I found the social side of this series particularly stand-out. As a fan of fairytales it has wonderful elements of fantasy, adventure, and romance. It's also worthy of note that the world is peppered with POC and LGBT characters in a way that's organic and doesn't feel forced into it just to have them.

BURN was a little less enjoyable than STRAY but I felt like that was more the result of where the story takes place. Elanor is a character I very much liked but I felt like she beat herself up unreasonably for things she did as a child, things that did't really seem worthy of treating as secrets or bad things even. The plot itself was pretty predictable and at times the pacing was so plodding I was disappointed but ultimately, it's another fantastic read overall. 

Full of adventure and twists, excellent secondary characters supporting Elanor, and a great build-up for another book I would highly recommend it if you loved STRAY. If you're new to the series, this is listed as a companion novel but I feel like it's better read as a next-in-series. Feminists and fairytale fans you will not want to miss this! 

(Note: ARC received for review via publisher)


Stray by Elissa Sussman
I am grateful for my father, who keeps me good and sweet. I am grateful for my mother, who keeps her own heart guarded and safe. I am grateful for my adviser, who keeps me protected. I am grateful for the Path, which keeps me pure. Ever after.

Princess Aislynn has long dreamed about attending her Introduction Ball, about dancing with the handsome suitors her adviser has chosen for her, about meeting her true love and starting her happily ever after.

When the night of the ball finally arrives and Nerine Academy is awash with roses and royalty, Aislynn wants nothing more than to dance the night away, dutifully following the Path that has been laid out for her. She does not intend to stray.

But try as she might, Aislynn has never quite managed to control the magic that burns within her-magic brought on by wicked, terrible desires that threaten the Path she has vowed to take.

After all, it is wrong to want what you do not need. Isn’t it?


Read my 5 star review of STRAY.




About Elissa:
Elissa Sussman is a writer, a reader and a pumpkin pie eater.

She received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and in a previous life managed animators and organized spreadsheets at some of the best animation studios in the world, including Nickelodeon, Disney, Dreamworks and Sony Imageworks. You can see her name in the credits of THE CROODS, HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA, THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG and TANGLED.

She currently lives in Los Angeles with her boyfriend and their rescue mutt, Basil.


1 winner will receive a signed paperback of STRAY and buttons. US Only.

Week One:
1/11/2016Dazzled by BooksInterview
1/12/2016Seeing Double In NeverlandReview
1/13/2016The Eater of Books!Guest Post
1/14/2016RhiReadingReview
1/15/2016Two Chicks on BooksInterview

Week Two:
1/18/2016Stories & SweetiesReview
1/19/2016Fire and IceGuest Post
1/20/2016Owl Always Be ReadingReview
1/21/2016Dark Faerie TalesInterview
1/22/2016Night Owl Book CaféReview

1.13.2016

Release Blast: LOVE IN THE LIGHT by Laura Kaye [+ giveaway]

Love in the Light - RWB banner
 

We cannot tell you how excited we are to bring you the Release Week Blitz for LOVE IN THE LIGHT by Laura Kaye! LOVE IN THE LIGHT is a novel told in dual POV and Part Two of her bestselling Hearts in Darkness Duet. This much anticipated follow-up is finally here! Make sure you grab your copy of this sexy novel today, and if you're new to the series you can grab the first novella HEARTS IN DARKNESS for just $.99 for a limited time!


Love in the Light - cover

 Amazon US: Kindle or Paperback | Amazon UK | iBooks | Kobo | B&N

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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…



Love in the Light - Teaser 1

  Praise for LOVE IN THE LIGHT:

"Readers that have been anxiously waiting for more of this story will be thrilled with the passionate and poignant way Kaye dives back in with this complicated and much loved couple. Love in the Light will have readers falling in love with Caden and Makenna all over again!" ~ Jay Crownover, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Marked Men Series

Cover Reveal: Greta and the Lost Army by Chloe Jacobs


Releasing on February 1st, 2016!


A fate as unavoidable as love itself…

After spending the last four years trapped in a place of monsters, demons, and magick, the last thing the fierce teenage bounty hunter Greta expected was to ever be back on Earth. But a rare opportunity gives her and the Goblin King Isaac the opportunity to do just that. Now she’s home. With a boy in tow. And her parents have lots of questions.

Although Greta finally has her heart’s deepest wish—to see her family again—every step she takes to reconnect with them drives her further away from Isaac. Greta and Isaac planned for her to return to Mylena and become his queen, but she’s not sure if she can go back to that harsh world, though staying on Earth means giving up the boy she loves.


But a powerful enemy refuses to let Greta escape. A demon who will stop at nothing to destroy her and everything she loves. Even if it means following her to Earth and forcing her to face a fate as unavoidable as love itself.




Also, check out my reviews of Greta and the Goblin King and Greta and the Glass Kingdom.

