Friday, November 30, 2012

Free ebook Friday!Almost free! Agents under Fire Trilogy by Dana Marton


Book 1: Guardian Agent

When Gabe Cannon's commando team is tasked with bringing down a rogue soldier, he doesn't expect to come face-to-face with the target's sister at the showdown instead of the man himself.

Jasmine is trying to lead the team away from her injured brother. Recognizing one of the hunters as her teenage crush is definitely a shock to her system. To save her family, she must convince Gabe that her brother was framed. But can she stop from falling in love with him all over again?

A fast-paced, heart-pounding romantic suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Book 2: Avenging Agent

An undercover agent on a deadly mission, the last thing Jake needs is a troublesome beauty distracting him from his investigation. But something about Allison makes it impossible for him to leave her to her fate, surrounded by danger in a war-torn country.

They couldn't be more different, but soon they must rely on each other to stay alive, uncovering a diabolical plot that shakes even Jake's battle-hardened heart. Attraction grows between them as they form a tight team against their enemies. But to act on that attraction, first they have to stay alive.

Book 3: Warrior Agent

Troy Hill has been tirelessly working for months to bring down a corrupt congressman. When the man’s goons capture him and lock him up, he knows they can’t afford to leave him alive. His only chance at escape is the congressman’s new security guard, Claire Montgomery. He expects he’ll have to either manipulate her into setting him free or kill her. He doesn’t expect to fall in love with her.

Find out more about Dana Marton here on her website

Get the whole trilogy from Amazon for 99 cents here

I have read and reviewed all three of these and enjoyed them very much. 

Note the trilogy was free but apparently ended at midnight last night but 99 cents is still a great deal. 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Book review: The Recruit (Book 6 Highland Guard series) by Monica McCarty


The Recruit

Scotland's King Robert the Bruce is retaking his kingdom from the invading English. To win, he'll need all the grit and courage of his elite band of warriors, the Highland Guard, men who fight without fear and love without limits.

Fiery, aggressive, and bold, Kenneth Sutherland is a true champion—skilled with any weapon and driven to win. Now Kenneth is ready for his greatest challenge: joining Robert the Bruce's secret army to fight among the elite. Kenneth's best chance to attain that honor is by winning the Highland Games. Focused and prepared for victory, he is caught off guard by a lovely wisp of a woman—and a stolen moment of wicked seduction. Her innocent arousal and her shameless hunger fire his blood. He will win his place in the guard—and in Mary of Mar's bed.
The ruggedly handsome hero-in-the-making stirs a heart that should know better. Mary vows her surrender will be sport only—no promises, no heartbreak, just one night of incredible passion. Nothing, she swears, will persuade her to give up her hard wrought independence and put her fate in the hands of another powerful man. But with every gentle touch and heart-pounding kiss, Kenneth makes her want more. Now Mary wants his heart. But is this determined champion willing to surrender everything for love?

This is my first Monica McCarty book. I do love my Scottish Highlanders though so i was pretty sure i would like this book. This is book 6 in the Highland Guard series and i have not read the others in the series. I don't think it hurt that i didn't but like all series it always adds something if you read them all and in order. It would've helped explain some of the back story of the secondary players in the book.. Mary of Mar has had a hard life since she married at 14. She had a son who was taken away from her when he was a infant after her husband at the time was executed for treason. She lost her twin sister and has been trying to lead a quiet unassuming life in England although she is a Scot. That all changes when she is sent on a mission to Scotland and meets Kenneth Sutherland.  Kenneth has been trying to get into Robert the Bruce's secret army. He's tired of coming in second best all his life and fighting for everything he wants. He's competing in the highlands games to hopefully get where he wants to be. He meets Mary in a odd place caught in a compromising position. They are to be potentially betrothed but Kenneth doesn't know that when he beds Mary later and then she disappears. Months later once he finally get into the secret army and is back in England on a mission he finds Mary again and discovers there is a still a big spark and a huge secret or two. I really enjoyed this book. Both Kenneth and Mary had to do a lot of growing and changing through out the book to get where they needed to be by the end.  There were a lot of trust issues to overcome. I enjoyed the secondary characters as well. I felt sympathy for both Mary and Kenneth for the disappointments and hurts they endured in their lives and rooted for the happy ending. A few places i felt it lagged some and a few times i felt like i was missing some information that probably was mentioned in previous books. Still enjoyed it immensely though and hope i can go back and read the previous books. I would also like to mention the authors notes at the end of the book where she talks about how the story is based loosely on historical events with a little tweaking by her. She gives some interesting facts on what really happened in a historical sense. I liked that a lot and if you read the book you should be sure to check that part out when your done. 4 out of 5 stars for The Recruit by Monica McCarty.

