Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Excerpt Reveal: Easy Magic by Kristen Proby


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From New York Times bestselling author Kristen Proby, comes the next sexy and captivating standalone title in the Boudreaux Series, EASY MAGIC. Take a trip to the Big Easy and fall in love with Beau and Mallory’s passionate story on April 4, 2017 in this upcoming contemporary romance. Check out the excerpt below and preorder your copy today!



Easy Magic 
(Boudreaux Series, Bk #5)
by Kristen Proby 

Blurb: 

Family. Responsibility. Stability. 

As the co-CEO of Bayou Enterprises, and the eldest of the Boudreaux clan, Beau is the epitome of these. Now that his baby sister Gabby is happily settled down, Beau has moved into the company loft in the heart of the French Quarter to be closer to his office while his own home is built. He doesn’t have time for anything but the family he adores and the company that drives him.

If only the bewitching owner of the herb shop downstairs from Beau’s loft wasn’t so damn tempting.

Mallory Adams is living the life. The good life. The best life for her. After years of hiding who she is, and the gifts she’s been cursed with, Mallory opened her little shop in the French Quarter, offering herbs and lotions for anything from soothing a sunburn to chasing those pesky ghosts New Orleans is known for out of a client’s home. Some call her eccentric, and some say she’s simply odd, and that’s okay with her. She is a bit odd, but in her experience, all of the best people are. 

When an old pipe bursts in the loft above her store, flooding her storeroom, Mallory comes face to face with Beau Boudreaux, and she doesn’t need the clairvoyant abilities that have been passed down through generations to know that she’ll never be the same. Beau is her exact opposite; serious, straitlaced. He wears suits for Pete’s sake and probably wouldn’t know the difference between arnica and flaxseed if his life depended on it. But when he touches her, the electricity is through the roof and she’s smart enough to know that a chemistry like theirs doesn’t happen every day.

Can two people so very different possibly find their way to happily ever after?


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Excerpt

I turn to look at him and he’s leaning against the door jamb, watching me with lust written all over his face. I don’t have to be psychic to see it. He wants me. He slowly pushes away from the door and moves toward me, his shoulders broad in the white button down shirt, his arms hard where the shirt is rolled to his elbows. His jaw tightens as he gets closer, towering over me because he’s so damn tall, but I’m not afraid of him in the least. He doesn’t say a word as he lifts his hand to cup my cheek, his thumb brushing under my eye. I wrap my hand around his wrist and lean into his touch, soaking up his warmth. God, I’ve missed being touched. Being touch by Beau is like being touched for the first time in my life, and I never want him to stop. He lowers his lips to mine, brushes them lightly, nibbles the corner, and then sinks in for the kiss of my life. He gently urges my mouth open, and licks my lips, and devours me. His hand dives into my hair, and the wall is suddenly at my back as he continues to explore me in ways I didn’t even know existed. He braces his free hand on the wall above my head, and I fist my hands in his shirt at his sides, holding on for dear life. Finally, he pulls back, breathing hard, his eyes bright and dilated. And in the moment, I know. His touch is safe. I can trust it. Him. I’m not bombarded with someone else’s emotions, and I am free to simply feel my own while being intimate with him. “So that’s what all the hoopla’s about.” He smirks, and I realize I spoke aloud again, but I’m not embarrassed. Not in the least. He takes a deep breath and drags his knuckles down my cheek. “I want to keep you here all night,” he murmurs before kissing my forehead. “So I’d better take you home.” I smile. He could talk me into staying. But he’s not. And I’ll be damned if that doesn’t make me like him even more.  



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And don’t forget to grab the first four books in The Boudreaux Series!

EASY LOVE

EASY CHARM

EASY MELODY

EASY KISSES




About The Author



New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Kristen Proby is the author of the bestselling With Me In Seattle and Love Under the Big Sky series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong, humorous characters with a strong sense of loyalty and family. Her men are the alpha type; fiercely protective and a bit bossy, and her ladies are fun, strong, and not afraid to stand up for themselves.

Kristen lives in Montana, where she enjoys coffee, chocolate and sunshine. And naps.










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Friday, March 17, 2017

Guest Post & Giveaway: Undiscovered by Sara Humphreys


Hi Everyone!! I'm so excited to have author Sara Humphreys with us today!! 


Lions, Tigers, and Dragons. Oh My! 
By Sara Humphreys

My favorite question to pose as a writer is…What if…?

Every time I write a book or develop a new series, I start with that two word phrase because the possibilities are limitless.

