Monday, October 15, 2018

Goddess Fish Promotions Tenth Anniversary Celebration (GIVEAWAY)

Welcome to the Goddess Fish Promotions Tenth Anniversary Month Long Celebration!
Who is Goddess Fish Promotions? And what do we do? We're glad you asked! Goddess Fish Promotions was established October 14, 2008. Why? Well, when Marianne became a published author and got her the first taste of trying to promote a book on a budget, there was only one other virtual book tour company in place at the time, and their fees were simply too high for a small press author. After coordinating and running her own tour, she knew other authors could use the same service for a reasonable price. Thus, Goddess Fish Promotions was born. Because both Judy and Marianne were authors and editors prior to running Goddess Fish Promotions, they approach the business with a unique point of view, and treat their clients how they would expect to be treated.
We didn't want your visit here to be dry and boring, so we decided to have a poetry competition and put what we do into verse. Here are the initial entries:

Roses are Red.
Violets are Blue.
I'm awful at poetry.

We can edit your book
find things you didn't see
It will be fun to look
at the changes from me.

Yeah, for some reason, Judy won!

Even better, her poem is correct. We DO offer editing as one of our options.

Here are a couple of testimonials from clients:
I worked with Marianne on a complete edit and was very happy with the results. Her feedback was clear, easy to follow, and she probed on things I hadn’t thought of. She was also responsive whenever I had questions and helped me work through a few issues. Her feedback and guidance improved the quality of my manuscript, all at a very fair price. I’m working on my next book and plan to use their services again.
-J B Glazer, author, In Search of Mr. Anonymous

Choosing the right editor for a project is incredibly important to an author. Let’s face it, we want the best for our books. When I was considering editors for my first indie-published book, Regenerate, I naturally thought of Goddess Fish Promotions–and I’m so glad I did.
Marianne Arkins and Judy Thomas are incredibly attentive and professional during the entire editing process. Their input was invaluable and the story is much stronger because they cared enough to help unsnarl plot points and find order in the chaos.
I can’t wait to work with them again. Truly, a top-notch editorial team! – Sarita Leone, award-winning author of Regenerate

We also offer Virtual Book Tours, Graphic Design, Social Media Promotion and more. You can see more testimonials here.


Judy Thomas - Judy has a college degree in English and she’s worked in retail, education, at her local library as well as an editor for a small press and for the now defunct ShadowKeep Ezine. She’s also a published author so can see things from both sides of the fence. In 2013, she “retired” and now spends her days helping authors make their dream come true—as well as working as much as she can with her local theater group.
Marianne Arkins - Grammar freak and coffee lover, Marianne wrote her first novel at ten years old, built her first commercial website in 2000, and published for the first time in 2006. She worked as a professional editor for just over a year, and knows what it’s like to write, edit and promote a book on a budget.


We hope you enjoyed getting to know us a little more and we'd like to do the same. We'd LOVE to see a little poem that tells us a bit about you in the comments. We'll be awarding random book giveaways and $5 Amazon GCs to some of the best poetry we find. It might not be at every stop, but when something really makes us smile, we'll reward it! Come on, be daring...


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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Book Tour for Can’t Text This by Teagan Hunter (REVIEW)

An unexpected connection in a bar leads to more for two opposites looking for more.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Can’t Text This by Teagan Hunter, along with my impressions of this fun and flirty book, then add this to your bookshelf too!

Hi Monty. Wanna see my python?”
That’s how I ended up in the bathroom of some dive bar with a stranger.
Me, Monty Andrews, the quintessential virgin girl next door.
I was so out of my element, but there was no denying our explosive attraction, even via text.
Commence Operation Bang Each Other Out of Our Systems, because that was all it was—unfinished business.
I had no intention of falling back into the sheets with the tattooed, muscly, dirty-in-the-best-kind-of-way single dad over and over again…but I did.
Everything was going great—until we discovered I was his son’s teacher.