Find out more about Monica McCarty and her other books on her website here.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Book review: Stolen by Shiloh Walker


Shay Morgan has stayed hidden for a long time. Living a reclusive life in Earth’s End, Alaska, she’s as far away as she can get from the trauma of her childhood and the man who hurt her long ago. But terror takes over Shay’s life yet again when an unknown stalker steals away the fragile peace she’s built for herself—targeting not only her but the one man who’s ever managed to get past the walls she’s built around herself.
Elliot Winter has lived through being falsely accused before—it ruined his military career. Now it’s happening all over again. And this time, his accuser is a twisted impostor who’s targeting his ex-girlfriend, Shay. Despite a fierce mutual attraction, Shay and Elliot broke up because Shay couldn’t let her guard down, couldn’t let Elliot in. But now they both need to trust each other to confront a psycho who seems to know all their secrets.

This is my first Shiloh Walker book. I have heard really good things about her books so i was excited to give one a try. I do enjoy my romantic suspense but this book is one of those that kicks it up a notch in the intensity.  Shay first four years of life is pretty much a blank. She can't remember but tiny bits and pieces. Just enough to haunt her. Her step father blamed her for something but she wasn't sure what. She was taken in at age 4 by a wonderful social worker and adopted. All that changed when she hit 16 and her step father got out of prison and found her. He beat her adoptive mother to death and kidnapped her and did terrible things before she got away.  Two years later when her stepfather was sent back to prison for what he did she simply disappeared.  Now in Alaska she's write of thrillers. She pretty much thinks she's anonymous.  Only 2 people know who she was back then. Doesn't mean she's still not having trouble dealing with everything. She has nightmares about her past that she can't explain. Luckily she has a wonderful man named Elliot though and when things get really bad he's there to help her. It didn't take very long to figure out who the bad guy was in this book so i kept waiting for me to be wrong lol. It didn't happen but there is still a bit of a twist towards the end even though it's not really a big revelation how it comes out.  This book is gritty and intense in some places. Little more than i like but pushing beyond what your used to is always a good thing. The characters are well fleshed out and you just want to hug Shay. Shay may have some pretty big demons in her closet but Elliot has a couple as well that they have to deal with. Shiloh Walker does a thorough job and getting all the details right. My one small problem would be it lagged just a little about halfway through or more. I knew who the bad guy was but it seemed to take to long before the characters did anything logical about it. It is fiction though so it isn't a what would i have done thing. lol 4 out of 5 stars for Stolen by Shiloh Walker.

Find out more about this book and read a excerpt on Shiloh Walkers website here

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Book review: All he Ever Desired (Kowalski series book 5) by Shannon Stacey


All He Ever Desired

Contemporary romance
Book 5 in the Kowalski series

A second shot at first love
After college, Ryan Kowalski decided to leave Whitford, Maine, rather than watch Lauren Carpenter marry another man. Now his siblings need his help to refurbish the family-owned Northern Star Lodge and he’s forced to face the past sooner rather than later when he collars a vandal—and learns the boy is Lauren’s son…
The last person Lauren needs back in her life is Ryan Kowalski. With a bitter ex-husband and a moody teenage son, she has enough man trouble already. But her son needs to learn a few lessons about right and wrong, even if Lauren has to escort him to Ryan’s door every day to work off his crime.
With all this close contact, Ryan and Lauren can’t deny the chemistry between them is as powerful as ever. But can a few searing kisses erase their past and pave the way for a second chance at true love?
This is book 5 in the fabulous Kowalski family series by Shannon Stacey. I think i have all these books but i think i am short on reading at least one. Need to fix that. Thing is you don't need to read these in order to like them. In book 5 Ryan Kowalski steps up front and center. It's his turn to bring his skills home to help the family. Being in construction he is the go to guy to fix up the Inn. This bring him in contact eventually with Lauren Carpenter whom he loved years ago and made a fool of himself in front  of before leaving town. Lauren is divorced from Ryan's best friend and has a 16 yr old son to think about. Once they finally reconnect the spark is still there and so they reluctantly begin a relationship. Problem is Ryan lives 400 miles away in another state. He's back to help fix up the Inn for a month but he's got a successful business to run and need to be there to keep it going. That's just one kink in the relationship but a big one still. I love how the relationship unfolds for Ryan and Lauren. Both are likable characters. They get thrown together more or less when Nick Lauren's son gets into trouble and has to work for Ryan. They have to figure out if after all these years this time they can make it work. Ryan doesn't want to have to walk away again. It's fun to see all the Kowalksi's together too for Paige and Mitch's wedding. A whole lot of Kowalski's packed into this book. 5 out of 5 stars for All He Ever Desired by Shannon Stacey . Any of the books in this series is a great read. Just start reading and you can't go wrong.

Find out more and read chapter one on Shannon Stacey's website

Monday, November 26, 2012

Hot Cover Monday! Undeniable ("The Dalton Gang Series") by Alison Kent

Available now!

