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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Gift Ideas for the Book Lover #51

Lots of awesome items for this week's "Gift Idea For The Book Lover"! Scroll down below and check out this week's items and let me know which is your favorite? 

Protagonist Necklace, Literary Term, Novel, Books, Reading, Laser Cut Black Pendant, Perspex
$13.99 (plus S&H)

Black laser cut "protagonist" necklace

You're the hero of your story so make a statement with this quirky necklace.

* 18 inch black gunmetal necklace
* Laser cut acrylic pendant, 3 inches wide
* All my jewelry is lead and nickle free

If you would like a different chain length or a bronze/silver/gold chain please leave a note at checkout.

If you have shipping questions, please read my policies, I've probably answered your question there! If not feel free to send me a message

Giving a gift? I can include a note no problem, please leave the message at checkout.

Book Reading Lover Midori Fabric Fauxdori Travelers Notebook Planner Cover
$15.99 (plus S&H)

This listing is for a handmade fauxdori planner cover. Designed to fit standard size Midori travelers notebook inserts that measure 11cm x 21cm. You can comfortably fit 4-5 notebooks plus a dashboard with room to spare. I've designed it wide enough to ensure there is no overlap.

All edges are finished to avoid fraying. Each planner includes two interior elastic loops and a charm on the front exterior elastic loop. Also included is an elastic pen loop on the side that can hold up to a 3-ink barrel Coleto/Frixion type pen. I use quilt weight fabrics and medium weight interfacing that adds just enough sturdiness to keep its shape, while still having a flexiblity to help prevent creasing. Both fabrics and interfacing are hand washable.

Item pictured above is the actual planner cover you will receive. Inserts and pen are just for illustration purposes and are not included with your purchase.

Open Book Reading Apple Vinyl Decal/Sticker, Fits 11"/13" Air and 13"/15" MacBooks
$7.99 (plus S&H)


Dress up your MacBook with a vinyl decal.

- Fits 11"/13" Air and 13"/15" MacBooks
- Easy to apply and easy to remove with little or no residue.
- Materials: 3 mil removable vinyl
- 1.7 mil over-laminate for added protection

Each sticker is printed on our Roland 540 printer/plotter in hi quality digital color on 3mil Arlon removable vinyl. Decals are laminated with a 1.7mil laminate for easy application and added durability.

LOVE Books Librarian Reading Teacher Eduucator Bracelet Bar You Choose Your Cord Color
$23.00 (plus S&H)

The perfect gift for any Librarian, Teacher, or Book Lover!! Soft Satin Cord is macramed on both sides of the bracelet connector.

The "Love" Bracelet Bar is made of Zinc Alloy Metal. Bracelet Bar measures 39mm x 14mm. Soft Satin Cord are macramed on both sides of the bracelet bar (bracelet is shown in Turquoise and Dark Rose). The Book Charm is made of Zinc Alloy Metal. Charm measures 13mm x 11mm. 

Bracelet will fit wrist size of 6 1/2-8 1/2 inches. A 2-inch long extension chain is attached to ensure a proper fit. If you need a different length bracleet, please contact me and I will make the bracelet the length you wish.

Please select the color cord you would like from the drop-down menu. If you would like 2 different color cords (one on each side of the bracelet connector), please contact me to let me know the 2 colors you would like. If the color that you would like is not in the drop-down menu, please contact me and I will make every effort to find the color that you request!

FREE SHIPPING if shipping within the US!

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Book Review: Tempest Rising by Julie Kenner

Rising Storm - Episode 1 Cover
Tempest Rising (Rising Storm #1)
by Julie Kenner

Secrets, Sex and Scandals … Welcome to Storm, Texas, where passion runs hot, desire runs deep, and secrets have the power to destroy… Get ready. The storm is coming. Nestled among rolling hills and painted with vibrant wildflowers, the bucolic town of Storm, Texas, seems like nothing short of perfection. But there are secrets beneath the facade. Dark secrets. Powerful secrets. The kind that can destroy lives and tear families apart. The kind that can cut through a town like a tempest, leaving jealousy and destruction in its wake, along with shattered hopes and broken dreams. All it takes is one little thing to shatter that polish. Ginny Moreno didn’t mean to do it, but when she came home to Storm, she brought the tempest with her. And now everyone will be caught in its fury…  

Available for purchase at 


Viviana's Review: 
WOW! Talk about TV SOAPS in a book! This has all the tropes the tv soap operas have nicely packaged into eight episodes written by eight different authors!  In keeping with the tv soap theme, each novella is categorized as an “Episode”.  In Episode #1, “Tempest Rising”, we are introduced to the cast of characters and the craziness that is the town of Storm, Texas by one of the series creator’s Julie Kenner. 

