Monday, November 30, 2015

Happy Holidays Book Giveaway

Happy Holidays
...from some of your favorite Urban Fantasy/Fantasy/Paranormal Romance Authors!
Five Lucky Winners will receive a random selection of books from NYT Best Selling Authors Faith Hunter, Jennifer Estep, Darynda Jones. 

Christina Henry, David B. Coe, John Hartness, Gail Z. Martin, Stuart Jaffe, Laura Anne Gilman and Mindy Mymudes.

(Not all authors will be included in each prize pack.)

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Can't Hold Back by Serena Bell (Returning Home #2)

Can't Hold Back
Written by: Serena Bell
Series: Returning Home
Sequence in Series: 2
Print Length: 229 pages
Publisher: Loveswept
Publication Date: December 15, 2015
Sold by: Random House LLC
Genre: Military Romance

In this tender military romance from the bestselling author of Hold on Tight—perfect for fans of of Jill Shalvis and Susan Mallery—a war-shattered veteran gets a second chance at love with the one that got away.

No girl can resist a man in uniform—especially if that man is Nate Riordan. But after an injury in the line of duty leaves Nate broken, body and soul, the soldier finds himself addicted to his pain meds, with no place to call home. Desperate for an escape, Nate reluctantly accepts a friend’s invitation to a new veterans’ retreat. Expecting a little R&R, Nate is shocked when the sight of his physical therapist opens up another old wound: heartbreak.

Years ago, Alia Drake fell hard for Nate, but never made her move. Instead, she set up her sister with the sexy, confident military man, a foolish decision that continues to haunt all three of them. Now, with Nate as her patient, she can make things right—even if it means getting too close for comfort. A healing touch and a little honesty work wonders, fueling a physical intimacy that crosses professional boundaries. This time, with desire in the air once more, Alia won’t hold anything back.
Can't Hold Back (Returning Home, #2)Can't Hold Back by Serena Bell

Sweet and Sexy, Can’t Hold Back is a military romance with heart and soul.

Nate finds himself addicted to pain medication after a percussion injury while serving. Wanting to make a difference, Nate checks himself into a camp for Vets looking for R&R only to find the woman who helped break his heart, Alia.

Alia met Nate at a picnic then turned him over to her sister, thinking he couldn't be romantically interested in her. To say it was a bad break up would be an understatement. Leaving Alia's sister and Alia herself both painful memories Nate could do without.

Alia has a specialized treatment that might help Nate and Nate is running out of options. This is Alia's chance to heal the brokenness in Nate.

This is a story of second chances. Life, love and happiness can all be found in the beautiful love story Can’t Hold Back.

I received this ARC copy of Can't Hold Back from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication December 15, 2015.

IA: Initiate by John Darryl Winston (IA #1)

IA: Initiate
by John Darryl Winston

My rating: 5 stars

Series: IA - Book 1
Publication Date: April 19, 2014
Publisher: Purple Ash Press
Genre: Science Fiction | Supernatural YA/Middlegrade
Print Length: 218 pages
Available from: Amazon
A: Initiate is a supernatural thriller set in the mean streets of America. A seemingly random act of gang violence sends "Naz" Andersen on a quest to find answers surrounding his dead parents that lead to a series of discoveries about his supernatural abilities. Naz tries to stay out of the way at his foster parent's home, but he walks in his sleep, and he is unable to keep the fact that he hears voices from his therapist. He attempts to go unnoticed at school and in the streets of the Exclave, but attracts the attention of friends and bullies alike, and his efforts to protect his little sister make him the target of malicious bullying by the notorious street gang, Incubus Apostles. Naz is an ordinary thirteen-year-old, or so he thinks. He harbors a secret that even he is oblivious to, and a series of ill-fated events reveal to him telekinetic and telepathic abilities. Now he must navigate newly found friendship and gang violence, and face the full force of the world around him. The only way he can survive is to discover the supernatural world within.

 IA: Initiate by John Darryl Winston (IA #1)

IA: Initiate (Book 1)What? Another young adult thriller filled with supernatural elements? NOT EVEN CLOSE! John Darryl Winston is carving a name for himself for contemporary young adult fantasy filled with realistic characters and fantastic dialogue! IA: Initiate the foundation for his IA series is a fine blend of genres that will have even the most reluctant readers gravitating to his work. Whether you are a young adult fancier or not, this is great creative work that flows at a comfortable pace, no breakneck speeds, no trudging along at a snail’s pace, and thank you, Mr. Winston, no info dumps!