When I first created the Amoveo universe, I had envisioned it with the ten different animal clans and wrote the books based on that premise. After writing the seventh installment, the novella, UNBOUND, I started to wonder how many more stories there were to tell about this unique society of shapeshifters. You would think that with lions, tigers, panthers, cheetahs, wolves, coyotes, foxes, falcons, bears, and eagles I might never run out of adventures. Maybe I wouldn’t but I didn’t want the series to get stale, either.

One lazy Sunday afternoon, I was flipping around the television channels and I came across the movie Dragonheart. There was one scene when the dragon is kind of skulking around in his cave, doing his best to avoid the humans who have hunted his kind, and it got me thinking…

What if there had been a clan of shapeshifting dragons?

My initial response to my own question was (Writers are weird. We tend to talk to ourselves. A lot.) …No way! Wouldn’t they have been mentioned in previous books?

Well…what if the dragons had been betrayed by some of the Amoveo? Perhaps there had been a battle over a woman? Wait a minute! Hold the presses. What if he was cursed?

I love a tortured hero.

Okay, so if there are dragons, then where have they been all this time? How in the world do you conceal one massive, flying fire-breathing dragon, let alone many?

Simple. You don’t find a dragon unless they want to be found.  They’ve been hibernating deep within the earth waiting for a world that might be more welcoming of their kind.

The Dragon Clan and the Amoveo are cousins. They’re related but not exactly the same. Their gifts differ and unlike the Amoveo, who can shift at any time, the dragons can only shift under the cover of darkness. Direct sunlight forces them to change back into their human form.
Dragons are known for their fiery dispositions and the inability to control their tempers.
To put it simply, they are hot heads.
And hot.
Of course.

UNDISCOVERED was the most challenging book that I’ve ever written.  Weaving together these two worlds was crazy hard but I think it’s my best book to date and even though I’m not supposed to choose favorites but it’s my fave. I’m sure the fact that the hero is modeled after my crush, Norman Reedus, probably has nothing to do with that at all.

Thank you for coming with me on this journey and I hope you’ll enjoy this first adventure in the Amoveo Rising series.


 Thank you again Sara for being with us today!!
Learn more about UNDISCOVERED and Sara below! Don't forget to tenter the giveaway!! 



Undiscovered 
(Amoveo Rising Series, Bk #1)
by Sara Humphreys

Blurb:
"Darkly sensual, rich with emotion, a wild unsettling ride."—Christine Feehan, New York Times bestselling author

He’s the man of her dreams
A long time ago, Zander Lorens was cursed to walk the earth stripped of his Dragon Clan powers. Every night, trapped in a recurring nightmare, Zander relives his darkest moment. He can hardly believe it when the dream changes and a beautiful young woman appears. Zander believes she’s the key to ending his torment. Finding her in the real world is one thing, but how will he convince her of who—and what—she really is?

She’s the end to his nightmare
Rena McHale uses her unique sensitivity as a private investigator, touting herself as a “human divining rod” and finder of the lost. By day she struggles with sensory overload, and by night her sleep is haunted by a fiery dragon shifter. Nothing in her life makes sense, until the man from her dreams shows up at her door with a proposition…


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About The Author

Sara Humphreys is the award-winning author of paranormal and contemporary romance including shapeshifter and vampire stories, and contemporary romance about firefighters, police officers, and K9 cops. A public speaker and speaker trainer, Sara lives with her husband and four sons in Bronxville, New York.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Audio Book Review: Royally Matched by Emma Chase

Royally Matched
(Royally Series, Bk #2)
by Emma Chase
Narrated by Andi Arndt and Shane East


Blurb: 

Some men are born responsible; some men have responsibility thrust upon them. Henry John Edgar Thomas Pembrook, Prince of Wessco, just got the motherlode of all responsibility dumped in his regal lap. He’s not handling it well.
Hoping to help her grandson rise to the occasion, Queen Lenora agrees to give him "space" - but while the Queen's away, the Prince will play. After a chance meeting with an American television producer, Henry finally makes a decision all on his own:

Welcome to Matched: Royal Edition.

A reality TV dating game show featuring twenty of the world's most beautiful blue bloods, all gathered in the same castle. Only one will win the diamond tiara; only one will capture the handsome prince's heart. While Henry revels in the sexy, raunchy antics of the contestants as they fight for his affection, it's the quiet, bespectacled girl in the corner - with the voice of an angel and a body that would tempt a saint - who catches his eye. The more Henry gets to know Sarah Mirabelle Zinnia Von Titebottum, the more enamored he becomes of her simple beauty, her strength, her kind spirit...and her naughty sense of humor.

But Rome wasn't built in a day, and irresponsible royals aren't reformed overnight. As he endeavors to right his wrongs, words take on new meanings for the dashing Prince. Words like duty, honor, and, most of all, love.