There was a time when Crow Hill, Texas’s notorious Dalton Gang ran wild. Now, as owners of the Dalton Ranch, their partnership in the rundown operation leaves little time for raising hell—except for the right women who can turn on the heat…
It’s been sixteen years since Dax Campbell set foot in Crow Hill—and sixteen years since Arwen Poole had a crush on him in high school. Unfortunately, setting her sights on this irresistible man again has stirred up a lot of unfulfilled desires in Arwen. A few nights in bed with Dax should get him out of her system once and for all. That’s all she wants. And for now, that’s all she needs.
But Dax is looking for something deeper in a woman. So they agree to an unconventional affair: for every no-strings sexual encounter Arwen craves, Dax gets to take her out for a night of romance. While both manage to hold up their end of the bargain, they’re growing closer than either of them can afford. Because Dax has a family secret that could drive him out of Crow Hill for good, and Arwen’s not letting him go without a fight…

Find out more on Alison Kent's website here

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Book review: Once Burned (Close to the Heat book 1) by Dee Carney


Once Burned
Temptation never tasted so good.
Close to the Heat, Book 1
With a chance to win a cooking competition that will advance her career, the last thing food truck chef Pepper Joseph needs is a distraction. Except she’s got a heaping helping of it in the form of fellow chef Darien Priest, the man who broke her heart.
It’s been years, and she tells herself she’s over his betrayal, but to her irritation, she finds she still has an appetite for his steel-gray eyes, clean-shaven head, and sleeve tattoos.
Darien regrets the single, juvenile act that ended it with Pepper, but he’s never found the courage to apologize. Now that they’re in close quarters, something’s steaming and it’s not just the saucepots. One toe-curling kiss proves there’s the potential for more than just a guarded friendship, and he sets out to prove he’s grown into an honorable man.
Until he discovers she’s pulled a seasoning switch that could have ruined one of his dishes. Now it’s on. There’s ten thousand dollars on the line, but if they don’t surrender to another chance at love, one—or both—of their wounded hearts could get singed.

This is my first book by Dee Carney. I have always wanted to read her but it just never happened until now. This is a short read that you can finish in one evening. Perfect size for those of you who don't want to still be reading at 1AM not that i have anything against that or don't do it myself now and then. lol Darien and Pepper have a history together from back in high school. Darien let peer pressure keep him from having a relationship with Pepper back then. He knew it was wrong and has regretted it for years now. It changed Pepper. Made trusting hard and being around him now hard because even though she has forgiven him she can't forget. Now they are both in this cooking contest with their food trucks and being pushed at each other constantly because of it. They want each other but mistrusts is a tough thing to conquer. Darien tries several times to breech that gap and comes close he thinks a time or two but then it falls apart. I liked this story. I don't read many cooking stories and never one that involved food trucks. My only experience with them personally was in the Army and they called them gut trucks then. Nothing foodwise as good as what's being cooked in this book. I imagine other places they must have these though. In this book Darien has to wrestle with what he did all those years ago and who he is now and try to get Pepper to see who that is now. Pepper just can't seem to let go. She says she forgave him but that's not quite true and now they are both tied to win the $10,000 prize money. Is Darien sincere or just trying to get past her and win the money for himself? Fun little read with some great secondary characters to go with it. I'm up for more Dee Carney in the future. 4 out of 5 stars for Once Burned.

Find out more on Dee Carney's website here
PS. Dee has several free reads on her website so be sure to check them out as well.


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Book review: Forbidden Desires(Bondage and Breakfast series book 2) by Jodie Griffin


Available November 19th
When it comes to sex, Bella Massey wants a man who’ll get down on his knees and beg. And although she’s got the hots for firefighter Marcus Aiello, she can’t believe an alpha male like him could have a submissive bone in his body.

Marcus isn’t looking for a relationship, but Bella is not like any woman he’s ever met. When he discovers what the sexy librarian is really looking for in a man, he’s even more intrigued. But giving up control is difficult for Marcus—no matter how much he desires it.
Despite their intense attraction, Marcus and Bella’s budding relationship is at an impasse. Until a weekend at a unique B&B offering all manner of naughty nightly activities teaches them both just how good it can feel to lose control…
This ebook is 41,000 words. I don't know how much that translates into number of pages but i can tell you that you can read this in one evening. Sometimes that's just what you need. I did in fact read it in one evening. The first book in this series is Forbidden Fantasies and it's similar in size and some of the characters are in both. Nothing that means you have to read the first one to be able to read the second one. Both totally stand alones. I find it fun to see the characters from previous book to appear though. This has a mild BDSM theme. If you wanted to check out BDSM this is a good place to start to see how you feel about it or if you like light BDSM. Both Bella and Marcus are interested in what goes with BDSM but while there intestested they both struggle on how exactly to go about it. Who is the Dom and who is the Sub? Marcus is pretty much a alpha male but the thought of being tied up and on his knees for Bella thrills him and scares him to death. Both Bella and Marcus recently got out of bad relationships which also shaped their feels and caused trust issues. They keep going back and forth on whether they can make a relationship work. It takes something terrible happening in Marcus' life to bring them together finally and then he takes her away for the weekend to a bed and breakfast that specializes  naughty things to finally figure out they love each other. I like the B&B scenes the best. There is so much angst between them and tension i was so glad when they finally just let themselves go. A great second book for Jodie Griffin.  I am excited to see her continue to grow as she continues to write. 4 out of 5 Stars for Forbidden Desires.

