Thursday, July 2, 2015

Cover Reveal Blitz: "Knave of Broken Hearts” By Tara Lain


Knave of Broken Hearts 
(Love in Laguna Series, Bk #2)
by Tara Lain

Blurb:

Jim Carney has a full time job—running from himself. Since he walked out on his wealthy family at sixteen because he’d wrecked his best friend’s life over some yaoi graphic novels, Jim has lived a macho, blue-collar existence of too much booze and too little responsibility. Then Billy Ballew, the man Jim most admires, gives Jim a chance to come through as his construction supervisor. For once, Jim is determined to make someone proud. Then Jim goes in for a physical for his new job and his yaoi dream comes to life in the form of cardiologist Ken Tanaka. Jim discovers he has two heart problems—a wonky mitral valve and a serious attraction to his doctor. But Ken is a major player, and Jim might be just a notch on the doc’s stethoscope. To Ken, Jim is unforgettable—but the living embodiment of his traditional family’s worst nightmares. 

How come the minute Jim decides to be responsible, he finds himself taking care of his kid brother, getting a proposal from a wealthy woman, making a deal with the devil, and winding up in the hospital—when all he really wants is the Knave of Broken Hearts?



Release Date: 
August 3, 2015


Pre-order available at 


Paperback from Dreamspinner 

Excerpt


The line for the bars had shortened as people gathered to dance with the grooms, so Jim made it to the bartender pretty quick. He popped a couple of bucks into the tip jar and carried one soda bottle and two beers toward the table. Somebody cat-called, and he glanced up in time to see Shaz spin and dip some blond guy. He laughed along with most of the spectators.

Jim took one more step. His foot caught on the edge of the wood dance floor, the slippery shoe slid, and—whoa! He stumbled forward, his arms flailing. Beer sloshed in a big gold arc. Shit, the tux! He raised the bottles high in front of him to keep the beer away, slid into a half circle, and timbered toward the floor face-first. “Damn!”

Strong hands grabbed him from behind and he twirled into a tight, warm embrace, his feet tangling but his body upright. “Got you.”

“What? Jesus!” He tried to twist his feet back and lurched again, but the hands held. Finally Jim planted himself steadily and looked up into eyes so shiny black they practically reflected his face. Wide and almond-shaped. Yaoi man. Hellfire. About 100 percent more beautiful up close than from a distance. Skin like beige marble, hair like midnight. Eyes straight from his fantasy.

The guy smiled. “How fortuitous. I was just coming to ask you to dance.”

“What?”

Dimples popped out in places where lean hollows had been. “I’d love to dance with you.” Shit if he didn’t just start dancing, holding Jim’s hands, which in turn held the bottles. Dance or fall? That was his position, so he moved his feet. Jesus. He couldn’t resist without spilling the beer down the guy’s expensively dressed back, but every movement rubbed him in places that really needed rubbing and were getting a very embarrassing reaction.

Wake up. “Uh, sorry. I’m, uh, I mean, I don’t normally dance with guys.”

Gorgeous smiled again, and it made Jim want to smile back. “You’re doing fine.”

Sweet Jesus, the guy smelled like something spicy. Grapefruit and cinnamon. Real subtle but sneaky. It kind of tiptoed in Jim’s nose and attacked—lower. “What?”

“The dancing. You’re doing fine.” He spun, holding Jim in his arms gracefully, and for a weird second Jim felt almost graceful too. That didn’t happen often. Between the smell and feel, Jim’s head spun and his heart hammered. His eyes closed on their own. He was floating like some gently moving leaf. Could move this way forever.

The silky voice whispered, “Want to deliver the beer to your friends and be hands free?”

Friends. He dragged his eyes from the man and looked toward the table. Charlie and Raoul stared, full-on, no smiles, amazement written all over their faces. Behind them in line, the women stared too, but they were laughing. Except for Peggy. She looked half pissed. Hell, it was okay for her to dance with gay guys, but not him? What the hell am I thinking? He stopped moving and tried to take a step back out of this person’s arms. Every inch away felt cold.

Mr. Beautiful cocked his head and dimpled again. “Oh dear, he’s come to his senses. Why do all the gorgeous ones have to be straight?”

Gorgeous? “Man, you’ve got some seriously bad taste.”

His face sobered just a little. “Quite the contrary. I’m known for my exceptional discernment.”

What the hell could he say to that? “Thanks for catching me.”