To say that there is a LOT going on is an understatement! Car accident, death of a beloved member of the community, unknown pregnancy, two potential fathers, scandalous affairs, abusive husbands, older sister taking care of younger siblings, sleazy Politian, old money family, and a few others and all this in the FIRST EPISODE!!!!! I was a tad bit overwhelmed but read the entire thing in one sitting and wanted to know what happened next!

Julie did an excellent job in hooking the readers and leaving them wanting more. Know that as this is written in a ‘tv soap opera’ style, things are left open ended for each book with means there are cliffhangers. Also, there are no HEA so far. Hoping there will be… but for who and for how long? Dun Dun Dun - dramatic suspenseful music here – lol! Soooo if that’s not your cup of tea or if you don’t want to wait between “episodes”...option #1 -  don’t start this series or option #2, wait until the majority have been published and you can get them all or most at once and read through them. If you don’t mind the waiting, the enjoy!!! 

 Rating: 3.5 Stars - I REALLY LIKED IT

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Evil Eye Concepts, Inc. in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.

Tempt Me Tuesday with Mad Hatter Reads 9/29/2015

Tempt Me Tuesday  

Happy Release Day or as we like to call it Temp Me Tuesday!!!
Mad Hatter Read has some awesome temptation for you this week!!! 

It’s my favorite day of the week…Tuesday! The day all those lovely new temptations (finally) make their way into our grasping hands (mine are grasping anyway…and holding on greedily). Is there anything that you’ve been waiting for that’s finally heading your way this week? Leave me a comment and let me know.

A Mad Zombie Party (White Rabbit Chronicles, #4) by Gena Showalter

A Mad Zombie Party (White Rabbit Chronicles, #4)The battle rages on.
Ali Bell and Cole Holland's crew of zombie slayers thought they'd won the war against Anima Industries, the evil company responsible for capturing and experimenting on zombies in an effort to discover the secret to immortality. In the last epic clash, the slayers lost many of their crew and closest friends. But Frosty, the ice man himself, has not recovered from one casualty in particular—the love of his life, Kat Parker.
On the path to self-annihilation, Frosty receives a message from beyond—Kat's spirit returns, insisting he partner with rogue slayer Camilla Marks. Frosty will do anything for Kat. Except that. Camilla is the one who betrayed them all, leading to Kat's death.
But when Anima rises from the grave to become a force the slayers may not have the strength to overcome, Frosty, Camilla and all the slayers will have to work together to survive. And one broken slayer will learn that sometimes, the line between hate and attraction is blurred…and the road to redemption isn't through revenge, but in letting go of the past and grabbing hold of the future.

About a Vampire (Argeneau, #22) by Lynsay Sands

About a Vampire (Argeneau, #22)In New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands' new Argeneau novel, a vampire accustomed to seducing every woman he meets finds the one determined to resist him...
With immortal good looks and scorching charisma, Justin Bricker has yet to meet a woman he can't win over. His potential life mate should be no different. But instead of falling into his bed, Holly Bosley runs away and ends up mortally wounded. To save her, he has to turn her. And then Bricker learns the shocking truth: Holly's already married.
Holly wakes up with a bump on her head, a craving for blood, and a sexy stranger who insists they belong together. She needs Bricker's help to control her new abilities, even as she tries to resist his relentless seduction. Choosing between the world she knows and the eternity he offers is impossible. But Justin is fighting for his life mate—maybe even his life—and he'll break every rule to do it.

Autumn Moon (Celtic Wolves, #3) by Jan DeLima

Autumn Moon (Celtic Wolves, #3)The heart of a warrior, the soul of a wolf, and the desires of a man…
For centuries, Cormack has lived between worlds—a man trapped in the body of a wolf, shunned by humans and shifters alike. Only one person has ever welcomed his company: Elen, a kindred outcast who is feared by others of her ancient Celtic race for her strange healing abilities.
Cormack has always valued Elen’s kindness and understanding, but after a desperate act of friendship causes Elen to free him from his curse, he realizes he wants more. He wants all of her—completely and forever.Except before Cormack can win Elen’s heart, Pendaran, the evil leader of the Guardians, captures her, determined to manipulate her incredible power to aid him in his twisted war against the shapeshifting tribes.
Now Cormack must use all of his skills as a warrior and a wolf to save the woman he loves—before Pendaran’s vile schemes destroy them all.