Check out Jodie Griffin's website and read a excerpt here

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Book review: Enslaved (Eternal Guardians book 5) By Elisabeth Naughton


GRYPHON—Honorable, loyal, dependable…tainted. He was the ultimate warrior before imprisonment in the Underworld changed him in ways he can’t ignore.

She calls to him. Come to me. You can’t resist. But Gryphon will not allow himself to be ruled by the insidious whispers in his head. And there’s only one way to stop them: kill Atalanta, the goddess who enslaved him. But with so much darkness inside, he can’t be sure what’s real anymore. Even the Eternal Guardians, those who protect the human realm from threats of the Underworld, want to exile him. They’re not sure he can be trusted.
Finding Malea is like a miracle. Somehow he doesn’t feel the pull of the dark when she’s near. And he’s determined to keep her as near as possible, whether she wants him close or not. But proximity spurs temptation. A temptation that will test every last bit of control he has left. One that may ultimately have the power to send him back to the Underworld or free him from his chains for good.

This is book 5 in the Eternal Guardians series. At this point i have only read this one and the one before it. I plan on eventually going back to read the first three. I was afraid that i would have trouble not reading in order but so far i don't feel that's a problem. I'm sure it helps with the whole picture to do that though. I would recommend you read at least book 4 before trying 5. Enslaved will be much clearer if you do as the set up for Gryphon the hero of this book is set in book 4 which is Enraptured.You get to meet Gyphon and Malea in book 4 and if i remember they both had pretty decent size roles in that book. I never in a million years could see Malea as a strong female role as she is pretty meek in book 4. Both Gyphon and Malea are staying at the colony. Malea for her protection and Gryphon for the same reason but also to try and help him. In book 4 he is imprisoned in the underworld and put under a spell by Atalanta a goddess. He was forced to endure terrible things. His brother and his mate saved him with the help of Malea but he is still under the spell. The night Malea plans on running away from the colony Gyphon intercepts her while making his escape and plans to use her in that plan. Eventually they discover Malea keeps the voice of Atalanta that's always whispering in his head at bay. Both Gryphon and Malea learn who they really are and who they can be by being with each other. It's not always pretty because for a long while Malea is afraid of Gyphon and just wants to get away. They have to face dameons and hell hounds who are on their trail. Somewhere along the way they figure out they need each other and are mates. Malea totally becomes a kick ass heroine by the end and the love between then is so strong although it's hard won.  I thought Gyphon was going to blow it right up to the end though. I absolutely loved this book. 5 out of 5 stars for Enslaved! 

Find out more about the book and the series including excerpts on Elisabeth Naughton's website here

Monday, November 19, 2012

Hot Cover Monday! Dirty Little Christmas(MARISELA/DIRTY SERIES by Julie Leto


Available this month! pre-order now!

Marisela Morales has a secret...and after a year of successful missions as a security specialist, she knows how to keep one.  But when a man on a mission to claim his birthright changes Marisela’s Christmas surprise into a treacherous game of cat and mouse, she’s forced to turn to the one partner who has never let her down—sexy Frankie Vega.  Can they save an unborn child, caught in a deadly power-play...or will this holiday season end without a Christmas miracle?

Sex, lies and can always count on Marisela Morales for a DIRTY LITTLE CHRISTMAS

Find out more about the series and Julie Leto on her website here

Friday, November 16, 2012

Beth Williamson Giveaway winner!

Winner of a ecopy of The Perfect Score is Steph!

Thanks to everyone who stopped by to check out my interview with Beth Williamson and enter the giveaway. Find out more about this book and Beth's other work here.


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Book Review: Under The Mistletoe (Lucky Harbor novella) by Jill Shalvis


Just One More Kiss

There’s no place like home for the holidays. And the Lucky Harbor Bed & Breakfast is bursting with festive lights and good cheer. But for Mia, Christmas is turning out to be anything other than merry and bright. Her recent break-up with her boyfriend Nick has made her return bittersweet. But then a surprise arrives, when Nick follows her to town bearing gifts–and asking for forgiveness.
Nick grew up without a family of his own so he’s overwhelmed by the love that Mia receives from all her relatives, gathered together to celebrate the season. Under their watchful eyes, Nick finds earning back her trust the hardest thing he’s ever had to do. If he succeeds, he will receive the greatest gift of all, Mia’s love for a lifetime.

