Friday, September 28, 2018

Release Day Blitz & Giveaway: Love You So Special by Tara Lain



Can a man’s secret yearnings be revealed in a tank full of fish?



Love You So Special
(Love You So Series, bk 3)
by Tara Lain

Blurb:

Artie Haynes knows he’s nothing special, with just-your-regular-brown hair, a solid plumber’s job, not much education, and a family that can barely get off the couch. But Artie has quirks—like his love of tropical fish, a landlord who’s a professor of existentialism, a passion for the amazing piano music he hears at a concert hall while he’s fixing the bathrooms—and the fact that he’s never come out as gay and probably never will. But when he’s hired to build a guesthouse for the pianist whose music enchanted him, Artie is swept up into an unimaginable world.

Francois Desmarais may be famous, rich, and revered as one of the world’s great classical composers and pianists, but he’s soothed and challenged by the inquisitive, stalwart, protective man in his back yard. When Francois’s terrible fear of crowds turns into a dangerous plot, Artie can stay in the closet or prove just how special he is.



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Excerpt


Francois pointed to a door farther down the hall, and Artie strode there feeling the heat of Madame’s stare between his shoulder blades. He opened the door for Francois, and they both stepped into the subdued lighting of the offstage area. The sounds of voices and feet moving around filtered through the heavy curtain that separated the stage from the audience as people moved back to their seats after the intermission. A huge black piano stood in the middle of the stage.
Artie totally got why this was scary. Giant numbers of eyes would be staring up at Francois as he tried to play, some of them admiring, some bored, maybe even some pissed-off. Francois said everyone knew he was gay. What if somebody in that mass of people hated gay men? Shit, what if they decided to make some statement?
Francois’s whole body trembled. Artie tightened his hand on that tense arm.
Shit, take a breath. Stop freaking yourself out. Remember why you’re here. “Have you ever considered asking for a white piano?”
Francois frowned. “What?”
“You know, like shiny white? We could get you a sequined suit.”
His expression went from outraged to amused. “Uh, you were thinking I should play ‘Pinball Wizard’?”
“Nah. ‘Bennie and the Jets.’”
His teeth were now showing. “I’ve got it. ‘The Bitch is Back.’”
Artie laughed. “There you go. That’s my boy. Give ’em hell.”
His smile faded, but he didn’t look scared. “I like being your boy.” He leaned forward, pecked Artie on the lips, then grinned. “That was for luck.” Chuckling, he turned and strode onto the big bare stage just as the curtains slid apart and the place burst into an ocean of yells, applause, and enthusiasm.
Francois never faced the audience or bowed. Maybe people wondered why he walked in from the back of the piano and crossed around to the keyboard, but he didn’t look awkward. He just slid onto the piano bench, looked up at Artie—and winked.
Before Artie even stopped vibrating, music poured from the piano, and Artie didn’t care if he never thought again. All he wanted to do was feel. He thrust out a hand until he felt a wall, staggered toward it, and leaned. Hold me up. The music flowed through him like a shot of bourbon with a beer chaser and a mouthful of Francois’s champagne. Wow, what would it be like to be able to create that? Francois’s brain must be full of music all the time.
The piano looped and soared, raising Artie’s heart into his throat, then dropping it to his belly. Francois’s eyes were mostly closed, but every now and then he’d open them and gaze at Artie. Then a hint of a smile would turn his lips as his eyelids drifted shut again.
No one but Francois could sound like that. He was sure of that. Artie might not be an expert, but he’d listened to a lot of other piano players on YouTube since he’d started working for Madame, and to his mind, Francois was the best.
He slowly let his breath slide out between his lips and lolled his head against the wall. Man, I’d settle for just hearing that music every day forever.
His head snapped up. Holy shit, do I really feel that way? He stared hard at Francois’s spectacular face framed by the impossible-to-control pale blond hair like a wacky halo. The guy was weird, temperamental, and about as obviously gay as anybody since Elton John. Just showing up somewhere with him could blow Artie’s whole fucking cover. But looking at that face made his cock do some kind of happy dance, just when he’d been thinking he wasn’t much of a dancer.
Maybe I’ve got to break down and tell him I’m gay.
Like he’d heard Artie’s thoughts, Francois’s eyes opened. For a moment he looked dreamy; then he cocked his head and broke out in the one full-wattage smile he’d shown the whole night.
Artie fell back a step as if he’d been hit with a laser beam, and his perfectly tailored trousers felt like his too-tight jeans.
The music built and soared. Francois’s stare barely left Artie’s face, and Artie wanted to run across the stage, slide over the piano, and kiss Francois—among other things. As Francois crashed to the end, he might have puckered his lips at Artie—or maybe Artie imagined it.
Their eyes clung as the audience went apeshit. Whereas they’d been enthusiastic when he walked in, clapping and cheering loudly, this time they practically rose to NFL proportions, cheering along with the applause.
Then the miracle happened. Francois rose from the piano, his chest expanded with what had to be a huge breath—and he turned to the audience and bowed.