Bound by Sin (Immortal Brothers, #3) by Jacquelyn Frank

Bound by Sin (Immortal Brothers, #3)From New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Frank comes a blazing-hot novel in her thrilling new series featuring four immortal warrior brothers whose fate lies with themselves as much as with their stars.
After being chained to a star to burn endlessly as punishment for stealing immortality from the gods, Jaykun has been unshackled to wage war alongside his brothers, in the name of a goddess. But his freedom comes with a price: Each night Jaykun must still suffer—his body burning from the inside out. One early morning, recovering from his torment, he encounters a beautiful stranger on the beach. Naked from her midnight-black hair down to her sandy toes, she approaches him with starry-eyed innocence and the unmistakable full body of a woman.
Soon Jaykun is swept up with the force of a comet, his desire for her hotter than any sun. His brothers fear he is blinded by her radiant beauty, that she has been sent by their enemies to seduce and destroy him. Jileana is indeed from another world—one Jaykun cannot begin to imagine. But will their passion burn brightly enough to light their way through the darkness that threatens to consume all in its path?

Down the Rabbit Hole Anthology

Down the Rabbit Hole (includes In Death, #41.5)Some of your favorite New York Times bestselling authors present five all-new stories told through the looking glass—including a new Eve Dallas novella!
You’re late for a very important date...
Enter a wonderland of mesmerizing tales. It’s a place that’s neither here nor there, where things are never quite as they seem. Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s whimsical masterpiece, ranging from the impossible to the mad to the curiouser, these stories will have you absolutely off your head.
Don’t be afraid to follow them…
Wonderment in Death by J. D. Robb Alice and the Earl in Wonderland by Mary Blayney iLove by Elaine Fox A True Heart by Mary Kay McComas Fallen by R. C. Ryan

Firestorm (The Elemental Series, #3) by Shannon Mayer

Firestorm (The Elemental Series #3)My name is Larkspur, and I am an Elemental.
My people use the power of the earth to sustain life and defy our enemies. I should be at my father's side as a royal princess. But as a half-breed, bastard child, that isn't going to happen.
In a world of lava and fire, I am about to face my hardest trial yet. Not one of strength, or power, but intrigue and manipulation. However, my tolerance level for anyone outside of my family is at an all-time low, and the queen who rules the Pit expects complete obedience.
As Ash's life is held in the balance, I have just three days to prove his innocence and mine. This place holds more than a scorching heat; new foes, traitors, and creatures from the depths of the lava are all trying to keep us from surviving.
The only question left. . . Can I get us all out without being burned alive?
Welcome to the Pit.

Harvest Moon (Moon, #4) by Lisa Kessler

Harvest Moon (Moon, #4)Some wolves were never meant for a mate...
Dr. Jason Ayers unleashes all of his rage and his frustration through fists and brute force in an underground boxing ring. The werewolf may be the pack’s doctor, but he can’t even heal his coma-stricken father after the Nero Organization’s attack stopped his heart. And as his Pack brothers settle down around him, he still refuses to believe in the fairy tale notion that every wolf has a true mate...
In hiding and on the run, nurse Kilani Akamu is a loose end that Nero is desperate to tie up. She can't afford to be attracted to a doctor—especially one as unexpectedly hot and complex as Jason. Yet the sexual sparks arcing between them are undeniable...and Kilani's precognitive senses warn her that temptation is inevitable.
All it takes is one touch to send Jason's wolf howling. But even if he could protect her from Nero, he can't protect her from himself.

Menagerie (Menagerie, #1) by Rachel Vincent

Menagerie (Menagerie, #1)From New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent comes a richly imagined, provocative new series set in the dark mythology of the Menagerie…
When Delilah Marlow visits a famous traveling carnival, Metzger's Menagerie, she is an ordinary woman in a not-quite-ordinary world. But under the macabre circus black-top, she discovers a fierce, sharp-clawed creature lurking just beneath her human veneer. Captured and put on exhibition, Delilah in her black swan burlesque costume is stripped of her worldly possessions, including her own name, as she's forced to "perform" in town after town.
But there is breathtaking beauty behind the seamy and grotesque reality of the carnival. Gallagher, her handler, is as kind as he is cryptic and strong. The other "attractions"—mermaids, minotaurs, gryphons and kelpies—are strange, yes, but they share a bond forged by the brutal realities of captivity. And as Delilah struggles for her freedom, and for her fellow menagerie, she'll discover a strength and a purpose she never knew existed.
Renowned author Rachel Vincent weaves an intoxicating blend of carnival magic and startling humanity in this intricately woven and powerful tale.

