Thursday, February 28, 2013

Feature and Follow, #19




"Feature and Follow Friday" is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read where they each feature a fellow blogger, and ask a question, to be answered by anyone who wants to participate. We then hop around to other blogs, checking out their answers. It is a great way to get to know other bloggers. See additional info below


This week's question is:
 Confess your blogger sins! Is there anything as a newbie blogger that you've done, that as you gained more experience you were like — oops?

Series Spotlight: Holiday, Montana by Carrie Ann Ryan


A warm welcome to Carrie Ann Ryan!!! 
Find out about the Sexy Cooper Brothers and the Holiday, Montana Series.
Then, make sure to scroll down and enter the giveaway!

What is Holiday, Montana?


So what is Holiday, Montana and why do I keep going on and on about it? Well, that’s easy, this the name of my new series and the small town where my sexy Cooper brothers live. But it’s not just that, not by far.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Cover Reveal: Divided by Jennifer Sights

During a routine case, private investigator Elena Ronen meets and falls in love with Vittorio Santini, member of a secret coven, and a kiss awakens her dormant magical powers. Because Elena wields an extremely powerful form of magic, she struggles to convince her enemies she has no desire to take over the coven. When loyalties are questioned, and Elena can no longer tell friend from foe, she must prove she wants nothing more than to live her life quietly. When this wish falls on deaf ears, Elena and Vittorio must work together to defeat their enemies as they try to save their love, their lives, and the lives of those they care about.

Release Date: March 12, 2013

EXCERPT

“I told you, you are mistaken. No one is usurping your place in the coven, least of all a newcomer. She does not even know our ways yet,” Samuel said.

“‘Yet.’ Even you admit she is going to learn. And then what?” Elizabeth asked.

“And then if she is strong enough, she may displace you, but it will be a long time before that is even a possibility. Why don’t you stop trying to cause problems?” Samuel said, jaw clenched.

“Your friend is the one causing problems by bringing this little girl into our world. We can see what he’s doing. We know he’s just using her to secure his place in the coven,” Elizabeth said.

“Who the hell are you calling a little girl?” I would not stand by and let some stranger insult me.
“You, little girl.” Elizabeth eyed me with hatred I didn’t think possible for a person one didn’t know.
“I’d watch your mouth if I were you.” I clenched my fists at my sides.

“Or what? You can’t even control your power. We all heard about what happened.”

“Is that what you think?” I knew I was taking a risk, but it was one I was willing to take. I steadied my breathing and let my power rise up in me. I didn’t know what would happen. I had only focused on controlling how it reacted to Vittorio. I didn’t know how it would react to my anger towards these people. It rose, hot and liquid inside me.

Instinctively, I knew what to do. I let it slowly reach out toward the three arguing with Samuel, while picturing bolts of electricity in my mind. I only wanted to scare them, to prove I had control over my power. The thought that I might prove them right never crossed my mind.

Samuel took a few steps toward me, and I saw Vittorio shake his head out of the corner of my eye. I pictured lightning surrounding Elizabeth and those accompanying her, calling my power back to me only after they had cried out in pain. It came reluctantly, wanting to play with these people who had insulted me, but it returned, allowing me to push it down to wherever it was that it slept in my gut. I collapsed, and Vittorio caught me and helped me to the couch. The look of terror on their faces was well worth the energy spent.





About The Author


Jennifer Sights has been writing since she was a kid, but veered off track for college and a more traditional office job. She lives in St. Louis, MO, with her husband, John, and their two dogs, Tiberius and Emmy. When she isn't writing or reading she loves hiking, riding her motorcycle, traveling, and volunteering at the local animal shelter. She loves to hear from readers. You can find her at www.jennifersights.com or email her at jsights@gmail.com.


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Book Review: Backstage Pass by Olivia Cunning


Backstage Pass
(Sinners on Tour, Bk1)
By Olivia Cunning

Synopsis:
Five stunning guys, one hot woman, and a feverish romance...

For him, life is all music and no play...

When Brian Sinclair, lead songwriter and guitarist of the hottest metal band on the scene, loses his creative spark, it will take nights of downright sinful passion to release his pent-up genius...

She's the one to call the tune...

When sexy psychologist Myrna Evans goes on tour with the Sinners, every boy in the band tries to seduce her. But Brian is the only one she wants to get her hands on...

Then the two lovers' wildly shocking behavior sparks the whole band to new heights of glory... and sin...




Available for purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.


