Saturday, August 23, 2014

Highlander in Peril by Kara Griffin

I recently received a review copy of A Highlander in Peril through NetGalley.  I did not receive any compensation for my review.  I love a good highlander, don't you!?

Book Blurb:

A life forever changed
In order to receive his family’s fortune, Sean Gunn must agree to wed the lady thrust upon him by his dying uncle. As a Gunn clan protector and guardsman, he is honor bound to accept his uncle’s legacy and the woman whose voice alone affects more than his heart.

A heart on the mend
Lady Frances Jordan never thought to feel the stirrings of love since she’d lost her husband, but Sean Gunn’s irresistible manner and handsomeness is just what she needs to move on with her life. He awakens more than desire with his passionate kisses and romantic gestures.

Mysterious events abound
When many a lady goes missing near the border of Scotland and England, Sean is determined to find out who the knave is. Unfortunately Frances becomes the target of the would-be attacker and needs the aid of the Gunn protector. Can Sean keep his lady safe and embroil himself in border politics to ferret out the assailant?

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Exclusive Excerpt:

The door led to the rampart and he felt the burst of wind hit him when he stepped outside. There she stood, by the low wall of the crenellation. Concerned she’d fall, he hurried to her side, and took hold of her hand. He wasn’t certain of her and he thought she might jump as grief took hold of her heart.
She stiffened but didn’t pull away. “It’s beautiful out here, is it not? Look at the stars so far away.” Frances became quiet and a few minutes of silence lent to the awkwardness. “I will miss him. He’s been like a father to me and all I’ve ever known.”
Sean touched her face, and turned her to look at him. “I know you will miss him. It is bonny out here. Are you going to be all right?”
Frances nodded and turned back to look at the view. “I feel most at ease here. I suppose you think that strange. How could a person enjoy being out on a dangerous wall, but I feel safe here. I often come out here. It’s where Robert …”
She was going to say something else, he was sure of it. “Where Robert what?”
“Where Robert died, my husband.”
“Ah, so you were married before? Trudy’s father?” Sean hadn’t needed to guess.
She nodded. “Uncle didn’t tell you?”
“Nay, he did not. I don’t deem there was time for him to do so.” Sean stood uneasily next to her. Why her being previously wedded bothered him, he didn’t know. He wasn’t possessive by nature, but the thought that she’d belonged to someone else unsettled him.
“I would’ve explained. If you wish to annul—”
Sean didn’t let her continue. “Frances, I understand. There’s no need to explain and we’ll not speak of an annulment. I suppose Lord William thought I would balk if I knew you were married before and had a child. It matters not to me. I mean to be … a good husband.” Sean felt insecure saying such, but he deemed it needed to be said, and she needed reassurance.
“I’m sure you will. Shall we go inside? There are preparations to see to and I should tell the clan the news.”
“I’ll tell the clan.” It was after all his duty now to see to the clan, and she had enough to worry about. She had a way about dismissing him. Sean kept hold of her hand. He wasn’t ready to depart and had questions, but he wasn’t sure this was the time or place to ask them. “How did your husband die?”
“He fell off this wall.”
He wasn’t expecting such a direct answer. Sean gave her a stunned look, and before he retorted, she drew in a gasp.
“Before you ask, nay, I did not push him.” Frances returned her gaze ahead, looking out at the darkened fields beyond the castle’s walls.
“I didn’t think you pushed him, but that is good to know.” Sean hoped to get her to at least smile or lighten the mood.
“Oh then what was that look for? I would hope you wouldn’t think me capable of such foulness.”
Sean moved closer. “I don’t know you well enough to think anything of you. Och I doubt you could be foul if you tried.”
“That is verily true, but I will not have you misjudging my character.”
He found a grin, happy to know she was prideful. It was a trait he respected because if one had pride they also were loyal. Loyalty was a quality he held above all else. “I won’t. How did your husband fall?”
Frances turned to look at him, and he saw the twinge of sadness reach her eyes. “It was unlike Robert to be senseless and I wondered if he’d been helped off the wall. There was never any proof so I couldn’t assume. We had a good marriage and I thought him happy. He wouldn’t have jumped or have been careless.”
Sean pulled her into his arms and held her. “I’m sorry he died and that you are still mourning him.”
“I shouldn’t be, should I? He’s been gone a long time, years. I was happy then.” She sniffled, what he suspected were tears she wasn’t allowing to fall.
“I vow you will be happy with me, Frances.” Sean liked holding her even though she stood rigidly in his arms. How would he be able to get her to let down her guard? He had a difficult task set before him.
Never had he encountered such a lady, and he wasn’t sure how to act around her. He pulled the tie from her hair and her locks came tumbling loose. The tresses reached her waist and looked like golden silk. The breeze played with the curled ends and tossed them around. Sean wanted to run his hands through the silky looking strands and feel it wrapped around his fingers.
He wanted to tug her forward and kiss her, and as her lips came closer to his, he hesitated. Her gaze lowered and he wanted to kick himself. This was not the time to test her sensuality. And yet, he sensed she wanted to be kissed, felt the passion in her, and the sexual tension between them. Her eyes closed and she leaned toward him.
He wouldn’t be so unfeeling. She’s just lost her uncle, a man she was close to. He’d give her time to deal with the heartache before he’d do anything that would lead her to believe he was uncaring. Sean pecked her cheek, and tugged her hand.
“Let us return.” He guided her inside and left her by her chamber door.
Sean set off to locate the steward. There was much he needed to do and he might as well do something to occupy his mind. Otherwise, he was sure to spend his time thinking about taking his wife to his bed.