If you have been reading Jill Shalvis Lucky Harbor series i have a treat is store for you! Jill has written a short novella about Mia, Ford and Tara's daughter (The Sweetest Thing). I believe the timeline is 5 years since she found Tara and Ford. She's living in NYC and going to college. Right before Christmas she breaks up with her boyfriend Nick when he refuses rather coldly not to come with her to Lucky Harbor for Christmas. Nursing her broken heart she goes back to Lucky Harbor for Chloe and Sawyers wedding by herself. Nick while also adopted like Mia never had a family life like Mia growing up. He was never adopted. He's scared to death of what Mia has because he never had it and had to rely on himself. Less than a hour after refusing with no explanation why he wouldn't go with her to Lucky Harbor he sees the error of his ways. Unfortunately in the morning when he goes to tell her how sorry he is she's already gone. He follows his heart to Lucky Harbor to try and win her back. This was such a sweet story to show whatever happened to Mia. Carlos makes an appearance too. You can find out what happened with them as well. Love when you get a chance to see what happens to secondary characters. This did not disappoint. 5 out 5 stars for Under The Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis.

Find out more and read a excerpt on Jill Shalvis website here
If you haven't read Jill Shalvis Luck Harbor series you can check that out on her website as well. You don't want to miss the awesome series.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Book Review: Rescue my Heart Animal Magnetism, Book Three (Adam’s story!) By Jill Shalvis


Animal Magnetism, Book Three (Adam’s story!)

After a tragic stint in the National Guards, Adam Connelly returns to Idaho and to Belle Haven, the animal shelter he owns with his brothers. All Adam wants is to be alone. Then he opens the door to the past—the woman whose heart he once broke. Still gorgeous, still tough-as-nails, but this time, unusually vulnerable.
Holly learned the hard way to never depend on a man for anything. Now, of all men, it’s the last one she wants to see, and the only one she needs. Her father has gone missing in the Bitterroot Mountains and she could use someone with tracking skills to help find him.
For Holly and Adam, each with their ghosts, a trek this desperate, this unpredictable, and this intimate, will have its share of risks—including opening their hearts one more time.

This is the 3rd in the Animal Magnetism series. We've had to wait for months for each other of these and they have been soooo worth the wait. I adored the first two in this series and Rescue My Heart tops the first two by a smidge or two. In the first two books you get a pieces of Adam. He's a man in control of his life or so it appears. He's capable of a little humor but mostly he's very serious. He's really suffering from PTSD from his time in the military. He's a was on a rescue team on a mission that went horribly bad and he lost half his team.  He's been trying to work on dealing with that with the help of his brothers since he got back stateside. In walks Holly. No one knows it but he and Holly were at item one summer years ago in their youth. He left her for the military and never looked back. It killed him to do it but he thought he was saving them both. Now Holly is back and pissed at him all the time it seems.  He can't figure out why. It doesn't matter when she comes to him needing his help to find her missing dad in the mountains. Finally on their trek to find her dad does she get to ask him some questions and find out who Adam Connelly is now. Of course that's the beginning of Adam having to deal with his feelings for Holly and feeling in general.  I really loved this book. Jill Shalvis deals with A very serious problem with many soldiers returning from overseas duty with PTSD. Anxiety is a big part of that and you don't have to be in the military to experience that either as many people know.  The romance parts were sexy as hell. Jill knows how to use words that draw you in. I read this from beginning to end in one day. You don't want to put it down. Where in the previous books you like Adam but you don't know him. I felt that open up and i loved what i saw once it did. No matter how Adam has suffered he is still a strong person and does the right thing.  Definitely a book for my keeper pile. 5 out of 5 stars for Rescue my Heart by Jill Shalvis.

Find out more about this book, and all Jill Shalvis other work on her website here.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Book review: Fever ( Book 1 Phoenix Rising series) By Joan Swan


Available Now
Dr. Alyssa Foster will admit to a bad boy fetish…
But when she finds herself face to face with a convicted murderer with a ripped body, a determination for freedom and an eye on her as his get out of jail free card, Alyssa knows she’s in deep trouble…. Not just because Teague Creek is a prisoner desperate for freedom, but because his every touch makes her desperate for more.
A man with a life sentence has nothing to lose…
Teague Creek has one shot at freedom, but his plan to escape with a hostage develops a fatal flaw: Alyssa. On the run from both the law and deadly undercover operatives who know of his strange abilities, he needs to avoid trouble, but every heated kiss tells him the fire between them could be just as devastating as the flames that changed him Forever.

Fever is book one in Joan Swan's Phoenix Rising series. I have already read and reviewed book 2 which i really enjoyed and decided i needed to backtrack to book one to find out about the first couple in the series. They can be read as a stand alone but make a little more sense read in order. I had some trouble getting through this one but i was ill for over a month and that was part of the problem. I barely got halfway through when i had to lay it down. I sat down finally yesterday and read the last 200 plus pages and i loved it. Poor Teague really gets his ass handed to him no matter what direction he turned  when a a Warehouse Fire 5 years ago kills one of his friends and irrevocably changes the rest of them. From there his life took a downward spiral. His wife commits suicide and while he  is searching for answers about the fire a woman helping him is murdered. After that he is accused of the murder and sent to prison and loses custody of his little girl.  Finally he makes his break from prison and takes  what is the wrong girl as a hostage. What started out as wrong slowly becomes right when Alyssa Foster starts to see the real Teague. Doesn't hurt that she has a twin brother who is a kick as lawyer that decides to help Teague because he hates injustice and because his sister cares for Teague. A secret government agency is after him though and they will stop at nothing to silence him. Action packed and exciting. I grew to love the characters even though some made it tough at times. lol 4 out of 5 stars for Fever by Joan Swan. If you decide to read this one make sure when your done you pick up Blaze next which is book 2 in this series. You'll meet Luke in Fever who is the hero in book 2.

