Monday, September 30, 2013

***Blog Tour Stop and Giveaway*** Cole by J.B. Hartnett

Release Date: September 21st 2013.  Adult Contemporary Romance
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Book Two in the Leaves Series. Adult Contemporary Romance

Cole Carlyle, successful hotelier, has lived his life on his own terms.
Burned by a gold digging ex-wife, he never expected to find his soul mate in Anika “Inky” Redding.
Anika Redding, talented artist, overcame her past to live her life free of shame.
Betrayed by people she thought she could trust, the last thing she expected was to find true love in Cole Carlyle.
Their love for each other has helped them overcome their demons before, but now faced with an unimaginable challenge, Cole must turn to the last person he wants involved in his life, and hope that those demons don’t once again try to swallow them whole.
Inky and Cole’s romance and passion ignite and in the sequel to “Inky” we follow their journey to overcome their pasts once and for all, while building their love into something everlasting.

Sandy B's Review

Inky (Book #1 The Leaves) left me in a bad way with a HELL of a cliffhanger.  Thank God there wasn’t long to wait until the release of Cole.  If I expected for Cole to be like Inky, then I would have been disappointed.  While in Inky we watch as Inky and Cole find each other and fall in love.  In Cole we deal with the aftermath of Inky’s kidnapping by Joe. 
The family has closed ranks, around Anika and Cole.  Cole has mended fences with his father and the man is a changed person.  His mother has had a change of heart and it turns out she still loves her husband.  Actually, it’s very amusing to watch.  There is even a part where they get carried away by their ardor and break some holiday ornaments that had me chuckling.  Aimes is happily pregnant and eating everything in sight.  Gus is being his adorable country boy self.  Anika has accepted Cole’s wedding proposal (Cole doesn’t know it yet) and things are going great! Right?  Except for one little teensy problem.  Joe has kidnapped Anika and no one knows it yet.  Joe is bonkers out of his mind and talking all kinds of crazyness.  Anika is in deep trouble, terrified because she has no idea what’s going to happen to her.  What is she doesn’t survive THIS time.
We know from Inky that Anika and Cole love each other.  What we may not know is how deeply that loves goes.  Cole who has come a very long way to come out of the dark – would rather die, literally, if he were to lose Anika.  To know love and then lose it again is not something that he can contend with ever again.  Anika, on the other hand, is still working her way back from the dark but she knows that they are everything to each other. 
“When I wake up, it’s to his kiss on my forehead. He tells me I’m beautiful every day. He’s gentle with me. He knows my pain and I know his, and neither one of us is afraid to swim through the darkness of the other. The world could be falling down around us, but together we would be impenetrable. He is the other half of my heart, the other half of my soul….without him, I’m incomplete.” – Anika
See what I mean?!  I just wanted to swoon with the intensity of it all. 
Well let me take you out of your misery.  Anika is rescued – I don’t feel bad saying so because it happens in the first third of the book.  I won’t, however, tell you the details cause that would be spoiling it.  Needless to say, if I wasn’t hooked already then these events certainly would have done it.
Though Anika is back safely and wedding plans are progressing nicely – darkness hangs over everything.  All the people surrounding them, obviously, love Cole and Anika.  They are all doing everything they can to distract each other.  Nonetheless, despite desperately trying to form a cocoon around Anika from events that are ongoing we feel the dread of “something wicked this way comes”. 
J.B. Hartnett has written an enthralling read.  The people surrounding the leads are very interesting in and of themselves.  Cole is a beautiful man inside and out.  Inky is a fighter!  What happens to Serena?  Where is Joe?  Do Cole and Anika get the HEA they so richly deserve?  There were times when I wanted more detail – for sure – but when all is said and done it was a satisfying read.  Lastly, I hope that J.B. Hartnett is busy writing because I will be anxiously waiting to 1-Click her next book.

“Don’t move, baby.” He said gently.
“I’m not going anywhere.” I sat Indian style on the bed and hugged my knees up to my chest letting my head rest against them. “You know what?”
“What?” I heard from the direction of the bathroom.
“I always called Evan ‘baby’. My Dad called me ‘baby’ and I wanted to save it for the man I would marry. I’m sorry I wasted it on him when I have you.” He was behind me, pulling my hair back when I felt a brush against my scalp…heaven. “That feels wonderful…what are you doing?”
“I’m getting you ready for bed.” I could hear his smile.
“You’re brushing my hair.” I sighed happily, stating the obvious. “Wouldn’t you rather be having hot-drunk-no holds barred-sex?”
“Does this feel good?”
“It feels incredible.”
“Then we can have hot-drunk- no holds barred-sex another night. But tonight, Christmas Eve, I want you to remember this. I want it to be special. Both of us in our cupcake pajama’s, me holding you, taking care of you…this is the beginning of our life together…baby.”

