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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

#BLAST and #GIVEAWAY: Blogger Girl and Novelista Girl by Meredith Schorr

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"Sassy, sexy, endlessly entertaining, and full of laughs (as well as some heart-wrenching moments), Blogger Girl is one of those books that keeps you up at night because you can't wait to see what happens next." - Tracie Banister, Author of Mixing It Up What happens when your high school nemesis becomes the shining star in a universe you pretty much saved? Book blogger Kimberly Long is about to ?nd out. A chick lit enthusiast since the first time she read Bridget Jones's Diary, Kim, with her blog, Pastel is the New Black, has worked tirelessly by night to keep the genre alive, and help squash the claim that "chick lit is dead" once and for all. Not bad for a woman who by day ekes out a meager living as a pretty, and pretty-much-nameless, legal secretary in a Manhattan law ?rm. While Kim's day job holds no passion for her, the handsome (and shaving challenged) associate down the hall is another story. Yet another story is that Hannah Marshak, one of her most hated high school classmates, has now popped onto the chick lit scene with a hot new book that's turning heads--and pages--across the land. It's also popped into Kim's inbox--for review. With their ten-year reunion drawing near, Kim's coming close to combustion over the hype about Hannah's book. And as everyone around her seems to be moving on and up, she begins to question whether being a "blogger girl" makes the grade in her offline life.

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“A great chick lit book: a strong and confident heroine, a sexy boyfriend you can crush on, supportive friends, and plenty of conflict leading to comical results, culminating in a very satisfying ending.” – Erin Brady, Bestselling Author of The Shopping Swap Feisty New Yorker Kimberly Long runs the most popular chick lit book blog on the web, loves playing house with her sexy lawyer boyfriend, Nicholas, and is finally pursuing her lifelong dream of becoming a published author. At first glance, her life is worthy of five pink champagne flutes. But is there more to the story than meets the eye? After hearing the phrase “chick lit is dead” more times than she’s read The Devil Wears Prada, Kim is driven to desperate measures, seeking advice from up-and-coming chick lit author, Hannah Marshak, her high school nemesis and resident “mean girl.” As if Kim doesn’t have enough on her plate balancing her secretarial duties with her blog, Pastel is the New Black, shrugging off the growing pile of agent rejections, and keeping her best friend from turning green over Kim’s budding friendship with Hannah, Nicholas is so blinded by his career ambitions, he doesn’t see that their home sweet home could use more than a dash of sugar. This is the year when all of Kim’s dreams—professional and romantic—are supposed to come true, but will her story have a happily ever after or will Kim end up unpublished and all alone?

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author_photo_1401About the author A born and bred New Yorker, Meredith Schorr discovered her passion for writing when she began to enjoy drafting work-related emails way more than she was probably supposed to. After trying her hand penning children’s stories and blogging her personal experiences, Meredith found her calling writing chick lit and contemporary women’s fiction. She secures much inspiration from her day job as a hard-working trademark paralegal and her still single (but looking) status. Meredith is also the co-founder of BookBuzz, a live author/reader event held annually. She is a loyal New York Yankees fan and an avid runner. Novelista Girl is her fifth novel.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

#SALE: Vengeance and Penance by Reese A Stephens

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Vengeance (Book 1 in the Oak Grove Suspense Series)
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When Dr. Shayla Thorn moves back to her home town of Oak Grove, she is determined that this will be a new start for her and her son. But when Dylan’s father insists on righting the wrongs of their past, she’s torn between what she knows is right and what her heart wants. But the one thing she never expected was for her life to be thrown into utter chaos.
Ryan Jacobs, former FBI agent and lead detective for Oak Grove and its surrounding areas, is determined to win Shayla’s heart and make up for the mistakes they made in the past. He won’t take no for an answer, but everything begins to unravel when he is called to the scene of a brutal crime almost identical to a slew of murders he solved long ago.
It doesn’t take long for the pair to give into what their hearts want, but when an old nemesis seeks revenge on Ryan, everyone's life is in danger. Will Ryan find the culprit in time to save the love of his life or will she fall victim to a vicious killer's vengeance?

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Judson Hardenbergh's life was perfect, that is until tragedy changed the course of his life. When a fire claims his family, he gives up on everything. Will moving back to his home town of Oak Grove save him from himself or drive him into deeper despair?
For Ryan Jacobs, Oak Grove’s Chief of Police, it’s been smooth sailing since the abduction and murders that plagued the town, and almost cost him his family. Though Mathis is still at large, Ryan is confident that he’ll be able to catch him before he strikes again.
When one of Ryan’s high school friends, Judson Hardenbergh, is accused of murder, he must jump into action and determine if ‘Jud’ is capable of committing this horrible crime. What he finds is that this case is more complicated than he imagined and that penance comes in many forms.
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Reese Stephens was born in the Appalachian Mountains, but was raised all over the East Coast. Since getting married Reese has settled back into her Appalachian roots, and currently lives on a small farm with her husband and three children. She has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Education, and is currently homeschooling her two school aged children. She considers herself a naturalist. She loves learning about and using natural remedies and essential oils to keep her family and herself healthy.
Writing was something Reese never thought much of, until she and her family went through several traumatic events. A friend advised her to keep a journal, but she just couldn’t put into words how she felt, so she turned to the world of creative writing. It didn’t take long for her to discover her passion there. Reese is currently working on publishing the first book in her Oak Grove Suspense series, Vengeance which will be out this fall. The second in the series, Penance, is expected to be released spring 2017. In addition to writing crime suspense she also writes paranormal romance. Her first story in this genre is called The Reluctant Prince, expected release is late 2017. You can, however, read the first few chapters of it on Wattpad or her Website for FREE.


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Thursday, February 9, 2017

#REVIEW and #GIVEAWAYS: Recovered by Amber Polo

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Publisher: Wordshaping Press (November, 2016)
Category: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Shapeshifters, Dogs, Werewolves,  Humor, Pet Rescue
Tour date: Feb 1-Mar 31, 2017
ISBN: 978-1539059813
Available in Print & ebook, 224 pages
 Recovered (The Shapeshifters' Library #3)

From the Award Winning Author: Bliss D. Light believes she’s an ordinary children’s librarian…until she grows a tail. Now her life is filled with more magic than any fairy tale she reads the children at the Shipsfeather Library. Bliss’s newly discovered dog-shifting ability allows her to change into a sleek white Greyhound but leaves her yearning to dig up her heritage and track down the dog-shifters’ lost library. Her best friend Harry, disgraced werewolf/dog-shifter mix, smitten with Bliss and eager to redeem himself, insists he accompany her. Tailed by the devilish werewolf duo of Harry’s supercilious ex-wife Sybilla and bad boy Blaze, their cross-country quest takes them up ancient mounds and into extreme danger. Chased by federally-funded dogcatchers, sold to a racetrack, and forced to fight wolf-dogs is no walk in the park. Aided by dog rescue advocates and a bookstore cat, Bliss and Harry never lose sight of their goal—or each other.

Series Description Shapeshifters' Library  by Amber Polo

Dog-shifting librarians nose to nose with book-burning werewolves! Light fantasy series for the dog lover who lusts for books and adores libraries. Comic villains, smart sweet heroines, and brave intelligent heroes share a world where dogs talk and librarians battle werewolves to protect knowledge.

Praise for Shapeshifters' Library Series

“Author Polo does an excellent job organizing the details of her inviting series for new and returning readers… At its core, the narrative illustrates how… kindness can heal humans and dogs—and maybe even cats… A fanciful read that remains loyal to its noble principles.”- Kirkus Reviews
“…let the author's imagination take you into her world of shapeshifting dogs who have taken on the responsibility of preserving books for mankind. Change into your dog form, go to Starbarks (sic), order a chai latte, and read Recovered.”- Mike Bove, author of the Bruce DelReno Mysteries
“Take a perfect hero and heroine, a mystery, secrets, evil book-burning werewolves, noble dog shifters, non-stop adventure, and the race against time and you have a fantastic book. Highly recommended for readers who love unique fantasy!”- Kari Thomas, author of Under a Shifter’s Moon
“A novel like RECOVERED elicits a happy sigh from me. This is the type of book you want to curl up to read by the fire with a cup of hot tea on a rainy day. It's exciting, engrossing and has the sweetest of romances. I've really enjoyed all of the Shapeshifters' Library books, but RECOVERED is my favorite! RECOVERED has a National Treasure (love that movie!) vibe with mystery and adventure at its core.”- Danielle Smiley, Known To Read