Set in a less than choice part of town, thirteen-year-old Naz has appointed himself as his younger sister, Meri’s protector. Gangs rule the streets and everyone not with them is fair game. When Naz becomes the victim of bullying, he makes an incredible discovery that will lead him down a path he never knew existed. To survive in the world he lives in, he must embrace the unbelievable and do it quick. But how can he not think he is going a little crazy when he hears voices and is walking in his sleep? Does he need therapy to overcome brutal evens in his life or are they just a part of the building blocks of the man he is to become? It’s Naz and Meri against the world, two young individuals, family by blood, but bound by love. Siblings gotta love ‘em, in a world too harsh to feel safe in, these two are a force to be reckoned with.

John Darryl Winston has created wonderful role models for young adults, as their dialogue shows their emotions. What could be better than dimensional characters and detailed scenes to bring it all together and make a story breathe? Believe in the unbelievable and revel in the talent of John Darryl Winston. To the top of the hidden gem pile for this one!

How to Seduce a Scot by Christy English (Broadswords and Ballrooms, #1)

How to Seduce a Scot
by Christy English

My rating: 3 stars

Series: Broadswords and Ballrooms - Book 1
Publication Date: December 1, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN-13: 9781492612889
Genre: Historical Romance | Regency
Print Length: 352 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
He's the terror of the ton...

The plan is simple:
1. Descend from the Highlands to face the aggravation of a London Season;
2. Foist his wild sister off on some gullible English lord;
3. Retreat before the ladies of the scandalized
ton can get any ideas.

Determined to see his hellion of a sister wed, Highlander Alexander Waters is willing to face anything—even the English. He just didn't expect his own rough manners to cause such a riot...or for a blooming English rose to catch his eye.

Gently bred Catherine Middlebrook must find a respectable man to marry or her family will be ruined. She won't allow herself to be distracted by Highland matter how her body may thrill whenever Alex is near.

Catherine wasn't part of the plan, but as their battle of wills escalates, Alex comes to realize this "proper" English girl is as wild as the Highlands themselves...and nothing will stop him from having her.

How to Seduce a Scot by Christy English
(Broadswords and Ballrooms, #1)

How to Seduce a Scot (Broadswords and Ballrooms, #1)Ahhh, romance with a volatile and passionate Highlander as he attempts to catch the attentions of a prim and proper, as well as very inexperienced English lady. Alexander was only putting up with the social niceties to marry of his sister, Mary; little did he know that a sweet English girl would scorch his heart with her hidden fiery side.

How to Seduce a Scot by Christy English is equal parts humorous, romantic and heated chemistry. After a steady build up, there are many times that the secondary characters steal the scene with their antics. Alex and Catherine fight attraction with a battle of the wills, but who will win? Will the lady tame the Scot or will ignite her inner wild child in heated passion?

A good read, with stellar scenes, but when I read about a Scot, I feel the passion they portray, the chemistry was wonderful between these two, but they lacked that heated passion I was hoping for, the passion that makes one swoon and sigh. But trust me, those secondary characters are going to get their turn at love and I see fireworks exploding!

I received this ARC edition from Sourcebooks Casablanca in exchange for my honest review.

Line of Scrimmage by Desiree Holt (Game on#2)

Line of Scrimmage
Written by: Desiree Holt
Series: Game on
Sequence in series: 2
Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: September 1, 2008
ISBN-10: 1402214243
ISBN-13: 978-1402214240
Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance

Sometimes it’s not about winning…

One bad tackle. That’s all it took to put wide receiver Jake Russell in a cast for the rest of the NFL season. From being a high school all-star to getting drafted by the Austin Mustangs, football has been Jake’s life for as long as he can remember. It’s what defines him—because he has a secret he never shares. But now that he’s laid up in bed with a nurse displaying a lot of distracting bedside manners, he’s discovering life on the sidelines might have its perks. . .

One last paycheck. That’s all Erin Bass has left to her name when the resort she works at shuts down. Desperate, she agrees to be a caregiver to hardass jock Jake Russell, who also happens to be a memorable one-night stand. Before long, caring leads to daring new ways to catch up in bed, especially with Jake still in a cast. But with football on the sidelines, this time the game is serious. . .
Line of Scrimmage (Game On, #2)Line of Scrimmage by Desiree Holt

Sometimes seeing someone at their worst, brings out their best. That is just what happens when Erin Bass is forced to help recovering NFL star, Jake Russell.