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 Anika “Inky” Redding is passionate about two things; her love of painting and her fiancĂ© Evan. While working as a bartender to pay her bills, she meets Cole, a sexy divorcee. She denies their mutual attraction and tries to put him out of her mind.

When an abusive person from her childhood makes an unexpected visit, Inky’s world is turned upside down. Secrets are revealed and truths are exposed leaving Inky devastated and questioning what she thought was love. As she picks up the pieces and tries to move on, she finds her path crosses with Cole once again and this time, she cannot deny the passion between them.

Once she opens her heart again, will she be able to move forward or will her past find a way to stop her?

Julie is a Southern California native, a fan of a really good story (preferably romance with a happily ever after), really good pie (preferably pumpkin) and copious amounts of coffee (preferably Folgers).
She has always enjoyed writing and at one time thought she could be a singer songwriter...the 'writer' part is the one that stuck.
Julie is obsessed with pi...the equation(and the food). She's allergic to cats and cantaloupe and hates mushrooms...so if you ever want to give her a gift, those are out for sure. She currently lives with her own romance hero husband and two boys in Melbourne, Australia.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

***Cover Reveal*** Far too Tempting by Lauren Blakely

Jane Black has written the break-up album of the century, earning her a Grammy, a huge legion of new fans, and the pressure to repeat her success. Sure, the heartbreak from her husband’s unconventional abandonment might have been her inspiration, but it hasn’t done her any favors in the dating department. So when Matthew Harrigan, the toughest music journalist out there, asks for an interview, Jane agrees—as long as her personal life is completely off-limits.

British, gorgeous, and way too tempting, Matthew’s the first guy Jane’s been attracted to since her husband. As she spends more time with him and their relationship heats up, though, so does her writer’s block. How can the queen of the break-up pen the perfect follow-up when she’s seriously in love?

Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and her books have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. Like the heroine in FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. Her novels include Caught Up In UsPretending He’s MinePlaying With Her Heart, and Trophy Husband. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney.

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Friday, September 27, 2013

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***Cover Reveal*** Just One Song and Just One Week by Stacey Lynn

Nicole Parsons had the perfect life, made complete with the suburban home and the proverbial white picket fence. When tragedy struck and she lost the most important people in her life, she turned away from everything she loved before; shutting out every reminder of the perfect life she lost. 

It has been one year, three months, one week and six days since the accident; and Nicole is ready to stop counting the days she’s survived, and begin living again. 

On a dare from her best friend, Nicole encounters Zack Walters - the popular alternative rock star and man who signifies so much of her past – and suddenly everything in Nicole’s safe and quiet life changes. 

When she’s forced to face the pain she’s carried for so long, will she truly be able to heal from her past and begin to live again? 

Or will her new adventure ruin her completely?

Release Date: 10/24

Two years ago, Mia had everything she thought she wanted. She loved her job, and her best friend Nicole was finally recovering from losing her family in a car accident. When they met rock star Zack Walters and given backstage pages for his concert in their hometown of Minneapolis, Mia had no idea she would get involved with the band’s drummer, Chase Harper. It was simple, fun, and exactly what Mia liked best – no strings attached.
Then Chase decided to change the rules and Mia did what she’s always done best: she ran.
Now she’s on her way to Los Angeles to help Nicole get ready for her wedding to Zack. The one thing she’s not looking forward to is seeing Chase again. With his sculpted muscles, strong hands and dark gray eyes that seem to know everything she’s thinking – Chase has the ability to make her forget. He also has the power to make her feel, something Mia refuses to let happen.
When everything around Mia’s life begins to crumble, and she keeps all of her secrets tucked close and hidden away, Chase is the one who steps in to help.
Because he has decided that he isn’t letting her go again. Not until she finally admits she’s his.

