Sunday, May 31, 2015

Spotlight on Resurrecting Harry by Constance Phillips


Resurrecting Harry
by Constance Phillips
Genre: Historical Romance



In order to save the only woman he’s every loved from self-destruction, Harry puts his afterlife on the line by entering a wager with purgatory’s keeper, Jaden. He gives Harry a younger face and body, and a new name: Erich Welch.
If he wants to keep his new life, he must convince Bess to give up the promise she made to Harry on his death bed and call off the séance she’s scheduled on the anniversary of his death.

Will Erich be able to help Bess over her loss and will any good come from resurrecting Harry?


“ This was a very fast read for me and kept me guessing to the very end. ” M. E. Wilson

“Theirs was a love story that Ms. Phillips delves into in her novel. ” R. Trogne

“Great story, new idea. All in all. Worth a read.” The Eternal Scribe

Resurrecting Harry was a 2013 Finalist in the Grave Tell Awards, Sugar Shack division.
Louann Carrol, USA Today’s Happily Ever After blogger, named Resurrecting Harry her favorite read of 2013.










Constance Phillips lives in Ohio with her husband, daughter, and four canine kids where she writes contemporary romance novels and paranormal romance novels.

When not writing stories of finding and rediscovering love, Constance and her husband spend the hours planning a cross-country motorcycle trip for the not-so-distant future…if they can find a sidecar big enough for the pups.

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Spotlight & Review: Stripe-Search by Milly Taiden

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Stripe Search: BBW Paranormal Shape Shifter Romance (Furocious Lust Shorts #5)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, May 22, 2015

Review & Spotlight: ONCE UPON A SEAL by S.M Butler & a Giveaway


Meet the Military Men of the Lucky Thirteen Series in Once Upon a Seal by Suzan Butler!

Coming May 19th is the fifth novel in the Lucky Thirteen series, ONCE UPON A SEAL from New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, Suzan Butler! Read how a small town girl starts to change her perceptions after conversations with a reclusive former Navy SEAL.
 
 

 

Check out Suzan’s recent post about summer reads on Fresh Fiction!

 

 

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About ONCE UPON A SEAL  

 


Maddie Benson has spent her entire life in Sugar Falls and has never ventured—nor wanted to venture—beyond her small town’s safe borders. But when her delivery job takes her to the doorstep of one very reclusive, former Navy SEAL, Sebastian McIntyre, her small town perceptions are challenged with every conversation they have. It’s not long before she’s losing herself—and her heart—to the mysterious man behind the door.

 

Bastian’s scars are deeper than the surface. They’re embedded into his soul, and he’s content to keep them buried. But the second Maddie ends up on his doorstep with her sparkling smile and her sunshine hair, his quiet new life shatters and she just might be able to excise the demons he’s tried hard to keep tucked away—if he lets her in.

 

When Bastian’s old life comes haunting them, he knows he should let her go. But the light she shines on his soul keeps the darkness within him at bay. Letting her go may take more strength than he has, and keeping her close could get her killed.


On Sale in Print and Digital: May 19, 2015

 
Add ONCE UPON A SEAL to your TBR pile on Goodreads!
 
My Review:
 This was a pretty steady pace and enjoyable read. It was very Beauty and the Beast with some suspense thrown in.
Bastian was really sweet but stubborn. I liked him but I was annoyed with him at points. I understand his fear of showing himself because he thinks he looks like a monster but it got to be a bit much.
Maddie was very naïve but had a good heart. I like how she didn't give up on Bastian.
The relationship was a bit rushed for me in them saying the L word but overall it was a sweet romance. I liked how they actually talked and got to know one another and Maddie fell for him without even seeing him.
 I just wish it was a bit longer and more drawn out but I enjoyed it and plan on going back and reading the rest of the series.
 

Author Bio: Suzan Butler writes adult contemporary romance and has a penchant for Dr. Pepper, ice hockey, and world domination. She lives in Texas under a not-so-secret identity with two monsters, writing naughty books and planning the next step in her evil plans into the twilight hours of the night because that's when it's quiet in the house. She loves to hear from readers.
 
Suzan also has a monthly newsletter she shares with her alter ego, New York Times and USA Today bestseller, S.M. Butler, who writes new adult romantic suspense and military romance. In the newsletter, you'll find information about new releases, updates on future books, contests, giveaways, get first peek at new covers, and find out where she'll be visiting through books signings and conventions throughout the year.
 
