The Window Seat on a Rainy Day

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Summer Vacation


Over the next few weeks, the Window Seat is on Vacation!  When we return, we will resume with the Quarter Finals of the Cover Showdown and have lots more great reviews!  We will return on Friday August 7 with a review of Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dragonsbane, the Cover Wars, reviews, blog tours, and much more!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Upcoming August Releases



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


Title:  Dragonbane
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Series: Dark Hunter/Were Hunter
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: August 4

Out of all the mysterious boarders who call Sanctuary home, no one is more antisocial or withdrawn than Maxis Drago. But then, it’s hard to blend in with the modern world when you have a fifty foot wingspan.
Centuries ago, he was cursed by an enemy who swore to see him fall. An enemy who took everything from him and left him forever secluded.

But Fate is a bitch, with a wicked sense of humor. And when she throws old enemies together and threatens the wife he thought had died centuries ago, he comes back with a vengeance. Modern day New Orleans has become a battleground for the oldest of evils. And two dragons will hold the line, or go down in flames.

Monday, July 13, 2015

The Hotter You Burn by Gena Showalter - Preorder Campaign


Celebrate the upcoming release of The Hotter You Burn by Gena Showalter!  Pre-release campaign going on now.  We have a special Q&A from Gena, an excerpt, and a chance to win!  Read on!


New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter is back with a sizzling Original Heartbreakers story featuring a troubled playboy and the woman he can’t resist…


Beck O'ckley is ruthless in the boardroom...and the bedroom. He's never been with the same woman twice, and vows he never will. With a past as twisted as his, meaningless sex keeps the demons at bay. His motto: One and done. No harm, no foul.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Second Chance Summer Blog Tour



SECOND CHANCE SUMMER by Jill Shalvis (June 30, 2015; Grand Central Publishing Mass Market; Cedar Ridge #1)
Cedar Ridge, Colorado, is famous for crisp mountain air, clear blue skies, and pine-scented breezes. And it's the last place Lily Danville wants to be. But she needs a job, and there's an opening at the hottest resort in her hometown. What has her concerned is the other hot property in Cedar Ridge: Aidan Kincaid-firefighter, rescue worker, and heartbreaker. She never could resist that devastating smile . . .

The Kincaid brothers are as rough and rugged as the Rocky Mountains they call home. Aidan has always done things his own way, by his own rules. And never has he regretted anything more than letting Lily walk out of his life ten years ago. If anyone has ever been in need of rescuing, she has. What she needs more than anything are long hikes, slow dances, and sizzling kisses. But that can only happen if he can get her to give Cedar Ridge-and this bad boy-a second chance . . .

Read an excerpt:

Thursday, July 9, 2015

More IAD Cover Reveals!


More of the great new Immortals After Dark covers are coming our way!  And I know that I have used the special deal on this series on eBook to get the one or two that I was missing from my collection!  Hurry up and grab any of the ones you need!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Tina Folsom - Samson's Lovely Mortal

The past few months, I have been looking for a new series to read.  But each time I started a new one, I rarely got past the first one.  And in some cases, I didn't even finish that one (Until the Sun Falls from the Sky).  So going into this new series, the Scanguards Vampires, I really had zero expectations.  This is despite the fact that people raved about it on Goodreads (people raved about the other ones, too....)  I think I felt like I had been let down before and didn't want to get my hopes up.  So when I found this series, I started reading the first book with VERY limited hope that I would find what I was looking for.

First off, the hero's name is Samson... and the heroine is Delilah.  Really?  Come ON!  So again, my expectations were not high.  Thank goodness I got past those names.  Samson is a two hundred plus year old vampire.  He is the leader of a company known as Scansguards.  They are a security company that offers protection and body guards in both the human world and the underground vampire world.  But Samson has a problem.  Ever since he was about to propose to his girlfriend - Ilona - and found she was betraying him, he has had a huge problem.  He can't get it up.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Cover Wars - Round 2/Group 4


I think this is the first round where I can say I wasn't surprised by any of the victories! :)  These were the covers that I thought would make it through to this round.  This grouping started out with a lot of variety, but it seems that the historicals and contemporaries were overpowered by the strong paranormal contenders in the race.  Now, those paranormals have to compete against each other!

