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Dec
13

Mistletoe Madness 2014: Anna Hackett

Mistletoe Madness 2014: Anna Hackett Thank you for stopping by That’s What I’m Talking About for today’s Mistletoe Madness spot. For a line up of all of the authors featured here and at The Book Nympho, and to enter the overall event giveaway for a free book (two chances to win!), please click on the image above or go to the kickoff post on November 26, 2014. Today’s Mistletoe Madness author is… Anna Hackett Book: On a Rogue Planet Release Date: November 16, 2014 Publisher: Self-published Christmas Decorations – Phoenix-style “What the hell is Christmas?” Dr. Eos Rai-Phoenix looked up from the ancient relic of a bronze sculpture she was cleaning and shot her husband an exasperated look. “It’s an ancient old Earth custom, Dathan.” She shook her head. “You’re the most famous treasure hunter in the galaxy, how come you don’t know this?” “I hunt treasure, babe. I leave the astro-archeology to you and my big brother. I like the shiny stuff, you know, the stuff I can sell for a lot of e-creds.” He leaned against the wall and gave a mock grimace. “Although for some reason, I seem to donate a lot of it to museums these days.” Eos smiled. Goddess, he was a handsome rogue with his blue eyes and dark hair, and he was all hers. Since he’d exploded into her life, every day was a grand adventure. And she knew he loved her…enough to stop selling so many pieces of history off to private dealers. “So, you’re planning to resurrect some Terran custom and make us celebrate it?” His tone made it sound like she wanted him to jump out an airlock in the middle of a solar flare. “Yes. From the records I’ve been studying, Christmas originally started out as some sort of religious festival, but over time it morphed into a more commercial holiday. Still, it was centered around family. They gave each other gifts, ate too much food together—” she broke off when she saw his indulgent grin. Okay, so she was prone of rattling off interesting historical facts. “Now that we have Lala here…I wanted to do something special. She’s only fifteen and she’s never had a family.” Dathan raised a brow. “She’s a teenaged explosives expert who likes to blow things up. Half the galaxy’s terrified of her.” Eos dusted off her hands. “She’s still a child. We’re celebrating Christmas, we’ll all get each other gifts, Lala’s going to cook—” “Stars help us all,” Dathan muttered. Eos hid a wince....
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Dec
11

Mistletoe Madness 2014: Ilona Andrews

Mistletoe Madness 2014: Ilona Andrews Thank you for stopping by That’s What I’m Talking About for today’s Mistletoe Madness spot. For a line up of all of the authors featured here and at The Book Nympho, and to enter the overall event giveaway for a free book (two chances to win!), please click on the image above or go to the kickoff post on November 26, 2014. Today’s Mistletoe Madness author is… Ilona Andrews Book: “Magic Steals” from Night Shift Anthology Release Date: November 25, 2014 Publisher: Berkley Christmas Shopping List Kate, Curran, and the rest are buying gifts for each other. Match the gifts with characters who would purchase them for their loved ones. Remember, you are not matching the character with the gift he or she would receive.  You are matching them with the gift they would BUY for their loved one.  So for example: 1. Honey 2. First Aid Kit a. Doolittle b. Kate Doolittle would buy Kate a First Aid Kit, and Kate would buy Doolittle some honey. So the answers would be 1b and 2a. Let’s play! 1. A spotted mammoth donkey 2. A bunny-kitten 3. Custom weight bench with a place to insert a bar for dips or pull ups 4. Complete works of Niccolo Machiavelli and a pair of earplugs 5. A pair of tactical tomahawks, lightweight and sharp 6. A subscription to Business Insider and a pair of tactical knives 7. The American Antiquarian and Oriental Journal, years 1885-1906, reprinted and bound 8. L115A3 AWM Sniper Rifle packed in a box stuffed with lingerie a. Dali b. Derek c. Andrea d. Kate e. Raphael f. Curran g. Ascanio h. Jim Post your answer in the comments and one lucky winner will get a copy of Night Shift anthology. Note: You do NOT have to have the correct answers to be eligible to win, just leave a comment. About the Book: Four masters of urban fantasy and paranormal romance plunge readers into the dangerous, captivating world unearthed beyond the dark…  New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh delivers a smoldering story with Secrets at Midnight, as the scent of Bastien Smith’s elusive lover ignites a possessiveness in him that’s as feral as it is ecstatic. And now that he’s found his mate, he’ll do anything to keep her. In #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews‘ novella, Magic Steals, when people start going missing, shapeshifting tigress Dali Harimau and jaguar shifter Jim Shrapshire must uncover the truth about the mysterious creatures responsible. From Milla Vane—a warrior princess must tame The Beast...
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Dec
10