“Any time, dear. Any time.” Yaoi man turned and walked like some jungle cat back onto the dance floor, grabbing a handsome guy from the line as he went. By the time Jim’s heart started beating again, the guy was dancing and laughing with someone else.

Charlie and Raoul both rushed up. Charlie waved a hand toward the beautiful one. “What was that all about?”

Jim frowned. “The guy caught me when I nearly fell flat on my face.” He shoved the beer bottles at Charlie. “Here, take these.”

Raoul grabbed one of the beers. “Looked more like a tango to me, man.”

“Cut me a break. The guy was just joking around.”

Peggy’s voice came from behind him. “Oh, I don’t know. That dude is prettier than me.”

Jim turned and slipped his arm around her. Don’t force me to agree.

Charlie stared out at the dance floor, where pretty-face rested his head against a handsome blond’s shoulder. “Looks like you don’t have to worry, Peg. That dude’s got a guy for every night.”


True, and Jim fucking wished he didn't feel jealous.


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 23. Her best­selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary 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 soul­mate husband and her soul­mate dog in Laguna Beach, California, a pretty seaside town 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

               





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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Release Day Blitz: Shades Of Treason by Sandy Williams



Shades of Treason

(An Anomaly Novel, #1)
By Sandy Williams

Blurb: 

Ash would have given her life to save her teammates.
Instead, they gave their lives to save hers.

Lieutenant Ramie Ashdyn is an anomaly, a person whose genetic makeup makes her stronger and smarter than the average human. She’s pledged her life to protect the Coalition, an alliance of thirteen planetary systems, but when a top secret operation turns bloody, she’s charged with treason and the brutal executions of her teammates.

The Coalition needs the information Ash’s team stole on their last mission, so they send in Commander Rhys “Rest in Peace” Rykus to get it. He’s the man who’s responsible for turning Ash into an elite soldier... and he’s a man who isn’t, never was, and never will be in love with the woman he trained. Or so he tells himself.

Ash wants nothing more than to clear her name and be the woman her former instructor wants her to be, but the enemy who killed her teammates did more than frame her for treason and murder: they telepathically silenced her mind, preventing her from saying anything that might point to the truth about what happened.

Now Ash is trapped and set to be executed, the truth dying with her. Unless she can prove her innocence. But taking that path could destroy the Coalition she’s sworn to preserve and protect...



Available for purchase at 



Excerpt


Rykus’s boots stopped inches from her face. He stood there looming like a behemoth-class warship bearing down on a two-seater small-craft. He’d always had a talent for making his anomalies feel insignificant. Ash half expected him to shove her head into the dirt again. Instead, his gaze and the weight of his last command pressed her down as effectively as a sub-atmo fighter in a steep climb.

“Why didn’t you escape when you had the chance?” His hands closed around her wrists, maneuvering them together over her head.

“Mind being a bit more gentle, Rip?”

He looped and twisted the cord around her swollen and bruised skin, probably in a Caruthian lock-knot, which would be damn hard to break out of. The more she pulled against it, the tighter it would become.
He yanked her into a sitting position. The forest spun. She stared at Rykus’s chest until the world settled.

“Answer my question, Ashdyn.”

“Ashdyn?” She laughed. “Don’t get all formal on me, Rip.”

Her gaze rose from his chest to his eyes, and she cut off her laugh. His expression was as dark and cold as space, but there was a hint of heat in his gaze, of galaxies that couldn’t be seen with the naked eye. Rykus had a gravitational pull as strong as any sun, and she couldn’t resist being pulled in by his flames.

“I should have escaped,” she said. “I made a mistake.” A huge mistake.

“Wrong answer.” He jerked her to her feet.

“What do you want me to say? Sir.”

“The truth.”
“That is the truth.”

Rykus still had himself under control but she didn’t. She was tired, frustrated, and pissed off at herself, at Rykus, at the whole Coalition. She’d bled for them all. She’d given up her free will to become a Caruth-trained anomaly, all so she could protect it. And they believed she was working against it now. Working with the Sariceans.

“Why did you stay?” Rykus demanded again.

She pulled her arm free from his grasp. “I fucking stayed because of you. Sir. Because of the goddamn loyalty training.”

Invading her space, he forced her to take a step back. “That training didn’t keep you from turning against the Coalition. It didn’t keep you from shooting your teammates and the Obsidian’s crew.”

Anger creased his face now. It creased Ash’s entire universe.

“Tell me how many people I killed,” she demanded. “Tell me!”

