Monday, September 15, 2014

Cover Reveal: Shiver - 12 Sexy Tales of Humor & Horror - Multiple Author Anthology.


 

SHIVER: 12 Sexy Tales of Humor & Horror


Release Date: Monday, October 13, 2014


100% of all proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

12 smart, sassy ladies of RomCom are sharing 12 short stories and novellas. You will find some new characters, some old characters in new situations and a whole lot of awesome for a great cause all wrapped up with a spooky, sexy, Halloween themed bow.



Authors:
 
Belle Aurora

Jodie Beau

Ruth Clampett

L.H. Cosway

R.S. Grey

Z.B. Heller

Jennie Marts

Liv Morris

Daisy Prescott

Penny Reid

N.M. Silber

C.C. Wood





https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22667134-shiver

 

 
 





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Release Launch - Love Grows in Alaska by Michelle Lynn




RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 15th



SYNOPSIS:

Love Grows in Alaska by Michelle Lynn 


Being the oldest Washington Triplet hasn’t been easy for Marisa Washington. Labeled the “good one” at a young age embedded the burden she strived to build true. She graduated at the top of her class, never caused her parents trouble, and even settled down in their hometown of Chicago with her college boyfriend.

Her life was “perfect”, at least in the eyes of others. But when her mom unexpectedly dies, Marisa’s eyes open for the first time. She leaves her boyfriend of four years and takes a job in Alaska to gain the freedom and individuality she’s craved. After all, what would she gain by sticking around Chicago? She discovered her perfect family isn’t so perfect, and everyone she cares for left her.

Starting a new life in Anchorage, Alaska, she’s unable to escape her family’s hold when her dad’s wedding announcement comes a mere six months after her mother’s death. Attempts to contact her sisters, in order to face this together, are unsuccessful, leaving her feeling even more alone.

Her family issues have to be pushed aside when her employer sends her and three others to a team building retreat in King’s Gate. It’s the last thing Marisa wants to do, until everywhere she turns, she finds…Zach Greer.




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EXCERPT:

A hand wraps gently around my wrist, stopping me from moving forward. “Marisa Washington?” I freeze at the deep voice I only heard hours ago. Forcing my eyes to look up, my stomach flips when they find the gorgeous Zach Greer standing in front of me.

“Zach,” I murmur and then I try to compose myself as much as possible. As my body thaws slightly from the shock of seeing him again, I feel his fingertips rubbing back and forth along the inside of my wrist. It’s calming and comforting instead of creepy like it should be. I’ve met him twice and his touch doesn’t bother me a bit, whereas if Pete’s hand brushes along mine, I swipe it back like he’s a mosquito.

He smiles down to me and I notice there’s no sign of surprise in those blue hues. “Why am I the only one surprised here?” I ask him, tilting my head to the side and a billowing easy going laugh erupts from his mouth.

“You caught me. I figured I may run into you,” he admits and my eyes must give away my hesitation that it hasn’t been a coincidence running into one another again. “I mean King’s Gate isn’t huge and I fly a lot of the tour customers to their destinations. Not that I intentionally followed you here … I didn’t know you’d stay here. I mean I kind—” he adorably rambles. I could become accustomed to a hot guy being nervous around me.

“It’s okay. I understand,” I interrupt and nervously twist a strand of my long dark hair around my finger.

“So, you’re staying here?” he asks, shoving his hands in his pockets and casually leaning against the wall.

“I’m not so sure I should tell you,” I kid, and that mouth opens up in the most amazing smile with perfectly white teeth. Tell me this man has a fault.

“I have ways of finding out.” He winks and my stomach flutters at the thought that he may be attracted to me like I am to him.

“Hmm … maybe I should make you use those ways.” I boldly take a step to him. Not sure why this foreign cat and prey act is coming out of me. I’ve never been one to make a move on a guy, much less someone as out of my league as Zach Greer. Pushing off the wall, he takes a step and my pulse quickens.

“Be careful, before you know it, I’ll be at your hotel door.” He takes a hold of my finger and releases it from my hair. We are chest-to-chest and my usual guarded self vanished at some point during this impromptu meeting, because the only thing I want are his lips on mine. To feel the warmth of his tongue with mine, his hands on my hips, drawing me closer.