 

Spotlight & Review: Gunning for Marie by Tracey Steinbach


Gunning for Marie
by Tracey Steinbach
Genre: Dystopian Romance/Military Romance



Several years after the third World War, resources are scarce. The poor are poorer and the middle class doesn't exist anymore. A man with resources travels from city to town buying teenagers from desperate parents and orphanages. The teens are educated, fed and clothed as appropriate for their end purpose, Soldier or Breeder. A strong, young woman, Marie Rice, falls for Gunnar Lincoln. Their attraction is forbidden, Marie meant for someone else. Disturbing events on the island lead to Gunnar and Marie looking for a way to escape and save everyone else. While they bide their time, attraction turns to something stronger. Will they escape? Will they save the others?
 
My Review:
This one hooked me from the start and I read it straight through in one sitting.
It was very fast paced and exciting read. A sweet romance with a little steam, and lots of action it kept me wanting more.
 I really like Marie. She's a tough chick who's been trained as a soldier but is also starting to realize that she's a woman. I found her feelings for Gunnar very sweet.
 Gunnar was really great too. He respected Marie and was in love with her. He also tried so hard to protect her.  They made a sweet couple.
 This was a unique idea in the dystopian world. I really enjoyed it and plan on reading more from this author.
 
 


Tracey has been married for over twenty years to a man who’s broadened her horizons. He introduced her to NHRA Drag Racing in 1997. She’s been a fan ever since. Her three children call her Mom or Mama.
Tracey has an eclectic taste in music, enjoying everything from country to hard rock. Def Leppard is her favorite rock band.
Tracey enjoys watching Disney cartoon movies, action/adventure, and romantic comedies. Castle is her favorite TV show.
She loves watching NFL Football. Go 9ers and Saints!
Tracey has been an avid reader since her teen years. She started writing, seriously, after her first short story was accepted for an anthology in 2011. Reading books for a living had always been a dream of Tracey’s. She often jokes that she writes to fund her reading habit.

Twitter: @MamaS449


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Spotlight & Character interview: Wild Heat by Lucy Monroe



Wild Heat
by Lucy Monroe
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Sometimes old flames are the hottest of all . . .
In the quaint little town of Cailkirn, Alaska, it’s impossible to keep a secret, especially one as juicy as the unexpected return of Kitty Grant. Tack MacKinnon remembers her wild red curls and even wilder spirit—and still feels the sting from when she shattered his heart in college. But there’s a pain in Kitty’s gorgeous eyes that guts him to the core and Tack is determined to do whatever it takes to see the woman he still loves smile again—even if it means taking on her demons as his own.


After fleeing an abusive ex-husband, Kitty decides that the best way to heal her broken heart is to come back home. But she gets a whole new shock when she sees how undeniably sexy Tack has become. More handsome, more muscular, more charming—more everything—he’s impossible to resist. Before she knows it, they’re reigniting sparks that could set the whole state of Alaska on fire. Yet trust doesn’t come easy to Kitty anymore, and as things heat up between her and Tack, she can’t help but wonder if one of them is going to get burned . . .
 
 
An Interview with Tack MacKinnon of Wild Heat by Lucy Monroe
 
When something big happens in your life who is the first person you tell?
Back in the day it was always Kitty Grant and I've got to admit that when I first came back to Cailkirn it took a long time to get use to not just picking up that phone and calling her. But since I came back the sheriff Benji Sutherland has been a good friend to me and so has Nik Vasov.
 
Describe your perfect date night.
My idea of the perfect date is a hike that ends in a secluded spot looking out over the beautiful Alaksan wilderness and a picnic. With some good hot sex after.
 
Do you ever wish you would have stayed in California to be close to Kitty?
I don’t like that question. Just between you and me, maybe. That's not something I'll ever talk about with her though.
 
If you had a free day with no responsibilities and your only mission was to enjoy yourself, what would you do?
I would go hiking into the wilderness living off the land. There is nothing better than time spent away from civilization. And if I happen to have a woman with me who enjoyed the same things I did, and liked to end the day the same way I do that'd be okay too.
 
If you could be any animal, what would it be?
I'd be the bear I'm named for: fierce and able to protect my family.
 
What is your greatest fear?
I'm not afraid of anything. You just put something in front of me and I'll face it.
 
How do you express your anger?
Well, it all depends on who I'm pissed at. If it's another man and it really matters to me I might knock him out. If it’s a woman I might just cut her from my life. If it's my momma it's unlikely I'll tell her anything at all. What kind of question is that?
 
