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Feb
9

Lucani Lovers Series by Stephanie Julian

Lucani Lovers Series by Stephanie Julian About the Series: When I dreamed up the idea for the Lucani Lovers, I started with the thought that I wanted to do a series about werewolves simply because they’ve always fascinated me. I also knew I wanted to set my stories in my Etruscan Magic world. I already had the mythology laid out for my Darkly Enchanted and Magical Seduction series. I just needed a few defining factors. My wolves weren’t cursed. Their ancestors were gifted their ability by the Moon Goddess to help them battle their enemies centuries ago. They later became a secret part of the Roman Legion, the special forces unit. My wolves still run their society on the basis of the Legion and they even have a king. They have mates but they’re not determined by fate. (Although the Goddess of Fate can be a bit of a bitch.) My wolves fall in love just like the rest of us. Although they tend to have a few more…issues than regular people. Their enemies, the Malandante, are evil. (Well, almost all of them.) They used to enslave the lucani. That didn’t exactly endear the Mal to the wolves. The “outside” world doesn’t know about the lucani and the Etruscans. And those that do are part of a very select group. And now you know. Welcome to the group! There are six books in the Lucani Lovers series and all are priced at 99 cents until Feb. 15. Kiss of Moonlight, Book 1 Plagued by nightmares. Stalked by kidnappers. Tamra McMillan needs a safe haven. When tattooed bad-ass Kyle Rossini steps into her life, the last thing she expects to find is a sanctuary from her demons in his arms. Etruscan werewolf Kyle is the king’s assassin with a killer’s instincts. The last thing he needs is a mate who could be placed in danger because of him. Until he meets the one woman who needs him more than he needs his solitude. Moonlight Ménage, Book 2 For years, Tira Belludi has longed to give herself to the two shifter men who hold her heart. But visions of death and fears for her sanity have forced her to keep her distance. Nic Rocca and Duke Ducati are brothers in every way but blood. They share a home, a job and had planned to share their life with Tira between them…until the night she saw their future and built a fortress around her heart. Now danger and...
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Feb
2

Spotlight + Giveaway: Hot Dudes Coloring Book by D.C. Taylor

Spotlight + Giveaway: Hot Dudes Coloring Book by D.C. Taylor For all lovers of washboard abs, bad boys and… crayons—there’s a new group of hotties in town and they are ready to get graphic (artistically, that is!). Berkley Publishing presents the HOT DUDES COLORING BOOK (Berkley Trade Paperback Original; February 2, 2016; $9.99) by D.C. Taylor in conjunction with Valentine’s Day this February. Inside this steamy book you will find a swoon-worthy collection of 60 scantily-clad heartthrobs for your coloring pleasure. With sexy cops, cowboys, lumberjacks and a plethora of other fantasy beaus to choose from, every artist is sure to find their muse. Hitting stores just shy of the most amorous holiday of the year, this entertaining book prompts one to ask the question: who needs to choose one valentine when you can have them all? Giveaway: Berkley is generously donating one (1) copy of the HOT DUDES COLORING BOOK to give to one (1) lucky commenter. To enter, please leave a comment telling us which fictional character you most would like to color. Additionally, please leave an email address or twitter handle so I may contact the winner. The giveaway is open until Monday February 8, 2016 at 12:00 noon EST. Winner(s) chosen at random from all eligible entries. This contest is open to U.S. mailing addresses only, where not prohibited by law. Open to participants, 18 years or older, who are legally allowed to participate in such a contest as allowed by their local laws. All federal, state, local, and municipal laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited. No purchase necessary. By participating in the contest, participants agree to be bound by the decisions of the contest sponsor. Prize will be delivered by the publisher. This blog, its reviewers, and the owner are not responsible for items lost in the mail. By entering this giveaway, participants agree to abide by these terms. My Review: When I first heard that Berkley was jumping in to the “adult” coloring book craze, I was super excited… I mean who wouldn’t want to color sexy romance cover dudes?! After receiving my review copy from the publisher, I took time to look through it and even selected a couple images to color. I used colored pencils for this one, which reminded me of one of my favorite book covers! I also colored this image with my daughter’s “skinny” crayons. I liked using crayons more than the colored pencils. While the coloring was fun, and the book is highly entertaining, it’s not what I had hoped for or expected in an “adult”...
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Jan
26

