Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Blitz and giveaway: Love me to Death by Marissa Clarke




Love Me to Death by Marissa Clarke
(Underveil #1)

Published by: Entangled: Select
Publication date: October 28th 2014
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance


Synopsis:

Medical research scientist Elena Arcos has always lived her life under the radar. When she is shot in a convenience store robbery, Elena finds herself rocketed into supernatural insanity courtesy of a sexy immortal law enforcer. He’s convinced she’s some kind of freaky half-vampire thing and that her deceased dad was the real deal: a blood sucking monster. Yeah, right.
Nikolai Itzov never anticipated battling the urge to kiss the offspring of his father’s murderer. As a Slayer, an elite law enforcer descended from Azrael himself, his orders from the Underveil General are clear: Kill her or die.
Nikolai and Elena find themselves in a life and death battle to stop a plot designed to lift the Underveil and enslave humans. With her analytical mind and his centuries of training, they might be able to foil the plot with their lives and maybe their hearts intact. But in order to succeed, he must help her become the very thing he hates the most: an Undead.








TRAILER












AUTHOR BIO:

Marissa Clarke lives in Texas, where everything is bigger, especially the mosquitoes.

When not writing, she wrangles her rowdy pack of three teens, husband, and a Cairn Terrier named Annabel, who rules the house (and Marissa's heart) with an iron paw.  She loves to connect with readers, so follow/friend her on Facebook and Twitter or shoot her an email from her website "Contact" page.




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GIVEAWAY

Blitz-wide giveaway (INTL)
  • 50$ Amazon Gift Card
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Monday, November 3, 2014

Review: Seduced by a Sinner




Seduced by a Sinner
by Cynthia Woolf

This is the third book in the Destiny in Deadwood series but you can also read it as a stand alone.



Quick Facts                                        
Release Date: October, 2014           
Genre: Historical Romance. Western                                              
Formats to buy: Paperbacks and all ebook formats









Book Synopsis
 
Zach Anderson is a desperate man. He needs to find a killer before the man destroys Zach’s entire family. He also must convince one Lily Sutter, the woman he loves, that she loves him and wants to marry him.


Neither task is an easy one.


Lily Sutter is a sinner. Just ask anyone in Deadwood. She had a baby out of wedlock and she doesn’t deny it. She was seduced and left by one man; she refuses to be taken in by another. The fact that Zach makes her blood boil and her heart race, just by being near, has nothing to do with anything









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Excerpt:

