Wednesday, May 24, 2017

BOOK BLAST - Kate Clifford Mysteries by Candace Robb

Kate Clifford Mysteries
The Service of the Dead
Kate Clifford Mysteries, #1
by Candace Robb
Paperback Publication Date: May 9th 2017
Pegasus Books
Paperback; 256 Pages
Genre: Historical/Mystery/Thriller
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Expertly recreating the social and political upheavals of late medieval Europe, Candace Robb introduces a new series starring Kate Clifford, a woman forged on the warring northern marches of fourteenth century England. Political unrest permeates York at the cusp of the fifteenth century, as warring factions take sides on who should be the rightful king--Richard II or his estranged, powerful cousin in exile, Henry Bolingbroke. Independent minded twenty-year-old Kate Clifford is struggling to dig out from beneath the debt left by her late husband. Determined to find a way to be secure in her own wealth and establish her independence in a male dominated society, Kate turns one of her properties near the minster into a guest house and sets up a business. In a dance of power, she also quietly rents the discreet bedchambers to the wealthy, powerful merchants of York for nights with their mistresses.

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A Twisted Vengeance
Kate Clifford Mysteries, #2
by Candace Robb
Publication Date: May 9th 2017
Pegasus Books
Hardcover; 400 Pages
Genre: Historical/Mystery/Thriller
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As the fourteenth century comes to a close, York seethes on the brink of civil war?and young widow Kate Clifford, struggling to keep her businesses afloat, realizes that her mother is harboring a dangerous secret…

1399. York is preparing for civil war, teeming with knights and their armed retainers summoned for the city’s defense. Henry of Lancaster is rumored to have landed on the northeast coast of England, not so far from York, intent on reclaiming his inheritance – an inheritance which his cousin, King Richard, has declared forfeit.

With the city unsettled and rife with rumors, Eleanor Clifford’s abrupt return to York upon the mysterious death of her husband in Strasbourg is met with suspicion in the city. Her daughter Kate is determined to keep her distance, but it will not be easy – Eleanor has settled next door with the intention of establishing a house of beguines, or poor sisters. When one of the beguines is set upon in the night by an intruder, Kate knows that for the sake of her own reputation and the safety of her young wards she must investigate.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

SPOTLIGHT w/CHARACTER INTERVIEW - My Defender (Bewitched and Bewildered, #8) by Alanea Alder

My Defender
Bewitched and Bewildered, #8
by Alanea Alder
Date of Publication: April 25th 2017
Publisher: Sacred Forest Publishing
Cover Artist: Kim Killion
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Tagline: She’s been Bewitched, he’s Bewildered

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When a mysterious illness begins to sweep through Noctem Falls affecting the children, Eleanor Kimball is called to the city to see if she can determine what is wrong. As a pediatrician Eleanor loves children and desires many of her own, however, after several dating disasters she has not only sworn off men, but has given up her dream of a family, and the promise of a destined mate.

After discovering Grant in Noctem Falls she is faced with her own insecurities and finds it hard to believe in his love.

Grant Douglas is a man of few words and doesn’t do well surrounded by others. He is scared to death of finding a mate. He believes the harshness of his past, where he struggled to survive, didn’t cultivate a gentle heart. After a series of terrifying nightmares where his mate is at risk, Grant has decided he doesn’t want a mate at all.

When he meets Ellie, he realizes there are some things worth fighting for. Even if it means putting himself out there by becoming the Alpha he was born to be and facing the power he desperately tries to hide.

As Ellie starts to believe in Grant’s love it will take every ounce their combined strength to discover why the shifter children are suddenly falling ill before it’s too late.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

SPOTLIGHT w/INTERVIEW - Shifted by Fate by S.R. Mitchell

Shifted by Fate
by S.R. Mitchell
Date of Publication: May 15th 2017
Cover Artist: Cassy Roop
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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Kelly had a history of picking the wrong guy, but destiny had its own twisted plan for her. She could not change what destiny had in store for her, but she could learn to accept it. With change came Eric and he was one-hundred percent Alpha bad boy.  Kelly knew one thing when it came to Eric... 

He drove her absolutely crazy.

Eric knew as soon as he scented her, and her smell invaded his senses, that she was his mate.  An alpha did not let go of his mate for anything.... she was his. He would fight for her.  He would guide her.  He would love her.

And with other wolves now after her… he would protect her at all cost.

