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Friday, April 17, 2015

Upoming May Releases



Upcoming May Releases
(For links to past monthly releases, see the Archives)


Title: Born of Defiance
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Series: The League
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: May 12


Born an Outcast, Talyn Batur has spent the whole of his life fighting against the prejudice of his people. An Andarion without a father is not something anyone wants to be.

But when his companion’s brother draws him into a plot against the Andarion crown, he finds himself torn between the loyalty to their planetary government that his mother has beaten into him and his own beliefs of justice and right.

Now, he must decide for himself to remain a pawn of their government or to defy everything and everyone he’s ever known to stand up to tyranny. It’s a gamble that will either save his life or end it. And when old enemies align with new ones, it’s more than just his own life at risk. And more than just his homeworld that will end should he fail.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Nalini Singh - Archangel's Storm

So after a rocky start and eventual restart, I jumped back onto the Guild Hunter band wagon.  And after Archangel's Blade, I was glad that I did.  But I wasn't too sure about the next one because Jason was not intriguing me  So many other characters were more interesting....

 Jason is Raphael's spymaster.  At one with the shadows, Jason has a past as mysterious as the man himself.  He avoids contact with people because he just doesn't feel any emotion in the experience.  Since a horrible tragedy in his youth, Jason has shunned any emotional involvement beyond his sense of loyalty and brotherhood to the Seven and Raphael.  That is what makes him such a perfect spy - he feels nothing for the players involved and can be completely impartial.  But when an Archangel's consort is murdered, Raphael offers his spymaster in a blood bond in order to solve the mystery.  The blood bond, though typically an intimate bond, will ensure Jason's loyalty during the investigation.  So he is tied to Mahiya, the princess of the land where the murder occurred.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

In His Corner Blog Tour


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Title:  In His Corner
Author:   Vina Arno
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publish Date:   April 14, 2015
Publisher: Lyrical Press/Kensington Publishing
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~ Book Synopsis ~
WORK OUT
No sex for almost a year could kill a guy, but when you’re the boxer known as the Juggernaut, it’s the price you pay for turning pro. Tommy’s fully dedicated to his craft, until he meets the incredibly gorgeous Dr. Siena Carr. Now he’s looking forward to taking on this prim and proper lady in a wet and wild workout…

KNOCK OUT
Siena has seen many patients come through the ER, but none as sexy as Tommy Raines. With a nasty cut over his eye, she knows he needs stitches, but after he takes off his shirt, she needs some air. With rock-hard abs and taut biceps, it’s clear this man takes care of his body. And all Siena can think about is letting him take care of hers…

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Nameless Dead Blog Tour

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The Nameless Dead CoverTitle:  The Nameless Dead:  An Inspector Devlin Thriller
Author:  Brian McGilloway
Genre: Mystery/Detective
Release Date:  April 21, 2015
Publisher:  HarperCollins
Imprint: WitnessImpulse
Pages: 352
List Price: 2.99 USD
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Synopsis
The small isle of Islandmore was once an avenue for smugglers and a burial place for unbaptized babies.
When a cold case leads Inspector Devlin to the desolate island in an attempt to locate the bodies of a group of people who have been presumed dead for over thirty years, he uncovers a horrifying secret: the body of a baby who appears to have been murdered. Every fiber of the inspector’s being tells him he should find justice for this child, but he is prohibited from investigating further.
Devlin is torn. He has no desire to dredge up painful events of the past, but neither can he let a murderer go unpunished. Devlin must follow his conscience—even when it puts those closest to him at risk.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Elisabeth Naughton - Bound

Ancient legends, weaving myths to create a new take, those are the stories that I love!  For me, when an author can take the myths and legends that we have known since childhood and put a new creative spin on them and work them into the fantasy world they have created, I just fall for it every time!

Titus is an Argonaut with a difficult gift.  He can hear everyone's thoughts.  Touching makes those thoughts even more intrusive on his psyche and so he avoids touch.  As such, he is touch starved.  He is a male with the normal drives, but since touch is not open to him, his sexual encounters have been cold and unpleasant - merely scratching an itch.  Titus figures that things won't ever change for him and he has found ways to work around his "gift", but it isn't until he meets Natasa that things start to change and he realizes that the gift that has bound him all his life could be different.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Nalini Singh - Archangel's Kiss

I am TRYING people... I REALLY am...  Trying to love and appreciate this series for what it is... but it is a struggle....