Love You So Series




Bk 1
LOVE YOU SO HARD

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Bk 2
LOVE YOU SO MADLY


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About the Author


Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Erotic Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance,  Best Gay Characters, and more. Readers often call her books “sweet,” even with all that hawt sex, because Tara believes in love and her books deliver on happily-ever-after. In addition to writing dozens and dozens of romance novels,  Tara also owns an advertising and public relations firm. Her love of creating book titles comes from years of manifesting ad headlines for everything from analytical instruments to semiconductors. She does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft. Together with her soulmate husband and her soulmate Dog, she recently realized a vision to live where there were a lot more trees and a lot fewer cars by moving to Ashland, Oregon. She hasn’t stopped smiling since. 


You can find Tara at Lain

Monday, September 24, 2018

Release Day: Once Upon A Sure Thing by Lauren Blakely

 

Who’s ready for a sure thing? We’ve got your next racy read right here!

"I'm falling for my best friend...Have I mentioned he's also my new bandmate? Oops."

Don’t miss this delicious rock star romance from #1 NYT bestseller Lauren Blakely containing:

✔ Miller, a sexy and sweet rocker with a dirty mouth!

✔ Ally, a singer and a mom who loves her peeps with her whole heart!

✔ A best-friends-to-lovers romance that'll make you swoon!

Sizzling hot, swoony and sweet, and filled with everything in between, ONCE UPON A SURE THING is full of heat, heart, humor and sexy times you’re sure to love.

Get your copy of ONCE UPON A SURE THING today!

 

✮✮✮ ONCE UPON A SURE THING is here! Grab your copy today! ✮✮✮

It's so easy being best friends with a gorgeous, talented, charming guy.

Said no woman ever. Except me.

My friendship with Miller is a sure thing — he’s my plus one, my emergency contact, and my shoulder to lean on. He’s also been by my side helping me raise one helluva awesome kid who’s the center of my world.

Nothing will change our easy breezy friendship. Until I have the bright idea to convince him to start a new band with me.

Trouble is, our sizzling chemistry in the recording studio is getting harder to ignore, no matter how risky it might be.

***

Sing sexy songs with the woman you’ve been lusting after? Get up close and personal as you croon to the woman you’ve wanted for years?

Piece of cake. NOT.

Performing with the sweet, sassy and insanely wonderful Ally is like one gigantic obstacle course of challenges for my libido. And my libido is one sexy love song away from kissing her senseless and taking her home.

But, I’m not a serious kind of guy, and she’s not a one-night-stand kind of woman. If we cross the horizontal line, we might risk our sure thing and end up out of tune forever...

 

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ADD IT TO YOUR GOODREADS TODAY!

 

"Once Upon a Sure Thing is another must-read rom-com from Lauren Blakely. It's just as heart-meltingly romantic, just as sinfully sexy, and just as achingly sweet as the first book in the Heartbreakers Series." - Yvette at Nose Stuck in a Book

"This book was HOT. Sizzling. The build up, the banter, just everything about these two is amazing. The anticipation was killing me. And when they're together? Holy moly wow, hot as hell!" - Escape into a BookSite

   

The Heartbreakers is a series of standalone rom-coms and will be narrated by Sebastian York and Andi Arndt! Grab your copy of ONCE UPON A SURE THING today! https://adbl.co/2OYzhlh


   

"Exhilarating, titillating, and hot as heck! An absolute reading enjoyment! I am re-reading it again! Don't miss this one!" - As You Wish Reviews

   

We’ve got your next binge read right here! Don’t miss all of the standalone full-length novels in The Heartbreakers Series!

 

Three brothers. Three rock stars. Three standalones.

The Heartbreakers Series—full-length, standalone romantic comedies with no cliffhangers releasing within one month so you can binge read these sexy novels! You can indulge in three delicious romances -- a sexy one-night stand with an off-limits woman, a best-friends-to-lovers tale, and a falling-for-my-buddy's-sister love story. All come with banter, sexy times, and single parents! So get your one-clickers ready for these sexy & charming men! Each love story will make you laugh, swoon and fan yourself from the heat!