Review + Giveaway: Extreme Honor by Piper J. Drake

Review + Giveaway: Extreme Honor by Piper J. Drake Extreme Honor Author: Piper J. Drake Reviewer: Una Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: Extreme Honor is the exciting debut novel in the True Heroes series.  I enjoyed the captivating story of David, Lyn, and Atlas. Suffice to say, I can’t wait for more in this gripping series that combines hot military men, their loyal canine companions, and the women they love. This novel sets up Hope’s Crossing Kennel, where David works with two other ex-military men.  They train dogs for anything from basic house pets to military working dogs and in between.  Atlas, a Belgian Malinois, has been returned to David to rehabilitate. Atlas, a military multipurpose dog, is mourning the loss of his handler, Calhoun, who happens to be a friend of David’s and who died overseas.  It seems he was killed in a friendly fire accident, but David doesn’t believe the story that is being told and knows that Atlas holds the key.  Figuring out the truth and avenging his friend is something David is determined to find out.  However, his life is complicated by Lyn, a contractor sent to assist with the rehabilitation of Atlas.  David instantly resents Lyn’s presence while Lyn is hell-bent on helping Atlas heal.  However, when Atlas shows the first sign of life by acknowledging Lyn’s presence, he has no choice but to let her help.  But by letting her help, it seems she is placed in the cross hairs of those that killed David’s friend, and she may be next. I really enjoyed the chemistry between David and Lyn.  Though their romance moved fast, I liked that they did have time to get to know each other.  David is very patient though determined.  Lyn has a good heart and tries to think things through.  Though she sometimes thinks herself in circles, I could completely relate to her inner monologue.  However, she does have a habit of being a bit spontaneous and headstrong.  Because we are given both David and Lyn’s point of view, it made their journey so much more compelling.  Both Lyn and David have their own issues that affect how they see each other, especially long term.  Therefore their HEA was even more meaningful as they came together. I especially liked that David’s demons were not overplayed but something that he had already dealt with. The overall plot of Calhoun’s death and the fate of Atlas was gripping.  The conspiracy was interesting and the twist at the end...
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Jan
19

Book Spotlight + Giveaway: The Sutherlands Anthology

Book Spotlight + Giveaway: The Sutherlands Anthology Pre-Order The Sutherlands For Only 99¢ & Help The Reach Out & Read Charity Looking for a way to do good and read hot? Check out The Sutherlands, a sexy contemporary romance anthology that tells the story of one family with 11 brand-new, full-length novels and novellas for only 99¢. Twenty percent of the royalties earned from each sale will go to the Reach Out & Read charity, which incorporates early childhood reading into well child doctors’ visits. About the Book: Inside The Sutherlands you’ll find: Shadow Ranch by USA Today best selling author Robin Covington – Passion and secrets thrive in the dark… Wrecked by Wall Street Journal best selling author Terri Osburn – Revenge is always personal… Bound To Do Damage by Avril Ashton – When protecting you heart is no longer an option…protect your neck. Foolish Expectations by Alison Bliss – Forever is the last thing they expected… Under the Evening Star by Shyla Colt – They must choose between the past that hunts and a love that can heal… Brazen by Avery Flynn – This bad boy boxer just met his match… Screwed by Kelly Jamieson – The only time losing is more fun than winning is when you’re fighting temptation… Stripped by Abby Niles – She’s going to strip him bare… Not the Marrying Kind by Julie Particka – Faking it never felt so good… Lust and Loathing by Joya Ryan – Sometimes loathing your boss turns into the best kind of lust… Sweet Surrender by Naima Simone – The price of surrender is passion… Twenty percent of the royalties earned from each copy of The Sutherlands sold will go to help Reach Out and Read, a non-profit organization that gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together. About Reach Out and Read This year, over one million children in the U.S. will enter kindergarten without the language skills they need to learn and succeed. As these children progress through school, they are more likely to fall behind, and stay behind. When families read aloud to their young children, they can give them a better start to life. With unparalleled access to families with young children, Reach Out and Read medical providers give books to children at more than 10 well-child visits from infancy until they start school. More importantly, they encourage families to read aloud and engage with their infants, toddlers and preschoolers...
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Jan
12

