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Friday, December 19, 2014

Upcoming January Releases

 

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

Title: Dreamer's Daughter
Author: Lynn Kurland
Series: Nine Kingdoms
Publisher: Berkley
Release date: January 6

The New York Times bestselling Nine Kingdoms Saga continues with the stirring conclusion to the epic journey of a weaver and an elven prince.

Aisling of Bruadair’s quest to restore her country’s rightful rulers to their throne has been long and difficult. Now, after a lifetime of lies, she’s confronted with an unexpected truth: Bruadair’s salvation may lie within her. But the path to harnessing her newly discovered magical gifts threatens to lead her back through a past that may well spell her death.

With his own magic restored, Rùnach of Ceangail has come to terms with the fact that the simple life he once coveted is no longer an option. Instead, he is determined to help Aisling fulfill her quest, even if his part of the bargain includes facing evil mages with power far greater than his own.

But once they reach Bruadair, Rùnach and Aisling discover that nothing is as it seems, and not only must they accept their past, they must also embrace their destiny—before the enemies drawing near succeed in extinguishing all the light in the world…

Thursday, December 18, 2014

INDEPENDENTLY WEALTHY Blog Tour




In the sequel to New Money, Savannah Morgan delves into the mystery of her late media-mogul father’s death and uncovers more than she ever expected.

In New Money, Savannah Morgan was thrust into high-society New York when she learned she was the sole heir to her father’s billion-dollar fortune. In Independently Wealthy, she is living her dream life on the Upper West Side, excelling at her job as an editorial assistant, and enjoying her handsome new boyfriend, Alex.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Revanant Blog Tour

We have TWO giveaways to go with this review and blog tour!  So be sure to enter the two Rafflecopters below!

I will admit.. I had  Revenant on my Kindle for about a week in October before I really settled down to read it.  Crazy, I know, right?  But the reason wasn't Ione or the Demonica series - I love them both.  The fact was that I just wasn't all that jazzed up for Revenant.  He had been a pretty big jerk in the final books of the Lords of Deliverance series and I just didn't care for him.  Sometimes, those become the BEST books.  The ones that you have very little expectations for because when they are good, they become great reads!

Revenant is the twin brother of the Radiant, Reaver.  Since there can never be two Radiants (basically all powerful angels) at one time, with Reaver as the Radiant, that leaves the position of Shadow Angel for Revenant.  And it gives him a choice.  To follow his instincts and side with Satan or to help out Heaven.  The problem is that Heaven has pretty much turned there backs on him for his 5,000 years of existence.  And while Satan hasn't been too kind, at least he is the "devil you know" for Revenant.  He has no expectations and knows how Satan works.  So while Revenant may want to return to Heaven, he is a realist and knows that his future is probably in Sheoul.  Going along with that plan, he needs to be sure he has power there.  And to get power in Sheoul, he needs to be sure that Lucifer is not reborn - something his twin brother Reaver is working to do also, but for different reasons.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Kaleidoscope Book Blitz


Come join us to celebrate the release of Kaleidoscope by Kristen Ashley!  We have TWO giveaways and an excerpt!

 Excerpt:

“Sometimes,” Chace started, and his tone was cautious, “girls like her, girls like she used to be who turn into girls like she is now, get a guy’s attention, a good-lookin’ guy like that, and they can go—”
Deck cut him off. “Chace, you know Emme. You know that’s bullshit. She’s always known her own mind. And she’s always been cool. Even when she wasn’t a knockout, she wasn’t that kind of person.”

Monday, December 15, 2014

THREE LITTLE WORDS BOOK BLITZ

Three Little Words
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Title: Three Little Words (Erotic Romance 18+)
Author: Maggie Wells
Sexual Content: Explicit
Publish Date: December 15, 2014
Publisher Lyrical/Kensington
Type of book: Stand-alone novel


Synopsis 

It’s never too late to make the best impulsive decision of your life.

Jo Masters isn’t the party girl she used to be, but now that she’s a woman without obligations, she’s ready to recapture a little of her misspent youth. Her niece’s wedding, with its open bar and dark dance floor, proves to be the perfect opportunity to let loose.

