Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Audiobook Review: Keeper by Amy Daws

(Harris Brothers Series #3)
by Amy Daws
Narrated by Will M. Watt and Charlotte Cole 

They were best friends until they became roommates.

Booker Harris has spent the last several years pushing himself to become the best goalkeeper in the Championship League. Tired of living in the shadows of his headline-splashing brothers, he has finally carved a path of his own.

As a child, Poppy McAdams was content in her own little make-believe world, until the boy next door with dimples and pained eyes came barreling into her makeshift fort demanding all her attention.

Best friends for most of their lives, everything changes when Poppy abruptly leaves London for University.

Now she is back, and gone is the awkward girl from Booker's youth. She has been replaced by a stunning woman with secrets.

Secrets that Booker is desperate to know.

Sharing a bedroom wall with your best friend from childhood quickly turns to anything but sweet and innocent.

Viviana's Review:
The blurb held promise and I was excited to listen to the audio as I've never read anything from Amy nor listened to Will or Charlotte. I was also looking forward to the duet narration and bonus, British accents!

I really wished I could give this a stellar review. Unfortunately, while the premise was a good one (best friends to lovers trope) it was poorly executed. As readers we go into the story knowing that Poppy and Booker are BFFs. The author takes EVERY POSSIBLE opportunity to tell us via the characters of that very fact! OMG, I almost yelled at my kindle "Are you kidding me! Dude, we KNOW she's your BFF.... stop telling!" And that's the problem right there.... we are told about their friendship over and over again and its not only distracting but complete overkill.

I ended up increasing the speed to 1.5x (so sorry for the narrators but it couldn't be helped) to speed the book along due to the repetitive dialogue and slow progression. 

Narrator's Review: This is the first time I've listened to Will Watt and Charlotte Cole. This is a duet and I enjoyed their performance. There were a few times where I felt it was a bit over the top (i.e. Poppy sing song answering). Both have great voices and provide the characters their own personalities and tones.

Overall, it was okay. I had the opportunity to checkout a new to me author and narrators. Did it make me curious enough to check out the previous books (KEEPER is the third book in the series), not really. I know, I know it sounds bad, but with so many audiobooks out there.... I'm concerned that the previous stories will have the same/similar issues. I will say.... I'm a bit curious about the fourth brother. I'll check it out.

Rating: 2 Stars - It was ok. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Happy Release Day Molly!! Sweet Tea and Sympathy by Molly Harper

Sweet Tea and Sympathy 
(Southern Eclectic #1)
by Molly Harper


Beloved author Molly Harper launches a brand-new contemporary romance series, Southern Eclectic, with this story of a big-city party planner who finds true love in a small Georgia town.

Nestled on the shore of Lake Sackett, Georgia is the McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop. (What, you have a problem with one-stop shopping?) Two McCready brothers started two separate businesses in the same building back in 1928, and now it’s become one big family affair. And true to form in small Southern towns, family business becomes everybody’s business.

Margot Cary has spent her life immersed in everything Lake Sackett is not. As an elite event planner, Margot’s rubbed elbows with the cream of Chicago society, and made elegance and glamour her business. She’s riding high until one event goes tragically, spectacularly wrong. Now she’s blackballed by the gala set and in dire need of a fresh start—and apparently the McCreadys are in need of an event planner with a tarnished reputation.

As Margot finds her footing in a town where everybody knows not only your name, but what you had for dinner last Saturday night and what you’ll wear to church on Sunday morning, she grudgingly has to admit that there are some things Lake Sackett does better than Chicago—including the dating prospects. Elementary school principal Kyle Archer is a fellow fish-out-of-water who volunteers to show Margot the picture-postcard side of Southern living. The two of them hit it off, but not everybody is happy to see an outsider snapping up one of the town's most eligible gentleman. Will Margot reel in her handsome fish, or will she have to release her latest catch?

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Voices on the Road Audiobook Blog Tour & Giveaway

I was thrilled and honored to be part of the Voices on the Road Blog Tour and Giveaway organized by Audiobook Publishers Association!

Whether you're traveling to work, going on a road trip or flying out for the upcoming holidays and/or vacation, audiobooks are perfect for you to take along for the ride! They are the perfect companion for long or short trips. I love them because not only can I multitask but they can bring a book to life!

So many audiobooks, so little time, right? I thought I'd share with you my top 5 Awesome Audiobooks/Narrators for you to take along on your next travels!

Narrator: Nicole Poole

There isn't an audiobook that Nicole has narrated that I haven't loved/liked! However, my favorite are all the Dannika Dark's books!! There are currently three series of which two are complete: The Mageri Series, The Seven Series and The Crossbreed Series. My suggestion is that you start with The Mageri Series.

Nicole has a HUGE range when it comes to voices and tones. She is also great with accents! Nicole has a true gift to evoke emotions when you're listening. When you have a narrator that not only provides each character with their own voices and tones, but you end up forgetting that the full cast is performed by only one person, THAT is the definition of being an awesome narrator. Bonus when they do the guy voice and end up crushing on them because of the male voice (Hello Simon and Christian)!

The Mageri Series

The Seven Series

The Crossbreed Series

Available for purchase at Amazon | Audible

Available for purchase at Amazon | Audible

Available for purchase at Amazon | Audible

Lorelei King (Narrator)

I was first introduced to Lorelei via the Charley Davidson Series by Darynda Jones. This series is a great mix of comedy, romance, paranormal and suspense. Charley is a private investigator who sees ghosts and happens to be the grim reaper. She also likes margaritas, is sarcastic, has a wicked sense of humor and an affinity for naming inanimate objects (i.e. her Jeep is "Misery"). Oh the adventures Charley goes on! I can't forget about Reyes! Actually, I'm going to let you discover Reyes!!

I love Lorelei's ability to bring each of the characters to life. Whether she's voicing Charlie, her BFF Cookie, Angel Garza who died when he was 12 and helps Charlie out with her investigations,  or Blue Bell, a five year old who can be quite scary, Lorelei becomes each of the characters. Her performance is on point!

Available for purchase at Amazon | Audible

The Charley Davidson Series

Sebastian York (Narrator)
Ahhh the mysterious, sexy voice that is Sebastian York! Listeners LOVE him! Women swoon! I mean there is a freaking meme about his voice.....

Aside from the "sexy" voice, he is able to bring a light heartedness when there are funny moments and he does great kid voices. Adorable!!! One of the things I love about Sebastian is his ability to be a complete Dom Alpha in one book and then a sexy hero in a Romantic Comedy in the next!

Speaking of romantic comedies... you must check out Full Package by Lauren Blakely! Written in the male POV, this story has comedy, romance, sexy scenes and is just PERFECT for a road trip. WARNING, there is a hilarious scene in a home goods store! LOVE IT!!

Available for purchase at Amazon | Audible

Tillie Hooper (Narrator)

What do you get when you have an excellent story and pair it with a fabulous narrator? An AMAZING series that is PERFECT for... whenever!! Enter Kristen Ashley's Fantasyland Series and Tillie Hooper, the narrator! Kristen's stories are filled with big personalities and Tillie DELIVERS!! Below is a audio sample of The Golden Dynasty as it truly showcases Tillie's ability to bring a story to life!

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Jennifer Ikeda (Narrator)

The All Souls trilogy by Deborah Harkness is a beautifully written story filled with intriguing characters and locations that make you want to book your flight!  A Discovery of Witches is the first book in the series and you will fall in love with both the story and Jennifer's performance! With over the top characters and several different accents, Jennifer nails them all!

Purchase at Amazon | Audible

Okay, okay, I know I'm supposed to share 5 awesome audiobooks/narrators, but I HAVE to share this recent listen!! The author was new to me. I love Zackary Webber and this would be the second listen from Muffy Newtown are the narrators! Check out Mercy by Debra Anastasia. There is so much more to the story and characters than the blurb provides. There is a lot of emotions from both the hero and heroine and both Zackary and Muffy bring those emotions to the forefront.