I smile into her neck when I feel her pulse quicken a little bit.
“Chase?” Her quiet voice sounds a little bit dry and really tired.
I slowly flick my tongue out and lick her neck and trail soft kisses down to her collarbone. My hand on her hip squeezes slightly, pulling her back into me so she can feel how much I want her.
Damn it, I just want her. All of her.
“What is it, babe?” I whisper into her throat when I realize she’s smiling a little bit and not moving away from me at all. In fact, I think she may have just relaxed into me a little bit more. “What do you need?”
I pull away from her slightly so I can look into her sleepy blue eyes. Her hair is a little messed up and her eyes are barely open, but I can still see that she wants me. Please, I plead with my eyes, don’t tell me you need a glass of water. Don’t tell me you want me to get the hell out of here.
But she doesn’t say any of those things. She just smiles and quietly, so quietly I almost ask her to repeat herself she simply says, “You.”
It’s all I need to hear. If she wants me, I’ll give her all of me. Every last piece of my body, my heart, and my soul. Anything she wants of mine is hers, I just don’t want her to fucking stomp all over it and give back pieces of me, leftover and broken, when she’s through with me.
With a devilish grin, I adjust her so she’s lying below me. “I’m all yours, babe.”
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***Promo Post and Giveaway*** Frozen Secrets by W.S. Greer

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Synopsis Detective Jarrod Granger is a homicide detective with the Anchorage Police Department, investigating a slew of murders in the city. The killer is stabbing his victims 19 times each, and cutting out their tongues, and he has already struck three times. Detective Granger's own past may get in the way of his present and future, but he and his partner, Detective Misty Lawrence, must trudge through their tumultuous work relationship to track down the killer who has been dubbed The Tongue Snatcher. Stacey Alexander is a guarded, 26 year old, unnatural redhead who is unshakably loyal to her father Vincent. She works day in and day out to take care of Vincent since he has been diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer and she would do anything to keep him safe, even when she meets a detective who is quickly falling for her. But Stacey and Vincent have a dark secret; one that bonds them together more than any "normal" family. And soon, Stacey will have to choose between protecting the father that she loves, or accepting the love of the detective who is zeroing in on a familiar target. ©

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77180_629043573787986_293546783_nI am a new, independent author currently living in Anchorage Alaska, as an active member of the United States Air Force. I have been in the Air Force for 9 years and have been writing since 1995, when I was in the 5th grade. My whole life, I always wrote poetry and music, and it wasn't until I started reading books in June 2012 that I had aspirations of becoming a novelist. My Wife of the last 10 years, Roxanne, is also an aspiring author, writing her first novel,and it was by her influence that I began reading and falling in love with characters and books. I have her to thanks for all of my success, both as an Airman, and as an Author. My 2 beautiful children, Janae (8), and Justin (6), both are very supportive of both my military career and my 2nd job as an author and I love them both so very much. And I look forward to taking my entire family along on this amazing journey that I know is waiting for us in the near future. I want to give a special thanks to all of my family and fans that have shown so much support!! You guys mean the world to me and I appreciate all of the love and support more than I could ever explain!!

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

***Blog Tour Stop and Giveaway*** Clover by Braxton Cole

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Clover Watson wants more from life than what she can find on her daddy's farm in southern Oregon. Young, smart, and driven, she has a plan and she refuses to be distracted from her goals. After four years at the University of Washington in Seattle, she heads home for the summer with her diploma and an acceptance letter to graduate school at University of Portland. She's sure she’s got things all figured out. Except for Jake Feldman. He was one of her childhood friends, and she hasn't seen him since she left for college four years ago. This summer he's back in town and all grown up -- sweet, handsome, and completely smitten with Clover. At first, she thinks a harmless summer fling is the perfect reward for her hard work at school. But as the summer continues and their romance grows, Jake challenges everything she thought she knew about herself and her plans. When the end of summer comes, Clover is forced to evaluate what she really wants, but can she find a way to write Jake into her life?