Though there’s much that’s familiar about this story there’s still something about it that completely won me over.  From the crackling main couple, to the unrelenting sexual tension, readers will find themselves glued to the pages and the fun and flirty connection between two very different people.  In a connection that slowly builds in sensuality readers will enjoy the journey of two people who learn about each other through words instead of deeds, along with getting a few laughs along the way that put a smile on my face.

Robbie Cross was introduced in a previous book from this author and it was a memorable first appearance.  As a former carefree young man, he’s now a hard working single dad who’s so much more than he seems.  Through endless text messages with a prim woman he met in a bar, readers get to learn even more about the snarky and charming man and it’s not long before he completely won me over.  Robbie’s exactly who he shows to the world, a man who’s focused on what he wants, and it’s clear he wants the straitlaced Monty.  Though they’re very much opposites, whenever they’re together there’s a sense of naughtiness and satisfaction vibrating between them.  They may say that their time together is short, but it’s clear that they’re a decadently delightful couple whose interactions jumped off the pages and that no matter what they’re meant for HEA.

Monty Andrews grew up the dutiful daughter.  In a family that eschewed technology, and valued obedience to all, Monty grew up sheltered and uncertain of herself.  With her sister Denny leading the way though, Monty’s now ready to start experiencing life on her own.  When one night’s impulsiveness introduces her to a man that encourages her to experience all things it ends up being an unforgettable pairing.  In a journey full of feelings and self-awareness, via endless text messages, Monty slowly emerges from the shell she always kept herself in.  She might not be as carefree and bold as her sister but I still enjoyed her journey as Robbie brought out a naughty side to her that was charming.  Though she veered towards the wild side a time or two she never lost the core of who she was.  Monty was ultimately a sweet heroine with a kind heart, someone who bloomed throughout this story but who never rushed things.  She was methodical but when she gave into her desires, she gave in wholeheartedly in a sweet and sexy tale.

At it’s most simplistic this is a romance of opposites attracting.  With his tats and sexy banter Robbie shows himself to be so much more as he calls to Monty’s desire to be more too.  Through texts and random encounters readers were invited along to experience friends becoming lovers and through each exchange we become more invested in their journey.  It’s a sweet and sexy journey that charms while crafting blush-worthy moments that flow beautifully and kept me wrapped in a happy embrace.  Though there’s a bit of silly concerns with Monty discovering that she’s the teacher of Robbie’s son, it was still not enough to ruin my happiness as this appealing main couple found their HEA.  Along with this likable main couple was an equally likable cast of secondary characters, some who are new (like Denny - whose brashness and protectiveness were endearing) to Robbie’s best friend Zach who was the geeky and sexy hero from this author’s previous book.  These characters are well-crafted and larger-than-life and brought bits of humor to an already delightful story.  Add in Robbie’s son Xavie and you have even more charming interactions that had me falling even more in love with Robbie.  Readers looking for a slow and steady romance full of sexual tension will get all that and more courtesy of this modern tale of opposites attracting.

My rating for this is an A-

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.


TEAGAN HUNTER is a Missouri-raised gal, but currently lives in North Carolina with her US Marine husband, where she spends her days begging him for a cat. She survives off coffee, pizza, and sarcasm. When she’s not writing, you can find her binge-watching various TV shows, especially Supernatural and One Tree Hill. She enjoys cold weather, buys more paperbacks than she’ll ever read, and never says no to brownies.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Book Spotlight on Ridge by S.L. Scott (REVIEW)

A past connection comes burning back to the surface for two people trying to find themselves and find their way back to each other.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Ridge by S.L. Scott, along with my impressions of this engaging romance full of heart and soul, then add this fourth installment in the Crow Brothers series to your bookshelf too!

The One didn’t exist.
Then I met Meadow.
The band's honorary little sister was off-limits. Too late for that. She says we’re “nothing serious,” but she’s gotten under my skin and I can’t stop thinking about her. And when I touch her, I know we’re meant to be.
Happy Endings don’t exist.
Not even with Ridge.
My big plans never included falling for a rock star. Too soon for that. He wants to make us a “thing,” and I can’t deny our chemistry is combustible. His persistence is wearing me down, making his proposition hard to resist.
If true love only exists in fairy tales, why am I beginning to believe that Ridge just might be my happily ever after?


