Monday, December 5, 2016

Book Tour for Bearly Working by Julia Talbot (Review & GIVEAWAY)


As a disabled person I'm always on the look-out for books depicting the ups and downs of our unique lives.  With her latest release, Ms. Talbot introduces readers to a deaf bear shifter who finds his mate through a unique twist of fate.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of the m/m romance Bearly Working by Julia Talbot, along with my impressions of it, then add it to your bookshelf.  In honor of this third installment in the paranormal Grizzly List series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win 1 of 3 copies of a book from the Alphas Unleashed series from ARe too!

How can a deaf bear find his mate?
Deaf werebear Sasha loves his data entry job at The Grizzly List. When he receives Trent’s ad to place, he knows he's going to answer it instead, even if it might cost him his job.
Sasha’s lack of hearing doesn’t bother Trent—his mother was deaf, too. There’s only one problem: it’s a long-distance relationship. It’s an issue he’s willing to overcome, because once he sees his little bear on Skype, Trent knows they’re meant to be together.

EXCERPT:

An ad in The Grizzly List weekly:
Big single grizzly bear in search of hot little bear who likes blondes from Alaska. Moved to Colorado permanently and looking for company. ND, social drinking okay. Old fashioned bear likes to go out to dinner, watch movies and cuddle. If you like hairy and totally ready to focus on you, I’m your bear. Reply to box 564 with your fav restaurant and a pic if you’re ready for fun.
The ad came with a picture of this tall, broad man wearing flannel, his shaggy blond hair and bright golden eyes the very picture of health and, somehow, joy.
Sasha sighed softly, using the mouse pointer to trace the features on the photo. Oh. Oh, that was… Look at that gorgeous face. The features were large, blunt, very grizzly. Just his type.
He looked up to see Vic and Marty having a fight, which they called a “discussion” about some new Facebook page rule and whether or not they needed to form a group. They loved to fight.
Everyone else at The Grizzly List hated it.
He glanced back at the screen. He was meant to clean this ad up, post it to the website and feature it in the weekly paper that went out in four towns. They were trying to expand through Utah and Wyoming, down into New Mexico, but right now this was a Colorado company serving Colorado bears.
This guy was in—Sasha checked the IP. Boulder. Yum.
The temptation to answer the ad, to just send a picture, the name Sizzling Siam, and an image of the Gladiator movie cover to the guy and hope for the best was huge.
Still, the rules were “no dating clients or co-workers.” No co-opting the clients.
The guys kept escalating, so Sasha looked away, focusing on the screen. God, he could so use some time off from not-this. He loved the idea of The Grizzly List. Sasha sucked at working in the office.
In a perfect universe, he’d be an investor, not a peon, but everyone had to start somewhere, right? Right.
He sighed, and copied the ad to paste it into the editing software. Instead, Sasha opened his Dropbox and pasted it into a doc there.
He would do it from home. Tonight. If the guy didn’t answer, then great. The ad would go live tomorrow. That was the perfect compromise, and hey, if it gave him jack off material, so be it.
Okay. Okay, that was fair. Maybe a little sneaky, but fair.
He saved it so he would have it at home with his leftover Thai food, and glanced around one more time, the thrill of being bad racing through him.
Sometimes you just had to, Sasha told himself. Sometimes you just had to stop being a good employee. This grizzly might be his chance at a one and only, or it might not get off the ground, but he had to try.
After all, how many chances did a deaf guy get to find the bear of his dreams.
***
The email came in early in the morning when Trent was weighing the value of sit-ups and push-ups versus blueberry pancakes with pecans.
The ding made him glance at his phone, and Trent’s heart kicked into high gear when he saw the reply was from the office at The Grizzly List weekly, a newspaper that put bears in touch with guys interested in bears. Real and play. He thought he’d been pretty explicit that he was a real bear.
The email subject was, “Nice pic. Cuddling is my thing."
There was a picture of the Gladiator movie cover, and then a smaller, kinda fuzzy picture of a dude. Then there was Restaurant: Thai food from Sizzling Siam.
Dark and little, little even for a human—was this guy even a bear? He was adorbs, though. Totally.
So.
Trent hit reply. “I like it. Gladiator is one of my faves."
It took just seconds for a response. “I know, right? Men in skirts. Studly. What’s yrs?"
“Star Wars original trilogy. Pew pew.” He grinned. Trent was a freak for A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. Jedi...eh.
“V. cool. I love the special effects in those."
“I do, too. Where are you?” Was it too soon to ask? He felt good about this one.
“Sitting in my bedroom on the laptop. ;-).” Oh, teasing butthead. “What about u?"
“On the deck.” He’d been lucky enough to rent a house that backed up to a nature trail. He had this amazing deck with a view.
“Rock on. I’m in Durango, btw."
Oh, damn. That was one hell of a drive for a possible pickup. Too bad. This little bear was adorable.
Trent grinned. “Boulder. Just moved down last month."
“Down? From where? Do you like it?” The emails flew fast and quick, the little bear curious.
“Alaska. I do custom camping gear and it’s cheaper to manufacture down here."
“Wow. I do data entry."
“Yeah? Do you like your job?” He settled in, working his butt into the grooves of his chair. He started wondering if Little Bear chatted. Texted. Liked to talk on the phone.
“It’s a job. You ever do Google Hangouts or Messenger or anything?"
“I can.” He could figure it out, right? “I could call, too. Is it too soon for that?” He wanted to hear this one’s voice. Really badly.
There was a pause in the emails and he winced. Oh, yeah. Too soon.