September 10: Once Upon a Real Good Time

September 24: Once Upon a Sure Thing

October 8: Once Upon a Wild Fling


About The Author


A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, and #1 Wall Street Journal 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 100 times, and she's sold more than 2.5 million books. In September she'll release ONCE UPON A SURE THING, a sexy best-friends-to-lovers romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter  

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Audiobook Review: Love and Other Wild Things by Molly Harper

Love and Other Wild Things
(Mystic Bayou Series, bk 2)
by Molly Harper
Narrated by Amanda Ronconi & Jonathan Davis

Blurb:
Available in audio first, this hot, hilarious stand-alone will keep you wildly entertained!

Welcome to Mystic Bayou, a tiny town hidden in the swamp where shape-shifters, vampires, witches, and dragons live alongside humans. The town formed around the mysterious energy rift in the bayou, which helps keep the town’s magic in balance. But lately the rift has been widening and destabilizing - threatening to send the town’s magical population into chaos.

Energy witch Danica Teel has been sent by the League to figure out what’s going on, with the help of bear-shifter Mayor Zed. While working on the case, Zed falls head over paws for Dani, but she’s reluctant to engage in anything beyond a roll in his cave. Dani’s family is counting on her to get the job done, and she has no time for distractions. But when an ominous presence begins stalking Dani through the bayou, they’ll need to band together to make it out alive.



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Viviana's Review:

OMG! LOVED LOVED LOVED this book! Story is filled with great characters, dialog and plot! And Zed... everything I hoped for and then some! This was a treasure to listen to!! Molly continues to write stories that leave you wanting more! LOVED AND OTHER WILD THINGS was also filled with laughs!! Loved that we also got to reconnect with Jillian, Bael, and many of the Mystic Bayou residents. 


Narrator Review: 
Amanda Ronconi & Jonathan Davis did a fabulous job with their performance. I really wished this was performed in duet vs. dual as the book lends itself perfectly for it. Each provide the characters their own unique tones and voices bring them to life.


Overall, this series continues to bring wonder to the listeners and I cannot wait for the next installment! A complete joy to listen to!!




Rating: 4.5 Stars - I REALLY LOVED IT


Disclaimer:

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





Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Cover Reveal: Royally Yours by Emma Chase





OMG OMG OMG!
So excited that the fourth book in the Royally Series is coming October 30th!! LOVE the cover and cannot wait!!



        

Blurb:

  Princess Lenora Celeste Beatrice Arabella Pembrook had an unusual childhood. She was raised to be a Queen—the first Queen of Wessco. It’s a big deal. When she’s crowned at just nineteen, the beautiful young monarch is prepared to rule. She’s charming, clever, confident and cunning. What she isn’t…is married. It’s her advising council’s first priority. It’s what Parliament is demanding, and what her people want. Lenora has no desire to tie herself to a man—particularly one who only wants her for her crown. But compromises must be made and royals must do their duty. Even Queens. Especially them. 

 Years ago, Edward Langdon Richard Dorian Rourke, walked away from his title and country. Now he’s an adventurer—climbing mountains, exploring jungles, going wherever he wants, when he wants—until family devotion brings him home. And a sacred promise keeps him there. To Edward, the haughty, guarded little Queen is intriguing, infuriating…and utterly captivating. Wanting her just might drive him mad—or become his greatest adventure. 

Within the cold, stone walls of the royal palace—mistrust threatens, wills clash, and an undeniable, passionate love will change the future of the monarchy forever. Every dynasty has a beginning. Every legend starts with a story. 

 This is theirs. ADD TO GOODREADS      

ROYALLY YOURS will be available on October 30th

Pre-order:

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About The Author



Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the hot and hilarious Tangled series and The Legal Briefs series. Emma lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two naughty (but really cute) dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.


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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Its an Instagram Giveaway just for you!


If you're fan of Historical Romance you'll want to head over to Instagram and enter this awesome giveaway!!

What's included in this giveaway, you ask?
All the books in the picture above in paperback!!
WOOHOO

Go to the specific post with the picture above and to enter the giveaway, you have to FOLLOW my instagram account, LIKE the post AND COMMENT on the post! 

Hurry! 
Giveaway ends Wednesday, 9/19/18!!


Click here to enter!

Monday, September 10, 2018

Release Day Blitz: Once Upon A Real Good Time by Lauren Blakely


 

Are you ready to have a real good time?

What do you get when you mix a smoking hot one-night stand, a swoon worthy former rock star, and a quirky single mom ready to paint the town red? Add in a morning after that surprises them both, and you get a laugh-out-loud and insanely sexy new romantic comedy from #1 NYT bestseller Lauren Blakely that you’re guaranteed to love!