Dave “Ridge” Carson
Somewhere between El Paso and Tucson, I found my soul under the bright stars of the Southwest.
Looking up, I drink her in. Meadow hates when I stare at her, but beauty like hers is rare. Her chin dips down, and she kisses my cheek, trailing more toward my ear where she whispers, “You feel so good inside me.”
“You have it all wrong. You make me feel good inside you.” I capture her lips on the edge of a laugh and kiss her while she continues to rock on top of my lap.
The sound of our bodies, our skin slick against each other becomes part of the hum of the desert outside the car. A night wind whistles through the cracked open window as the temperatures continue to fall well after sunset. We couldn’t wait—not for a hotel or a rest stop. When her hand dipped to my pants and she rubbed over me, causing my body to react, I pulled over.
Time is our enemy. There’s never enough of it when I’m with her. Every time I’m with her, I want to drain every ounce of life from the seconds, minutes, few short hours we get to be with each other.
My gaze rolls over the bottom of her jaw as her head tilts back, her mouth open, her bare breasts in front of me. I want to hold her still, hold her here, right the fuck here on top of me.
I run my hands over her body as I make love to the woman who’s become an addiction of mine. I breathe better, easier when I’m with her. The music of our bodies together is the only melody I hear. She’s become my friend.
My lover.
My muse.
Lifting up, she eases back down and then lifts again, gripping my shoulders and digging her nails into my skin. The pain is pleasure when doled out in provocative ways. “Dave,” she whispers on the end of a purr. No other name has been uttered in pure ecstasy like the way she says mine.
I hold her by the hips in the back seat of the SUV taking in the full view. “Hey,” I say.
She comes back to me, her eyes open, her soul exposed in such a vulnerable way, setting my heart on fire. “Hey.” She smiles, and I hold her still again, wanting this to last forever while equally wanting to rush the release.
A few sips of the wine we’ve been drinking straight from the bottle make her eyes sparkle. Caught between want and need, her smile is even until the corners, which curve up. It’s a smile that both hurts and heals my heart when it appears. “Don’t leave.”
Leaning down, she kisses my forehead, my nose, my mouth. With her lips against mine, she whispers, “I have to go.”
I’ve been careful about making plans with her for so long that the words feel foreign to me even now when this feels more intimate than any other time before. Every time with her is like this—better than the last. “I want you to stay.”
I fell for the free-spirited beauty long before we left Austin. But like all who are meant to soar, she can’t be caged by antiquated notions of romance. Meadow Fellowes has been clear about what we are or ever could be—nothing serious. But sometimes, when she looks at me, I see more hidden in the emerald pools of her eyes. I understand the yearning. She says, “My flight is tomorrow night.”
We’ve been so good at keeping it casual, but nothing serious means we’re fucking because we want to have sex. This isn’t fucking, just like we’re not casual, not to me. “Can you change it? Give us another week. Another day. Give us a chance.”
Leaning down, she kisses me and then sits back up. With her palms on my chest, she holds her smile. “I am. By leaving.” Her eyes close, and she starts moving on top of me again.
So I grip her a little tighter, holding her while I can. I meet every one of her pushes with a thrust of my own. As she comes back to me, the lids are half-mast, but her gaze is fixed on me. She whispers, “Tell me what you’re thinking.”
“I’m thinking how good this feels. Just us. Alone. In the desert, making love, having sex, fucking. All of it. All of you. You feel so good to me. Maybe we should be more to each other.”
“You’re more than you know,” she purrs softly and then leans back as if our connection is too much before she starts a slow gyrate. God, she feels amazing. A hand rubs over my chest, and this time, my eyes meet hers, coming back from the hazy edge of release. “We’re not those people.”
“What people are those?”
“The kind of people who make plans.”
Our bodies glide together as I say, “We’ve made plans before.”
“Spur-of-the-moment plans. Those don’t count.”
“They count.” They fucking count. I want to argue, but my mind clouds as our bodies move of their own volition. My eyes dip closed, and I swim in the moment, buried deep inside her.
We fall, tipping over that line that keeps us safe and the one that will end us—heart, body, and soul. It’s where I prefer to be with her. If only we could stay in this place longer than it takes for our breathing to recover.
My heart calms, and my breathing steadies. Meadow slides down with me still inside her and rests her head on my shoulder. Her fingers toy with the hairs on my chest before a kiss is placed on my neck. “Six months,” she says. “I’ll be back in six months.“
I tighten my arms around her. I don’t care that my body’s too big for this back seat or that we’re covered in sweat. All that matters is that I have her in my arms for a short time, and I intend to savor every second until she boards that plane.