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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

Readers looking for a unique paranormal romance will get just that in this m/m shifter romance that deals with disability and long-distance.  It's a tale light on angst and loaded with erotic encounters that bring out an animalistic yet playful side to the characters that kept me entertained from the first page to the last.

Sasha's a deaf bear shifter, small in stature and a bit timid, but when his job introduces him to the large and dominant-looking Trent his life will be changed forever.  Even though it puts his job in jeopardy he can't help contacting Trent in a connection that evolves quickly and has him embracing his shifter nature that he's stopped indulging in until Trent.  His deafness is addressed in the story but not as in-depth as I'd hoped but it becomes a part of the bond between him and Trent and makes their connection feel more believable.  Throughout the story it's clear he's a submissive but it works as Trent is clearly a caretaker. Sasha's sweet with a soul full of wonderment and I couldn't help the smile his actions brought to my face despite my slight frustrations with him not showing more of a back-bone.

Trent's bear nature fits him perfectly as he's a large strong-willed man lost in his work.  Putting an ad on the Grizzly List introduces him to a man very much his opposite but who ends up being perfect for him.  Their connection is immediate, and evolves in a unique way, which makes their relationship feel more believable.  Trent's very in-touch with his shifter side and it adds intensity to their erotic encounters and is reflected in his tendency to take care of Sasha. From the moment readers meet Trent we see a big ol' teddy bear alongside the body of a strong and dominant grizzly bear and it endeared him to me.

This was a quick read that didn't dig too deeply into the paranormal world these shifters reside in.  It was a carefree read full of erotic encounters that had me smiling but ultimately felt more like an appetizer rather than a full meal.  That's not to say that I didn't find enjoyment though as Sasha was a unique character in a relationship that charmed me...and will charm others too!

My rating for this is a C+/B-

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

AUTHOR INFO:

Julia Talbot lives in the great Southwest, where there is hot and cold running rodeo, cowboys, and everything from meat and potatoes to the best Tex-Mex. A full time author, Julia has been published by Samhain Publishing, Dreamspinner Press, All Romance eBooks and Changeling Press. She believes in stories that leave a mark, and that everyone deserves a happy ending, so she writes about love without limits, where boys love boys, girls love girls, and boys and girls get together to get wild, especially when her crazy paranormal characters are involved.

