Thursday, May 28, 2015

Cover Reveal: The Fall and Rise of Kade Hart by A.M. Hargrove!

Happy Thursday!

Welcome to the cover reveal of The Fall and Rise of Kade Hart by the author A.M. Hargrove! The post includes information about the book and about the author and of course, the beautiful cover of the book.

Ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to the cover of A.M. Hargrove's book!




The Fall and Rise of Kade Hart by A.M. Hargrove
Genre: Romantic Suspense 
Release date: June 25, 2015

Cover Artist: A.M. Hargrove


 "Hello, my name is Kade Hart and I’m a drug addict." Isn't that what recovering addicts are supposed to say?  Hell if I know. Im not sure about anything anymore. Not since I met her. Juliette. She's my game-changer.  

I’ve lived on the streets, been in places no one ever wants to see, survived pure hell with the bastard who raised me. I thought I'd finally managed to put all that behind me, come to terms with who and what I am. Until she walked into my life. Shes running from the people who slaughtered her family, people who want her dead, too, and she makes me want to be the kind of man who can protect her, who can save her. But I'm not sure Im that guy. I'm no one's hero.  


Or am I?




 One day, on her way home from work as a sales manager, A. M. Hargrove, realized her life was on fast forward and if she didn't do something soon, it would quickly be too late to write that work of fiction she had been dreaming of her whole life. So, she rolled down the passenger window of her fabulous (not) company car and tossed out her leather briefcase. Luckily, the pedestrian in the direct line of fire was a dodge ball pro and had über quick reflexes enabling him to avoid getting bashed in the head. Feeling a tad guilty about the near miss, A. M. made a speedy turn down a deserted side street before tossing her crummy, outdated piece-of-you-know-what laptop out the window. She breathed a liberating sigh of relief, picked up her cell phone, called her boss, and quit her job. Grinning, she made another call to her hubs and told him of her new adventure (after making sure his heart was beating properly again).

So began A. M. Hargrove's career as a Naughty and Nice Romance Author. Her books include the
 following: Edge of Disaster, Shattered Edge and Kissing Fire (The Edge Series); The Guardians of Vesturon Series (Survival, Resurrection, Determinant, reEmergent, and Beginnings); Dark Waltz, Death Waltz, Tragically Flawed (Tragic 1), Tragic Desires (Tragic 2), Exquisite Betrayal, Dirty Nights; and lastly Freeing Her, Freeing Him, and Kestrelall part of the Hart Brothers Series.


Other than being in love with writing about love, she loves chocolate, ice cream, and coffee and is
 positive they should be added as part of the USDA food groups.









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Happy reading!

 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Review: Charming by Krystal Wade

Hi all!

It's been months again, I'm ashamed...



Author: Krystal Wade
Title: Charming
Release date: 6th of October 2014
Published by: Curiosity Quills Press
Reading level: FICTION – JUVENILE: Romance, Contemporary, Mystery, Horror
Pages: 228 in Kindle e-book format
Source: Bought from Amazon.com for Kindle

Summary:

They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and that's great... as long as you don't die. 

Sixteen-year-old Haley Tremaine had it all: top-notch school, fantastic family, and a bright future, but all of that changed when an accident tore her family apart. Now, an alcoholic father, a bitter younger sister, and a cold headstone bearing her mother’s name are all she has left. 

Chris Charming has it all: a powerful CEO for a father, a prestigious school, and a fortune at his fingertips, but none of that matters when he lands a reputation as a troublemaker. Struggling to follow in his father’s footsteps, he reaches out to the one person he believes truly sees him, the one person he wants: Haley. 

Little do they know someone's determined to bring the two together, even if it means murder.

Review:

Warning! Unpopular opinion alert!

It can happen that the details combined to create a story are an extremely intriguing blend, be it due to the ingredients including several of my favorite plot devices or other details, or simply because the combination is unusual, odd or original. Throwing together, among other aspects, Cinderella and a serial killer is something I was definitely anxious to get my hands on. But it also sometimes happens that while the concept is brilliant, the execution is lacking. This was, sadly, the case with the current book.