Find out more about Joan Swan and all her books on her website  PS there are excerpts to enjoy there as well.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Hot Cover Monday! Nobody's Angel(book 1 The Earth Angel's) by Stacy Gail



Published By: Carina Press
Category: Paranormal Romance, Sensual, Angels and Demons, Novella
Release Date: January 21, 2013
Available at: TBA
ISBN:  978-14268-9496-1
Length: 33,000 words
Type: ebook
Book one in The Earth Angels

Investigative journalist Kendall Glynn is horrified when a friend and colleague signs off permanently during a live newscast, jabbing a pen into his jugular. Kendall's no expert, but judging by the strange white veil in the anchorman's eyes, she would swear he was a man possessed.

A descendant of the accursed Nephilim, Zeke Reece prowls San Francisco by night, keeping the city free from paranormal phenomena. But even he is no match for whatever malevolent force is behind a recent rash of murder-suicides. And when a beautiful tenacious reporter becomes the next target, Zeke has no choice but to stay close to her, until he can find the evil spirit and cross it over.

 The closer Kendall gets to the truth, the more danger she's in. Fortunately, a sexy and mysterious masked stranger keeps swooping in to the rescue. Kendall's life depends on finding who or what is responsible for the killings, before it finds her.

Find out more about Stacy Gail and her books on her blog here

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Book Review: The One That Got Away by Jess Dee


Reviewed by Tabatha

Sometimes its impossible to know whether he was the one who got away or the one you're definitely better off without...until he comes back into your life.

Lily Kember never dreamed a causal introduction to a friend’s friend would change her life, but three days after meeting Kai Jettison, she’s fallen deeply and irrevocably in love.

Kai falls just as hard, yet minutes after telling her as much he has no choice but to rip her heart to shreds, leaving whatever has blossomed between them lying in tatters on the ground.

It’s been five months since that fateful day. Five months of no contact. Now Kai is attending the same end of year bash as Lily, and bumping into him seems unavoidable. Lily’s choices are limited: either steel her emotions against Kai or risk losing her heart to him all over again.

Jess Dee proves in this short story that she is just a master of expressing emotions. She opens the story with a scorching scene between Kai and Lily. What I loved about it, is that Dee is able to show in just in a short scene that these characters have more than lust between them. Then she throws us a curve and breaks them apart before things can even really get started. Promises were made before they met, and Kai has to hold himself to his commitment. I love the way the story picks back up with Lily explaining to her friend about what happened a few months back with Kai. Now he is suddenly thrown back in her path and she can't let herself forget all those feelings she still has for him. Even though we don't get to hear the story from Kai's point of view, Dee is still able to express his feelings to make the reader believe that he has made a huge mistake. Although this is a short story and I never want Jess Dee's books to end, it leaves a feeling of being complete. The ending also left a promise for the future, which I just loved.
5 out of 5 stars for The One that Got Away by Jess Dee.

Find out more about Jess Dee and read a excerpt on her website here

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Interview and giveaway with Best Selling Author Beth Williamson!

I was lucky enough to interview the wonderful Beth Williamson. She's a fabulous author and lady. I hope you enjoy the 5 questions i asked her. Watch for the giveaway after the interview. Enjoy!!

1.Can you tell us about your new book " The Perfect Score"?  Is this one going to be a stand alone or part of a series?

Well, The Perfect Score is the series. LOL. It's three novellas in one - ONE NIGHT STAND, WIDOW'S WEEDS and MARLENE'S MAN. These were originally published in 2005 and I've taken back the rights to republish them as a single book. There's a mixture of m/f and f/f, with lots of fun, sex, emotion and an HEA for all three couples.

2. The Perfect Score i noticed is a self published book according to your website. More and more authors seem to be going this route even some who have been around for years. How do you feel about it compared to the traditional route as it applied to yourself.

I think every writer should treat publishing as a business. To that end, I made the decision to self-publish some books. Diversification is the way to build a broad audience, to reach readers that I might not have otherwise. I will continue publishing with Samhain and in New York, but self-publishing offers me another avenue.  I want to take advantage of the opportunities in publishing from all angles.

3. You write several genre's. What are they and which is your favorite to write? Is there one that is more difficult than another?
I write historical westerns, contemporary westerns and erotica. All of them are fun to do and I enjoy every book I've written. My favorite is historical western - there's something about the code cowboys lived by in the west that appeals to me.
Difficulty has nothing to do with the genre, it has to do with the story. If I have a problem writing a story, it's the story that's wrong. I've gone the wrong direction and need to make a right turn.