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Book Tour for Ink Exposed by Carrie Ann Ryan (Review & GIVEAWAY)


Family love and loyalty is on full display in this recurring series featuring the supportive Montgomery clan as each member finds their HEA.  In this latest release a former alcoholic tries to get past his guilt and regain his sense of family while unexpectedly finding love with a woman who plans incessantly but loves him unconditionally.  Keep reading to get a tantalizing taste of Ink Exposed by Carrie Ann Ryan, along with my impressions of it, then add it to your bookshelf.  In honor of this sixth installment in the Montgomery Ink series make sure to fill out the form for the chance to win a $50 Amazon too!

The Montgomery Ink series continues with the brother that deserves a second chance, and the woman who has always loved him.
Alex Montgomery lost his first love and then proceeded to leave himself in the bottle. Only he and his ex-wife truly know why he fell so hard and so fast down a path he never thought he’d take. Now he’s clean, out of rehab, and learning how to be a Montgomery once again—a task that isn’t quite as easy as some of his family assumes.
Tabby Collins is an honorary Montgomery and the organizational mastermind behind Montgomery Inc., the family’s construction company. She loves her planners, friends, and a certain dark-haired man who’s never given her a second glance.
Alex is slowly re-immersing himself back into the world, but the demons he faced before aren’t out of the picture, and he’ll have to learn to rely on others to make it out whole. When Alex discovers that Tabby’s life is in danger, he not only finds a way to help her but also learns the true woman behind the soft smiles he’s always seen. Their romance won’t be an easy one, but nothing this passionate and heart-pounding ever is.

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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

Addiction is a tough topic to deal with, for the addict and for their family, and weighs heavily on the hero of this latest installment in the Montgomery Ink series.  It's a tale that pulls at the heartstrings while warming hearts over the words and deeds of the Montgomery family in the recovery of Alexander.  Fans of this series will find this a satisfying read in a long line of satisfying reads while new readers will find themselves quickly wrapped up in the warm blanket the lives of this dedicated family offers.

Marrying at a young age and experiencing numerous betrayals by his wife through their years together left Alexander a broken man, relying on alcohol to deal with his pain.  During that time he hurt his family by not embracing the love they so freely give and by leaving them full of fear over his future.  His stint in rehab has given him a whole new outlook on life though that has him trying to make amends to his family while trying to rejuvenate a career that floundered with his drinking.  His recovery isn't without issues though as he's teeming with guilt over his family, and all the years of bonding he lost, along with fears that he could easily trade one addiction for another.  It leads to lots of internal tension that's palpable to the reader.  Connecting with Tabitha helps release some of those stresses as she's his biggest cheerleader and gives him a reason to not give into those bad temptations.  Alex is a sexy man with a good heart whose prior acts make him feel unworthy of forgiveness.  His family is tight-knit but he feels separate from them, punishing himself needlessly, and it all had me feeling sympathetic towards him.  He feels unworthy of Tabitha early on but events soon have her clinging to him and have him doing whatever's necessary to keep her safe in a burgeoning relationship that makes both of them stronger.  Being with her also brings out a more playful side to him, a side that shows his talent for talking dirty, in a relationship that's scorching and sweet.

Tabitha comes from a tight-knit family too and left home because of feeling smothered.  Working for the Montgomery family though gave her a whole new clan to watch over her incessantly as the men of this family treat her like their sister and have her a part of their family dinners.  She's seen Alexander at his worst and cared for him from afar despite all the hurts he caused.  Now that he's clean he's starting to see her in a whole new light in a burgeoning relationship that has both of them revealing deep-seated secrets to each other. When readers first meet Tabitha she's living a life with every minute planned, devoted to work but not fully living.  A past relationship, and the way it ended, weighs on her too and has her putting herself in jeopardy to try to make things right.  After a disgruntled customer leaves her battered and bruised Alexander makes it his mission to teach her self-defense which leads to close quarters and increasingly scorching encounters.  Theirs is a relationship full of self-doubts, but together they find unquestioning support in a connection that makes them a perfect match.  Tabitha's immensely kindhearted and enjoys taking care of others, making herself an intragel part of the Montgomery business where she's very self-assured.  Outside of work though there's a sense of naivete that frustrated me.  From moments of pouting to not being cautious when putting herself in danger annoyed me a bit too.  For the most part, while she was not my favorite heroine, she's just what Alexander needed to regain his sense of self-worth.