Mistletoe Madness 2014: Hailey Edwards

Mistletoe Madness 2014: Hailey Edwards Thank you for stopping by That’s What I’m Talking About for today’s Mistletoe Madness spot. For a line up of all of the authors featured here and at The Book Nympho, and to enter the overall event giveaway for a free book (two chances to win!), please click on the image above or go to the kickoff post on November 26, 2014. Today’s Mistletoe Madness author is… Hailey Edwards Book: A Veil of Secrets Release Date: December 30, 2014 Publisher: Samhain Publishing Sleigh Ride “Rhys.” At the sound of my brother’s voice, my hand slid toward the hilt of my sword. “Have you found her?” “Not yet,” Vaughn murmured for my ears alone. Laughter and music swelled around us as our families enjoyed the Winter Solstice Festival. The absence of my wife, my pregnant wife, sent dread skittering down my spine. “Keep searching.” “She can’t have made it far.” Vaughn’s gaze slid over the crowd of familiar faces. “She’s too—” A growl started in my chest and worked its way past my lips. “Careful, brother.” Vaughn splayed his hands in a gesture of peace. “It’s not my fault I thought she carried twins.” My upper lip curled, which caused my brother’s eyes to gleam merrily. He lived to torment me. I scanned the crowd of relatives gathered here in the common room of the Araneidae nest for the seasonal festivities as well as to welcome the Araneidae clan’s new heiress into the world, if Lourdes would hold still long enough to birth her. Nine months had passed. The babe was due any day now. “She’s too far into her pregnancy to have left the nest.” The sound of Vaughn’s voice brought my attention back to him. “She might have had help.” My one duty in this world was to protect that female and her kin, and here I stood, without an inkling of where my wife had gone, who she was with or if she was safe. “It’s a dangerous time to be maven.” “If only I had a wife who was a maven then I might be able to sympathize,” Vaughn said dryly. Vaughn was paladin of the Mimetidae, our birth clan. His wife, Mana, a spirit walker, was their maven. But the Mimetidae had their fierce reputation to protect them. Lourdes’s clan, the Araneidae, depended upon the Mimetidae’s strength to shield them. As the Araneidae paladin, it was my duty to safeguard my adopted clan and above all others, my wife. While my...
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Dec
9

Mistletoe Madness 2014: Larissa Ione

Mistletoe Madness 2014: Larissa Ione Thank you for stopping by That’s What I’m Talking About for today’s Mistletoe Madness spot. For a line up of all of the authors featured here and at The Book Nympho, and to enter the overall event giveaway for a free book (two chances to win!), please click on the image above or go to the kickoff post on November 26, 2014. Today’s Mistletoe Madness author is… Larissa Ione Book: Revenant Release Date: December 16, 2014 Publisher: Grand Central Publishing Hey, everyone! So, I have a new release about to hit the shelves! The latest book in the Demonica/Lords of Deliverance series, REVENANT, will be loosed upon the world on December 16th, just in time for Christmas! Now, for those of you who don’t know, the hero, Revenant, has lived his entire life believing he’s a fallen angel, and all of a sudden, he learns he has a family and that his life was utter BS. Now, he’s a pretty bitter dude. A bitter dude who has never experienced Christmas. So his holiday to-do list is a little, well, weird. But he’s cool with sharing, so here goes! Revenant’s Holiday To-Do List: Buy alcohol. Drink alcohol. Drink more alcohol. Tell my grand-nephew that there is no Santa. Eat a reindeer burger. Buy more alcohol. Turn down all invitations to Christmas parties and family get-togethers. Assuming I get any. Spend a lot of time in the southern hemisphere, because snow is stupid. Get into an all-out brawl with Reaver because I told my grand-nephew about Santa. He has no sense of humor. And seriously, the kid is too little to understand what I said, anyway. Recover from the Reaver-inflicted wounds. Better yet, get that hot doctor, Blaspheme, treat my injuries. I want to experience her bedside manner. Listen to Blaspheme lecture me on why telling little kids that there is no Santa is an dick thing to do. Suitably chastened, buy gifts for said grand-nephew. I think he’d like a drum set. Or a dozen kittens. I’d get him a puppy but he already has an asshole hellhound. Oh, look…I got an invitation to Christmas dinner with Reaver, Harvester, and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. I know how to say, “Hell, no,” in fifty different languages. But maybe…nah. Okay, okay, accept the invite. But I won’t enjoy it. I won’t love the Christmas music or the smell of roasting chestnuts or the way everyone is all happy. Make sure the eggnog is spiked. When no one...
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Dec
8