The best romances don’t need suspense or over-the-top melodrama to make them satisfying.  The best romances just are as they pull at reader’s heartstrings and engender feelings full of heart and soul with each turn of the page.  Through three previous books readers have become fully invested in these characters and will find themselves rooting for Ridge/Dave and Meadow to find their way back to each other.  By the final word readers will be left satisfied but saddened that our time with these immensely likable cast of characters has come to an end, but looking forward to what Ms. Scott has planned next.

Ridge/Dave Carson seems to have everything as the guitarist for The Crow Brothers, but in actuality he’s feeling unsettled.  The only time he feels joy is when he’s on well as six months ago when he and Meadow Fellowes found an intense connection that he’s hoping to reignite now that they’re back together in the same city.  Ridge/Dave is a delicious hero, one with a kind heart and a strong need to be supportive.  He’s always there for others while balancing his own difficult home life where he’s left feeling as though he’s not enough.  He’s a sexy and sweet man, willing to wait for Meadow as he knows she’s the one for him.  His own difficult family life has him understanding the emotional chaos she’s going through and being infinitely patient with her even as he wants oh so much more with her.  He wears his heart on his sleeve, boldly proclaiming what he feels for her throughout this story and through every word and deed.  He quickly showed himself to be the quintessential book boyfriend, wanting the best for the woman who saw the man behind the fame and who brings peace to the chaos his life has become.

Meadow Fellowes has been in the background of this series as her sister found HEA with Rivers Crow and it’s a tragic upbringing that readers were given a glimpse of.  She learned at a young age, courtesy of her mother, that you could only count on yourself and that love is just a lie waiting to break you.  She’s still trying to figure out who she is throughout this story and what she wants and it leads her to some frustrating choices that hurt my heart.  She wants to be there for Ridge/Dave, wants to be his safe place, but as the story progresses it becomes harder for them to be just friends as their emotional tug-of-war picks up steam.  Through it all I was rooting for Meadow to get herself together, to find herself and stop letting the past dictate her future.  She was so scared of things ending, of losing herself, before letting things even begin.  It was a frustrating journey but one that was needed as it ultimately made them a stronger couple, one fully committed to each other’s needs.

Ridge/Dave and Meadow are a memorable couple, one easy to relate to for all the ups and downs they went through.  Their journey to HEA was an emotional one, one that pulled me in wholeheartedly, and it broke my heart a time or two along with putting a smile on my face.  I enjoyed seeing where their connection started and how easy they are together when they let themselves just be.  Their slow and steady journey to HEA was hard-fought and richly rewarding for all the various emotions it engendered in me.  There were erotically-charged encounters balanced with sweet words that kept me glued to the pages. Surrounding this appealing main couple are a cast of equally likable secondary characters, characters that have become like family.  Though Ridge/Dave isn’t family by blood it’s clear he’s cut of the same cloth as The Crow Brothers as he’s sexy, supportive, and willing to fight for what he wants.  Along with these sexy rock stars, and the women they’ve chosen, there’s also Meadow’s friend Darcy who left an indelible mark.  She’s bold and brash and pushes Meadow to live life to the fullest and I found their scenes very entertaining.  On a whole this was yet another delightful addition, and a heartfelt conclusion, to this engaging series.  Fans of rock star romances will find much to enjoy in this romance of second chances that’s full of heart and soul.