Now that Elena the Magnificent (my name, not hers) is now an angel, and one of the first Angel Made in millennium, she has to learn how to be an angel.  She has to learn to fly and to fight all over again because she now has wings.  But she is up against a time crunch.  One of the Cadre has invited Elena to a ball in her "honor", but what is really happening is that the Archangel is testing Elena and Raphael.  Testing the strength of their bond and judging the weakness of the greatest chink in Raphael's armor.  Since Elena is now his greatest weakness - because harm to her will harm him - Elena must show her strength and allow for no vulnerabilities.  Since she has spent a year in a comma becoming Made, that is no small feat. But the clock is ticking.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

IMMORTALS AFTER DARK gets a whole new look!


From the beginning, I have complained about the Immortals After Dark covers....   The early ones look like some throwback horror cartoon.  What is WITH the claws on Lachlain? And the skin looks gray?  Just....no.  


And then there are the middle covers.  The middle ones eliminate the cartoonish look about them, but those are also somehow a bit...ridiculous looking.  They look like they are stuck in the seventies or something.  I mean I know that these are ancient immortals, but they tend to change with the times and so there is no reason to think they would look like a cheesy 70's model.  

I always liked the black and white ones!  They are much nicer and there is something really catching about the black and white photos. The only problem is... they used the same model for multiple covers.  And since we all know Aidan the Fierce shouldn't look ANYTHING like Garreth MacRieve, even those great black and whites come off as being a bit.... "off".  Though the most recent ones, such as the Lothaire and Dark Skye covers are great, the problem is that in only about 13 books, there are over four different cover styles and there is nothing unifying about them.  So it is with GREAT relief and excitement that I share with you that the publishers have created a whole new look for the Immortals After Dark series.  And here they are.......

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Sherrilyn Kenyon - Instinct

It is Spring Time!  That time of year when my favorite Cajun misfit and wise ass has another adventure! :)

Nick Gaultier is still just a teenager living with quite a destiny.  He is the Malachai, and as such, it is his destiny to destroy the world.  He knows this, because his ghost girlfriend is one of the people - along with everyone she loved - that he killed during said destruction.  Though her mission is to destroy Nick before he can destroy the world, she sees the other possibilities before him and is hoping to prevent the destruction, her death, the whole bunch of it....

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Nova and Quinton Launch Day Blitz



Celebrate the Nova and Quinton: No Regrets Launch Day blitz!  We have a great prize package offered by Grand Central Publishing to one lucky winner!  Read an excerpt and be sure to check out our review at Nova and Quinton: No Regrets

Excerpt:


Prologue

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December 28, the day of the funeral

It’s a strange feeling, getting ready to watch someone get put under the ground into their final resting place. I’ve been to enough funerals to know that my senses always become hyper-aware of everything going on around me: the touch of the wind seems stronger, the sun a little more blinding, the smell of the leaves, grass, and fresh dirt overpowering. It’s like my mind is reaching out and trying to grasp each aspect of the moment, when part of me wants nothing more than to forget.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

J.R. Ward - The Shadows

Did I just read that?  Seriously?  At first, I was loving this book and I felt so relieved that Ward and the Black Dagger Brotherhood had their groove back.  But then...THIS happened?

Trez Latimer is a Shadow with a destiny that was given to him at the moment of his birth.  Because of the alignment of the stars, Trez was supposed to be the Queen's stud.  He would be the one to sire the next Queen.  As a result, his life has never been his own  When he meets the Chosen Selena, he knows that he can never really live up to his destiny.  It would be too much of a sacrifice.

Friday, April 3, 2015

OUTLANDER is BACK!!



This weekend, Droughtlander will end!  Yeah!  Just a reminder that Outlander returns to Starz this Saturday night at 9 pm!  Enjoy everyone!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

The Rising Blog Tour

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Title: The Rising 
Series: Inspector Devlin #4 
Author: Brian McGilloway 
Genre: Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural 
ISBN: 9780062400475 
Publisher: HarperCollins 
Imprint: Witness Impulse 
On Sale: 03/17/2015 
List Price: 2.99 USD 
Pages: 320 print format 

About the Book

From the New York Times bestselling author of Little Girl Lost comes a compelling new series …
Inspector Devlin is called to investigate a case of arson: a burning barn and, inside, the charred remains of a local drug dealer.
Suspicions quickly fall on a local vigilante group that calls itself "the Rising."
But Devlin stumbles onto a more pressing case when his old partner's teenage son goes missing. With quiet determination, he attempts to make sense of the boy's disappearance …
That is, until another drug dealer is killed and Devlin realizes that the case goes far deeper and darker than he ever imagined.
Gripping, heartbreaking, and always surprising, The Rising is a tour de force from one of Ireland's greatest crime writers.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Turn to Me Blog Tour

Title: Turn to Me (The Thin Blue Thread 2)



Author: Kaitlyn Stone
Genre: Contemporary New Adult
Publish Date: 4/6/15
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand

Event organized by: Literati Author


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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Elisabeth Naughton - Twisted

I have said all along that I was reading this series for THIS book.  And I am happy to say that it was worth the effort and the wait!