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Viviana's Review:
When I first learned of the premise of the second book was I was concerned that it was going to be like the BACHELOR TV show, which I don't like. NOW... I know that Henry has a reputation already from book 1, Royally Screwed and its mentioned again here. HOWEVER, being told of this behavior vs. "seeing" it as we read this book, especially since he is the hero would not have sat well with me. The good news? We get to see a different side of Henry AND the situation with the "Matched: Royal Edition" TV show was handled brilliantly.

I really enjoyed getting to know Sarah and Henry as they get to know each other! Emma, the author, does a beautiful job with showing you, the reader, the development of their friendship that blossoms into a romantic relationship.

I really loved Sarah as a character. She was smart, strong, independent and had a wicked sense of humor. While many dismissed her as "meek" because she was quiet, she proves that she is anything but meek.

I had a soft spot for Henry from the beginning of the series. He's the younger brother that is loved but isn't held at a high standard of leadership until the moment he will take the throne. The truth is though that he is a natural born leader but people don't give him credit or believe he is able to lead. He must overcome his own demons in order to rule and win the heart of the woman he loves.

Narrator Review: 

Andi Arndt and Shane East are a fabulous team! Each provide the characters with their own tones, accents and personalities. They each narrator the chapters of the character (Andi for Sarah's chapters and Shane for Henry's) and how I WISH they did performed in Tandem Narration. This would have made an already awesome story and performance even better! 


Overall, a great story that readers will enjoy and want more of! Looking forward to see what comes next for this series!

 
Rating: 4.5 Stars - I REALLY LOVED IT!





Disclaimer:
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Simon & Schuster Audio in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.

Audio Book Review: Royally Screwed by Emma Chase


Royally Screwed
(Royally Series, Bk #1)
by Emma Chase
Narrated by Andi Arndt and Shane East

Blurb:

Nicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, Crowned Prince of Wessco, aka “His Royal Hotness,” is wickedly charming, devastatingly handsome, and unabashedly arrogant―hard not to be when people are constantly bowing down to you.

Then, one snowy night in Manhattan, the prince meets a dark haired beauty who doesn’t bow down. Instead, she throws a pie in his face.

Nicholas wants to find out if she tastes as good as her pie, and this heir apparent is used to getting what he wants.

Dating a prince isn’t what waitress Olivia Hammond ever imagined it would be.
There’s a disapproving queen, a wildly inappropriate spare heir, relentless paparazzi, and brutal public scrutiny. While they’ve traded in horse drawn carriages for Rolls Royces and haven’t chopped anyone’s head off lately―the royals are far from accepting of this commoner.

But to Olivia―Nicholas is worth it.

Nicholas grew up with the whole world watching, and now Marriage Watch is in full force. In the end, Nicholas has to decide who he is and, more importantly, who he wants to be: a King... or the man who gets to love Olivia forever.



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 Viviana's Review:

Okay, I'll be honest that what drew me in first was the cover! Come on! When this cover was first shown, it was a fresh and new 'look'. This model was new to the book cover world! You can't blame me!!! Then I read the blurb and I was intrigued! LOVED IT! This was an awesome story that readers will love listening to.

I loved the characters and Olivia rocks it as the heroine! She told it like it is and it didn't matter that he was a prince and heir to the throne! Then we have the secondary characters! Witty and sincere! You ended up hoping that they will reappear in following books and that maybe, Emma will decide to tell their story in a novella (hint, hint!)

Sigh... Nicholas, Nicholas, Nicholas! The first born who is meant to be king. While honoring traditions and being the leader his family and a nation expect him to be, his true passion doesn't lie with the throne. When a breath of fresh comings in the form of Olivia he needs it to breathe! Throughout the entire time, I wondered how things would play out to cause the conflict that would cause the Hero & Heroine to split and then how they would reunite. I really LOVED how things played out!

Narrator Review: 

Andi Arndt and Shane East rocked it! Their performance was spot on! I know its been said that readers have "auto buy" authors, but the same can be said for narrators. Upon hearing Shane, wow! I immediately looked up what else he has narrated and began adding it to my "MUST LISTEN" list! Add Andi and what a package! They both enhance a story that is already really good! 


Overall, this was a great listen and story. This story stands out among the crowded genre! Highly recommend this!!

 
Rating: 4 Stars - LOVED IT!





Disclaimer:
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Simon & Schuster Audio in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Gift Ideas for the Book Lover #96



Happy Wednesday and welcome to the Gift Ideas for the Book Lover series! Gone are the days where book lovers only received gift cards to Amazon and/or B&N!