He opened his mouth to fling a number in her face, but caught himself. The skin around his eyes tightened then relaxed. In a voice much quieter than she’d just used, he said, “Brookins. My XO. You shot him on your way off the Obsidian.”

It took her a moment to figure out who he was talking about. She’d shot a total of four people during her escape. Only one of them was likely a fatal wound—the anomaly who’d very nearly prevented her escape.

“Well,” Ash said, feeling some of her independence, some of her brazenness return. “If your XO is dead, he wasn’t a very good anomaly.”

Her fail-safe stared, unmoving, as the wind picked up, carrying the scent of smoke and burning vegetation through the air. Her mental clock clicked to five, six seconds before the rage melted from Rykus’s shoulders. Slowly, he shook his head.

“Sometimes, Ash… Sometimes I wish I’d never met you.”


Ash let a smile spread across her face. “That implies you’re sometimes happy you met me.”


About The Author

Sandy Williams has lived and breathed books all her life. When she was a teen, she was always the first to finish her class assignments so that she could read as much as possible before the bell rang. Her grades didn't suffer (much), and she was able to enroll in Texas A&M University. She didn't sneak in novels there, but her college lecture notes are filled with snippets of stories. After she graduated, she decided to turn those snippets into novels.

Sandy writes books with high-octane action adventure infused with a strong romantic element. She is best known for The Shadow Reader novels, an urban fantasy romance series about a human who can both see and track the fae. When she’s not reading or corralling her twin boys, she enjoys playing EuroGames like Dominion, 7 Wonders, and Agricola.

You can find Sandy at 

         








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Gift Ideas for the Book Lover #38





I've been saving a few of these items for a while and I can't wait to share them with you! Hope you like 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? 








Book Lovers, Librarian, Personalized Acrylic Tumbler, Custom Designed to Order
$ 13.00+ (plus S&H)

These personalized acrylic tumblers hold 16 oz. and are double wall insulated. Each tumbler comes with a screw on lid with rubber gasket and a matching straw with guard. Our tumblers fit in any standard drink holder and are BPA free.

Tumbler cups are clear. You may leave any other information such as personalization in the message box when purchasing. If you would like a name on the back of the tumbler, please leave this information in the message box at checkout. 






Book Nerd Gift, Reading Diary, Literary gift idea, Book Lover, Organizer, Journal, Gift for Reader, Yellow Orange, Graduation Gift, type
$10.00 (plus S&H)

A Reader's Diary: So Many Books, So Little Time

I like to keep track of what I read throughout the year and what I thought about each book. This little pocket diary is my way of doing that. 

This 3-1/4"x5" 60 page spiral bound journal lets you record the date, title and author of books you read, plus rate the book and add some notes. 

The cover is letterpress printed, in orange on yellow or green on green. The interior paper is white.

DETAILS:
Dimensions: 3-1/4"x5"
Number of pages: 60. 
Enough room to list and rate 118 books.
You pick cover color -- yellow/orange or green/green





Quote Shirt Alice in Wonderland - Womens Graphic Tee Book Lover Wonderland Shirt - six impossible things before breakfast quote
$27.00 (plus S&H)

My hand screen printed design features the following quote from Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll on a beautiful, feminine women's flowy dolman sleeve shirt:

"Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. -Alice in Wonderland"

When I was a child, the first version of Alice I read included both Alice's Adventure's in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There. They are often included together, both in book form and in screen adaptations. Since all that wouldn't fit on the scarf, I've used the common shortened version of Alice in Wonderland. I was absolutely charmed by all the fanciful language and non-sensical characters. This quote is said by the White Queen, and this is the larger quote from the book:

Alice laughed. "There's no use trying," she said: "one can't believe impossible things."

"I daresay you haven't had much practice," said the (White) Queen. "When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast..."






Sailor Moon Luna Artemis Glow in the Dark Bookmark - Cat cute Book Mark bookmarks- Quirky Fun Reading - Black White Usagi
$9.99 (plus S&H)

Finished reading for the day? Need something super cute to hold your place while you're gone?
Of course you do!

Luna and Artemis are cast in white resin so the only painting on them is above the book. I then seal it with a water resistant sealer so no paint will transfer.

As a fun treat, their crescent moons will glow in the dark if exposed to UV light!







I Read Past My Bedtime Pillows - Book Lover Pillow Covers and or Cushions - Library Pillows, Book Print, Quirky Gift, Reading Pillow Pair
$35.99+ (plus S&H)

These simple but quirky I Read Past My Bedtime Pillows are great for adding a fun touch to any room or living space. Available in white or natural canvas and in 3 different sizes, this pillow set makes the perfect gift for the book lover in your life.