The entire Montgomery clan was out in full force in this book which reinforced their strong sense of family.  They're a supportive and forgiving group and the interactions amongst themselves were heartwarming and playful while Alexander finding his way back to them brought a tear to my eye.  He and Tabitha were a compelling couple who found strength in their love for each other which started out sweet but quickly evolved into scorching erotic encounters that brought out her sex kitten side.  The danger that befell Tabitha though came out of nowhere and felt a bit over-the-top.  It felt like a manipulative plot device to bring her and Alexander together which frustrated me as there was already enough emotional baggage drawing them to each other.  Along with this engaging main couple there were the rest of the unmarried Montgomery's, along with her brothers, leaving their marks on the narrative.  They're a strong-willed group with HEAs just starting to be hinted at which has me looking towards the future with anticipation.  I'm especially excited for Storm's story to be told as his feelings for the wife of his dead friend, and single mom, Everly are quite clear...to everyone but themselves.  With the Montgomery Ink series Ms. Ryan has crafted a family that feels like your own. They're an endearing group whose heartbreak easily becomes ours and who readers cheer for every step of the way and I look forward to revisiting them again soon.

My rating for this is a B.

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


AUTHOR INFO:

Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Talon Pack, and Gallagher Brothers series, which have sold over 2.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over fifty novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not writing about bearded tattooed men or alpha wolves that need to find their mates, she’s reading as much as she can and exploring the world of baking and gourmet cooking.


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Book Spotlight on The Soul of a SEAL by Anne Elizabeth (GIVEAWAY)

Readers looking for an exhilarating read with a bit of romance and suspense will find themselves drawn to the book that I'm spotlighting today.  Keep reading to get a tempting glimpse of The Soul of a SEAL by Anne Elizabeth and its compelling romance between two strong-willed people, as well as an intriguing SEAL fact, then count down the days until its December 6th release date.  In honor of this fourth installment in the West Coast Navy SEALs series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win 1 of 5 copies of the first book in this series too!

INTERESTING SEAL FACT:  Real SEALs were filmed in the movie ACT OF VALOR. These Team THREE and FIVE guys are outstanding souls and they put themselves and their families on the line to share some of what they do.

Love may be the toughest battle of all
Captain Bennett Oscar Sheraton
Navy SEAL, the best of the best
Dr. Kimberly Warren
Brilliant engineer, founder of secret space program
When scientists on Dr. Warren’s super-secret space mission start dying, Navy SEAL Captain Sheraton is sent in as an astronaut candidate with a hidden agenda—find the person sabotaging the program.
Kimberly and Bennett’s instant attraction may prove to be a major distraction—or it might be the key to both of their dreams coming true…

EXCERPT:

Her eyes lifted to his. She had no words as a flush that began in her toes rose to the top of her head. If she were to walk four feet to the mirror and look, she knew she would see herself as red as a cherry tomato. “Uh…s-s-sorry…” she finally said. What a time to stutter! Rubbing her hands together, she walked to the glass-enclosed shower, opened the door, turned on the water, and then took off her silk teddy and matching silk panties. It was time to be bold.
Glancing over her shoulder, it was her turn to smile. His jaw was practically on the floor.
“Can you hand me my loofah?” She turned toward him and pointed to the shelf next to the sink. “The fluffy pink one."
He nodded his head, but it was several seconds before he turned and complied with her request. As he closed the distance between, she congratulated herself on being courageous…for changing the rules and making the playing field between them level. She’d seen his, and now he’d seen hers. That was out of the way, and they could move forward.
She put out her hand for the loofah, her smile smug and delighted. What she hadn’t prepared for…was him pulling her gently, and oh, so tenderly, against him so the heat of his body seared hers, and then kissing her until she was gasping for air as her hands held on to his biceps for dear life.
Time froze and the kiss lasted forever, or maybe it was only several seconds. It was hard to tell, because all thought had fled from her mind. When he urged her against the shower wall and slowly pulled away, she saw his smile—one of such male satisfaction that anger bloomed inside of her.
“That’s why they call me…Boss. Well, one of the reasons.” He waited, as if he wanted her to respond.
She couldn’t believe the idiot was just standing there. Why did he have to speak? Why doesn’t the male species know when to leave well enough alone? That kiss had been amazing! If only he’d chosen to be a gentleman, and mute. She sighed as she gave in to her emotion.
“Out!” she said indignantly. Men! She’d get him back in less than half an hour, when his first duty of the morning would be regurgitating his breakfast onto his lap.