I adore Cinderella stories and anything that tries tell the timeless story with a fresh point of view or gets inspiration from it, but the idea isn't everything, yes, it's pretty essential for the bone structure of the book, but the meat aka character personalities, dialogue, etc, are at times even more crucial to get right for an enjoyable story than the starting point aka the idea. For this book, the stumble was mainly due to the characters, the main couple was simply not encageing, fleshed out and interesting enough. They pretty much embodied the original characters from the fairy tale, but I am personally past the time when I enjoy reading about a 2D Cinderella and her prince. I don't want the story line alone to be fresh, the content and characters have to be as well. Yes, Haley was self-sacrificing, kind, considerate and a survivor and, yes, Chris was charming, sweet and supportive, but I have to admit I was bored with the both of them. They did have flaws and made mistakes, but the damage was already done. Also, I can get quite annoyed with characters that act all cruel, careless and egoistical and the heroine, for whom this behavior is aimed at, always forgives them, finds excuses or simply tolerates it because of her goodness of heart or whatever other reasons. It might be fine in the original tale, since well, where would a young girl by herself really go off to with all the perils of her time threatening on every corner, but in todays time and age, there are other options, even if they might not seem the most easy, logical or acceptable. Being a masochist to spare someone, taking on more than by far is tolerable and not standing up for yourself is not really something I often wish to see in my heroines, at least in stories set during modern times, it's depressing. Amongst other characters, I have to admit, though, that I did find Haley's friend quite oddly fascinating. I would definitely be interested in reading about her some more.

Sadly, I also felt the romance needed more oompf. Haley and Chris were certainly adorable together, but it was simply too sugary sweet and I felt them lacking chemistry. I was left somewhat confused and didn't fully understand why Chris liked Haley so devotedly, I had a hard time picturing it and their feelings didn't come across realistic enough. I did, however, find myself more engaged in their relationship when they were having issues and Haley was hiding some crucial facts from Chris. At least there was some intrigue and action there, not only making pretty eyes at each other or Chris following Haley around and she trying to get him off her back.

I have to give the book credit though. I thought the murder mystery and the suspense surrounding it was masterfully created, even though, I had some logic and background questions up in the air regarding that. Plus, the villain wasn't obvious from the get go, whom I'm usually able to figure out quite early in the story. The eerie, scary and tense atmosphere was strongly noticeable and I was impressed with the thriller part of the book.

Overall:

There were aspects to praise, but the most important parts in a story for me weren't really up to par on what I expected and would have hoped to read about. The potential was there, but I was, unfortunately, disappointed. 


2 stars!

LIIS

Friday, May 15, 2015

Cover Reveal: The Player by Denise Grover Swank!


Happy Friday!

Welcome! I am happy to be part of the cover reveal today. New York Times and five times USA Today best seller Denise Grover Swank is revealing the cover of the second book in The Wedding Pact Series - The Player.

You will also find information about the book, the author and also an excerpt below.



Ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to the cover of The Player by Denise Grover Swank! I think it's beautiful! Absolutely stunning.









Book two in the USA Today bestselling Wedding Pact series. 

Divorce attorney Blair Hansen is convinced that marriage should be based on practicality, not passion. But as her own wedding approaches, she finds herself remembering her law school boyfriend, the only man she's ever loved, and regretting what might have been. Then a twist of fate lands Garrett back in her life, and the man who loomed large in her past is suddenly casting a shadow over her wedding, making her question everything. To complicate matters further, the job she loves is in peril, and she can feel the ‘perfect’ life she’s fashioned for herself start to crumble under her feet. Could everything she's believed about life and love be wrong? 

Garrett Lowry is a divorce attorney who's ready to settle down. The problem is that he can’t find a woman who suits him nearly as well as the one he loved and lost. He broke her heart by playing the field after their break up—something he’s always regretted. But after months of pining for Blair, Garrett stumbles across her in a freak coincidence—and then destiny keeps throwing them together, the coincidences becoming ever more unlikely. He’s convinced it's a sign they should give their love a second chance, but Blair is engaged to another man—a man who is absolutely wrong for her. 

Can Garrett convince Blair that a player once isn’t a player forever, and that happy endings aren’t just for dreamers?



   The shock on Blair’s face matched his own surprise at his out-of-nowhere declaration. 

   Nana Ruby was going to kill him. 

   He’d had no intention of laying claim to the ring, and in truth, he could give a rat’s ass about it. But damned if he was going to stand by and let his punk cousin marry Blair, let alone with that ring.

   Now, instead of diffusing the situation, he’d ratcheted it up to Def-Con 1. Jesus, he had to get things under control. 

   “I won’t rip the ring off the bride-to-be’s hand, if that’s what you concerned about,” he said, dropping Blair’s hand and trying to control his racing heart. “We’ll wait for Nana to come tomorrow night. She can help make the decision.”

   This brought on a new round of shouting and dismay. Whiney Neil tossed out the phrase “you’re her favorite.” While that was probably true, he doubted Nana could help him get the girl, which was his real goal. That one was all on him. 

   Blair looked on in confusion, making it abundantly clear they’d kept her in the dark about the questionable ownership of her ring. But soon her bewilderment turned to anger as she narrowed her eyes at him. 