After a debacle of a one-night stand, Erin and Jake can’t stand to be in the same room with each other. But Jake's sister, aka Erin's best friend, has other plans.

Jake is injured and needs full time assistance. His sister, trying to play match maker tricks Erin back into Jake’s life as that care giver.

Erin has had a run of bad luck and is in much need of job. The tricking into working with Jake is easy. Having her stay will be the hard part.

The chemistry had always been there, that was oblivious from their one-night stand. It was the emotion baggage that plays havoc with the couple’s relationship. Working through their baggage, facing the here and now and learning to trust becomes the focal point of the plot.

Engaging, entertaining and a very enjoyable contemporary romance, Line of Scrimmage gets 4 stars.

I received this ARC copy of Line of Scrimmage from Kensington Books - Lyrical Shine in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication December 8, 2015.

Hold Me Down by Jackie Ashenden (The Deacons of Bourbon Street #3)

Hold Me Down
Written by: Jackie Ashenden
Series: The Deacons of Bourbon Street
Sequence in Series: 3
Print Length: 199 pages
Publisher: Loveswept
Publication Date: December 8, 2015
Sold by: Random House LLC
Genre: MC Romance

When the biker who broke her heart rides into town, a woman must choose between passion and duty. Jackie Ashenden ups the ante in a seductive series co-written with Megan Crane, Rachael Johns, and Maisey Yates.

Leonidas “Blue” Delacroix might be the prodigal son of New Orleans aristocrats, but the Deacons of Bourbon Street are his real family. And with their patriarch murdered, Blue wants nothing more than to unleash hell on the motorcycle club’s enemies—even if it means taking up arms against the girl who used to be his best friend. She’s done quite a bit of growing up, and suddenly their chemistry is red-hot. But where’s the line between ruthless seduction and sweet temptation?

For Alice Day, loyalty is everything. When Blue skipped town, she had no choice but to adopt a new family: their rivals, the Graveyard Ministry. Seeing him again reawakens old feelings . . . and fiery fantasies. Alice could never forget the scent of leather on his skin—just as she could never forgive the sting of his betrayal. But while the Ministry has treated her like one of their own, Blue is part of her soul. And as their liaisons hit the boiling point, Alice trusts her heart with the deadliest choice of her life.
Hold Me Down (The Deacons of Bourbon Street, #3)Hold Me Down by Jackie Ashenden

Hold Me Down is a MC scorcher.

Blue left without a word leaving Alice, AKA Red, his best friend behind.

Years later, Blue returns and discovers Alice is all grown up in a way that he’d like to get to know her more, until he finds out that she has joined the rival MC. To make matters worse, the Deacons, Blue’s club, believes the Graveyard Ministry, Alice’s club is responsible for the Deacon’s presidents death. Alice could be held as a traitor to the Deacon’s if Blue doesn’t protect her so he claims her has his property.

Let the battles begin. Red and Blue take fighting to an extreme until the anger turns to all consuming passion. Mistrust and anger seem to dominate the show between explosive sexual encounters everywhere else.

I’ve been with this series from the beginning and I can’t believe a group of men with all these talents for investigation and mercenary actions can’t figure out why they were all told to leave.

Some suspense but kind of predictable, it all comes down to war with Red and Blue caught in the middle.

This was my least favorite of the series so far. Don’t get me wrong, I liked it but the sex seemed to be the glue that held these two together. Made for some hot reading but light on the connection to the characters. That is why I’m going to give Hold Me Down 3.5 stars.

I received this ARC copy of Hold Me Down from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication December 8, 2015.

Cover Reveal - Merry Blissmas by Jamie Begley

We Wish You A
Merry Blissmas...

third book in the BIKER BITCHES Series
Jamie Begley
Releasing Dec 11th, 2015
Young Ink Press


What can I say? I’m not a nice person. When I walk by, people call me a slut, and I’m okay with that. I believe in calling a spade a spade. I am a slut.
With the holidays approaching, I miss belonging to The Last Riders. Drake’s keeping me warm, but he wants more than I can give. He wants me to trust him, to believe he can protect me. Doesn’t he know Santa put me on the Naughty List long ago?


What can I say? I’m a nice guy and have always done the responsible thing.
Bliss is everything I shouldn’t want, but it’s hard to resist a woman who stopped believing in miracles. She wants to be back with The Last Riders, whom she considers her true family. Doesn’t she know it’s Christmas, and miracles do happen?