Mistletoe Madness 2014: Nalini Singh

Mistletoe Madness 2014: Nalini Singh Thank you for stopping by That’s What I’m Talking About for today’s Mistletoe Madness spot. For a line up of all of the authors featured here and at The Book Nympho, and to enter the overall event giveaway for a free book (two chances to win!), please click on the image above or go to the kickoff post on November 26, 2014. Today’s Mistletoe Madness author is… Nalini Singh Book: “Secrets at Midnight” from Night Shift Anthology Release Date: November 25, 2014 Publisher: Berkley Today Nalini is sharing an excerpt from Secrets at Midnight Bastien took the seat right next to Kirby when it was time to eat, his arm along the back of her chair and his eyes on her profile. Flustered, she said, “You’re staring.” Like he wanted to take a big greedy bite out of her, his eyes an impossibly vivid and primal green shade that told her it wasn’t only the human part of him that watched her. “Hmm.” A rumbling sound that made her want to press her hand to his chest, feel the vibration of it. “Eat.” He picked up her spoon, dipped it into the soup, brought it to her lips. “I want you healthy for all the debauched things I plan to talk you into later tonight.” The rough warmth of his other hand curving around her nape stole the words on her tongue. All her life, she’d ached for contact with another living being, hungered to touch and be touched. The lack of tactile contact in her life hurt. As a child in the foster care system, she’d had few choices; it should’ve been different for the adult she’d become, but despite her need, Kirby couldn’t imagine being with someone without bonds of affection, of care.  However building those bonds was incredibly difficult for her after a lifetime of not belonging to anyone. Then had come Bastien. “Hey.” The spoon clinking back into the bowl, knuckles running over her cheek. “I didn’t mean to make you uncomfortable.” That voice, a low, deep purr that stroked over her skin. “You didn’t,” she answered, her own voice husky. “I’m just not used to . . .” Being so wanted. No one in her life had ever pursued her as Bastien was doing, ever cared enough to get her soup when she was sick, much less touch her with any kind of tenderness. “To a bad-mannered cat?” he said, the thumb of the hand he had around her nape stroking over her...
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Dec
7

Mistletoe Madness 2014: Carrie Ann Ryan

Mistletoe Madness 2014: Carrie Ann Ryan Thank you for stopping by That’s What I’m Talking About for today’s Mistletoe Madness spot. For a line up of all of the authors featured here and at The Book Nympho, and to enter the overall event giveaway for a free book (two chances to win!), please click on the image above or go to the kickoff post on November 26, 2014. Today’s Mistletoe Madness author is… Carrie Ann Ryan Book: Delicate Ink Release Date: October 2014 Publisher: Fated Desires Publishing Today Carrie Ann is sharing an excerpt from Delicate Ink Sierra Elder threw her handbag on the counter and stomped her heels on the tile. The nerve of that man. The freaking nerve. Seriously? That bearded mountain of a man thought he had the right to judge her? What right did he have to sneer at her and look down on her with those gorgeous blue eyes, and make her feel like she didn’t belong in his shop? Wait. Gorgeous blue eyes? What the hell was wrong with her? He’d judged her and found her wanting, and yet she thought he had pretty eyes? She was twenty-nine for freak’s sake. Not a teenager. Pretty eyes shouldn’t matter. But they were gorgeous. Apparently, she needed to eat since she was clearly lightheaded and not thinking straight. That man had thrown her off her game, and she wasn’t in the mood to deal with him. It had taken all her courage to walk across the street and into the black and hot pink shop. Dear Lord, the courage. She’d lived with the consequences of her actions, of Jason’s actions, for ten years, and in some respects, it hadn’t been long enough. Not enough time to wash away the taint, the nightmares. She couldn’t think about that. Not now. Maybe not ever. That Montgomery, Austin, according to her friend Hailey, had pushed her back, and now she knew she needed to buck up and figure out her next step. If she was honest with herself, she would say that she’d just been looking for an excuse to run away from her plans of ink and recovery, but she didn’t want to be honest with herself. She wanted to blame Austin of the gorgeous blue eyes for her problems and fear. If only for a moment. It was the coward’s way out, but she’d take it for the afternoon. Then she’d find a way to walk back in and talk to the sweet apprentice, Callie, about finally getting...
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Dec
5