Thursday, June 28, 1877

Zach reined to a stop in front of the Deadwood mercantile. He was looking forward to seeing Lily, but more importantly, Lily had a spare room and he needed someplace to live. Hopefully, she’d be willing to rent to him.
He probably should get a bath and a shave before he talked to her, but he was just too dog-tired. Over the past three weeks, he’d chased Jordan to Cheyenne and then southwest toward Denver. Always behind him perhaps only minutes, but still behind. Only getting close enough once in Cheyenne, to have seen him. Jordan could have killed him then, but Zach had seen him at the last moment and avoided most of the intended damage. The knife only cut him from below his eye to his mouth. It could have slashed his throat. Bleeding like a stuck pig afterwards, Zach had to find a doctor and get stitched up. By then, he’d lost Jordan and didn’t find him again until just outside Deadwood. Jordan was returning to Zach’s home. Returning to the scene of his crime, when he stabbed Ellie, returning to finish what he’d started but Zach would not allow him to hurt his family.
The problem was finding him in the throng of people that now occupied Deadwood. Thousands of people had come and more were on their way. Looking for the same kind of riches that he and his brothers had been lucky enough to find. They’d struck the mother lode with the gold claim that Lily Sutter had sold them.
He should go next door and get cleaned up, especially if he hoped to have any chance of convincing Lily about the room. She wouldn’t want a boarder who was as dirty as he was. He would ask her for meals, too. He needed them and sharing a meal, spending time together at her table, would be a good chance to get to know more about her and Gemma. The little girl needed a father but until the threat that Jordan presented was eliminated, until Jordan was eliminated, he couldn’t think about that. Couldn’t think about a family of his own.
They’d been in Deadwood for ten months, nearly a year before he left to go after Jordan and he’d been trying to court Lily all that time to no avail. She was having none of it. In all his thirty-eight years, he’d never been turned down by a woman. But she said he was a Yankee and too handsome for his own good and wouldn’t have more than a passing friendship with him.
Well, he wasn’t too handsome now, not with the scar on his face from Jordan’s knife. Red and angry, the wound still had the stitches. He needed to see Doc Cochran to get them out, today if possible, after he’d bathed. Then he could get a shave afterward and there wouldn’t be any stitches left for the razor to catch on.
He dismounted and tied the horse’s reins to the hitching rail then noticed a new bathhouse next door to Lily’s store. The sign said ‘Bath, shave and haircut’ five dollars. He went in there first. The old man, Richardson, was there working.
“Good day, Richardson. I’d like a bath now and a shave later.”
“You can do the bath but you have to pay Miss Lily,” he said, the few strands of long gray hair combed over the bald patch on top, though not covering it very well. “And then bring the token back here. She’s the one who does the shaves and haircuts since Sam left. You have to come back later for that, after she closes the store.”
“Alright, let’s just do the bath. Good and hot. I’ll go get the token. I haven’t had a good bath in weeks and am looking forward to this.”
Zach walked next door to the mercantile. The bell sounded as he entered. The one customer in the store took one look at Zach, and left hurriedly, keeping her face turned and her hand over her mouth as she passed.
“Be right with ya’ll,” said Lily.
He walked up to the counter. “No hurry,” said Zach, his voice still gravelly from lack of use.
Lily’s head snapped up and she stared. “Zach. Is that you?”
“In the flesh.”
She came around the counter. “You’re injured.” Reaching up toward the jagged cut on his face, she pressed her lips together, a gentleness crossed her features before she rallied and the starch came back. “You’re a mess. Where have you been? Why didn’t you say goodbye?”
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MY REVIEW: 
3.5 - 4 stars

This is my fourth book by this author, and I can tell you she never disappoints. Though this one was not my favorite, I really enjoyed it anyway and it was very entertaining.

What worked:
  •          The beautiful cover (not only sexy but with lovely colors!)
  •          The pace was fast, the reading was easy and the writing smooth and simple
  •         The romance was sweet
  •          Even if I didn’t really liked Lilly, she was a simple Deadwood girl. She made mistakes, she was confused about what she felt and that’s what made her believable.
  •          The killer’s addition is interesting and had me trying to guess the outcome.
  •          It was nice to read about the other members of the family I’ve grown attached during the series.
  •          Looooved the epilogue.


What didn’t work:

  •          I wanted to know more about the villain.
  •         I found that there was not enough depth in characters as in other books by Cynthia W.
  •          I couldn’t connect to Zach and Lilly or their love story. I was expecting a heart-stopping relationship such as in “Fiery Bride” (also by C. Woolf) or Redeemed by a Rebel (book 1 in this series). And I didn’t get it here. I felt something was missing. I was expecting that breath-taking moment when you know that couple is meant to be and it never arrived. However, it was sweet and nice.


What else?

  •         It is sad to see this lovely family go away.
  •          It is an entertaining series, totally worth reading.





Other books in the series:

Redeemed by a Rebel





Healed by a Heart








The Author

Cynthia Woolf is the author of six historical western romance books and one short story with more
books on the way.
She was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in the mountains west of Golden. She spent her early years running wild around the mountain side with her friends.Their closest neighbor was one quarter of a mile away, so her little brother was her playmate and her best friend. That fierce friendship lasted until his death in 2006.
Cynthia was and is an avid reader. Her mother was a librarian and brought new books home each week. This is where young Cynthia first got the storytelling bug. She wrote her first story at the age of ten. A romance about a little boy she liked at the time.
Cynthia loves writing and reading romance. Her first western romance Tame A Wild Heart, was inspired by the story her mother told her of meeting Cynthia’s father on a ranch in Creede, Colorado. Although Tame A Wild Heart takes place in Creede that is the only similarity between the stories. Her father was a cowboy not a bounty hunter and her mother was a nursemaid (called a nanny now) not the ranch owner. Cynthia credits her wonderfully supportive husband Jim and the great friends she's made at CRW for saving her sanity and allowing her to explore her creativity.