My rating for this is an A-

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.






Living in the capital of Texas with her family, Scott loves traveling and avocados, beaches, and cooking with her kids. She's obsessed with epic romances and loves a good plot twist. Her favorite color is blue, but she likens it more toward the sky than the emotion. Her home is filled with the welcoming symbol of the pineapple and finds surfing a challenge though she likes to think she's a pro.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Book Cover Reveal for Justified by Jay Crownover

It’s a combustible connection between former enemies as danger knocks on the door of two opposites just starting to become one.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Justified by Jay Crownover, the first installment in the Loveless, Texas series, while getting a drool-worthy glimpse of this book cover.  Once you’ve been fully tempted start counting down the days until this book hits shelves on June 25th, 2019!

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men series comes an irresistible and thrilling romance between a rugged Texas sheriff and the woman who was once his sworn enemy...
Case Lawton comes from a family of criminals. So as the sheriff of Loveless, Texas, he’s determined to do everything by the book – until he’s called to Aspen Barlow’s office after a so-called break-in. The last thing he wants to do is help the woman who cost him custody of his son. But Aspen isn’t the heartless lawyer Case remembers, and he starts to question his long-held grudge...
Aspen is scared for her life, and Case is her last hope for protection. But to get him on her side, she’ll have to reveal the painful truth from all those years ago. Now, as they work together to track down a dangerous criminal, Case and Aspen learn to trust each other. And as the threats escalate, it becomes clear there’s a thin line between love and hate… because there’s nothing Case wouldn’t do to keep her safe.
***Includes a bonus story: “It’s All About That Cowboy” by Carly Bloom!




Jay Crownover is the international and multiple New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men Series, The Saints of Denver Series, the Point Series, the Breaking Point Series, and the Getaway Series. Her books can be found translated in many different languages all around the world. She is a tattooed, crazy haired Colorado native who lives at the base of the Rockies with her awesome dogs. This is where she can frequently be found enjoying a cold beer and Taco Tuesdays. Jay is a self-declared music snob and outspoken book lover who is always looking for her next adventure, between the pages and on the road.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Book Spotlight on Misadventures With A Manny by Toni Aleo (REVIEW)

It’s a sweet and sensual connection brewing between a newly-divorced woman and the young man with a big heart who’s the caretaker to her children.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Misadventures With A Manny by Toni Aleo, along with my impressions of it, then add this sixteenth installment in the Misadventures series to your bookshelf!

Vera Woods is at her wit’s end.
Her husband has run off with the nanny, leaving Vera with a broken heart, three very angry sons, and even less time to juggle the demands of family and her career. After her boys scare away a sixth replacement nanny, Vera is out of time off from work and desperately out of options. Still nursing an aching heart, she turns to an unlikely source for help―a manny.
Lincoln Scott is no stranger to family chaos. But rather than grow jaded, he has thrown his natural talents into building his own business―providing live-in childcare for families as a manny. The money is great and the perks are a blast, but when his family of six years moves to Germany and their plans to bring him along fall through, Lincoln is suddenly unemployed and aware of how much of himself he’s given to other people’s families.
Brought together by circumstances, Lincoln and Vera’s mutually beneficial business arrangement becomes complicated by the undeniable chemistry they share. Vera needs a manny and Lincoln needs a job, but they both may have found the very thing neither one had realized they needed―a whole lot more.
***Misadventures is a romantic series of spicy standalone novels, each written or co-written by some of the best names in romance. The stories are scandalous, refreshing, and, of course, incredibly sexy. They’re the perfect bedside read, a ‘quick blush’ for the reader who loves a page-turning romance.



