Monday, 26 September 2016

Surprise Prologue Reveal - Checkmate: This is War by Kennedy Fox @kennedyfoxbooks

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Title: Checkmate: This Is War
Series: Checkmate Duet #1
Author: Kennedy Fox
Genre: Enemies to Lovers Romance
Release Date: October 3
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  Synopsis
Travis King is the worst kind of asshole.

He taunts me for being a good girl and mocks my high standards.

He’s cruel, crass, and has enough confidence to last two lifetimes.

And I hate him.

It wouldn’t matter so much if he were avoidable.

But considering he’s my older brother’s best friend and roommate, I see him more than I’d ever want to.

His sculpted abs and gorgeous eyes are wasted on such an arrogant man, which makes me hate him even more.

Even though I’ve had a crush on him since I was ten, the feelings weren’t mutual and he’s made that very clear.

He’s always loved getting under my skin and one night against my better judgment, I let him in my bed.

I’ve succumbed to his manwhore ways, but that doesn’t change a thing.

Because the King is about to get played at his own game—and lose.

Checkmate.

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Young handsome macho man with muscle abdominal and open jacket sitting in armchair.

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PROLOGUE

VIOLA
Once upon a time, in a faraway land, lived a young princess who awaited a prince who would give her everything she ever dreamed of… love, passion, loyalty. He’d be the sweetest, kindest, most heartwarming gentleman a girl could ever ask for. And he’d be perfect.
…Excuse me while I vomit.
There is absolutely, positively, no way that a man like that exists on this earth. I used to think he was, but of course, I was proven wrong. I was young and naive, and didn’t know any better.
And he was Travis King.
I remember how clear the sky was as I sat on my rooftop outside of my bedroom window. Summer was fading away and the start of my seventh grade year was right around the corner. The stars were super bright and as I counted them, I heard Travis’ father screaming from the house across from mine. He did that a lot and occasionally, I’d see Travis through the window of his bedroom. He’d put on his headphones to tune out the yelling, as if it was something to which he was accustomed. But that night he didn’t go to his bedroom. He ran out of his front door, slamming it behind him, and began pacing his front yard. I swallowed, watching him intently as his hands balled into fists at his sides.
When the Kings moved across the street from us, Travis and my older brother, Drew, instantly became best friends. They were both going into their first year of high school and I was sad I wouldn’t be at the same school as them anymore. Well, mostly about Travis. Drew had made it very clear he didn’t like his little sister tagging along, but Travis never made me feel like I was a nuisance.
As I watched him kick the dirt on the sidewalk, he looked up at me. His lips were turned down and I could see the anger in his eyes. My breath stilled as he watched me watch him, and I was certain he’d tell my brother I’d been spying on him.
Instead, he walked across the street, climbed up the trellis and sat down next to me. He stayed silent for a long while, but then he finally turned and spoke.
“I hate my dad sometimes.”
“Why does he get so mad?” I asked.
He looked away and rested his arms over his bent knees. “He drinks. Sometimes too much.”
“Does he hurt you?” He didn’t look at me. “Or your mother?”
He winced. “No. Just yells.”
We sat in silence, both lying on our backs as we looked up at the sky above us, the stars so bright and big.
“You can sit up here anytime, you know? My parents won’t mind.”
“Drew would,” he said matter-of-factly. “He’d call me a pansy.” He chuckled.
“Drew calls everyone that.”
He laughed again.
I turned my head and looked at him. “I don’t think you’re a pansy.”
Travis tilted his head and looked into my eyes and everything went serious. I watched his throat move, swallowing hard. He licked his lips and moved in close. Feeling his breath against my skin made me so nervous, I instinctively turned my head.
“Are you excited about going into high school?” I spit out, trying to change the subject, looking back up at the stars. I could’ve sworn Travis was about to kiss me. It would’ve been my first kiss.
Moments passed and he finally responded. “Yeah, I guess. It’ll be nice getting back into basketball season and staying late for practices and games.”
I knew what he was implying without saying the words. Less time at home.
“Why do you think she puts up with it?” Curiosity got the best of me, and I could no longer keep it in. “Can’t she leave him?” I asked.
He shrugged. I supposed it wasn’t that simple for adults, but to me it just sounded like common sense. Why would anyone want to be with someone that treated them like crap?
That wasn’t the last time Travis snuck up the rooftop and sat with me under the stars. We shared details with each other that we hadn’t shared with anyone else before. It was our secret little spot where we could talk or just sit and stare up at the sky.
It was easy.
He wasn’t my brother’s best friend.
I wasn’t his best friend’s little sister.
And the lines between us weren’t blurred.
I was only twelve years old, so I truly believed prince charming existed. As I grew older, I came to realize he never really did. Because if he did, he most certainly wouldn’t be available. And he most definitely wouldn’t be interested in a girl like me. I’m not saying that because I want anyone to tell me otherwise, but if such a man existed, he’d have no chance with me anyway. Because for some only-God-knows-why reason, my heart only beats for one man. My pulse only increases when he walks into the room. My cheeks flush and my body hums when he looks at me. I feel the blood in my veins as my skin heats from his very existence. He’s the epitome of perfection.
…Too bad a decade later, he’s a complete asshole.
Travis King.
He’s no knight in shining armor; more like a royal jackass. He may look like a prince on the outside, but on the inside he’s a cocky, arrogant womanizer that I want to shove over a cliff.
All right, that might sound dramatic and all, considering I just confessed my feelings about him, but those are feelings of hate…not love.
From being head over heels for him as a young girl to loathing him as a woman, Travis King needs to remember the golden rule—never admit defeat.
It was game on.