She was sitting on the front steps when he pulled up, clearly showered and wearing a light summer dress instead of the skirt and tank top she’d had on earlier.
Clover smiled softly when she got in. “You came back.” She sounded as uncertain, yet hopeful, about things as he felt.
“Of course.” He kissed her cheek like she’d kissed his earlier and wished he had the nerve to move his mouth just a little to the side. That was all it would take to touch his lips to hers. Instead, he pulled back and shifted into drive.
She settled into the middle seat right next to him with the length of her thigh pressed up against his. He much preferred to have her sit there than all the way over on the passenger side.
He tried to sound casual, but he could feel his face flush with heat as he said, “I threw together some food in case we get hungry.”
“That’s sweet, thank you.” She stretched up and kissed his cheek. For one stuttering, suffocating, perfect moment, her lips touched his skin. His eyes drifted shut and held perfectly still. So far, their exchanges had been relatively chaste, but he felt something shift inside him with that kiss. His crush was moving far too quickly into something solid and his chest swelled with fear and hope.
She lingered there for several seconds, close enough for him to feel the whisper of her breath against his skin. When she finally pulled away, he stayed in that position, stunned immobile by her closeness. She squeezed his leg, kissed his cheek again, quickly this time, then pulled away completely. “So, where are we going?”
He jerked into motion, embarrassed by his reaction. But what else could he expect? When a girl like Clover got close enough for him to smell the subtle fragrance of her shampoo and the lingering chlorine on her skin from the pool, well, something like that would always affect him. And this time it wasn’t just a girl like Clover; it was Clover herself. The crush he’d been cultivating for as long as he could remember had grown exponentially since he’d picked her up earlier that day.
He cleared his throat as he pulled out of the parking lot. “I have no idea. Where do you want to go?”
“Head south, toward the river.”
“You got it.”
Instead of holding her hand this time, Jake settled his arm around Clover’s shoulder. As he pulled onto the highway, she rested her hand on his leg. Unlike before, she didn’t play with his inseam. Rather, she let her hand lie in one place, low by his knee, with her fingers curled around the inside. It was for the best, he knew. The distraction of her hand sliding high up on his thigh while driving was simply too much to ignore. He’d nearly wrapped his truck around a pole while trying to corner on the way into town earlier. He didn’t need a repeat event. Still, he missed the feel of her hand exploring. If he could figure out a way to say it without sounding like an asshole, he’d tell her that she was welcome to touch him whenever and however she wanted. The fear that she might actually take him up on it was enough to keep him silent.
For now, though, he was happy simply to drive down the road with her sitting next to him.

Jenn's Review
Clover was a sweet story about Clover Watson and Jake Feldman. It was about a boy’s crush that spanned years and turned into a man’s love. There was uniqueness with the way it was written, that I enjoyed very much.
It starts present day and Clover’s car has broken down while she’s driving to work. It’s hot and she’s already late. Jake sees them walking and offers a ride. Clover doesn’t recognize him, even though she saw him every summer for the last 12 years. He’s grown up and filled out. He’s also turned out to be very good looking. So what’s wrong with wanting to have a little fun with him for the summer before she has to go back to school.
Jake can’t believe that she’s finally noticed him. He’s been hoping she would see him for more than just a boy and a friend of her brother’s for a long time. And she definitely noticed that he was more than a boy while sitting close to him in his truck! He wants to spend time with Clover and allow her to get to know him. In the beginning, she’s all for getting to know him but I’d say more in the biblical sense. But Jake’s love for Clover means more to him than a romp in his front seat. He has no experience, but Clover is more than happy to show him the ropes.
What I enjoyed about this story was how each chapter was presented. From present day it went to when Jake was first dropped off at his aunt’s house for the summer 12 years prior. And each time it moved up a year, with their present day journey in between. You learn of Jake’s thoughts as a boy when he spends time with Clover and her brother. She may not have paid much attention to him but he was always aware of her. He was always willing to do what it took to make her happy and it didn’t change as he got older.
But, there are decisions that need to be made as Clover is getting ready to move back to school. She has big goals and can’t let them go just because she is falling for Jake. Her dad would never allow it. The good thing is, something happens with Clover and it shows Clover’s dad just what kind of man Jake has grown into. I loved watching them grow up and grow together. I give this sweet love story 4/5 stars!

About the Author
Braxton Cole lives in the Pacific Northwest where she spends most of her time holed up in her office writing stories. When she's not writing, she can be found riding her bike, hiking the fabulous local trails, chasing her kids, or wishing that her thumb was a little more green. She has a bad habit of killing what she tries to grow, but hasn't given up hopes of one day being a successful urban farmer. Braxton writes erotic romance because romance is the stuff that makes life great, and sex is fun. The two belong together, both in life and in fiction.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

***Blog Tour Stop and Giveaway*** Come Together (The Cityscapes Series #3) by Jessica Hawkins

Release Date: September 19th, 2013

Genre: Adult Contemporary Fiction

With a single decision, Olivia Germaine’s fantasy has become a reality. Now she is faced with two commitments: one she must make and one she must break. But in order to accept a love she never thought possible, Olivia will have to let go of the broken past that defines her - and of deeply-rooted fears that could ruin everything.