To make the competition a little more interesting, I set some guidelines.  Only one book for a series could be represented.  However, in that one book per series, I opened it up to show not just the US covers, but the UK covers.  Sometimes the UK covers are better than the US ones and I know I have some of the UK covers as the cover for the books on my Kindle.

As you go through, you can choose what criteria you want to use to decide a winner.  I included many things in considering the nominees - looks, eye catching, fitting with the story, etc.  Now choosing the best of the pairing is up to you! :)  Please let me know in the comments what you think of all the contestants! Are there any covers you had never seen?  Which are your favorites?  What criteria are you using to choose a winner?

Let the games continue!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Blog Tour - Gaming the System

As the punk-goth manager of Las Vegas’s premiere adult toy store, Kai Tyler changes her hair color, nail color, and eye color the way some people change socks. In fact, she’s even changed her name. She owes no one, depends on no one, and stopped believing in happily ever after before she reached the age of ten. All she really wants out of life is a few good gadgets and the occasional day of pampering once in a while.

Luke Clarke loves his family, but he has no desire to fulfill his parents’ dream by getting married and going into politics. So when he’s invited to his sister’s week-long wedding gala, he asks Kai along as a decoy. Having a date will squelch his mother’s matchmaking attempts and Kai’s outrageous appearance might—just might—convince his family once and for all that he’ll never have a career in politics.

But as stress, desire, and close quarters eat away at the masks both Luke and Kai wear, their easy arrangement begins to transform into something neither expected. Will they cling to the stable roles of the past, or bet on an uncertain future together?

Goodreads:


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About the Author:
Laura K. Curtis does everything backwards. As a child, she was extremely serious, so now that she’s chronologically an adult, she feels perfectly justified in acting the fool. She started teaching at age fifteen, then decided to go back to school herself at thirty.
Laura has taught middle school social studies, high school literature, and college-level rhetoric, all with relative success. She’s also a full-on Mac geek who spent years as a consultant and running an academic computing lab. The only thing she completely failed at in the field of education was attempting to teach obedience to her pack of Irish Terriers. Currently, she lives in Westchester, NY, with her husband and two insane Irish Terriers who have taught her how easily love can coincide with the desire to kill.



Saturday, July 4, 2015

Friday, July 3, 2015

Book Blitz - Sideswiped



SIDESWIPED by Lia Riley (June 30, 2015; Forever Trade Paperback; Off the Map #2)
It was only meant to last the summer . . .
Talia Stolfi has seen more than her share of loss in her twenty-one years. But then fate brought her Bran Lockhart, and her dark world was suddenly and spectacularly illuminated. So if being with Bran means leaving her colorless SoCal life for rugged and wild Australia, then that's what she'll do. But as much as Talia longs to give herself over completely to a new beginning, the fears of her past are still lurking in the shadows.

Bran Lockhart knows that living without the beautiful girl who stole his heart will be torment, so he'll take whatever time with her he can. But even though she has packed up her life in California and is back in his arms for the time being, she can't stay forever. And the remaining time they have together is ticking by way too fast. Though fate seems determined to tear them apart, they won't give up without a fight-because while time may have limits, their love is infinite . . .

Excerpt:


Thursday, July 2, 2015

Blog Tour - Ride Steady


RIDE STEADY by Kristen Ashley (June 30, 2015; Forever Mass Market; Chaos #3)
The ride of her life . . .
Once upon a time, Carissa Teodoro believed in happy endings. Money, marriage, motherhood: everything came easy---until she woke up to the ugly truth about her Prince Charming. Now a struggling, single mom and stranded by a flat tire, Carissa's pondering her mistakes when a vaguely familiar knight rides to her rescue on a ton of horsepower.

Climb on and hold tight . . .
In high school, Carson Steele was a bad boy loner who put Carissa on a pedestal where she stayed far beyond his reach. Today, he's the hard-bodied biker known only as Joker, and from the way Carissa's acting, it's clear she's falling fast. While catching her is irresistible, knowing what to do with her is a different story. A good girl like Carissa is the least likely fit with the Chaos Motorcycle Club. Too bad holding back is so damned hard. Now, as Joker's secrets are revealed and an outside threat endangers the club, Joker must decide whether to ride steady with Carissa---or ride away forever . . .