About the author:

Chloe Jacobs is a native of nowhere and everywhere, having jumped around to practically every Province of Canada before finally settling in Ontario where she has now been living for a respectable number of years. Her husband and son are the two best people in the entire world, but they also make her wish she'd at least gotten a female cat. No such luck. And although the day job keeps her busy, she carves out as much time as possible to write. Bringing new characters to life and finding out what makes them tick and how badly she can make them suffer is one of her greatest pleasures, almost better than chocolate and fuzzy pink bunny slippers.

1.10.2016

Blog Tour: THE SONG THAT SEDUCED PARIS by Cindy Irish [Excerpt + Giveaway]



Opera gets sexy!

American music mogul Teddy Wilson combines the beauty of opera with the marketability of pop and creates the pop-opera multinational singing group called “Bel Homme.” French for “Beautiful Man,” the four performers he chooses are much more than that.

Gabriel Grenier is already a huge celebrity in his native France, but even at the height of his career, he’s bored and lonely and still wants more, so he accepts Teddy’s offer, hoping it will become his redemption. American music teacher Annie Morgan is brought into this venture by her Aunt Harriet, who’s Teddy’s executive assistant. Annie becomes Teddy’s special emissary in this new undertaking—but she’s not prepared for her instant attraction to the charismatic Gabriel. And he’s blindsided by the life-altering effect of Annie’s very first smile.

It doesn’t matter, anyway, because Teddy wants nothing personal mucking up this gig, and he forbids the two to get involved. Gabriel has never had to answer to anyone, and he’s not sure he wants to start now. Annie is still mourning her deceased husband’s memory, and she’s not sure of anything.

What happens when beautiful music meets predestined love? Seduction always wins.

Excerpt:

Cloaked in darkness, Gabriel thought he was dreaming when she floated past him like a sweet phantom: filaments of timorous light. He didn’t make a sound because he didn’t want to lose this, whatever it was. Stopping at the keyboard, she played seven notes that made him smile: Mary Had A Little Lamb. Why, it was Little Bo Peep, he thought, charmed right out of his trance.

His parents had been very progressive people. They’d wanted him to learn many different cultures and languages, so he’d been tutored in English since he’d been quite young. Childhood memories bombarded him as he remembered one of his favorite nannies, an American woman who used to sing this song to him.

Something awakened inside him then. It felt like happiness.

1.07.2016

Blog Tour: LEVEL UP by Cathy Yardley [Review + Giveaway]

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Welcome to my tour stop for Level Up by Cathy Yardley. This is a romantic comedy and the tour runs January 4-22 with reviews, interviews, guest posts and excerpts. Check out the tour page for the full schedule. 

LevelUp-CoverAbout the Book:

Geeky introvert Tessa Rodriguez will do whatever it takes to get promoted to video game engineer– including create a fandom-based video game in just three weeks. The only problem is, she can't do it alone. Now, she needs to strong-arm, cajole, and otherwise socialize with her video game coworkers, especially her roommate, Adam, who’s always been strictly business with her. The more they work together, though, the closer they get…

Adam London has always thought of his roomie Tessa as “one of the guys” until he agreed to help her with this crazy project. Now, he’s thinking of her all the time… and certainly as something more than just a roommate! But his last girlfriend broke up with him to follow her ambitions, and he knows that Tessa is obsessed with getting ahead in the video game world. Going from friends to something more is one hell of a challenge. Can Tessa and Adam level up their relationship to love?

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Review:

My first favorite read of 2016! (5 Stars)

I'm not as much of a gamer in recent years as I was in my 20's. Two kids, a house to take care of, and a full-time job definitely put a dent in one's game time. But the gaming world remains something I have strong feelings about and it has played a strong role in my own romantic relationship. Thus, I was really excited to read LEVEL UP!

I don't want to call it a perfect geek romance but it's darned close. It hits on everything that the modern nerdy woman could want. From the sexism of the gaming industry and the complication of dating a coworker to fandom and copyright. And I loved that Tessa is latina! It's sexy, funny, and filled with characters that are real enough to not feel like stereotypes. I fell madly in love with these both Adam and Tessa and the secondary characters who played roles in their getting together. I was barely into the book before I had decided I wanted the next book immediately!

If you enjoy fandoms, romance novels, gaming, and pop culture I really think you'll adore LEVEL UP. It has great dialog with plenty of nerd speak, just enough steam to entice romance readers, and opens up a world of possibility for more Fandom Hearts books... and I will be first in line for the preorder!

cathy yardleyAbout the Author:

Cathy Yardley needs to get out more. When not writing, she is probably cruising the Internet, sleeping or watching D-list movies and adding to her unnatural mental store of character-actor trivia. She is a closet fangirl for Supernatural, Sherlock, Doctor Who, and too many others to name. Her family is considering performing an intervention for her addiction to pop culture. Want to read more of her writing? Sign up for her notification list, and get a free novella, Hooked, from the Fandom Hearts series!  http://www.cathyyardley.com/notification-sign-up

GIVEAWAY:

$25 Amazon gift card (INT)

Ends Jan. 27, 2016
Prizing is provided by the author, hosts are not responsible. Must be 13 or older to enter and have parental permission if under 18. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary to win.

This event was organized by CBB Book Promotions.



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