Release Day Spotlight + Excerpt: For the First Time Anthology

Release Day Spotlight + Excerpt: For the First Time Anthology Out today… For the First Time Anthology You never forget your first time… A brand new anthology of original, never-before-read stories from today’s hottest authors, including: Alessandre Torre, Kim Karr, Jen Frederick, Alexa Riley, Lynda Chance, Sarah Castille, Nina Lane, CJ Roberts, Anna Zaires, Nikki Sloane, Cynthia Sax, Avery Aster, Pam Godwin, Skye Warren, Julia Sykes, Cynthia Rayne, Jenika Snow, Debra Presley, Shoshanna Evers, Tamsen Parker, and Nina Levine! From young heartbreak to a virginity auction, from the chance meeting to the happily ever after, twenty-one exclusive stories explore first love in all its forms. This set includes almost 200,000 words of steamy encounters and sweet romance. Excerpt: From Looking for a Complication by Tamsin Parker: When they’d finished their drinks, they took a meandering walk in the swank neighborhood. They walked so close their hands would brush and while they’d pull back and make awkward apologies, it always happened again. When they ducked into an alleyway to avoid a raucous group of undergrads, it didn’t seem strange that they stayed. Nor did it seem odd when Astrid pushed a stray strand of Kinsey’s hair behind her ear and leaned in like she might kiss her. It only got weird when Astrid pulled away a split second before impact and shook her head, cursing under her breath. The other girl turned to head back to the street, but Kinsey grabbed her hand and tugged her further into the dark, narrow space between the buildings. She didn’t let go because she wanted to make it clear to Astrid that her would-be advances weren’t unwelcome. Not at all. So she waited for Astrid to meet her eyes and then spoke, her words weighted with encouragement. “I hope you realize I wouldn’t do anything I didn’t really want to do.” “No,” Astrid said, her dark eyes somehow growing more intense than Kinsey had thought possible. “I don’t think you would.” Kinsey’s back hit the brick wall behind her as Astrid put hands to her shoulders and pushed. The brick scratched at the back of her arms and her shoulder blades through her dress. It didn’t scare her but made her feel…alive. Excited. And when Astrid asked if she could kiss her, Kinsey didn’t reply, but leaned forward to give her answer. Yes, please. It was strange at first, to kiss someone her height. Kinsey was so used to kissing guys who were taller than she was, often by a lot. But kissing Astrid…...
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Nov
19

Sneak Peek: Extreme Honor by Piper J. Drake

Sneak Peek: Extreme Honor by Piper J. Drake Today we are celebrating the upcoming release of Extreme Honor, the first book in the new True Heroes Series by Piper J. Drake, with an excerpt from the book, a sneak peek at the cover for book two, Ultimate Courage, AND a giveaway! Keep reading… EXTREME HONOR (January 26, 2016; Forever Mass Market; True Heroes Series #1) David Cruz is good at two things: war and training dogs. The ex-soldier’s toughest case is Atlas, a Belgian Malinois whose handler died in combat. Nobody at Hope’s Crossing kennel can break through the animal’s grief. That is, until dog whisperer Evelyn Jones walks into the facility…and into Atlas’s heart. David hates to admit that the curvy blonde’s mesmerizing effect isn’t limited to canines. But when Lyn’s work with Atlas puts her in danger, David will do anything to protect her. Lyn realizes that David’s own battle scars make him uniquely qualified for his job as a trainer. Tough as nails yet gentle when it counts, he’s gotten closer to Atlas than anyone else—and he’s willing to put his hard-wired suspicion aside to let her do the same. But someone desperate enough to kill doesn’t want Lyn working with Atlas. Now only teamwork, trust, and courage can save two troubled hearts and the dog who loves them both… Pre-order the book! Amazon B&N iBooks GooglePlay Kobo BAM Excerpt: They entered the cabin and he flipped on the light, then nudged her toward the kitchen. Once he had her there, he turned on the brighter kitchen lighting and turned to her. “Let me get a look at your wrist.” She held both hands out to him, palms up. “Don’t strain your shoulder.” He tucked her left arm back in its sling. As gently as he could, he touched the angry red abrasion around her right wrist. “He didn’t mean to do it.” “He had other things on his mind.” Cruz agreed. She must’ve tried to hold Atlas when the dog had lunged after the intruder. Atlas had literally ripped the leash off her wrist. “Any sharp pain when I do this?” He bent her hand at the wrist, carefully testing the range of motion. She shook her head. “I don’t think anything is broken. Only lost a couple of layers of skin is all.” “Well, let’s make sure it heals up quickly.” He put a hand on either side of her waist and hoisted her up—hiding a grin as she squeaked—and sat her...
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Oct
27