After a week of turmoil courtesy of real life this is just the kind of book needed to heal.  It’s a fun and flirty read full of heart and soul that brought a smile to my face while empowering me as someone worthy of love and happiness.  It introduces readers to a near-perfect hero and a heroine and family with problems of their own that kept me fully invested in their ups and downs.  By the turn of the final page I was left cheering and ready to find my own manny to make my life complete!

Lincoln Scott’s the lone son in a family with six sisters and it’s helped him embrace his softer side, embrace his role in caring for kids as a manny.  After his most recent placement ends, much to the breaking of his heart, he agrees to come work for the recently divorced sister-in-law of his best friend which changes his life irrevocably.  The moment he meets Vera it’s clear they have a crackling connection, but it’s a connection that he battles with as she’s his boss. The closer he gets to her, the more important he becomes to her three boys, the more entwined Vera and Lincoln’s hearts become too.  Through their sweet and sensual journey to HEA Lincoln’s shown himself to be loyal and loving.  He’s supportive to not only the boy’s tender hearts but also as Vera continues to battle with her truly malicious ex-husband, Simon.  Lincoln encourages her to be strong while showing his protective side and it is a delicious combination. Lincoln’s words and deeds pulled at my heartstrings as he voiced from the very start his love and attraction to Vera.  His devotion never faltered and when everything came to a head he proved his devotion in a very bold act that endeared him to me.  He wore his heart on his sleeve and is yet another addition to my list of book boyfriends as everything he said and did kept me wrapped up in a sensual blanket.

Vera Woods was a wild child growing up, but her teen pregnancy had her marrying young and took her life in a very different direction.  The death of her parents also left her vulnerable to one man’s manipulations with his constant belittling and infidelities leaving her with low self-esteem.  Though she fell out of love with Simon long ago she’s still left reeling by their divorce and is desperate to do all she can to help her boys get through this rocky time where their loyalties feel divided.  After terrorizing other nannies, her sister Riana introduces her to someone who seems to be the answer to her prayers.  The moment Vera meets Lincoln she knows he’ll be perfect for her sons but is immediately worried about the sensual feelings he engenders in her.  As they fight their attraction fate (and Riana) conspires to bring them closer together in scorching encounters both in and out of the bedroom.  It’s not long before decisions about the future rise to the surface, forcing them to admit their feelings, just as family interventions complicate things even more.  Through it all Vera’s a likable heroine.  She’s devoted to her sons to the exclusion of her own needs, desperate to take the high road every time her ex does and says something hurtful.  She’s been lonely though, believing all the negativity and sleights her ex hurls at her.  She has low self-esteem when we first meet her and it’s a slow journey to empowerment courtesy of Lincoln’s supportive words and deeds. Being with him brings out her long-dormant sex-kitten side which made for numerous scorching encounters that burned up my tablet.

On a whole this was a delightful read with a well-matched main couple.  Their attraction was immediate and it led to a sweet and sexy journey full of heartfelt talk and erotically-charged encounters.  They both were clear in their desire for each other which is why the intervention from their family was so frustrating. Their intervention fueled her fears and put their HEA in jeopardy.  It was only because of the delicious hero, and his talent for being loyal and talking things out, that gave this book such a heartwarming conclusion that was the highlight of my week.  Readers looking for a sexy yet heartwarming read will find all that and more in the pages of this delightful romance with a cast of immensely appealing characters and a charming narrative.

My rating for this is an A-

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.


My name is Toni Aleo and I’m a total dork.  I am a wife, mother of two and a bulldog, and also a hopeless romantic.  I am the biggest Shea Weber fan ever, and can be found during hockey season with my nose pressed against the Bridgestone Arena’s glass, watching my Nashville Predators play!  When my nose isn’t pressed against the glass, I enjoy going to my husband and son’s hockey games, my daughter’s dance competition, hanging with my best friends, taking pictures, scrapbooking, and reading the latest romance novel.  I have a slight Disney and Harry Potter obsession, I love things that sparkle, I love the color pink, I might have been a Disney Princess in a past life… probably Belle....and did I mention I love hockey?