✔ Campbell, a charming, clever, inked single dad and former rock star you'll swoon for!

✔ Mackenzie, the kind of quirky, smart, loyal heroine you want to be besties with!

✔ A forbidden romance between two funny, caring single parents!

A little bit forbidden, a whole lot of dirty, and filled with everything in between, ONCE UPON A REAL GOOD TIME is a full-length standalone romance that’s full of heat, heart, humor and sexy times sure to keep you up all night.

Get your copy of ONCE UPON A REAL GOOD TIME today!

 

✮✮✮ONCE UPON AREAL GOOD TIME is here! Grab your copy today! ✮✮✮

Friday, September 7, 2018

Audiobook Review: Surrender by Amy Daws

Surrender
(Harris Brothers Series, Book 4 )
by Amy Daws
Narrated by , Will Watt and Piper Goodeve with special guest Charlotte Cole

Blurb:
One night of complete surrender is all it takes.

Gareth Harris is Manchester United's reclusive star defender. He has control over all aspects of his life. But a lifetime of supporting his siblings and filling in for an emotionally absent father has taken its toll.

Sloan Montgomery is a clothing stylist whose world was turned upside down when she found herself pregnant and moving to Manchester with a man who was never supposed to be her forever. Now recently divorced and struggling with shared custody of her daughter, control is a fleeting concept for this American living in England.

Both Gareth and Sloan are in need of a release. A moment in time where they can forget about their pasts and family pressures...and just...surrender. No one could predict what happens when both of their defences are down.

Surrender is part one of the Final Harris Brother Duet and concludes with Dominate. This duet is a great listen on its own, but to maximize enjoyment, check out the first three brothers books in Challenge, Endurance, and Keeper.


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Viviana's Review:
I've only listened to one of the previous stories in this series so I had an idea about 'moody/mysterious Gareth" and of course with the mystery comes the "ohhhhh can't wait" moment, right? lol The good news is that you don't have to read/listen the previous books in the series to fully understand/get this one. Amy, the author, does a great job of introducing the family in a way that its not overly done nor get you lost. So feel free to dive right into this book!

Release Day Blitz: Her Mysterious Highlander by Jennae Vale


HER MYSTERIOUS HIGHLANDER, 
the highly anticipated 3rd book in The Mackalls of Dunnet Head Series is now available!!




Her Mysterious Highlander 
(The Mackalls of Dunnet Head Series, Bk 3)
by Jennae Vale 

Blurb:

An outsider in two worlds, Taegen Boideach has learned to navigate through life by hiding his true identity. Although his mother is the queen of the elves, he is also half human and as such has been banished from their world to live a solitary life among people who would reject him if they knew his true identity. 

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Audiobook Review: Brant's Return by Mia Sheridan

Brant's Return
(A Sign of Love Novel)
By Mia Sheridan
Narrated by Jacob Morgan & Virginia Rose

Blurb:
A stunning, heartfelt new stand-alone by New York Times best-selling author Mia Sheridan - available in audio first!

Brant Talbot runs a glitzy network of high-end bars in New York City, enjoying all the benefits of the lavish lifestyle he's worked so hard to achieve. When he learns that his estranged father is dying, he must return to his family’s Kentucky horse farm - and to a past he thought he left behind.

While facing long-buried truths, he collides with his father’s secretary, Isabelle Farris. Despite his undeniable attraction to the beautiful, independent young woman, he sees secrets in her eyes and believes she has designs on Graystone Hill.

Now the one woman he can’t afford to trust is about to become the one he can’t let go.



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Audiobook Sample


 

Viviana's Review:
I really enjoyed this story. Lots of emotions and characters that you will like. I've listened to a few of Mia's books and they all have real emotions and moments that cause the water works to come out. This is no different. BRANT'S RETURN starts off with a moment that left you at the edge of your seat and then wanting more. 

I liked everything about this story except for the insta-love between the main characters, Brant  & Isabelle. Other than that, I really loved their character development and their story. They each of a lot of things baggage to deal with and sort through. I will say that it was a breath of fresh air to have the hero be the one that knew what he wanted first! 

Narrators Review: Jacob Morgan & Virginia Rose were perfect for this title. Their performance was  and enhanced the story. They each provided the characters with different voices/tones providing an additional depth to their performance. 

Overall, I really enjoyed this story and the characters. The pace was good and you will want to read more about them. I'm looking forward to listening to another Mia Sheridan book. 