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Kennedy Fox is a duo of bestselling authors who share a love of You’ve Got Mail and The Holiday. When they aren’t bonding over romantic comedies, they like to brainstorm new book ideas. One day, they decided to collaborate together under a pseudonym and have some fun creating new characters that’ll make your lady bits tingle and your heart melt. If you enjoy romance stories with sexy, tattooed alpha males and smart, independent women, then a Kennedy Fox book is for you! Both authors are from Manhattan living the glamorous bachelorette life, or perhaps they’re just confusing themselves with an episode of Sex and the City (Total #Girlcrush SJP). Either way, they’re looking forward to bringing you many more stories to fall in love with!


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Sunday, 25 September 2016

Book Review of Heart on Fire (Combustible Book 1) by Brandy L Rivers @BrandyLRivers



Book Title: Heart on Fire (Combustible Book 1)
Genre: Erotic Contemporary Romance
Pages: 222
Author: Brandy L. Rivers
Date Published: 20 October 2014 (E-Book)

Synopsis:

One night to be someone else.

Mila Day had plans. When her lover demands she give up her dreams to be a trophy wife, she leaves. Wanting to forget the wasted years, she ends up at a party in the next state, craving one wild night of abandon. It was exactly what she wanted.

No strings.
No names.

But it’s not exactly what she gets. Six years later, she’s a happy high school teacher with a beautiful daughter she will always Cherish.

No regrets.

Kyle Blake is a fireman who has been burned. He’s happy alone until he hears joyous laughter next door. He finds it hard to resist Mila, and her little girl, who steal his heart.

When pieces of her past surface, she’ll question everything.

Can they survive the truth?

Review:


Heart on FireHeart on Fire by Brandy L. Rivers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author for an honest review.

This is the first book in the Combustible contemporary romance series. I loved it!

Mila Day is a wonderful character. I like her but she has a nasty habit of not seeing herself as others see her and constantly belittles herself. Whether this is because of her relationship with her ex-boyfriend, I am not sure. However, after breaking up with him, she decides to live on the wild side for one night and has a one night stand with "The Phantom of the Opera" at a costume party. That one night changes her life forever. Moving to a new town with her daughter six years later, she meets her charming new neighbour, Kyle Blake.

Kyle Blake is also a wonderful character. I liked him a lot. He is kind, considerate and loving. It also doesn't hurt that he's a fireman. Who doesn't love a man in uniform? When he meets his new neighbour and her daughter, he is immediately drawn to them. When Mila's past threatens to tear her family apart, Kyle will do everything he can to keep them together.

Having previously read paranormal romances written by this author, I was eager to read this contemporary romance. I started to read this book and quickly became hooked. The story is told through the eyes of both Mila and Kyle, which allowed me to see what they were both thinking and feeling. I found myself on a roller coaster of emotion from beginning to end. I am a sucker for contemporary romances with sexy firemen, so meeting Kyle's friends and colleagues was a thrill too. I also fell in love with Mila's daughter, Cherish. She is so cute and lovable.

This story felt a little predictable as it followed the traditional romantic theme, but there's a lot of heat between the main protagonists which made up for it. The characters themselves felt lifelike and likable. I love flawed characters like Mila, as they come alive on the page. However, I think Kyle could have had a few more flaws as he felt a little too perfect to me. But, then again, what do I know? Other readers may think he is better without them. I'll leave you to make up your own mind.