:::::::::: FEATURES ::::::::::

• Only sold in pairs. Choose your favorite pillow pair.

• Prices are for a set of 2. Available in 14x14, 16x16 or 18x18 inches. 

• Handmade to order in the USA. 

• Our indoor pillow covers are 100% cotton. Our indoor/outdoor pillow covers are made of weather resistant synthetic fabric.

• No messy zippers! All pillow covers have sham style closures on the back and feature 3 quality wooden buttons.

• Removable pillow covers make washing really easy.

• Back of pillow is a plain natural or white canvas fastened together by a three button closure. 






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




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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Audio Book Lovin Presents: And That's a Wrap




Kelly, from Books-n-Kisses and I can't believe how quickly June has flown by!  We have had a blast hosting our 1st ever Audio Book Lovin’ Series.  It's been crazy busy but oh so much FUN!!! 

Please check out our wrap up video below!!




We mentioned that there were oh so many audio books that we could be chatting for the full year, so we thought we'd give a shout out to a few more!


Check out Karen Marie Moning's Highlander Series narrated by Phil Gigante HERE




Or you can check out Komal Kant's Beneath Him narrated by Carly Robins and Roger Wayne HERE



Oh... One more... check out Quarterback Draw: Play by Play, Book 9 by Jaci Burton
Narrated by: Lucy Malone HERE
(NOTE: IF you haven't read the previous books in this series, don't stress it... this one can be read as a standalone. I read this via audiobook and LOVED it!)



Thanks again everyone for supporting us, hanging out with us and we can't wait for what's to come!! Now, don't forget to enter the giveaway!! :)




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Tempt Me Tuesday with Mad Hatter Reads 6/30/2015

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!!!

There are some terrific temptations coming out Tuesday AND Wednesday this week. So don’t blow your book budget all in one day! Take a peek at what I’ve found for us and let me know if I’ve missed the one you’ve been looking forward to.
 

Artemis Invaded (Artemis Awakened, #2) by Jane Lindskold

Artemis Invaded (Artemis Awakening, #2)In Artemis Invaded, Jane Lindskold returns to the world of Artemis, a pleasure planet that was lost for millennia, a place that holds secrets that could give mankind back unimaginable powers.

Stranded archaeologist Griffin is determined to make his way back to his home world with news of the Artemis discovery. He and his gene-modified native companion, the huntress Adara, and her psyche-linked puma Sand Shadow, set out to find another repository of the ancient technology in the hope that somehow Griffin will be able to contact his orbiting ship.

In the midst of this, Adara wrestles with her complex feelings for Griffin-and with the consequences of her and Sand Shadow's new bond with the planet Artemis. Focused on his own goals, Griffin is unaware that his arrival on Artemis has created unexpected consequences for those he is coming to hold dear. Unwittingly, he has left a trail-and Artemis is about to be invaded.
 


Burned by Darkness (Dragons of Eternity, #1) by Alexandra Ivy

Burned by Darkness (Dragons of Eternity, #1)The Dragons of Eternity were once creatures of myth and legend. Now they’ve returned to the world, prepared to claim what’s rightfully theirs…

Tayla is desperate for a place to call home. After years on the run, the young imp impulsively buys a teahouse and is determined to build a new life. Unfortunately, she’s barely opened the doors when she’s tracked down by the dragon who purchased her from troll slave-traders. He demands she pay off her debts…in his harem.

Baine has devoted a quarter of a century to tracking down his beautiful concubine. And now that he has her in his grasp, he’s not about to let her go. But it’s soon apparent that he isn’t the only demon hunting her. He must uncover her secrets or risk losing her forever.
 


Darkness Brutal (The Dark Cycle, #1) by Rachel A. Marks

Darkness BrutalAidan O’Linn’s childhood ended the night he saw a demon kill his mother and mark his sister, Ava, with Darkness. Since then, every three years the demons have returned to try to claim her. Living in the gritty, forgotten corners of Los Angeles, Aidan has managed to protect his sister, but he knows that even his powers to fight demons and speak dead languages won’t keep her safe for much longer. In desperation, Aidan seeks out the help of Sid, the enigmatic leader of a group of teens who run LA Paranormal, an Internet reality show that fights demons and ghosts. In their company, Aidan believes he’s finally found a haven for Ava. But when he meets Kara, a broken girl who can spin a hypnotic web of passionate energy, he awakens powers he didn’t know he had―and unleashes a new era of war between the forces of Light and the forces of Darkness.