Excerpt:

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Window Shopping - Licked by the Flame by Serena Gilley



Check out the Forbidden Realm!  A great fairy fantasy series!

Shape-shifting Dragon Nic Vladik has infiltrated a human technological organization to monitor their efforts on alternate fuel sources. It seems they have discovered the power being emitted from one of the Dragons' facilities. Nic must keep the humans from learning the truth about this Dragon stronghold at all costs and deter them from tapping into their heat source. That means stopping an incredibly sexy scientist from ruining his race.

Lianne McGowan is a human scientist sent to assist with the site. She believes this heat source will help save the planet and she will stop at nothing to learn more and discover the full truth about what lies beneath this mysterious mountain. But when she meets the sinfully seductive and dangerous Nic and dark forces start to work against them, she begins to realize that there is far more to the story than she ever imagined...

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Book Blitz - A Promise of Forever


A PROMISE OF FOREVER by Marilyn Pappano (June 30, 2015; Forever Mass Market; A Tallgrass Novel)
Sergeant First Class Avi Grant's return to Tallgrass, Oklahoma is a long-deferred wish come true. With her final tour in Afghanistan over, Avi can focus on her future-a job here at home and a family of her own. There's just one thing she has to do first: visit her beloved commanding officer's widow and share her grief. The last thing she expected was to feel an instant attraction to the woman's son. Too bad the sexy surgeon is impossible to ignore . . . and even harder to resist.

The sting of his parents' divorce still niggles at Ben Noble. So when a warm, funny, and beautiful young sergeant arrives, mourning his stepfather's loss as strongly as his mother does, Ben can't help but feel conflicted. If his parents taught him anything, it's that love doesn't last-especially with a career soldier. But try as he might to keep his distance, Ben begins to see that Avi-and the spark she brings to his life-is the stuff forever is made of. As Avi's leave ticks away, can Ben convince her to take a chance on forever with him?

Read an excerpt:

Monday, June 29, 2015

Cover Wars - Round 2/Group 3


This one may seem confusing if you didn't see Round One/Group 3, but yes, there are three entries in the first group!  And I continue to be surprised - but always pleasantly so! With the exception of Magic Rises, most of the contestants this week are historical paranormals and that is a great change of pace to me!

Lately, Sodahead, where I have usually done the voting widgets, has become unresponsive.  So this time around, I am testing out a new Widget format through Blogger.  Let me know what you think!

To make the competition a little more interesting, I set some guidelines.  Only one book for a series could be represented.  However, in that one book per series, I opened it up to show not just the US covers, but the UK covers.  Sometimes the UK covers are better than the US ones and I know I have some of the UK covers as the cover for the books on my Kindle.

As you go through, you can choose what criteria you want to use to decide a winner.  I included many things in considering the nominees - looks, eye catching, fitting with the story, etc.  Now choosing the best of the pairing is up to you! :)  Please let me know in the comments what you think of all the contestants! Are there any covers you had never seen?  Which are your favorites?  What criteria are you using to choose a winner?

Let the games continue!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Window Shopping - Gaming the System by Laura Curtis





As the punk-goth manager of Las Vegas’s premiere adult toy store, Kai Tyler changes her hair color, nail color, and eye color the way some people change socks. In fact, she’s even changed her name. She owes no one, depends on no one, and stopped believing in happily ever after before she reached the age of ten. All she really wants out of life is a few good gadgets and the occasional day of pampering once in a while.

Luke Clarke loves his family, but he has no desire to fulfill his parents’ dream by getting married and going into politics. So when he’s invited to his sister’s week-long wedding gala, he asks Kai along as a decoy. Having a date will squelch his mother’s matchmaking attempts and Kai’s outrageous appearance might—just might—convince his family once and for all that he’ll never have a career in politics.

But as stress, desire, and close quarters eat away at the masks both Luke and Kai wear, their easy arrangement begins to transform into something neither expected. Will they cling to the stable roles of the past, or bet on an uncertain future together?