My Review

I read this over the course of two days.  I loved every moment of this book.  I really did.  I loved the idea of just knowing when you've met your other half.  It goes beyond being physically attracted to someone.  It's like something just clicks inside you when you meet that person.  It's how I felt when I met my husband.  I loved that Sean was so strong and rough but also sweet, caring and protective.  He also was ahead of his time in his solving of the mystery in the story.  If this is what I can expect from the Gunn Guardsman novels, I want to read them all!

*****
Author Bio:

Kara Griffin grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A graduate of Frankford High School, she didn't know her path would take her to writing. Who would have thought her first job at a publishing company would lead to her passion?

Kara's been writing since 1999, but before that she was an avid romance reader, consuming up to one book a day. She now works for a book publicity company, and all her spare time is spent writing. Several of her books have been nominated for book awards and book of the month. She aspires to travel to the places she writes about and her dream is to visit the magical lands of Scotland and Wales.

As a mother of three grown daughters, she enjoys spending time with her girls -- and her husband. Being from Philly, she can usually be found watching the Phillies, Eagles or Flyers. She's anxiously waiting for the day when she will become a doting grandmother! And until then, she plans to keep writing.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Arrgh! by Stacey R. Campbell Cover Reveal!

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We're so excited to share the cover of ARRGH! by Stacey Campbell, a middle grade fantasy adventure. This book releases September 24th, 2014. 




Description:




Forced to remain silent after being kidnapped by pirates Christopher must find a way to save an innocent merchant ship’s captain and his daughter from the evil grasp of Captain Redblade proving that friendship and family are worth fighting for no matter the costs.
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About the Author:

Stacey R. Campbell lives in the Pacific North West with her husband, three daughters, three dogs, and a pet

IMG_1648 (1)turtle named Todd. She is a graduate of the University of Washington. At the age of seven Stacey was told that she would never be the writer she dreamed of being because she is dyslexic. Finally Stacey found that she could not look her children in the eyes and tell them that they could be what ever they wanted to be if she did not do the same. Now Stacey can't stop writing and loves to help children pursue their own dreams. Stacey is the young adult author of Hush, A Lakeview Novel and Whisper, A Lakeview Novel. ARRGH! is Stacey’s first middle grade book.