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AUTHOR INFO:

Anne Elizabeth is a romance author, comic creator, and a monthly columnist for RT Book Reviews magazine. With a BS in Business and MS in Communications from Boston University, she is a regular presenter at conventions as well as a member of The Author’s Guild and Romance Writers of America. Anne lives with her husband, a retired Navy SEAL, in the mountains above San Diego. Visit her website at www.AnneElizabeth.net.

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Book Spotlight on This Is Our Song by Samantha Chase (GIVEAWAY)

Readers who enjoy rock star romances will find themselves charmed by this tale of two people from opposite sides of fame finding each other in an unlikely relationship.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of This Is Our Song by Samantha Chase, as well as learning why the author thinks readers love rock star romances, then add then count down the days until its December 6th release.  In honor of this third installment in The Shaughnessy Brothers series make sure to follow the directions below for the chance for US and CA readers to win a print copy of the previous installment in this series (Always My Girl) too!

Growing up, I think we’ve all had our share of crushes on a rock/pop star.  Every generation has had their poster boy of who they were drawn to and why – going back to the days of Elvis and the Beatles.  If you go back and watch footage of when they would perform, you normally saw throngs of screaming girls who were crying and doing their best to even just touch one of their idols.  And from that point forward, we looked at these performers as sexy/sex symbols and they become a little bit of a fantasy.  So rock star romances allow us to live a bit of that.
As an author, we get to create the ‘ideal’ rock star – he’s talented and maybe a little bit cocky, but has a heart of gold.  What woman wouldn’t want that?  Throw in talent and maybe a ballad or two that he writes just for the heroine and really, that’s a little bit like living the dream.
I know I had the walls of my bedroom covered in posters of Bon Jovi or Duran Duran or Rick Springfield (totally dating myself here!) and was in love with each and every one of those men.  And I’ll bet if you asked, most women did the same thing at one time or another.  Singers/musicians are sexy – their presence/performances are very…physical. There’s a lot of sweat and swagger and they really work to make you feel a connection.
It’s really kind of attractive and sexy and just…again…a fantasy.  So for that reason, I think readers are drawn to those stories because while we’re engrossed in the story, we can imagine ourselves as the heroine.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Samantha Chase crafts a tender, hopeful family-centered romance...
She knows him by reputation
Riley Shaughnessy knew that to stand out in his large family, he'd have to go big. Making a name for himself as a musician wasn’t easy, but he followed his dreams to rock-star success. But the relentless expectations of fans is not helping the slump he's in now. So of course the person who attracts him is the woman who is not impressed by fame.
Which gives Riley Shaughnessy a lot to prove
Entertainment reporter Savannah Daly is completely unfazed by pretty-boy rock stars. She’s just here to get her interview and write her story. But spending an entire month with the Shaughnessys is going to show Savannah a side of Riley she never could have guessed.