I reached the end of the book (which doesn't end in a cliffhanger) and was left with a happy, satisfied feeling. I am now looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Falling Star, as soon as possible.

Brandy L. Rivers has written an entertaining contemporary romance series. I love her fast paced writing style, and the flow is wonderful. Her characters are lifelike and likable. With her ability to write in both the paranormal and contemporary romance genres, she is one of my go to authors when I'm in the mood for a sexy read.

Due to explicit scenes of a sexual nature, as well as use of bad language, I do not recommend this book to readers under the age of 18. However, I do recommend this book if you love hot erotic contemporary romances full of sexy firemen and determined women. - Lynn Worton

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I've always loved books, especially about monsters and magic, so I started writing. I'm working on a prequel and the next few books in the Others of Edenton series, and I have a head full of stories to share.

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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Book Review of Merlin's Vow (The Camelot Inheritance ~ Book 3) by Rosie Morgan @WritingRosie



Book Title: Merlin's Vow (The Camelot Inheritance #3)
Genre: YA Middle Grade Fantasy / Mystery
Pages: 280
Author: Rosie Morgan
Date Published: 2 July 2016 (E-Book)

Synopsis:

Merlin’s Vow : A thrilling mystery adventure book - with more than a dash of fantasy and action - for teens and older children age 10 – 14.

The magic is moving, but Tamar Tamblyn - one of Cornwall’s four teenage Guardians - is stranded at Trezion’s Christmas fair, miles from her fellow Guardians.
Will Arthur, Nick or Gawain reach her before their enemies close in … or will the Ice lady claim her prize?
Who is the mysterious Dr Columbarius?
Why has Tamar been invited to Oakwood Manor?
And since when did time travel mess with molecules – or become quite so dangerous?


This is the story of four teenagers, some ancient knights and a dragon (a very tiny one), pitted against time-defying enemies. Camelot is calling.

Review:


Merlin's Vow (The Camelot Inheritance #3)Merlin's Vow by Rosie Morgan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the third book in The Camelot Inheritance Series for middle grade children that takes the myths and legends of Arthur (that's King Arthur to you!) and gives it a modern twist. I loved it!

Arthur Penhaligon is a fantastic character. He is a young man with an amazing destiny - he is a Guardian of Cornwall. I really liked this character when I first met him in The Golden Sword. He has done a bit of growing up over the year or so since he found out he was a guardian, but there is still danger lurking, and Arthur and his friends, Nick, Gawain and Tamar, are in for another adventure.

This is a fantastic adventure series set in Cornwall, England. I have been eagerly waiting for this story, because I wanted to know what the intrepid quartet had been up to since the end of the second book, The Time Smugglers.

This tale is told from several different points of view, which I found most interesting, and kept me hooked from the first page. This time, the tale is told mainly through the eyes of Tamar and Nick rather than Arthur and I was quickly swept back into their lives. We are also introduced to Rozen, a young girl who has a destiny tied to the others. There are a few characters from the other books that make another appearance, mainly the Watcher's and the Writer. These are enigmatic characters that bring their own kind of intrigue to the tale. Why are they watching? Why are they recording events? These questions and more floated round my head once more. We also get to meet Merlin for the first time. He's an enigmatic character who hides many secrets. I liked him though. I will say, however, that the Ice Lady is one creepy villain and I loved to hate her. This story is a mix of adventure, myth and magic that will keep younger readers completely hooked. I didn't find this story as dark and atmospheric as the first book in the series. However, there is an emotional undertow that grabbed me and didn't let go until I'd finished the story.

Rosie Morgan has written an exciting adventure series for children. I am a huge fan. I love her writing style, which is fast paced, and I loved the way the story flowed. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series as soon as possible.

I highly recommend this story to both boys and girls in the 7 to 14 age range. However, I also recommend this book to adults if you love YA or fantasy genres. - Lynn Worton

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Rosie Morgan has lived most of her adult life in Cornwall, the setting for 'The Golden Sword' and 'The Time Smugglers', #1 and #2 in 'The Camelot Inheritance' series.

Before writing for older children and teenagers, she had many happy years teaching some wonderful youngsters in Cornish primary schools. She has also painted on the hills of Bodmin Moor, in the woods nearby and on the beaches which frame Cornwall.

The illustrated versions of both books will be available in paperback and kindle format during 2014, because now Rosie is combining her art training with her writing.