Candie's Review:

After a grueling day at a conference with her unexciting colleagues, college professor Myrna Evans spots her favorite band The Sinners drinking in the hotel bar. Eager to shake off her bad day, Myrna approaches the band and introduces herself. The Sinners (Sedric, Eric, Trey, Jace and Brian) cannot believe that the ultra conservative woman in a suit, not only recognizes them, but also knows all of their names. When they learn that Myrna is a professor of human sexuality, it’s game on to see which one of the band will get her attention. Little does everyone know, that Myrna has always had a big crush on Brian.  She surprises them all and invites Brian back to her room while saying good night.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Blog Tour Guest Post: Persistence of Vision by Liesel Hill


I'm happy to be hosting author Liesel Hill!
Welcome!


4 Tips for Writing Great Characters

My debut novel, Persistence of Vision, has not just one or two but an ensemble of characters. Not all of them are fully fleshed out in book 1, but they will be before the end of the series.

So, what’s the secret to writing great characters? In truth, I don’t think there is one. There are some things I think all great characters need, but it is usually a happy accident of combinations that result in great characters. Some are simple, some complex. Some downright unforgettable. But at least if you include enough things to make the character well-rounded, he or she won’t come off as flat.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Feature and Follow, #18




"Feature and Follow Friday" is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read where they each feature a fellow blogger, and ask a question, to be answered by anyone who wants to participate. We then hop around to other blogs, checking out their answers. It is a great way to get to know other bloggers. See additional info below


This week's question is:
 We always talk about books that WE want. Let's turn it on its head. What books have you given other people lately?

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Blog Tour Guest Post: "Anything for You" by Jessica Scott



I'm extremely excited to have author Jessica Scott with us today!! 
Welcome!!


Thanks so much for having me here today!

One of the things that Viviana suggested as a topic was how/why I make my characters so real. I didn't actually set out to write that but my style of realism evolved over several years.

One of my very first conversations with someone from New York publishing was a phone call with the legendary Kate Duffy before she passed away. I was new, it was like six months into my writing journey and there I was talking with Kate. I didn't realize at the time just how awesome that really was.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Book Review: Anything for You by Jessica Scott

Anything For You
(Coming Home #1.5)
By Jessica Scott

Synopsis:

From the author of Because of You comes an all new Coming Home short story.

Sergeant First Class Shane Garrison has spent a year recovering from his combat injuries. A year spent in the arms of the woman of his dreams. But loving Jen comes with a price: every time he touches her, he faces the uncertain fear that loving her might mean losing her forever.

Jen is a breast cancer survivor and with Shane, she’s found a man who loves her despite her scars. But her scars may be too much for their love to survive.

As their love grows, so does the risk to Jen’s life. And Shane must make the toughest decision any man can make to save the woman he loves.

Goodreads
Available for purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Nobles.

Viviana's Review: 
"Anything for You" is a continuation of SFC Shane Garrison's and Jen's story which began with "Because of You". However, this could be read as a stand alone, which I have. I now will be purchasing "Because of You" and "Until There Was You" (books 1 & 2 in the Coming Home Series).

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Book Review: Finding Abigail by Carrie Ann Ryan

Finding Abigail
(Holiday, Montana Series, Bk #3)
By Carrie Ann Ryan

Synopsis: 

Tyler Cooper is the town sheriff and, in the past, had been the only person keeping Holiday steady. Though the community is now finding out that it’s town is magical, Tyler has always known it—it’s in his blood.  He has always known his fate of becoming a cupid, striking love into the hearts others, but an enemy from his past is set on keeping him from finding his own destiny—and love.
Abigail Clarke is leaving Holiday for good. She has to. After years of trying to fit in and make Tyler notice her, she’s giving up. She’s watched her friends fall in love and it’s heartbreaking. Acknowledging that the one man she’s always loved doesn’t want her, it’s time to move on and find her own future.
Right when the stars align and Tyler opens his eyes, his enemy is back and has his sights on Abigail. Abigail is in danger and Tyler may be the only one to stand up to him and save her.

Warning: Contains one sexy sheriff who turns into cupid, complete with bow and arrow, the sweetest teacher you’ll ever meet who needs to find her bad girl side, and a love of candy hearts that’s sure to bring them together

Monday, February 18, 2013

From Book to Movie: Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

We've all heard it and I'm sure we have definitely made the statement ourselves
"The book is better than the movie"

Will say that this is usually the case. About 99.5% of the time this will be the case. 
I'm hoping that in one particular movie that is scheduled to be made will actually be better than the book, but lets not go there at this time, okay. LOL.