My Rating: 4 stars
My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I learned one thing about myself as a reader that I hadn't experienced before reading this book. I don't like shifters who are able to talk as a human while in their animal form. It seems too fanciful for me. That fact in itself is the only bad thing I can find about this book.
The book itself can be read as a standalone, I didn't feel too out of the loop even though this is the third book in a series. There was enough of the backstory woven into the book so that I didn't feel like I couldn't understand what was going on. Overall, the feel of the book is fanciful, light at times, and adventurous.
Bliss and Harry are an unusual couple, both most definitely not alphas. In the beginning of the book, they are both characters I could see being wallflowers, liking to stay in the shadows and not in the center of attention. They are very much in contrast to their werewolf counterparts, Sybilla and Blaze. It's that contrast and the tension between the two duos as they race to find the lost library. I enjoyed watching both Bliss and Harry grow as characters and find their voice as the book progressed. It is a life's lesson that when you find your calling, that is where you find your strength.

Recovered (Shapeshifters' Library #3) by Amber PoloAbout Amber Polo

Amber Polo’s lifelong love of libraries and dogs led to a fascination with lost ancient libraries and curiosity about why werewolves outnumbered dog-shifters in literature and inspired her urban fantasy series The Shapeshifters Library. The mystical side of Sedona became the comic paranormal setting for Hearts in the Vortex. One day a plane flew past her office window and she turned her pen to her own airpark backyard and Heads in the Clouds was the result. Author of award-winning fantasies and Arizona romances, Amber relaxes stressed writers and readers. Relaxing the Writer offers a catalog of suggestions and simple exercises while her calming CDs help (almost) anyone relax and find restful sleep. After living in seven states, she’s settled in a small Arizona town. Wordshaping Blog Twitter Pinterest Google+ Facebook Facebook Page for Shapeshifters’ Library

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      Tuesday, January 31, 2017

      #GIVEAWAY: Football Romance Story Set

      It's almost time for the big game.

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      • Patricia Burroughs: Some Enchanted Season In this doomed, yet enchanted, football season, dare they hope something magical can happen that will last forever?
      • Jami Davenport: Blindsided A temporary marriage knocked him off his game, but love blindsided him.
      • Ann Jacobs: The Rookie Rookie quarterback sets his sights on Marauders cheerleader.
      • Tawdra Kandle: When We Were Us All's fair in love and football.
      • Nicola Marsh: Bold Aussie Rules? There are no rules in the game of love.
      • Liz Matis: Guarding the Quarterback Miss Congeniality meets the The Bodyguard.
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      Monday, January 23, 2017

      #REVIEW: Twisted Desire by Sharon Kay

      Title: Twisted Desire
      Author: Sharon Kay
      Series: Titan World #2
      Publisher: Titan World LLC
      Publish Date: January 24, 2017
      Pages: 86
      Buy It Link: Amazon

      Synopsis: From New York Times bestselling author Cristin Harber and Award-winning author Sharon Kay comes an exciting collaboration…

      Rhys MacLeod is a warrior first and a hacker second. Preserving the balance of power among supernatural beings is his prime directive, as well as keeping it far from human eyes. The discovery of a man killed by magical force on a Chicago street lands him on an op he didn't expect. He's good, but solving this crime requires a call to the best of the best.

      Parker Black of Titan Group never met a network he couldn't infiltrate. Along with Titan team member Locke Oliver and Megan, a scientist who witnessed the murder, they uncover a maze of encrypted files and unethical DNA manipulation.

      Rhys is duty bound to keep all supernatural details hidden from his human friends, so identifying the killer becomes more complicated when clues indicate the perp isn't human. And when the murderer shows up at their location, every second counts before its true nature is revealed.

      My Rating: 4 1/2 stars

      My Review: I received a copy of this review in exchange for an honest review.
      I am a huge fan of both Cristin Harber's Titan series, and Sharon Kay's Watcher series. And amazingly enough, they have a crossover...a crossover! I love well-written cross-overs, and I got to read this book right after I read Rhys' book, Awakening Kiss. I wasn't exactly sure how Sharon would be able to keep Rhys' secret, especially from my favorite Titan hacker, Parker Black, but somehow she did, and believably. Though I was hoping this would be a full-length novel, and it certainly could have been, I think it was just enough for a quick dip without straining the timelines of both series.
      There was some suspense, some action, and even a tiny glimpse into a future budding romance in this quick-reading novella.
      If you are a fan of either author, this is a great introduction to the other series, and if you're a fan of both, like me, this is double the amazing reads!