Rating: 3.5 Stars - I Really Liked it! 


Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook from the publisher, Audible in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review. 

Monday, September 3, 2018

Free Books with your library card!



I LOVE listening to audiobooks and reading. I have my monthly subscription to Audible and partake in the Romance Package. My monthly subscription is for 1 credit a month and the Romance Package has been nice to discover new to me authors and narrators. HOWEVER, there is a limit... again, I get one credit a month and the romance package allows you to borrow up to 10 titles at one time, but they don't have ALL the audiobooks, narrators or authors I love included in the package.

This is an expensive hobby/indulgence! Each book (regardless of format) costs money and I can read up to 100+ books in a year.. if we do the math.... lets use $14.95 as an average for each audiobook (NOTE: prices range from less to more based on several factors but we won't get into that here) times the 100 books I've currently have slated to read for the full 2018 year... the total is $1,495. I honestly think I'm hitting the low end for the total number of books because I KNOW some listen to 10+ books a MONTH!!! The dollar amount increases and increases!


So what's this Bibliophile girl to do? 


 THANKFULLY there's a wonderful and magical place called



In this magical place you can borrow the books for FREE! Yes, you read correctly! FREE! This is where it gets better... they have them in different formats  - paperback, ebooks and audiobooks!! I know some of you may be thinking "Jeez Viv, a bit much on the sarcasm." or my favorite "No, duh!? Really?!" LOL. But the truth is, many people tend to forget that there is a library and that they do provide the advance technology of not only ebooks but audiobooks as well. Before anyone starts with the "Oh, but my library is SMALL." or the "I live in a rural..." mentality, we live in a GLOBAL world where many of the libraries are reducing physical inventory but working with neighboring (and at times, larger cities) areas to enhance their electronic inventory!  This means they will work together with other libraries via third party vendors like OverdriveRBdigital, and Hoopla Digital.

Lets start with RBdigital which is owned and operated by Recorded Books Publishing. 



The cool thing about RBdigital? They have their mobile app available for iPad®, 
iPhone®, Android™, and Kindle Fire™!  Learn more via this video or by visiting their website.


Overdrive is another great provider that lends eBooks, audiobooks, music and video! 



Overdrive works with every major Device!
With Kindle® compatibility (U.S. only), apps for every major platform and OverDrive Read, your digital library service is compatible with every major device on the market. Visit the website for more information! 






HooplaDigital is actually one of my favorites and I use it ALL THE TIME!! 
Instantly borrow free ebooks, audiobooks, digital movies, music, and more, 24/7 with your library card.


These are just THREE resources that many libraries have that allow its patrons to listen to audiobooks. I hope that you go and find out what your local library has to offer and SIGN UP!!! Remember it's FREE!!! You can't beat that AWESOME deal!!! :)  




Tell me what you love best about your library!

Release Day Blitz: Withered by Heather Killough-Walden


Now Available!


Withered
(A bridge novella of the HKW Universe)
by Heather Killough-Walden

Blurb
During an ultimate war with evil and the battle that brought it to an end once and for all, The Kings and Queens of the Thirteen Realms joined forces against Hatred, Lust, and Death… and in the ensuing catastrophic chaos, the fabric of time and space was fundamentally fractured. Two dimensions collided, bringing changes both large and small, sudden yet eternal. 
It has forced the Sovereigns of the Thirteen to exist in a brand new world that only they are aware has changed.

In this brand new world are new humans, and alongside them in the shadows and hidden doorways, new non-humans. Some are strange and splendid. Others are wonderful but wrong.

Melody Margaret Tannym is eighteen years old, and she goes by the name Mimi amongst her friends. Mimi is a dragon. However, one of her friends is quite special too – or about to be – and neither one of them has any clue. This new world carries with it new forces, and those forces play upon the young man, altering him as much as the altered world and plunging Mimi and her companion into the dangerous underworld depths of the new supernatural kingdoms.

Worse yet, the colliding dimensions weakened a very old barrier, one that has kept a primordial and powerful atrocity at bay for countless millennia. Only one creature, one darkly brilliant soul, stands between this evil force and the new world. But Bantariax the Great Black Dragon can only remain vigilant against his deadly foe for so long. For even he in his ancient draconic splendor has his weaknesses… beautiful and precious beyond measure. And new worlds have brought new chances for his enemy to prey upon them.

“Withered” is a bridge novella by Heather Killough-Walden linking The Big Bad Wolf series, The Lost Angels series and The Kings series to the upcoming Monsters series. 

Monsters are coming soon.


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