Gregory Stark is just trying to make it through his son’s wedding day... and make some time with the gorgeous brunette on the bride’s side of the aisle. His kid’s wedding probably isn’t the best occasion to put the moves on the sexy woman, who introduces herself only as ‘Josie’, but his best friend is closing in on her too and he has to act fast. With a couple of tequila shots under his belt, Greg propositions Josie -- and neither wants to refuse.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Rebecca Zanetti - Marked

Very rarely do I want to see a series "end".  To me, I am never ready to see that happen! :)  But sometimes the series has such a defined arc, that ending it is the perfect choice.  The Dark Protectors is one of those series with a defined arc and it ends pretty much where it began - with Janie and Zane.

Janie Kayrs is the adopted daughter of one of the Royal Realm vampires.  Her father is the King's brother, her brother is the heir, and her family means everything to her.  For the past twenty years, the Realm has been at war - fighting demons, Kurjans, and a vile disease that is harming the mates of the Kayrs vampires.  Janie loves her mother and her aunts and is determined to fulfill her prophesied destiny in the hopes of ending the disease and the war.    Throughout her life, she has had two friends - Zane and Kalin - who she has communicated with in her dream world.  Though she knows her destiny is tied to the two of them, she is not sure how.  Zane has been her protector, her confidante, and her heart's desire as long as she can remember, but her future may also be linked to Kalin.  The time to figure out just what these two mean to her has come as her destiny is here.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Elisabeth Naughton - Entwined

Admittedly, I was not 100% gung ho about the first book in this series, Marked, but I have learned that it often isn't the book, the series, or the author that is the problem... often it is just that I don't like the first book in any series.  So I have a rule that I won't give up until book three.  This has saved quite a few series for me - ones where I would have given up if just based on the first book.  Dark Hunters, Black Dagger Brotherood, Dark Protectors, Lords of the Underworld, Psy-Changeling ... All of these series have first books that aren't my favorite in the series and are ones I rarely reread.  And all these series were worth getting through the growing pains!  And the Eternal Guardians is now a member of that group as well!

This book looks at the second of the Eternal Guardians to find his soul mate, Zander.  Zander has known who his soul mate is for over ten years now, but since she left him and rejected him, none of his fellow guardians knows about her.  To Zander, Callia (the king's personal healer, his soul mate, and the love of his life) rejected and betrayed him eleven years ago and though he runs across her from time to time in the palace, he no longer acknowledges her.  Her actions in the past were unforgivable and it convinced Zander that he really has nothing left to live for - though he believes he is the only truly immortal guardian.  When the princess, Isadora, is offered to the guardians as a bride, he agrees to be bound to her so none of his fellow guardians need to make that "sacrifice".

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Rebecca Zanetti - Consumed

I have to admit... I am a little stumped on this one...  Though I liked the story and liked the characters, for the life of me, I can't see how it fits into the greater story arc of the Dark Protectors...

Jordan Pride is the ruler of the shifters.  He has been in love with Katie Smith for over ten years, but he knows he just isn't good enough for her.  When events conspire against him and give his life an expiration date five days hence, the only thing he cares about is making sure that Katie will be safe when he is gone.  He knows that the Virus that will turn him into an unthinking werewolf is inevitable and that he can't change his fate, but when he discovers a werewolf that has Katie already in his sights, he knows he needs to make the world safe before he can bravely meet his fate. 

Friday, December 5, 2014

Devoted to Him Blog Tour

Celebrate the release of Devoted to Him by Sofia Tate!
About DEVOTED TO HIM:
Two months ago, Allegra Orsini nearly lost the man of her dreams. Thankfully Davison Cabot Berkeley, a powerful billionaire who always gets what he wants, had refused to allow anything-or anyone-to come between them. Now back in the arms of the man she loves, Allegra receives an incredible proposal. Allegra is invited to study under the opera world's most legendary diva. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity . . . but it means moving to Italy for a month. Thirty days without Davison's touch. Allegra isn't sure she can survive it-especially when Davison begins pulling away for reasons she can't figure out. Is the man who has given her more passion and pleasure than she has ever known about to break her heart? Soon Allegra starts to realize that Davison could be guarding a secret even more devastating . . .
Excerpt:

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Nalini Singh - Secrets at Midnght

After many books of having Mercy Smith's brothers as side characters, we finally get to see one of those charming rogues as a hero!  And this one is Bastien, the culinary god and the financial whiz!