   “It’s time for all of you to pay up,” his aunt said shaking the plastic cat jar. “Blair, you got off easy this time. You only owe a dollar. Neil, you owe two, and you, Gene Neilson Fredrick, must owe at least five between the drinking and the cursing.”

   Uncle Gene and Aunt Debra had a stare off for several seconds before Gene caved. He must have decided to choose his battles because he dug out his wallet and sheepishly stuck a five-dollar bill into the jar. Neil put in his money and Garrett handed over a dollar when Debra shoved the jar in Blair’s direction. 

   His aunt scowled at him. “Surprisingly, you don’t owe anything.”

   Garrett tucked his money into the jar and winked at Blair. “Oh, this is for the bride. Call it an early wedding gift. But it this is for cursing, as the label suggests, you owe some money yourself, Aunt Debra.” His eyebrows rose with mock recrimination. 

   “And I do believe I need to have a discussion with my mother about my true parentage. No one ever told me I was a bastard.”

   Debra’s face turned red, although Garrett couldn’t tell if it was from 
embarrassment or anger. Probably both.

   He’d earned a scowl from Blair for donating the money on her behalf, but now he could tell she was trying to hold back a grin.

    "That was an unfortunate loss of self-control.” The woman’s face twisted into disgust as she pulled her wallet out of her purse and pulled out one dollar. She screwed an indignant expression on her face. “The Lowrys seem to bring out the worst in me.”

   Blair tipped her head, her eyes dancing with mischief. “Actually, Debra, you owe two dollars. One for informing your nephew of his illegitimacy and the second for spelling out the home of you know who.” 

   Debra’s eyes widened in shock. 

   “Blair!” Neil cried out in horror. 

   Garrett knew the Fredricks liked to tiptoe around his aunt’s self-righteous attitude. 

   He was glad to see Blair hadn’t kowtowed like the rest of them.

   “You know who?” Garrett asked in amusement. He couldn’t help but take pleasure in riling up his aunt and irritating his cousin. Especially since Blair seemed to find Debra as obnoxious as he did. “Dare I ask who that is?”

   Blair lifted her eyebrows. “Why, the prince of darkness himself.”

   “Lord Voldemort?” Garrett teased, shooting his aunt an amused look.

   She wasn’t so pleased. “Who is this Lord Voldemort you keep talking about? Do we need to add him to the kitty list?”

   Garrett burst out into laughter. He was surprised his aunt didn’t already know about the notorious villain. 

   “No, Mom,” Neil said. “He’s a character from a children’s book, which explains why Garrett is so enthralled with him.”

   Garrett noticed he left Blair off the naughty list, but it didn’t stop him from giving her a look of reproach. She glanced away, trying to hide her grin. 

   So his Blair was still there, lurking below the prim and proper exterior. Just like he’d found her years ago.






New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Denise Grover Swank was born in Kansas City, Missouri and lived in the area until she was nineteen. Then she became a nomadic gypsy, living in five cities, four states and ten houses over the course of ten years before she moved back to her roots. She speaks English and smattering of Spanish and Chinese which she learned through an intensive Nick Jr. immersion period. Her hobbies include witty Facebook comments (in own her mind) and dancing in her kitchen with her children. (Quite badly if you believe her offspring.) Hidden talents include the gift of justification and the ability to drink massive amounts of caffeine and still fall asleep within two minutes. Her lack of the sense of smell allows her to
perform many unspeakable tasks.

 She has six children and hasn’t lost her sanity.
Or so she leads you to believe.
Email: DeniseGroverSwank@gmail.com







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Monday, May 11, 2015

Release Day: A Gypsy's Kiss by Susan Griscom!


Happy Monday!

Today seems to be a release day for many authors I know. Here is one of them! A Gypsy's Kiss by Susan Griscom.




 Breena Cassidy 

Cursed with what could be one of the worst supernatural abilities imaginable, Breena has never had the luxury of falling in love. Hell, she’s never even held a guy’s hand. At only twenty-two years old, she’s just about given up on the whole love thing. After all, when you can see twelve hours of someone’s future by a simple touch, and they, in turn, can see what you see, well… relationships are sort of out of the question. Her gigs performing psychic readings at parties, and the occasional one-on-one private appointment are just about Breena’s only connection with people. No matter how much she might wish otherwise. 

Hawk Covington 

Hawk’s hard body and skill have earned him a starting position on the Pioneer’s college hockey team. But it’s not his talent with a hockey stick that’s the most remarkable. His gorgeous two-colored eyes not only draw the attention of every female on campus, they also allow him to track people and objects. But when he suddenly finds himself stalked by a stranger, he seeks out the help of the rumored, “campus gypsy” for help. 