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Virtual Tour - Passion and Plunder (Highland Heather: Romancing a Scot, #5) by Collette Cameron

Passion and Plunder
Highland Heather: Romancing a Scot, #5
by Collette Cameron
Releasing May 24th 2017
Soul Mate Publishing
Would you sacrifice everything for the person you love, knowing you can never be together?
Blurb
A desperate Scottish lady
Lydia Ferguson—the sole surviving heir to the Laird of Tornbury Fortress—has lost nearly everyone she loves. Now her father lies on his deathbed. And as if this isn't dire enough, he's invited men from the surrounding area to a warrior’s contest—the winner to claim Lydia as his bride.

 A Scotsman dueling with his past
Alasdair McTavish, son of Craiglocky Keep's war chief, is a seasoned warrior in his own right. So when he's sent to Tornbury to train the Ferguson soldiers, he's more than equal to the task.

A danger unseen
When a dangerous adversary makes a move against Lydia, a dastardly scheme comes to light, and Alasdair realizes only he can protect Lydia.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Virtual Tour - How to Lose a Highlander (The MacGregor Lairds, #1) by Michelle McLean

How to Lose a Highlander
The MacGregor Lairds, #1
by Michelle McLean
Releasing May 15th 2017
Entangled Scandalous
Blurb
Forced into marriage by their king in order to stop years of inter-clan feuding, Sorcha Campbell and Malcolm MacGregor are each determined to drive the other away.

Malcolm knows he can never trust his new shrewish wife, despite the fact that everything he observes seems to prove that she’s not only trustworthy, but utterly perfect for him.

Sorcha knows she can never let her guard down around the man she believes betrayed her father, yet the longer she’s with him, the more she discovers he is nothing like she was led to believe.

They’ll have to fight their way through past prejudices and their own determination to destroy their union in order to gain their perfect HEA in this Taming of the Shrew meets How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days tale. 

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SPOTLIGHT w/INTERVIEW - Hell Will Rise (The Bloodthirst Mafia Series, #1) by Skyla Murphy

Hell Will Rise
The Bloodthirst Mafia Series, #1
by Skyla Murphy
Date of Publication: May 2017
Publisher: Skyla Murphy
Cover Artist: Kim Killion
Genre: Romantic Thriller
Tagline: “When dawn breaks…”
 
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This was never what I wanted, but fame in the mafia was what I got.

When you see numbers like I can, death becomes a constant threat. It lingers, waiting for you to make one wrong move. One falter. One fatal step out of line. The endless presence will drain you, layering you with guilt and regret. Until one day, you’re covered in blood. And in that moment, you realize… you’ve become the grim reaper yourself.

Nothing could stop me from saving my little sister. Nothing could weaken me… until my boss threw a blonde slave at my feet. Once I found out who she was, I should have wanted her dead.

But I had a bad habit of breaking the rules.

And I loved that she hated me.

Like a stupid man named Romeo, I fell for the daughter of the feuding family. Like an idiot named Juliet, she didn’t try to run.

And when I fell for the fair maiden, I shook a pair of dice. I smoked a cigarette, but she paid the final price. As I offered her a smile, my venom filled her core. I watched her drink my poison as her soul walked out the door.


Author Info
Skyla Murphy is a highland junkie from West Coast, Canada. When she’s not searching the Rocky Mountains for Sasquatch, she can be found researching every other conspiracy theory known to mankind. Her Yorkshire Terrier is usually clung to her side, but he doesn’t buy into her philosophies much. Therefore, she writes about them instead.

MY INTERVIEW WITH SKYLA MURPHY
How would you describe your style of writing to someone that has never read your work?
Dark, gritty, and a little twisted! People who know me know that I have a bit of a romantic side within me, but I don’t think anyone expected I would genre bend and create a mafia trilogy.
Sometimes you need to keep everyone on their toes!

What are some of your writing/publishing goals for this year?
Hell Will Rise is my debut novel, so I plan to just survive the next few weeks during the release of it (haha!). My goal is to wrap up the second book in The Bloodthirst Mafia Series next. I doubt the second book will be published this year, but it all depends on how this summer goes for me. The more road trips I take, the more I will write. I find the most inspiration while travelling.