Nick is the twin brother of Demetrius.  Though the two brothers have the same mother, their mother is not a real nice woman... In fact, she entered into a pact with Hades, and as a result, the two twins have different fathers.  Though Demetrius's father was an Argonaut, everyone knew that Nick was different.  He was VERY different.  But not knowing that the two didn't share a father meant no one knew just HOW different.  As the son of Kronos, Nick has the power to be a god... but as he is currently Hades' prisoner - which he willingly agreed to in order to save Isadora's life (his soul mate and his twin brother's mate), he isn't in a position to do anything about his potential god hood.  The best he can do is try to survive - and maybe escape from Hades' lair.  And the only one who can help him do that is the mysterious Cynna.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Sandra Lake - The Warlord's Wife

Sometimes, I get so intent on my favorite authors that I forget there was a time BEFORE they were my favorites and I would rather reread one of those books then try to expand my horizons.  So it takes a lot for me to pick up a new to me author's debut book!

Lida was a young and naive farm girl in Turku when she was swept up by a Chief's son.  In love for the first time, Lida gave her innocence to a man she was sure she shared a perfect love with.  But when Urho died a month after their marriage, he left a pregnant widow who was more pregnant than she should have been given their wedding date.  Her husband's family suspected her of loose morals and refuse to acknowledge the child as their dead son's daughter.  They forced Lida to return home to her family in disgrace.  There, Lida built a simple life for herself and her young daughter Katia.  Though lonely, Lida's life was content.  Until one day, a powerful Jarl, intent on finding a wife, passed by the family farm.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Nalini Singh - Archangel's Consort (Audio)




Audio Corner - The last Friday of each month, a new audio book will be reviewed.

This month: Archangel's Consort by Nalini Singh

So, I have already acknowledged that the Guild Hunters are NOT my favorite Singh series, but when you take that and mix it with the fact that one of my least favorite narrators does the audiobooks and it really is a wonder that I am still even looking at this series....

Elena continues to be the greatest angel since sliced bread and Raphael will do anything to protect his consort...  Only now, the great big evil is Raphael's mother, the archangel who left her son for dead and who has been sleeping for millennia.  Well, mommy is coming back and she wants to finish the job she started before.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hero Showdown Update


An update on the Hero Showdown!  I do plan to do another Showdown.  I love them and I think that you guys seem to like them, too! :)  But I am going to hold off for a while.  I don't want us all to get "Showdown"ed out!  I will wait til the Kensington and Heroes and Heartbreakers showdowns end and then I will start ours!  As of now, I plan to wait until mid-May to start ours!  I hope that works! :)  Feel free to comment below with any suggestions!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Hunter: The Bang Shift Series Blog Tour






Title: Hunter


Series: The Bang Shift #2


Author: Mandy Harbin

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publish Date: March 24, 2015
ISBN: 9781941467138
ASIN: B00SNTLD4W
Retail Price: $3.99 USD




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After finally getting out of her disastrous relationship, Maya Carmichael has sworn off all bad boys. Sure they’re hot. The attitude? No thanks. But when her car is vandalized while on a night out with her roommate, she realizes her ex is truly sadistic. Her friend insists they lay low for a few days while the cops do their thing. Unfortunately her temporary haven will throw her in the path of another bad boy. Oh, she’s heard stories about her roommate’s brother, Hunter, and he’s just the type she wants to avoid. Until she sees him … and all good intentions fly out of her busted windshield.
Hunter Anderson might be the easygoing jokester within the Bang Shift crew—the small Arkansas town’s mechanics and the government’s secret mercenaries—but underneath his lighthearted exterior lurks demons of a past he’d love nothing more than to forget. Working on cars and taking the occasional contracted mission help, but he fears nothing will stop his past from coming back to haunt him. No one has tried penetrating the fa├žade to get to the real person below. No one, until Maya.

The attraction is undeniable, but there’s more to Hunter than he can ever let on, and for Maya, this hot distraction makes it easy to forget the real danger she’s in. It has nothing to do with losing her heart to him.

When really it has everything to do with just that.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Shelly Laurenston - The Unleashing

When I heard that Laurenston was not continuing her Pride series, I was a little relieved.  It had never been a favorite of mine, and I thought that a little revitalization would be a good thing.  What I didn't expect was the Pride series, but with Vikings....