 WEBSITE – www.cynthiawoolf.com




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Friday, October 31, 2014

Blitz and giveaway: At any moment by Brenna Aubrey




At Any Moment by Brenna Aubrey
(Gaming the System #3)



Publication date: October 31st 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance




Synopsis:

It’s Dangerous to Go Alone!
Mia Strong never expected to be deciding the rest of her life at age twenty-two. Is she willing to become a human lab rat? Does she need to write a will? Does she ever want a family–and if so, with whom? She can’t dodge the tough questions–not if she plans to live to see twenty-three. With her life hanging in the balance, Mia wants nothing more than to rely on Adam Drake, but he’s hurt her before.
You Must Gather Your Party Before Venturing Forth…
Adam Drake knows that he’s made mistakes, but when he discovers what Mia’s facing, he realizes how much those mistakes could cost him. Now he has to choose between being the man who can save Mia’s life or the man she can love. No matter how much it tears him apart, Adam knows he has to put Mia first…even if it means he’s out of the picture entirely.
Will their love survive this epic battle or is it game over?
This novel is the third and final book in Adam and Mia’s trilogy, but they will be featured in future Gaming the System novels.










AUTHOR BIO:
Brenna Aubrey is an author of New Adult contemporary romance stories that center on geek culture. Her debut novel, At Any Price, released December, 2013.


She has always sought comfort in good books and the long, involved stories she weaves in her head. Brenna is a city girl with a nature-lover’s heart. She therefore finds herself out in green open spaces any chance she can get. A mommy to two little kids and teacher to many more older kids, she juggles schedules to find time to pursue her love of storycrafting.


She currently resides on the west coast with her husband, two children, two adorable golden retriever pups, two birds and some fish.

Brenna’s short story “The Love Letter” was the Grand Prize winner of the Jane Austen Made Me Do It Short Story Contest. As such, it was included in the anthology of the same name (Ballantine, 2011)






GIVEAWAY

Blitz-wide giveaway 
3 different winners
  • 1 compass locket on a chain (US only)
  • Signed copies of all 3 books in the series (US only)
  • $15 Apple iBooks or Amazon Kindle gift card (International only)
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Part Time Princess: Guest Post and Giveaway





Part-time Princess by Pamela DuMond 
(Ladies in Waiting #1) 

Publication date: Spring 2014
Genres: Comedy, New Adult, Romance






Synopsis:

Two Princes are in love with her. Too bad she’s an imposter…
Hold tight to your tiara, grab your scepter and be prepared for the New Adult hilarious, modern-day romantic-comedy ride of your life!


Rated PG-13 and mildly R for:


Sexual innuendo.
Hot Guys.
Hot Guys who are Princes.
Flirting.
Romance.
The occasional naughty word.
The occasional naughty royal fantasy.
The occasional naughty deed.
Romance.
Castles.
Ladies-in-Waiting.
Parties!
Cocktails.
A puppy.
Gowns.
Intrigue.
Chocolate.
Champagne.
A Royal Wedding!
Comedy.
Sexiness.
More Romance.


And—a Happily-Ever-After Ending (Just not the way you expected it!)


Lucy Trabbicio’s a down-on-her-luck, young, American, former biker-bar cocktail waitress desperate to find a job. Lady Elizabeth Billingsley hires Lucy to travel to Fredonia, the tiny jewel of a country in the Alps, for ten days ‘tops’ to impersonate her.
Say what? How the heck is that going to happen?
In the mother of all makeovers, Elizabeth’s people teach Lucy how to dress, walk, talk, eat, be coiffed and even get naked like a European Lady.
The goal?
To keep Crown Prince Cristoph Timmel interested in Elizabeth until she finishes her unexpected, pressing personal business in the States.
But fate intervenes… Lucy meets and is wildly attracted to sexy, bad-boy Nick on the oh-so-long flights to Fredonia. Unfortunately for Lucy—Nick and Elizabeth have a hot sexual history, which Nick wants to immediately resume.
Prince Cristoph proposes marriage. What’s an imposter girl to do? Elizabeth insists that she’ll make it back home in time for the wedding. Lucy accepts Cristoph’s proposal and is on the fast track to becoming a Princess but continues to fall for the wrong Prince of Fredonia—Nick. When another tiny glitch arises—someone’s trying to kill her.
The only folks helping Lucy are her wild, party hard, take-no-prisoners Ladies-in-Waiting.
When the real Lady Elizabeth decides she’s not marrying Cristoph and never returning to Fredonia, Lucy’s faced with an uncomfortable decision—continue her deception, marry the prince she’s not in love with and live a dream life albeit without Nick, her dream guy? Or tell the truth and return to poverty and oblivion?
A modern day sexy fairy tale with romance, twists and turns, LOL moments, a few tears and an empowering ending.