EXCERPT:

He didn’t just beat her in the best of three.
Oh, no. That would have been too easy.
No, Savannah—who realized too late that she was a very sore loser—kept egging him on until he finally put the paddle down after beating her in twelve games. Twelve! Why did she have to keep taunting him? Even while they were playing she couldn’t make herself ask him anything important. They talked about useless stuff—favorite bands, favorite foods—hell, at one point she’d even asked him his favorite color.
She hung her head low in defeat and put her paddle on the table. Riley had excused himself and went to get them each a drink. She prayed it was vodka. Something to make her forget this humiliation.
His prize at the end of the first three games was that she’d stay and have dinner with him.
After the next three she’d stay for a movie.
She really thought she was going to beat him in the third round. Unfortunately, it had been her biggest loss, and he’d simply chuckled and said he’d have to think about his reward. And he’d repeated that after the fourth and final win.
Riley cleared his throat when he walked back into the room and handed her a glass of ice water. They drank in silence for a few minutes. “That was fun,” he finally said, and Savannah realized he wasn’t being obnoxious and he wasn’t gloating. He genuinely looked like he’d had a good time.
And despite all the losing, Savannah would have to agree. It was fun.
“How do you feel about salmon for dinner?"
“It’s one of my favorites,” she said and was relieved he wasn’t gloating.
“It’s kind of early yet. Maybe we can watch a movie first?"
That was a reasonable request, and she agreed. Together they picked out a classic Neil Simon movie from 1967, Barefoot in the Park. “Ooo…Robert Redford.” She sighed. “Another favorite."
Tucked away in a corner was one of the biggest flat-screen TVs Savannah had ever seen. Riley noticed her stunned look. “It’s one hundred ten inches. They don’t come any bigger than this right now. The picture’s great too."
Two oversized recliners were centered in front of the screen and they each sat down. Riley started the movie and within minutes Savannah was more relaxed and they were both laughing along with the story.
She kicked her sandals off and tucked her feet up on the chair beside her. Next she pulled the clip out of her hair so she could relax her head against the back of the comfortable chair. Looking to her right, she saw Riley was watching her. His expression was intense and for the life of her, she couldn’t figure out what was wrong. “Is everything okay?"
He didn’t answer right away.
“Riley?"
“I still have to decide what I get for winning those last two rounds,” he said, his voice low and gravelly.
Savannah nodded, hypnotized by the way his eyes had gone so dark.
“I’m going to combine them into one request,” he said, and it sounded more like a warning than a statement.
“Okay.” Her own voice was almost a breathy whisper.
Leaning closer, Riley’s eyes zeroed in on her lips before meeting her eyes. “Savannah?"
“Hmm?"
“I’m going to kiss you. Twice."
“Oh."
His hand snaked out and around her nape and slowly drew her closer to him. And then his lips touched hers and Savannah’s brain simply stopped functioning.


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AUTHOR INFO:

New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan's Return, in November 2011. Teaching creative writing to students from elementary through high school motivated Samantha to take that step as well. Since then, she has become a NYT and USA  Today bestselling author. She lives with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Book Cover Reveal for The Room Mate by Kendall Ryan


I adore the ugly duckling theme in romances and love when an author puts a new spin on it.  That's just one of the reasons why I'm excited to introduce you to this upcoming fun and flirty read that promises to set the pages on fire.  Keep reading to get a tempting glimpse of The Room Mate by Kendall Ryan then count down the days until its January 24th release date!


The last time I saw my best friend’s younger brother, he was a geek wearing braces. But when Cannon shows up to crash in my spare room, I get a swift reality check.
Now twenty-four, he’s broad shouldered and masculine, and so sinfully sexy, I want to climb him like the jungle gyms we used to enjoy. At six-foot-something with lean muscles hiding under his T-shirt, a deep sexy voice, and full lips that pull into a smirk when he studies me, he’s pure temptation.
Fresh out of a messy breakup, he doesn’t want any entanglements. But I can resist, right?
I’m holding strong until the third night of our new arrangement when we get drunk and he confesses his biggest secret of all: he’s cursed when it comes to sex. Apparently he’s a god in bed, and women instantly fall in love with him.
I’m calling bullshit. In fact, I’m going to prove him wrong, and if I rack up a few much-needed orgasms in the process, all the better.
There’s no way I’m going to fall in love with Cannon. But once we start…I realize betting against him may have been the biggest mistake of my life.