Bastien Smith is a predatory changeling that turns into a leopard.  With the leopards, once the cat chooses a mate, there will only ever be one for them.  While going about in San Francisco one evening, Bastien scented his mate.  Though he tried to find her, no matter how hard he tried, her scent was elusive - and split.  She had the scent of a changeling cat and the scent of a human.  Bastien was stumped and - as hard as he tried - he just couldn't track her down.  Though Bastien would never give up the search, he took a break to help out his mom with a book club luncheon...only to have his elusive mate fall right into his clutches!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Inside Out Blog Tour

 Celebrate the release of Inside Out by Lia Riley!  Enter the rafflecopter below for a chance to win!
INSIDE OUT by Lia Riley (December 2, 2014; Forever E-Book; $3.99)
Lia Riley made New Adult readers fall in love with her breakout debut, Upside Down. Sideswiped, the second of her series, made readers clamor for more. Now, with INSIDE OUT, Lia Riley brings her evocative Off the Map series to a stunning conclusion.

When Talia first moved from California to Australia to study abroad, she never dreamed she'd find the love of her life. Bran understands her like no one ever has before. And despite the numerous challenges they've faced, they've always managed to figure out how to stay together. But this time they'll face their toughest hurdle yet. Is their love strong enough to keep them together?

Excerpt:

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Ever After of Ella & Micah Book Blitz


 Join us to celebrate the launch day of The Ever After of Ella and Micha!  Read an excerpt and enter the Rafflecopter for a chance to win!

THE EVER AFTER OF ELLA AND MICHA by Jessica Sorensen (December 2, 2014; Forever Trade Paperback; $12.00)
The day Ella has waited for is just around the corner. It's the day she'll marry Micha, the love of her life, the light that guided her out of the darkness. It looks like it will be the perfect Christmas-until an unexpected package arrives with a harsh reminder of Ella's past. Suddenly Ella doesn't feel as confident about her future. Can she really have a "happily-ever-after" if she's never even seen one?
Micha will stand by Ella no matter what she's going through-though he worries that she might leave him standing at the altar again. When he's offered a once-in-a-lifetime chance to tour with his favorite bands for three months, Micha knows he can't leave Ella behind. But can he ask her to uproot her life to join him on the road?

Now Ella and Micha must find a way to balance their fears, their dreams, and their love . . . if they ever want to hear wedding bells.


Excerpt:

Monday, December 1, 2014

Rebecca Zanetti - Hunted

I think I might have been waiting for this one since Talen first said to Cara that his younger brother was a mated male who has let his mate grow up enough before he claims her. Something about that is just a weak spot for me.  The sacrificing of his own needs and desires to allow her to come into her own gets me every single time.  So it was with great anticipation that I started this book.

Connlan is the warrior of the Kayrs brothers.  Though almost the youngest, he was the first to be mated.  He mated a witch over a 100 years ago.  Because the mating took him so by surprise and because his mate was very young at the time, he agreed to a treaty forcing him to wait 100 years before claiming her as his own.  He felt that Moira needed the time to develop her skills.  As a powerful witch, he knew that she had a unique destiny and wanted her to be prepared. Though he soon regretted his easy agreement to stay away from her, he is a male of his word and so he gave Moira her time.  But now, with the Realm on the verge of war, time is up.  And Conn isn't waiting any longer to claim the woman that he has only resisted because he was forced to keep a continent between them.

Friday, November 28, 2014

TWICE TEMPTED Blog Tour

 
Come join us to celebrate the release of Twice Tempted by Eileen Dryer!  Read an excerpt and enter into the giveaway!
About TWICE TEMPTED:


Fiona Ferguson's troubles began with a kiss . . . 

It feels like a lifetime ago that Alex Knight saved Fiona from certain doom . . . and stole a soul-shattering kiss for good measure. Wanting nothing more than to keep her safe, he left her in the care of her grandfather, the Marquess of Dourne. But Fiona was hardly safe. As soon as he could, the marquess cast her and her sister out on the streets with only her wits to keep them alive. Alex has never forgotten that long-ago kiss. Now the dashing spy is desperate to make up for failing his duty once before. This time he will protect Fiona once and for all, from a deadly foe bent on taking revenge on the Ferguson line-and anyone who stands in the way . . .