Everything is what David Dylan wants to give her, and it’s what he wants in return. He must prove to Olivia that despite his playboy ways, he’s worth leaving behind the stable future her husband can offer her. David is a man who always gets what he wants . . . but this time he may be fighting for something unattainable.

Can Olivia escape the past that threatens to consume her?

And can David break through to her before it does?


   As the elevator ascended, David’s body seemed to grow bigger, his bearing predatory. I was his cornered prey. And he was about to strike. After a charged moment, he nodded at the doors. “Go on.” In my thickening haze of anticipation, I hadn’t even noticed our arrival at the penthouse. “We’re late for a very important date,” he said.
   “And what date is that?” I asked as we stepped off.
   “You, me and nothing else. Leave everything at the door.” He unlocked the door and held it open so I could pass through before him. As I did though, he snatched my elbow. “I said everything.”
   Over my shoulder, my gaze met his brown eyes, dark and lusty. He let the door slam to merge his body against my backside, gripping my shoulders roughly in his hands. “I’ve been crazy for you all day,” he rasped in my ear. “And although I love this nude dress, I want it off. Now.” He dragged the zipper down and dropped to his knees. I gasped when his lips touched the base of my spine. His hands skated up my exposed back and slid over my shoulders, releasing the gown so it slumped at my feet. They came around to my front, where he spread his fingers across my stomach. A moan vibrated against the small of my back, sending a shiver up to my shoulders. 
   He stood and wrapped an arm around my chest, his hardness pressing against my spine. His other hand dropped to pull me open by my inner thigh and touch me through my underwear. I was panting, swaying when he released me suddenly. “Jesus,” he muttered. “I can’t control myself with you.”
   Through oversized windows, the city glow lent the only light to the room as he circled in front of me. I put my hand in his and stepped out of the dress, following as he led me down the stairs into the sunken living room. 
   “Keep those on,” he instructed, motioning to my new black stilettos. He removed his blazer and lit the fireplace as my body, alive with desire, wavered unsteadily in the four-inch heels. He emptied his pockets onto a side table and removed his Rolex. He undid his bowtie slowly with his hooded eyes fixed on me. His limbs, strong and brawny, moved fluidly as he shed clothing. I wanted to learn the contours of his body with my eyes, my fingers, my tongue. And when he looked at me that way, like it was the first time, I could barely help from melting at his feet.

Sandy B's Review
Come Together is the 3rd book in The Cityscape Series (Come Undone Book #1 & Come Alive Book #2).  Each book has ramped up the angst and hot sex a little more.  Come Together is definitely my favorite on in the series.  Olivia had it all – a great husband, a thriving career and an awesome BFF.  Until David (rich gorgeous playboy) Dylan walked into her life and all of a sudden everything she thought she wanted was called into question.  Did I mention her husband Bill? 

So began this journey of guilt, betrayal and passion.  Triangles are a tricky thing to do but I have to say that in Come Together it is done well.  David is delicious.  Though I admit that as a wife, part of me felt really angry over this situation.  Olivia and David try to fight their feelings for each other – not very successfully.  The first two books in the series must be read in order to understand the full scope of what is going on here.  However, if affairs/cheating are the kind of thing that set you off or upsets you then I would suggest this is not the series for you. 

You may be thinking this is the same old same old cheating wife story.  I assure you that it is not.  There is real emotion here.  Angst like you wouldn’t believe and you know how much I LOVE ANGST!  Olivia makes her choice and then works through the feelings of loss, grief and hope for a new beginning that is a consequence of her choices.  She is conflicted and David hopes that he can convince her that what they have is the real deal.  The chemistry between them is HAWT!  Just when you think you know what’s coming next, Jessica Hawkins, throws us a curveball. 

Do Liv & David get their HEA?  Does Bill walk off into the sunset?  Obviously, I’m not telling you a darn thing!  Come Together was a satisfying ending to a really good series.  Jessica Hawkins can count me among her fans.  

About the Author
Jessica Hawkins grew up between the purple mountains and under the endless sun of Palm Springs, California. She studied international business at Arizona State University and has also lived in Costa Rica and New York City. Some of her favorite things include traveling, her dog Kimo, Scrabble, driving aimlessly and creating Top Five lists. She is the helpless victim of an overactive imagination that finds inspiration in music and tranquility in writing. Currently she resides wherever her head lands, which lately is the unexpected (but warm) keyboard of her trusty MacBook.