As Hollywood continues to make movies based on books, which I personally believe its better then them remaking films. However, no one wants to see a book they like butchered! Fingers crossed that this trend is filled with successful adaptations!

Hubby took me to see
"Safe Haven"

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Cover Reveal: Double Click by Lisa Becker



Double Click
By Lisa Becker
 
 
Fans of the romantic hit Click: An Online Love Story will enjoy another voyeuristic dive into the lives of Renee, Shelley, Ashley, Mark and Ethan, as Double Clickpicks up with their lives six months later.
Are Renee and Ethan soul mates? Does Mark evergo on a date?
Has Shelley run out of sexual conquests in Los Angeles?
Will Ashley's judgmental nature sabotage her budding relationship?  
Through a marriage proposal, wedding, new baby and unexpected love twist,
Double Click answers these questions and more.
Readers will continue to cheer, laugh, cry and cringe following the email exploits of Renee and friends.
 
Will be just a click away
Spring 2013
 
 


Monday, February 11, 2013

Spotlight Tour: The Reunited by Shiloh Walker

The Reunited
(The FBI Psychics #3)
By Shiloh Walker

Synopsis: 

AN ETERNAL DESIRE

With his strong psychic ability, FBI Agent Joss Crawford longs for the woman he loved in a past life. But after years of searching, a new case is drawing him into the last place he'd ever want to find her: an underground slave ring. Going undercover to infiltrate the network, he meets Drucella Chapman--the mastermind's fiancee. Joss has every reason to believe she's evil. So why is he irresistibly drawn to her?

A DANGEROUS GAME

Drucella has made it her personal mission to bring the slave ring down. But the sadistic ring leader is even more careful than he is cruel. In order to gain information, Dru has had to get close to the very man she wishes to kill, psychically reading his memories bit by bit. she'd do anything to finish the job, but agreeing to marry him may have been a step too far--even for her.

A FATEFUL ENCOUNTER

Though Joss and Dru are both undercover, nothing can disguise the sense of deja vu they experience when they meet. Neither can afford to be distracted from the mission at hand, but perhaps their reunion is exactly what this mission needs...

Goodreads
Available for purchase at AmazonBarnes & Noble, Book Depository, BAM and Indiebound


Excerpt


Hands jammed in his pockets, he headed down the strip, no particular destination in mind.  As a tiny little girl–dressed in a wide-skirted dress of sunny yellow–cut in front of him, he almost tripped over his feet to keep from tripping over her.  Geez, what did she have on her feet, rockets?

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Till Death Do Us Apart - Lily Drake #2 by T. Michelle Nelson



Til Death Do Us Apart
(Lily Drake Series, Bk 2)
By T. Michelle Nelson

Synopsis:

With a doting husband and a new job training a vampire military, Lily Drake was living up to the prophecies of being the best.  Her life was seemingly perfect, until tragedy strikes bringing her a loss she's not sure she can endure.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Feature and Follow, #17



"Feature and Follow Friday" is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read where they each feature a fellow blogger, and ask a question, to be answered by anyone who wants to participate. We then hop around to other blogs, checking out their answers. It is a great way to get to know other bloggers. See additional info below


This week's question is:
Happy Mardi Gras! If they were throwing the HOTTEST books off of a Mardi Gras float — what would you do to have them throw to you…? 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Book Review: Badlands Bride by Adrianne Wood

Badlands Bride
By Adrianne Wood

Synopsis

Lily Highfill has spent long years in Denver, exiled from her wealthy, high-society family in Boston. With a betrothal to a titled Englishman nearly in her pocket and an invitation to return home to Boston in hand, Lily thinks her future is set and decides to spend her final month out West at her grandfather’s fossil dig in the Colorado badlands. Then a famous frontier journalist enters the bone hunters’ camp and stirs up trouble—and her heart.

Mason Donnelly used to be one of the most popular writers west of the Mississippi, but after several dry months, his career has hit rock bottom. One big story could put him back on top, and he senses that there’s more to this fossil dig than dinosaur bones. But a feisty heiress with a knack for finding trouble is about to derail all his plans in ways he could never imagine….