This week is the release of Beauty and The Beast, the new live action movie! I am a HUGE fan of the original and my reasons have changed as I've grown up! We've all seen the meme, right?


and this one..


Today I adore the movie because she's a book worm! LOL In the excitement of the upcoming movie release I thought I'd share some awesome gift ideas for the book lover that they will love and appreciate, all inspired by Beauty and The Beast!



Rose Necklace | Beauty and the Beast | Final Rose | Flower Jewelry | Rose Gold | Silver | Gold | Love | Gift | Rose Charm | Flower Pendant
$20.00 (plus S&H)

$20 LIMITED TIME ONLY.... What a pretty gift for your love, your little princess, a beauty and the beast fan, a rose bowl mom, or a superfan of the bachelor/bachelorette show!














Beauty and the Beast | Handpainted Shoes
$410.37+ (plus S&H)

Unique and exclusive design about Beauty and the Beast, hand painted shoes.










Beauty and the Beast Inspired Lantern
$15.11 (plus S&H)


Beauty and the Beast lantern

White lantern with black vinyl decals

Approx 23cm in height













Disney Princess Wine Glass, Belle Wine Glass, Beauty and the Beast
$15.00 (plus S&H)

This beautiful, hand painted Belle wine glass would make a perfect addition to your dinner table or a magical gift for your favorite Disney lover. 

This wine glass has been painted with a silhouette of Belle from Disney's beloved fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast. The stem of the glass is covered in gold glitter, with a yellow ribbon tied in a bow at the top of the stem. The paint and glitter have been sealed at 350 degrees to diminish the risk of chipping over time.









Beauty & the Beast Set of 3 Adorable Candles - Disney Candles - the Beast - Forbidden West Wing - Tale as old as time - Dio Candle Company
$11.99 (plus S&H)

This Adorable Beauty & The Beast set is perfect for Disney fans of any age. With our best seller front and center it really gives the recipient of this gift a perfect chance to try two other fantastic fragrances at a discounted rate!

Click on the image to learn more!








6 Sugar Cookies - Beauty and the Beast Belle / Party Supplies / Birthday / Party Favors / Desserts / Dessert Table / Birthday Gift / Theme
$18.00 (plus S&H)

Each (1) quantity contains 6 cookies. 

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This listing is for buttery-sweet vanilla sugar cookies decorated with an icing that dries to a candy-like finish.

Each cookie measures 3-3.5 inches and is perfect for dessert tables or favors!

Our cookies are baked with only premium ingredients, such as REAL sweet cream butter -NEVER margarine!





CANVAS PRINT: Beauty and The Beast Inspired Art Print
$25.00+ (plus S&H)

If you are planning to frame your canvas, I recommend you select 0.75". This canvas will fit into frame shells.

If you would prefer to hang the canvas on your wall without framing, I recommend the 1.5" option. This is commonly referred to as a "gallery" wrap. The thick canvas wrapping stands out from the wall. The .75 wrapped canvas is also suitable for direct mounting, but will not have as large of a visible side. 









Beauty and the Beast Rose Stained Glass
$160 (plus S&H)

This is a 15.5x11 inch handmade stained glass panel, made with real stained glass pieces, it is NOT painted. 

This can be ordered with the flower in pink or red. This no longer comes with the glass ball on top of the panel.

This item is made to order and takes 2-3 weeks to complete. 












Belle Deluxe StylishStickers Set (Erin Condren Life Planner)
$14.95 (plus S&H)

This set includes 4 sheets of stickers varying in size, as shown in pictures.

This set comes in two options: Gloss Finish or Removable Matte Finish

Colors may vary based on display settings











11" Macbook Air Case Beauty and The Beast Case Disney Case Macbook Air 11 Macbook Air 11 sleeve Macbook Air 11 in case 11 Air Bag Beast case
By iSleeve
$38.99 (plus S&H)

Are you worried about the safety of your laptop while walking outside? So, these fantastic laptop case disguised as a book should keep you calm. It has a look of the real book and nobody even guesses that your device is hidden inside.

A padded laptop case made 2mm cardboard and plastic with a canvas on the front and leather spine. Inside cover is made of soft velvet. A zippered case also has 2 zipper pulls to let you charge your laptop while it is inside the case. There are also 2 elastic bands to keep your screen safe inside.





Beauty and the Beast Rose Laptop / Window Sticker
$10.00 (plus S&H)

Tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme, Beauty and the Beast Rose Laptop / Window Sticker.

Available in Black, White, Gold, Red. OR pick a color from our custom color chart and we'll bring in that vinyl color for you!

Our Laptop / Window Stickers ship with transfer paper applied for easy application.





If items are no longer available, please contact the seller to request further information. 

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Book Lover in your life!!! 





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