Check out this great new release, coming soon!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Blog Tour - Gypsy Beach



Gypsy Beach
Single father, Ryan McNamara, returns to the only place he'd ever been happy, Gypsy Beach. This time he's divorced, broken, but determined to make something of his life. Sienna Cooper is determined to forget Ryan, the last decade, and all of the hurt he'd left her with. She's got enough spunk and gypsy fire in her soul to make this work. She's going to run her grandmother's inn and make it a success. But when a chance encounter throws them back together, the passions ignite and the past doesn't feel so far out of reach. Can they rekindle the love they'd once had? Can he convince her that he never intends to walk away again? Will a potent dose of unending lust, a lifetime of love, and enough hot-blooded Gypsy spirit be enough to save them both?

Excerpt:

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Kristen Ashley - Until the Sun Falls From the Sky

In general, I like Kristen Ashley and don't mind the run on sentences or lack of punctuation in her self-published books.  I figure if the story is good, I am able to endure the bad mechanics.    But that is only if the story and characters are good...

Lucien is the baddest vampire in the land.  He is an alpha badass with a lot of political power and clout.  Though still subject to the Vampire Dominion, he is able to do pretty much whatever he wants.  For the last two decades, he has been waiting patiently for Leah Buchanan to be available so he can invite her to a Selection and make her his concubine.  When Leah is finally available, Lucien makes his move.  But Leah is not really into being a vampire's concubine, meal, plaything - nothing.  She just wants to go on with her life.  But family pressure makes her put herself out there for Lucien and during the Selection, Lucien takes what he wants.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Cover Wars - Round 2/Group 2



To make the competition a little more interesting, I set some guidelines.  Only one book for a series could be represented.  However, in that one book per series, I opened it up to show not just the US covers, but the UK covers.  Sometimes the UK covers are better than the US ones and I know I have some of the UK covers as the cover for the books on my Kindle.

As you go through, you can choose what criteria you want to use to decide a winner.  I included many things in considering the nominees - looks, eye catching, fitting with the story, etc.  Now choosing the best of the pairing is up to you! :)  Please let me know in the comments what you think of all the contestants! Are there any covers you had never seen?  Which are your favorites?  What criteria are you using to choose a winner?

Let the games continue!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Upcoming July Releases


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

Title: Wicked Ride 
Author: Rebecca Zanetti
Series: Realm Enforcers
Publisher: Kensington
Release Date: June 23 

If you love the Dark Protectors, these wicked hot Realm Enforcers are for you!

Alexandra Monzelle is a hard-fighting, heat-packing Seattle vice cop, and she’s not much interested in being protected. Her short skirt and sex-kitten heels are tools to lure her suspects into talking about the deadly new drug hitting the streets. She can take care of herself and then some. Unfortunately, she can’t seem to get that through to Kellach Dunne.

Kellach is a fresh import from Dublin, and he’s landed at the heart of a vicious motorcycle club that deals in guns, narcotics, and mayhem. He’s all male, all rough power—and all interference in her damn investigation. Maybe he’s one of the good guys. Maybe not. Lex knows an affair with an immortal like him would risk everything. No matter how delicious he looks…

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Rebecca Zanetti - Wicked Ride

I am not sure what I expected when I started reading Wicked Ride.  Rarely have I been so content with the way a series had a specific arc than the way the Dark Protectors had such a clear arc and I was very good with it.  But I also liked the idea of a spin off, so I was torn!

Kellach, one of Moira's cousins, is now working in Seattle, WA, where he comes into contact with a tough cop with named Alexandra.  Lex is nothing like Kell is used to, but he is definitely drawn to her.  But she is unaware of who and what he is or the world that he really inhabits.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Elisabeth Naughton - Ravaged

I gotta say, I love these Eternal Guardians!  Sure, we call the male leads in a romance the hero, but these guys are really HEROES.  And they are so wonderfully vivid!