With the fate of humanity in his hands, can Aidan keep the Darkness at bay and accept his brilliant, terrifying destiny?
 


In The Still of the Night (The Black Knight Chronicles, #5) by John G. Hartness

In the Still of the Night (The Black Knight Chronicles, #5)The bodies are piling up!

Murders are happening outside Charlotte's hottest nightspots. A new vampire society has set up shop in the sewers. And Jimmy Black's about to run afoul of the Master of the City. If Jimmy weren't already a vampire, the week ahead would be the death of him.

Between murder, monsters, pesky vampire ethics, and territorial disputes, Jimmy is about to discover how far he's willing to go to save the world and one friend's soul.
There are no easy choices, even for vampire geeks.

The boys are back with all-new monsters to battle, puzzles to unravel, and asses to kick in this fifth volume of the award-winning The Black Knight Chronicles series.
 

Shades of Treason (Anomaly, #1) by Sandy Williams

Shades of Treason (Anomaly #1)Ash would have given her life to save her teammates.
Instead, they gave their lives to save hers.

Lieutenant Ramie Ashdyn is an anomaly, a person whose genetic makeup makes her stronger and smarter than the average human. She’s pledged her life to protect the Coalition, an alliance of thirteen planetary systems, but when a top secret operation turns bloody, she’s charged with treason and the brutal executions of her teammates.

The Coalition needs the information Ash’s team stole on their last mission, so they send in Commander Rhys “Rest in Peace” Rykus to get it. He’s the man who’s responsible for turning Ash into an elite soldier… and he’s a man who isn’t, never was, and never will be in love with the woman he trained. Or so he tells himself.

Ash wants nothing more than to clear her name and be the woman her former instructor wants her to be, but the enemy who killed her teammates did more than frame her for treason and murder: they telepathically silenced her mind, preventing her from saying anything that might point to the truth about what happened.

Now Ash is trapped and set to be executed, the truth dying with her. Unless she can prove her innocence. But taking that path could destroy the Coalition she’s sworn to preserve and protect.
 


Soul Scorched (Dark Kings, #6) by Donna Grant

Soul Scorched (Dark Kings, #6)Darcy was floating on a cloud of pure passion. Everywhere he touched, Warrick was leaving a mark on her, forever changing her. She could feel it through her skin and muscle, through bone and into her soul. It was as if he was changing her. And she welcomed it…

Her power is a blessing.

Born on the Isle of Skye, Darcy is a beautiful woman of many gifts. Fortune-telling is her forte, and she remains the only Druid who could unlock the secrets—and desires—of a Dragon King. His name is Warrick. And now that Darcy’s seen into his dragon heart, nothing will ever be the same…
His passion is a curse.

Warrick never intended to put Darcy in harm’s way. But ever since she revealed a shocking truth, Darcy has been hunted by the Dark Fae, who want to use her powers for their own evil purposes. Now it’s up to Warrick to do whatever it takes to keep the woman who sets his soul on fire safe. But protecting Darcy means putting himself—and his entire race—in jeopardy. Is his desperate longing for one woman worth the risk of losing everything… for eternity?
 


The Hollow Queen (Symphony of Ages, #8) by Elizabeth Haydon

The Hollow QueenAcclaimed author Elizabeth Haydon returns with a heartbreaking tale of love and valor in The Hollow Queen, the eighth installment of her USA Today bestselling Symphony of Ages series that began with Rhapsody.

Beset on all sides by the forces of the merchant emperor Talquist, the Cymrian Alliance finds itself in desperate straits. Rhapsody herself has joined the battle, wielding the Daystar Clarion, leaving her True Name in hiding with her infant son. Ashe tries to enlist the aid of the Sea Mages. Within their Citadel of Scholarship lies the White Ivory tower, a spire that could hold the key to unraveling the full extent of Talquist’s machinations. Achmed journeys to the reportedly unassailable palace of Jierna Tal, to kill emperor Talquist—all the while knowing that even if he succeeds, it may not be enough to stop the momentum of the war.

As they struggle to untangle the web of Talquist’s treachery, the leaders of the Cymrian alliance are met with obstacles at every turn. Rhapsody soon realizes that the end of this war will come at an unimaginable price: the lives of those she holds dearest.
 