Goodreads
Available for purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Viviana's Review: 
The author draws you in with the characters she has created. Both the hero and heroine are smart, witty and independent. Their conversations and the dynamic between the two really drove this story and was quite entertaining to read.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Book Blitz: Finding Abigail by Carrie Ann Ryan

Finding Abigail
(Holiday, Montana Series, Bk #3)
By Carrie Ann Ryan

Synopsis: 

Tyler Cooper is the town sheriff and, in the past, had been the only person keeping Holiday steady. Though the community is now finding out that it’s town is magical, Tyler has always known it—it’s in his blood.  He has always known his fate of becoming a cupid, striking love into the hearts others, but an enemy from his past is set on keeping him from finding his own destiny—and love.
Abigail Clarke is leaving Holiday for good. She has to. After years of trying to fit in and make Tyler notice her, she’s giving up. She’s watched her friends fall in love and it’s heartbreaking. Acknowledging that the one man she’s always loved doesn’t want her, it’s time to move on and find her own future.
Right when the stars align and Tyler opens his eyes, his enemy is back and has his sights on Abigail. Abigail is in danger and Tyler may be the only one to stand up to him and save her.

Warning: Contains one sexy sheriff who turns into cupid, complete with bow and arrow, the sweetest teacher you’ll ever meet who needs to find her bad girl side, and a love of candy hearts that’s sure to bring them together

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Book Promo: Rebecca's Lost Journals, Volume 2: The Contract by Lisa Renée Jones

Rebecca's Lost Journals
Volume 2: The Contract
By Lisa Renée Jones

Synopsis:
An Inside Out novella...

In the second sultry e-short of excerpts from Rebecca’s Lost Journals, Rebecca is faced with a contract to be a submissive that she doesn’t want to sign—and her would-be Master has unusual methods of convincing her…

The secret life of Rebecca and the men who have seduced her. 
These are the journals Sara never sees, but you the reader, will!

More Details:
The journals read like stories and begin the first time Rebecca visits the gallery in the INSIDE OUT TRILOGY. You will meet Mark, Chris, Ava, Amanda, Ricco, and all the series characters as she does AND there are tons of clues to what happens in BEING ME in the first 4 serials. They are woven within the story ready for your discovery, as is Rebecca's dark, erotic journey.

Goodreads
Available for purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble


Excerpt:
Sunday, March 7th, 2012

Dangerous.

For months I've had dreams and nightmares about how perfectly he personifies the word. Sleep-laden, alternate realities where I can vividly smell his musky male scent, feel his hard body against mine. Taste the sweet and sensuous flavor of him-–like milk chocolate with its silky demand that I indulge in one more bite. And another. So good I’d forgotten there’s a price for overindulgence. And there is a price. There is always a price. I was reminded of this life lesson on Saturday night. And I know now, no matter what he says, no matter what he does, I cannot--will not--see him again.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Fools For Luv Blog Hop!



Ahh Valentine's Day!! Many will groan and stick out your tongue in disgust or say, "Shouldn't he/she show me they love me every day?" Well, yes! Is it a "Hallmark" Holiday? Perhaps. However, its totally up to you what Valentine's signifies and how you go about celebrating it!!

Steph at Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust and Dana at Readaholics Anonymous created the Fools For Luv event and site allowing the participating bloggers and authors to express themselves in their own way. The event has two parts: 1. Guest Posts from authors and some bloggers with an overall giveaway with multiple prize packages and 2. a Blog Hop with individual blogs and giveaways.

Blog Tour: Starfish and Coffee by Kele Moon

Starfish and Coffee
By Kele Moon

Synopsis: 
On the island where they first met two lovers from opposite sides of the tracks are reunited. Now jaded and broken, Alex and Matt still can’t deny their sizzling connection or the memories of one perfect, uninhibited year together. 

At twenty-two, Matt Tarrington is rich, good-looking and destined to be powerful, but behind that confident exterior lurks a man who resents the life his family thrust upon him. Desperate for an escape, Matt heads to Mirabella Island off the coast of Florida for a year of relaxation and some wild nights with vacationing party-girls. 

Matt never expected to find real passion in the arms of Alex Hunter, a handsome, laid-back local. 

Alex is gay, but closeted. Matt should be completely off limits, but Alex finds the deeply in denial rich boy too tempting to ignore. Especially when a bet has them working together, fighting the heat in the rundown, beachside cafe where Alex sweats for every dollar. 

Their love felt inevitable until youth left them vulnerable to hatred and greed. Now after six years of hating the lies they live, Alex and Matt will have to risk it all for the second chance they both desperately need.

Goodreads
Available for purchase on AmazonBarnes & Noble and All Romance

Viviana's Review:
This is my first M/M I've read. Granted, I've read several other books that have characters in M/M relationships but never a full length novel. For me though, it's not about where its M/M or F/M/ or F/F or M/M/F or F/F/M or well, you get the combinations! Its about the story! The relationship between two people! Of course, the journey to their happily ever after!!

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