Mistletoe Madness 2014: Eleri Stone

Mistletoe Madness 2014: Eleri Stone Thank you for stopping by That’s What I’m Talking About for today’s Mistletoe Madness spot. For a line up of all of the authors featured here and at The Book Nympho, and to enter the overall event giveaway for a free book (two chances to win!), please click on the image above or go to the kickoff post on November 26, 2014. Today’s Mistletoe Madness author is… Eleri Stone Book: Dragonslayer Release Date: November 10, 2014 Publisher: self-published Thanks so much for having me! For Mistletoe Madness, I wrote up a special holiday scene from my Norse mythology-based Twilight of the Gods series… Christian stepped outside of the hall to catch a breath of fresh air. Lois was in charge of preparing the place for the Yule celebration and she took her job very seriously. She’d recruited a dozen men, including him, to move benches and tables. Today, they did the grunt work. Tomorrow, Lois would work her magic, transforming the sprigs of live holly and ivy into vines that would cover the posts and rafters. She’d create an intricate network of glamour to conceal the fact that the clan was gathering in a building that looked more like a VFW than an Æsir hall. By the time she was through, crossing over the threshold would be like stepping into Valhalla, with a Yule log burning in the center pit and the tables bowing beneath the weight of food and drink. As much as Christian hated the preparation, the finished product always made him feel like a child again. Besides, this was his first Yule with Jacey and he wanted it to be perfect. The metal door swung open behind him and Fen stepped outside. “There you are. I thought you’d made a break for it.” “I just needed a minute to think.” Fen leaned back against the brick wall. “About?” “I haven’t gotten Jacey a gift yet, and she’ll expect one. She grew up celebrating Christmas, and I don’t want her to feel like she’s missing out.” “Her mom’s coming next week, isn’t she? You can always do the whole Christmas thing then.” The upcoming visit from Jacey’s mother was another worry, but it was one he could set aside for now. “I still want to give Jacey a gift. Something special. Are you getting anything for Raquel?” “We’re having our first night alone in the house since we were married. Getting that Vanir witch moved out is the only gift we need.”...
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Dec
4

Review + Blog Tour + Giveaway: Hell on Wheels by Z.A. Maxfield

Review + Blog Tour + Giveaway: Hell on Wheels by Z.A. Maxfield Hell On Wheels Author: Z. A. Maxfield Reviewer: B. Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: Living in Bluewater Bay always suited Nash Holly just fine, for the most part. Taking on a lot of the responsibility for his family at a young age never made his path an easy one, but he gladly accepted his role with unshakeable devotion. The idea that there might be more for him wasn’t anything he allowed himself to think about, at least until a close call on a rainy night turns out to be much more than it seems. Spencer Kepler-Constantine knows all about the pitfalls of fame, but recent heartbreak has made his entire existence a misery. Unable to escape the spotlight, he’s determined to hide his pain from everyone, including himself, if he can possibly manage it. But, when an unexpectedly erotic interlude with a stranger who doesn’t play by the rules shakes Spencer up in lovely and terrifying ways, he begins to wonder if the best thing to ever happen to him isn’t right in front of him after all. Hell on Wheels is an appealingly simple, romantic tale of two men who aren’t exactly looking for anything, but end up finding it anyway. Nash and Spencer are opposites in just about every way possible. Nash is a high-octane, small-town mechanic whose commitment to his family doesn’t leave him any room for romance. Spencer is a famous celebrity on a popular TV show who is in the middle of a very public divorce and would prefer to avoid another relationship at all costs. A “no-strings” arrangement would be preferable to both men, if only they weren’t so perfect for each other. While it is neither action-packed nor suspenseful, Hell on Wheels is a sweet story about expectations and honesty, and the dangers of making assumptions, no matter how badly our hearts want something. Though their respective worlds seem to clash spectacularly, Spencer and Nash are more complimentary than either is willing to admit, except sexually—an element of their relationship they both (thankfully) embrace. Z.A. Maxfield has, once again, written two complicated, deserving characters who have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be happy, yet who can’t seem to let go of their own fears long enough to reach for it until it’s almost too late. With one exception, each of the Bluewater Bay stories is written by different authors and is meant to be read as a standalone. However, I thoroughly enjoyed...
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Dec
4