“Maybe I wouldn’t mind,” I softly say and one side of his lips turn up as our eyes fixate on one another’s. This current forms from him to me and I boldly wait for him to push this further. My heart races, wanting him to entice me to do something I’ve never done, to push me to give in to my impulses that I always deny.

“Today would be nice, Marisa,” Wes sneers as he passes us going to the bathroom.

“Boyfriend?” Zach asks, not stepping back from me.

“Co-worker,” I answer, admiring those blue eyes that haunt me.

“Go to dinner, Marisa. I’ll be at the bar when you finish so I can buy you a drink.” Then he turns on his heel and leaves me standing there with my heart racing and a pool of moisture between my legs. What the hell?


THE WASHINGTON TRIPLETS SERIES





AUTHOR BIO:

Michelle moved around the Midwest most of her life, transferring from school to school before settling down in the outskirts of Chicago ten years ago, where she now resides with her husband and two kids.  She developed a love of reading at a young age, which helped lay the foundation for her passion to write.   With the encouragement of her family, she finally sat down and wrote one of the many stories that have been floating around in her head. When she isn’t reading or writing, she can be found playing with her kids, talking to her mom on the phone, or hanging out with her family and friends.  But after chasing around twin preschoolers all day, she always cherishes her relaxation time after putting the kids to bed.



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Hired Gun 1 by A.J. Bennett
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Thorne Hollow is tall, dark and sexy as hell. And he knows it.
Cast out by the Gods thousands of years ago, he roams the earth working as an assassin for The Sicarii, a secret society that protects humans from all the things that go bump in the night.
Long ago, Thorne made the mistake of falling in love with a human, and her death stripped him bare. Destined to live a life of solitude. One night stands are his way of life—until he meets a mysterious woman whose intriguing power compels him to uncover more about her and the strange magic she wields.
 
 
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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Krystle's Review - The Cattleman by Anna Jeffrey




The Cattleman (Sons of Texas Book 2)

The Cattleman
Anna Jeffrey
Available 9/15/14!

Synopsis-
Contemporary Romance - Sequel to THE TYCOON
Ever since a disastrous marriage and divorce at a young age, Pickett Lockhart has kept his emotions under control. He’s preoccupied anyway with learning to be the general manager of the vast Double-Barrel Ranch outside of Drinkwell, Texas. Still, his older brother’s marriage and looming fatherhood has aroused an envy within him to have a wife, kids and home of his own. But he can’t get married, even to a woman he loves who also loves him. His divorce cost him and his family a bundle, leaving him with an overwhelming fear of stepping into another financial trap.

Amanda Breckenridge, swim team coach and English teacher in Drinkwell High School, has been in love with Pic for as long as she can remember. They were high school sweethearts. After he eloped with someone he met in college, Amanda left Drinkwell. Her father’s illness brought her back to town and a revived relationship with Pic. But Pic’s mother has never thought Amanda was good enough for him. She intends to destroy their relationship by sending a friend’s beautiful daughter to the ranch to tempt Pic. Can Amanda and Pic’s bond survive his mother and her schemes? Or the unexpected career opportunity that falls into Amanda’s lap?

 
 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23161554-the-cattleman



 

 

 


5 Book Review
 




Anna Jeffrey continues on with the Lockhart family, this time by following Drake's younger brother Pic. By the way the author describes this cowboy, he is delicious. And there is A LOT of heat in this book! * fans self *





This story is about a second chance at your first, true love. Pic and Mandy have been inseparable since they were both young kids. What started out as a friendship, turned into a romance by high-school, but once they both separated for college, that romance flickered away for Pic. He became quickly enamored by a beautiful cowgirl who competed in the rodeo, and foolishly married her on a whim.



Mandy also married, and thought that she and her husband were going to be happy, but turns out, he was not the man she thought him to be. As fates would have it, both Mandy and Pic divorced and found themselves in each others' arms once again...but, Pic's meddling mother is not going to have any of it.

You'd think she'd learn her lesson to stay out of her GROWN child’s lives by now after she tried, and failed, to break up Drake and Shannon from the first book in this series!! I definitely would not want to have that person as a mother-in-law, she'd be a monster-in-law for sure!!!