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AUTHOR INFO:

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she’s appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Book Blast for Spooning Daisy by Maggie McConnell (GIVEAWAY)


Readers looking for a charming small town romance will want to add this to their bookshelf for its blend of romance and comedy set in the sensual world of food.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Spooning Daisy by Maggie McConnell and learn even more about this book by visiting the other sites hosting this tour.  In honor of this charming fish-out-of-water romance make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a Marc Jacobs "Daisy" fragrance spray pen too!

Her mango chutney is exquisite; her blueberry sauce to die for. But Chef de Cuisine Daisy Moon is a woman without a kitchen after a "bit of trouble" at her last job. Now blacklisted from Seattle to San Francisco, Daisy's sole job offer is from Wild Man Lodge in Otter Bite, Alaska, where the end of the road is just the beginning.

EXCERPT:

"I had apple strudel. I never have apple strudel. It's not my usual."
"You came here to tell me you had apple strudel?"
"The thing is...I liked it. For a change, I mean. Once. Not every day, of course."
"Max--"
"The truth is..." He stepped toward her. "The truth is...I feel bad about giving you such a hard time at breakfast."
"Ohhhh. This is an apology."
"No, absolutely not." Max retracted the step he'd just taken. "This is absolutely NOT an apology."
Daisy huffed. Normally, she'd take great satisfaction in Max's guilt and take equal pleasure in the banter that would surely follow. However, she was a woman on a mission, and she didn't have the time, not with Otter Bite hanging by a manila envelope. "Fine. Thank you for coming here NOT to apologize and for that apple strudel thing. And--" She momentarily softened. "--the money. But I just don't have the time for whatever this is."
Once again he stepped toward her. "You're making this extremely difficult."
"This? This what? What am I making--"
"This." The word melted into her mouth.
The two hundreds floated from her hand to the floor. Then, her arms wrapped Max's neck, his body pressed hers, and Daisy was lost in a kiss she never expected to own.

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Golden Heart nominee Maggie McConnell spent her childhood overseas as the daughter of US diplomats. Attending college in Illinois, she earned a BA in Art and an MBA while working at the local humane shelter. At 26, she packed her dog and cat into a Ford truck and drove the Alcan Highway to Alaska, where she spent 23 years exploring The Last Frontier in a single-engine Cessna. A vegan and animal rights advocate, Maggie provides a sanctuary on her Arizona ranch for all creatures great and small, but her immediate family includes dog Molly, cat Sara, horses Quinn and Teena, and an ever-growing dynasty of chipmunks. Every year, like the Gray Whale, Maggie returns to Alaska.


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Fans of historical romances will find themselves quickly caught up in this epic saga of second chances in life and love.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Last Chance Cowboys: The Lawman by Anna Schmidt, as well as learning what Ms. Schmidt's favorite story is, then count down the days until its release on December 6th.  In honor of this second installment in the Last Chance Cowboys series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win 1 of 5 copies of the first book in this series too!

When authors aren’t hard at work crafting books readers can fall in love with, like readers, they enjoy unwinding with a good book, movie or television program. Maybe the writing is inspiring, or maybe it’s just nice to escape the real world for a little bit. I asked Anna about her favorite stories, ones from popular books, movies, and television shows that many of us probably know too. Read on to see what she had to say!
ON GOLDEN POND
Anna: This one was a favorite for my husband and me, mostly because we could truly identify with a long-time marriage (and love affair) that was facing illness and struggle.
Interestingly enough, Anna takes inspiration, not just from other books, but from film and television most of all. She says: That’s the way I write. My characters are actors on a stage or in a movie, and they walk around doing whatever they please while I try to get it all down!

From acclaimed author Anna Schmidt comes a sweeping historical Western romance about the unbreakable bonds of family, second chances, and a whole lot of heart in the Wild West.
"This is me, Addie," Jess murmured. "You and me, the way we always were."
But it wasn't, no matter how much she wished it were true. They were different now. She would always love him...
But can she trust him not to break her heart?
Jess Porterfield fled to the big city after his father's sudden death, leaving behind his family ranch-and his childhood sweetheart. Now Jess has returned as the local lawman, determined to prove his worth...and win back the one woman he could never live without.
Young frontier doctor Addie Wilcox was devastated when Jess left her behind. Now he's back and it's difficult to remember why she should keep her distance. But with the town's richest man set to see her hang for a crime she didn't commit, Addie must put her faith in the lawman who broke her heart-and trust that together they'll find their second chance at love.