Release Day Spotlight + Excerpt: Darkest Before Dawn by Maya Banks

Release Day Spotlight + Excerpt: Darkest Before Dawn by Maya Banks About the Book: The enigmatic Hancock has been both opponent and ally to the KGI teams for as long as they’ve known him. Always working a deep game, Hancock’s true allegiance has never been apparent, but one thing is for certain—he never lets anything get in the way of duty. But now, his absolute belief in the primacy of his ultimate goal is challenged by a captive he’s been ordered to guard, no matter how much she suffers in her prison. She’s the only woman who’s ever managed to penetrate the rigid walls surrounding his icy heart, but will he allow his perplexing feelings for the beautiful victim to destroy a mission he’s spent years working to complete or will he be forced to sacrifice her for “the greater good.” Excerpt: “You want me and my men to do what?” Hancock asked mildly, not betraying his feelings of What the f**k. Guy Hancock, or Hancock as he was generally known, although not many knew his given name, faced Russell Bristow, his incredulity over Bristow’s stupidity not showing, but there nonetheless. Hancock’s identity changed with the winds, and at times it was hard for him to keep up with who he currently was. It was a tired existence, one he grew wearier of all the time. But at least he had a purpose. Or at least he had at one time. Now he wasn’t as sure has he’d been earlier on. Time had robbed him of that strict code of honor until he wondered just how close to the line he was and how close he’d come to becoming the very thing he worked so tirelessly to extinguish and protect the innocent from. He knew no other life except killing. Manipulating. Mastering the masters of evil and exacting justice in his own cold, methodical way that had nothing to do with any established legal code. He’d long ago forgone any semblance of a conscience. He had an unwavering and deeply ingrained sense of honor, but not everyone would agree that with honor came a conscience. And his personal code was just that. Personal to him. He didn’t see in black and white. His world was steeped in grey. Great looming shadows that threatened to consume him. At times he felt hunted-and he was-but it was as though he knew his time was limited. The urgency of taking down his target, one he’d waited a very long time to get close...
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Sep
29

Review + Excerpt: The Bloodforged by Erin Lindsey

Review + Excerpt: The Bloodforged by Erin Lindsey The Bloodforged Author: Erin Lindsey Reviewer: Gikany & Una Rating: B+ What We’re Talking About: The Bloodforged picks up a few months after the events of the first novel, The Bloodbound, ends.  This novel had very different feel from the first book, and although we liked the book overall, it wasn’t quite as solid as the previous one. The Bloodforged is a transitional novel, and that is the main reason for the different feel.  In order to get several pieces into position, Ms. Lindsey split the narrative between four characters.   Gikany and Una are a bit divided in our reactions to this change in the style of narration.  Una liked having each chapter devoted to a single plot line.  She preferred the longer moments, but wished they had been more balanced in length.  Gikany would have preferred having multiple short check-ins in every chapter, giving glimpses of each of the three plot lines as the novel progressed.  This way the reader does not get fully immersed in the point of view of a single character, making the transitions less jarring.  We both agreed that the antagonists’ points of view were not needed.  They were unnecessary since we were able to discern most of what they confirmed from other moments in the other point of views. There was a lot going on in this novel.  Rig is the general of an army facing almost impossible odds.  He must prevent the Oridians from overrunning Alden’s border while Liam and Erik seek aid from their allies. The battle against the Oridian’s and the difficulties of the front line were compelling.  Rig is as uncanny, sly, and irreverent, as he is amusing and endearing.  We liked the introduction of Vel and look forward to seeing what happens next. Liam’s mission to Onnan City was compelling and fascinating.  The machinations of the Republicana were intriguing and frightening.  The mystery of who is sabotaging the fleet was interesting and we enjoyed watching as Liam bumbled his way through it.  Experiencing Liam’s adventure allowed us to see him mature more fully into his new role. Alix and Erik’s harrowing journey to Harram and the final meeting with the King of Harram were captivating.  We were given both Alix and Erik’s point of views, which were fascinating to experience.  Knowing what both of them were thinking and feeling became very important as the novel concluded with a surprising cliffhanger.  Gikany and Una enjoyed Alix and Erik’s...
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Sep
21