Ari was once a Guardian who his brothers think is now dead.  As a Guardian, he is a descendant of one of the original Argonauts that sailed with Jason.  Each of the heroes have their own unique powers and most are derived from the hero that they descend from.  Ari was once a respected member of the group, until the Sirens killed his soul mate.  Now, he is set on revenge against the whole Siren order - and Zeus and Athena - in vengeance for his lost mate.  But Ari is going a little bit off the rails and Athena and Zeus have decided it is time to have him eliminated.  They chose Daphne - a Siren in training with one glaring flaw.  She can't pass the archery test in order to become a Siren.  So Zeus and Athena offer her a break.  Kill this rogue Argonaut and they will pass her and she will become a full Siren.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Book Blitz - Opening Up



OPENING UP by Lauren Dane (June 16, 2015; Forever Trade Paperback; Ink & Chrome Book #1)
The men of Twisted Steel are great with their hands. And they're not afraid to get dirty.

Asa Barrons is never lonely for long. Co-owner of the Twisted Steel custom motorcycle shop, he works hard and plays harder. But he never allows his after-hours affairs to interfere with business-until he meets racing royalty PJ Colman. While the blue-eyed blonde is all princess on the outside, on the inside Asa can see that this woman is ready to take a walk on the wild side.

PJ knows trouble when she sees it, and Asa is the complete package: fast bike, killer ink, and a sinfully sexy smile that has her imagining things nice girls never do. She talks her way onto the Twisted Steel team to prove her painting skill, and soon learns that Asa is eager to show off some skills of his own.

With the help of Asa's expert touch, PJ is initiated into a world of wicked desire. No limits. No inhibitions. No turning back. But as perfect as their passion seems, a new challenge awaits, forcing them to ask just how far they are willing to go . . .

Excerpt:

Monday, June 15, 2015

Cover Wars - Round 2/Group 1

One of the things that I love about these contests is that I can NEVER predict who will win.  Sure, I try, but I am usually wrong and that makes them a lot of fun!  For me, two of my all-time favorite covers were disqualified this week (Wicked Nights and Lover Awakened), and so now, it is even more interesting to see how the ones that beat those covers will do this week!

To make the competition a little more interesting, I set some guidelines.  Only one book for a series could be represented.  However, in that one book per series, I opened it up to show not just the US covers, but the UK covers.  Sometimes the UK covers are better than the US ones and I know I have some of the UK covers as the cover for the books on my Kindle.

As you go through, you can choose what criteria you want to use to decide a winner.  I included many things in considering the nominees - looks, eye catching, fitting with the story, etc.  Now choosing the best of the pairing is up to you! :)  Please let me know in the comments what you think of all the contestants! Are there any covers you had never seen?  Which are your favorites?  What criteria are you using to choose a winner?

Let the games continue!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Book Blitz - The Gilded Cage



Passion that takes no prisoners, and love that tests the limits of ecstasy . . .

Fenn Lockwood comes alive in the shadows. Though he might have physically survived the kidnapping that stole his childhood, the trauma and pain he lived through have marked him forever. Now the only place where Fenn can be himself is within the walls of his private BDSM world—a place of erotic obsession, where desire isn't just captured . . . it's bound.

Hayden Thorne knows that behind Fenn's hardened exterior is a man worth fighting for. Yet to save him from the past that still haunts him, Hayden will have to abandon every inhibition she's ever had and venture into Fenn's intoxicatingly sensual world. Each tantalizing second she spends in Fenn's searing embrace is more delicious than the last and soon Hayden begins to think that she may never want to leave such torturous bliss . . .

Except:

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Sandra Lake - The Iron Princess

Everyone has a guilty pleasure or two.  Things that always work to make you happy, but they are usually things that are outside your comfort zone and that is what makes them "guilty" pleasures.  For me, this Sons of the North series is something of a guilty pleasure.

Katia is the adopted daughter of a powerful Jarl. She is the beloved adopted daughter and her parents love her dearly - but have given her a bit too much freedom.  This freedom has created a headstrong, spunky princess, who is capable of wielding a sword to defend herself.  Though she is witness to a loving marriage, Katia is different from her mother.  She will never allow herself to be a wife and under the control of a male.  That is just something that Katia feels she can never do.  Even when she meets the Duke of Saxony's nephew, Katia may have feelings for him, but not enough to give up her freedom.