How did you feel when Kitty showed up in Cailkirn?
Well I was pretty surprised. I thought she was happy down there in California. I didn’t think she would ever come back to Cailkirn. I was pretty mad... look I'm not a liar there was a part of me that was happy she was back. But there's also part of me that wishes she would go back to California where she belongs. (He's shaking his head and muttering to himself I really can't get everything he's saying.)
 
Did you really think you would be able to keep your relationship with Kitty to just sex?
What kind of question is that? I thought this was an interview. (Sorry reader- he stomped off muttering without giving an answer)


With more than 7 million copies of her books in print worldwide, award winning and USA Today bestseller Lucy Monroe has published over 60 books and had her stories translated for sale all over the world.  While she writes multiple subgenres of romance, all of her books are sexy, deeply emotional and adhere to the concept that love will conquer all.  A passionate devotee of romance, she adores sharing her love for the genre with her readers.

Author Media Links:
Her Official Website http://lucymonroe.com


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Review: Vague Directions by Debra Parmley


Vague Directions
by Debra Parmley
Genre: Contemporary Romance


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Blurb: Heather expected things to be a little crazy at her first medieval reenactment. She didn’t expect to need rescuing—or to find a real hero. 

PRETEND PRINCESS. REAL HERO. 
After nearly getting lost on her way to her first medieval reenactment, Heather’s evening only gets crazier from there. Sparks fly between her and the handsome and chivalrous Roland, who’s not just a pretend knight in shining armor but an undercover army ranger on a dangerous mission. When he rescues Heather from a real—if fuzzy—monster attack, the pair is forced to spend the night in his safe house. And while Heather may no longer be in danger, her heart most definitely is.
 
My Review:
This was a very sweet and interesting read. I just wish it were a bit longer and maybe didn't have the paranormal element.
It started off really funny and intriguing. Heathers gets lost due to her friends lack of directions. Her idea of telling Heather how to get to the place where the reenactment was taking place was turn at this oak tree. You'll know the one.
She gets to the place. Has some fun meets this sweet and chivalrous Prince Charming type, then ends up almost getting kidnapped by these creatures.
That's when the story lost some interest. The idea for the creatures was interesting but it was too rushed and needed a bit more work. The storyline could have worked better with them if the author developed it a bit more.
I really liked Heather and Roland. The romance between them was sweet. The feelings a bit rushed and I wish the book were longer so they could draw it out some more between them and feel more real.
The story has a lot of potential and the creatures were definitely new for me. So overall not a bad read just needs a little something more.



Debra Parmley is an author whose goal is to spread love, one story at a time. Happiest writing in more than one genre, her published works to date are in the genres of western historical romance, 1920’s romance, contemporary romance, futuristic romance, paranormal romance and poetry. Debra enjoys writing, reading, coaching her writing students, medieval re-enactment events and world travel. Her work as a travel consultant gave her the opportunity to visit many countries and the theme of travel often appears in her work.
Her three favorite things are dark chocolate, visiting the beach and ocean, and hearing from her readers. Each letter, card and email is a treasured gift, like finding that perfect shell upon the beach.
Visit www.debraparmley.com for more about Debra and her work as well as her interviews with cover models in Cover Model Corner. Readers who sign up for her newsletters are eligible for her insider contests not available elsewhere.




Friday, May 8, 2015

Release Day! Descendants of the Rose by Juliette Harper & a Giveaway

 
Welcome to the release celebration of Descendants of the Rose by Juliette Harper! This is the first book in the Selby Jensen Paranormal Mysteries series and it's now available for sale for only .99 cents on Amazon

The author wrote a letter to her readers to explain why she decided to "genre hop".

To My Readers,

So where the heck did this book come from? It came from a weekend of writer’s block on another manuscript. Descendants of the Rose had been sitting on my desk for more than a year while I’ve been working on The Lockwood Legacy series. Then I switched gears to the cozy Study Club Mysteries, but this other character -- Selby Jensen -- wouldn’t leave me alone.

As usual, she knew what she was doing since the book debuted on the Amazon supernatural mystery bestseller list this morning.

Selby wanted out there in the world, and that Saturday morning a couple of weeks ago, she told me plainly that she’d waited long enough. I spent the weekend with her, and Monday morning I had a complete draft ready for my beta readers and proofreader.

This might seem like a big genre hop, so I wanted to take a few minutes and talk to you about how and why I write. Creating strong women characters is my primary interest. I don’t want to be confined to or defined by any genre. My goal is to put my characters in interesting, challenging, and often painful situations and explore how they cope -- or don’t cope -- and wade through the fallout and triumphs with them.

From page one of this book, you’ll meet a woman in pain over a tragic loss in her life. She prefers to keep company with the dead, but her commitment to protecting and improving the world of the living is her real reason for existing. Yes, there is a murder that is solved in the pages of this book, but Selby’s journey is only starting.

As I’m writing to you today, I have a plot map on my desk for book two of this series, Lost in Room 636 that centers around a grisly murder that occurred in San Antonio, Texas on February 8, 1965. San Antonio is one of the most haunted cities in America and it’s also Selby Jensen’s stomping grounds, but you may be surprised where destiny leads this woman over the series arc I have planned.

So, while Selby jumped to the head of the line in my project planning, she’s been an integral part of my creative vision for some time. I’m delighted to introduce her to you, and while she’s different from the women of the Rocking L in one way, in another, she’s not. Selby is the kind of woman you want on your side in a fight. She’s never let me down, and I don’t think she’ll let you down either.

Juliette

About the Book:
Selby Jensen’s business card reads “Private Investigator,” but to say the least, that downplays her real occupation. Let’s hear it in her own words:

“You want to know what I do for a living? I rip souls out. Cut heads off. Put silver bullets where silver bullets need putting. You think there aren't any monsters? . . . I have some disturbing news for you. You might want to sit down. Monsters walk among us. I'm looking for one in particular. In the meantime? I'm keeping the rest of them from eating people like you.”

In this debut novel of her new paranormal mystery series, Juliette Harper, author of The Lockwood Legacy books and The Study Club Mysteries creates a cast of characters, most of whom have one thing in common; they don’t have a pulse. The dead are doing just fine by Selby, who is determined never to lose someone she loves again, but then a force of love more powerful than her grief changes that plan.

Join Selby Jensen as she and her team track down a shadowy figure tied to a murder at a girls’ school. What none of them realize, however, is that in solving this case, they will enter a longer battle against a larger evil.

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About the Author:


Juliette Harper is the pen name used by the writing team of Patricia Pauletti and Rana K. Williamson. Descendants of the Rose is the first installment of Harper’s debut Selby Jensen Paranormal Mystery series.

Pauletti, an Easterner of Italian descent, is an accomplished musician with an eye for art and design. Williamson, a Texan, worked as a journalist and university history instructor before becoming a full-time freelance writer in 2002.

Juliette Harper is also the author of The Lockwood Legacy, a nine-book chronicle of the lives of three sisters who inherit a ranch in Central Texas following their father’s suicide. Three of the novels are currently available: Langston’s Daughters, Baxter’s Draw, and Alice’s Portrait. The fourth book, Mandy’s Father, will appear in Fall 2015.

And don’t miss her hilariously funny “cozy” Study Club Mysteries, a light-hearted spinoff of The Lockwood Legacy. The books, set in the 1960s, take on the often absurd eccentricities of small town life with good-natured, droll humor. The first book, You Can’t Get Blood Out of Shag Carpet, will be available shortly, with the second, You Can’t Put a Corpse in a Parade, coming in Summer 2015.

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Giveaway:
$25 Amazon Gift Card (INT), Langston's Daughters, Baxter's Draw and Alice's Portrait in paperback (US) or ebook (INT)
Ends May 27

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Spotlight & Review: Anonymous by Dani-Lyn Alexander


Anonymous 
by Dani-Lyn Alexander
Genre: Romantic Suspense










My Review:
I had a hard time with this one. Its hard for me to write this review without really spoiling the story, but the plotline was very predictable to me and needed to be drawn out more.
I had some issues with the main characters, Mark is bored with his marriage to Ali so he starts looking up old flames and then Ali finds out. He decides he wants a divorce but realizes that he may have acted too rash and still loves her and he still wants to be with her. I have a really hard time liking a guy that would go behind his wife's back to meet another woman and then get mad at her when she gets angry with him. Ali also made some choices that were very questionable, when she has a stalker after her threating her life. They just didn't seem very realistic. Both just couldn't seem to make up their minds and were very wishy-washy.
The storyline could have been really great but the book was just too short and rushed. With a bit more development it could be a great read.



Dani-Lyn Alexander lives on Long Island with her husband, three kids and three dogs. She loves spending time with her family, at the beach, the playground, or just about anywhere. In her spare time, which is rare, she enjoys reading and shopping—especially in book stores. Some of her favorite things include; Bernese Mountain Dogs, musicals, bubble baths and soft blankets. She’s an incurable insomniac and has an addiction to chocolate.
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