Do you feel that writing is an ingrained process or just something that flows naturally for you?
I think it’s something that just naturally flows. The reason I say this is because I wasn’t always interested in pursuing a career in writing. It was something that happened organically for me. I’ve always been a writer out of hobby, but it wasn’t a professional prospect in the beginning. I’ve done social work studies, power engineering, tons of oilfield roles, and medical transcription before I decided to take a cruise down this new avenue.

If you could spend one-week with 5 fictional character, who would they be?
The Joker (To analyze his mind)
Michael Scofield from Prison Break (A genius I would love to interview)
Max Black from Two Broke Girls (Her personality is hysterical)
Nancy Drew (I was obsessed with her adventures for years!)
Eeyore (A donkey I would like to cheer up)

Where would you spend one full year, if you could go ANYWhere? What would you do with this time?
I would send myself straight to Ireland. The scenery is absolutely indescribable, and I would love to try every Irish craft beer possible. It would probably take me an entire year to accomplish this, but I would fit in some writing whenever I could… maybe!

Can you share you next creative project(s)? If yes, can you give a few details?
I will be working on the second book in the series for the next few months. After that, I will take time to focus on the third. To follow The Bloodthirst Mafia Series, it’s possible that I will do a spin off series on some of the side characters. 😊

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Touring - Flynn’s Firecracker: A SEALs of Honor World Novel (Heroes for Hire #5) by Dale Mayer

Flynn’s Firecracker: A SEALs of Honor World Novel
Heroes for Hire #5
by Dale Mayer
Published Date: May 1st 2017
Published by: Valley Publishing Ltd.
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Welcome to Flynn’s Firecracker, book 5 in Heroes for Hire, reconnecting readers with the unforgettable men from SEALs of Honor in a new series of action packed, page turning romantic suspense that fans have come to expect from USA TODAY Bestselling author Dale Mayer.

Some jobs are more pleasant than others…
Flynn agrees to do a security job for Levi as a trial run for more work. Looking after Anna and her animal shelter is a breeze. Trouble free. Until he leaves…

Having Flynn around was both good and bad. To have the help at the shelter was huge, but they drew sparks just being around each other. She tells herself she’s relieved when he’s gone but when a dead man shows up, she’d do anything to have him back.

Someone is after Flynn… and he doesn’t care who he kills in the process...

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Matt: Brothers in Blue, #3 by Jeanne St. James

Matt

Brothers in Blue, #3

Published Date: April 9th 2017
Meet the men of Manning Grove, three small-town cops and brothers, who meet the women who will change the rest of their lives. This is Matt’s story…
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As a former Marine, Matt Bryson has dealt with PTSD ever since coming home from the Middle East. He finds himself fortunate to be able to return to his job as a cop at the local police department with his brothers Max and Marc.

Dr. Carly Stephens works hard as an obstetrician at the local hospital, struggling to pay off her medical school loans, financially support her elderly parents, and save money to adopt a baby. Unable to have children, she still longs for one of her very own.

Instantly attracted to the Dictator Doctor, Matt finds Carly easily brings him to his knees both emotionally and physically. What starts out only as a convenient sexual relationship turns into a whole lot more when dealing with their pasts and their future. Especially since Matt doesn’t ever want children.

Matt and Carly find themselves on a passionate and emotional journey that can either bring them together or rip them apart.

Note: This book can be read as a stand-alone and has an HEA ending. Due to the sensual and explicit sexual nature of the story, it is intended only for readers 18+. Trigger warning: this book includes a main character who is dealing with PTSD.

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SPOTLIGHT w/INTERVIEW - Dark Angel The Fallen Chronicles, #1 by Amanda Jones

Dark Angel
The Fallen Chronicles, #1
by Amanda Jones
Date of Publication: March 29th 2017
Publisher: New Concepts Publishing
Cover Artist: Jenny Dixon
Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
Tagline: With this fallen angel it never felt so good to be bad!
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Katia may be a celebrated musician, but she'd always felt a little like an outsider looking in. Who knew that being abducted by a handsome stranger would set her on a crash course with her destiny...

Luc has spent an eternity keeping everyone and everything at a distance as an unstoppable darkness consumes his soul. Will his beautiful captive be his salvation, or will they both be consumed by the ultimate evil...

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SCORE (San Francisco Thunder, #1) by Victoria Denault

SCORE
San Francisco Thunder, #1
by Victoria Denault
On Sale: May 9th 2017
Publisher: Forever

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He's used to winning, but now he's playing with his heart.

Jude Braddock. Hockey god. That's how everyone sees him now. But when they were teenagers, Zoey knew him as the kid who didn't have enough nerve to make a move on their one and only disastrous date. Seems he doesn't have that problem anymore, though. According to the rumors, he's with a different woman every night. After a rough divorce, the last thing Zoey needs is more heartbreak. But Jude's cocky, playful attitude is mighty hard to resist.

Jude knows he isn't built for long-term relationships. But he's getting sick of women pounding on his door in the middle of the night looking for a rematch. When Zoey comes back into his life, it's like fate has given him a second chance. He'll do anything to make her happy again. Is this what love looks like? He has no idea. All he knows for sure is that this time, he's playing for keeps.
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San Francisco Thunder, #1
by Victoria Denault

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Excerpt of BETWEEN BREATHS by Alexa Padgett
HAYDEN
I stared into those beautiful blue eyes. The tightness eased. Breathing wasn’t a chore. “I’m not saying tomorrow will be better.”
Her lips flipped up in a sardonic smile. “It’s possible tomorrow will be worse. This is hospice after all.”
“I’m expecting worse.” I tilted my head back and groaned. “I don’t want my mum’s death to drag out. Too many people are counting on me.”
“You’ll do the best you can.”
“Doesn’t feel good enough.”
“Welcome to the club. Speaking of, my sister doesn’t believe I met you, Mr. World Famous Rock Star.”
I raised my eyebrow. I cradled her shoulders. I liked holding Briar. Wasn’t a briar some kind of rose? Sweet but with enough defenses to bloom. I liked that—she’d fight for her chances.
“We’ll have to take a selfie. For digital proof.”
“Thought you didn’t like digital proof and journos, as you call them.”
“Reckon I don’t. But . . . I’m making an exception.”
Her lips curved up and her eyes sparkled. The weight from my chest eased a little and I could draw a full breath. “I’d like that. Ready to go?”
“Photo first.”
I grabbed her phone and positioned us together before snapping a few photos. “For posterity or whatever.”
She smiled again and the world shone brighter. I didn’t want to turn around and look at the building again.
“I know just the place to go.”
She snagged my hand, her cool fingers sliding between mine, our palms fusing softly. Something in me clicked, like I’d just latched into a safety belt. I followed behind her as she pulled me toward her car again. After she unlocked it, I opened her door and waited for her to slide in. Instead, she stepped in closer, her body heat mingling with mine.
“I’ve done a lot of soul-searching these past few months, Hayden. But today, with Ken’s comments, my purpose became clear.” She closed her eyes, reliving something. “I’m tired of closing off, pushing people away,” she whispered. “It’s all I’ve done for years.” She opened her eyes, filled with the fire of new determination. “So I mean it when I say I’ll be here with you. Through this. As your friend.”
I ran my knuckle down her cheek, marveling at the smooth, firm texture of her skin. “I don’t know how I got so lucky in the friend department, but I’m chuffed you’re here. And such a gorgeous lady at that.”
She rolled her eyes, and I winked. Walking around the car, I curled my fingers tight to hold in the fading heat from her skin. I glanced up at the building. Whatever my mum needed to tell me, I needed to hear. I could process her reasons and come to terms with her years of rejection later, but for now, she wanted me to know her side of the story. And I’d listen.
As I eased into the car, Briar’s floral scent wrapped around me, cradling me almost as well as her arms had just moments before.
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Thursday, May 18, 2017

EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT REVEAL - Black Tie Optional (Wild Wedding, #1) by Ann Marie Walker

Black Tie Optional
Wild Wedding, #1
by Ann Marie Walker
Releasing May 30th 2017
St. Martin’s Press
The Proposal meets Two Weeks Notice in Ann Marie Walker's new standalone romantic comedy, Black Tie Optional, which New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst calls, "a fun, sexy romp that will keep every reader entertained!"
Blurb
Everything about Coleman Grant III oozes power and sex. And not the perfunctory kind either, but the sheet clawing, heart stopping, gasping for air after you’ve screamed so loud you can’t breathe kind. From his dark wavy hair that stands in an artfully rumpled mess, to the blue eyes that sear your skin, to his full, sensual lips - on the surface he’s pure perfection.
Too bad he's an asshole. An arrogant, uptight corporate raider hell bent on destroying the environment one species at a time.