EXCERPT:

(Sometimes characters I think are minor speak up. (Sometimes they pretty much grab me by the shoulders and shout, “I want to tell my story!”) That was the case with Dr. Addie Wilcox. So when her childhood sweetheart and love-of-her-life Jess Porterfield returns at the end of The Drifter, I knew what the second book in the series would be. In The Lawman, Addie has to fight her lifelong attraction to Jess, determined that he won’t break her heart again. Trouble is, once he gets appointed to serve as the town marshal and is pretty much living down the street from Addie and her family, avoiding his good looks, charming smile and determination to win her heart becomes pretty much impossible.
The story of Addie and Jess is all about first love and second chances. Here’s an excerpt that I hope sends you running to the store or your computer to read more...)
Addie could not for the life of her figure out why she continued to allow that man to get to her. Why couldn’t she be more like Jess’s younger sister and her good friend, Amanda—calm and sophisticated?  She searched the gathering for Amanda, but hesitated when she saw her friend surrounded by the usual trio of admirers.  Amanda had been planning this party for weeks now. She certainly deserved to enjoy herself and not have to sympathize with Addie. Besides,Jess was Amanda’s brother, newly returned to the fold from his travels following his father’s death—a death everyone now knew had not been the accident they’d first thought.
Addie stopped dead in her tracks. Her hand flew to her mouth. What was she thinking?
Poor Jess. Did he know? Had anyone told him? Of course not. Jess had a temper, and if he knew what everyone now knew—that his father’s death was not the accident they’d first thought--he’d likely be off trying to track down the killer.
Maybe Jess had overheard some of the talk. Maybe that was why he was talking about applying for the marshal’s position. After all, Jasper Tipton had built that big house in town to please his bride, Pearl, and his brother, Buck, lived there as well. While the local marshal had no jurisdiction outside the town limits, Jess might just think the fact the Tiptons resided in town opened the door for him to go after them. More than likely he would get himself killed in the bargain. Her head was spinning as she tried to think the issue through from every side.
“This is not one of your medical cases,” she muttered to herself. “This is Jess.” And when it came to figuring out what Jess Porterfield might be thinking, she fully appreciated that logic was not part of the process.  She was still mad at him for leaving all those months ago but that didn’t mean she didn’t care about him and, knowing his temper, he was bound to get into trouble.  With a sigh, she headed off to find her father. Maybe he could talk some sense into the man—the man she had fallen in love with, planned a future, with and then rejected.  But as she moved through the throng of party guests pausing now and then to exchange a greeting, it wasn’t her father she saw—it was Jess.
He wasn’t spoiling for a fight at all. No, he was laughing and flirting with Sybil Sinclair. Sybil with her blonde curls and her bright blue eyes and a cupid’s bow of a mouth that made her look like a porcelain doll. Sybil with her tiny waist and her flawless skin and giddy laugh that actually came out as Tee-hee-hee.
“My brother is trying to make you jealous,” Amanda murmured, coming to stand next to her. “Do not let him know that it’s working?"
“It’s not,” Addie insisted, pushing her glasses more firmly onto the bridge of her nose. She straightened to her full height, which was still a good three inches shorter than Sybil’s willowy five foot four.  She brushed back a lock of hair that had come loose from the practical bun she preferred and tried not to think about how her stick-straight locks would look worn down like Sybil’s long curls. “I really couldn’t care less if your brother wants to make an utter fool of himself with that..."
“Good to know you aren’t affected,” Amanda said wryly.

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Award-winning author Anna Schmidt delights in creating stories where her characters must wrestle with the challenges of their times. Critics have consistently praised Schmidt for her ability to seamlessly integrate actual events with her fictional characters to produce strong tales of hope and love in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. She resides in Wisconsin.

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