Book Spotlight: A Fistful of Fire by Rebecca Chastain

Book Spotlight: A Fistful of Fire by Rebecca Chastain Madison Fox survived her first week as California’s newest illuminant enforcer, defending her region against imps, vervet, hounds, and one lascivious demon. If her grumpy boss, Mr. Pitt, was impressed, he hasn’t told Madison. In fact, there’s a lot her boss has been closemouthed about, including the dark secret haunting his past. But Madison’s problems are just igniting. Neighboring regions report an uncharacteristic flare-up of evil, fire-breathing salamanders blaze unchecked across the city, and Black Friday looms. Trapped doing cleanup amid mobs of holiday shoppers, Madison watches from the sidelines as dubious allies insinuate themselves in her region. As suspicions kindle and the mysterious evil gains strength, Madison must determine who she can trust—and whose rules to follow—before her region and career go up in flames. Sizzling with adventure and sparking with magic, A Fistful of Fire is fused with Madison Fox’s trademark blend of humor and ass-kicking action. Amazon (US): http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B011F6E6KM?*Version*=1&*entries*=0 Amazon (Everywhere Else): http://smarturl.it/FistfulFire Madison Fox just learned that her ability to see souls is more than a sight: It’s a weapon for fighting evil. The only problem is she doesn’t have a clue what she’s doing. Rebecca Chastain is the International Amazon Fantasy Bestselling author of A FISTFUL OF EVIL and MAGIC OF THE GARGOYLES. She has found seven four-leaf clovers to date, won a purebred Arabian horse in a drawing, and once tamed a blackbird for a day. Dreaming up the absurd and writing stories designed to amuse and entertain has been her passion since she was eleven years old. She lives in northern California with her wonderful husband and two bossy cats. Visit Rebecca at www.rebeccachastain.com or Twitter: @Author_Rebecca (https://twitter.com/Author_Rebecca) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rebeccachastainnovels Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5660379.Rebecca_Chastain a Rafflecopter giveaway Contest is sponsored by author. It runs from September 1 to September 30. All rules and prizes are the responsibility of the contest...
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Aug
21

Cover Reveal: Dark Secrets Anthology

Cover Reveal: Dark Secrets Anthology Six award-winning authors bring you this spellbinding collection of stories about dark desires, mysterious worlds, and danger that lurks in the shadows of the night. Where nothing is black and white; where things might not be as they seem; where magic and mayhem rule. With stories by: Rachel Caine Cynthia Eden Megan Hart Suzanne Johnson Jeffe Kennedy Mina Khan About Heart’s Blood by Jeffe Kennedy A Twelve Kingdoms Novella A dark fairytale retelling of a princess robbed of rank, husband and even her name. Nix is nothing. The Princess Nathilde—her former waiting woman—attacked her on the journey to wed Prince Cavan, stripping her of everything and taking her place. With no serving skills, Nix becomes a goose girl. Perhaps if Nix keeps her promise never to reveal who she really is, Nathilde won’t carry out her vile threats. Prince Cavan entered his arranged marriage with firm resolve to make a congenial, if not loving relationship with his future queen—for the sake of both their kingdoms. But, his wife repels him more each day and he finds himself absurdly drawn to the lovely Nix. With broken vows, anguish and dark secrets between them, Cavan and Nix struggle to find the magic to restore what’s gone terribly wrong… if it ever can be. Look for more about this exciting anthology soon! About Jeffe: Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author whose works include non-fiction, poetry, short fiction, and novels. She has been a Ucross Foundation Fellow, received the Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry, and was awarded a Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award. Her essays have appeared in many publications, including Redbook. Her most recent works include a number of fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns; the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion, and an erotic  contemporary serial novel, Master of the Opera. A fourth series, the fantasy trilogy The Twelve Kingdoms, hit the shelves starting in May 2014 and book 1, The Mark of the Tala, received a starred Library Journal review and has been nominated for the RT Book of the Year while the sequel, The Tears of the Rose, has been nominated for best fantasy romance of the year. A fifth series, the highly anticipated erotic romance trilogy, Falling Under, released starting with Going Under, followed by Under His Touch and Under Contract. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with two Maine coon cats, plentiful free-range lizards and a very handsome Doctor...
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