Despite his vow to stay single and play as many college women as he can while the fun lasts, Hawk can’t ignore his attraction to the lovely and spirited Breena. And she can’t get the hunky star hockey player out of her mind once a single touch of his hand reveals something utterly strange. Surrounded by mystery, they realize that fate has brought them together for a reason, but can they stay alive long enough to recognize the depth of their feelings for one another? 










I daydream often. If I didn't write, I think my mind would explode from an overload of fantasy and weirdness. To the annoyance of my friends and family, my characters sometimes become a part of my world. During my childhood, I would frequently get in trouble in school for daydreaming. Eventually, my vivid imagination paid off and I had the privilege of writing and co-directing my sixth-grade class play--a dreadful disaster; though not from my writing, of course, I must blame it on the acting.


The craft of writing, although dormant for years, never really left me. Many years later, and with the help of technology, I let my imagination run wild again. 

Born in a small town in Pennsylvania, I enjoy writing about characters living in small quaint towns. I tend to lean toward the unusual and spooky. I read all genres but I love reading paranormal romance and like writing in that genre.

My paranormal playing field delves into a different milieu, abandoning vampires and werewolves, but not discounting them. Someday I might like to write a novel about vamps and those furry creatures. But for now I like the bizarre mixed with romance. A strong hero or heroine confronted with extraordinary forces of nature, powers and capabilities gets my blood running.

I live in Northern California with my very romantic husband, my small yippy dog, Riley, and my humungous black cat, Saké. My family consists of his and her children; four wonderful sons, one beautiful daughter, and seven grandchildren. My greatest love in life is my family and those large and ever growing holiday dinners.

I enjoy traveling. I hate running, but do it once in a while. Reading and writing are my favorite pastimes.
TSU 


Happy book birthday, Susan!

 

Release Day: Vampire Affliction, the second book in The Vampires of Athens by Eva Pohler!

Happy Monday!

The second book in Eva Pohler's contemporary young adult fantasy, The Vampires of Athens, is here! 
 


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Vampire Addiction Ebook FinalGertie goes to Athens to study abroad and learns that vampires and demigods are real. She unwittingly becomes a catalyst to a war between them after making friends on both sides. The vampires want liberty at all costs, and the demigods want to protect the city. When their parents and the gods undermine their efforts to bring about a positive resolution, the three teens realize they're on their own, and no one will save them.



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Happy book birthday, Eva!

 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Love On Ice by Lauren Marie!

Happy Wednesday!

It's been a while. Today, I would like to introduce you to a a new book - Love on Ice by Lauren Marie.
 
Get your copy of Love On Ice now on Amazon! Add it to your Goodreads WANT TO READ list!

Love on Ice (Canon City Series) has launched! Here's a little about this awesome new title from acclaimed author Lauren Marie.




Love on IceLove on Ice, Kate Beck once was a nationally recognized figure skater. Eight years ago, on the brink of being one of the top three skaters in the United States, her dreams came crashing down at the hands of her coach and her mother. She walked away and has hidden from her mother ever since. Moving from place to place, she gets off a bus in Canon City, finds a job and settles in for the winter. She's been lonely and dreams that one day she'll meet a man, have a family and be able to stay in one place. It's been eight years of running. She hopes her mother has given up looking for her. Jay Hager grew up in Canon City. He once was a ice hockey player who got picked up by the NHL and played briefly for a junior team. At nineteen years of age, he blew his knee out and his career was at an end. He returned to Canon and bought a dilapidated skating rink. His business has done very well. He notices a beautiful strawberry blonde sits every weekend in the bleachers at the rink and she watches the skating classes and his pee-wee hockey team practice. He would like to get to know her, but finds a mystery around her. Will Kate stay long enough to find love or let her past fears overwhelm all the good emotions she feels for Jay? Will her mother find her and tear her new world apart?

ABOUT AUTHOR LAUREN MARIE

 
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Lauren Marie lives with her four cats in Western Washington State. She is the author of Love’s Embers - book 1 of the Canon City Series, One Touch at Cob’s Bar and Grill - story 3 of the Montana Ranch Series, Love’s Touch - Then and Now, Going to Another Place and The Men of Haller Lake - Trilogy.
Book 2 of the Canon City Series - Love on Ice - will be released spring of 2015. She also has several other projects in works at present.
When she isn't pounding the keys, she is an amateur paranormal investigator. She formed her own group in 2006 to hunt ghosts and some unusual experiences have put in an appearance in some of her stories.
Lauren loves to receive feedback and make new friends.

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INSTAGRAM: @AUTHORLAURENMARIE

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