However the third book in the series will not be neglected, even now it's taking shape; Arthur and his friends won't be inactive for long.

Rosie loves cats, throwing parties, really dark chocolate, the Eden Project and her family.
-Not necessarily in that order.

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Release Blitz: Between Clouds and Stars by Sharlyn G. Branson @SharlynBranson




Title: Between Clouds and Stars
Author: Sharlyn G. Branson
Genre: Romance
Release Date: September 21, 2016



Blurb


My life is perfect. I have money, power, good looks and countless women ready to do anything to get their hands on me, and my rather large package. My business brings in billions every year and my airline has the fastest airplanes in the world. In short, I have everything a man can dream of. Or so I thought until I met Estelle Klide.

The second I saw her, I decided to make her mine.

Her body was sinfully sexy. She had amazing, mesmerizing indigo eyes. Her sweet scent was the epitome of temptation and evoked images of wild, animalistic sex in my mind.

I couldn’t help but fall for her – hard. Letting her slip through my fingers was not an option.

In involving myself with her, I entered waters I’d never thought I’d have to swim in. I set off on a journey filled with mystery, fear and a lot of love.

The only thing that threatened to ruin this paradise and destroy everything, was her ex-husband, who turned out to be a real monster.


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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

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Title: The Imdalind Series

Author: Rebecca Ethington

Genre: YA Paranormal


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For centuries the war that has raged within magic has ripped the world apart. Fought between Skȓítek and Trpaslík; killing father and son, and destroying a fragile balance between mortal and magic.

For centuries everyone has been awaiting the Silnỳ, searching for the girl who was prophesized. The girl with power strong enough to defeat the evil that plagued the world, and bring the war to an end.

For centuries, everyone was wrong.

The Silnỳ was not what they had been told, the promises of future distorted by a sight that was tarnished.

The evil was not what they had expected, not what they had been fighting against. Instead it was hidden amongst them; plotting, waiting for their time to strike.

And it did. With fire and blade the hidden evil took it's place upon a throne of blood. The evil has shown itself and now only one person can save them all.

But with Sights that are no longer infallible and armies that are abandoning their king - it is no longer clear who that person is, or even if they have the courage to stand up to the evil and face their end.



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“Take your own advice, Ilyan: regret nothing. We both should have learned that long ago.”


“With the tiniest flick of my wrist, I let another drop fall onto his palm. The burning hissing beyond the silence before his scream rent the air.”


“My stomach tightened further.The look on his face did not give me much confidence for what was coming.”


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“Ovailia said nothing before turning away, her hair swinging down her bare back, revealing the scar that had been opened and reopened, both at my expense.
“You don’t even wear your battle scars well. All that magic and you are still left wanting.”
She didn’t turn, didn’t reply. Still, I could still feel the heat of her anger, her magic as strong as the intensity of the volatile flames.
It was then that the laugh finally escaped me, my humiliation escaping me in a razor sharp snap that cut across her skin. It cut across the air and put her firmly in place on a pedestal far below mine. She could never be my equal, and it was time she knew it.”

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Rebecca Ethington is an internationally bestselling author with almost 700,000 books sold. Her breakout debut, The Imdalind Series, has been featured on bestseller lists since its debut in 2012, reaching thousands of adoring fans worldwide and cited as “Interesting and Intense” by USA Today’s Happily Ever After Blog.

From writing horror to romance and creating every sort of magical creature in be-tween, Rebecca’s imagination weaves vibrant worlds that transport readers into the pages of her books. Her writing has been described as fresh, original, and groundbreaking, with stories that bend genres and create fantastical worlds.

Born and raised under the lights of a stage, Rebecca has written stories by the ghost light, told them in whispers in dark corridors, and never stopped creating within the pages of a notebook.

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Friday, 16 September 2016

Book Review of The Vampire's Mail Order Bride (Nocturne Falls Book 1) by Kristen Painter



Book Title: The Vampire's Mail Order Bride (Nocturne Falls #1)
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 372
Author: Kristen Painter
Date Published: 1 June 2015 (E-Book)

Synopsis:

Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town that celebrates Halloween 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, fur, and all.


After seeing her maybe-mobster boss murder a guy, Delaney James assumes a new identity and pretends to be a mail order bride. She finds her groom-to-be living in a town that celebrates Halloween every day. Weird. But not as weird as what she doesn’t know. Her groom-to-be is a 400-year-old vampire.