Kera Watson was a Marine who has returned to the US after two tours in Afghanistan.  After "struggling" to find her footing back on the homefront, she is finally living and working in a Coffee House.  Until one day she sees a man beating his girlfriend up in an alley, and Kera decides to intervene.  Unfortunately, the jerk stabs Kera in the chest and leaves her for dead.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Kensington Ultimate Hero Showdown

Lots more heroes set to compete this week in Kensington's Ultimate Hero Showdown! Matches are going on now and will continue through March 31 - now THAT is some March Madness I can get on board with! :)

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Upcoming April Releases



Upcoming April Releases
(For links to past monthly releases, see the Archives)

Title: Instinct
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Series: Chronicles of Nick
Publisher: St. Martin Griffin
Release Date: March 31

Zombies, demons, vampires, shapeshifters— another day in the life of Nick Gautier– and those are just his friends. But now that he’s accepted the demon that lives inside him, he must learn to control it and temper the very emotions that threaten the lives of everyone he cares for. Something that’s hard to do while trying to stay off the menus of those who want his head on a platter. And no one wants him more than the dark gods who created his race. Now that they know where he is, they will stop at nothing to reclaim him. And without knowing it, Nick has just embraced the one person he should never have trusted. The one person who will hand him over to his enemies to get back the life they lost.

Nick has finally accepted his fate, now he must learn to defy his destiny, and the dark, deadly forces that will stop at nothing to destroy everyone he loves so that they can again return to the world of man and own it.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Window Shopping - The Warlord's Wife by Sandra Lake



A stunning historical romance from debut author Sandra Lake transports readers to 12th century Sweden, where a powerful Viking lord will discover a fierce heart cannot be taken by mere force.

Lida was married to the love of her life for just two months when she became a widow. Pregnant and disowned by her late husband’s family for suspected infidelity, she was forced to return to her family in shame. Eight years later, uninterested in the prospect of finding another husband, she finds herself the unwilling object of a marriage contract with a powerful warlord. In a day, she is wed, bed, and put on a ship headed for Tronscar; an unknown icy stone and steel fortress.

Jarl Magnus is pleased to have taken a strong wife who, however stubborn she may be, will surely produce sons. However, he is less pleased with his wife’s additional baggage—a young daughter. But despite himself, Magnus falls for the daughter just as hard as the mother, and Lida’s heart is warmed to see the cold, serious Jarl move surprisingly fast into the role of stepfather.

When enemies attack Tronscar, Jarl Magnus’s nerves of steel waver, as the warrior fears his love for Lida will weaken him. But when his family is threatened, he’ll go to war to protect them, discovering along the way that they have the strength to protect themselves.


This is a book that I am dying to read - I was supposed to read it but ended up caught in Science Fair Project Hell and so I didn't get to it yet, but I can't wait to read this one!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Beneath Layers Blog Tour

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Title: Layers (Layers #1) 

Author: TL Alexander 

Series: Layers

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Date: December 28th 2013 



~Synopsis ~
Alexia Keith, self-proclaimed nerd and potty-mouth, is a beautiful, scotch drinking, complicated mess. In other words, she has issues, and the last thing she needs is her boss, Jaxson Ryan, CEO of Ryan Acquisitions, messing with her issues. She finds him hard and even harder to resist, but she must, he’s off limits.
One of New York’s most eligible bachelors, Jaxson Ryan, is the poster boy for the tall, hot, conceited self-proclaimed manwhores. The only thing he wants is Ryan’s, Risk Manager, Alexia Keith.
What happens, when a man with a bedpost-notching waiting list, a man who thought he had it all, wants the only woman he can’t have?
The Layer Series is written for adults, by an adult (this is questionable). In contains adult language, and adults doing adult stuff like, hot sex and drinking scotch. It’s written for those who like to laugh and maybe shed a tear or two.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Terri Brisbin - Rising Fire

For me, taking History and meshing it with fantasy is a great recipe for a romance, but that might not work for all historical romance fans.  If it works for you, then the Stone Circles series might be a perfect match!

The time is 1286 AD in Scotland.  Brienne of Yester is a young woman with strange powers - ones that are not necessarily looked upon favorably in her time and place.  She has the ability to manipulate fire and this causes an explosion of the life she once knew.  She needs to know where her powers come from and what they mean.  This brings her into contact with William - a wonderful knight with the courage and loyalty to help Brienne in her quest.  He has been sent by his king to discover what he could of the rumors of a woman with her gifts.  And what he find surprises him.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Kensington Ultimate Hero Showdown

Lots more heroes set to compete this week in Kensington's Ultimate Hero Showdown! Matches are going on now and will continue through March 31 - now THAT is some March Madness I can get on board with! :)

What you need to know: