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Dec
16

Mistletoe Madness 2015: Jessica Jarman

Mistletoe Madness 2015: Jessica Jarman Thank you for stopping by That’s What I’m Talking About for today’s Mistletoe Madness spot. This year’s event is hosted by Blogging by Liza, Books Make Me Happy, and That’s What I’m Talking About. It’s is a two week event where authors with 2015 winter releases (November 2015 — January 2016) will take over our blogs with guest posts written from one of their character’s POV with a holiday theme (Christmas, Hanukkah, Festivus, New Years, etc.). For a line up of all of the authors featured at all three blogs, please click on the image above or go to the kickoff post from December 1, 2015. Today’s Mistletoe Madness author is… Jessica Jarman Book: Safeword Protected Release Date: December 2015 Series: Bound #6 A Note From Clara Merry Christmas! Now, me? I don’t do holidays. Haven’t since my parents died. That sounds pretty sad and pathetic, doesn’t it? But it’s really not. I’m not sitting around crying into my cocoa come Christmas or anything. No, I’m usually at a fabulous resort, sipping a fruity drink poolside, and I have no problems with that. I make sure to call the family I have left—my cousins, aunts and uncles in Ireland—and always send my gifts so they have them Christmas morning. And that has been enough for me. But the coming Christmas, I don’t have a choice. I’ll be doing holidays with the family. My cousin, Maire, is having a baby, and I’ve promised to take some time off and be there for the birth and, since she’s due in November, for the baby’s first Christmas. How do you say no to a pregnant woman, especially when you love her more than life and she turns on the tears? You can’t. Or at least I can’t. While I’m sort of excited—reconnecting with Maire alone makes any promise worth it—knowing what’s coming is making me think back to Christmases with Mum and Dad. Even though it had just been the three of us, there’d been so much laughter and love. Messing around in the kitchen, helping Mum make plum pudding. I could still hear her tinkling laugh that always came when I asked, every single year, why it was called plum pudding when not a single plum was in the thing. I could see Dad’s grinning face as he lit the brandy and poured it over the pudding. I wonder if Maire’s mum uses the same recipe, or if they even have the same tradition of making it every Christmas. If...
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Dec
12

Mistletoe Madness 2015: Sorcha Mowbray

Mistletoe Madness 2015: Sorcha Mowbray Thank you for stopping by That’s What I’m Talking About for today’s Mistletoe Madness spot. This year’s event is hosted by Blogging by Liza, Books Make Me Happy, and That’s What I’m Talking About. It’s is a two week event where authors with 2015 winter releases (November 2015 — January 2016) will take over our blogs with guest posts written from one of their character’s POV with a holiday theme (Christmas, Hanukkah, Festivus, New Years, etc.). For a line up of all of the authors featured at all three blogs, please click on the image above or go to the kickoff post from December 1, 2015. Today’s Mistletoe Madness author is… Sorcha Mowbray Book: A Cowboy’s Christmas Wish Release Date: November 2015 Series: One Night With A Cowboy #3 Girl Talk with Mel Hi everyone! I’m Mel, short for Melissa. I have to tell you I used to hate the holidays. See, my mom died around the holidays. So, even though she wasn’t much of a mom, I still felt extra lonely. At least, I did until Ford came back into my life. Ford Grayson was the boy I fell in love with when I was in high school. But, as boys are won’t to do, he took off for college. Me? I had big plans, but of course they all collapsed when I realized I had to stay in Tuckerville, TX and make sure my mom didn’t kill herself or worse, someone else. So it was no surprise when the boy I loved dumped me after he discovered all the fun he could have at college. I hated Ford for ten long years. And it seemed every Christmas was a real poke in the eye to remind me of all that had gone wrong in my life. But then all that changed. See, I was working at The Silo a few days before Christmas, when a ghost of Christmas’ past strolled into the bar. Ford. An older, taller, and much, much sexier, Ford. Holy crap! Needless to say, I was all set to teach him a lesson and hopefully get some closure. But, that man had more up his sleeve than I ever expected. I won’t bore you with all the details. (Read the book!) But, he blew into my world and turned everything upside down. Now, we’re about to get married…a Christmas wedding. Well, that is if I don’t kill the bossy, obstinate man.  Since I get to plan the ultimate Christmas Wedding I need a...
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Dec
11

Mistletoe Madness 2015: Cat Johnson

Mistletoe Madness 2015: Cat Johnson Thank you for stopping by That’s What I’m Talking About for today’s Mistletoe Madness spot. This year’s event is hosted by Blogging by Liza, Books Make Me Happy, and That’s What I’m Talking About. It’s is a two week event where authors with 2015 winter releases (November 2015 — January 2016) will take over our blogs with guest posts written from one of their character’s POV with a holiday theme (Christmas, Hanukkah, Festivus, New Years, etc.). For a line up of all of the authors featured at all three blogs, please click on the image above or go to the kickoff post from December 1, 2015. Today’s Mistletoe Madness author is… Cat Johnson Book: Tempted by a SEAL Release Date: January 12, 2016 Series: Hot SEALs #6 The 3 Rules of Christmas According Navy SEAL hero Mack So you want to land a SEAL? Or maybe you already are in a relationship with one and you’d like to know what to do for him for the holidays. Why you’d want to be with one of us long term is beyond me, but if you do, here are a few Christmas dos and don’ts. No Sugar Cookies – No. Just no. Never ever make a SEAL sugar cookies. Why not? I’ll tell you. In BUD/S training the instructors made us do what is called sugar cookies. Basically rolling around in our wet uniforms in the sand at Coronado. The words sugar cookie will always remind me of being wet and cold and exhausted for hours, with no end in sight.  If you want to make me cookies for Christmas, make them Rum Balls and we’ll both be a lot happier. No Bells – The same goes for bells as for sugar cookies. Yeah, yeah, I know… every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings. Well, that’s Jimmy Stewart’s world in It’s a Wonderful Life. In a SEALs world, during BUD/S every time a bell rings it means another guy dropped out of the course. Wanna see a SEAL twitch? Ring a damn bell and watch closely. Lingerie Works – As far as gifts go, we probably want something you’ll never ever think to buy for us. A new scope for our rifle. Night vision goggles (the four tube NVGs, not those crappy two tube ones). Don’t bother trying to get me anything like that. You’ll never get it right. Just get me lingerie. No, not for me to wear, silly. For you to wear for me. It’s...
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Dec
7

Mistletoe Madness 2015: Alexandra Ivy

Mistletoe Madness 2015: Alexandra Ivy Thank you for stopping by That’s What I’m Talking About for today’s Mistletoe Madness spot. This year’s event is hosted by Blogging by Liza, Books Make Me Happy, and That’s What I’m Talking About. It’s is a two week event where authors with 2015 winter releases (November 2015 — January 2016) will take over our blogs with guest posts written from one of their character’s POV with a holiday theme (Christmas, Hanukkah, Festivus, New Years, etc.). For a line up of all of the authors featured at all three blogs, please click on the image above or go to the kickoff post from December 1, 2015. Today’s Mistletoe Madness author is… Alexandra Ivy Book: Kill Without Mercy Release Date: December 29, 2015 Series: ARES Security #1 Letter To Santa To Santa: Joyeux Noël !   This is your favorite gargoyle, Levet. I know you must be aware that I have been a very good boy this year.  Well, except for “borrowing” Viper’s crate of champagne he’d been saving for two hundred years.  If he didn’t want me to drink it, then he should have hidden it better.  And I did reveal the location of my new bestie Tayla to the dragon who’d been hunting for her.  I was only trying to help her find her true mate.  And there was that very small incident of setting the National Christmas tree on fire when I tried to light it with my magic. But, even the annoying vampires must admit that I have been spreading love and peace around the world.   Just like Cupid, only with far greater style.  Who wants to be shot with an arrow by a chubby naked baby?  C’est stupide.  So I should have some reward, should I not? To assist you, I have a list of presents I believe will be suitable. 1 Tickle Me Elmo.  (the classics never go out of fashion) 1 bottle of nectar 2 harpies (preferably in heat) And 1 very large wooden stake in case Viper forgets that ‘tis the season for good-cheer. Levet About the Book: From the hellhole of a Taliban prison to sweet freedom, five brave military heroes have made it home—and they’re ready to take on the civilian missions no one else can. Individually they’re intimidating. Together they’re invincible. They’re the men of ARES Security. Rafe Vargas is only in Newton, Iowa, to clear out his late grandfather’s small house. As the covert ops specialist for ARES Security, he’s eager to get back to his new...
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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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Nov
2

Review + #Giveaway: Fangs for the Memories by Molly Harper

Review + #Giveaway: Fangs for the Memories by Molly Harper Fangs for the Memories Author: Molly Harper Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: Fangs for the Memories is a delightful novella set in the always hilarious Jane Jameson/Half-Moon Hollow world. The story spans the time of the second Jane Jameson book, Nice Girl’s Don’t Date Dead Men. This time around, the events are shared via the first person POV of Jane Jameson’s best friend, Andrea, who has always been in the background and very important to the plot and stories, but never front and center. The book shares the story of how Andrea and vampire Dick Cheney fall in love. As a long time fan of Ms. Harper’s Half-Moon Hollow, I loved seeing the more gentle, caring side of Dick that we don’t witness often, especially in the first couple of Jane books. He’s one of my favorite characters because he’s goofy, yet extremely caring and loyal to his friends. He’s the kind of guy who would do anything for those he cares about. As always, Ms. Harper’s wit and laugh-out-loud humor makes the stories light and enjoyable, even at the more dire of times. Here is just one example: I couldn’t talk to Jane about this. She tended to do jazz hands when she did her little “I told you do” dance. No one deserved smug jazz hands. Of all the weapons in a vampire’s arsenal, they were the most demoralizing. The story is an excellent companion piece for fans of Ms. Harper’s works and those who’ve read Jane Jameson. Although it is listed as a part of the Half-Moon Hollow series, I believe it is best enjoyed if you’ve read the first two Jane Jameson books. There are spoilers, all referenced offhandedly but present, from those first two books, which allowed me to recall all of the events and emotions tied to them. This helped fill in the emotional ties to the characters, making Fangs for the Memories a more fulfilling read. Fangs for the Memories is short and sweet; a one-sitting read. It’s best enjoyed by fans who have read the earlier books in the series. As always, Ms. Harper brings to life a group of genuine characters who overcome outrageous obstacles with humor and friendship. I completely enjoyed reading more about Dick Cheney: one of the best characters in Half-Moon Hollow. My Rating:  B+ Liked It A Lot Giveaway: Pocket Star is generously donating a digital copy of Fangs for the Memories and...
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Nov
2

Winner: Dark Heart of Magic

Winner: Dark Heart of Magic The winner of Dark Heart of Magic by Jennifer Estep is: Sophie Who wrote: I think the best book I’ve read this year is A Mad Zombie Party by Gena Showalter-this was a great book to end the series!! Thanks to Ms. Estep for the wonderful giveaway and everyone who participated....
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Oct
30

Blog Tour + Review: Dead Ringer by Heidi Belleau & Sam Schooler

Blog Tour + Review: Dead Ringer by Heidi Belleau & Sam Schooler From the Authors: Hi, and welcome to the DEAD RINGER release tour! We’re Heidi Belleau and Sam Schooler, here with more DEAD RINGER B-roll footage and DVD extras than you can shake a stick at. Stay tuned for author commentary, posters and info about all of James Ringer’s movies, classic Hollywood factoids, and, of course, some sweet prizes! As part of our tour, we’re sharing the beautiful set of five movie posters that the amazingly talented Vivian Ng designed for us! We both love commissioning art for our books, and we knew that Vivian, who designed Heidi’s REAR ENTRANCE VIDEO series covers, had a style that was perfect for what we wanted. James Ringer is an enormous presence throughout DEAD RINGER, and we wanted to do our part to commemorate his—as Percy would describe it—“completely brilliant” filmography. So we asked Vivian to design a poster for each of James’s five movies, and wrote a synopsis for each one, too! We’re featuring all five movies in chronological order, one per post, so be sure to follow along with the rest of our tour to see the rest of the James Ringer filmography! And, as one of our tour grand prizes, you can win a postcard set of the five posters—be sure to leave a comment below! The Easy (1953) James Ringer’s last—and most stunning—role! Soft-shelled Blake Lawrence (Ringer) isn’t keeping up with the times. In a town full of folks willing to show any curious man that looking in the wrong place will get him a knife in his gut, he’s got too many morals to make it as a private eye . . . and his boss knows that. After he loses his job, he stumbles on the case of a lifetime—a young woman (Jackie DeGroot) squirreled out of her family fortune by her dastardly uncle (Christopher Muldoon). The girl is desperate to reclaim her father’s money . . . and her mother’s priceless jewels. There’s a big payday in it for Lawrence if he can track down the missing riches. But when getting them back means committing the ultimate sin, will he have the guts to find his glory? Thanks to our generous blog hosts, and thanks to you for hanging out with us! Be sure to check out our full list of tour stops so you can see the rest of our extras and snag yourself more chances to win our giveaway! Review: Brandon Ringer, the look-alike...
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Oct
26

Find Your Holiday Hero with Sourcebooks + #Giveaway

Find Your Holiday Hero with Sourcebooks + #Giveaway Sourcebooks Casablanca invites you to Find Your Holiday Hero with three new holiday themed books! Take this fun quiz to determine  which character is your holiday hero. Then keep reading for more about and a chance to enter to win these three awesome books. A Silver Wolf Christmas Author: Terry Spear Series: Silver Town Wolves, #5 Pubdate: October 6th, 2015 ISBN: 9781492609506 IT’S A SILVER TOWN CHRISTMAS, AND THE WOLVES ARE READY TO HOWL CJ Silver and his brothers have returned to Silver Town eager to reconnect with the pack. And with the she-wolf newcomers renovating the old Victorian Silver Town Hotel, it looks like the holidays are going to be very merry indeed. Laurel MacTire and her sisters are excited to be living in a wolf-run town, but they have another motive— to solve the fifty-year-old mystery of their aunt’s disappearance. When CJ gets a whiff of trouble brewing, his protective instincts kick in—now Laurel has a hotel opening to prepare for, a mystery to solve, and a brawny wolf shifter underfoot. Perhaps she should have resisted the temptation to kiss him so wickedly in the snow. About the Author: USA Today bestselling author Terry Spear has written over fifty paranormal and medieval Highland historical romances. In 2008 Heart of the Wolf was named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. A retired officer of the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry also creates award-winning teddy bears that have found homes all over the world and is raising two Havanese puppies. She lives in Crawford, Texas. Buy Links: Amazon: http://amzn.to/1WitjKd Apple: http://apple.co/1KORNqP BAM: http://bit.ly/1LNSkWf Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1gNEQ4j Chapters: http://bit.ly/1ORDtQ5 Kobo: http://bit.ly/1MIVPmR Indiebound: http://bit.ly/1R2JYy6 Come back later today to read B.’s review of A Silver Wolf Christmas. Cowboy Firefighter for Christmas Author: Kim Redford Series: Smokin’ Hot Cowboys, #1 Pubdate: October 6th, 2015 ISBN: 9781492621478 Warm up this Christmas with a sexy cowboy firefighter who knows how to ignite flames as well as put them out…  He’s hotter than a wildfire Trey Duval is a rancher, proud as can be of his Wildcat Ranch. He’s also the top volunteer firefighter of Wildcat Bluff, Texas, the town that pulls out all the stops for its Christmas festivities. City girl Misty Reynolds comes to Wildcat Bluff just in time to help Trey put out a suspicious fire, leading him to dub her his “Christmas angel.” Unfortunately, Misty’s past has left her with terrible memories of fire, and of Christmastime. As the two...
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Oct
24

Celebrating Riptide’s 4th Anniversary!

Celebrating Riptide’s 4th Anniversary! Today That’s What I’m Talking About is super excited to host a stop on the special blog tour celebrating the 4th Anniversary of Riptide Publishing. We’ve been working with Riptide for most of their 4 years and love reading their titles. Please help me welcome Rachel Haimowitz and Riptide Publishing… Thank you for joining Riptide on our 4th Anniversary blog tour! We are excited to bring you new guest posts from our authors and behind the scenes insights from Riptide. The full tour schedule can be found at OUR WEBSITE. Don’t miss the limited time discounts and Free Books for a Year giveaway at the end of this post! Please welcome Rachel Haimowitz to the tour. In bookish spaces, a powerful narrative has taken hold in the last year or so, helped along by LGBTQ rights battles and players like We Need Diverse Books: that diversity belongs in fiction. A message that sadly runs contrary to the vast majority of the titles ever published in the United States, particularly among mainstream houses. It was one of the reasons we started Riptide: too often, “LGBTQ fiction” really just meant “m/m,” and while m/m can be awesome and amazing and entertaining and sexy and important, it’s only one single shade of a vast rainbow. As an asexual (and also a Jew—another minority identity almost never reflected in, say, “holiday stories”), I was keenly aware of the lack of full representation in LGBTQ fiction, and I also spent a lot of time wishing I’d been able to find asexual representation in the books I’d read in high school and college. Because I spent a lot of time thinking there was something wrong with me, that I was broken, that my wires were crossed in some strange and unfixable way and that I’d never be able to make a partner happy because they wanted things that the whole world told me in multiple ways every single day were normal—and that I did not want. Representative fiction would’ve allowed me to see that I was normal. That I wasn’t broken. That how I felt and how I wanted (or didn’t want) was an actual orientation that had a name—and that I wasn’t alone. That I could be asexual and still be sexy. That I could be in a happy, fulfilled relationship whether my partner was ace or not. So fast-forward many years, and now I write LGBTQ fiction and also own a publishing company...
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