Purchase:













Pros and Cons of being a Princess

by

Pamela DuMond



Oh gosh there are so many pros and cons of being a Princess.

Pros:

  • Someone will help you with your hair and makeup.
  • You’ll probably score a tiara and some royal bling.
  • You probably won’t have to drive your own car in rotten traffic.
  • You probably won’t have to take your car to the carwash, a smog check, or even an oil change.
  • No need to flip off someone who cuts you off in traffic.
  • Someone will coach you on how to take a decent picture.
  • You’ll be drinking some primo bubbly and booze.
  • You most likely have a private screening room for to watch movies and TV shows before they are released to the public.
  • Most of your food will be top notch.
  • Charities! You can make appearances to support approved charities and make a difference in someone’s life as well as the world.
  • You get to have Ladies-in-Waiting!
  • Hopefully you fall in love with a handsome prince.



Cons:

  • Bye-bye privacy.
  • Paparazzi – Blech.
  • Wardrobe malfunctions: how many times has Duchess Kate had photos taken of her behind when her skirt flew up during a windy day?
  • Stuffy, boring state dinners.
  • You’ll have to be more conscious about censoring words before they trip out of your mouth.
  • God forbid you trip and fall in public. It will most likely be captured for the world to see.
  • Gossip sites will constantly speculate that you are sporting a baby bump when you simply ate too much pizza.
  • One of your ‘fake friends’ will upload a photo of you doing something stupid on Instagram.
  • Chances are you’ll become more conscious of things like pimples and gaining weight.
  • Your ‘handlers’ will most likely insist you walk in high heels and perhaps wear odd hats.
  • If you’re born into a royal family you’re going to have to worry about who wants to date you and why.
  • If you marry into a royal family you’re going to have to hope your husband’s not cheating with his former (cough) girlfriend behind your back or even a pretty maid.
  • Groveling. You’ll have to grovel and suck up to the King and Queen.
  • You’ll have to attend a fair share of incredibly boring royal functions.
  • People will complain about everything you do or don’t do.
  • Until you pop out a royal heir, the press will constantly speculate about when you will pop out a royal heir.
  • Possible assassination attempts.


Thanks so much for hosting me on your blog -- I know that Book! I hope you enjoy Part-time Princess (Ladies-in-Waiting) – a NA romantic comedy.








AUTHOR BIO
Pamela DuMond is the author who discovered Erin Brockovich’s life story, thought it would make a great movie and pitched it to ‘Hollywood’.

She writes romantic comedic mysteries, romantic YA time travel and New Adult romance.

Her book The Story of You and Me was a Quarterfinalist in the Amazon Breakout Novel Award (ABNA) 2014 in Romance.

Cupcakes, Pies, and Hot Guys was a Quarterfinalist in ABNA 2013 in Mystery .

She’s addicted to TV shows — The Voice and Reign. The movies Love Actually and The Bourne trilogy (with Matt Damon — not that other actor guy,) make her cry ever time she watches them. (Like — a thousand.)

When she’s not writing Pamela’s also a chiropractor and cat wrangler. She loves reading, the beach, working out, movies, TV, animals, her family and friends. She lives in Venice, California with her fur-babies.

She likes her coffee strong, her cabernet hearty, her chocolate dark, her foods non-GMO and she lives for a good giggle.




Giveaway:

Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)




20$ Amazon Gift Card
3x eBook copy of Part-Time Princess
2x eBook copy of The Messenge
2x eBook copy of The Story of You and Me




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