      Friday, January 13, 2017

      #REVIEW: Awakening Kiss by Sharon Kay

      Title: Awakening Kiss
      Author: Sharon Kay
      Series: Watcher's Kiss #4
      Publisher: CreateSpace
      Publish Date: September 13, 2016
      ISBN: 978-1536964103
      Pages: 358
      Buy It Link: Amazon
      Synopsis: As part of the Watchers, Rhys is used to all types of combat, pursuit, and interrogation. But hacking and tracking through hidden online channels is where he excels. Shattering codes and sneaking around firewalls comes as easily to him as a swordfight or street brawl with a predatory enemy.

      Cooking up sweet new pastry creations is Enza’s dream job. Kitchen appliances never fail her, unlike every computer she’s ever touched. Her fledging baking business is doing well, yet as streetlights flicker with her changing mood, she can’t shake the feeling that she’s different from everyone else. But life as a regular Chicago girl is all she’s ever known…until one hot summer night.

      Violence threatens both of them when her world collides with Rhys’s in a dark city alley. As a raw and formidable ability awakens in her mind, she becomes targeted by the last person she expects. Drawn to his sweet baker with a pull he can’t deny, Rhys vows to protect her—no matter the consequences that will change their lives forever.


      My Rating: 4 1/2 stars

      My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
      From the very first book I read from the author, Sharon Kay, I fell in love with her world. It reminds me a lot of JR Ward's series, Black Dagger Brotherhood. Very much a contemporary romantic paranormal genre. Her books are full of strong women, alpha warrior men, lots of paranormal activity, even an off-world, with a very contemporary, realistic Earth at the same time.
      Enza is a co-owner of a pastry, coffee shop, and an amazing pastry chef in Chicago when she gets caught in the middle of a fight between dark elves and demons. Rhys, one of the Watchers about to break up the fight, thinks she is the enemy as she runs straight into a portal. And thus starts the next book that makes me love Sharon Kay more and more.
      Enza is a strong woman emotionally, as she is faced with a new reality of her world that she once thought was so secure, as we all do. I'm not quite sure I would be quite so resilient in finding these things out and having my reality flipped on its ear.
      Rhys is a Lash demon and one of the alpha warriors in the group called the Watchers. He is just as hot as all of the Lash demons have been in this series. While he is an alpha, he isn't an ass, being at least understanding as Enza struggles to come up with some understanding of the new knowledge of the worlds that she is coming across.
      The action and romance in the book is amazing, and keeps the storyline going. It kept me reading far into the night, and until it was done the next day.
      So, if you have never heard of this author, but love JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhoood, I suggest you check out Sharon Kay! She's definitely your next author on your list. Her books are just as addictive.

      Friday, December 16, 2016

      #BLAST and #GIVEAWAY: Captain Hawkins by H. Peter Alesso

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      Strong vibrant characters with action packed battle drama Jamie Hawkins was living on an obscure planet in the twenty third-century when on one fateful night--his life changed forever. His heroic effort to save the lives of innocent women and children, caught in the cross-fire of war, placed him squarely in the cross-hairs of avenging soldiers. Hawkins was stunned when his rescue effort was seen as treachery. Unfairly convicted of treason by a corrupt judge, he was sentenced to life imprisonment at hard labor on an infamous penal colony. Once in prison, his courage and perseverance won him the admiration and trust of his fellow convicts. While he was plotting his escape, an enemy attacked the planet-giving this daring warrior his chance. Together with his fellow prisoners, he launched a bold assault and high-jacked an enemy warship. From then on, Captain Jamie Hawkins and his ship the Indefatigable fought against a corrupt government--only to discover a mysterious alien presence behind the war.




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      pete2As a scientist and author specializing in technology innovation, H. Peter Alesso has over twenty years research experience at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). As Engineering Group Leader at LLNL he led a team of scientists and engineers in innovative applications across a wide range of supercomputers, workstations, and networks. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a B.S. and served in the U.S. Navy on nuclear submarines before completing an M.S. and an advanced Engineering Degree at M.I.T. He has published several software titles and numerous scientific journal and conference articles, and he is the author/co-author of ten books.Read for FREE on Kindle Unlimited

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