Hugh Ellingham has only agreed to the arranged set up to make his overbearing grandmother happy. In thirty days, whatever bridezilla shows up at his door will be escorted right back out. His past means love is no longer an option. Not if the woman’s going to have a future. Except he never counted on Delaney and falling in love for real.

Too bad both of them are keeping some mighty big secrets...

Review:


The Vampire's Mail Order Bride (Nocturne Falls, #1)The Vampire's Mail Order Bride by Kristen Painter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first book in the Nocturne Falls series. I loved it!

Delaney James is a wonderful character. I really liked her. When she accidentally walks in to a deadly situation she finds herself on the run for her life. In an attempt to hide, she stumbles across an opportunity to get out of the city quickly and heads to Nocturne Falls. However, she's stepped out of the frying pan and into the arms of a vampire.

Hugh Ellingham is also a wonderful character. I really liked this charming vampire. Tired of his grandmother's meddling in his life, he reluctantly agrees to marry a mail order bride. He didn't intend to fall for her, but his attraction for Delaney only grows as he gets to know her.

I came across this book in my recommendations on Amazon due to my browsing and reading history. After reading the blurb and a few of the reviews, I decided to give this book a try. I am glad I did! I am a fan of paranormal romances, but don't often read ones full of humour. This book combines these elements quite well.

I started to read and didn't put it down until I had finished it. I fell in love with the description of Nocturne Falls. Who wouldn't want to live in a town that celebrated Halloween all year round? I enjoyed meeting the various residents, one of whom is Stanhill, Hugh's rook (servant and blood donor) and friend, he is sensible and down to earth. There are other characters such as Hugh's brothers, Sebastian and Julian, who also make an appearance. They are chalk and cheese and completely different to Hugh. Then there's Elenora Ellingham who is Hugh's Grandmother. She is determined to see her grandson happy, but has a manipulative streak a mile long which made me not like her in the beginning.

This is a humourous tale full of danger, misunderstandings and secrets. It is told through the eyes of both Delaney and Hugh. I found myself grinning at Delaney's reaction to finding herself living in a town dedicated to Halloween. However, this is a cover for all of the residents who hide in plain sight. There are witches, vampires and werewolves living in amongst a few humans. Here they can be themselves and not feel scared.

The story took me on an emotional roller coaster ride from beginning to end. However, I felt that the danger posed by Delaney's ex-boss was not as intense as it could have been. But, having said that, the story is a romance and I enjoyed watching Delaney's and Hugh's relationship grow. I reached the end of the book and was left with a warm fuzzy feeling as I enjoy a happy ending. I am now looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

Kristen Painter has written a wonderful paranormal romance. I enjoyed her writing style, which is fast paced and entertaining. The flow was wonderful too. I would definitely read more of this author's books in the future.

Although there are no scenes of an explicit sexual nature, there is some bad language. Therefore, I do not recommend this book to younger teens. However, I highly recommend this book to readers who love paranormal, supernatural or urban fantasy romances. - Lynn Worton

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Kristen Painter is a little obsessed with cats, books, chocolate, and shoes. It’s a healthy mix. She loves to entertain her readers with interesting twists and unforgettable characters. She currently writes the best-selling paranormal romance series, Nocturne Falls, and award-winning urban fantasy. The former college English teacher can often be found all over social media where she loves to interact with readers.

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Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Cover Reveal: Do Not Disturb (Resort Romances #1) by Mary Billiter @MaryBilliter @hottreepubs

 

The perfect job, a dream guy and one chance to screw it up...

Title: Do Not Disturb
Author: Mary Billiter
Series: Resort Romances #1
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy
Release Date: October 15th, 2106


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When a luxury beachfront hotel in the OC conducts a mass hire, Katie Flanagan’s ninth in line. 

Is it her dream job? Possibly. 

Will it help her escape living with her parents for the rest of her life? Hopefully. 

Add in two hot new hires: one who is her type in all the wrong ways and one who has her questioning what she really wants and needs. Either way, she has a choice to make. 

When Katie discovers a secret document aimed at downsizing the staff, she finds her voice and pens a press release that places the hotel, and her, at the center of national coverage. When the corporate line is drawn in the sand, the question becomes – will she cross it? 

Havoc, heat, and hotel madness… welcome to the back hallways at the Waterfront Point Resort.



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Mary Billiter is a weekly newspaper columnist and fiction author. She also has novels published under the pen name, “Pumpkin Spice.”

Mary resides in the Cowboy State with her unabashedly bald husband, their combined children, and runaway dog. She does her best writing (in her head) on her daily runs in wild, romantic, beautiful Wyoming.