The Silenced (Krewe of Hunters, #15) by Heather Graham

The Silenced (Krewe of Hunters, #15)Where is Lara Mayhew?
Lara, a congressman's media assistant, suddenly quits her job—and disappears on the way to her Washington, DC, apartment.

Novice FBI agent Meg Murray, a childhood friend of Lara's, gets a message from her that same night, a message that says she's disillusioned and "going home." To Richmond, Virginia. Meg discovers that she never got there. And bodies fitting Lara's description are showing up in nearby rivers… Could she be the victim of a serial killer?

Meg is assigned to work with special agent Matt Bosworth, a hard-nosed pro in the FBI's unit of paranormal investigators—the Krewe of Hunters. They trace the route Meg and Lara took more than once in the past, visiting battlefields and graveyards from Harpers Ferry to Gettysburg. Places where the dead share their secrets with those who can hear… As Meg and Matt pursue the possibility of a serial killer, they find themselves in the middle of a political conspiracy. Is there a connection? And who—besides each other—can they trust?
 


The Undying Legion (Crown & Key, #2) by Clay Griffith

The Undying Legion (Crown & Key, #2)A thrilling new Victorian-era urban fantasy for fans of Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles, the Showtime series Penny Dreadful, and the Sherlock Holmes movies featuring Robert Downey, Jr.
With a flood of dark magic about to engulf Victorian London, can a handful of heroes vanquish a legion of the undead?
When monster-hunter Malcolm MacFarlane comes across the gruesome aftermath of a ritual murder in a London church, he enlists the help of magician-scribe Simon Archer and alchemist extraordinaire Kate Anstruther. Studying the macabre scene, they struggle to understand obscure clues in the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics carved into the victim’s heart—as well as bizarre mystical allusions to the romantic poetry of William Blake. One thing is clear: Some very potent black magic is at work.
But this human sacrifice is only the first in a series of ritualized slayings. Desperate to save lives while there is still time, Simon, Kate, and Malcolm—along with gadget geek Penny Carter and Charlotte, an adolescent werewolf—track down a necromancer who is reanimating the deceased. As the team battles an unrelenting army of undead, a powerful Egyptian mummy, and serpentine demons, the necromancer proves an elusive quarry. And when the true purpose of the ritual is revealed, the gifted allies must confront a destructive force that is positively apocalyptic.
 


The Werewolf Meets His Match (Nocturne Falls, #2) by Kristen Painter

The Werewolf Meets His Match (Nocturne Falls, #2)Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town where Halloween is celebrated 365 days a year. The tourists think it's all a show: the vampires, the werewolves, the witches, the occasional gargoyle flying through the sky. But the supernaturals populating the town know better. Living in Nocturne Falls means being yourself. Fangs and all.
Getting arrested wasn’t on werewolf Ivy Kincaid’s agenda when she arrived in Nocturne Falls, but her life rarely goes according to plan. The upside of spending the night in the local lock-up is finding a hotel room is no longer a worry...but the downside is the man she’s come to marry will get his first impression of her behind bars. Not exactly the way Ivy was hoping to meet her pack's sworn enemy...aka her fiancé.

Sheriff (and werewolf) Hank Merrow is the alpha's heir. Everything he's ever done, from becoming an Army Ranger to serving in law enforcement, has been in preparation for the day he’ll take over. Getting married to cement a shaky truce is no different. Hank will do his duty, even if it means shackling himself to a woman he has no intention of liking, let alone loving.
But Ivy is nothing like Hank expected. As feisty as she is beautiful, she's as determined as he is to make a go of marriage for the sake of peace between their packs. The trouble is, Ivy has secrets that could destroy everything Hank holds dear...including his newfound love for her.


  Traci

Monday, June 29, 2015

Audio Book Lovin' Presents: Interview with Kristen Ashley & Giveaway




Kelly, from Books-n-Kisses and I would like to welcome Author Kristen Ashley to our Audio Book Lovin series!  I've read Kristen's "The Unfinished Heroes Series" and loved it! I'm currently listening to "Knight" now to as a re-read.  

Kelly and I are so excited to have you be part of our Audio Book Lovin’ Series.

And I’m excited to be here! Thank you!!!


Throughout the Audio Book Lovin’ series, we’ve learned that some authors have been heavily involved in the process of their books becoming audiobooks and others have had little to no involvement at all. Tell us what your level of involvement has been thus far and if you prefer it that way or would like to be more involved? 