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Thanksgiving from the Window Seat!  Enjoy a day with family, friends, and a good book on the couch while the rest are watching football!  That's how it usually goes for me! :)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

LAST CHANCE FAMILY BLOG TOUR


Celebrate the release of Last Chance Family by Hope Ramsay with an excerpt and a giveaway!
About LAST CHANCE FAMILY
Mike Taggart has always been willing to take a gamble. But these stakes are just way too high - there's no way he's prepared to become a legal guardian to his five-year-old niece. His only option is to head from Las Vegas to Last Chance to sort things out as quickly as possible. Problem is, he arrives to find an inconsolable little girl, her sick cat, and a gorgeous veterinarian he can't get out of his mind. Charlene Polk has two talents: healing sick critters and falling in love with the wrong men. Mike has trouble written all over him, but she can't leave him in the lurch. And the more time she spends with the sexy high roller, the more she sees that this ready-made family is the best stroke of luck they've ever had . . .

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

THE DARKEST TOUCH TOUR


There is nothing better than when an author KNOWS how much a new release has been anticipated and she pulls out all the stops!  The LONG awaited story of Torin is finally out today and Gena has lots of fun events planned -  a virtual signing on December 9 and signed copies are available to order.  So join in on the fun!  Torin's book is reviewed here.

Excerpt:

Monday, November 24, 2014

Gena Showalter - The Darkest Touch


I love the series where there is one character that you just want to see happy.  For many Lords of the Underworld fans, that character is Torin - the Keeper of the demon Disease.  His inability to touch anyone has made him a fan favorite for years (though I will admit, the one I am really waiting for is Cameo...)  Well, that time has come and Torin's gloves are OFF! :)

Torin, keeper of Disease, has been the stabilizing presence in the Lords fortress.  Unable to go anywhere or touch anyone without causing a plague, Torin is the one watching out for the homestead while the others are fighting to try to find Pandora's box and the artifacts they need to obtain it.  As a result, Torin has missed out on a lot and feels that he hasn't really helped his friends all that much.  But when Cronus offers Torin the opportunity to touch a woman, he takes it - even though he doesn't trust Cronus to keep said woman alive.  The temptation is just too great.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Couple Showdown - And the winner is.....


Another Showdown is done!  We started with 32 couples that were all worthy and that represented all categories of Romance - Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Historical, Fantasy, and Steampunk.

Before we get to the winner - THANK YOU to all of the authors who generously donated of themselves to help make this Showdown a success! Whether posting on their facebook pages or sending out newsletters to let the fans know it was wonderful of you all to participate! This is something that we fans enjoy and the generosity of authors to help it along means a lot! I hope that many of you were able to join in the fun and enjoy the "bragging rights" amongst yourselves. It is always nice when we can see authors acting as goofy as us! :) Thanks most especially to Gena Showalter, Nalini Singh, Jennifer Ashley, Kylie Griffin, Julia Quinn, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kristen Ashley, Larissa Ione, Kristen Callihan, G.A. Aiken, and the publicity team at Grand Central Publishing. I couldn't have done it without you and I really appreciate all your efforts. Thank you sooo much!

And thank you to all that voted and helped cheer your favorites to victory!  Without all of you coming back each week to vote, the Showdown wouldn't have gotten very far!  Thanks so much for helping to make this a success.  We are planning a Hero Showdown even now, and I hope that you will come back and vote again for your favorites!  We are trying to adjust the rules and competitors to create a compromise to keep everyone satisfied - but as was proven in this Showdown, some people need to be disqualified - or they are just too similar!  And come visit us on JANUARY 26 for a chance to nominate your favorites for the competition to come!  And now...without further ado... the winner is...... 

Friday, November 21, 2014

One Night: Denied Book Blitz


 The passion that burned between Livy and Miller in One Night: Promised may end up destroying them both in this new novel of overwhelming desire and shocking discoveries...

He's amazingly wealthy, sinfully gorgeous, and can bring her to heights of pleasure she's never before known. For Livy, there's no turning back. She's determined to be the light in Miller Hart's dark world. Yet this new life comes with a steep price...

Miller knows that the power he possesses hasn't come without sacrifices-but he won't let Livy be one of them. Though he wants nothing more than to have her in every way, his first duty is to protect her at all costs...from his sins, his enemies, and especially himself.