Zackary can perform one hell of a sexy Alpha Male. Yet, he also brings a vulnerability to the characters that makes you fall for them. Muffy's range is great and her "guy voice" YUM! Pair these two up and the story comes to life!

Purchase at Amazon | Audible

I hope you have added all these fabulous books, authors and narrators to your TO BE READ LIST and enjoy your time listening! I #LoveAudiobooks and will continue to RAVE about them!! If you're interested in learning about more awesome audiobooks and narrators visit the Audiobook Lovin page (on top)! Audiobook Lovin is a month long series in June (aka Audiobook Month) celebrating audiobooks and those that create them! 


Cover Reveal Blitz: Wanderlust by Lauren Blakely


Available exclusively in audio for the first six weeks - and through the Audible Romance Package - from #1 New York Times best-selling author Lauren Blakely comes a breathtaking new romance that will sweep you away!

Cover Photography by Rafa Catala with model Christian Balic.
Cover Design by Helen Williams.

Release Date:
Coming 2/6/2018)



They say Paris is always a good idea...

You know what I say? Paris would be a much better idea if I spoke the dang language. I can't even board the metro to visit the Louvre without ending up at the Moulin Rouge, and let's not even mention how I'll ever make it through a day at my new office.

Fortunately my company hooks me up with my own personal translator. Ooh la la. Or should I say bloody hell? Because he's charming, witty, and British, and he brings the city to life for me. Soon, I can order a croque monsieur hold the ham, discuss perfume with my co-workers, and barter at the outdoor market. I can also tell the sexy Brit by my side how much I want him to kiss me under the streetlamps.

Except there's a catch - Paris might be all we have.


One more assignment before I can take off on my big adventure...

And it's a good farewell gig too since my newest client is a fetching American who loves to explore the cafes and cobbled streets while I teach her the language of love. We fall into a fast and flirty friendship, but Paris has a way of making lovers out of friends, and soon we're spending our nights together too - très risqué. The trouble is, my wanderlust is calling to me, and soon I'll be traveling the globe to fulfill a promise I made long ago.

What could possibly go wrong with falling in love in Paris? Nothing...unless one of you is leaving.



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About The Author

A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that's hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than 85 times, and she's sold more than 2 million books. In December she'll release THE V CARD, a sinfully sexy standalone romantic comedy co-written with Lili Valente. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter!  

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Release Day Blitz: A Very Married Christmas by Samantha Chase

We are so excited to be bringing you the release blitz for Samantha Chase's
This is the perfect romantic read to get you in the holiday spirit - be sure to grab your copy today!


(Silver Bell Falls #3)

She’s ready to deck the halls…
But not with wedding decorations.

For the most part, Melanie Harper has made her peace with her negative feelings toward Christmas. Thanks to her fiancé, she’s even learned to enjoy the holiday. But that doesn’t mean she wants to share it with her wedding day!

He’s dreaming of a white Christmas…
Complete with a wedding!

Ever since they first met, Josiah Stone has done his best to show Melanie how magical Christmas can be. He’s gotten her to participate in parades, decorate trees and even celebrate the holiday, but asking her to marry him on Christmas Eve just might be more than she’s ready for.

Will this be a very Merry or very Married Christmas?

Get your copy of A VERY MARRIED CHRISTMAS today!

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Read an excerpt of A VERY MARRIED CHRISTMAS now


“What?” she cried.

Josiah knew he was taking a big risk in presenting this to her—after all, Melanie had grown up hating Christmas.  Hell, he’d only gotten her to have some good feelings toward the holiday in the last two years!  But he knew if she’d just give him a chance, he’d be able to prove to her how a Christmas wedding would be amazing.

Jumping to his feet, he looked down at her shocked expression and did his best to keep his tone light and encouraging.

“Just…hear me out, okay?”

The look on her face said she would, but she certainly wasn’t happy about it.

“What could be better than getting married during such a festive time of the year?” he began but didn’t give her a chance to reply.  “Think about it—everything, everywhere is already beautifully decorated.  Any place we go won’t require much from us because it will already be decorated!  The Poinsettias, Christmas trees, the lights…all that work will be done for us.”


“And everyone will be in town already so there won’t be a need for them to make a separate trip.”

“Who’s everyone?  My dad is already here; he’s the only family I have and your family doesn’t live that far away.  It’s hardly like they’d be making a huge sacrifice to come to town,” she countered.

“But all of our friends will be here too.  You know how most people we know tend to travel either before Christmas or after the new year because they love all the festivities here in town Christmas week.”

Melanie let out a small sigh.  “Look, I get what you’re saying.  I really do.  But…you know my feelings on Christmas.”

He immediately sat back down at her side.  “And we’ve come such a long way, Mel!  When we first met, you hated the holidays and everything about them.  But after that first Christmas here, you changed.  You saw how it all wasn’t so bad and—admit it—you even enjoyed it.”

She gave him a sour look.  “I know that first Christmas was amazing but only because you made it that way for me.  You went out of your way to make up for every single crappy Christmas I’d had since I was five!”

“And what about last year?” he prodded.

Another sigh.  “You proposed last Christmas so of course that’s going to make for a great memory.”

“So you see…”

“But,” she quickly interrupted, “that doesn’t mean I want to get married during the month of December or anywhere near Christmas!”

He silently admitted to himself that he knew there were going to be some challenges in getting Melanie to see his way of thinking, but he was kind of hopeful that she wouldn’t be quite this hostile toward the idea.  How was he supposed to convince her that this could be good for them?  Great, even?  What could he possibly do to show her how wonderful a Christmas wedding could be?


About The Author

Samantha Chase is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller of contemporary romance. She released her debut novel in 2011 and currently has more than forty titles under her belt! When she’s not working on a new story, she spends her time reading romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook, wearing a tiara while playing with her sassy pug Maylene…oh, and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Shameless 2018 Tickets on Sale!!!

 Entangled Publishing Presents 
Shameless Book Con 2018
Tickets go on sale
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 12:00pm ET!

The Shameless Book Con occurs October 19-21, 2018 in Orlando, Florida at the Double Tree Hotel by Universal Studios. 

Get your tickets here!
You can see the current list of authors signing here.

New For 2018

  • VIP ticket includes UnHoly Day Sunday entry
  • No-Frills Signing ticket available
  • Online ticket purchase closes Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 at 12pm
  • Fast Passes and Golden Tickets will not be issued
  • Wi-fi access is available on Saturday for all attendees for a small fee as outlined by the convention space
  • An access code will be provided upon check-in

Learn more here.

Some important things to know!!

  • As with many signings, the limited capacity VIP tickets WILL sell out quickly
  • Refunds are not available
  • Ticket holders may transfer their ticket by changing the name and email address on the ticket in Eventbrite
  • Shameless representatives will not transfer tickets
  • Tickets may be purchased on-site, however personalized name badges may not be available
  • Additional registration may be required in the future for smaller capacity events

See you there!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Cover Reveal Blitz: Snow Balls by Tara Lain

Is it always wrong to pretend to be Mr. Right?

Snow Balls
(Balls to the Wall Series, #4)
By Tara Lain


JJ LaRousse looks like a quarterback but acts like a queen. He’s trying to be proud of who he is—until a robbery at the famous Laguna Winter Fantasy brings JJ face-to-face with tough cop Ryan Star. JJ hears Ryan likes manly men, so he drops his voice an octave, colors his pink hair, and tries to pass as a football fan.