4. When you are working on a series how do you keep track of everything from one book to another? I have seen authors do pin up boards on Pinterest for a visual.(fans enjoy them as well)  What works for you and helps keep you from pulling your hair out trying to keep track of everyone and everything.
Nothing fancy schmancy for me. I keep track in a simple .txt file - I write down the book, the characters' names, role, ages, birthdays, eye color, hair color, nipple color (yes, really) and if they have a horse, the details on their equine too. :)
Sometimes if I forget a secondary character's name, I write WHATSHISFACE or WHATSHERFACE in the manuscript then go back and fill it in later. I try not to trip over names while I"m writing. No hair pulling required. ;)

5. What can we expect from you in 2013?? Books or appearances? Anything else you want people to know about you and your books?

Ah, 2013. Well, first off, in February, book 3 in the Circle Eight series, CALEB, releases. In April, ENDLESS HEART, releases in print from Samhain. In July, book 4 in the Circle Eight series, VAUGHN, who is the hero to the intelligent Elizabeth Graham, releases. Beyond that I have a new Malloy series prequel I hope to have the first two books published in ebook by Samhain.
I'll be attending the Romantic Times Convention in May in Kansas City. I'll also be at Authors After Dark in Savannah in August and at Lora Leigh's Reader Appreciation Weekend in the fall. I should be at RomCon in Colorado in June as well. Whew!

As far as my books go and what I would like people to know, I write character-driven, emotional, fun, and family-centric stories. My characters are as flawed as all of us, with the same problems we all struggle with. But in the end, love brings them the HEA we all need. Oh, and I weep when I write my own stories. True confession!


The Perfect Score

November 6, 2012 (eBook)
The Perfect Score Tournament is coming to the small town of Espejo, Texas. The biggest bowling tournament in the state is going to change the lives of three friends.
What they find is more than a 300 game.
One Night Stand
Babs Loomis is a bitter woman. Her husband left her after five years because they couldn’t have children and he didn’t want a woman that was barren. She is a chain smoker, and a drinker, intent on getting as much pleasure as she can out of life. She bowls for company – Veronica and Marlene are her closest friends. When she runs into Jimmy Tanaka at the tournament, a former friend of her ex-husband’s, her bitterness turns into something completely different and totally unexpected.
Can Babs overcome her own ghosts and find more than a one night stand?
Widow’s Weeds
Veronica Avery needs to get laid. It’s been five years since her husband died in a car accident and she’s lonely and tired of trying to meet men that end up with a big “L” on their forehead. When she joins The Perfect Score bowling tournament, her modest hopes are pinned on meeting a man she might feel comfortable going to bed with.
She’s not expecting to meet Patrice Goldman, a woman that inspires feelings of passion and longing in her cobwebby heart. Afraid and confused, Veronica tries to deny her growing feelings for the auburn haired woman, but fate has other things in mind for the woman in black. It’s time to shed her widow’s weeds and live again.
Marlene’s Man
Marlene is a big girl and has always been a big girl, but she’s a kick-ass bowler, determined to finally hit that 300 game. The Perfect Score tournament at the Starlite Bowling Alley is her chance to show the world that she’s worth something more than just a quick lay.
When she meets Buck Miller at the tournament, she falls instantly in lust. When their fabulous sex turns into a relationship, Marlene runs like a scared rabbit. Will Buck give up his goal of a perfect game to convince the woman of his dreams that he loves her? Or will Marlene’s stubbornness ruin her chances at a 300 game and a man of her own?


Bio:Beth Williamson, who also writes as Emma Lang, is an award-winning, bestselling author of both historical and contemporary romances. Her books range from sensual to scorching hot. She is a Career Achievement Award Nominee in Erotic Romance by Romantic Times Magazine, in both 2009 and 2010.
Beth has always been a dreamer, never able to escape her imagination. It led her to the craft of writing romance novels. She’s passionate about purple, books, and her family. She has a weakness for shoes and purses, as well as bookstores. Her path in life has taken several right turns, but she’s been with the man of her dreams for more than 20 years.
Beth works full-time and writes romance novels evening, weekends, early mornings and whenever there is a break in the madness. She is compassionate, funny, a bit reserved at times, tenacious and a little quirky. Her cowboys and western romances speak of a bygone era, bringing her readers to an age where men were honest, hard and packing heat. For a change of pace, she also dives into some smokin’ hot contemporaries, bringing you heat, romance and snappy dialogue.
Life might be chaotic, as life usually is, but Beth always keeps a smile on her face, a song in her heart, and a cowboy on her mind. ;)

Beth is is giving away a ebook download of her newest release The Perfect Score ( which can see above) to one lucky commenter. Open in the US and international. Leave a comment is all you need to do to be entered, Please leave at least your first name and a email address so you can be contacted if you win. Ends November 13th. 