Soo, here in lies the problem. Betty Lockhart – Monster-in-law – implants a nuisance into the Double-Barrel Ranch – where Pic resides and also manages – named Zochimilka. A beautiful dark-skinned woman who's on the lookout to be a Mrs. Anyonewhocanstandher !! Ha! Pic seriously just needs to get over his fears of commitment and make an honest woman out of Mandy! You can tell that they're both still very much in love with each other!! :)



I enjoyed reading this story very much, and was glad to have returning characters (Drake and Shannon) once again. I can't wait to get to the bottom of what's going on with Trouble-Troy (youngest brother) and hear his story (if there's going to be one)! I also love how spunky Kate is. I laughed out-loud in the beginning of the book where they made fun of her Pocahontas outfit!



Thank you for gifting me this copy Anna, in exchange for an honest review! I loved it!!
 
 

Anna JeffreyAnna Jeffrey is an award-winning author of romance novels as well as romantic comedy/mystery. She has written 9 romance novels and co-authored 7 as USA Today Bestselling author, Dixie Cash. Her most recent book is "The Tycoon."

Her Anna Jeffrey books have won the Write Touch Readers' Award, the Aspen Gold, and the More Than Magic awards. Her books have been finalists in the Colorado Romance Writers award, the Golden Quill and Southern Magic as well as the Write Touch Readers' Award, the Aspen Gold and the More than Magic awards. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Dallas Area Romance Authors and PASIC.

Anna is a fifth generation Texan. She was born and grew up in West Texas, where most of her family members were farmers and ranchers or worked in the oil fields. She left Texas for many years and lived in four of the western states, a rich experience she'll never forget.

She loves most things western, from the customs and culture to the philosophy of life. She enjoys many hobbies, i.e., reading, painting and drawing, crafting, needlework and beading.

These days, she's back home in Texas. She and her husband currently live in Granbury, Texas, a small town not far from the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex
 
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Sofia Grey's, "Lila's Wolf" Book Blitz!!! The One With Ghardians and the Timelines

Lila’s Wolf Blog Tour!

 Ghardians and the timelines



 A note from the author: I’ve created a simple premise in my new time travel series: if someone tries to use the time-jumping technology to run away to an earlier time, they are hunted down and brought back to face justice. In this case, ten-years in prison.

The penalties are harsh, but I guess they have to be. The biggest danger is that someone might contaminate the timelines, create a paradox and put the entire future at risk.

This led me to the creation of an elite order of soldiers – the ghardians – who are trained to capture runaways. In Lila’s Wolf (Out of Time #1), Lila travels back to Dark Age Britain with a ghardian, to track down Jared. The last thing she expects, is to find him there as a slave.

Do you think the sentence is too harsh? Or not severe enough? Leave me a comment and you’ll go into a draw for the blog tour giveaway.
 Lila’s Wolf (Out of Time #1) is available 4 September 2014, from Hartwood Publishing
See links below!
Genre: Dark time-travel romantic suspense

The only way to save him, might be to leave him behind 

(I so want this book cover as a poster! Rwar! -Sky)

Blurb:When Lila Cammell is abandoned by her time-jump partner, leaving her alone in Britain in the Dark Ages, revenge is the only thing on her mind. She’d trusted Jared Grohl with her life and her heart, and bringing him to justice will be sweet.

Finding him captured and enslaved by the Saxons changes all her assumptions. Now it’s a fight for survival, but the only way to save him, might be to leave him behind.





 “I need to ask you something.” Marc’s tone was quiet, and my stomach churned. I lifted my head and met his gaze, seeing his serious expression, a trace of anxiety in his dark eyes. The corners of his mouth quirked up a fraction, but he still looked worried. “I wondered about your feelings for Jared.”

“My feelings?” Gods, what could I say? My heart raced, and I tried to find the right words. Nothing came out, and the silence grew, hopeless, but explaining so much without the need for words.

“I thought so.” Marc’s voice was soft “And I guess it will be hard for you to see him in the penal colony?”

I found my voice. “Would he still be sentenced? He’s a slave here, for God’s sake.”

“He would still have to serve time. It may be reduced by a couple of years, but you know they like to make examples of runaways. It’s a deterrent, and a very effective one.”

Tears pressed at the back of my eyes. I couldn’t leave Jared here, but what kind of future awaited him at home?