But as their insatiable affair intensifies, the two attract the attention of an obsessive-and dangerous-third party. Discovering new revelations about Miller that rock her to the core, Livy will have to decide whether he's ruined beyond repair. And he must face his fear that in order to save her, he may have to lose her after all...

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Elisabeth Naughton - Marked

So this series has been on my radar for a while.  I have picked the first book up a time or two, but I never was able to really get into it.  This weekend, I set out to finally tackle this book.

Theron is the leader of the Argonauts, a race of warriors whose job it is to protect Argolea.  Hs destiny is to marry the dying king's daughter, Isadora, but neither Theron or Isadora are really on board with that plan.  Though they respect one another, there is no passion in their relationship.  Isadora is on a quest to find her long lost sister in the human realm and Theron is getting a little frustrated about chasing her.  But chase her he does and he finds Isadora in a strip club.  As he gets set to send her home, he is overpowered by some daemons and he is badly injured.  He seems to have met his end when a savior appears.  Casey, a waitress from the strip club finds him and takes him home.  There, she nurses him - in a most unusual way, she would rather take him to the hospital - and soon Theron is recuperating nicely.  Nicely enough that he is incredibly intrigued and aroused by his unlikely savior.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Waitress..

As I started reading a new series this weekend, I had a moment of eye rolling... What is it with the waitress heroine at the start of a Paranormal Series?  I felt so much like I had been down that road before that I had to take a moment to think about just how often I had seen this before.

What I came up with surprised me.  The "waitress in distress" is as common a theme as it seemed to me - and it is often the start of the series.  As a series progresses, authors have the time to create more intricate backstories, but it seems that starting off with a restaurant/bar scene with a waitress or bartender seems to be a way to "get the ball rolling".  Is it because waitresses and bartenders are out at night and many of these paranormal characters are night creatures? Or is there a romance to the idea of the "damsel in distress" as she waits on drunks?  And it is strangely paralleled by the equally common "rocket scientist".  Either the heroine is a waitress or a genius.  Okaaaay....

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

G.A. Aiken - Light My Fire

Who saw THIS one coming in the Dragon Kin world?  Celyn?  The next hero?  Ok... a few fans saw it coming but I mocked them, convinced that they were way off base.  But the hero here is Celyn and yes... he is a bit charming!

Celyn the Charming is one of  Ghleanna and Bram's youngest offspring (I think) and his closest sibling is Brannie.  Having had a rather notorious liaison with Brannie's best friend (and his cousin) Izzy, Celyn is now mostly forgiven by his kin and serving as a guard to Rhiannon, the Dragon Queen.  He does his duty, but he is not as anxious to well... kill as the rest of his family.  Killing to protect the queen?  No problem.  But haphazard killing is not his thing.  So Celyn is content in his job and when his aunt sends him to capture the silly human working her way to kill the queen, he easily apprehends the foolish woman.  Then, when his aunt wants her kept safe, he puts her in the safest place he can think of - jail.  The fact that he leaves her there for almost a year - because he forgot about her - is a sticking point, but he is just so darn charming, he can surely get her to forgive him for that... right?

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Couple Showdown - Finals


Well, I knew this was a possibility when I took out some of the restrictions...but I can't say I mind! :)  A Singh showdown in the finals.  At least there aren't both Psy Changeling couples.  Still this has been a fun showdown for me, with lots of great couples competing!  Hopefully, some of you have seen that there is a connection between the rules and the results and understand a little more! :)  If not, then at least I hope you had fun!  And now, for the final round....

Friday, November 14, 2014

Upcoming December Releases


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



Title: The Darkest Touch
Author: Gena Showalter
Series: Lords of the Underworld
Publisher: HQN
Release date: November 25

From New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter comes the long-awaited story of Torin, the most dangerous Lord of the Underworld yet…

Fierce immortal warrior. Host to the demon of Disease. Torin’s every touch causes sickness and death—and a worldwide plague. Carnal pleasure is utterly forbidden, and though he has always overcome temptation with an iron will, his control is about to shatter.

She is Keeley Cael. The Red Queen. When the powerful beauty with shocking vulnerabilities escapes from a centuries-long imprisonment, the desire that simmers between her and Torin is scorching. His touch could mean the end for her, but resisting her is the hardest battle he’s ever fought—and the only battle he fears he can’t win