Pale Queen Rising (Pale Queen Series, #1) by A.R. Kahler

Pale Queen RisingAs the royal assassin, Claire is used to moving between the mortal world and the Winter Kingdom. When the queen commands her to kill, Claire does the job and doesn’t ask questions. Her deadly skills and loyalty are soon tested when Claire is sent to the Immortal Circus, one of the many places where “Dream” is harvested from the imaginings of mortals. There she must find the culprit who is causing Dream to mysteriously disappear before the Winter Kingdom’s supply is depleted enough to threaten its very survival. But when she meets Roxie, a beautiful mortal singer with a strange link to the Dream thieves, Claire quickly recognizes an odd and unexplained connection that may cloud her judgment. As each new clue unveils another secret, Claire finds herself confronting the riddle of her own buried past—and a dangerous illusion that, as part of the Immortal Circus, is just another act in the show.

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1) by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...
A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first.

Spiral of Need (The Mercury Pack, #1) by Suzanne Wright

Spiral of Need (The Mercury Pack, #1)Ally Marshall isn’t just a wolf shifter — she’s a Seer.
But a girl doesn’t exactly need special powers to know that Derren Hudson despises her entire kind. Disdain practically rolls off the Beta of the Mercury Pack . . . disdain mixed with a healthy dose of desire. And no matter how much the ruggedly handsome male appeals to her, this is one call of the wild she’s determined to ignore.
After one betrayal too many, Derren doesn’t have much use for Seers — except for Ally.
Forced into acting as her protector, he finds himself intensely and passionately drawn to the woman who incites his primal instinct to claim.
And when enemies target the pack, Ally’s gift may be just what the Mercury Pack needs.
Can he put his distrust aside, or will he force himself to turn his back on the one woman who makes his inner beast howl?

The Aeronaut's Windlass (The Cinder Spires, #1) by Jim Butcher

The Aeronaut's Windlass (The Cinder Spires, #1)Jim Butcher, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Dresden Files and the Codex Alera novels, conjures up a new series set in a fantastic world of noble families, steam-powered technology, and magic-wielding warriors…
Since time immemorial, the Spires have sheltered humanity, towering for miles over the mist-shrouded surface of the world. Within their halls, aristocratic houses have ruled for generations, developing scientific marvels, fostering trade alliances, and building fleets of airships to keep the peace.
Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship, Predator. Fiercely loyal to Spire Albion, he has taken their side in the cold war with Spire Aurora, disrupting the enemy’s shipping lines by attacking their cargo vessels. But when the Predator is severely damaged in combat, leaving captain and crew grounded, Grimm is offered a proposition from the Spirearch of Albion—to join a team of agents on a vital mission in exchange for fully restoring Predator to its fighting glory.
And even as Grimm undertakes this dangerous task, he will learn that the conflict between the Spires is merely a premonition of things to come. Humanity’s ancient enemy, silent for more than ten thousand years, has begun to stir once more. And death will follow in its wake.

The Hidden by (Krewe of Hunters, #17) Heather Graham

The Hidden (Krewe of Hunters, #17)Can the same killer strike again—a hundred and fifty years later?
Estes Park, Colorado, is a place of serenity. But it wasn't always so serene. Shortly after the Civil War, Nathan Kendall and his wife were murdered there, leaving behind a young son. The crime was never solved.
Now…historian Scarlet Barlow is working at a small museum attached to a B and B, the same building where that murder occurred. She recently came to Colorado, reeling after her divorce from FBI agent Diego McCullough. Diego—who's just been asked to join the Krewe of Hunters, a unit dealing with "unusual" situations.
When Scarlet unwittingly takes pictures of people who've been murdered—just like the Kendalls a hundred and fifty years before—the police look at her with suspicion. Then the museum's statues of historic people, including Nathan Kendall, begin to talk to her, and she knows it's time to call her ex-husband. Diego heads to Estes Park, determined to solve the bizarre case that threatens Scarlet's life—and to reunite with the woman he never stopped loving.


Sunday, September 27, 2015

No, You Can't Use That Image: Don't Be A Thief!

In Emily Snow’s “Devoured” Sienna Jensen starts working for Lucas Wolfe, a rock star and in several instances she tries to ask him questions about himself in an effort to get to know him better. Every time his reply is the same “Google is your friend”. She was a bit baffled and taken aback. However, he was basically telling her that she could find the answers to her questions on the Internet via Google. She finally got the hint and looked him up. I LOVE that line and have used it SEVERAL times! I mean, it’s the truth! You can basically find out information for just about anything.

This also means searching for images! However, Google IS NOT a stock image site. This isn’t the place for you to grab images for your posts, graphic teasers, book covers, or ads etc. You can utilize Google to FIND the images from their original sources. You can use Google to compare prices for stock images as well. This is also a great time to compare the licenses between the stock sites. However, you DO NOT use the image by copy/pasting or downloading it FROM Google or from the site you found it from.

Images have copyrights, and if you use an image without the proper permission you are in violation of that copyright. Basically you’re stealing! NO, it’s not ‘borrowing’, it’s not ‘inspired by’, and it’s not anything other than STEALING. There is no way around it.

So doing a search for let’s say “Sexy guy with long hair”, will get you the following on Google:

a.) careful, sometimes, these searches can be “interesting” and NSFW
b.) will give you A LOT of eye candy
c.) yield many options that are NOT stock images NOTE – this could be good because it will help you figure out what look you may be looking for if you already didn’t know (i.e. blonde vs. red head, long hair vs. short, jeans vs. slacks, tats vs. none, etc.)

Sites you’ll also see plenty on a Google search that are NOT stock sites:

  • Pinterest
  • YouTube
  • DeviantArt
  • Tumblr
  • Flickr 
  • Photobucket 
Sites you will see plenty of that ARE Stock sites:

  • Stutterstock.com
  • Dreamstime.com
  • 123rf.com
  • GraphicStock.com 

These are just a few. Promise we'll go over the different sites and what the perks are for each at a later date!

Now, I’ve mentioned Google not being a Stock site. Another place where people tend to ‘get’ images where they shouldn’t is PINTEREST. In fact, there have been many issues with copyright infringement because people can “upload” images to this site without crediting the owners or getting permission from the owners and then it gets “repinned” meaning shared and the original source and owner may never be credited. I know a photographer friend of mine, Jenn LeBlanc had one of her images stolen and uploaded onto Pinterest. The image was one that was inside of one of her books! A person took a screenshot of the image and then uploaded it and posted it on Pinterest, which was shared many times. All this WITHOUT Jenn’s permission!  Jenn is not only the photographer of the image (thus owns the copyrights) but also the AUTHOR of the book (own copyrights there too) where the image was in. To add insult to injury, this same image that was screenshot and uploaded onto Pinterest was then used for a meme for a DIFFERENT author! Can we say WTF?

Here is some AWESOME information about copyright that you should read!

“Copyright” describes the rights given to creators for their literary and artistic works.

Copyright is an automatic right and does not require the author to file special paperwork, as is the case for trademark and patent. Registration is required to enforce the rights, but as a matter of right, an author is not required to register anything to get the right to use the “circle c,” showing the work is copyrighted.*

Okay… let’s take a second here and did you read/notice that it says it’s “automatic right” and doesn’t require the author/creator/designer to file special paperwork. HOWEVER, registration is required to enforce the right. So for those who say or think that because an image or design or artwork doesn’t have the © or watermarks, it doesn’t work that way.

The copyright owner has the right to do four things (called exclusive rights):

Reproduce the copyrighted work;
Display the copyrighted work publicly;
Prepare derivative works based on the copyrighted work; and
Distribute copies of the copyrighted work to the public by sale, rental or lending, and/or to display the image.
Source: 17 USC Section 106.

Understanding Photographic Copyright **

Things to remember about copyright:

  • Copyright is a property right.
  • Just because you buy a print does not mean you have purchased the copyright.
  • Professional photographers are the smallest of small copyright holders.
  • Under the Federal Copyright Act of 1976, photographs are protected by copyright from the moment of creation.
  • Photographers have the exclusive right to reproduce their photographs (right to control the making of copies). Copyright
  • Unless you have permission from the photographer, you can’t copy, distribute (no scanning and sending them to others), publicly display (no putting them online), or create derivative works from photographs.
  • A photographer can easily create over 20,000 separate pieces of intellectual property annually.
  • Professional photographers are dependent on their ability to control the reproduction of the photographs they create.
  • It affects their income and the livelihood of their families.
  • Even small levels of infringement—copying a photo without permission—can have a devastating impact on a photographer’s ability to make a living.
  • Copyright infringements—reproducing photos without permission—can result in civil and criminal penalties.

Check out the links provided below for additional information about copyright.
*Social Media Examiner
**Professional Photographers of America, Inc.

Check out the link provided as it even gives you information about how to get legal copies of professional photographs!

By now I hope it’s been established that though “Google is your friend” (truly love that line) it’s not your stock image site. Make sure you take the time to LEARN about copyright for not only content but also images (artwork and photography). Learn about the differences in the licenses for the stock images (i.e. private use vs. commercial use) as well. Remember that Authors (and Bloggers, PR companies, Assistants, etc.) are just as responsible as the graphic designers they hire to do work for them when copyright infringements occur. Personally, I think they are actually more responsible because they are the ones doing the hiring (meaning they should have done the necessary research i.e. reputable individual/company) and in the end and long run, it’s their name that will forever be associated with stealing artwork or images from the artist. They, the individual doing the hiring (i.e. Author, Blogger, PR Company, etc.) need to hire reputable graphic designers vs. those that claim to be “cheap but quality” or “no need to pay a lot for…” or “inexpensive”! Allow me to lay it out for those who may still not understand the way and give you a reality check - you get what you paid for! In this case, it could mean getting sued for copyright infringement which is the worst case scenario or being asked by the owner of the image to remove the book (for the author) from all the vendors and not only does the author lose potential sales, but they lost the money they paid for that cover originally, time spent for the original cover and now having to get a new one (and this also means more money spent) and now they are forever known as the author who used a stolen image for their book cover. Shame really.  The excuse, and it truly is an excuse, of “Oh, I didn’t know!” or “But I hired a company to do all the PR which included the graphic design work!” or “How was I supposed to know it was stolen, they didn’t put a watermark on it!” is a bunch of bull. It needs to stop. Truly! Authors get upset when their books get pirated. You get upset when your things get stolen. How and why would this be any different? It isn’t.

Now… time for Q&A… if you have any questions…. Leave them in the comments and I’ll try to answer them and if I don’t have the answer… I’ll help direct you to where you can find one. Check out the two links I included above as resources because they do provide A LOT of information as well. Please know that I am NOT a lawyer. I am NOT an expert in copyright law, however, I do know enough about the subject because I work in the industry and work as a graphic designer. I’d also LOVE to hear your thoughts on the topic!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Release Day Blitz: Tempest Rising (Rising Storm #1) by Julie Kenner

Rising Storm - Master heading

Welcome to Storm, Texas, where passion runs hot, desire runs deep,

and secrets have the power to destroy...

Nestled among rolling hills and painted with vibrant wildflowers, the bucolic town of Storm, Texas, seems like nothing short of perfection. But there are secrets beneath the facade. Dark secrets. Powerful secrets. The kind that can destroy lives and tear families apart. The kind that can cut through a town like a tempest, leaving jealousy and destruction in its wake, along with shattered hopes and broken dreams. All it takes is one little thing to shatter that polish. Reading like an on-going drama in the tradition of classic day and night-time soap operas like Dallas, Dynasty, and All My Children, Rising Storm is full of scandal, deceit, romance, passion, and secrets. With 1001 Dark Nights as the “producer,” Julie Kenner and Dee Davis use a television model with each week building on the last to create a storyline that fulfills the promise of a drama-filled soap opera. Joining Kenner and Davis in the “writer’s room” is an incredible group of New York Times bestselling authors such as Lexi Blake, Elisabeth Naughton, Jennifer Probst, Larissa Ione, Rebecca Zanetti and Lisa Mondello who have brought their vision of Storm to life. A serial soap opera containing eight episodes in season one, the season premiere of Rising Storm, TEMPEST RISING, debuts September 24th with each subsequent episode releasing consecutively this fall.

So get ready. The storm is coming.

Rising Storm - Episode 1 Cover
Tempest Rising (Rising Storm #1)
by Julie Kenner

Secrets, Sex and Scandals … Welcome to Storm, Texas, where passion runs hot, desire runs deep, and secrets have the power to destroy… Get ready. The storm is coming. Nestled among rolling hills and painted with vibrant wildflowers, the bucolic town of Storm, Texas, seems like nothing short of perfection. But there are secrets beneath the facade. Dark secrets. Powerful secrets. The kind that can destroy lives and tear families apart. The kind that can cut through a town like a tempest, leaving jealousy and destruction in its wake, along with shattered hopes and broken dreams. All it takes is one little thing to shatter that polish. Ginny Moreno didn’t mean to do it, but when she came home to Storm, she brought the tempest with her. And now everyone will be caught in its fury…  

Available for purchase at 


Rising Storm -Tempest Rising teaser 


Experience Rising Storm Here…

Rising Storm - Book Banner
Rising Storm Episode 1 (Sept. 24): 
Julie Kenner’s Tempest Rising Amazon ** iBooks ** GooglePlay

Rising Storm Episode 2 (Oct. 1): 
Lexi Blake’s White Lightning Amazon ** iBooks ** GooglePlay

Rising Storm Episode 3 (Oct. 8): 
Elisabeth Naughton’s Crosswinds Amazon ** iBooks ** GooglePlay

Rising Storm Episode 4 (Oct. 15): 
Jennifer Probst’s Dance in the Wind Amazon **iBooks ** GooglePlay

Rising Storm Episode 5 (Oct. 22): 
Larissa Ione’s Calm Before the Storm Amazon ** iBooks ** GooglePlay

Rising Storm Episode 6 (Oct. 29): 
Rebecca Zanetti’s Take the Storm Amazon **iBooks ** GooglePlay

Rising Storm Episode 7 (Nov. 5): 
Lisa Mondello’sWeather the Storm Amazon ** iBooks ** GooglePlay

Rising Storm Episode 8 (Nov. 12): 
Dee Davis’s Thunder Rolls Amazon ** iBooks ** GooglePlay

Reviews for TEMPEST RISING: “After reading Tempest Rising by Julie Kenner I can honestly say it is everything I loved about those shows from the 80's and more; heart-stopping, twisted, engrossing, captivating, epic all describe this very first episode of Rising Storm. Even better I FELT like I was watching a television mini-series while reading it. Each time the "scene" changed, I held my breath wondering who was up next.”-Slick Reads, Guilty Pleasures Blog

About The Author

J. Kenner - Author photoJulie Kenner (aka J. Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and #1 international bestselling author of over seventy novels, novellas, and short stories in a variety of genres. Praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations,” JK writes a range of stories including super sexy romances, paranormal romance, chick lit suspense, paranormal mommy lit, and, with Rising Storm, small town drama. Her trilogy of erotic romances, The Stark Trilogy (as J. Kenner), reached as high as #2 on the New York Times list and is published in over twenty countries, and her Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom series (written as Julie Kenner) has been optioned by Warner Brothers Television for the CW Network. A former attorney, JK lives in Central Texas with her husband, two daughters, and several cats. One of her favorite weekend activities is visiting small towns in the Texas Hill Country. Visit Julie Kenner’s website and follow her on:

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Release Day Blitz & Giveaway: Reapers and Bastards: A Reapers MC Anthology by Joanna Wylde

Reapers and Bastards: A Reapers MC Anthology
by Joanna Wylde 

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Reapers Motorcycle Club and Silver Valley series comes an anthology of extras and never-before-released material, including a new short story featuring fan favorites Horse and Marie. 

Charming Bastard: A Novella 
I first met Riley Boone when I was four years old. We moved to Callup, Idaho after my dad blew out his back and had to go on disability. Boonie’s family lived next to ours. Every afternoon he’d swagger off the school bus after kindergarten like a conquering king. For the first week he ignored me, until I impressed him by climbing nearly thirty feet up in the tree behind his trailer. They had to call the fire department to get me down, but it was worth it to see the respect in his five-year-old eyes. He gave me a worm in honor of my accomplishment. I fell in love. The next day he made me eat the worm and our relationship has been complicated ever since. 

(Until now, this novella has been exclusively available in the paperback edition of Silver Bastard.) 

Sticky Sweet: A Short Story 
Horse and Marie met for the first time in Reaper’s Property. Now experience this moment through his eyes. (Originally available on the author’s website.) 

NEW Skunked: A Short Story 
Marie has some BIG news to share with Horse—news that will change both their lives forever…. 

NEW Sugar and Spice: A Short Story 
A prequel to Reaper’s Fall, this story features Painter and Melanie’s first meeting. 

Becca’s Huckleberry Pie recipe, Marie’s Bread recipe and Emergency Skunk Cleaning recipe. 

Available for purchase at 




I passed through the living room and started down the hallway toward the kitchen.

“Babe, you in here?”

“In the back,” she replied, her voice faint. Entering the kitchen, I knew something was wrong as soon as I saw her face. Her eyes were red and puffy, and she seemed out of it—almost dazed.
“What the fuck’s going on?” I asked. She jumped, looking toward me with something like fear in her expression. Jesus, had someone hurt her? A burst of adrenaline rushed through me—nobody touched my woman. I’d fucking kill them. She didn’t say anything, though. “Marie?”
She shook herself, almost as if she needed to wake up.
“Sorry, I was sort of lost in my thoughts.”

“What’s going on?”

She stared at me for several seconds, her mouth tight.
“We need to talk.”

Great—words every man loves to hear. So much for my “welcome home” blow job.
“About what?” I asked warily.
“Sit down,” she murmured, glancing away from me. “You want a beer?”
Up to that point, a beer had been damned high on my list of priorities. Now? Not so much. I pulled out a chair at the big wooden block that served as our kitchen table and sat down with a thump, leaning back. Then I crossed my arms over my chest.
“So let’s talk,” I told her, forcing myself to stay patient. Marie swallowed, then reached for the cup of tea sitting on the block in front of her, taking a nervous sip.
“Okay, so here goes,” she said quietly, refusing to look at me. “We’ve got some big changes ahead of us. You need to remember that it just happened, babe. It’s not like I did it on purpose. Please remember that.” 

About the Author

Joanna Wylde is a New York Times bestselling author and creator of the Reapers Motorcycle Club series. She currently lives in Idaho.

You can find Joanna at



Galley Copy of Reaper’s Fall
(Releasing November 10th)

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Gift Ideas for the Book Lover #50

  "Gift Idea For The Book Lover" is a weekly series LOTS of awesome items that make great gifts instead of a gift card!  Scroll down below and check out this week's items and let me know which is your favorite? 

Funny Bookmark - Custom Book Mark, Book worm, Book lover, I'm not a player I just read a lot, books, birthday gift, read a lot

$19.99 (plus S&H)

Funny Bookmark - Custom Book Mark, Book worm, Book lover, I'm not a player I just read a lot, books, birthday gift, read a lot

This aluminum bookmark is stamped with the words "Never judge a book by its movie". Get this for the book worm in your life! (Dimensions 4"x1")

CUSTOMIZATIONS: Limited to 5 words ONLY.

*If you would like a custom message/font please note exactly what you'd like in the notes to seller section at checkout

Bookmark will be shipped in a kraft box wrapped in a bakers twine bow ready for gifting!

*All items in my store are individually stamped and finished by hand. You will truly be receiving a unique handcrafted item. Because of this you can expect slight imperfections such as letters that may not be perfectly aligned or characters with varying depth. This makes each piece unique and contributes to the charm of each item.

Go Away I'm Reading 30x40mm Pendant Necklace - Floral Reading Necklace - Bookish Gift Idea - Book Lover Reader Gift - Book Related Jewelry

$21.20 (plus S&H)

This necklace is perfect for keeping pesky chatters away from book lovers. It features the phrase "Go away, I'm reading" embedded in glass, and set in a stainless steel cameo setting which is hung from a stainless steel chain. 

Choose the (circumferential) length of your chain:
41cm/16.14 inches (for collarbone) 
55cm/21.65 inches
61cm/24.01 inches
71cm/27.95 inches (for chest)

Image measures 30x40mm and setting measures 46x61mm (please see image for reference.) 

I Read Banned Books T-shirt Geek Nerd Internet Reader Book Library Gifts For Book Lovers Tee
$12.99 (plus S&H)

This I Read Banned Books T-shirt design is printed on a high quality 6.1 oz. 100% Cotton T-shirt. (Gray is 90%/10% cotton/poly heather)

This item is available in size Small, Medium, Large, XL, 2XL

Colors available: Ash, Black, Navy, White, Red, Orange, Purple, Pink, Green, Yellow

Unisex Sizing Chart:

Lay your t-shirt flat and measure side to side and from top to bottom to compare measurements.

Small T-shirt: Width 18" Length: 28"
Medium T-shirt: Width 20" Length: 29"
Large T-shirt: Width 22" Length: 30"
XL T-shirt: Width 24" Length: 31"
2XL T-shirt: Width 26" Length: 32"

Please, let me know if you have any questions.

The Little Prince Necklace , Little Prince Jewelry Book Lovers Gift Le Petit Prince Necklace Gift
$20.00 (plus S&H)

The silver Little Prince Coin Charm ,Sword Charm ,and gunmetal Airplane This adorable necklace comes on a silver chain.with a lobster claw clasp . 

Choose the length you prefer during checkout.

The quarter is there to show the size of the piece .

I package each piece of jewelry in a colorful organza bag ready for gift giving or a gift for yourself .

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

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Visit us every Wednesdays for more awesome gift/present ideas for you or the 
Book Lover in your life!!!