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Catch me blogging with Allyson Lindt at www.GeminiGirls.com


Twitter: @SofiaGreyAuthor


Blog Tour – find me here:



Date
Host
Blog post
8-Sept

Google & conspiracy theories
9-Sept
Vampire bonding & eye colours

10-Sept

Picture books & virtual streets
11-Sept

TARDIS & the grassy knoll
11-Sept
Solar powered fridges & the right dress

12-Sept

Battlefield & giant library
12-Sept
Richard Hammond & exotic food

13-Sept


14-Sept

Ghardians & timelines
14-Sept
Fluffy plans & dark ideas

15-Sept 
Time travel & love stories

16-Sept

Paradox & runaways
17-Sept
Beautiful society & Ghardians

17-Sept
Loophole & ideas file

18-Sept
Rosemary Sutcliff & history classes

19-Sept
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Tetris & good bathrooms
20-Sept

Giant library & dodgy Utopia

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About Author
Romance author Sofia Grey spends her days managing projects in the corporate world and her nights hanging out with wolf shifters and alpha males. She devours pretty much anything in the fiction line, but she prefers her romances to be hot, and her heroes to have hidden depths. When writing, she enjoys peeling back the layers to expose her characters’ flaws and always makes them work hard for their happy endings.
Music is interwoven so tightly into my writing that I can’t untangle the two. Either I’m listening to a playlist on my iPod, have music seeping from my laptop speakers, or there’s a song playing in my head – sometimes on auto-repeat.

Check out my playlists on Pinterest

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Sky: Thank you for visiting us here at the Booknatics today! For those not familiar with you yet, would you like to tell them a little about yourself?

Sofia: My name is Sofia Grey. I write contemp and PNR, in several different series, and my first book (a short story) was published in January last year. I’m addicted to wine, chocolate and coffee, and firmly believe you can never have too many books. This is probably why my Kindle crawls along at the speed of an arthritic snail.
Sky: Oh, we're most definitely going to get along juuuust fine here. *giggles*


Sky: How did the idea for this book come about?
Sofia: I love the concept of time travel, and had bounced ideas around in my head for years, before I finally started work on Lila’s Wolf. It was intended to be a short & fluffy story, with a series that focused on people travelling through time sampling different lovers. Once my characters spoke to me though, it rapidly became clear this was a much darker story, and I’m glad I listened to them.
Sky: I am sure the other concept would have been just as brilliant, but I am thankful to have met Jared!

Sky: When did you realize you wanted to be a writer? Were there any specific inspirations, such as an author and or book?
 
Sofia: I started reading early, amassing a book collection with my pocket money, and in my head I’ve always been creating stories and characters. There was no blinding flash of realization though, it’s just something I knew I would do.

Sky: What was the hardest thing you dealt with during the writing process of your first story?
Sofia: You mean apart from being convinced it was a best-seller and would bring me fame and fortune, and then being disappointed when everyone rejected it? There was a practical issue, in that I lost my soft copy of the manuscript, and had to retype it from scratch.
Sky: Oh no!
Sofia: This was probably ten years after I’d first written it. However, like a good cheese, my writing had matured, and I ended up keeping maybe half of it, and rewriting the rest.
The exciting news is that after multiple rewrites, and enough rejections to fill a large folder, this first book is finally coming out in early 2015. It’s called Pole Position, and is a dark contemp romance.
Sky: I admire your dedication! I also feel as though many aspiring writers can find inspiration in your hard work and perseverance. Sounds like us fans have another brilliant book to look forward to! 


Sky: Have you learned anything new about yourself during the writing process of your books?
Sofia: I think like most authors, writing fills a void for me, one that I didn’t even know was there. It’s hard to explain, but writing acts like a valve for my emotions. If I’m angry, or scared, or upset, I can channel it into my story.
 Sky: That explains one of my favorite parts about the power of your writing; there's a real sense of raw emotion in your characters that had me constantly feeling everything they felt.  


Sky: Do you have a preferred time or place where you feel more comfortable writing?
Sofia: Since I work full time, I have limited hours to actually write, and so I try to use my commuting time – two hours on the train every day. With my earbuds in, a flask of coffee beside me, and laptop on my knees, I use that time for writing. Luckily I sit with a bunch of regulars, who are used to my antisocial ways. It’s kinda hard writing sex scenes on the train though, so I save those for late at night when everyone is asleep, and I don’t have any interruptions.
Sky: *laughing* I can imagine you'd turn those regulars into admirers if they ever saw the naughty that happens between the pages of your novels! 