Everything about Olivia Ramsey screams hippie humanitarian. From her blond hair tied in a sloppy bun, to her faded jeans with the Bonnaroo patch sewn on the thigh, to her combat boots still splattered with mud from the previous day’s site visit.

So it makes perfect sense that they would get married. In Vegas. Stone-cold sober. Cole needs a wife. Olivia needs to save an endangered species. But what starts as a marriage of convenience soon turns into a battle of wills and sexual tension. Love is a game, and Olivia and Cole are ready to win.

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Virtual Tour - Risking it All (Hidden Falls, #3) by T.J. Kline

Risking it All
Hidden Falls, #3
by T.J. Kline
Releasing May 2nd 2017
Avon Impulse
Blurb
Andrew McQuaid wasn't always the local playboy. Once upon a time, he wanted to spend the rest of his life with one woman-Gia Mancuso. When he made a mistake and lost her, he decided he wasn't meant to have a happy-ever-after. Now, Gia's come back to town, with a baby in tow, and it might just mean a second chance at forever, if he can convince her that he never stopped loving her.

Ten years after leaving, Gia finds herself back in Hidden Falls. Between helping her ailing father save the family restaurant and taking care of the baby her sister left on her doorstep, she doesn't have time for the man who once broke her heart. But Andrew is all grown-up now, in every single way. And the part of her that has always been his can't quite say no to his tempting kisses.

Just when Gia begins to open her heart, a devastating secret emerges that threatens to destroy her family and any future with Andrew. Are they doomed to repeat the mistakes of their past or can Andrew convince Gia that she's always been his one and only?


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Monday, May 15, 2017

BOOK BLITZ - The Lucky One (Carolina Connections, #3) by Sylvie Stewart

The Lucky One
Carolina Connections, #3
by Sylvie Stewart
Publication date: May 11th 2017
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Romance
When your luck runs out, do you run away—or do you stay and fight?
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Bailey:
Let’s get one thing straight. I am not your typical girl. Sure I’ve got all the parts, but I’ve been a stubborn, irreverent tomboy since the womb, as my Irish father would proudly attest. Despite my Irish blood, I’ve had a bit of bad luck here and there—I recently trusted the wrong guy and got derailed in my professional pursuits. But I’ve bounced back. With my shields firmly in place, I thought nothing, or no one, could touch me again. Until he did. And he just might make this tomboy do the girliest thing in the world—fall head over heels in love. Of all the damn luck…

Jake:
I’m a pretty lucky guy. I have a phenomenal family, a career I love, and I’m building a brand-new life back in my hometown. And, not to be a jerk about it, but I do more than all right with the ladies. Everything’s been going according to plan—like I said, I’m a lucky guy.
That was, until my luck ran out.
Until I met the girl I call “Irish.”
Irony can go kiss my a$$.

READ more THE LUCKY ONE (Carolina connections, #3) . . . Excerpt & Giveaway . . . 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Virtual Tour - Bayside Desires (Bayside Summers, #1) by Melissa Foster

Bayside Desires
Bayside Summers, #1
by Melissa Foster
Releasing May 9th 2017
World Literary Press
Blurb
As the co-owner of Bayside Resorts, Rick Savage has a fabulous job working with his best friends and brother, and a thriving business in Washington, DC, which he’ll be returning to at the end of the summer. Spending time with his family is great, but being back on Cape Cod has unearthed painful memories. When sweet, smart, and overly cautious Desiree Cleary moves in next door, Rick is drawn to the sexy preschool teacher, and she just might prove to be the perfect distraction.

Running an art gallery was not in preschool teacher Desiree Cleary’s plans, but after being tricked into coming to her impetuous, unreliable mother’s aid, she’s stuck spending the summer with the badass half sister she barely knows and a misbehaving dog. If that’s not frustrating enough, she can’t escape the sparks igniting with her strikingly handsome and pushy neighbor, Rick, who makes all her warning bells go off.

Passion ignites as Desiree and Rick spend long summer nights sharing heartfelt confessions and steamy kisses. For the first time in years Rick is enjoying life again instead of hiding behind mounds of work miles away from his family. Desiree has touched him in a way that makes him want to slow down. Only slowing down means dealing with his demons, and he isn’t sure who he’ll be when he comes out the other side. 

READ more BAYSIDE DESIRES (Bayside Summers, #1) . . .  Review, Excerpt & Giveaway . . .