Ryan Star may be tough, but he keeps his sexuality to himself at work. He learned in New York that being a gay cop can be deadly. His attraction to JJ threatens his secret, but he’s finding it hard to back away from a guy who’s so totally his type. Then, during a ski trip and a confrontation with JJ’s biggest nemesis, all the façades come crashing down. In the aftermath, can Ryan love JJ for who he really is? More importantly, can JJ?

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Release Date:
December 6, 2017


Carefully he placed the art objects into the scene. These dolls would bring in the money during Winter Fantasy because people could afford to give them as gifts. An original piece of art at a reasonable price. It was a great find for shoppers. He nestled a lovely red-and-green doll into a forest of tiny pines.

“That’s really pretty.”

“Oh.” JJ almost dropped the doll. He grabbed it firmly, placed it, breathed, and turned toward the husky voice. Showtime.

The cop raised the corners of his mouth slightly. “Sorry. Didn’t mean to startle you.”

Could he try out his own deep voice? JJ cleared his throat and dropped his tone from the usual stratosphere. “Not a problem. I wasn’t paying attention.” Blue. The guy’s eyes were a deep blue. Up close, his face had a classic structure that looked like it had been wrecked a bit: a high-bridged nose with a slight crook, as if somebody broke it once or twice, creamy skin marred by a few orange-peel-like marks, a light scar from the upper part of his neck that curved over his jaw. Scary. Ummmm… and sexy.

The policeman took out a small notebook—just like in the movies. “I’d like to ask you a few questions about what you saw today.”

JJ took hold of the edges of the counter so he could keep his hands still. “Okay.” He tried again, an octave lower. “Sure. Shoot.”

The guy flipped a page of the notebook. JJ stared at him and the question burst out. “Uh, what’s your name?”

The guy looked embarrassed. “I’m so sorry. I should have identified myself. I just… uh, I’m Detective Star.” He flashed his badge.

“What Star?”

“Excuse me?”

“What’s your first name?”

“Oh. Ryan.”

JJ smiled. “Nice name. I’m JJ LaRousse.”

The detective looked a little confused, but he wrote it down. “One S or two?”

“Two. And the JJ stands for Jamison Jeremiah.”

“So, Mr. LaRousse—”


“JJ. Can you tell me where you were this morning at nine forty-five?”

JJ’s eyes widened. “Do you think I did the robberies?” He held the counter really tight.

“Mr.—uh, JJ—I was told that you saw the thieves, and I’m just trying to determine the chain of events.”

JJ breathed out. Relax! “Yes, uh, I was right here in this booth.”

“Can you describe what you saw?”

“I saw Santa Claus and his elf walking past really fast.” He looked into the blue eyes. “I guess I should say I saw two men dressed as those characters.”

“Can you describe them?”

“The Santa guy was kind of tall. A little taller than you, but not as tall as me.”

Star wrote. “So, about six feet one or so?”

“Probably, yes. The other guy was little. That’s one reason why I didn’t think anything strange. The elf was really small—like, he fit the costume. I figured they were just rehearsing for the Winter Fantasy Santa’s Village.”

“How small.”

JJ held out his hand at the middle of his chest.

“About five foot four?”

“Yeah, or maybe smaller.”

“But it was definitely a man?”

JJ cocked his head. “Good question.”

Again, that gaze speared him. “Close your eyes and picture the two of them and see if you remember anything that would indicate if the person might have been female.”

JJ closed his eyes. Wow. The detective smelled good. Like citrus with some honey in it. A soft smell, not overpowering at all. Maybe he could just snuggle his head against Ryan’s neck and inhale deeply. “Ummm.” 

The Balls to the Wall Series

Volley Balls
Bk #1

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Fire Balls 
Bk #2

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Beach Balls
Bk #3

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FAST Balls
Bk #5

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High Balls
Bk #6

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Prefer paperback?
The first and second book are now available in paperback! 

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About the Author

Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT erotic romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 32. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Paranormal Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft.  She lives with her soul-mate husband and her soul-mate dog near the sea in California where she sets a lot of her books.  Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!

You can find Tara at Lain

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