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Live in the Seattle area? Meet Stacey Campbell, YA author Martha Brockenbrough and others at the UW bookstore, Mill Creek, on October 9th at 7:00! There will also be a book launch for ARRGH!, Dec. 3rd at 7:00 at the UW Bookstore in the U district. 

Giveaway:

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Seeress Blog Tour!

Seeress Blog Tour

SeeressBook Title: Seeress

Series: Runes #3

Author: Ednah Walters

Release Date: April 28th 2014

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Firetrail Publishing





BLURB



I love Torin St. James...

I crave his touch...

I need his strength...



Raine Cooper is certain of two things: her love for Torin St. James and her destiny to be a powerful seeress. But when she starts having premonitions, they are unclear and disturbing. Worse, they involve Torin. Not sure what to do, she keeps quiet.

But when the visions are about her and another man, Raine realizes she needs to talk to someone. Just her luck two new students arrive at her school and they seem to have answers. When with them, her powers are enhanced and her visions become clear. There is only one problem: Torin does not want Raine to have anything to do with the two girls but he won't explain why.

Can their love survive the secrets they are keeping from each other?

EXCERPT:

I jumped up and walked to the window. Torin was in his kitchen. Shirtless. Those abs. That sculptured, endless chest. There ought to be a law against men like him and sweatpants that hang so low they bordered on indecent. He reached down and scratched his butt.
I giggled. Only Torin could look hot scratching his perfect ass.
He disappeared from the window. Dang it. He was supposed to glance out the window and check on me first. Now I wasn’t going to get my morning coffee.
I turned to head to the shower, and he walked through the portal shirtless and barefoot. He had the sexiest feet ever. I ogled him a little. Okay, a lot.
“You continue with that and I’ll forget your mom is not here,” he warned, putting the cup on my dresser.
I braced myself against his chest, went on my toes, and kissed him. I couldn’t help what I did next. I scratched his butt. “Still itchy?”
He chuckled, wrapping an arm around my waist. “I knew you were checking me out, you perv.”
“How? Your back was to me.”
“I have lustful-eyes-on-me radar.” My feet left the floor as his lips claimed mine in a kiss that shot from warm to scorching in warp speed. Then we were rolling on the bed. I did what any sane girl would do when met with a force beyond her control. I soaked it all in and clung.
He tasted amazing. Coffee, vanilla, and stomach-curling goodness. He rolled again so I was on top. He knew how I loved that. My thick hair formed a curtain around us. He loved that.
“Good morning, Freckles,” Torin whispered against my lips, his hand slipping lower.
“Behave,” I warned, grabbing his hand and bringing it back to my waist.
He chuckled, the sound sexy. “You scratch and I scratch back.”



The Runes Series


Runes (book 1, Raine/Torin)
Immortal (book 2, Raine/Torin)
Grimnirs (A Runes Novel, Echo/Cora)
Seeress (book 3, Raine/Torin)

MY REVIEW 

This book is a fast paced and fun read that will keep you reading through the night.  I love the Runes series and have enjoyed every book in the series so far.  The covers are lovely and the righting is true to life, even with the magical storylines.  Ednah has a real knack for writing romances and her female characters are always a joy to read.  She writes spunky and awesome leading ladies but her main men are class acts too.  There is no other series like the Runes series that I have found. Every character in the series has a great part in the story and the entire world is written so well.  So creative!  I thought that the way that all of the different magical people in town interact was genius.  I highly recommend Seeress and the rest of the Runes series if you have not read it yet.  I can't wait to see what Ednah has coming out next!  I have read all of her works and I love them all.  Her YA and adult books are all wonderful.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

EDNAH WALTERS grew up reading Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys and dreaming of one day writing her own stories. She is a stay-at-home mother of five humans and two American short-hair cats (one of which has ADHD) and a husband. When she is not writing, she’s at the gym doing Zumba or doing things with her family, reading, traveling or online chatting with fans.

Ednah is the author of The Guardian Legacy series, a YA fantasy series about children of the fallen angels, who fight demons and protect mankind. AWAKENED, the prequel was released by Pill Hill Press in September 2010 with rave reviews. BETRAYED, book one in the series was released by her new publisher Spencer Hill Press in June 2012 and HUNTED, the third installment, was released March 2013. She’s working on the next book in the series, FORGOTTEN.
Ednah also writes YA paranormal romance. RUNES is the first book in her new series. IMMORTALS is book 2. She just released book 3, GRIMNIRS December 2013. Read more about this series and the world she's created on this website.

Under the pseudonym E. B. Walters, Ednah writes contemporary romance. SLOW BURN, the first contemporary romance with suspense, was released in April 2011. It is the first book in the Fitzgerald family series. Since then she has published five more books in this series. She's presently working on book seven.


Praise for the Seeress

…suspenseful, dramatic and exciting… Raine is surrounded by the most wonderful little group of people, all willing to support her. Even though they are not all related by blood, the love and sense of family is something beautiful… YA Book Addict



After reading Grimnirs I thought this series couldn’t get any better. Boy, I was wrong. Seeress put the bar really high for the next books in the series… Ruty @ReadingDreaming



"Seeress" is the third book of the Runes Series and it's just as good as its predecessors. The book with its Norse Mythology background and great characters (Raine, Torin, Echo, Cora, Andris, Ingrid....) just sucks you… Stacey M. Cook Amazon reviewer



I swooned, cried, laughed, fretted and cheered. I was guessing with each turn of events. Totally brilliant.… Maureen "I am a 40 something year old female that still loves young adult fiction”

Blog Tour Giveaway

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Ends 8/27/14

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Tortured Souls Blog Tour!

Tortured Souls Blog Tour Schedule
Sometimes Rest in Peace isn't an Option


Kacie Ramsey sees ghosts—and it's ruining her life. Her mother left, her father blames her, and no matter how hard she tries, she can't keep the ghosts away. Now a new power has emerged. Nightly visions of grisly murders and a relentless predator draw her to the brink of insanity.

When the phantom appears at a party, Kacie's longtime crush, Logan, saves her. He invites her to join the Orion Circle, a group of supernatural hunters with chapters in schools all over the country. Through the Circle, Kacie learns to embrace her spiritual powers, and for the first time in her life she feels in control rather than a victim.

But the Foxblood Demon will not give up so easily. A demented serial killer in life who trapped the souls of the thirteen children he murdered, imprisoning them within the walls of his mansion. Now in death, he plots his return while drawing power from the pure souls of the children. He recognizes something in Kacie he's never seen before—a medium powerful enough to provide a vessel for his tainted soul.

Kacie can't ignore the tortured souls of the children crying out to her every night. With Logan at her side, she will fight the Foxblood Demon. But can they banish this powerful phantom, or will Kacie lose not only her body, but her eternal soul to the monster.
Bestselling YA/NA author with a soft spot for sweet romance. She is married to her soul mate, has a teenage son, and shares her home with three dogs, four cats, and lots of dragons. No, she doesn’t live on a farm, she just loves animals. Kimber Leigh is addicted to romance, videogames, superheroes, villains, and chocolate—not necessarily in that order. (If she has to choose, she’ll take a chocolate covered superhero!) She currently lives in San Antonio, TX but has been somewhat a rolling stone in life, having resided in several different cities and states.

For my stop on the Tortured Souls Blog Tour, Kimber Leigh has shared her playlist for Tortured Souls!

Tortured Souls Playlist
Iridescent by Linkin Park
Without You from Rent
When I See You Smile by Bad English
Whisper by Evanescence
Criticize by Adelita’s Way
Through Glass by Stone Sour
Silent Lucidity by Queensryche
Home by Daughtry
Heaven nor Hell by Volbeat
Die Trying by Art of Dying
I’ll Follow You by Shinedown
Nightmare by Avenged Sevenfold
Enter Sandman by Metallica
Hero by Skillet



Thursday, August 21, 2014

An American Girl in Italy by Aubrie Dionne

Today I have a blog tour post as part of the tour for An American Girl in Italy blog tour hosted by Candace over at CBB Promotions.



An Italian paradise is the last thing she wants… but the one thing she needs!
Surely any girl would kill for the chance to tour Italy’s most famous cities for the summer? To experience the warmth of the Tuscan sun, the culinary delights of the pizzerias and caff├ęs and to stroll along the cobbled streets of the City of Love itself…
Any girl apart from ambitious oboist Carly Davis that is! For her, the Easthampton Civic Symphony’s latest European tour is one massive inconvenience. She can’t even put her smartphone down long enough to snap a picture of the Coliseum.
Only, there’s one Italian attraction that Carly hadn’t quite expected to be a part of the tourist route…

Tour guide Michelangelo is as dark and delicious as Carly’s morning espresso. And when she needs a few lessons in the language of love to land her an important gig, he’s a more than capable tutor.

But with her promising career back in Boston, can Carly really afford to lose her heart in Italy?


Aubrie grew up watching the original Star Wars movies over and over again until she could recite and reenact every single scene in her backyard. She also loved The Goonies, Star Trek the Next Generation-favorite character was Data by far-, and Indiana Jones. But, her all time favorite movie was The Last Unicorn. She still wonders why the unicorn decided to change back to a unicorn in the end.

Aubrie wrote in her junior high yearbook that she wanted to be "A concert flutist" when she grew up. When she made that happen, she decided one career was not enough and embarked as a fantasy, sci fi author. Two careers seems to keep her busy. For now.

Now for the professional bio:

Aubrie Dionne is an author and flutist in New England. Her writings have appeared in Mindflights, Niteblade, Silver Blade, Emerald Tales, Hazard Cat, Moon Drenched Fables, A Fly in Amber, and Aurora Wolf. Her books are published by Entangled Publishing, Lyrical Press, and Gypsy Shadow Publishing. She recently signed her YA sci fi novel with Inkspell Publishing titled: Colonization: Paradise Reclaimed, which will release in October 2012. When she's not writing, Aubrie teaches flute and plays in orchestras. She's a big Star Trek TNG fan, as well as Star Wars and Serenity.

My Review

I really loved this book.  It was funny and romantic.  I thought it was an overall fun read.  I loved that Aubrie Dionne was able to make the book romantic and passion filled without it being filthy.  The characters were also really well written.  They drew me in and kept me reading.  Michaelangelo was not the kind of guy that I would go for but he kept Carly on her toes and helped bring her into the experience of being in Italy.  Carly was a humorous narrator who has a plan for her life and a trip to Italy is not a part of the plan.  Seeing all of the locals in Italy and the members of the symphony through Carly's eyes was great.  I highly recommend this book to anyone who like a good entertaining romance.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Embracing His Syn by A. E. Via

I recently hosted A. E. Via as part of the Countdown to Rainbow Con event.  I was so excited to hear from her about a review opportunity for one of her new books!  I love romance in all of its forms so I read a wide variety in the romance genre.  I will warn you that this book is for ADULTS and has gay themes and characters, so if that is a problem for you, this book is not for you.  That being said, here's the cover and the Goodreads blurb:

(This story contains characters from previously published novel 'Nothing Special' but Embracing His Syn is a stand-alone novel.)

Sergeant Corbin 'Syn' Sydney transferred from the Philadelphia Police Department as soon as he'd heard there was going to be an opening on Lieutenant Cashel Godfrey and Lieutenant Leonidis Day's Atlanta Narcotics Task Force. Syn’s primary goal in his life has been to be a great cop. There has been no time for relationships, romance, or especially love.

Syn was dedicated to his new force, focused and ready to back up God and Day as their third in command, but what he wasn't ready for was the feelings he got from seeing the love they had for each other.

Syn's all prepared to accept his lonely fate until he walks into a small pub and meets long-haired,
tattooed, bartender, Furious Barkley. Before he can even understand why, Syn's feeling things he barely recognizes: passion, yearning, cravings; and if the dark, lustful gazes are anything to go by, Furious might be feeling the same things for him.

Just one thing needs to happen before Furi and Syn can give each other what’s been missing from their lives for so long...
Syn needs to allow happiness into his world and Furi needs to learn to open his heart and trust again.

God, Day, Ronowski, and Johnson are still as entertaining as ever...

You'll swoon over God's massive take-charge attitude...

You'll laugh hysterically at Day's never-ending wit...

You'll fall in love with Furious' mysterious, sexy demeanor...

and...

You'll embrace Syn...


Disclaimer: This book DOES NOT contain scenes of polygamous sexual pairings.

My Review

I really enjoyed this story.  I felt that it had room for improvement but was good overall.  I enjoyed the emotional ride of the characters' journey to love.  It was interesting to see them each come to terms with the idea of being able to let someone in.  The mystery plot was interesting but felt rushed and not quite finished.  I loved getting to see all the cameos by the characters from the other book in this series.  I liked that this was a stand alone that I could read before the other book.  I am going to have to go back and read Nothing Special because I found the characters so funny and entertaining.  I give Embracing His Syn 3 Fairies for a fun romance with lots of fun and interesting characters.



About the Author

A.E. Via is a best-selling author in the beautiful gay erotic genre. She’s been reading gay romance exclusively for ten years before she decided to submit one of her own stories for publication. Her writing embodies everything from spicy to scandalous. Her novels often include intriguing edges and twists that take readers to new, thought-provoking depths.

When she’s not clicking away at her laptop, A.E. devotes herself to her family—a husband and four children, her two pets, a Maltese dog and her white Siamese cat, ELynn, named after the late, great gay romance author E. Lynn Harris.

Although she’s still a fairly new author, she has plenty more to come. So sit back and grab a cool drink, because the male on male action is just heating up! Go to A.E. Via’s official website http://authoraevia.com for more detailed information on how to contact her, follow her, or get a sneak peak on upcoming work, free reads, and where she’ll appear next. You can also follow her on Twitter and Like her Facebook Page.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Beast by Ella James


This is an erotic fairy tale inspired by Beauty and the Beast.

FROM HOLLYWOOD ROYALTY
At twenty-one years old, third-generation movie star Cal Hammond was on top of the world. He had more money than God and more women than any man could need. But when a night of debauchery ends in tragedy, he forfeits a life of luxury for a ten-year prison sentence at La Rosa, California’s most violent prison.

TO A BRUTAL BEAST
Eight years later, a ruthless, cunning man runs La Rosa from the inside. He is known simply as BEAST. All the wardens fear him. All the gangs obey him. He speaks to no one but his inner council. What he says is law.

NOW ONLY SHE CAN SAVE HIM
Annabelle Mitchell’s father is the warden at La Rosa. He deals as dirty as his trustees, and after years of smooth relations with Beast and the gangs he runs, Holt lands on the powerful prisoner’s hit list. That very afternoon, Annabelle pays a surprise visit to her father’s work, hoping to use her new counseling license at a place she thinks she could make a difference. When she catches Beast’s eye, he releases the warden and grabs the daughter. The price for the warden’s error is not death. It’s his precious Belle.


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About Ella James
Ella James is a Colorado author who writes teen and adult romance. She is happily married to a man who knows how to wield a red pen, and together they are raising a feisty two-year-old who will probably grow up believing everyone’s parents go to war over the placement of a comma.
Ella’s books have been listed on numerous Amazon bestseller lists, including the Movers & Shakers list and the Amazon Top 100; two were listed among Amazon’s Top 100 Young Adult Ebooks of 2012.
To find out more about Ella’s projects and get dates on upcoming releases, find her on Facebook at facebook.com/ellajamesauthorpage and follow her blog, www.ellajamesbooks.com. Questions or comments? Tweet her at author_ellaj or e-mail her at ella_f_james@ymail.com.
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