First, I have to admit that until I was approached to buy the audio rights to my books, although knowing that there were audiobooks and many listened to them religiously, I had never heard an audiobook. So outside of listening to samples of narrators and choosing them (with some trepidation since I didn't know what I was looking for), with my ignorance of this format, that’s all I could really offer to the process.

Lucky me, this was for my ROCK CHICK series and I selected Susannah Jones, who has been extremely popular with narrating my flagship series. I've listened to her doing the ROCK CHICKS and I know why. She’s the bomb.

However, outside of teaming with Audible to market my books and being there for narrators as they prepare to narrate in order to answer any questions they have, this is still the level of my involvement. Though, selecting the right narrator is crucial for me considering I write mostly in first person, stream of consciousness so assisting my reader into getting into the head of the heroine is a very big thing for me. Finding a narrator to embody her voice (as it were) is obviously vital. I just recently had the opportunity to spend some time with my audiobook For You and heard Liz Thompson’s narration of my heroine, February Owens. Honest to goodness, tears came to my eyes. She was PERFECT!

The selection of narrators is very nerve-wracking but so worth it when your books come to life in that way and they work so beautifully.

Do you listen to your audiobooks after they are finished?  Why or why not.

I've listened to some of some and only because I don’t have the time. If I had more time, I’d have listened to them all (maybe repeatedly!). If I’m on a plane or have other big blocks of time (this is VERY rare) I go to one of my audiobooks. But I’m a music lover so when I work out or take a walk, I do it to music. But I’m just a busy gal so time to kick back and just lose myself in a book, either audio, digital or print, is sadly rare.

Kristen, what do you love/like about audio books?

The full up give-yourself-up-edness (yes, I created that word, roll with me) of it. You don’t have to concentrate on anything. You don’t have to hold anything. You don’t have to do anything but close your eyes and be swept away. Considering my answer to the previous question, that I’m a very busy girl, this doesn't happen often. So to just relax and be carried into a different world, hover there while you’re told stories…well, there’s not a lot that’s better than that!

As a reader/listener, what do you prefer or look for in a narrator? (i.e. do you prefer a male narrator or a female narrator? Do you want them to entertain you with different voices and perform or just read to you?)

In a perfect world, all my characters would have narrators who played parts. But that would be like producing a movie! So obviously, that can’t happen. But with my books, seeing as they’re usually from the heroine’s POV, I like female (though, with GOLDEN TRAIL, the POV was the hero so we had a male narrator). And sometimes the “performance” of voices takes me out of the listening if they aren't as I personally envisioned the character I created. Sometimes, however, it does work. But I’d prefer a charismatic reading…unless the narrator is particularly talented.

As a writer, you have different formats that readers will be able choose from (i.e. ebooks and traditional print), what is it about audiobooks that you like having your written words now being spoken?

As a writer, there are two big things that are major life goals. One, writing, expressing, telling your story, crafting it, giving in to your voice, giving a voice to your characters, (and for me), guiding them (or following them) them an HEA, and doing all this to the very best of your ability. That’s A-#1.

 A-#2 is the honor of people choosing to spend their time reading it. So in order to do that, you have to provide it in as many formats as you can so they can have that opportunity. Finally getting my books in audiobook was a huge deal for me because it exposed my work—my beloved babies—to a new audience. And that, for a writer, is gold!

If you could pick one person (male or female) to narrator your life who would it be and why?

Oh my. I don’t know! I’d wish it could be someone with a sexy, sultry voice like Kathleen Turner. But it would probably be more honest to have someone with a funny girl voice like Jennifer Anniston. Because I’m a clown. And I’m a strong woman, but I’m still intent on being a girl until the day I die!

For anyone who has not listened to an audiobook before.  What would you tell them to try to convince them to listen?

I’d share my answer about what I love about them. The give-yourself-up-edness of it. The pure relaxation of being swept away in a story. As adults, we don’t have storytime anymore, anyone to read us to a content, stress-free state.

Unless we “read” audiobooks.

Thank you so much for being part of our Audio Book Lovin’ Series! 

And thank you right back for having me! Big hugs! xxoo

Check out audio clips from the first book from the The Unfinished Heroes Series, The 'Burg Series, The Magdalene Series and Rock Chick Series as well and learn a little more about Kristen. Then don't forget to enter the giveaway! 