"I was born in a small town in Kentucky. My family began poor, but worked their way to owning a restaurant. My mother was one of the best cooks I have ever known, and she instilled in all her children the value of hard work, and education.
Taking after my mother, I've always love to cook, and became pretty good if I do say so myself. I love to experiment and my unfortunate family has suffered through many. They now have learned to steer clear of those dishes. I absolutely love the holidays and my family puts up with my zany decorations.
For now, my days are spent writing, writing, and writing. I have two children who both graduated this year from college. My daughter does my book covers, and my son just tries not to blush when someone asks him about my books.
Currently I am writing five series of books- The Last Riders, The VIP Room, Predators MC, Biker Bitches, and The Dark Souls.
All my books are written for one purpose- the enjoyment others find in them, and the expectations of my fans that inspire me to give it my best.”

Kasi Blake's Order of the Spirit Realm Series Guest Post & Giveaway

Bay-Lee was Van Helsing's Daughter
First she was Bait - Then she became a Hunter
by K.C. Blake

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Order of the Spirit Realm - Book 1
Publication Date: April 25, 2013
Publisher: Kasi Blake
ISBN-10: 1500480231
ISBN-13: 978-1500480233
Print Length: 387 pages
Available FREE from: Smashwords | iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Ghosts, a reaper, and a rock star.
Van Helsing's daughter is ready to fight monsters like her dad.
Supernatural meets Vampire Academy in this action-packed tale of monster hunting,
forbidden love, and an unfulfilled need for revenge. Kasi Blake takes you on a
roller coaster ride with plenty of twists and turns. 
Follow Van Helsing's daughter to her new school, a secret training camp for hunters in New Zealand. After sixteen years on the run, Bay-Lee joins her emotionally distant father at his private school. On her first night there, he dumps her on the doorstep and walks away. Big surprise. Minutes later, a bag is thrown over her head, and she's kidnapped for Orientation. The hunter in charge calls her Bait. According to him, that's all she's good for, to be used to draw out monsters for experienced hunters to kill.
Before Bay-Lee can move up to the rank of Hunter, she will have to prove herself, battle wraiths, a reaper in disguise, and a stampeding border monster. With the addition of her classes, she's going to be way too busy for a social life. Falling in love is not on the agenda.
Then, she meets Nick Gallos. With the intimidating rank of Warrior, Nick is gorgeous, arrogant, and just plain rude to her. It's obvious from their first meeting that Nick is hiding a dark past overflowing with secrets, and her father is right smack in the middle of it. Nick seems to be using her to get even with her father, and she won't tolerate that. What a jerk!
So, why can't she stop thinking about him?

Click here for
Book Two
by K.C. Blake

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Order of the Spirit Realm - Book 2
Publication Date: October 26, 2013
Publisher: Kasi Blake
Genre: YA Paranormal | Fantasy
Print Length: 326 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
The story of Nick and Bay-Lee continues here in this sequel to Bait.

Hunter begins with Bay-Lee in Maine, living a normal life--sort of. It's impossible to completely banish the supernatural when your boyfriend is a ghost. Nick insists he isn't sticking around to haunt her. According to him, he wants to protect her. But that doesn't make sense. Why would he be concerned about her when it was her fault he'd died?

She's in History, taking a test, and Nick pops in with a warning. The Order (monsters living in the Spirit Realm) have put a hefty bounty on her head. Nick wants her to go home to her father in New Zealand where she will be safe, but she's determined to graduate from the school in Maine. Everything seems to be fine. Why should she run from something that 'might' happen?

Then a reaper tries to collect the bounty.

Bay-Lee will return to her father's school and begin her training anew, despite the fact Nick's brother doesn't want her there. An old enemy returns, and a familiar student threatens her relationship with Nick. It doesn't help that Nick thinks he should leave her for her own good. Surviving is her number one priority. Keeping the love of her life at her side is a close second. Together, they will battle reapers, their inner demons, and each other in this YA paranormal romance with bite.  

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How the Show Supernatural Inspired the Spirit Realm Series

Most of the paranormal books out there focus on monsters as the good guys, monsters as love interests and heroes. Supernatural is my favorite show. If you don’t watch it, you should. This show stirred up my creative juices and woke my muse. All I wanted was a series about hunters fighting monsters. It has to have plenty of action, some humor, and a forbidden romance.

The Order of the Spirit Realm series was born.