Sky: When the ultimate enemy, Writer’s Block, strikes, is there anything special you do to cure it?
Sofia: Gah! Sometimes I take it as a signal from my subconscious that I need to take a break, and I’ll put the manuscript down for a couple of days, and just read and watch movies instead. After that, if I’m still stuck, the two things that unlock it for me are walking on the beach, and driving my car.

There’s something about driving that makes all the ideas come pouring out – and leaving me desperate to make sure I remember it all! I swear I create the best dialogue when I’m driving. Shame I forget half the details by the time I get to write it down.
 Sky: If you ever need a silent passenger to assist you in jotting everything down, I'll work for free--I wouldn't mind a drive around gorgeous NZ! LOL!

Sky: When you’re not busy concocting brilliant fantasy novels, what is it you love to do to pass time?
Sofia: Listen to rock music, eat chocolate, and drink coffee (day) or wine (night). I also read obsessively, collect shoes, and bake chocolate brownie to share with my friends.
Sky: *drools* Now I want to head over there even more! I'll be sure to bring brand-spanking new shoes as a gift in return *laughs*

Sky: Are there any inspirations that come to mind when you create your characters?
Sofia: I like to have a visual inspiration before I start work writing them. I’ve been known to spend hours on Pinterest looking for the exact image that makes me go, Yeah, that’s the one.
Sky: I am always finding an excuse to go on Pinterest myself! Coincidentally, I was browsing Pinterest for a fitting image of Jared to use on the banners for today's blitz ;D 

Sky: If you were not a writer, what would your dream job be?
Sofia: My first ever job was working in a library, and I loved it. Surrounded by books all day, it was damn near perfect. Aside from that, if I could somehow wangle a job quality checking male models for photo shoots, I would consider that. It’d be a tough job, but you know, someone has to do  it... * grin *
Sky: Oh lord, if you ever land a job like that, I'd hope you put a good word in for me--I'll bring the baby oil.


Sky: The million-dollar question: If you were to be offered a deal for “Lila’s Wolf” to become a movie, would you accept? If so, who would your dream cast be?
Sofia: Does anyone ever say NO to this?
This is the kind of question I could obsess over for hours – days – and never be satisfied. Pass!
Sky: *laughs*
 Thank goodness for Pinterest! 


Sky: In regards to another series you have published with wolf shifters, would you say wolves are your favorite animal?
Sofia: Actually, cats are my favourite animals, as pets,  but I adore wolves for shifters. Raw power, strength and all those yummy alpha-male qualities.


Sky: If you could have your very own pet wolf, what would his or her name be?
Sofia: Hmmm... Jensen (Ackles)  - I’d like to have my own, tame, Jensen Ackles * grin *
Sky: Another Ackles fan in the house! *high five* 


He approves! ^ 

Sky: If you could travel to any time and place in the world, where would it be, and why?
Sofia: Oh, so many choices... Maybe Stonehenge when it was being constructed and see what it looked like when it was new? Or back in time to watch Queen at their height, with the late, great Freddie Mercury singing.
Sky: Lovely choices! Makes me wonder what's next in store for Jared and Lila once they're back in operation :D

Sky: The ever-favorite question here at the Booknatics: Who is your book boyfriend?
Sofia: This is variable, depending on mood, but my top 3 would be:
-      Dmitri Belikov (from the Vampire Academy series)
-      Judd Lauren (from the Psy/Changeling series)
-      Alexander Belov / Barrington from The Bronze Horseman
I’d never get tired of these * happy smile *
Sky: You've got fantastic taste, my dear! Dmitri is definitely on the top of my list as well
*giggles* 

Sky: And lastly, do you have any writing advice for other aspiring authors?
Sofia: It’s a cliché, but write, write, and write some more. When you finish a novel, start work on the next. And the next after that.
What helped me more than anything though, was finding myself a critique partner – someone to objectively critique my work as I wrote it, and tell me the truth about my writing. Friends and family have a tendency to tell you it’s wonderful, and it can take an outsider to be brutally honest.
Thank you for the interview, it was great fun – and thank you for featuring me on your blog today
 Mwah! Mwah!
Sky: I've probably said it a thousand times already, but that's just how thankful I am to be apart of your big day! You are inspiring and a true talent. I can't wait to see what's in store for all of us who adore you and your worlds very much.Thank you!!! mwah!