(The Unfinished Heroes Series Book 1)
By Kristen Ashley 
Narrated by Savannah Richards

Blurb:
Anya Gage has learned that to get anything good in life, you have to work for it. She has no expectations, no dreams. Then she finds herself at a party where she doesn’t want to be, and she meets Knight. Knight Sebring knows who he is, what he wants, and what he likes. And he gets it. But he never expected something as sweet as Anya Gage to wander into his bedroom during a party he did not expect to be having to borrow his phone. Knight tries to leave Anya to the life she deserves, with white picket fences and a man who watches football on Sundays - good, normal, and clean. But when Anya comes to his nightclub and finds herself in a situation, he knows someone has to look after her. He can’t fight it anymore and decides that someone will be him. Knight teaches Anya that just as with the bad, in life you should also expect the good. And he teaches her this by giving it to her. But Knight has a dark past, and just as he desires Anya for exactly who she is, he fears that when she finds out exactly the man he has become and always intends to be, she’ll leave him for good, normal, and clean.




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(The 'Burg Series Book 1)
By Kristen Ashley
Narrated by Liz Thompson

Blurb:

Lieutenant Alexander Colton and February Owens were high-school sweethearts. Everyone in their small town knew from the moment they met they were meant for each other. But something happened, and Feb broke Colt's heart; then she turned wild, and tragedy struck. Colt meted out revenge against the man who brought Feb low, but even though Colt risked it all for her, Feb turned her back on him and left town.

Fifteen years later Feb comes back to help run the family bar. But there's so much water under the bridge separating her and Colt, everyone knows they'll never get back together - until someone starts hacking up people in Feb's life. Colt is still Colt, and Feb is still Feb, so the town watches as Colt goes all out to find the murderer while trying to keep Feb safe. As the bodies pile up, the feds move in, and a twisting, turning story unravels, exposing a very sick man who has claimed numerous victims. Along the way Feb and Colt battle their enduring attraction and the beautiful but lost history that weaves them together.



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The Will
(The Magdalene Series Book 1)
By Kristen Ashley
Narrated by Hollis McCarthy

Blurb:
Early in her life, Josephine Malone learned the hard way that there was only one person she could love and trust: her grandmother, Lydia Malone. Out of necessity, unconsciously and very successfully, Josephine donned a disguise to keep all others at bay. She led a globetrotting lifestyle on the fringes of the fashion and music elite, but she kept herself distant. While Josephine was trotting the globe, retired boxer Jake Spear was living in the same small town as Lydia. There was nothing disguised about Jake. Including the fact he made a habit of making very bad decisions about who to give his love. But for Josephine and Jake, there was one person who adored them. One person who knew how to lead them to happiness. And one person who was intent on doing it. Even if she had to do it as her final wish on this earth.




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Rock Chick
(Rock Chick Series, Book 1)
By Kristen Ashley
Narrated by Susannah Jones

Blurb:
Indy Savage is a former wild child (okay, maybe not so "former") and current used-bookstore owner. Lee Nightingale is a former bad boy and now runs a private investigation service. Toss together a quiet barista with a not-so-lawful side-business, a crazy Vietnam Vet, a pothead, a drag queen, family and friends who will not mind their own business, a few stun guns, and a bag of diamonds, and mix them all up with some shootings, a high-speed chase and car bombs exploding, then hang on for your first wild Rock Chick ride.




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About The Author




Kristen Ashley: 
I was born a middle class white child in Gary, Indiana, USA. One of the last of a dying breed. I nearly killed my mother and myself making it into the world, seeing as I had the umbilical cord wrapped around my neck (already attempting to accessorize and I hadn’t taken my first breath!). Mom says they took me away, put her back in her room, she looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). She remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning.

Nothing’s changed.

All I’ve ever wanted to do was write (well, and be the Queen of the World, but you gotta start small) and I’ve published a gazillion books and counting (and a gazillion is a lot! shoo!).You can learn about my titles that have been released or that are soon to be released in the Titles section of the website.

Even though I jump genres, there is always a theme to my books…humor (hopefully), engaging characters (again, hopefully) and romance (definitely).

My loves are movies, music, food and fashion and I partake of all of them as often as I can (the middle two more than the others, the former, which takes time I don’t often have and the latter, which takes money I rarely have). In fact, I love food so much, I like to share my good fortune so I put my recipes on offer for you on this page (see top menu and don’t miss them, they’re awesome!).

I grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and have lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus I’m blessed to have friends and family around the globe. My family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write and growing up it was large and multi-generational. We all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. I grew up with Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched). Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as I keep growing up, it keeps getting better.
So here I am, thank goodness.


You can find Kristen at




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