My books seem to have odd titles at first glance: Bait, Hunter, Warrior, and Legend. But these are the ranks a hunter can achieve at Van Helsing’s school. During Orientation, newbies are given the rank of Bait because that’s all they’re good for. They can lure monsters out for the real hunters to kill them. After they prove themselves, they move up to Hunter and so on.

More than anything, I wanted a kick-butt female character. Bay-Lee is Van Helsing’s daughter, and she’s waited for this moment her whole life, a chance for revenge against the werewolf pack that killed her mom. But before she takes them on, she’ll have to move up the ranks and become one of the best hunters on the planet. At Van Helsing’s school, a good survival instinct is more important than grades. It doesn’t take long for Bay-Lee to figure this out. Before her first year is over, she’ll deal with wraiths, a rogue reaper, a border monster, and an angry hunter that hates her on sight.

Nick Gallos (aka rock star Tyler Beck) blames Bay-Lee for the dark prophecy that hangs over his head. Even though he volunteers to mentor her, the last thing he wants to do is spend time with the girl. Too bad for him that Bay-Lee takes learning to hunt seriously. She isn’t going to let him walk away without doing his job first.

For Nick Gallos, I used a younger version of Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki). I don’t know about you, but I can totally picture him up on stage with a guitar, shirtless, belting out some hard rock ballads.

Bait is free at most online retailers, so give it a shot if you like action, adventure, romance, and monsters. Especially read it if you, like me, are a Supernatural fan.

Born and raised in California, I fell in love with writing while reading The Outsiders. Then I fell in love with Stephen King's writing style. I enjoy reading many types of books, but YA Paranormal is my favorite. I used to write for Harlequin under a different name. So that's my background. Exciting, no?

I have seven books out now: Vampires Rule, Werewolves Rule,Shifters Rule, Crushed, Witch Hunt, Bait, and my only adult novel, a romantic suspense called Pandora's Box. 

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Ends December 14, 2015

Shannyn Leah's Lakeshore Secrets Guest Post & Giveaway Series - Week One

She had wonderful memories and horrible fears from their past...
Enter to win one of three eCopies
Then, stay tuned for Shannyn Leah's Week Two Giveaway!
Lakeshore Secrets
by Shannyn Leah

My rating: 5 stars

Series: By the Lake #1 - The McAdams Sisters #1
Publication Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Shannyn Leah
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Print Length: 248 pages
Available from: Amazon
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Kate McAdams was forced six years ago to leave her beloved hometown of Willow Valley, leaving behind her family and the only man she’s ever loved, Marc Caliendo. Although she has created a new life for herself away from the drama, secrets and stress of the small town, she must return upon her grandmother’s death. Her return brings back wonderful memories, especially of Marc, but also horrible fears from the past.

When fate throws her and Marc together once again, how can they ignore the everlasting love and desire between them? Will Kate stay and face her demons or will the deceit and secrets of the past destroy any future they may have and force her to leave again 

Kate’s Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream
This is an easy recipe for those late nights when Kate is craving ice cream. Instead of making his way to one of the resort kitchens, Marc can whip this together in his suite...enough for just the two of them.
-1/2 cup half-and-half or milk (half-and-half creamier)
-1 tablespoon sugar
-1/2 teaspoon vanilla
-2 quart size zip-loc bag
-1 gallon zip-loc freezer bag
-3 1/2 cups crushed ice
-1/3 cup salt
1. Mix together the first three ingredients in one of the quart size bags, making sure to seal tightly leaving as little air as possible inside the bag. To reduce the risk of the bag breaking, place this bag into the other quart bag and seal again tightly leaving as little air as possible inside.  
2. Place the doubled-up bags inside the gallon bag. Fill the bag with ice and then sprinkle the salt on top. Again, let the air escape the bag and seal.
3. Put on your gloves or wrap the bag with a towel, shake and massage the bag for 5-8 minutes to freeze the ice cream.  
Shannyn Leah lives in London Ontario, Canada. She comes from an entrepreneurial family, who all have a passion for developing new and exciting business ideas. When she's not writing contemporary romance books, into the early hours of the morning, she's antiquing with her two favorite people, her momma and her sister.Shannyn has published five books in her series, By the Lake, including, Lakeshore Secrets, Lakeshore Legend, Lakeshore Love, Lakeshore Candy, and Lakeshore Lyrics. She is excited to be currently working on the Caliendo Resort, a new series for 2015/2016.

Okay all you Romantics!
 Shannyn is offering THREE eCopies of Lakeshore Secrets
International where allowed
Ends December 14, 2015