Find out more about Beth Williamson (also known as Emma Lang) on her website here

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Book review: Down for the Count( Dare me book 1) by Christine Bell


Available NOW!
Truth or dare...
When Lacey Garrity finds her groom in flagrante delicto in the reception hall closet with her bridesmaid, she's saved by her best friend's older brother-childhood tormentor, crush, and boxing bad boy Galen Thomas. Galen's solution is both exciting and dangerous. What better way to forget the mess of her life than go on her honeymoon with a hot guy who can't promise anything beyond today?
...or TKO?
Galen had been counting on Lacey's wedding to put her out of reach-and out of his mind-once and for all, but their steamy Puerto Rican escape is testing all his boundaries. Now that Lacey's embracing her inner bad girl, Galen is tempted to throw in the towel and claim her for himself. But with the biggest fight of his career on the line and an important business merger threatening to derail Lacey's resolve, their romance might be down for the count before it even begins.

I believe this is my first Christine Bell book. I was happy to read it once i read the excerpt. This is one of those books you can enjoy without worry. There was only once character i wanted to smack silly but the rest are lots of fun. Poor Lacy finds her newly minted husband with his pants down getting dirty with one of her best friends. To say the honeymoon and friendship was over is a understatement. Luckily Lacey's other friend Cat and her brother Galen were there to help. Galen who always teased Lacey in their teens has a thing for Lacey but feels he's not good enough. He gets backed into a corner when he is asked to wisk Lacey away from the reception hall. Once alone at his parents cabin in the boonies Lacey decides to get good and drunk. One thing leads to another ( not that yet) and next thing you know Lacey and Galen are on Lacey's honeymoon in Puerto Rico where he plans to help her get over her marriage gone bad and some confidence in herself as well. It doesn't take long when the attraction between them breaks loose. What Galen doesn't know is that Lacey has been half in love with him for years. Unfortunately Lacey also has a dragon for a mother who is going to try and ruin it all. I loved this! It was fun and sexy and full of humor. Loved Galen and Cat as a brother as sister team who love and respect each other and are both there for Lacey. Definitely recommend this book for a good time. 5 out of 5 stars for Down for the Count by Christine Bell.

Find out more about Christine Bell on her website here There are links there to find her on Twitter and goodreads on the top right of the page. 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Hot Cover Monday! Killing Time ( One eyed Jacks book 1) by Cindy Gerard


 Out in January 2013
From New York Times bestseller Cindy Gerard, an exciting new series featuring Mike 'Primetown' Brown, a character from her popular Black Ops, Inc. series.

For the seven years after Operation Slam Dunk went south, Mike Brown got drunk on each anniversary. The eighth year was no different - until he was drugged by a woman and woke up to her questions about what had happened eight years ago in Afghanistan. 

CIA attorney Eva Salinas has her own theory behind what happened to Mike's team - which included her husband - in Afghanistan eight years ago, and she's determined to prove foul play. Though she doesn't trust him, Mike is the only person she can turn to for help. Under an assumed name, Eva convinces Mike to assemble a new team and go after the traitor who screwed up both their lives. As they track down the rogue who started it all, Eva and Mike discover they can't live without each other. But can they stay alive while an enemy is still on the loose?

Find out more about this series and even read a excerpt on Cindy Gerard's website here

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Book review: Until There was you (Book 2 Coming Home) by Jessica Scott


A by-the-book captain with a West Point background, Captain Evan Loehr refuses to mix business with pleasure—except for an unguarded instance years ago when he succumbed to the deep sensuality of redheaded beauty Claire Montoya. From that moment on, though, Evan has been at odds with her, through two deployments to Iraq and back again. But when he is asked to train a team prepping for combat alongside Claire, battle-worn Evan is in for the fight of his life.
Strong, gutsy, and loyal, Captain Claire Montoya has worked hard to earn the rank on her chest. In Evan, Claire sees a rigid officer who puts the rules before everything else—including his people. When the mission forces them together, Claire soon discovers that there is more to Evan than meets the eye. He’s more than the rank on his chest; he’s a man with dark secrets and deep longings. For all their differences, Evan and Claire share two crucial passions: their country and each other.

This is book 2 in Jessica Scott's Coming Home series. You can read these as stand alone books without any issues. Evan appears to be a by the book kind of strict military man, but Evan has issues. Something that happened when he was still a young man has shaped his life to what it is now. It's like he doing penance by controlling himself in every situation. To do what's right and be his best. Then there's Claire. Clare had issues growing up too. Secrets she hasn't shared with anyone. Little by little Evan breaks through to Claire and although she resists at every turn Evan is a little irresistible. This book is heavy on the military life. If this interests you then you will enjoy those parts. It was a struggle to watch Evan and Claire sometimes. Really it didn't look good for them for most of the book. Finally though they both figure out how to get past their insecurities and their pasts to get to where they want to be. Neither Evan or Claire were that likable at first but grew on me throughout the book. I think part of that is there were so damaged that they didn't know how to love at all. If you liked your characters tortured and messed up this is a great book for you. The epilogue was the best part of the book for me. I am so glad that Ms. Scott did that. Pulled it all together to give it the ending it needed. 4 out of 5 stars for Until There was you by Jessica Scott.

Find out more about Jessica Scott and her other work on her website here