Mistletoe Madness 2014: Shirley Wells

Mistletoe Madness 2014: Shirley Wells Thank you for stopping by That’s What I’m Talking About for today’s Mistletoe Madness spot. For a line up of all of the authors featured here and at The Book Nympho, and to enter the overall event giveaway for a free book (two chances to win!), please click on the image above or go to the kickoff post on November 26, 2014. Today’s Mistletoe Madness author is… Shirley Wells Book: Dead Simple Release Date: January 5, 2015 Publisher: Carina Press Dylan Scott’s Christmas Wish So what would I like for Christmas? Apart from world peace and a cure for cancer? Let me share… If someone was murdered just before Christmas, it would be awful, right? An unbelievable tragedy. But if that someone was the lowest form of life possible, a someone who put drugs on our streets or exploited women and children – ah, yes, you’re getting my drift. It’s not such a tragedy now, is it? In fact, some might go so far as to call it a blessing. (Believe it or not, I’m actually a peace-loving soul. It’s just that Christmas brings out the worst in me.) That’s the first part of my Christmas wish. The second part would be for someone to pay me mega bucks to investigate said murder. I can see a possible flaw here because anyone who cared about the murder of a lowlife might be the type who had a penchant for hacking off the fingers – or worse – of anyone who got on the wrong side of them. It’s a risk I’m willing to take though. The final part of my Christmas wish would be for said murder to take place in Russia. I can already picture myself being flown – first class, of course – into Moscow where my luxury hotel would be the ideal place from which to start my investigation. Currently, my home resembles a cross between a Buddhist temple and Santa’s Grotto. My mother (I love the aging hippy dearly but there are times when I wish she was some other bloke’s responsibility) is doing her utmost to cram my house with lights, mood crystals, scented candles and paths to personal enlightenment. My kids – well, Luke really because Freya’s too young to care one way or the other – love everything about the festive season. Luke’s friends have practically moved in to witness the behaviour of the “coolest grandmother ever” and it’s getting impossible to move for sullen, gangly teenage...
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Dec
3

Mistletoe Madness 2014: Jeffe Kennedy

Mistletoe Madness 2014: Jeffe Kennedy Thank you for stopping by That’s What I’m Talking About for today’s Mistletoe Madness spot. For a line up of all of the authors featured here and at The Book Nympho, and to enter the overall event giveaway for a free book (two chances to win!), please click on the image above or go to the kickoff post on November 26, 2014. Today’s Mistletoe Madness author is… Jeffe Kennedy Book: The Tears of the Rose Release Date: November 25, 2014 Publisher: Kensington From Queen Amelia of Avonlidgh Though the Twelve Kingdoms and I officially look to the Goddess Glorianna, the midwinter Feast of Moranu has always held a special place in my heart. Perhaps partly because it’s only a minor feast day and thus not an official Court celebration, my sisters and I looked forward to the day and the observance of Moranu’s longest night. Which meant we got to stay up all night, too. The week before the feast day was always a frenzy of cleaning. Even the youngest children pitched in to sort through toys and clear out the worn and no longer used. Carts in Ordnung’s outer courtyard overflowed with the castle residents’ discards—the worn to be burned in bonfires during the night and the no longer used to be distributed as new bounty on the day after the solstice festival. Out with the old, in with the new. By sundown on the shortest day of the year, Ordung would gleam with cleanliness and glisten with lights of every kind. Every fireplace held a cheerful blaze kept aflame all through the night. Every window held a candle. The torches on all the walls were lit and every other surface that could hold a flame, large or small, bonfire or votive, shone with light. For us, we observed the beginning of Moranu’s Night from the tallest tower of Ordnung. Wrapped in our warmest cloaks, fur hats and mittens, Ursula, Andi and I went up with Lady Zevondeth in the late afternoon. Before I was born, our mother Queen Salena, led the ceremony, as there were no priestesses of Moranu left in the castle proper and scarcely to be found elsewhere. I always heard that some led ceremonies at the scattered temples of Moranu in the forests. After Mother died, Lady Zevondeth took over the simple ritual. Moranu has no elaborate songs or prayers as the Temple of Glorianna does. On the shortest day, as with every other, the Temple bells ring at sunset...
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